Monday, September 01, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

1st September 2014

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 we have three fabulous reads to brighten up the start of your week with this weeks Quick Bites! A little bit of something for everyone this week with vampires, werewolves, geeks and cowboys from Belinda McBride, Josephine Myles and Lisa M. Owens.

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!

Good Luck!

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Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride

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Rating ~ 4 Stars

Synopsis

Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins.
On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it's all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He's not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he's made. He's even less sure Bleu will let him go.
In Blacque's world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu's world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada's magic to work for them.

Monique’s Quick Bite

What a fabulous read this was, loved it and it totally ticked all my boxes. Great character development the story was well paced, world building was excellent, I loved the magical town of Arcadia and the fact it was a haven and sanctuary to all that lived there… I just didn’t want to put it down, half way in and the pages were turning at an alarming rate and our two main characters were just delicious, I mean a hot blooded Wolf, tattooed and pierced… Holy Cow! and a sinfully sexy, cool as you like Vampire, who rides a Harley! Hell yes!! …What’s not to love!?!

Belinda McBride did a great job of endearing both characters to my heart, there was depth to them, they endured but found the strength and courage in each other to overcome even the most stubborn of obstacles. The plot was at times riveting with Bleu’s past catching up with him. There was deception and betrayal amongst the pack, a fight for dominance as well as the unfolding revelations of our two MC’s, some very hot man loving and also some great secondary characters.

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Junk by Josephine Myles

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Letting go is the first step to healing…or bringing it all crashing down.
When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson can no longer ignore the truth. His ever-growing piles of books, magazines and newspapers can no longer be classified as a “collection”. It’s a hoard, and he needs professional help.
Professional clutter clearer and counselor Lewis Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but even he has to admit he’s shocked. Not so much by the state of Jasper’s house, but by the level of attraction he still feels for the sexy bookworm he remembers from school.
What a shame that Lewis’s ethical code forbids relationships with clients. As Jasper makes slow but steady progress, though, the magnetic pull between them is so strong even Lewis is having trouble convincing himself it’s a temporary emotional attachment arising from the therapeutic process.
Jasper longs to prove to Lewis that this is the real deal. But first he’ll have to lay bare the root of his hoarding problem…and reveal the dark secret hidden behind his walls of books.
Product Warnings
Contains a level-headed counselor with a secret addiction, a bespectacled geek with a sweet tooth, a killer “to-be-read” pile, embarrassing parents, a van called Alice, and deliciously British slang.

 

Mark’s Quick Bite

A delightful story with vibrant characters and a British touch. I loved the whole idea of this story and its concept. Dealing with a serious issue, but done very sensitively, leading to an entertaining and fascinating read. The dynamics between the MCs Jasper and Lewis are wonderful. Lewis so caring and Jasper so in need. My heart melted straight away.

Jo manages to write extremely sensitively about the very difficult issue of hoarding, that affects many people, with heartfelt tenderness and empathy for those struggling or trying to find a way out of their hoarding problem. It’s all too easy for society to turn their noses up at such people, but I’m personally sure this has become an illness of our times and has become worse in the last few decades as we have more possessions, have become more materialistic and are becoming an ever increasingly disposable society. All Jasper wanted to do was rescue the books and the wonderful literature and information contained within.

This book is wonderful – go read it!

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Worth the Coming Home by Lisa M. Owens

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

For Josh Brooks, it’s a summer of wishes come true. First he gets his dream horse from a rival trainer. Then his brother’s Army Ranger buddy, Dane Keller, comes to work on the ranch and Josh meets his dream lover too. Dane is hot, competent, and fresh out of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Everything would be perfect—except nobody knows Josh and Dane are gay.
All Dane wants is a quiet life in a less claustrophobic closet and a ranch job where he can earn a living. But when his best friend’s little brother, the one who wrote the letters that kept their spirits up in Afghanistan, turns out to have grown up in all the right ways, Dane can’t help wanting more despite his fear of commitment.
While Dane and Josh are busy trying—and failing—to keep their hands to themselves, someone else is watching, biding his time. Then he strikes, first at Josh and then at the prized horse. When all of their secrets and fears are exposed, Dane is determined to protect Josh, even if it means leaving him behind.

