Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

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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 a bank holiday here in the UK, so we have three great recommended reads you just might want to curl up with from Alex Beecroft, Jordan L. Hawk and Mary Calmes.

Don’t forget can can also enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites, and let us know if you have read and loved any of these books or which one might be tempting that one click finger!

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Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

A timeless love as dangerous as the sea....
For Captain Harry Thompson, the command of the prison transport ship HMS Banshee is his opportunity to prove his worth, working-class origins be damned. But his criminal attraction to his upper-crust First Lieutenant, Garnet Littleton, threatens to overturn all he’s ever worked for.
Lust quickly proves to be the least of his problems, however. The deadly combination of typhus, rioting convicts, and a monstrous storm destroys his prospects...and shipwrecks him and Garnet on their own private island. After months of solitary paradise, the journey back to civilization -- surviving mutineers, exposure, and desertion -- is the ultimate test of their feelings for each other.
These two very different men each record their story for an unfathomable future in which the tale of their love -- a love punishable by death in their own time -- can finally be told. Today, dear reader, it is at last safe for you to hear it all.
Note: This is a revised, stand-alone edition of the story originally published in the Hidden Conflict anthology in 2009.

Mark’s Quick Bite

It is a rare thing to find an M/M historical romance that ticks off all the boxes, but this week my Quick Bite has to be Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft. I don't possess enough adjectives or superlatives to describe how I feel about this book. Beautiful, amazing, breath-taking, divine, gorgeous, exquisite, pulchritudinous (looked that one up!), magnificent, stunning, delightful, elated, I could continue forever. I just didn't want this book to end.

This book is written as a journal, each character being a chapter or journal entry. This was a wonderful notion, it was like readng someone's personal diary and getting to know their innermost thoughts and feelings. However, it was not disjointed, Harry's journal entry always picking up nicely and relating to something in Garnet's and vice versa. A way of sharing, a joint dairy with individual perspectives. All in all a beautiful and totally enthralling read that will stay with me for a long time.

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Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Change of Heart: Book One
As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn’t want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them.
But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won’t give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

Oh my...Jin and Logan. Just thinking about these two makes me tingle from head to toe! RAWR! Talk about palpable sexual tension! But it's not all about that with this fantasy treat. The love scenes are hot, hot, hot and the bond between them as a mated couple is even more tangible than ever, which makes for a fantastic m/m romance but at the same time, all the way through the series (which to be honest just gets better and better) it's choc full of clever plots, thrills, drama, excitement, intrigue and non stop action. I'd go as far as to say this is probably my favourite paranormal series overall. These are gorgeous, slinky, sexy man-panthers and part of what I loved most of all about it was the indepth world building that Mary graces her felines with. It's Egyptian influence and culture just perfect for them as cat shifters. There's real thought gone into its construction and I was glued to my kindle from the first sentence of book one to the last in book four. I don't remember it slumping at any point; Jins transformation and the strength of his and Logan's love which endures all over the whole set of books, making it unputdownable. Every character in it vibrant and important in their own right to the progression of the ongoing thread....even the bad guys! It was love at first read... and second..and I'm pretty sure it will be on a third...and fourth ...in fact where's my kindle!?!

☆ MONIQUE ~ 4 STARS ☆

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Hunter of Demons (SPECTR book #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

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Rating ~ 4 Stars

Synopsis

Unregistered paranormal Caleb Jansen only wants a normal life. But when a demon murders his brother, Caleb knows he has to avenge Ben's death, no matter what the cost. Unfortunately, his only allies belong to an extremist group who would kill Caleb if they found out about his talent.
Gray is a wandering spirit, summoned to hunt and destroy demons by drinking their blood. This hunt goes horribly wrong, and for the first time in his existence Gray is trapped in a living, human body. Caleb's body...and Caleb is still in it.
Hotshot federal agent John Starkweather thinks he's seen it all. But when he's called to exorcise Caleb, he finds a creature which isn't supposed to exist outside of stories. For Gray is a drakul: a vampire.
Having spent his life avoiding the government as an unregistered 'mal, Caleb can't let himself trust a federal exorcist, no matter how sexy. And he certainly isn't going to give into the heat growing between them and sleep with Starkweather.
Can Starkweather win Caleb's trust and convince him he isn't the enemy? Can Caleb keep Gray under control, as the drakul experiences the temptation of a living body for the first time?
Because if he fails and Gray gives in to bloodlust, Starkweather will have no choice but to kill them both.
Novella: 33,643 words.

