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.
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Covet thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs #4) by L.A. Witt
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.
Soulless by T. Baggins
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
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.
Elements Of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by NR Walker
Rating ~ 5 stars
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.