Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

17th 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 Chris Owen, Heidi Cullinan 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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Adagio by Chris Owen

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Love Is What Happens When You're Making Other Plans...
Five years after arriving in Australia, Jason Stuart is finally embarking on the dream that brought him Down Under: going on "walkabout" in the Australian Outback. But Jason is not that fresh-faced and untried boy from Canada anymore. Jason is a man with half a decade of bad memories and worse nightmares. His friends think he's crazy, or possibly just plain stupid, but Jason needs to make his dream real in order to face his past.
Everything changes when Jason picks up an unexpected travel companion. Suddenly, it's not his past that Jason needs to confront, it's his future.
Part coming-of-age tale, part romance, part travel yarn, Adagio paints a heartwarming picture of a fledgling relationship between two very different men against the lush backdrop of Australia's natural wonders.

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

Like everyone else who has read this, I found myself totally immersed in what is quite simply a lovely romance between two very likable, endearing characters. The story flows beautifully but as fabulous as the descriptions were of their road trip across Australia, it was the love story that kept me engrossed. I thought the attraction that grew into a deep love was totally believable, as Jason's tender support for Ryan, after he goes through a really upsetting experience, was very moving. I grew to love them both but I think Ryan stole my heart a teeny bit more. He's a combination of innocence, playfulness and energy, but with an underlying maturity untypical for an eighteen year old. There's an eight year age difference between these two guys, but because of each of their persona's, that never seemed particularly noticeable. I found the whole thing a wonderful reading experience and one I'll hopefully get around to reading again. There's a degree of angst but I would class it more as a gentle romance with sensual love scenes that complimented it perfectly. I can highly recommend this classy, touching love story.

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Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Coming together as a family was supposed to make life happy-ever-after for Mac and Tony, but their two uprooted kids, demanding jobs, and a less than gay-friendly world don't seem to have gotten the message.
Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They're together openly as a couple, sharing a home and building a life with their two children. It's what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac's job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It's going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.

 

Mark’s Quick Bite

Last week I featured book two and this week it's the turn of book three. This is series that just goes from strength to strength and is definitely not running out of steam. The best book in the series so far. This time Kaje strikes the perfect balance between an enthralling and exciting murder / mystery with a domestic / home backdrop.

All elements for crime loving fans are present in this book. Keeps you guessing all the way and then every so often a revelation turns up that leaves you reeling from the surprise. I loved the inclusion of a small court room drama at the end. Rounded the book off really nicely. Mac's tenacity gets the riddle solved but pays a high price for it and needs all the support, love and care his family can give him. Only time will tell now. His colleagues have become accepting of him being gay, with the exception of an exclusive few, but he now has Oliver's full support who is prepared to crack down on the prejudice the best way he can realising he could have done more in the past. This part of the story is well paced and developed, a vast improvement on the previous two books, but they were also excellent in their own right.

I really like the way you see the family overcoming all their daily trial and tribulations by the love and support they all have for each other. The family starts to gel into one unit culminating in Tony and Mac taking their vows. Tony's family now arrives on the scene too and plays a more active role in their relationship. Although Mac's family is still very elusive with just his younger sister phoning before Christmas and reaching out, but Mac refuses to speak to her due to his current condition. I hope there is more to come on this front.

This book is a must read, but only after the others have been read. None of these books I feel are stand alone and need to read in sequence, but they roll on smoothly from the one book to the next. Be prepared to get hooked once started.

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Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) by Heidi Cullinan

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Rating ~ 4 Stars

Synopsis

The weather outside is frightful, but the cabin is getting pretty hot.

Minnesota Christmas, Book 1

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to go to Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS decided otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack. Once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s burned out and back home in Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past.

As the north winds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Making a relationship last beyond a snowstorm could prove impossible when one man won’t live in the country and the other won’t return to the city. Yet the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

 

Monique’s Quick Bite

After the release last week of Sleigh Ride, book #2 in the Minnesota Christmas series, and being totally blown away by it… I thought it would be a great time to remind those who haven’t read it what a fabulous series this is.

