Monday, December 01, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

Monday 1st December 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.

It’s December and Christmas starts here at Sinfully! We have three great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week which include two of our favourite Christmas reads of 2013 from Amy Lane & Eli Easton, plus one of Mark’s fav books of this year from Brad Vance. Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

IN ADDITION we have our December: 5 for me! 5 for you! eBook Giveaway. Answer the daily question on our posts during December for your chance to win 5 eBooks for you and 5 eBooks for your bestie!

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Apollo’s Curse by Brad Vance

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

All Dane Gale ever wanted was to be a successful writer. After a few sessions with his new friends Rose and Sherry at a romance book club, well, the more romances they read, the more they're convinced they can do better. And do they ever! They join their creative forces to become "Pamela Clarice," self-published romance novelist. When they look for a cover model for their first book, Dane sees the photos that will change his life.
Paul Musegetes is the world's most popular romance cover model, and the most secretive. Dane soon finds himself obsessed with this supernaturally handsome man, and when he meets Paul at the Romance Writers' Ball on the Summer Solstice, he and Paul connect for one night of passion...
After that night, Dane's a writing machine. He can't stop writing romances, and every story he touches turns to gold. But he also finds that he can't write anything but romances. And soon he's spending every waking moment of every day writing another after another...
Then Dane finds out that this Midas touch has a heavy price. When the year is over, he'll never write again. Not a romance, not a serious novel. Nothing. Not even a grocery list. And that leaves him with only one option - find Paul, and get him to break the curse. But before he can do that, he'll have to track down Paul's equally mysterious photographer, Jackson da Vinci...

Mark’s Quick Bite

Have you ever opened a book and been completely broadsided by it in a positive way? Well, this definitely was the case for me when I started to read Apollo’s Curse by Brad Vance. This whole idea and concept really caught my imagination, why not? I mean this is something that a lot of authors know only too well and I’m sure can really appreciate. For me it was like having a peek into the world of writing and the trials and tribulations that go along with it. Excellent. Seriously well written, paced and plotted. I feel when you write about something you know well, it brings a new dimension into the words.

I have read a number of books from Brad, but this one is by far the best one I have personally read to date. The writing is concise, dialogues are entertaining, realistic and seriously funny at times, the story develops at a nice pace and always leads the reader on. When I think there is absolutely no erotica or steamy sex in this book at all, it just goes to show that a romance doesn’t need this if the writing and the story are heartfelt, has something interesting to say and brings across a message of love and caring. The ending for me was just perfect!

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Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.
Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them—just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity—Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not—but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.
But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

 

Monique’s Quick Bite

This book is possibly my favourite Christmas read ever and made it into my top ten favourite books of 2013, it’s THAT good! It’s one of those books you just want to shout out…READ. THIS. BOOK!

Christmas Kitsch is Rusty’s story, told from his POV and I loved his voice and Amy Lane’s depiction of him is truly wonderful, he is without a doubt a character who will steal your heart… a beautiful person filled with goodness, so utterly and totally believable, and what I wouldn’t give to have someone like Rusty in my life, I am hopelessly in love! But not only with the precious Rusty, because we also have Oliver, who is also such a darling, so patient and understanding with a magnetic personality who knows Rusty better than he knows himself, especially when is comes to his sexuality. Rusty thinks of himself as straight and Oliver is gay, no issues there, in fact it brings out yet another endearing quality, that of the protector of Oliver from his asshole friends that think it’s big to pick on the gay boy.

This is such a charming story, stunningly executed, the characterisation is excellent, not only of Rusty and Oliver but also the secondary characters, all of Oliver’s family, Nicole Rusty’s sister and Rex, plus his Mom’s who we never met on page but they deserve an extra special mention… all of them are just as animated as our two MC’s, there is so much love in this book that you are totally enveloped in it from the start and my heart was fit to bursting, it is the perfect Christmas story, compelling reading and one that is tailor made for snuggling in a warm blanket and savouring... and if you are an emotional wuss like me, I suggest you have the tissues at the ready, because my eyes were leaking… a lot!!!

