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.
Another week over, and here we are again with this weeks Quick Bites! We have four more fabulous recommended reads for you this week from Wade Kelly, Kari Gregg, Carter Quinn and Rowan Speedwell.
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My Roommate's A Jock? Well, Crap! by Wade Kelly
Rating ~ 5 Stars
It's easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.
Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was fifteen, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive-compulsive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he's gay. As he sees it, he's bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother?
By the time Cole enters college, he's become an anal-retentive loner—but it's not a problem until his roommate graduates and the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to move in with Cole. Ellis is messy, gorgeous, straight, and worst of all, a "jock"!
During a school year filled with frat buddies, camping expeditions, and meddling parents, Cole and Ellis develop a friendship that turns Cole's glass-half-empty outlook on its head. There must be more to Ellis than a fun-loving jock—and maybe Cole's reawakening libido has rekindled his hope for more than camaraderie.
Macky’s Quick Bite
It was the title that drew me to this, I mean, come on...how could you not resist checking that out?!? I remember actually reading another book at the time but saw this and just had to buy it, took a peek at the first couple of pages to see what it was like and before I knew it got pulled in and ended up reading right through till 3am in the morning! Expecting a typical Jock/Geek story, (you know the usual trope) I actually found myself pleasantly surprised. Sexy but never smutty, it was also funny, quirky and angsty in parts, but not in an overly dramatic sense.
Told mainly in first person, but not always (which is another little quirk that gives the book a distinct feel) by a neurotic, self deprecating, sceptical Cole (the geek), who I adored, it charted his offbeat romance with the gorgeous Ellis (the 'not so jock like' jock) who is really a pretty sweet, modest, reserved guy. He's Coles nemesis but also his ultimate desire and their relationship is portrayed over the course of the book in a fresh, witty way. The secondary characters were stars in their own rights, especially Ellis' best mate Rob and his friend Russell, two straight guys who have a great double act 'Bromance' going on and who show that love isn't always about the physical! These two guys are SO likeable! It's ultimately a story about acceptance...acceptance of self, acceptance of others and of course acceptance of the right to be loved by whoever you wish, whether that person is gay or straight, and even though there's a touch of religion in there, in relation to the church and it's views on homosexuality, this is far from being a preachy book. I just loved it. One of my favourite finds....
Out of the Blackness by Carter Quinn
Rating ~ 4 Stars
A childhood of abuse has left Avery so physically and emotionally scarred he believes he shouldn't be alive. His only sanctuary has been his relationship with his older foster brother Sam. Avery finally lets Sam convince him to start therapy to help overcome his crippling anxiety, but even that can't prepare him for the upheaval caused by meeting Noah Yates.
Noah is everything Avery fears. He's large and physically powerful—and undeniably capable of destroying Avery's hard-earned progress. Although Noah seems to have a tender streak when it comes to him, Avery is terrified of being victimized again. But no matter how many times he tries to push him away, Noah never goes far.
Noah wants to save Avery, but can he be the catalyst Avery needs to begin the journey out of the blackness?
Tina’s Quick Bite
Avery is 23 and has been abused most of his life - both mentally and physically – and reading about the torments he's gone through is agonizing. He's so broken... His only anchor is his older foster brother Sam. Then he meets Noah and fears him immediately. He's large and physically powerful—and undeniably capable of hurting Avery. But no matter how many times he tries to push him away, Noah never goes far...
Avery's progress is so very, very slow going – just one foot in front of the other, and sometimes two steps back. Every flashback makes your heart ache for Avery, every step in the right direction makes you smile. And all the time you are in Avery's head and fear with him. I loved Noah, I don't think anyone else could have been as patient and understanding.
Overall, Out of the Blackness is a briiliant written story of love, acceptance and strength, it's not always easy to read but a true gem to those who love hurt-comfort stories
☆MONIQUE ~ 5 STARS☆
Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.
Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.
Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work. forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.
A wonderful, gentle story about healing and putting the horrors of the past behind you. After witnessing brutal crimes whilst undercover for the FBI as a gang member, Joshua is left a broken man physically, mentally and emotionally. Joshua has to start finding himself again and is sent to his Uncle's ranch in New Mexico.
Mark’s Quick Bite
His uncle Tucker runs a ranch that takes in horses that have been cruelly treated or abused by their owners and rescued by the ASPCA. Along with his ranch foreman, Eli, they resocialise the horses by winning their trust and nursing them back to health. They do this with no use of force, but with a lot of patience and care. I really liked this part of the story as a parallel to Joshua's situation who was also broken and really no different to the horses.
The lesson I learnt from this book for me personally is one of being gentle on yourself. Joshua's self-confidence is low and is constantly believing himself not worthy of anyone or beating himself up for events in the past. Always thinking yourself as not deserving pushes people away. You have to be able to love, respect and like yourself before other people can love you back. It was a long road to get there for Joshua, but he did it in the end.
☆MACKY ~ 5 STARS☆TINA ~ 5 STARS☆
Collared by Kari Gregg
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Trans-Global IT director Connor Witt is a rare and prized anomaly: the aggression centers in his brain have been suppressed rather than stimulated by the mutated crops that so recently took over the world’s food supply. Bewildered by his physical changes and terrified of a world growing more and more predatory, Connor risks harassment and worse until Trans-Global CEO David Martin collars Connor to protect him against men like security consultant Emmett Drake. Men who stalk Connor as sweet, sexy prey. Men to whom the newly submissive Connor feels irresistibly drawn.
But David can’t be Connor’s master; David’s straight. He promises to find a worthy man, though. One willing to court and appreciate Connor as more than just some rich man’s toy.
While the world adapts to the biological disaster and new laws strip away Connor’s rights, David’s resolve to protect his boy slowly grows into something more. But can his new desires keep pace with Emmett’s determination to claim Connor?
One man offers safety; the other is a safer bet. Problem is, Connor’s never sure which is which. The one thing he does know? He wants them both.
Monique’s Quick Bite
This is a dystopian novel set in a time where mayhem ensues in the wake of mutated food sources which have triggered aggression in the majority of the population. Connor however is a statistical anomaly to the disruption caused by the mutation, instead his dominant traits are suppressed leaving him increasingly subservient.
David doesn't see Conner the submissive, to be manipulated and used, he sees inside his soul to the sunshine within, he sees the good and the funny side to Conner, the person that needs to be loved and nurtured, not hurt and damaged. Emmett Drake sees the submissive in Conner that needs to be controlled, the sub that needs direction and focus, rules and punishment! and bless... poor Conner just wants to be loved, cared for and serve his Master.
This was such an emotional read for me, I was sobbing my poor little heart out at the end. I fully connected with Conner and his struggle with the daily changes in his nature to be totally submissive. Needing a Master. Not wanting, but needing with his whole being. His confusion and pain his hurt and betrayal, his loss of status as a person and the love and need of the two men in his life.
I loved this book, and even though it’s a HFN and I would have liked the end to be elaborated on, I still enjoyed Conner's Journey. I would not call it BDSM, it’s more a D/s relationship. Highly recommend!