Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

15th DecemberAs 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 Amelia C. Gormley, Catt Ford and L.B. Gregg. 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.

Don’t forget, through out December we are running our December: 5 for ME! ~ 5 for YOU! Giveaway… all you need to do is answer the questions on our posts during the month of December.


Strain by Amelia C. Gormley


Rating ~ 4.5 Stars


In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.
Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.
Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.
But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.
Word count: 104,300; page count: 375

Monique’s Quick Bite

One of my favourite sub genres within M/M Romance is Post Apocalyptic novels, I love the raw grittiness of them, where life is stripped down to baser instincts and the most intrinsic and essential need to just survive becomes paramount, mix that with some D/s power exchange and BDSM elements, throw in a slow burning, intense and extremely erotic relationship between two MC’s and I’m ecstatic. Especially, when the author does it all to perfection and Amelia Gormley did just that, she captured my attention and sated my imagination and need for dark and depraved reads which hit all my kink buttons. From the very first page I was captivated and my heart held hostage by both Darius and Rhys… I loved them! It’s a remarkable story  and the plot development and world building is such that you are there, you can see it all with your own eyes and you can feel the desolation of humanity… when clinging onto any  tiny sliver of hope becomes all consuming, and that is exactly what this book was to me, ALL CONSUMING, for the duration. I just couldn’t put it down! I want MORE.



How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg


Rating ~ 4 Stars


The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you....
Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?
Jack Basinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.
Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.

Mark’s Quick Bite

From “How I Met Your Father” to How's Your Father? is only one small step. Grammatically speaking a harmless open question. Idiomatically speaking? Well, you might want to answer it carefully. Justin finds this out the hard way, but all's well that ends well.

Justin is gay, his band mates know it , but due to his public profile of being a teenage heart-throb then his public face has to remain secret. Well, needless to say after a hike up the mountain with the boys, Jack and his brother, another embarrassing situation leads to the fact that some things can't be kept secret any longer and the truth will out! I also ended up laughing at the whole predicament ~ normally everyone's nightmare. But Justin is not the only one with secrets. Actually the book is full of secrets and embarrassing moments. But everything comes together in the end. Wonderful! Can't say more really otherwise it would get too spoilery.

This is a delightful little novella for the Christmas season. This story is not about Christmas trees, snow flakes, tinsel, etc. It's about two weddings that take place on a Caribbean island at Christmas. Nice idea I thought. All in all a nice little holiday treat.



The Last Concubine by Catt Ford


Rating ~ 5 Stars


When Princess Lan’xiu’s brother delivers her under duress into General Hüi Wei’s harem as a political offering, her only question is how soon her secret will be discovered. She is under no illusions: when the general discovers she is actually a he, death is his only future—though he doesn’t plan to make it easy. Lan’xiu has dressed as a woman all his life, but he is no damsel in distress. He can swing a sword with the best of them.
General Hüi Wei has everything a man could want: power, wealth, success on the battlefield, and a harem of concubines. At first, he regards Lan’xiu with suspicion, but he finds himself strangely drawn to her. When he discovers the beautiful young woman is actually a man, his first reaction is to draw his sword. Rather than waste such beauty, he decides to enjoy the spirited Lan’xiu’s submission—and ignites a passion and desire deeper than anything he’s felt with other wives. But court intrigue, political ambitions, and the general's doubts may be too much for their love to overcome.
A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.


Macky’s Quick Bite

All the time I was reading this I could see it playing out in my mind like one of those epic Chinese films that are always filled with vibrant, colourful costumes, warlords, beautiful people and fabulous sets. It was a lovely, passionate romance and especially because of the time setting felt even more intense and vivid. As to how historically correct it be honest I really didn't care. It had a magical, legendary feel to it that just made me lose myself in the book.

It's the sort of story I love. Intrigue and romance, set around hidden identities. A beautiful princess who is really a Prince, capturing the heart of a tough warrior general who in turn falls passionately for the gorgeous young man regardless of his gender. Jealousy, plotting, murder attempts, politics and fascinating insights into a long past culture. Never boring though for one minute, it was absolutely captivating.

Great supporting characters, beautiful, sensual love scenes that made me tingle and a plot that flowed smoothly but still had lots of delicious twists and turns. The general does have a 'number one' wife and concubines but how all that fitted into the love story was explained, and handled brilliantly, plus it all fitted in with the culture and era that the book was set in. The ending was perfect and the epilogue actually made me fill up! Overall I just adored the pants off this one.




