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 Silvia Violet, Matthew Metzger, River Jaymes and Kade Boehme. 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.
Sex on the Hoof by Silvia Violet
Rating ~ 5 Stars
A stag and a vampire. Mortal peril. True love.
Deer shifter Jason Fleetfoot has turned his life around. After years of taking chances, he’s got a job as a crime lab technician, and he’s determined to forgo the risky behavior of his past.
Then he meets Drew Danvers, the only undead detective in the city. Jason hates vampires, or does he? Drew defies all the stereotypes of his kind and something about him has taken hold of Jason and won’t let go.
Will Jason take a chance on a man others would label a risk to his health if not his very life?
Liza’s Quick Bite
A totally hot story about a deer shifter named Jason and a vampire Drew Danvers. Jason works in the crime lab while Drew is a detective - the only vampire on a human police force. The story is unusual in that it is written in a series of blog posts - alternating between Jason and Drew's side of the story. The two men have an incredible connection and the case that Drew is working on draws both men closer. This is a quick read, but well worth it. If the deer shifter and vampire isn't enough for you the story also includes a wolf shifter and a lust demon. Fun times in the lab.
The Devil’s Trill Sonata
(Vivaldi in the Dark #2)
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Sequel to Vivaldi in the Dark
Three years after that first meeting in a theatre storeroom, Jayden Phillips and Darren Peace are separating for the first time, trading in school for the trappings of adult life. Jayden has achieved his dream of a place at Cambridge University; Darren has achieved his own of escaping the Cold War of home and tasting true independence for the first time.
A hundred miles apart and embarking on two very different paths, Jayden feels it is inevitable that time and distance will slowly pull them apart. School relationships, after all, don't last. Darren disagrees -- at first. Love is all they need, and they have weathered harder storms than chasing dreams.
That is until the separation, and the encroaching influence of Jayden's new friends, begins to take its toll on Darren's mental state. Alone, he descends in a rapid downward spiral that is finally arrested by one night and a drastic course of action. In the wake of a single unanswered phone call, Jayden learns that time and distance have the power to do much more than break a relationship.
The dream is over -- and the reality is far, far worse.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Absence makes the heart grow fonder or out of sight out of mind? School is over and Jayden and Darren have to part ways. Jayden is off to Cambridge University to start his studies after winning his scholarship and Darren has gone to Southampton to start his job training in the police as a crime scene investigator. This rips them apart but then as we know when school is finished then real life takes over and it isn’t always easy. The book describes perfectly the trials and tribulations of dealing with a long distance relationship. Was it just a teenage infatuation with Darren or Jayden or is ti a relationship that will go the distance?
This is a dark read and not a happy one at times either especially when it deals with the harsh reality of suffering from depression. However, it is beautifully written and once again we are taken into Darren’s anguish, the violin becomes part of his nemesis again. OMG, there where times I just wanted to cry for Darren. But with Jayden’s help he pulls through and Jayden also needed to rethink his values too.
A book that will make you FEEL, is not pretty at times but is realistic.
This is the second book in the Vivaldi in the Dark series and is not a stand alone.
Brad’s Bachelor Party by River Jaymes
Rating ~ 4 Stars
In college, geeky med student Cole Winston fell for his best friend, Brad Kelly. The bold, brash charmer was everything Cole wasn't: confident, popular, and straight. Unfortunately Cole's secret blew up in his face, and he walked away.
Years later, when Brad needs help, he calls Cole. Now a respected trauma surgeon, Cole has learned not to risk his heart and is ready to be Brad's friend again. Things go well until Brad asks Cole to be his best man.
With both his parents dead, Brad never would have survived college or his brother's rounds of drug rehab without Cole. The five-year gap in their friendship was painful.
Now Brad's got his best friend back, a kick-ass job, and is engaged to the CEO's daughter. Life is great...until a hot encounter at his bachelor party leaves both men reeling. The sexual tension between the two is off the charts. Brad has commitments he needs to keep, but how can he go through with the wedding when he can't stop thinking about Cole?
And how can Cole stand beside his friend and watch him get married, especially now that he realizes he still loves Brad?
Macky’s Quick Bite
After originally reading The Back Up Boyfriend; which I absolutely adored, I went on a hunt to see what else River had written and I came across Brad and Cole's story. Both books have the gay for you theme but in this case its explained that Brad has been bi-curious in his past so we're not actually dealing with someone who is 'dyed in the wool' straight, which made the whole situation and his feelings for Cole more believable. Their story is a great platform for some fabulous tingly sexual tension, deliciously hot steamy sex and just the right amount of misunderstanding to give the boys a run for their money before they get their HEA.
The banter between them is dry and witty, another favourite thing of mine and the chemistry sizzles between them. Okay so the concept is pretty far fetched really, and I suppose some people could have issues with some of the plot twists, but not me. This is romantic fiction so I'm just happy to go with flow, and the explanations in the story worked for myself, very nicely. I found the whole package fun, sexy, witty, cute, not too angsty and overall another satisfying, utterly enjoyable read, and it just reinforced for me why I like River James writing style so much.
Don’t Trust The Cut by Kade Boehme
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Tucker Gray is a Baltimore, MD waiter, hailing from the deep south, whose mental health issues and past relationships have made it hard to trust more than the cut. After he hits what he thought was rock bottom Tucker decides to keep close to the ones who stood by him and keep his head down, until he finds something to prove it can get better.
Jesse Bauer is unsure what his future holds after an injury forces him to retire from the marines. With all of the decisions he has to make in his civilian life with all of its freedoms and possibilities, he feels staying closeted and keeping the people in his life happy will keep down the chaos.
Until the night he met Tucker Gray at a party he thought that’d be possible, but both of them are instantly and strongly in lust. As their relationship grows Jesse has to prove himself and Tucker has to learn to trust more than the cut.
Monique’s Quick Bite
Ok.. so we have all been there in our younger years, or even our not so younger years, that school girl/boy crush the infatuation or even love, yes, that plain old insta love … we have all fallen victim to it at some point in our lives. The intensity of it all, nervousness, the feeling of being self conscious as though the whole world can tell, admonishing ourselves for seemingly stupid remarks, the butterflies and heavy heart… but mostly it is just a constant whirl of emotions… daydreaming, tummy flutters at every thought, anticipating and playing out future meetings in our minds and all of that emotion is played in this book. That chemistry between two people, is the foundation to this story, eyes meet across a crowded room and they just know… but don’t start drawing hearts round this just yet! What I like about Don’t Trust the Cut, is that Kade Boehme makes it feel real, believable.. the helplessness, as if your control and common sense have taken a hike and you have none, you are consumed with every waking thought and night-time fantasy revolving around that one person. Just to be in close proximity, to have a glance, anything for the chance or opportunity to just be in the same space can make you buzz with the excitement of their nearness.
This book was heartbreaking at times and had me in tears, the love between these two men is so palpable it jumps off the page at you, it’s strong and intense, and that’s what I liked so much, yes we have the insta love thing, but their journey to get to their HEA was fraught with challenges and intense emotion, heartbreak and some hard lessons in life. Yet through it all the one constant was always their love!