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 R.G. Alexander, Rafe Haze, Z. Allora and Lane Hayes. 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.
Curious (The Finn Factor Book 1) by R.G. Alexander
Rating ~ 5 Stars
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author R.G. Alexander
#1 Amazon Bestseller!
Are you Curious?
Jeremy Porter is. Though the bisexual comic book artist has known Owen Finn for most of his life—long enough to know that he is terminally straight—he can’t help but imagine what things would be like if he weren’t.
Owen is far from vanilla—as a dominant in the local fetish community, he sees as much action as Jeremy does. Lately even more.
Since Jeremy isn’t into collars and Owen isn’t into men, it seems like his fantasies will remain just that forever…until one night when Owen gets curious.
Warning: Contains explicit m/m nookie. A lot of it. Very detailed. Two men getting kinky, talking dirty and doing the horizontal mambo. Are you reading this? Do you see them on the cover? Guy parts will touch. You have been warned.
(R.G. Alexander, BDSM, spanking, m/m, Hot romance, GFY, friends to lovers, first time)
Liza’s Quick Bite
Jeremy and Owen, two friends, been through a lot together - not least Jeremy's coming out as bisexual to Owen during their college years. But not only is Owen straight in every sense of the word, he is also a Dom, something that Jeremy has never understood. Fortunately Owen's nature as a Dom had him asking Jeremy for something unusual for his birthday, one particular year - and let's just say the ride that the two men go on, following that one fateful night was in parts funny, at other times it almost brought me to tears, but overall it was incredibly sweet and definitely hot. A reasonably short read, but a great way to spend an afternoon.
The Next by Rafe Haze
Rating ~ 5 Stars
He never thought he’d become one of the agoraphobic sludges of New York City—trapped with one view of a courtyard and a head full of wrenching memories. Dumped, disconnected, and depressed, he surrenders to spying on the neighbors as his only entertainment.
Until one day, without warning, the lascivious and suspicious behavior of the closeted lawyer in the huge apartment across the courtyard leads him to a spine-tingling conclusion… his neighbor is a murderer.
Perhaps collaborating with the beautiful and fierce Detective Marzoli to catch the killer can finally breathe life back into a man suffocated by the stranglehold of a tragic past. Unless the killer across the way decides to make him… The Next.
Mark’s Quick Bite
New York City with all it’s life, characters and secrets all observed through an apartment window. Well, I guess that’s the problem with living in large cities in close proximity to each other, but this provides an excellent back drop for a crime scene and a great M/M psychological thriller and romance.
It is like reading a version of Hitchcock’s film The Rear Window and comparisons can certainly be drawn. But for me The Next is much more than this, it is almost a character study of various people, with various lives and backgrounds, all living next to or on top of each other in their NYC apartments, all individual but also all connected by the City that is New York. They all have their story to tell and Rafe does this excellently through the eyes of an agoraphobic, failing songwriter whose name we never learn, but experience everything in first person through his eyes.
A new neighbour moves in to the flat immediately above after the previous tenant leaves, or so it is thought until Detective Marzoli turns up one day and he is informed that the previous tenant has been found murdered…oooopss! As is the case with any detective everyone is a suspect until proven innocent and I loved the psychological cat and mouse game the two MCs enter into, pussy footing around each other, but trying to catch each other out and looking for the chinks that could open up more information. When they stop dancing around each other the romance is hot and unfettered!
This book for me is a psychological thriller at its’ best within the M/M genre, it lets you get into the mind of the MC and how he perceives things and others through his window. I just loved the whole thing.
Subtle Innuendos by Z. Allora
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Can a mix tape mend a heart broken after twenty years?
When a song sticks in your head, do you ignore or hit replay? At eighteen, Matt and Chad fell in love. At twenty, they scored a number one hit with their band Euphoria. By twenty-five, the pressure of a rock star lifestyle proved too much and Chad escaped into a haze of drugs and alcohol. Fame twisted love until only pain remained. Seeing no other choice, Matt closed the door on his heart. Twenty years later a mix tape offers Matt a second chance. Does he dare risk another heartbreak to perform one last time with the lover he's never forgotten? Will the New Year's Eve reunion concert provide the closure he needs to finally move on with his life, or will the new year allow him to rewrite the ending of their song? Subtle innuendos--impossible to ignore.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Boys, boys, boys.... you grabbed me the moment you made out on that couch, then you put me through the wringer when you got famous and excesses and misunderstandings split you up. Finally, twenty years later you pulled at my heartstrings as you both realised that you were meant to be together. I sighed at the mix tapes and melted at the swoony kiss ... but you kept me dangling right to the satisfying end!
Sex, drugs and rock and roll!! Its all here and its packed into a fairly short story but I never felt short changed at all. If you love your angsty, sexy rock stars, then I reckon this one will get your juices flowing. I know it ticked all my boxes!
Better Than Good (Better Than Stories #1) by Lane Hayes
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
A Better Than Story
Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he's ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.
Aaron Mendez doesn't believe in labels, and he’s leery of straight curious men. He makes it clear that he’ll hide his fabulous light for no one. While Aaron can't deny the attraction between him and Matt, he is reluctant to start anything with someone who is still dealing with what this new label means—especially when that someone has a girlfriend.
Monique’s Quick Bite
This is the first book in the fabulous Better Than series from Lane Hayes and I LOVED it! The writing and pacing is perfect, the characterisation fabulous and Matt and Aaron… Well, Lane Hayes through her engaging and evocative prose totally endeared me to them both.
Narrated by Matt, it was almost like he was sitting down and chatting to me at times, telling me his tale with complete honesty, there is no side to him, no duplicity and no angst for the sake of it. Watching these two together, I just had the biggest smile on my face. Aaron has such a zest for life, he is funny, actually he is hilarious and everything about him is infectious, I loved watching him push Matts boundaries to experience, if not always enjoy, things he never would have considered. They have little in common yet there is not a moment when they have nothing to talk about… but really, Matt would do anything as long as he got to spend time with Aaron, and the time they spent together in the bedroom was HOT! The sexual chemistry between them was palpable and the intimacy, sizzling… real tummy tingling moments!
If you enjoy a feel good book with a sweet romance, filled with emotion, humour and plenty of snark and banter, plus great secondary characters, where friendship and support also plays a big part of their relationship… then I highly recommend this book and series.