Monday, October 06, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

Monday 6th October

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!

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Someday it Will Be by S.A. McAuley

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

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 ☆

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Keeping Promise Rock (Promises #1) by Amy Lane

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

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 ☆

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Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

2nd Edition
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 ☆

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48 comments:

  1. havent read any but Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels sounds like a great story

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  2. I have read the first edition of Faith, Love & Devotion (loved it also), but have not read the other two books, and I was wondering how different is the Tere Michaels book in its second edition. Macky if you are checking the comments would you let me know, thank you? :)

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    1. Hi Sula, *waves*'...I've just contacted Tere and this was what she said:

      "It has a few expanded scenes but no new chapters. As the books are rereleased, there will be more new content in each one - I just didn't find a lot to tinker around with on this one! :)..."

      Hope that helps Sula.
      Macky. :)

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    2. Hi Macky, {{{hugs}}} and thank you for checking for me :D It does help but now I will wonder if I should buy the new edition as I will be thinking about what has been changed/added and yes I agree why tinker around to much when it was perfect :)

      Thank you again, Sula

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    3. Haha, me too Sula...I'm always greedy for more...and you're very welcome. **Hugs** :*)

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  3. Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels seems a wonderfull story.

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  4. I've been wanting to read Faith & Fidelity! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. I've only listened to Keeping Promise Rock on audio as well, and the other two books I haven't read. As far as reading the quick bites, I am really sold on Someday it will Be. I am curious what can possibly be in those 49 pages that is so emotionally engaging. I do also want to read Faith and Fidelity, I've heard so many great things about the series. Keeping Promise Rock should be a movie. I see the journey Deacon and Crick went on together and separately as epic.

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  6. Haven't read any of these books but Faith & Fidelity would be my top pick. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

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  7. I would choose Faith & Fidelity, thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I would have to pick Faith & Fidelity too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. I didn't read any, but would love to give a try to Keeping Promise Rock (Promises #1) by Amy Lane. Thanks for the chance!

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  10. Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels is on my top list.

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  11. I have read 'Faith and Fidelity' Pretty sure I gave it 5 stars! It is a book that I would read again. My choice of the other two would be 'Keeping Promise Rock'

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  12. Faith and Fidelity is one of my all time favorite books. I may have to get it just for the expanded scenes. Both of the other books sound like great reads. Not sure I could handle the angst of Someday It Will Be. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I haven't read any of the books listed but I would like to try Amy Lanes.

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  14. I haven't read any of these yet. I like several of them. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

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  15. I have not read any of these books yet. But want to.

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  16. I'm dying to read Faith and Fidelity.

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  17. Both are new to me, but I'd read Faith and Fidelity first.

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  18. Haven't read any of them, yet, but Faith and Fidelity is on my list now!

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  19. I havent read any of this week's books. I'd pick Faith and Fidelity.

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  20. haven't read any of these
    I'd choose Someday it Will Be by S.A. McAuley please

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  21. I want to read Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels.

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  22. I've not read any of these books but am drawn to Keeping Promise Rock....

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  24. I have read Faith & Fidelity but it's been a long time, I loved it though! I would choose Some Day it Will Be although I am tempted by Keeping Promise Rock.

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  25. I have not read any of these books but Faith and Fidelity sounds good. Thanks for the contest!!

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  26. I haven't read any of these books yet but my first choice would be Faith and Fidelity.

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  27. I haven't read any of these yet but Keeping Promise Rock has been on my TBR for a while!

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  28. I've read Keeping Promise Rock (more than once) - it is one of my favs! I would love to win Faith & Fidelity. Thanks!

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  29. I've read all except Someday It Will Be.

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  30. Read & loved the 1st edition of Faith & Fidelity. Keeping Promise Rock has been on my wishlist for awhile.

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  31. I've Read Faith and Fidelity and Promise Rock and Both are on my very short favorites list and out of those two I'd have to say Faith and Fidelity is my favorite Love love love it!

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  32. Read Faith and Fidelity- it was sooo good! I think next on my list would be Keeping Promise Rock- Amy Lane blew me away with Locker Room.

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  33. sorry i havent had the pleasure of reading them.

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  34. I haven't read any of them. They all look great.

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  35. I have read Faith & Fidelity. Really enjoyed it!! Would love the chance to read Keeping Promise Rock!

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  36. Faith & Fidelity, please! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  37. I haven't read any of them and would love to read Faith & Fidelity.

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  38. I haven't read Faith & Fidelity yet. Keeping Promise Rock was a good read.

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  39. I've read both Faith & Fidelity and Keeping Promise Rock and they are both amazing reads. Would love a chance to win SA McAuley's book Someday it will Be. Loved Monique's review.

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  40. Thank you for this Awesome opportunity .

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  41. Faith and Fidelity looks wonderful.....they all do, but that is the one that tops my list.

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  42. I haven't gotten to read any of these yet, but they were all already on my TBR list. I think Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love & Devotion #1) by Tere Michaels this is the one I want to read the most. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

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  43. I haven't read any of these yet. Keeping Promise Rock is at the top of my list. Thank you for the giveaway!

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