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 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.
When the Sun Goes Down (Howl at the Moon #1) by Gabrielle Evans
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.
Think of England by K. J. Charles
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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.
A Matter of Time (Volume #1) by Mary Calmes
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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!
Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell
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.