Let it Snow, is the perfect Christmas read as far as I’m concerned, it has everything… that feel good factor that sooOoo gives me the warm and fuzzies, it made me laugh, smile and of course, especially with me, all the happy tears that go with it. I love Heidi Cullinan’s writing and her voice is one that sings to me as a reader… I was cheering from the side-lines for these two men and fell hopelessly in love with both of them. This book left me at the end, clutching my Kindle with a warm glow that only comes from a truly satisfying read… I wholeheartedly recommend this book AND the follow up Sleigh Ride they are without a doubt Christmas books that you will pick up again and again. I LOVE this series!

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38 comments:

  1. Hi. I haven't read any of these books. Because of the time of the year, I'll probably choose Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) by Heidi Cullinan, although I'm hooked with Adagio by Chris Owen too. Thanks for the chance.

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  2. I haven't read any of these books yet; the three of them sound great, but Adagio would be my first choice. Thank you

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  3. I've read Kaje Harpers book and Heidi Cullinans book but I have read so I'd like to win "Adegio" by Chris Owen

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  4. I have Home Work - well it is Kaje Harper and Mac & Tony, so yum all round!
    Also have Let It Snow - great Christmas read and am getting this years offering v soon!
    So for me, Adagio would be my pick!!

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  5. Ah! Love Home Work soooo much. I just read it a couple weeks ago. :D

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  6. Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper!

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  7. I haven't read any , but I've been seeing reviews of Sleigh Ride around this week , so Let It Snow is top of my most interesting list.

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  8. I loved Let it Snow. I am hoping to win Home Work.

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  9. I have read (and loved) both Let It Snow and Home Work, so my choice this week would be Adagio. Thanks!

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  10. I haven't read any of these. I'd like "Home Work" by Kaje Harper

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  11. I haven't read any of them although they all look good.

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  12. I haven't read any of these but would love Let It Snow!

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  13. I haven't read any of these yet. But they are all great authors so any would work for me!

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  14. Want to read all of these. Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) by Heidi Cullinan is at the top of my list. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. Torn between HOME WORK and LET IT SNOW!

    --Trix

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  16. I've read Let it Snow, it was great!
    my choice is Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper

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  17. havent read any but let it snow sounds really good this week

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  18. I read Let It Snow and it was great!!!!! I would love to read the other two!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  19. My choice would be Let It Snow, which would be a good read for the holidays. I've read Home Work already which is a terrific book.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

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  20. LOVED Kaje Harper series!!! Would love to read Adagio.
    (You accidentally Wrote "Adegio" in red but spelled it correctly underneath---- just in case you wanted to know!!!)

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  21. Haven't read any of these yet, since winter is her, Let is Snow sounds perfect!

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  22. I loved Home Work. Life Lessons is one of my all time favorite series. I would love to read Let It Snow. Thanks for the chance.

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  23. Let it Snow would be my choice!

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  24. I loved Let It Snow. I would really like to read Adagio by Chris Owen.

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  25. Let It Snow would be my choice! Thanks! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  26. I don't think I've ever read anything by Chris Owen before so Adagio sounds like it could be interesting.

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  27. I haven't read any of these books yet but the first one I'l like to read is Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper.

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  28. I haven't read any yet. I'd like to read Let It Snow. Thanks!

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  29. I haven't read any of these this week, but I am always looking for a great series and Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) by Heidi Cullinan looks like a great one to get started on.

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  30. home work sounds interesting to me jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  31. I've read the whole Life Lessons Series by Kaje. I would love to get a copy of Let it Snow.

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  32. Haven't read any of these but would like to read Let it Snow!
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  33. I haven't read any of them but I look forward to reading Let it Snow.

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  34. I would love to win an ecopy of Adagio by Chris Owen, as I have the other two books enjoyed them also and would recommend them to other readers but Let it Snow is more of stand alone story. Thank you

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