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 Harper Fox, Davitt & Alexa Snow, Bellann Summers, and Kele Moon. 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.
Kitto (Tyack & Frayne #4) by Harper Fox
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Now Lee is free from the malevolent ghost of Morris Hawke, his clairvoyant gifts are expanding fast. Too fast for comfort, and he and Gideon find themselves wrestling with his unsettling capacity to see the future. In some ways this new power is wonderful, and Lee finds himself a local hero after predicting a flood.
But there’s one aspect he can’t bear, and that’s the blind spot he sees when he thinks about the wedding plans he and Gideon have started to make. It’s as if this event, which he wants more than life, simply isn’t going to happen. He’s troubled and stressed out, and Gideon decides to intervene, whisking him off to an isolated creekside cabin in the mysterious Cornish ria country. All is peaceful there, and the clamour in Lee’s head subsides. It’s time for companionship, peace, good food and plenty of sex...
Then a young man wanders out of the woods and turns their blissed-out retreat into chaos. Kitto is harmless – a charming drifter, very handsome. To Gideon he’s just a kid, flesh and blood and a bit of a nuisance. But Lee reacts with horror. Since when can Gideon – Lee’s rock, his connection to the real world and sanity – see ghosts?
Mysterious midsummer is rising in the deep green Cornish countryside, and as the village gears up for the eerie Golowan festival, Lee and Gideon face their toughest case yet: a battle between the real and spirit worlds that threatens to tear their own apart.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Cornwall; land of Celtic legend, myth and the occasional Celtic festival. This provided the backdrop and once again Lee Tyack and Gideon Frayne find themselves in the midst of evil doings in a small Cornish village. I just LOVE this series. I LOVE Lee and Tyack. I LOVE the setting. That’s a whole lot of love going on there, but I can’t help myself when I latch onto something I love.
Lee and Gideon are two of my all time favourite characters and the book ends on a high and was a joy to read. However, there’s hope as Lee starts to get a hint that his powers are possibly coming back. Nothing certain, but I ask myself is Harper leaving herself open maybe to another Tyack and Frayne adventure, by leaving the door open a little. I so hope so as I think I would be in withdrawal if I don’t get my next Tyack and Frayne fix!
Room at Top by Jane Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Austin and Jay want a dom in their lives, but not a third person in their bed. When their dom moves away, replacing him turns out to be trickier than they’d thought and the two of them are getting desperate. Enter Liam, a friend of their former dom, deliciously sexy and stern, ready to spank them into shape -- and he's straight.
It’s all going so well, but can Liam separate his growing attraction to his two young subs from what they do during their sessions? And can Austin and Jay handle the discovery that Liam means more to them than he was ever supposed to?
With Austin’s younger sister April ready to do anything she can to make life difficult for the three men, is it going to be possible for Austin and Jay to prove to Liam that there’s room in their life -- and their bed -- for him?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/m).
Macky’s Quick Bite
Austin and Jay are two sweet young subs who are very much in love and in an established relationship but they need a Dom in their lives (not necessarily in their beds) to give them what they need to complete them as a couple, as neither of them have any dominatory traits at all. They've currently just lost Patrick, the Dom they trust, and are floundering; as the opening scene with a Dom who ignores their safe words shows. Enter Liam, a friend of Patrick's who is totally straight but looking to get back into the lifestyle. They click and start a relationship of sorts that works well as Liam can give them the punishment and pain they need without pushing for sexual favors, and for a while everything is fine and dandy until of course lines become blurred as they start to get closer and attraction on both sides starts to happen; which causes some personal conflicts for Liam who has never felt like this for any man before, let alone two! There are other things to contend with, including a crappy sister, but ultimately this is a really lovely love story. The BDSM scenes are kinky, hot and steamy, the chemistry and sexual tension is palpable, Liam is fabulous and Austin and Jay are extremely loveable. One of my all time faves from this writing duo who have a knack of making this lifestyle compelling and readable, even if you're not into this side of the genre. It's a brilliant ménage story and I loved it!