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top 3 recs


  1. Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley
    Dreams of Fire and Gods series by James Erich
    A Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

  2. - R.J. Scott - The Christmas Throwaway
    - Isabella Carter - Dragon Slayer (The Empty Crown #1)
    - K.J. Charles - A Charm of Magpies series

  3. Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon
    My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley
    Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochran

  4. Cut and Run by Abigail Roux,
    Fatal Shadows - Josh Lanyon
    and Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels

  5. The Change of Heart & The Warders series by Mary Calmes, the Sci Regency series by J.L. Langley, & the Conquest series by S.J. Frost

  6. HOT HEAD by Damon Suede
    DIVERSION by Eden Winters

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)Com

  7. - Change of Heart by Mary Calmes
    - Superhero by Eli Easton
    - Tell Me It's Real by TJ Klune

  8. Albright and Romano series by LB Gregg (Catch Me If You Can & Trust Me If You Dare)
    Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price
    Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon

  9. Any book by N.R. Walker, but especially the Blind Faith or Red Dirt Heart Series.
    The Coda series by Marie Sexton
    Memorizing You by Dan Skinner

  10. Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune,
    The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
    Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste

  11. If they like Werewolf stories I would recommend
    Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf, #1)
    McKenna, Kendall
    If they like romance with a character with a disability my pick would be Ethan, Who Loved Carter
    Loveless, Ryan
    If they like Action I would definitely recommend Zero at the Bone Seville, Jane.

  12. The Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon
    Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
    Romano and Albright series by LB Gregg

  13. Love is a Stranger by John Wiltshire
    Captive Prince 1 & 2 by C. S. Pacat
    Cut and Run Series by Abigail Roux & Madeline Urban

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  15. Loving Jay by Renae Kaye
    Scrap Metal by Harper Fox
    Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C.

  16. Made mistakes ^^;; So try # 2

    "Superhero" by Eli Easton
    "Perfect Imperfections" by Cardeno C.
    "September’s Tide" by K.C. Wells

    PS. My younger brother got me interested in m/m genre :) He told me I must try to watch Gravitation anime.

  17. Temptation series by Ella Frank
    Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux
    Good Guys series by Kindle Alexander

  18. Cut & Run by Abigail Roux (& Madeleine Urban)
    The Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza
    Collide by Riley Hart

    I also absolutely loved The Captive Prince, but I'm not sure it's as easy to recommand... at least not to everybody ;-)

  19. Bear Otter & The Kid by TJ Klune (my introduction to m/m romance)
    The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper
    Hot Head by Damon Suede

  20. Anything by these authors:

    Kaje Harper Hollis Shiloh Andrew Grey Rob Colton

  21. Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon
    Cut & Run series by Abi Roux
    Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price

  22. always by kindle alexander
    Collide by Riley Hart
    Temptation series by Ella Frank

  23. Cut and Run series
    The Adrian English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon (if they like mysteries)
    What ever book sounds most intriguing by Sean Michael.

  24. For some variety, let's say...
    Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan
    Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
    A Red-Tainted Silence by Carolyn Gray

    I could go on... :)

  25. An Uncommon Whore (or The Bacchi) by Belinda McBride
    Spell Cat (or Sinders and Ash) by Tara Lain
    Soldier Mine (or Jaynell's Wolf) by Amber Kell

    The alternatives to cover the new reader's general taste in books.

  26. Anything by Kindle Alexander, AE Von, Andrew Grey or Cardeno C

  27. Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
    Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane
    A Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox

  28. All of Piper Kay's work, all of Kindle Alexander's work and all of the Walker Brothers by Nicole Edwards

  29. Play me I'm Yours- by Madison Parker
    Double Full- Kindle Alexander
    Black Hurricane by Erica Pike ( actually the whole Boston Boys series)


  30. Loving Jay by Renae Kaye
    Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune
    Always by Kindle Alexander
    or anything by Cardeno C or Andrew Grey

  31. The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott
    Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune
    Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf, #1) by Kendall McKenna
    But there are so many others that deserve to be mentioned.

  32. The Current Between Us by Kindle Alexander
    Collide by Riley Hart
    Promises by Marie Sexton

  33. Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill
    The Brooks Street trilogy by Ava March
    The Market Garden series by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
    And if asked for a fourth, I'd choose the Hell or High Water series (Prophet and Tommy) by S.E. Jakes

  34. Try by Ella Frank
    Stay with Me by SE Harmon
    Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

  35. Very tricky, as I would give them a list of different sub genre book options within the MM books main genre so they can pick what they would like, but maybe the following would be a gentle introduction as well as good reads:

    JF Smith - Latakia
    Sean Kennedy - Tigers & Devils
    Sue Brown - The Isle of Where

  36. Marguerite Labbe Triquetra Series
    Mary Calmes A Matter of Time Series
    Jourdan Lane Soul Mate Series
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