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A Prairie Dog’s Love Song by Eli Easton

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.
Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.
Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love.

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

This was Eli's addition to Dreamspinners 2013 advent calendar event and I absolutely adored every single minute of this delicious story, from the moment Joshua realised that Ben was doing porn; causing him to run...through Joshua's attempt to bring him home... and finally to the moment when everything that stopped them getting together over the course of the story finally came together in a lovely finale. I found it tingingly romantic, with all round emotional satisfaction because not only was it tender and sweet, but it was also full of the smart, gentle humour that Eli does so well and hosted a cast of extremely likeable and loveable supporting characters who helped make the book the delight that it is. Is it the Christmas story you might be expecting? Perhaps not but the magic of Christmas still shows in its delightful HEA. I totally fell ' Stetsoned head, over spurred heels' for Joshua Ellen Braintree and the guy who stole his heart and mine, Ben Rivers...Cowboys and Christmas turned out to be a great combination. One of my all time seasonal favourites.

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Giveaway

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52 comments:

  1. I would gift Cut & Run, this is my favorite series, which got me into the M/M genre.

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  2. Not an easy question, since there are so many stories I love, but maybe Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake if my friend likes angst and Stay with Me by S.E. Harmon if they like more humorous reads.

    Thanks for the chance! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  3. Depends on the friend. Top choices would be:
    - Change of Heart by Mary Calmes- there's romance, shifters and hot guys, what's not to like?
    - Superhero by Eli Easton- friends to lovers, YA, angst, but beautifully written with one of my favorite phrases ever
    - Tell Me It's Real by TJ Klune - hilarious story with memorable supporting cast and one of the best pets in literature
    - The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles - historical, magical, amazing beginning to a great series

    Thanks for the chances to win! Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Wow- too hard to choose but I would probably suggest my first M/M book, Conquest by SJ Frost!

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  5. Bob Loving - So many to choose from. I'd probably choose something sweet like Marie Sexton's Promises.

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  6. probably one of the mated by midnight series all funny

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  7. Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon. It was my first M/M romance and I loved it.

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  8. Very hard to pick only one book :) But anyway I'll gift "September's Tide" by K,C. Wells (One of the sweetest read among 160+ M/M stories I've read so far.)

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  9. So hard to pick just one... I always recommand The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz and it does depict M/M from the second book, so does it count?
    I'd say it depends on the friend, I loved Cut & Run, The Captive Prince, Hell & High Water, Conquest and recently The Butterfly Hunter ;-)

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  10. Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite counts as M/M book? Because that would be my choice. I fall in love with Poppy's stories, also I recommend her to all my friends.

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  11. would choose always by kindle alexander..easy choice

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  12. I would probably choose Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune. :)

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  13. Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander or Scrap Metal by Harper Fox would be my choices.

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  14. I would gift Ethan, Who Loved Carter, by Ryan Loveless. It's so sweet, I re-read it every couple of months!
    terrihawk66@yahoo.com

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  15. I would choose A Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox. Not only is it a great story with exquisite writing, but it was one of my early m/m romance reads and helped get me hooked.

    Thanks for the post and contest!

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  16. I would choose Mannies Incorporated (Mannies Incorporated #1)
    by Sean Michael. I love this series!

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  17. Man you guys made this a tough one.....The Skull Blaster Series and the 12 Olympians.

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  18. I would gift my friend Who We Are by TJ Klune because by this point she has to have read Bear, Otter, and the Kid so the second book is the perfect gift! I love this series!
    Thanks for all the great giveaways you guys always have going!
    aegger.echo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov, dark and gritty and yet completely compelling make it my recommendation....

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  20. It depends on the friend's comfort level and chosen genre. If the friend likes suspense, I'd pick Eden Winters' DIVERSION. Clare London's SAY A LITTLE PRAYER would go to someone who likes the sweeter stuff (though it's still hot). But my impulse is always to go with Damon Suede's HOT HEAD!

