Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

10th NovemberAs 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.

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Bullet (Blue Boy #1) by Garrett Leigh

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Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

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☆

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Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

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...

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Breaking Cover (Life Lessons #2) by Kaje Harper

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

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☆

Book #1 ~ Life Lessons
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47 comments:

  1. I haven't read Bullet but both of the other books were very good.

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  2. All new books to me. I hesitate between Bullet and Breaking Cover... but I loved Garrett Leigh's writing in her Roads Series and I haven't read Life Lessons yet, so I'll pick Bullet as my top choice this week! Thanks for the chance.

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  3. I haven't read any yet! They all sound great!

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  4. I haven't read any of these but I read the first book in the Life Lessons series, so I'd really like Breaking Cover!

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  5. Haven't read any of 'em but Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein sounds the most interesting to me. Thanks!
    taina1959@yahoo.com

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  6. Hard to choose. They all sound great!

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  7. I have read Breaking Cover by Kaje Harper. The whole series is in my comfort reads pile. LOVE it. I would chose K-lee Klein's Unbreak My Heart

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  8. Haven't read any of the books. But I'd choose Bullet (Blue Boy #1) by Garrett Leigh or Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein. Thank you for the chance.

    marsh10(at)netzero(dot)com

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  9. Of these, K-Lee Klein is an author I've never read before, so I'd pick Unbreak My Heart! The other books are going on my to read list too. Thanks for the chance.

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  10. I have Bullet on my ebook and have been wanting to read it for a while, only I haven't got round to it yet...Breaking Cover sounds really good as well.

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  11. I've heard wonderful things about all three...decisions, decisions!

    --Trix

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  12. I haven't read any but would like Unbreak My Heart
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  13. Havent read any of them yet but Bullet is my top one (no pun intended lol)

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  14. I've read Breaking Cover (and the rest of the Life Lessons series) and loved it (one of my fav series). I own Bullet, but have not read it yet. Unbreak My Heart would be my choice this week. Thanks!!

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  15. OMG! Unbreak My Heart was awesome! I haven't read the other books but do love the other two authors. I will pick Bullet (Blue Boy #1). Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

    juliesmall2016(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wasn't it Julie! Those kisses...**swoon** Lol. :) I actually love all three of our picks this week.
      Macky.

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  16. I haven't read any of these yet, Bullet is on the top of my list!

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  17. I've read Bullet (very good)
    my choice is Breaking Cover (Life Lessons #2) by Kaje Harper

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  18. I haven't read any of these books but I would like to read Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein.

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  19. I have read Bullet (and the 2 sequels) and Breaking Cover (and it's other books) so that leaves Unbreak My Heart - it has cowboys, how could I not enjoy it! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. I'd love Unbreak my Heart! Thanks for the chance! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  21. I've not read any of these before. All of these Lund intriguing but I'll choose Bullet (Blue Boy #1) by Garrett Leigh.

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  22. I'd choose Unbreak my Heart. Sounds really good!

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  23. I am new to each of these authors but I'll be looking up their others works to read. I would be fine with any of the books listed since they all appeal to me. Thx for the opportunity!!!

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  24. Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein looks great. I haven't read any of these books, but the cop series looks like something I might have to look into.

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  25. Unbreak My Heart has been on my wish list forever. Fact: Chances of me buy/reading your book increase 1000% if it's title is also a song title. LOL

    Life Lessons series is one of the best M/M series around.

    Bullet I've read, it was pretty good.

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  26. I haven't read any of these books yet. I would like to read Blue Boy. Thank you for this Awesome Giveaway.

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  27. I have Bullet on my Kindle waiting to be read. I really want to read Unbreak My Heart.

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  28. All of them sound amazing.please count me in.

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  29. Bullet has been on my TBR for a long time!

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  30. Unbreak My Heart sounds like an interesting read.

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  31. Unbreak My Heart sounds like it will be very good, and I love K-Lee.

    I have read Breaking Cover, in fact, I've read the entire series, and I could see myself doing it again as a re-read. I generally don't re-read anything.

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  32. I've not read any of these yet , but Bullet looks good this week.

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  33. all these books sound good jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  34. I haven't read any of these yet but would love to read Unbreak my Heart by K-Lee Klein.

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  35. haven't read any of them but I think I would pick Bullet.

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  36. I haven't read any of them.

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  37. Loved, loved, loved the Life Lesson series. I have Bullet (haven't read it yet) and would love to read Unbreak My Heart.

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  38. Haven't read any of these. I'm picking Unbreak My Heart

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  39. Haven't read these yet, but want to. I love some of the authors though. Thanks for the chance!

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  40. I love the Life Lessons series! Kaje Harper kills me every time with Mac and Tony.

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  41. I have read and enjoyed the Kaje Harper story (and the whole series) so my difficult choice would be based on the other two great choices :)

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  42. I haven't read any of these yet. Bullet has been on my TBR for a while. Unbreak my Heart is at the top of my list. Thank you!

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