Monday, September 08, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

QB 08th 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 Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from L.A. Witt, T. Baggins and N.R. Walker.

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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Covet thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs #4) by L.A. Witt

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.
Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.
But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smokescreen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.

 

Mark’s Quick Bite

The church and sexuality; a potentially explosive combination and boy did this book start with a bang. Wham bam thank you ma'am to be exact!

Seth - is a tattoo artist, Darren - is a minister. You couldn't get two characters who are more apart on ideals and beliefs if you tried and yet when Darren moves into the apartment next to Seth's both their worlds collide and they are thrown for a loop. After Darren arrives, Seth takes Darren out for an evening to show him around town. The chemistry is there and the evening ends up with them having sizzling sex. The traditional one-night stand with all the recriminations the morning after. Despite all this Seth can't get Darren out of his mind and they still can't keep their hands off each other.

A great read with a depth of emotion and understanding that left me reflecting for days after.

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Soulless by T. Baggins

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Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

A Man of Science
Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.
A Creature of Darkness
Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master's wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.
A Love Predestined
Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.
WARNING: 18+ only. Graphic m/m sex, rape of a main character by the antagonist, social commentary, historical detail, bloodletting, beheading (in a flashback) and murder.

Monique’s Quick Bite

This book from T.Bagins, totally wowed me, it was just exquisite! Sometimes, you pick up a book and begin to read and in the first few lines you realise you are in for a treat, I found myself wanting to absorb each and every word the author had so carefully, and what seemed to me, lovingly laid out for us in this book… Soulless.

Soulless is a book on a whole other level… the writing is in the Old English formal style but it struck a chord with me and just made me want to sing I was so excited! It’s an intelligent read with so much going on, the descriptive prose… beautiful, evoking vivid imagery in my mind, some of it not pretty in the least… in fact its gory and painful to watch at times with an authentic historical feel to it… It felt like watching a high budget Hollywood movie, with a dark, eerie, haunting atmosphere… horrific, but with a refreshingly different take on the usual Vampire myth, with comical moments that I’m not even sure if they were supposed to be, but tickled me anyway and had me laughing… as well as the banter that both men seemed so fond of.

This world T. Baggins created had me fascinated and intrigued, I was as enthralled as one of Ban’s victims. With the vampires, witches and the wise, it was mystical… the reincarnation of Serafino in Nicholas, the man Ban had loved centuries before and how that love had never died had my heart fit to bursting. The secondary characters also had huge personalities of their own and they too brought the pages to life. My favourite though was Nicholas's Grandmother, one of the wise and a witch, a fountain of knowledge and a woman not to be messed with despite being in her eighties, I could gladly have pulled up a chair and sat listening to her.

This was an amazing book, and definitely one which has stayed with me.

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Elements Of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by NR Walker

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Rating ~ 5 stars

Synopsis

Book one in the Thomas Elkin series.
Even the strongest of buildings start out as plans on paper, and every architect knows that sometimes plans need to change. Sometimes, these lessons are learned on the job.
A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.
Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.
Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom a few things about life.

Macky’s Quick Bite

There's isn't an NR Walker book I haven't loved and most have been 5 star reads mainly because I always connect with her MC's. She just gets the chemistry and sexual tension right in her romances and that's the big plus for me. This one I was a little wary of because I'm not the greatest fan of older/younger man pairings but get it right and I'm a happy bunny...and this gets it absolutely right! I was converted.

Thomas is 44, Cooper 22 and the first time Thomas meets him is when his son brings him with him to his dads place for dinner. They are old school friends and its 5 years since Thomas last saw him. I liked that there was no wham bam instant attraction between the two on that first meeting, it was an attraction that only really started to grow when Thomas finds out that Cooper has applied to be an intern at his architectural firm and he takes him under his wing. Their mutual love of architecture and Coopers obvious passion for it draw them together and of course being in close contact, the inevitable happens. Not the longest of books, expect some drama and some sensual love scenes but thankfully its not overly angsty... I thought what conflict there was surrounding the age difference was nicely paced and the love scenes not too repetitive or over the top.

Great chemistry, fab sexual tension and some fantastic witty banter that actually had me laughing, makes for a super read. I've since gone on to read the whole series and absolutely loved every one.

