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 bring you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads.
We have three fabulous Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from S.A. McAuley, Amy Lane and Tere Michaels. Don’t forget can can also enter the giveaway 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!
Someday it Will Be by S.A. McAuley
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Poe is about to learn death and time are fragile barriers—if he has the strength of will to let go.
Poe passes through a graffiti-laden alley, his chin tucked into his chest, a scarf wrapped tightly over his mouth to keep out the cold. He has nowhere to go since Isaac's death, but something compels him out in the frigid Chicago winter.
He steps out of the alley, off the curb, and…into sand. In summertime. Isaac told him it would happen but Poe doesn't care how it's possible, only that now he has a chance to make everything right.
Monique’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite this week is quite simply one of THE best books I have read… EVER!
I could never do this book justice, never in a million years, my words are totally inadequate to be able to describe the beauty and emotion that is contained within the 49 pages… quite simply it is the most emotional book I have read. It touched a place in my heart and it was full, fit to bursting… yet broken at the same time. I know I am a wuss when it comes to emotional reads but this book is, in my humble opinion… phenomenal. The writing is just exquisite, I love this author, she creates an atmosphere that keeps me engaged, whole heartedly engrossed in her voice and the characters that she creates. Her words are fluid on the pages, her prose stunning, it is seductive and enticing with a haunting quality to it that at times brought me to tears. We are treated to snippets of Poe and Isaac’s lives in flashbacks, captivating in their own right, but the final picture, when all those beautiful, heartfelt emotional and engaging pieces come together… the result is stunning and the powerful feelings it evokes… overwhelming! I literally sobbed my heart out over this book… truly AMAZING!
I have gifted this book many times to friends… it’s a MUST read!
☆ MACKY ~ 5 STARS ☆
Keeping Promise Rock (Promises #1) by Amy Lane
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon's father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to help Deacon as Deacon has helped him.
Deacon's greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick's determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick's life.
It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick's family did in the past. When Crick's knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite this week is Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane. Although I never read the book but listened to the audio book I just LOVED it! It had everything. I can only describe it as an emotional journey of life with all its trials and tribulations, but goodness and love. This book is absolutely beautiful. A breathtaking, emotional journey which takes you from childhood innocence, through teenage tribulations and finally up to adult worries. This book deals with life. The hardships some of us go through but with love and support almost anything can be overcome. It had me in tears at times.
The author takes her time in writing about each phase of their lives. There are no massive time leaps to get from one point to the next, you start with teenagers and then you are listening to their story as adults and you don’t realise that you are there. Just like in real life when you look back and think my goodness where has the time gone. The plot is well planned and you know exactly where the characters have come from and their connections all the way. If you haven't read this book then don't wait as you will have truly missed out on a beautiful story.
☆ MONIQUE ~ 4 STARS ☆
Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Faith, Love, and Devotion: Book One
Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.
At the urging of his partner, Evan celebrates a coworker’s retirement and meets disgraced former cop turned security consultant Matt Haight. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need.
The past year has been a slow death for Matt Haight. Ostracized from his beloved police force, facing middle age and perpetual loneliness, Matt sees only a black hole where his future should be. When he discovers another lost soul in Evan, some of the pieces he thought he lost start to fall back in place. Their friendship turns into something deeper, but love is the last thing either man expected, and both of them struggle to reconcile their new and overwhelming feelings for one another.
1st Edition published by Loose Id LLC, September 2008
Macky’s Quick Bite
This week Tere Micheals re-released this wonderful book and it just reminded me how much I loved it the first time I discovered it a few years ago, and how those feelings didn't change the second time round...and I know that when (not if) I pick it up for another read, I'll be just as enamoured. I think it's probably one of the more successful straight to gay stories, in as much as both men start the story straight as a die but through tragedy and a shared loneliness, find a surprising, unexpected love growing between them; Vice Detective Evan Carelli: who's just lost the wife, who he was happily married to, had four lovely kids and was very much in love with...and former homicide Detective Matt Haight. a commitment phobic, ladies man, who's also dealing with his own life demons.
This isn't an easy transition for either of them, as anyone would guess. With children in the mix, disgruntled in-laws, homophobic colleagues and of course the biggest shock of all...the fact of being attracted to another man, it all gives them a lot to contend with, and Evan and Matt have a lot of soul searching to do. The book is angsty and there is a fair bit of conflict for them to overcome but nothing of the kitchen sink drama type, which makes it feel more realistic and believable. For me it's watching the tender love story unfold, that grabs me every time, and it feels like true love. I just love this story and the nice thing is you can follow their ongoing journey together over the course of three more books, but to be honest this is probably my most favorite of the series. A lovely, poignant story with heart. I recommend this to any m/m reader, especially if you're just venturing into the genre.
☆ MONIQUE ~ 5 STARS ☆