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 Amy Lane, Max Vos & 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.
A Solid Core Of Alpha by Amy Lane
Winner of second place for Gay Sci-Fi/Futuristic in the 2011 Rainbow Awards.
In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn's sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the thirteen-year-old to ten years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn't always a blessing.
When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.'s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last ten years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson's salvation—and his destruction.
In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can’t resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.
Macky’s Quick Bite
This beautiful, emotional sci-fi story opens with an event so heartbreaking you wonder how in gods name this is ever going to have a happy ending, then watch helplessly as the main character Anderson learns to cope alone, from the tender age of 12, with the after effects of said event and you watch in wonder and awe as this lonely young boy builds himself a completely new life and another family (of sorts), contained in a ship that he's going to be trapped in for a decade; with no hope of rescue in that time until it reaches the destination its been programmed for. As time passes you see this amazing character survive an experience that would leave most people a gibbering idiot in a matter of days! But as the 10 year hiatus in space gradually passes and the ships power starts to fade Anderson is forced to make heart wrenching decisions that impact so deeply on his psyche, that the perfect family he's created takes a turn for the dark side. When the ship finally reaches its destination Anderson appears to be quite sane but is in fact so badly beaten down both physically and psychologically that in a way he can't distinguish what's real and what isn't ... then he meets CJ; wonderful, caring CJ, and his friends and family. From then on its a matter of determining just how badly Anderson is affected and will he ever be able to overcome the awful realities of what he's been through with the help and support of these lovely people, and will he ever be able to love again and live a normal life?
The things that Anderson suffers are not easy to read about and at times it gets emotionally draining but OMG! this book blew me away and the memories of it will stay with me a long, long, time. Ms Lane makes us work hard for its satisfying ending but it's SO worth the read. A poignant but at times oh so sexy, sensual love story that like all Amy Lanes books has 'gut wrenched' written all over it. Highly recommended.
Learning Curve (Life Lessons #4) by Kaje Harper
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Mac is afraid he'll never recover enough to go back to being a cop, while Tony is afraid that he will.
Three months after being shot, Detective Jared MacLean is healing, but he's afraid it may not be enough to go back on the job. He won't give up, though. Being a cop is written deep in Mac's bones, and he'll do whatever it takes to carry his badge again. Tony used to wish he could have Mac safely home, but watching his strong husband battle disabilities is far from Tony's dream come true. When Mac is asked to consult on a case involving one of Tony's students, both men will have to face old demons and new fears to find a way to move forward together.
Mark’s Quick Bite
What a perfect end to a wonderful journey. I loved this series from beginning to end, gripping, emotional, full of suspense and everyday trials and tribulations. I just LOVED this book. It was a perfect round up of the series that I have featured here in our Quick Bites posts over the last few weeks.
I liked the way that previous cases were referred to in this book, tying up all the loose ends nicely before giving a perfect end to a wonderful story. Mac is still fighting to get back on active duty and is working on desensitising himself to his panic attacks while working on the case in hand. Tony doesn’t really want Mac to go back and put himself in such danger everyday. Tony must be the most level headed guy I have ever experienced, he installs a sense of security which Mac so desperately needs. Although Tony doesn’t really want Mac back on the force putting himself in danger, he soon realises thought that it is the job that defines Mac as a person and the person he fell in love with. Therefore he puts his personal fears behind him and lets Mac get back to his job and letting him do what he can do best.
This series is really worth the reading from the beginning to end. Don't think about it read it.
A Christmas Memory by Max Vos
Rating ~ 4 Stars
J.J. has always hated the holidays. Presents, decorations, the traditional family Christmas…It’s all his colleagues in the staffroom can talk about. J.J. avoids these conversations like the plague. He’d do anything to keep his co-workers from seeing the real J.J, the gay man who doesn’t want to be noticed. When he slips up and reveals that he is all alone with no plans for Christmas, the well-meaning ladies of his high school want to take him in for the holidays.
Enter Coach Adam Sutton who comes to his rescue—and now J.J. is trapped by this hulk of a man who won’t take no for an answer. And he would have to be someone J.J finds attractive, wouldn’t he? Too bad he’s straight and J.J’s not about to step out of the shadows and make a move on him. He likes his arms where they are, thank you very much.
But Adam has a secret, one which is going to turn J.J’s world upside-down. Adam wants to give J.J. a Christmas to remember, but as it turns out, both men’s lives are never going to be the same again…
If you are as addicted as me to the warm and fuzzies that Christmas brings… then this novella is a must read! The epilogue at the end will have you grinning and feeling all is right with the world… with lots of happy tears.
When we meet JJ… he is trying to avoid the unwanted attention of getting drawn into a conversation about plans for the Holiday season with his fellow teachers, because JJ is a total “Bah Humbug” and for good reason, as his past is not filled with happy memories of the joys of Christmas! So he finds it quite disconcerting that Coach Adam Sutton, first of all rescues him from the uncomfortable “so what are you doing for Christmas” conversation, only to volunteer him to foot the ladder for the Coach whilst he decorates his own home!
Adam is a larger than life character, and has a huge heart to go with his huge body, he is earnest, and his honesty sincere, he shows JJ just how wonderful life can be and his love for JJ was completely heartfelt. I loved watching JJ slowly open up to Adam, helped along by his family who immediately wrapped JJ in warmth and love, happy to embrace him because of what he means to Adam. It’s all unfamiliar to JJ, but with the abundance of love and affection shown towards him it’s not long before he is finally making his own Christmas Memory.