As M/M Reviewers, between us we have read thousands of m/m romance novels over the years and we would like to share our favourites with you, those reads that have been 4+ stars for us. So every Monday we will be bringing you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads.
It’s Monday and time for this weeks Quick Bites! We have four more fabulous recommended reads for you this week from Santino Hassell, Mia Kerick, Brad Boney and KC Burn.
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After Midnight Santino Hassell
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Gordon Frost is a survivor. He survived a war that ravaged the nation, and he made it through the orphanages and crime-ridden slums that followed. With few prospects for the future, Gordon carved out a niche for himself in the expanding drug trade of Lexington, PA. It’s not pretty, but it's his, and it beats what he was doing before. But a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in a brush with death, going by the name of Adam. Afterward, the life that seemed good enough before, isn't quite the same.
Adam Blake is an assassin on the brink of being terminated by the very organization that controls him. He completed his mission, but not without being seen. With his secrets in danger of being exposed by Gordon, Adam knows he should kill the smart-mouthed redhead, but finds himself intrigued by the troublesome civilian instead.
When Gordon’s knack for finding trouble combines with the dangerous consequences of Adam’s indecision, their worlds intertwine in an explosive way.
Monique’s Quick Bite
This book has all the ingredients of a novel that encaptures everything I love about the m/m genre, it is and raw and gritty, action packed, with characters that are complex and intriguing, the world is brought to life and the writing exceptional… and for 80% of this book I was totally engrossed in the fucked up lives of our two MC’s, who are far from likeable and live on the edge of danger. Having said that, there is also a fair amount of humour sprinkled throughout mainly from the banter between Adam and our lovable rogue Gordon, where his mouth often engages before brain. We get a HEA of sorts, however there is no love or romance and for the most part these two men play at a mutual dislike of each other… yet there is an underlying sexual tension between them that had my kindle in melt down mode! DAMN… these two are combustible and that’s without even getting to the sex!
Beggars and Choosers by Mia Kerick
Rating ~ 4 Stars
After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.
Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.
Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.
Mark’s Quick Bite
This book really deals with some really ugly issues and the not so savoury side of life and human nature. It had me really wanting to look away at times, taking me way beyond my usual comfort zone, but hoping that good will win through in the end. It may sound terribly clichéd but the author deals with the subject very sensitively but realistically. As ugly as some of the story was it was therefore all the more beautiful. It was a stark contrast between a love that was all encompassing, strong and unshakeable, born out of a common ground of insecurity while dealing with the more perverse desires of addiction and abuse from not so nice childhoods.
Each chapter deals with one of the MCs in first person singular telling the events from their perspective. This is a format that actually sits well with me and I enjoy the balanced view that such stories give immensely. The language / writing used for Brett took me a chapter to get into, but once started found it added to the character bringing him alive and making him more real. He was a high school drop out, obviously had received little education and the style of writing reflects this in his character very well. However uneducated he may seem to appear there is never any doubt that all his intentions and love are genuine. This fact I find endearing but ask myself whether this would normally be the case. Such kids are also normally totally maladjusted socially and wouldn't behave with such a honour codex as Brett, but in this book it works beautifully and I suppose there are always exceptions.
A very emotional journey that takes you to the dark side of human nature and back, but still always reminds you that love conquers all in the end. At least for Brett and Cory they get their HFN end.
Rainbow Blues by KC Burn
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Having come out late in life, forty-three-year-old Luke Jordan is at a loss about how to conduct himself as a gay man. As a construction manager, he’s not interested in being out at work, but he’d like to find a boyfriend or at least some gay friends. Two years after his wife got all their friends in the divorce, he’s no closer to the life he wants.
Zach, Luke’s adult son, takes charge and signs him up for the Rainbow Blues, a social group for gay blue-collar workers. At an event, he not only finds friends but meets Jimmy Alexander, part-time stage actor and full-time high school biology teacher. Jimmy loves the stage but wishes potential boyfriends weren’t so jealous of the time he devotes to it. When he meets Luke and finds him accepting of his many facets, he thinks it’s a dream come true.
Their relationship quickly moves into serious territory, but their connection is tested to its breaking point by the offer of a juicy movie role that takes Jimmy to the opposite coast and into the path of a very sexy costar.
Tina’s Quick Bite
The premise of Rainbow Blues intrigued me, I love books featuring more mature characters. Those men are so much hotter than all these twenty and something guys who are crowding most of the m/m romances.
Luke is 43 and Jimmy is 38... these two have life experience and the story benefits from that. They are not perfect and they make mistakes but they know what they want. They talk, they fight, they get through some misunderstandings... they want to settle down, they plan a life together.
Usually I’m not a friend of insta-love stories but this one is really well done. You just feel the chemistry and the instant connection between the guys, the sizzling tension is hot as hell!
KC Burn’s writing style is warm and smooth, and the characters just drew me right in and I couldn't help but fall in love with Luke and Jimmy. They are just so adorable, cute and sexy all wrapped in one. Highly recommended for those who want a well done, sweet, funny and delicious romance without too much drama.
The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan’s top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.
During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he’s found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn’t always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?
Macky’s Quick Bite
When I read this in 20I2 I remember it feeling slightly different to all the other contemporary m/m romances I'd read. It was Brad Boneys debut novel and was one of those that slowly crept up on me the further I read into it, and by that I mean that I found myself becoming more enchanted and engaged as the story progressed not just because I was loving where the story was taking me but because of his writing style that at the time felt really fresh to me. One of those books that surprised me because it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The premise is gay for you and for once it really is, Travis being totally straight when he first becomes involved with Ben and his brothers, but somehow Brad Boney made it work and I put that down to the richness of the characters, especially sweet, curious, naive Travis and the sophisticated, self assured, often times obtuse Ben who starts out a bit of a Dick but who, through tragic circumstance, has to 'man up' and grow with the help of his oh so likable, loveable brothers and the totally opposite, compassionate simple man he falls in love with. There's sadness and some conflict and angst but there's also humour and a real sense of family. In fact every character felt warm and real to me and that's why I fell in love with the whole package.
I couldn't wait for the follow up... 'The Return' ...and I certainly wasn't disappointed! You'll be seeing why when I make that another of my 5 star quick bites, because that was another one that blew me away. Recommend this one highly.