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 Monday! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have FIVE great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Sean Michael, Jaime Reese, Cameron Dane, Cara Dee and Josh Lanyon.
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Solitary, a Hammer Novel by Sean Michael
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Greg's on a downward spiral. He broke his back a few years into a promising stunt career, then his master died shortly after they began living a BDSM lifestyle together. He's just lost. So lost, that he can't keep a Master for more than two weeks. So lost that he's been arrested several times and is this close to winding up in jail. So lost that Master Oliver doesn't know what to do with him anymore.
In desperation, Oliver calls on his friend Appleton who lives in isolation in Northern Canada. Ap enjoys working with subs, and has both the time and the inclination to work with a lost soul like Greg. Not to mention, there's no way to get into legal trouble or run away from Ap's house given its location. So, Ap takes Greg in, hoping to help Greg find his center and himself again.
Will Greg find what he needs with Ap? Or will he find so much more?
Find out in this latest addition to Sean Michael's Hammer Club series.
Liza’s Quick Bite
I am a huge Sean Michael's fan, and his Hammer novels are delicious. In this one Ap - a burly guy who has a Christmas tree farm takes on Greg as a favor to Oliver, the owner of the Hammer Club. Greg had only dipped his toes into the BDSM lifestyle when his Master was killed in an accident, leaving Greg bitter, alone and questioning his whole life. Prone to acting out and self harm, Greg is more than a handful by the time he arrives on Ap's doorstep.
What I loved about this book is the awesome way Ap is so patient and consistent with Greg. Greg is used to his Master's throwing him away after a few short weeks, but sheer persistence helps Ap break through the boy's defences. Softer in places than many of Sean's books, this one touched my heart in a big way and it's in my favorite file. All of the books are standalone and even if you haven't read BDSM before, I strongly suggest you try this one.
A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese
Rating ~ 5 Stars
After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.
Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he's lonely.
Hunter's world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he's ever experienced. When Cam's past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam's hope for a future begins to dim.
These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they'll have to get past Hunter first.
NOTE: Word count: 111,200. This story is a romantic suspense/mystery novel and the second instalment in The Men of Halfway House series. Although characters reappear from book one, this story can be read as a stand-alone.
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite for this week is A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese. Why did I go for this one? Well, sheer excitement about the release of the third book in the series A Restored Man on its release day on 17th February which Macky and I will be reviewing. So be sure to check it out!
Macky and I LOVED this book. I just fell in love with everything about it. Hunter was such a sweetheart, caring but also protective of his Cam. The man would do anything for him. But boy did I fall for Cam. The guy had ten years of his life robbed by being in prison and when he gets out, his new found freedom just made me weep at how he finds the greatest joy in some of the simplest things in life. Yes, he was in prison, but sometimes the justice system does put the wrong people in prison. Also his fear and the panic attacks he gets about the thought of going back inside as he is just so afraid it’ll all be taken away from him again. It was just gut wrenching, I didn’t want the book to be over. I hope we’ll meet Cam again in the third book even if this one is about Cole’s story who we met first in A Hunted Man book.
Cowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane
Rating ~ 4.25 Stars
A horse stock manager on the rodeo tour, gruff cowboy Jed Hastings is in a bind. He needs a new assistant yesterday. Enter green-as-hell Booker West. Booker spent his childhood dreaming about being a part of the rodeo. He doesn’t have any experience working with horses, but Jed doesn’t have options, and gives the newbie a chance.
Innocent about the world and secretly gay, Booker works like the devil to hide his attraction to Jed. He doesn’t just want to be a wannabe-cowboy with a crush; he wants to learn from Jed. Booker craves Jed’s respect, friendship, and trust. For Jed, he knows an eager young colt like Booker should work his last nerve, yet he finds he has endless patience with the guy. He’s possessive about Booker too. And while bunking together does create intimacy, that doesn’t explain away straight Jed’s explicit sexual fantasies and growing desire for another man.
