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 C. Zampa, K. C. Wells, Susan Mac Nicol, Anne Barwell. 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.
Candy G by C. Zampa
Rating ~ 5 Stars
What kind of man drives a bulletproof Mercedes and carries a high-powered pistol in the glove compartment along with his boyhood teddy bear? Candy G does, that’s who. Once the exclusive attorney for the most powerful drug lord in San Antonio, he turned his back on Teirso Flores and walked away. But at what price?
Moving on with his life despite the threat of Teirso’s revenge, Candy meets gorgeous, streetwise Carlos Alvarez, and thus begins a passionate love affair rife with danger, secrets, and specters from the past that just won’t let go. When truths are revealed, will the one thing that brought their worlds together be the test that strengthens their love or the knife that severs their bond forever?
Macky’s Quick Bite
If you want a riveting crime, thriller romance that oozes palpable sexual tension and the type of chemistry that jumps off the page, then 'Candy G' shouldn't disappoint! I loved this story with a passion! Only rivaled by the one that sensuously simmers between Candy G and Carlos Alverez, the gorgeous neighbourhood street kid he falls hard and heavy for. Candy is an ex bad ass criminal defence lawyer who worked for, but walked away from, his extremely dangerous former employer: Tierso Flores, the nasty piece of work, crime boss and drug lord he spent years defending and getting off criminal charges. Candy himself is still slightly feared, but always respected by the community who treat him like a local hero, as he's striving to make up for his sordid past by only doing good...his income now coming mainly from the clubs he owns. Always in fear of repercussion from the dreaded Tierso, he rides around in his beloved Mercedes; a gun and his favourite childhood teddy bear tucked together in the glove compartment, but then Carlos bursts into his life and the two of them are thrown into a twisting, turning, nail biting plot that not only puts them in the position of losing each other romantically but also in danger of losing their lives! A story where things are never quite what they seem I was utterly gripped and totally engrossed in the whole exciting, sizzling, sexy, roller coaster ride from start to finish. Another book I practically inhaled!
An Unlocked Heart (Collars & Cuffs Book 1) by K.C. Wells
Rating ~ 5 Stars
A Collars & Cuffs Story
Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn’t been living—merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester’s gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can’t keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo’s gaze, but that’s like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.
Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he’s drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who’s been eating in his area nearly every night.
Leo won’t let Alex’s hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a Dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo’s bedroom… and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized—and never wanted anyone to see.
Debra’s Quick Bite
I loved this first book in the Collars & Cuffs series! Leo is an experienced Dom still mourning the death of his longtime lover and sub. Alex is fresh out of university, back living with his family and working as a waiter while trying to save money for his own place. He’s also a virgin with some self-confidence issues who can barely look Leo in the eye. As the two begin to date, Leo keeps his BDSM lifestyle a secret from Alex, afraid to scare him off, but Alex has had some secrets he has been keeping as well and he just might be a better match than Leo expected if they two just open up to each other.
One of my favorite things about this book is that Alex and Leo start off as lovers and get to know each other before bringing the BDSM into the relationship. The story is sweet and romantic, with some family drama, outside meddling, great secondary characters and plenty of HOT sex scenes both vanilla and not. If you fall in love with Alex and Leo the way I did, you’ll be happily moving on to the rest of the books in the series for updates on their HEA!
Sight and Sinners (Men of London #2) by Susan Mac Nicol
Rating ~ 5 Stars
The murder of a shared friend leads a high-profile investigator and a psychic into a mystery involving lies, blackmail, BDSM—and into each other’s arms.
THE MEN OF LONDON
From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.
28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.
Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery of a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.
Liza’s Quick Bite
Taylor hasn't got a problem with his lifestyle - if he wants to blow a brickie on his lunch break, just for the hell of it, then that's his business and he doesn't see the need to stop his habit of picking up random men for a bit of quick relief. He might want a permanent relationship, but he doesn't think it is going to happen any time soon. Taylor see's visions, usually of death and he didn't feel any sensible, decent man was going to be able to put up with it, every time he zoned out.
Of course, if Taylor was right, then this book wouldn't have happened, and Taylor's love comes in the form of a Draven. Draven is a private investigator of sorts, lives only for his work and doesn't believe in psychics in any way, shape or form. Until he meets Taylor. The chemistry between the two men is hot, but unfortunately for at least half of the book it is the wrong type of chemistry. Draven has a snappy mouth and Taylor has attitude, and it's like oil and water when the two get together. But get together they do, and there are murders, a brother on life support and for those of you who have read Men of London book 1, more delightful stories about Eddie and Leslie. You can read this as a standalone, but you will get more out of the book if you Eddie's story first.
A Winter Duet (Echoes #2) by Anne Barwell
Rating ~ 4 Stars
With Kristopher finally fit enough to travel, he and Michel leave the security of their safe house and continue their journey across Germany toward Switzerland. Caught in a series of Allied bombings, they stop to help civilians and narrowly escape capture by German forces.
While investigating a downed aircraft in the Black Forest, the two men discover an injured RAF pilot. After they are separated, Kristopher and the pilot are discovered by a German officer who claims he is not who he appears to be. Determined to find Michel again, Kristopher has to trust the stranger and hope he is not connected to those searching for him and the information he carries. Meanwhile Michel is intercepted by one of the Allied soldiers he met in Berlin. His help is needed to save one of their own.
Time quickly runs out. Loyalties are tested and betrayed as the Gestapo closes in. Michel can only hope that they reach safety before information is revealed that could compromise not only his and Kristopher’s lives, but those of the remaining members of their team—if it is not already too late.
Mark’s Quick Bite
As I chose book #1 (Shadowboxing) in last week’s M/M Quick Bites post the logical conclusion would be to include book #2. However, that is really not the reason at all. This series is great for fans of M/M historical novels.
From the word go I was totally invested in this book. Not only because of the hope I have that these guys will be able to find a way to make things work, but also the basic instinct of survival. Michel and Kristopher are so committed to each other it’s truly beautiful, but again it’s a time where they can only sneak a few private moments together, when the do it is all the more heartfelt. I really go all gushy at the thought when these guys get their chance for a few private moments. Anne lets the reader know though that once again there is no one side that is totally bad or good. Just people trying to fight an evil that has taken control of their respective countries. I loved the whole concept of this book and will wait with baited breath whether in the final book Kit and Michel, Matt and Ken find at least a happy end that can be sustained in that period. They seriously can’t have gone through all this not to find their own little bit of heaven.