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43 comments:

  1. I haven't read any yet but all sound fantastic. Elements Of Retrofit though is definitely top on my list to read.

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  2. They all sound so good. I'll have to say Elements of Retrofit since it's been near the top of my list for a while.

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  3. I havent read any of these books yet but on my Top list there is Covet thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs #4) by L.A. Witt. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  4. I read and really liked Elements of Retrofit and the whole Thomas Elkin series! I'd love to win Covet thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs #4) by L.A. Witt. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. I would want Covet thy Neighbor since I have already read Elements of the Retrofit! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. I haven't read any of these books yet, but Covet Thy Neighbor sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

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  7. But, they all sound great! I don't want to choose :(

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  8. Read, enjoyed both Covet Thy Neighbour and Elements. Did read part of Spulless when it was a blog story, so I'm going for Soulless this week!

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  9. havent read any of these books but Elements Of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by NR Walker sounds great

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  10. I read Covet Thy Neighbor and really enjoyed it. I would love to read Elements of Retrofit

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  11. They all sound good, but I'm really feeling Soulless.

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  12. I read Elements Of Retrofit but didn't like it... Covet Thy Neighbor sounds like something I would like.

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  13. No, I haven't but Covet thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs #4) by L.A. Witt sounds great!

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  14. Soulless and Elements of Retrofit sound good. I've read Covet Thy Neighbor and it was a really good read.

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  15. I have read Elements of Retrofit and enjoyed it. I have Covet Thy Neighbor on my Kindle, but have not read it yet. So, that leaves Soulless, which is on my TBR list, but I do not own yet. Thanks for the contest!

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  16. I have two of the books but haven't read them. I would like Soulless.
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  17. I haven't read any of them, probably would want to read Soulless first.

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  18. SOULLESS is the only one I haven't read yet!

    --Trix

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  19. I have a couple of these, but haven't got round to reading them yet - but I fancy all of them.

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  20. I've had Elements of Retrofit on my TBR list forever but Soulless looks really good too!!!

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  21. I read Soulless when T. posted it on her now-defunct blog but I don't own it, it is AMAZING so I would choose it.

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  22. I read Covet Thy Neighbor and enjoyed it immensely! Great characters and nice blending of religion amidst the naughtiness. I'd love to read Soulless by T. Baggins!

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  23. No, I haven't read any of them yet, but, Covet thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt has caught my eye since it's debut! A romance with a minister sounds so very naughty :) Mark's 5 stars helps too!

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  24. Soulless is so out of the box from most books that it has taken over my thoughts. It sounds wonderful and full of passion.

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  25. I haven't read any of them but Soulless by T. Baggins sounds really good. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  26. Element of Retrofit and Covet Thy Neighbor sound amazing! Thanks for the chance!

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  27. Read most of the Tucker Springs series and really enjoyed. Would love to read Elements of Retrofit.

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  28. I would love to read Elements in Retrofit. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I've read Soulless quite some time ago and it was a dark but interesting read
    my choice is Elements Of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by NR Walker

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  30. I would love to read Elements of Retrofit

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  31. I haven't read any of these, yet. Covet Thy Neighbor sounds like a great read!

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  32. I haven't read any of them yet. I can't wait to read Covet thy Neighbor.

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  33. I'd love Soulless by T. Baggins~

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  34. I have read Elements Of Retrofit and I am torn between which of the other two to choose :)

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  35. I'm intrigued by Elements Of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by NR Walker.

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  36. I haven't read any but Covet Thy Neighbor sounds like something I'll want to read right away.

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  37. I've read some of L.A Witts books and enjoyed them so Covert Thy Neighbor grabbed my interest. That being said Elements Of Retrofit by NR Walker is the first of a series I LOVE series!

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  38. I have read element of retrofit and it is a really good series. I love the books by L A witt that I have read but I have never read Love Thy Neighbour so that would definitely be my cjoice

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  39. Read Soulless... loved it. Recently bought Covet Thy Neighbor.... will be reading soon (I also have all of the others from the Tucker Springs series). Elements of Retrofit sounds interesting, I will have to check it out.

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  40. Haven't read any of these yet. Soulless is at the top of mt list. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  41. Haven't read any of these yet so it is a hard choice!

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