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 three great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Greg Herren, Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock and Kaje Harper. 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.
The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can’t live without.
A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, isn’t an option. Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple.
Until he realizes he’s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.
John Barrett knows about loss. After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex-wife whisked them away to California. Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something more, and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters.
It’s nothing they can’t learn to navigate, though. But when dead bodies start turning up on campus—and one of the guys is a suspect—their first taste of real love could go up in smoke.
Warning: Contains two hot men wrestling with a shift in their sexuality, as well as a few positions probably listed in the Gay Kama Sutra. But it’s not all about the hot and sweaty—especially when your previously straight life knocks on the door and comes back to visit.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Making a 'gay for you' style story work between two truly straight men, who have never had a bi curious moment in either of their lives, is not easy and in theory shouldn't really work. In most cases there are generally deeply closeted feelings from one of the characters or the 'straight' guys have some past history they've repressed, of experimenting with another man at some point in their lives...NOT the case with divorced, college gardener John or ex fireman Ryan, now a mature student after being injured on the job. These two men start the story die hard straight! However, due to relevant circumstances, they end up house sharing as a means to both their ends and because both these guys are dealing with life's hurts; the close proximity and deep friendship they form, gradually morphs into an attraction and feelings that neither of them would ever have expected; and their relationship takes a massive turn from friends to tentative lovers. The story then shifts, as Johns decision to accept that he is now falling for another man impacts on his relationship with his estranged ex wife, her new husband and more importantly his two children; especially his son. There's enough thought provoking conflict to keep you glued as to how this will all play out, but thankfully, it never once felt to me like it was dissolving into an overblown kitchen sink drama. There's also a mystery concerning suspicious deaths and a possible murder at the college that's cleverly woven into the plot which begins fairly innocuously, but slowly builds in the background until it reaches a pretty nail biting finish towards the end of the book. I loved this story...it could have been an eye roller but I never once found myself questioning the set up because Kaje Harper is a fabulous writer, and in her talented hands this was sensitively and believably handled. Book two is coming out in June and I can't wait to catch up with these two guys. Highly recommend this one.
The Good Boy by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Introverted college student Lane Moredock is in a bad place. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud, his father is on the run, and everyone, including the SEC, suspects Lane knows where the missing millions are. Lane, with no money and nowhere to live, makes a desperate deal that lands him in trouble and leaves him unwilling to trust a so-called Dom again.
Photographer Derek Fields lost money to the Moredocks, and is as sure as anyone that Lane is guilty despite his claims. A chance meeting with Lane shows him there might be something more to the young man than arrogance and privilege, and Derek wonders if Lane might be just what he’s been looking for: a sub with the potential to be a life partner.
As Lane slowly begins to open up to Derek and explore his needs as a submissive, the investigation closes tighter around him. Lane might be everything that Derek wants, but first Derek needs to trust that Lane is innocent—and Lane needs to trust Derek with the truth.
Contains BDSM, some puppy play, and a very obnoxious macaw!
Monique’s Quick Bite
The Good Boy, is a gut wrenchingly emotional read which tore my heart to shreds, the prose had me so absorbed and invested in not only the two MC’s but a whole cast of characters that had me both laughing and crying. I literally couldn’t put this book down, the underlying plot was excellent and very well developed. It is not however, considering it’s a BDSM novel, a sex fest. In fact there is no sex until the last third of the book. There are some pretty brutal acts and although they are off page and a recollection, they still made me want to do some serious damage, also the BDSM is not an inherent part of the book, there is some spanking and mild puppy play but no club scenes or hard core BDSM play… Lane had been abused and Derek’s first and only concern was for Lane’s welfare and safety. This is more about trust, earning it and deserving it. It was about learning to accept and acknowledge a desire as a positive rather than something perverse and how forgiveness and understanding go a long way to help heal a boy that blamed himself for the deeds of others.
I loved this book and wholeheartedly recommend it!
Dark Tide by Greg Herren
Rating ~ 5 Stars
For Ricky Hackworth, a summer job to save money before he leaves for college is a necessity. When he lands a job as a lifeguard at the Mermaid Inn in Latona, Alabama, on the beautiful Gulf Coast, it’s like a dream come true. But once he moves into the Inn, he starts hearing stories about the lifeguard from the previous summer…and how he vanished without a trace right in the middle of the summer. Before long, Ricky realizes the Inn and the town are hiding some dark secrets…secrets someone is willing to kill to protect, and Ricky has to find out the truth before he, too, vanishes without a trace.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Mermaids and mermen, old legends, disappearances, shady characters, murder-mystery, all make up the ingredients for a great read. You're probably asking, where is the M/M romance? Mark forgot the M/M romance - oh no!!!!! But I just loved this book.
However, don’t panic. Greg has written for me personally a great book. A great murder-mystery, with plot twists and revelations skilfully done and a writing style that flows wonderfully. So is this an M/M romance? Well, I can only say that if you are expecting MCs to be falling in love with lusty erotic love scenes in every chapter then you will be a little disappointed. However, if you like a good murder-mystery with an M/M theme, then READ this book. There is a romance, but the romance doesn't have a HEA I'm afraid. A bitter sweet ending with closure that brought a tear to my eye for sure. This is what I like about such books and this will not be the last book I’ll be reading from Greg Herren for sure.