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 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 was....to 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.