    --Trix

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  21. Such a hard question, probably something like Anne Rice's Beauty series if they're just starting out. They were the first book I read with m/m

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  22. I have sooo many favorites, but if it was for a friend unfamiliar with m/m, I think I'd choose something by LB Gregg. Probably "Catch Me If You Can". Josh Lanyon's Adrien English books would be first, but that's more than one book, and to get the full effect they all need to be read.
    aelnova@aol.com

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  23. As others have mentioned it totally depends on the friend. I'd probably give Zero at the Bone to the suspense lover, Among the Living to the paranormal fan, and Faith & Fidelity to the general fiction reader.

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  24. I would gift Try by Ella Frank then make sure they read Take as well!

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  25. I would gift Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat.

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  26. I would have to say either Broken Pieces by Riley Hart or Always by Kindle Alexander....loved them both and each are their own perfect amazing love story

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  27. Oh, so many choices to gift... I probably would gift Flight of the Kiwi: London Calling by E.S. Skipper. This is only his first novel, but the beginning of an amazing writing career. (I've talked it and him up to anyone who'd listen. :) ) After that, I have a list about a mile long.

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  28. It would depend on what the friend liked to read but two favorites are Widdershins by Jordan L Hawk and Think of England by OH Charles.

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  29. I would lend I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier. Horrible title but I loved the book.

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  30. OHhh!! I would so gift Change of Heart by Mary Calmes because it's just... such an amazing book! I'd send it to everyone I know if I could! lol...

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  31. Anything by Amy Lane...especially the comedies!

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  32. I would gift the book that got me started reading m/m novel books: A Change of Heart by Mary Calmes.

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  33. Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill. Highly recommend it, so well written.

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  34. I don't know. I've read many and liked many, but I have to say there isn't one that keeps drawing me back to reread it which is the type of book I would recommend.

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  35. If I had to choose then it would have to be either Memorizing You by Dan Skinner or Vanished by Carter Quinn. But as I'm not allowed to enter then I just thought I would mention them anyway - lol! Mark XX

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  36. Ooh, such a hard question! Depending on their tastes, I would either gift them Warrior's Cross by Roux and Urban, or Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk.

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  37. That is an easy question! I would gift 'Try' by Ella Frank

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  38. Wow, just one book...You make it tough on me! LOL There are so many wonderful authors and their stories out there it's hard to pick just one. But, let's just go with the first that comes to mind. I'm going to go for a series instead of a book: Mary Calmes; A Matter of Time series.
    As for this week's books, I'd love to read Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane.
    Thank you ladies for all you do!
    taina1959@yahoo.com

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  39. UUggg! So hard! Probably Play Me I'm Yours- such a sweet story, one of my favs!
    psshepherd@earthlink.net

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  40. That's a very tough choice but I'll go with The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott.

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  41. you guys always have a good choice of books, I would like to read Christmas kitch this time jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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    1. and as a gift to someone would be my fav is ALWAYS----BY Kindle Alexander,,,this is a great book ...to make me cry it has to be good jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  42. Nooooo, that's impossible, partly as I like so many and I would need to give them a list of my favourites and talk them through each one so they could choose the one they liked the best. It's even worse when I reading through all the other books mentioned and go 'Oh yes, I loved that one as well'. Okay, I will do it this way, the most recent book I have read and enjoyed is Complementary Colours by Adrienne Wilder, awesome roller coaster of a read.

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  43. Wow that's hard! If it was someone who hadn't read m/m before I think it would be Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels.

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  44. It would have to be Hot Head by Damon Suede. Thank you!

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  45. Well, the one couple I keep going back to over and over again would be Marcus and Thomas, who starred in Joey Will's Rough Canvas. Their story hits all the highs and lows, with angst and tenderness, and they are so complete together that they'll always be a part of me. You get a peek at them in Holding All the Cards, and she wrote the lovely follow-up story, First Christmas, which is free to read on her fan forum. Their story is part of the Nature of Desire series, which is largely M/F, but includes other groupings, as well. Of course, this is very intense BDSM, so . . .

    For someone who is not so comfortable with BDSM, it would be The Brook Street Collection by Ava March, a Regency romance trilogy.

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