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.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have three great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Garrett Leigh, K-Lee Lein and Kaje Harper. 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.
Bullet (Blue Boy #1) by Garrett Leigh
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Levi Ramone entered the gay porn market for one reason, and one reason only: he needed the cash to pay his momma's spiraling gambling debts. Seven years later, he's a veteran with a reputation as one of Blue Boy Studio's most ruthless tops, and when his boss suggests it's time for a change, he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun. Figuratively speaking, at least.
Enter Sonny Valentine, a go-go dancer at Blue's sister club, Silver's. Levi has secretly admired Sonny from afar for years, but there's a problem. He can't stand Sonny and the feeling is entirely mutual. When Levi learns Sonny is to play the third part in a scene he already considers his worst nightmare, he figures things can't get any worse.
But when preparations for the scene from hell collide with tragic events in his personal life, he finds his fast-growing, red-hot attraction to Sonny just might be the only thing left between him and a bullet.
Monique’s Quick Bite
Levi Ramone is a top… a very gorgeous, dark haired, twenty six year old, hot, brooding and detached top at Blue Boy Studios, with a reputation for giving it hard and fast… oh, and he’s hung like a horse with a southern drawl to die for… you get the image… right! Sonny Valentine is a go-go dancer, beautiful and graceful, but to pay for college he needs to subsidise his income with porn. There is no love lost between these two and Sonny certainly doesn’t hold back the punches when telling Levi exactly what an arse he thinks he is and why! I loved the animosity fuelled banter and interactions between these two… it was like foreplay, with the sexual tension between them palpable… That connection, was intense, intimate and so personal I felt like a voyeur. Sonny liberated our Levi, not only from his inhibitions, but also from the shackles that had for so long weighed him down, it was as though Sonny were there to guide him. It was all a powerful seduction in learning how to feel, all so carefully orchestrated by Sonny through gentle encouragement, it was so sensual and erotically charged I was left breathless… this is probably the only love scene that has actually made me cry!
Even though this is a novella… don’t let that fool you, Garrett Leigh’s sense of humour is abound as we have some great camaraderie, I loved the sarcastic wit and humour with plenty of tension and emotion to keep you totally engaged. Levi’s relationship with his mother runs in the background giving us an insight into how tragic his life has been and also the characters from Blue Boy Studios make an appearance adding the anticipation for the rest of the series.
☆Macky’s Rating ~ 5 Stars☆
Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his little world of grief and pain for the past three years—thank you very much. Losing someone special is life changing, and Brett doesn't understand why everyone and their damn dog thinks they can get all up in his business about moving on. He's accepted his job going from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else's opinion, and he doesn't need some city kid coming into his life to break the habits he's been practicing—grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.
JT Campbell was on a quest to escape his old life, and to figure out who he is and where he belonged as he moved from one meaningless job to the next. He wasn't looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wore his heart on his sleeve. He likes working for Brett, but it's been made perfectly clear that any relationship other than professional will never see the light of day.
But when JT's lust turns to love, and he gives in to his desire to find out what makes Brett tick, will his patience and support result in Brett lowering the walls he's built-up enough so JT can unbreak his heart?
Macky’s Quick Bite
Cowboys again but definitely one of my favorites. I loved this slow burn love story. Dealing with the loss of a loved one, and its heartrending effect on the partner left grieving, in this case Brett, it was a compassionate romance, that was sweet, gentle and tender but still emotionally charged enough to keep me glued to its pages. I was deeply moved by Brett who loses himself nightly in a bottle of Jack Daniels whilst writing to his dead lover, some of the most poignant letters you'll ever read.
With a cast of mainly five major players...four in the flesh and one in spirit... it started low key as Brett and his new ranch hand TJ's friendship, tentatively grew into an attraction, but with the memory of Walt, Brett's much loved partner, still palpable; so his presence in the story was very strong. This was never a case of Insta love or lust and because of that full on sex was kept on hold until the perfect time, so when it arrived it wasn't just wanton sex, it was true love making at its best. Instead it was filled with lots of tummy churning heated kisses, and sensual make out sessions that took my breath away! Like TJ, we don't get to know the full story of Brett and Walt until it all culminates towards the end in an explosion of self perceived guilt and accountability that had my heart pounding, but this was no eye rolling 'big misunderstanding,' it was authentic, convincing and understandable from both sides and a massive part of the healing process for them both. OMG! Brett and TJ stole my heart, broke it a little then put it back together exactly as the title says! And yes I cried...
Breaking Cover (Life Lessons #2) by Kaje Harper
Rating ~ 5 Stars
For homicide detective Mac, it's been a good year. Having Tony to go home to makes him a better cop and a better person. For Tony, it's been hard being in love with a man he can't touch in public. Evasions and outright lying to friends and family take a little of the shine off his relationship with Mac, but Tony is determined to make it work.
As the Minneapolis Police Department moves into a hot, humid summer, Mac is faced with a different challenge. A killer has murdered two blond women, and the police have no real clues. Mac hates to think that another murder may be the only way they'll make progress with the case. But when that murder happens, it hits close to home for Tony. And suddenly Mac faces an ultimatum: come out into the sunlight and stand beside Tony as his lover, or walk away and live without a piece of his heart.
This is the sequel to Life Lessons.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Breaking Cover - a very apt title as Mac's cover is now definitely blown! This book was exciting, the murder / mystery well thought out and paced while dealing with the story line of gay parenting. I really liked how this subject was dealt with illustrating that blood relations are no guarantee for a child's happiness. However, when I think about everything that poor Ben went through I would ask myself if the child would not end up eventually having permanent emotional scars and hang-ups later in life.
As for Mac he now has to be strong in his new life and identity. That although he is the tough guy cop, coming out takes more courage than you think. Dealing with people's prejudices can be a hard and cruel lesson to learn, but in the end good will out and it doesn't matter what people think. If family and friends truly love you then they will see the good in a person and anyone who doesn't see that doesn't need to be a friend.
A super read and now looking forward to what part three brings....
☆Macky’s Rating ~ 5 Stars☆