The Arrogant Representative (Lubirea Mai 3) by Bellann Summers
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Is it better to die than to fail at your duty? Simon Craydon has been taught by his father that it's his duty to keep his superior lion shifters true blood pure and strong. Unfortunately he wasn't taught the most important part of being a mate. When his mate turns out to be a human, he comes up with a plan. Then his big brother comes to town. It will take some time for him to recover from his brother's "advice", and his stubborn mate from Simon's plan. Love or duty, can Simon figure it out in time? Human Jessie Bailon is helping out at his sister's restaurant when he steps in and deals with a difficult customer. Jessie has no idea how his life is about to change after he's kidnapped and his release depends on a kiss. How can anger, hurt, forgiveness, giving birth, and a curse take Jessie from a true nightmare to a dream come true? ** A Siren Erotic Romance
Liza’s Quick Bite
Okay, I admit it. I am a huge Bellann Summers fan and I have spent the last week re-reading a whole stack of her books across three different series. So why did I chose this one to review today - because it is brilliant. This book can be read as a standalone, so don't worry if you haven't read the first two books.
Simon is the Cat Shifter Representative, which is a big deal. It also means he is arrogant, bossy and doesn't see the point in being nice to anyone - he is so much better than anyone else. After all he is a pure blood Lion. But when he starts having a few problems completing the rituals he has to perform as part of his job, Simon founds out he must have met his mate. Jessie is a human and so far beneath Simon (in the cat's opinion) that Simon is pretty mean when he finally tracks down the man and initiates the first kiss. But there is a twist to this story that makes it all the more delicious and if you want to know what that is then you have to read this for yourself. But believe me Jessie doesn't bow down to anyone.
Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon
Rating ~ 4 Stars
On the island where they first met two lovers from opposite sides of the tracks are reunited. Now jaded and broken, Alex and Matt still can’t deny their sizzling connection or the memories of one perfect, uninhibited year together.
At twenty-two, Matt Tarrington is rich, good-looking and destined to be powerful, but behind that confident exterior lurks a man who resents the life his family thrust upon him. Wanting an escape, Matt heads to Mirabella Island off the coast of Florida for a year of relaxation and a few wild nights with vacationing party-girls.
Matt never expected to find real passion in the arms of Alex Hunter, a handsome, laid-back local. Alex is gay, but closeted. Knowing Matt should be off limits, Alex finds the deeply-in-denial rich boy too tempting to ignore. Especially when a bet has them working together, fighting the heat in the rundown, beachside cafe where Alex sweats for every dollar.
Their love felt inevitable until youth left them vulnerable to hatred and greed. After six years of hating the lies they live to make others happy, they will have to risk it all for the second chance they both desperately need.
Monique’s Quick Bite
If this were a movie, it would be perfectly placed in the chick flick category... It is a story of love… found, lost and reunited, with a beautiful, emotional and intense road travelled to the final credits... I Loved it!
Set on the Island of Mirabella - a visual feast of sun drenched sands, clear blue water and warm nights partying on the beach... where a romance blossoms between two young men from opposite ends of the Islands social hierarchy, who are heady on the passions of youth and lost to the freedom of responsibility... that can only come from Island life.
For me, the love scenes... yep, no casual sex here, it was sensual and erotic... and yes, my head is back in movie mode! Ms. Moon's great descriptives had me watching with my tongue hanging out! This was more than sex, it was soul deep, a connection on another level. Their loving was intense... an emotional journey to that moment of ecstasy, absorbed in each others pleasure and drowning in the emotion... their love was profound - wanting to hold onto it forever, knowing that it would eventually come to an end.
As with all good Chick Flicks, you get to the end of this book with a warm and fuzzy feeling. This is an easy and enjoyable read that I would highly recommend for those days when you just want something to read where you get out the tissues and a box of chocolates and wrap yourself in a comforter, smile and sigh...ahhh bless! and this certainly did it for me.