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.
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Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride
Rating ~ 4 Stars
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.
Junk by Josephine Myles
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.
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!
Worth the Coming Home by Lisa M. Owens
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.