Monday, March 09, 2015

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites and Giveaway

9th MarchAs 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 Mary Calmes, K. J. Charles, Gabrielle Evans and Rowan Speedwell. 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.

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When the Sun Goes Down (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Lawton Thorne neither knows nor cares who started the war or who administered the blow that eradicated all technology. There is a new order, and the paranormals are stepping out of the shadows. Accidently biting and turning several men during his rescue missions, Lawton finds himself with a new pack to lead—and a reluctant mate who he can't remember bringing home. Quiet and unassuming, Daxton Roe has been cursed to walk the world alone for nearly two millennia. He'd only been trying to escape the guards when the big werewolf bit him and dragged him back to his den. The attraction is instant, but their relationship was doomed before they ever met. The world might have changed, but Daxton’s bewitchment hasn't. On the run, with The Regime breathing down their necks, it won't be easy to break Daxton's curse, but it's a challenge Lawton is prepared to win. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

Liza’s Quick Bite

I have to admit I have been enjoying a Gabrielle Evans banquet this week - the woman has written so many good books and they all seem to have a novel twist in them of some sort or another.  This one is no exception. Lawton is a true wolf shifter (born) and somehow or other he keeps biting people and turning them into werewolves too.  He doesn't mean to, it just happens and given that this is a future world with no technology and a greatly diminished population, he has built himself up a little pack.  That is until he bites Dax.  He thought Dax was human.  He knew Dax was his mate.  But why does he keep forgetting Dax every time the sun goes down?  To find out, you need to read this book.

  

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Think of England by K. J. Charles

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.

Lie back and think of England...

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.

Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.

As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…

Warning: Contains explicit male/male encounters, ghastly historical attitudes, and some extremely stiff upper lips.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Downton Abbey meets M/M romance ~ an absolutely brilliant historical novel with industrial espionage, murder, blackmail and two unlikely heroes up against the odds. What more could I wish for?

I devoured this book from beginning to end. Loved the period it was set in and the whole plot was intriguing and gripping to say the least. KJ sets the period fantastically and the reader is taken back to a time of Downton Abbey, big country estates, servants, aristocracy and huge country estate houses. I was in my element as an historical fan. This book is a five star read for me, loved the way it was written, very true to the time, loved the period it was set in, loved the murder-mystery plot and felt like it was all over far to soon which wasn’t the case but for me is a sign of a great book. Enjoyed the whole experience.

 

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A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody—he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

Honestly, I don't know why I've never got around to picking this as one of my quick bite recommends because beautiful, twinky Jory Keyes and his hot 'straight' detective Sam Kage are two of my most favourite, long standing m/m couples ever! Exasperating.. Yes! Too good to be true (and I mean Jory even though I love the pants off the guy ) .. Yes! Stupid stubborn men...Oh yes! Over the top...Yes, yes, yes! Hot and Sexy with heaps of Sexual Tension...Beejaysus Yes! Good fun... Abso.bloody.lutely!!! Boring... Hell no!! Once you meet Jory it's either going to be love at first sight or he might have you doing a bit of an eye roll. Personally I lost my heart to this bundle of perfection and trouble and the gorgeous but gruff Sam. I guess to find out where you lie, you're just going to have to jump in and get Joryed!

 

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Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell

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Synopsis

Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.
Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.
Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work. forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.

 

Monique’s Quick Bite

For my Quick Bite this week I went for an audio book, Why? Well, because of K.C. Kelly. One of my favourite narrators. Through his interpretation and empathic reading of this book, he truly captures the raw emotion of these characters, in such a gentle tone, it was an experience which only enhanced an excellent book… which left me tearing up at the end and grabbing for the tissues at the complete joy of watching these two men who despite the turbulent journey found their road to happiness.

I love broken characters, especially when the growth of the healing process is as beautifully and sympathetically portrayed as it is in Love, Like Water by the fabulous writing of Rowan Speedwell. The circumstances that brought Joshua to the depths of helplessness and his pain, just about broke my heart… But what lifted it was Eli and his simple approach to life, his strength of character, patience and understanding, with the love he has for Joshua just emanating from him. Add to that the freedom and escapism of being at the ranch and the warmth and love Joshua feels from from his ‘Uncatuck’ and Sarafina, which all helped in his rehabilitation, enabling him to come to terms with the time he spent undercover,  the three years that stole a piece of his soul.

 

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49 comments:

  1. I'd like to read "When the Sun Goes Down" (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans I haven't read any of her books before.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  2. I've been willing to get to Think of England by K. J. Charles for a while now, so that would be my choice. But A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes and Macky's quick bite picked my interest...

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  3. They are all on my TBR list and would read any of them!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  4. Think of England looks great! I love the period (even though I've never seen Downton Abbey). A Matter of Time also looks good, but I see it's part of a series. Does it have an HEA or is it a cliffhanger?