 

Monique’s Quick Bite

This novella is such a little gem and I can’t believe it’s currently a free download over on Amazon. The writing is excellent, imaginative and lyrical in it’s rendition. I just love it when I pick up a book and it takes me completely by surprise, and Hunter of Demons did exactly that. It is very much the first book in a series, where the seeds have been sewn, and hopefully with the tender loving care of the author, this world she has created has grown to it’s full potential. And I, for one, have downloaded the rest of the books, ready to consume.

The most intriguing character for me is Gray, an unknown entity and totally misunderstood. He is a drakul, a vampire only this myth and concept is so far removed from how we have so far seen these paranormal beings. He has such a haunting quality to him, I loved his wonderment and sincerity, his total honesty and how he see’s the world, he had only previously had contempt for, through new senses and understanding, along with his inner musings was all just fascinating stuff and compelling reading. This vivid style of writing from Jordan Hawk did not only assault Gray and Caleb’s senses but also mine as a reader. Visually this book is stunning, combine that with the prose and you have the beginning of a story that has already crawled under my skin.

 ☆ MACKY ~ 4.5 STARS ☆

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Giveaway

Your choice of eBook from this weeks list, as Hunter of Demons is currently a free download from Amazon we will be including book #2 in the series Master of Ghouls in the giveaway.

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40 comments:

  1. Hunter of Demons was great, really enjoyed it. Would love to win Change of Heart, sounds fantastic.

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  2. I've read Hunter of Demons. I have the other two on my TBR list already, but Change of Heart is my first choice.

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  3. Blessed Isle or Change of Heart, thanks!

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  4. Hunter of Demons was great. The whole series is fantastic actually. I think I would choose Change of Heart. Thanks for the chance!

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  5. I have not read Blessed Isle and would love to. I too read Hunter of Demons. it was excellent.

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  6. My pick would be Change of Heart.

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  7. I haven't read any of them, but I really want to read Change of Heart by Mary Calmes.

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  8. I'd like to read Change of Heart by Mary Calmes.

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  9. I think I would choose Blessed Isle although Mary Calmes is always good and I like shifter stories a lot.

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  10. I would love any of these books!

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  11. I loved the SPECTR series!
    my choice would be Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

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  12. I really want to read Change of Heart! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. I haven't read any of them yet, although Hunter of Demons and Change of Heart are already in my ebook, waiting to be read. I would go for Blessed Isle, because I've loved all the books by Alex Beecroft I've read so far.

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  14. Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft is my choice this manday. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. I can't wait to read Change of Heart. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

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  16. I haven't read any of them yet but on my top list there's Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft!! Thanks!!

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  17. I pick Blessed Isle. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. Change of Heart and Hunter of Demons are both awesome books, and re-reads for me! I haven't read Blessed Isle yet.

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  19. I haven't read any of these but Change of Heart sounds great.

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  20. I read and loved Hunter of Demons, I would choose Blessed Isle.

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  21. Haven't read any but ging with Mark and Ths Blessed Isle

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  22. Would like Blessed Isle.
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  23. I had a hard time following CHANGE OF HEART, though I know tons of people love it. I'd go for BLESSED ISLE.

    --Trix

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  24. I havent read any of these but I would love to read Hunter of Demons by Jordan L. Hawk

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  25. Yay, an easier one for me this week as I have two of them so can pick Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft if I am lucky enough to win and would also recommend the other two if you have not read them :)

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  26. Haven't read any of them yet. Would probably choose Change of Heart

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  27. I have read Hunter of Demons and Change of Heart. Both are nice reads!

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  28. Haven't read any of them but Change of Heart by Mary Calmes sounds intriguing. Thank you for the giveaway.

    marsh10(at)netzero(dot)com

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  29. Hunter of Demons sounds good and I would love to read Master of Ghouls if you're including that.

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  30. I would so love Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft~~ LOL.... or... Change of Heart by Mary Calmes~~ :D

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  31. Change of Heart looks great and I haven't read Blessed Isle yet.

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  32. Blessed Isle would be my choice this week. Thanks!

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  33. Haven't read any but Blessed Isle sounds interesting!

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  34. I haven't read any of the books but would love to read Change of Heart by Mary Calmes.

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  35. I haven't read any of these. Hunter of Ghouls is at the top of my list. Thank you for the giveaway!

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