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 C.S. Pacat, Kade Boehme, J. Fally and Julie Bozza.
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Captive Prince (Book #1) by C.S. Pacat
"This was Vere (previously Rabat), voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison"
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else..
Monique’s Quick Bite
Captive Prince, literally captivated me! This is amazing storytelling and I can honestly say I picked it up to read and did not put it down until both book #1 and book #2 were finished... I read them both back in 2012 before they were published and they remain in my all time favourites, having been read several times since as I wait patiently for the release of Book #3.
We see this wonderful story unfold from Damen's perspective and it is full of political struggles, atrocious acts of violence and sex (these scenes are not graphic in nature), decadent entertainment, battles, intrigues and mysteries, but it all revolves around power and the mind games and tactics of the players and pawns. You are constantly riveted to the action and unsure of the direction it will take you next. It is unpredictable and not a minute is wasted in this book.
Our two main characters Damen and Laurent are pitched right in the middle of the unfolding events and action, overcoming their hatred of each other to tolerate one another and eventually to become friends and confidants. The sexual tension between these two leaves you constantly on the edge, to the point of frustration.......but Ohh so worth the wait. Laurent stole my heart, a definite anti hero… so cool and aloof, a man with graceful beauty and an air of contempt, arrogant and nefarious but you can’t help but love him.
The story flows seamlessly and the world building is full of warring kingdoms, beautiful landscapes and an array of colours, extravagant buildings filled with opulence on a grand scale and beautiful people with adorned pets/sex slaves bedecked in gold and jewels… the imagery is vivid.
☆ MACKY ~ 5 STARS ☆
Keep Swimming by Kade Boehme
After his partner dumped him with a pregnant surrogate four years ago, Cary Whitmore was forced to play single parent while starting up a new business. With the dog bakery now semi-successful and his son healthy, Cary thinks he may be ready to date again.
Heath Cummings is trying his damnedest to get his charter boat service off the ground and dreams of one day soon being able to quit his job as an offshore driller. Paying off his dream requires making it through a couple more years, which means being open about his sexuality isn't in the cards just yet.
When the two take their flirting to the next level, Cary wonders if he can handle another guy who might take off, while Heath has to decide if he can risk his dream of a laid back life—and giving up his long-held and much enjoyed bachelor status while taking on a child when being a father was never on his to-do list. Will they sink, or will they keep swimming?
Tina’s Quick Bite
I really enjoyed this one. Keep Swimming is sweet, heartbreaking and romantic. It’s about making a family, love and second chances.
When Heath and Cary meet for the first time the sparks fly but their different life conditions don’t make it easy to go from casual hook-ups to a serious relationship. Cary is single father of little Gus and owns a small business. Heath is working on an oil rig and is living on a yacht with the name ‘Keep Swimming’. He has dreams and goals he wants to reach and a relationship with a father of a four years old isn’t a part of it.
But life is what you make of it, right? Both man have much learning and growing to do to get to the point where things will be working out between them.
Btw… I loved the deeper meaning behind the name of Heath's yacht.
“She’s my pride and joy. The Keep Swimming.” “Interesting name.” “Well, that’s what my philosophy is in life. Life’s gonna give you shit. So you can either let it drown you, or you can keep swimming.”
Overall, the story moved me deeply, it’s lovely balanced between emotional issues and moments of love and happiness. So please, keep swimming, guys!
Bone Rider by J. Fally
Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley's truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.
Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create
Macky’s Quick Bite
Take me to your leader.....
If anyone had told me that one day whilst reading I'd fall in love with a puddle of silver goo, I'd have snorted my socks off, but that's exactly what happened when I read this amazingly gripping, witty, exciting, absorbing, surprising sci fi tale that just came out of the blue and had me doing a happy alien dance!
The three MC's...or should I say two plus one 'passenger'...Riley, Misha and 'MClane' (the silver goo who called himself after Bruce Willis in Die Hard and who stole my heart) went on one of the wildest rides I've ever read about and I went with them completely immersed to the point where I would have killed if I'd been interrupted!! I was on the edge of my seat throughout this more times than I care to mention as they got involved with the US army, Russian mob assassins ( I had a bit of a crush on two of them too—Kolya and Andrej), a Texan cowboy and a whole host of extras who didn't all quite manage to get to the end in one piece and when you read it you'll see exactly why! This starts slick and fast and never let's up till it comes to it's exciting conclusion. I said it in my original review and I'll say it again here...please make this into a film because It would be totally kick ass amazeballs. Just Blew me away! It was a gold star read for me last year and one I'll be revisiting many times.
"And tell us before your chest explodes," Andrej muttered, "So we can shoot the alien babies when they pop out." Riley made a rude gesture. "McClane says, go fuck yourself." Kolya chuckled. "Lets keep him."
Gawd, I loved this book!
Butterfly Hunter by Julia Bozza
It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly.
However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found.
As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…
Mark’s Quick Bite
The UK and Australia, two countries on opposite sides of the globe, but then opposites attract and this is the case for Nicholas and Davey.
Nicholas, son of a British Earl and very British to the core, but with a wry sense of humour and a beguiling smile is spending three months in Australia to search for a very rare blue butterfly. Davey, an all Aussie lad is expecting some stuck-up Earl's son and is his guide for the duration of his visit. Nicholas turns about to be nothing like he was expecting and finds himself attracted to the man immediately. Meeting Nicholas at the airport and picking him up off the floor after he trips and falls, Davey can't but help himself in realising that they are going to get along fine.
Well, three months in the Australian outback together and these two grow closer than anyone could ever dream of. The charcacters balance each other out perfeclty and leave you breathless, oh my what a beautiful piece of paradise on earth they find for themselves. Beautiful and descriptive, Julie took me on a literary journey through the Australian Outback. To magical and enchanting places, but getting there was an adventure. As Charlie says,
"Maybe we want it too much. Maybe we have to not want to find it.
This for me was the beauty of the whole story, the most amazing things happen when you're not looking for them. I loved Charlie, a wise native to Australia who is rooted in Dreamtime folklore, gave the story the magical touch. I adored the way Julie wrote about this character, he is obvioulsy an indigenous Australian, but she never refers to the obvious or the obtuse, you just know from the inferences in her writing. The writing has a depth of empathy that makes you feel the characters, sharing their bit of paradise in the Australian Outback. I would like to leave you with my favourite quote from the book.
"Oh, he’s not old. He’s newly emerged. And the longest any butterfly has been known to live is eleven months. They know all about seizing the day. They have to!"
☆ MACKY ~ 5 STARS ☆ TINA ~ 3 STARS ☆