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    1. it does end on a cliffhanger of sorts but thankfully all books are out so there would be no waiting for volume two. After that each volume ends on a HEA if I remember rightly, but Jory is a trouble magnet so there's always something he gets mixed up in, with a couple of the books in the series centered around a couple of the secondary characters who have recurring roles in the books. Hope that helps Kara. :)
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  5. Think Of England - love K J Charles!

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  6. Love, Like Water and A Matter of Time are both excellent books. Would love to read Think of England. Have heard so many great things about KJ Charles, but haven't read any of her books yet.

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  7. I read Think of England and loved it. A matter of time has been in my ebook for a long time, and I still did not manage to read it. I think I would choose Love, Like Water. Sounds great.

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  8. When The Sun Goes Down because I love shifters and this one looks a bit different from the usual.

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  9. I looooove KJ Charles! Think of England is a great read, as are all her other books.
    Love, Like Water and A Matter of Time both sound really interesting, can't wait to start those!

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  10. I'd like to read A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes. I like mysteries!

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  11. I would like to read A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes because I like thrillers especially with detectives in them.

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  12. I was Joryed a long time ago and loved the series. I already have Thinking of England (but haven't read it yet) so that only leaves When the Sun Goes Down (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans and Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell both of which intrigue me.

    Guess I'll go with Gabrielle Evans as I really want to know about the night time forgetfulness.

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  13. Love like Water strikes me this week, I do like a good redemption story

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  14. I would love to read Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell. Once I read the synopsis and then Monique’s Quick Bite I was sold!

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  15. Any of the above. Only heard of two them. Leaning towards When the Sun Goes Down (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans. However any would make me happy. - Jennifer

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  16. I would love to read When the Sun Goes Down by Gabrielle Evans AND all of Mary Calmes are great I have all her books

    jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  17. Love, Like Water, it sounds like a great story

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  18. Your description of Think of England by K. J. Charles completely on me over as I'm a big fan of Downton Abbey. I'm also drawn to characters that are physically scarred.

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  19. All of them sounds good. It would be Love, Like Water or Think of England.

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  20. Not doing the contest .but just wanted to add my 2 cents. The book to get (if you don't win) is A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes it's one of the few series of books that I've read and re-read and still laugh at how vexing Jory is to Sam and trust me when I say that you won't be able to stop at book one.

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  21. I'd really like to read A Matter of Time because it is the first in the series and would introduce me to a new author.

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  22. THINK OF ENGLAND would be great!

    --Trix

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  23. I would like to read any of them. They all sound good.

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  24. Love, Like Water has been on my list forever and I have never gotten around to it. I really need to remedy that.

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  25. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell

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  26. When the Sun Goes Down (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans sounds awesome (so do the other 3....but this is my choice today!)

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  27. A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes

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  28. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell

    Already read Think of England & Matter of Time - both so good!

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  29. I would like to read several of the. Thank you for this Awesome giveaway.

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  30. I would like to read several of the. Thank you for this Awesome giveaway.

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  31. A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes...I have read so many great reviews on this series!

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  32. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell......been awhile since I read about some cowboys.

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  33. Old love to read A Matter Of Time because it's been at the top,of my TBR list forever.

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  34. I want to give Love, Like Water a read.

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  35. When the Sun Goes Down would my choice not only because I already have (and love) the other three books, but also because I love shifter stories.

    P.S. I really recommend A Matter of Time for those who like contemporary stories. Jory is just awesomeness and his adventures are legend. You do have to suspend disbelief a bit, but it's just so good. For those who like historicals, though, you'll probably like Think of England better. And Love, Like Water is much more realistic than AMoT.

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  36. Love, Like Water. Love broken men who find love and peace

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  37. I read some of these but I did not read Love Like Water. It looks very intriguing.

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  38. When the Sun Goes Down cuz I have been on a shifter kick lately and this one sounds like it'll be interesting :)

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  39. When the Sun Goes Down, Think of England, and A Matter of Time have all be on my WANT TO READ List for some time. It would be wonderful to win one. Thank you.

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  40. They all sound so good I'd start at the top & work my way down the list.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  41. I just love reading the new releases, finding out what's new. :)

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  42. I'd choose either A Matter of Time or Love, Like Water. Both sound really good.

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  43. I would love to read When the Sun Goes Down because I love a good paranormal book.

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  44. Love, Like Water because of the wounded FBI agent.

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  45. "When the Sun Goes Down" (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans as it's sounds interesting and I love paranormal books. Thank you for the chance.

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  46. I'd like to read A Matter Of Time.. Sounds good :P

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  47. Think of England. I love K.J. Charles!

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  48. I woud love to read Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell. It's on my TBR list so that would be my choice,

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