When a life altering event sends Jed and Booker reeling, a night of raw passion between the men finally explodes. But in the light of day, can Booker help Jed accept their love? Or will this unearthed attraction send Jed to a dark place from which he can’t recover?
Macky’s Quick Bite
Cowboy's, rodeo's, oodles of sexual tension, angst, angst and more angst, plus hot, hot, hot sex!! I have to say Cowboy Waltz was a pretty exhausting ride, but for me it was also a compelling one, which I really found hard to put down; even though the two MC's —the older Jed and younger, endearingly patient Booker (aka Colt)— went through so many trials and tribulations I wondered if Cameron Dane would ever be able to reconcile them at the end. Thankfully she did, but the emotional onslaught is pretty relentless. However I just loved the delicious build up of sexual tension between them in the first half of the book and was so invested in their story that it was worth going through all the "WTF! Why are you doing/saying/acting like that you stupid man!!" moments. Mainly around Jed! But they oozed a chemistry that was so tingle worthy, I couldn't help rooting for them to make it work.
The love scenes were scorching hot, raw and desperate but my one bone of contention, was that as sizzling as they were, when they arrived, they lasted pages at a time and as much as I love me some well written steamy sex, they did get a bit wearing. I'll be honest, the ratings on this are a bit up and down, but ultimately, apart from my niggles with the overlong sex scenes, I did thoroughly lose myself in the story and its remained a keeper on the Kindle, just waiting for a re-read. Thinking about it again makes me want to jump right back in to see if it would still grab me the way it did the first time round. Who knows... I might even love it more now...In fact I suspect I just might!
The Boy with the Painful Tattoo (Holmes and Moriarity #3)by Josh Lanyon
Rating ~ 5 Stars
It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body.
There goes the neighborhood.
Alan’s Quick Bite
I didn't experience any great epiphanies while reading The Boy With The Painful Tattoo. I didn't gain any great new insights into humanity, oppression, child abuse or the deleterious effects of religion. The main characters were not new (though they've moved to a new city) and the main plot was just a typical Josh Lanyon mystery.
So why five stars? Because it's just so wonderful to lose yourself in Josh Lanyon's brilliant writing, his engaging characters, their honest and authentic emotions and the vivid place-pictures he paints like an Old Master. What The Boy With The Painful Tattoo felt like to me was coming home - to a familiar, cherished family who, despite some of its eccentrics and arguments is, in some way, something essential to being alive and complete.
Public Display of Everything by Cara Dee
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
"Is there a voyeur inside you? Or are you the one who would like an audience in the bedroom?"
Cory can’t keep a job. Flynn has a job he can no longer hide behind. A simple proposition in an effort to solve both of their problems leads two young men to confront the heartbreaks of their pasts in order to make a future together.
What starts as an innocent bit of voyeurism turns into a public display of…everything.
You know you like to watch.
Monique’s Quick Bite
My quick bites for today is a book that took me completely by surprise, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting and turned out to be an excellent read from Cara Dee. I loved it!
What made this book for me was Flynn, he is such an endearing soul, very intelligent, completely focused if a little neurotic, with a social awkwardness that leads to him being incredibly lonely. Cory, our American living in London, is also intelligent but the complete opposite to Flynn. He’s a fuck up, not in a bad way, more of a plagued by bad luck kind of situation which means he also has a problem keeping a job.
What transpires is a very nervous proposition from Flynn that leads to a voyeuristic delight of dirty talk and kink that will definitely get your heart racing. Yet for all it’s depravity it doesn’t in the least bit feel that way. It’s more of a sexual awakening and exploration for Flynn, his innocence and wonderment of it all made me smile and the fact that someone could actually find him attractive, especially Cory… well, his naiveté was adorable and my heart went out to both of these men for different reasons.
This book is sweet, funny, quirky and above all romantic… these two are perfect for each other and this made me very happy… an absolute delight to read!