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 T. A. Chase, J. L. Merrow and Jordan L Hawk. Don’t forget you can can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.
Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Chuck Davidson has an aversion to modern technology. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars. Chuck’s a homicide detective, and it’s put a damper on his relationships. Hard to find a guy who will put up with his crazy hours. How is he to know that planning the impending death of his newest phone will bring him in contact with a cute geek who just might have a thing for rugged, slightly out-of-touch with the newest gadgets older men?
Herbert Pommerest has never been on a date or even kissed a man before. Oh, he knows he’s gay. He did all the experiments to ensure it was true, not just a rebellious phase or a knee-jerk reaction because women scared him to death. It’s easy to hide himself behind his research and daydream about what having a boyfriend would be like. Saving an expensive phone from an early demise brings him in contact with a street-wise mature detective. Suddenly Herb wishes he knew how to flirt because he’d love to take some lessons from Chuck Davidson of the sensual kind.
Can a geek and a detective find common ground between their worlds before one of Chuck’s cases threatens to put Herb in danger
Liza’s Quick Bite
I adored the characters in this book - complete opposites in every way, but so wonderfully cute together. Chuck is the big, muscled Detective who comes from a huge family and is secure in himself and his job. Herb is a genius scientist twink, an only child and totally socially inept. Once Chuck sees past the whole Herb can't stop talking and has no social filter, they have an exciting journey to true love including the KGB and the Chinese on their trail. A fun light read and a great first book in the series.
Pressure Head by J.L. Merrow
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Some secrets are better left hidden.
To most of the world, Tom Paretski is just a plumber with a cheeky attitude and a dodgy hip, souvenir of a schoolboy accident. The local police keep his number on file for a different reason—his sixth sense for finding hidden things.
When he’s called in to help locate the body of a missing woman up on Nomansland Common, he unexpectedly encounters someone who resurrects a host of complicated emotions. Phil Morrison, Tom’s old school crush, now a private investigator working the same case. And the former bully partly responsible for Tom’s injury.
The shocks keep coming. Phil is now openly gay, and shows unmistakable signs of interest. Tom’s attraction to the big, blond investigator hasn’t changed—in fact, he’s even more desirable all grown up. But is Phil’s interest genuine, or does he only want to use Tom’s talent?
As the pile of complicated evidence surrounding the woman’s murder grows higher, so does the heat between Tom and Phil. But opening himself to this degree exposes Tom’s heart in a way he’s not sure he’s ready for…while the murderer’s trigger finger is getting increasingly twitchy.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I was riveted to the page from the word go with this book. It caught my interest from page one and just didn’t let go until the very last. A great crime story with an M/M romance to round things off.
I think the question here is not what I liked about the book, but more what I didn’t like about the book? Well, to be honest absolutely nothing. I devoured this book from beginning to end. The plot was well paced and had me guessing all the way. Lots of red herrings and letting you know the connections bit by bit. As for the relationship between Tom and Phil, well I LOVED it!!! These two at first meet each other from opposite corners and then through circumstances find themselves understanding each other gradually and becoming closer. This development in the character plot I found WONDERFUL, going from enemies to friends, learning forgiveness and ending with a great love scene.
Hainted by Jordan L Hawk
Rating ~ 4 Stars
The Good Guy: Haint-working runs in Dan Miller’s blood. Not everyone can help the restless dead cross over, especially when the haunting threatens the Living. But the death of his parents six years ago forced Dan to give it up in exchange for raising his brother and sister, all the while struggling to keep their rural NC farm afloat.
So when the flamboyantly goth Leif Helsvin shows up on Dan’s doorstep looking for help with an evil necromancer named Runar, Dan’s first instinct is to turn him down. With two teenagers to look after, he’s already got all the trouble he can handle. Besides, the sexy Leif is too much of a temptation, and Dan is firmly in the closet.
The Bad Boy: Pierced, tattooed Leif never has sex with the same guy twice. It keeps things simple, especially since his oath to stop Runar has him constantly drifting from one town to the next.
But this time, it looks like Leif is going to need help, in the form of the very down-to-earth Dan. Since Nice Guys are off the menu, Leif just has to keep his hands to himself for as long as it will take to stop Runar’s latest scheme. But as Leif finds himself drawn deeper into Dan’s life, he quickly realizes he’s not just in danger of breaking the rules, but breaking his heart as well.
Macky’s Quick Bite
I really love how Jordan Hawk writes refreshingly different stories, with subject matters that lift them above the general, formulaic paranormal romance. There's always a great storyline, intriguing MC's and generally a cast of supporting characters who aren't just there for window dressing. Hainted is a supernatural story only the dangerous spirits—or Haint's—in this are solid, rambling, angry creatures who need help passing over with the help of Walkers; groups of people from all walks of life and religions, able to use their inherited but highly trained gifts to send these spirits to their rest. But this isn't about chants, crystals and waving sage around. These Walkers carry swords, knives and fight, sometimes to the death. So you get a solid, exciting story about two of them...solid, caring Dan and pierced, tattooed bad boy Leif, meeting and combining forces to stop an evil necromancer from raising and controlling the dead for his own nefarious purposes, joined later by Taryn, a kick ass female Walker (Jordan is really good at giving her females proper supporting roles ) and some other secondary characters who are integral to the plot. Dan's teenage sister Bea and brother Virgil in particular. Dan and Leif create great chemistry and sexual tension and even though it's the story that leads in this, the love scenes when they appear are still hot, sexy and sensual. Both these guys are hiding secrets so there's some background angst but I found it fitted the situation really well. The Whyborne and Griffin series is probably more well known, and another of my favourite Jordan reads, but this one was a great find too. If you fancy something unusual, then I highly recommend this one.
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Was there a book, author, debut author, series, character couple, cover or read of 2014 that just totally WOWED you, made you want to stand on top of a mountain and shout “READ THIS BOOK”? Is it in the top 20 as voted by you our readers? Well… This is your chance, your voice, your vote… VOTE NOW for your favourites of 2014!
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