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 four great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Clare London, Anna Lee, Josephine Myles, Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine and……. 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.
True Colors (True Colors #1) by Clare London
Rating ~ 4 Stars
From the very first, Zeke Roswell and Miles Winter are like oil and water. After a tragic fire claimed his brother's life, Zeke's personal and professional life spiraled out of control, and now he has no choice but to sell his gallery to cover his debts. Enter successful entrepreneur Miles, who buys it and plans to make a commercial success out of Zeke's failure.
Their initial hostility stands no chance against the strong passion that ambushes them. Zeke's talent and lust for life intoxicate Miles, and Zeke finds Miles's self-assurance and determination equally fascinating. But it's not until an unsolved mystery of violence and stolen sketches threatens to sabotage any chance at happiness that Miles and Zeke realize they have a chance at all.
Monique’s Quick Bite
Clare London is one of my favourite authors… I love the emotion she manages to draw from me as a reader, her words worm their way inside me, enabling me to empathise with her characters, she builds the anticipation slowly and gives me the kind of men I like to analyse. I want to know what makes them tick, with Zeke and Miles being prime examples. Neither of them have endearing qualities, yet Clare manages to write them in such a way that you want to understand exactly what is behind their facades. Although I have to say I did like Zeke from the offset… but I’m a sucker for bad boys!
They are both strong and very complex characters and it takes for those layers to be peeled away to see into their hearts, so when they do eventually bare their souls it’s quite profound, a life changing moment for both of them, finally discovering themselves in a tangled web of emotion, anger, pain, hurt and in Miles case oblivion, with some very hot sex along the way.
I have loved this series and read them all back to back… what better recommendation than that.
The Broken Road by Anna Lee
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Confined to a wheelchair, Kason Tyler feels invisible, but Ryen Moore wants to show him what real love is all about.
Nearly a year and half ago, Kason Tyler’s life was turned upside down when a drunk driver hit his car. To make matters worse, Kason’s boyfriend Blake walked out on him while he was recovering. Now, confined to a wheelchair and insecure, Kason is afraid he’ll never find someone to see past it. Then he meets Ryen Moore in his coffee shop. Falling head over heels for Ryen is easy. When Blake keeps reappearing like a bad penny and tries to steal their happiness away, Kason puts his trust in Ryen and realizes that his broken road has led him to love.
Liza’s Quick Bite
Kasen has the biggest crush on Ryen, the local coffee shop owner. But he knows nothing can come of it. After all, what man is ever going to want him when he is in a wheelchair? This is a wonderfully sweet "sexy snax" about a big, caring alpha male who sees something in Kasen, that Kasen had forgotten he had - his sense of worth. The extended family are wonderful, with Lexie and the children providing some comic relief as well as some tender moments. Can Kasen find the strength to commit his heart and say those three little words? You will have to read this wonderfully short book to find out.
Stuff (The Bristol Collection #2) by Josephine Myles
Rating ~ 5 Stars
When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.
The Bristol Collection, Book 2
Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret.
When he loses his job and his flat on the same day, his world starts unraveling…until he stumbles across a vintage clothing shop. Now to convince the reclusive, eccentric owner he’s in dire need of a salesman.
Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. Truth be told, he’d rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. When Mas comes flaming into his life talking nineteen to the dozen, he finds himself offering him a job and a place to live.
He should have listened to his instincts. The shop is already financially on the brink, and Mas’s flirting makes him feel things he’s never felt for a man. Yet Mas seems convinced they can make a go of it—in the shop, and together.
Warning: Contains an eccentric, bumbling Englishman, a gobby drama queen, fantastic retro clothing, scary fairies, exes springing out of the woodwork, and a well-aimed glass of bubbly. Written in brilliantly British English.
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite for this week is Stuff by Josephine Myles. Why did I go for this one? Well, sheer excitement about the release of the third book in the series SCRAP on its release day on 10th March which I will be reviewing. So be sure to check it out when you see the release day post!
For me this was a wonderful from rags to riches or from rock bottom to cloud nine story. Mas and Perry find that together they can conquer anything and after all isn’t that what love is all about? Once again Jo Myles delivers a thoroughly entertaining read with rich, vibrant characters and a sweet story about how determination and teamwork can make a success of any situation. I loved the play and tension between the characters. Obviously Perry is very patient, quirky and a little reticent and Mas would obviously try the patience of the saints, so just as well he has found Perry. For me the strength of Jo’s books and writing always lies in her characters. Characters to love, to laugh with, to get frustrated with, to sympathise with, to adore, to cuddle, basically Jo lifts the characters from the pages and brings them to Technicolor life.
Although this book is part of the Bristol Collection both it can be read no problem at all as a standalone.
Soft Focus by Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Ethan Bouwer has always been the adventurous sort. A freelance nature photographer, he travels the globe and writes erotica on the side whenever things get a bit slow. Hunting for a topic for his next writing project, he stumbles upon a man named David Turner and the taboo world of BDSM. His curiosity piqued, Ethan discovers that David Turner and his beautiful partner Kiyoshi are coming to town for a fetish convention.
Ethan makes arrangements for them to meet, but little does he know that he is about to embark on a safari into a world more wild and untamed than anything he has ever encountered before.
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Second Edition, June 2013 (Revised and re-edited)
Macky’s Quick Bite
An enigmatic Dom, his charismatic, beautiful cross dressing sub and a photographer who writes erotica in his spare time. Put them all together in a hotel, at a fetish convention over the course of two days and you get a sizzlingly hot ménage, full of electric sexual tension and mouth watering kink. An 'innocent' to the lifestyle, Ethan's introduction into BDSM when he goes to interview the couple was delicious and from the moment he met David and Kiyoshi I was drawn to the three men like a moth to a flame....mind you I do love my Ménage's! Like David and Ethan, I was totally enamoured with Kiyoshi the beautiful cross dressing sub and for me he was the star of the show. Sexy, sassy and sensual but far from meek and unassertive; he really suited the nickname of 'Kitten' from David his 'Sensai'. He purred very nicely but also had claws which showed subtly when Ethan first entered into his and David's established relationship, and also later, when during the convention, he confronted a nasty ass Dom. I loved the dynamics between all of them but Kiyoshi totally fascinated me! I Read it in one sitting because once I started I couldn't put this down. Loved it!