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 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.
Adagio by Chris Owen
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.
Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.
Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) by Heidi Cullinan
Rating ~ 4 Stars
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!