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

This was actually one of those novels that started out a deceptively easy read until all hell let loose and suddenly that was it! I was hooked, and totally wrapped up in this dramatically charged story. It really stirred up all sorts of feelings in me, sympathy and compassion for the most part, irritation and exasperation at some of their actions at times but also anger at the homophobic and bigoted small town mentality that the MC's have to face when a deeply closeted Josh falls for his brother's friend Dane, a conflicted man suffering from PTSD, who is also deeply closeted, like Josh himself. The whole situation a recipe for hurt, anger, violence and betrayal for all involved as it brings to light the notion of having to live a lie for fear of repercussion ...and I ABSOLUTELY loved every suspenseful, angst filled minute!

There's a lot going on in this and I have to admit Lisa M Owens took me on a hard hitting, raw, roller coaster ride that cleverly wound up the tension to a peak, wrung me out, but still left me feeling satisfied and at peace, as thankfully it's ending was full of love, redemption and hope for the future. The love scenes were hot, and heavy, not BDSM as such but they did feature some kink and domination from Dane which fitted the mindset of the characters perfectly. A complex book chock full of emotion but thankfully not one I found to be dismal or dreary. A fabulous story that showed just how good a writer this author is. Highly recommended if you don't want light and fluffy but need something you can really sink your teeth into.

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Giveaway

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41 comments:

  1. Haven't read any of these books, but would love to win Junk by Josephine Myles.

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  2. I read Junk, which was great. Both of the other books sound really good, not sure which I would choose!

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  3. I loved Junk and Worth the Coming Home. I haven't seen Blacque/Bleu before, so I'd love to read it.

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  4. Blacque/Bleu is definitely at the top of my list.

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  5. I haven't read any of these but Junk is my #1 pick!

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  6. I haven't read any of these books. Added to tbr pile Thanks for chance to win

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  7. Junk by Josephine Myles

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  8. I haven't read any of them yet. I think Blacque/Bleu would be my choice this week

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  9. I haven't read any of these yet. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

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  10. would love any of these books!

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  11. I have not read any of these, but Worth the Coming Home sounds like something that I want to read. Thanks for the giveaway

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  12. I would love to read Junk or With the Coming Home.

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  13. havent read any of these but Worth the Coming Home by Lisa M. Owens sounds great

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  14. LOVED Blaque/Bleu by Belinda McBride!! Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys PNR.

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  15. I loved JUNK, and am eager to read BLACQUE/BLEU!

    --Trix

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  16. Haven't read any of them but Junk sounds good but I would most like to read Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride

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  17. Have read Junk - love Jo Myles' writing!
    The other two both sound great, would probably opt for Worth the Coming Home

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  18. I read Blacque/Bleu long ago and loved the intensity. Of the books remaining I'd love to read Junk by Josephine Myles!

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  19. I really enjoyed Blacque/Bleu. Would love to read Worth the Coming Home. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Haven't read any if these yet but would like to take a shot at Blacque/Bleu!!

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  21. Haven't read them yet, but Worth the Coming Home is added to my TBR!

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  22. I'd like to read Worth the Coming Home by Lisa M. Owens.

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  23. I haven't read Blacque/Bleu but the other two were very good.

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  24. The only one I haven't read is Worth the Coming Home by Lisa M. Owens. Blacque/Bleu I read quite a while back. I love vampires and loved every single line of this book!!! Junk was a sweet book to read and one that can be applied to many actual cases, unfortunately. There are so many people that, for what ever personal/emotional reasons, start collecting things and end up with a house full of junk. Those two books are simply wonderful and I recommend them to everyone who likes M/M books.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    taina1959 at yahoo.com

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  25. I think I'd like Worth the Coming Home. Thanks for the chance!

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  26. I've read Blacque/Bleu (loved it!)
    my choice is Worth the Coming Home by Lisa M. Owens

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  27. I love the title Junk. Would love to read it.

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  28. Haven't read any of these books and I am having a hard time choosing between them. I guess Blacque and Bleu sounds like it would be so hot that my notebook might melt!!

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  29. I haven't read any yet. Worth the Coming Home sounds great.

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  30. I love the sound of Worth the Coming Home AND Junk

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  31. I haven't read any of these. Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride has been on my wishlist forever though.

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  32. I haven't read any of them but would love to read Junk by Josephine Myles.

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  33. I've read Worth the Coming Home and really enjoyed it - Cowboys! What's not to love! I'd really love to read either of the other two - I really like Josephine Myles' books.

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  34. Read and loved Junk. I would choose Worth the Coming Home.

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  35. I'd like to read Worth the Coming Home. Thanks!

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  36. I'd really like to read Junk - heard the series is great

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  37. Worth the Coming Home or Blaque/Bleu

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  38. Junk and Blaque/Bleu are both amazing! I haven't read Worth the Coming Home yet.

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