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 Kim Fielding, Alexa Land, Rory Ni Coileain and JL Merrow.
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.
Night Shift by Kim Fielding
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Aside from a sympathetic parole officer, Aiden Finn is alone in the world. He knows this is his last chance—after a lifetime in and out of prison, one more mistake will land him there to stay. Unfortunately, his job as a night custodian at a motel is neither satisfying nor good for building his confidence, and booze and burglary are always just a step behind him.
Enter beautiful, exotic, and secretive Luka Gabor, the motel’s new security guard. He seems to know a great deal about literature, history, and travel but otherwise remains a mystery. Aiden has to admit, the sex has never been better, and he might even be feeling the beginnings of friendship. He dares to hope that this time, he won't mess things up—if lurking monsters don't ruin his plans.
Macky’s Quick Bite
What I love about Kim Fielding is that nothing she writes in M/M ever feels formulaic or done to death. Take Luka the night security guard in Night Shift. There's no doubt what his true nature is but the twist she puts on the lore surrounding his kind is unexpected, so what you get is a surprisingly fresh spin on a paranormal romance between two quirky, lovable characters, who because of their individual circumstances find love working the night shift together in a dingy motel.
Aiden is an ex con (petty crimes mostly) and a reject in society's eyes, but I loved his drive and determination to lift himself above all that. The fact that he loves to read and joins a book club, is so endearing it makes his character even more engaging. When he meets the handsome but mysterious Luka and their hot and sexy nightly get-togethers begin, it's hard not to root for them to find love, even though their relationship is so unusual. I'm not telling how Aiden satisfies Luka's particular 'needs', but what Aiden gains in return from being with his unorthodox lover, is a feeling of self respect he's never had before and a realisation that his criminal past isn't all that defines him. There's a little bit of excitement towards the end, but essentially this is all about redemption, hope and true love; and I truly loved this story.
The Tinder Chronicles by Alexa Land
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Tinder’s world is black and white, good and evil clearly defined. The young vampire hunter was taught to hate his enemy with a passion, and hating them is easy since they killed his entire family. His attraction to Bane, a gorgeous, mysterious vampire, contradicts everything Tinder believes in, but the heat between them is undeniable. As the vampires rise up and hunters become the hunted, Bane may also be Tinder’s only chance for survival. Maybe the world’s not so black and white after all.
Part paranormal thriller, part M/M erotic romance with a generous dose of humor, The Tinder Chronicles includes the complete 3-volume series: the previously published and re-edited novellas Tinder and Hunted (approx. 25K words each) and the new novel Destined (approx. 60K words). NOTE: contains explicit language and graphic sex. Intended for ADULTS ONLY.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book was so much fun! It had everything I love about Alexa Land's contemporary First and Forever books, plus all the paranormal elements from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s not all fun and games though as there is a bit of an edge to this story.
Tinder is a full blood hunter, born and raised to kill vampires. The aptly nicknamed Bane, who is literally the bane of Tinder's existence, is a sexy, 500+ year old vampire and Tinder's arch nemesis. With vampire activity increasing and a troubling group attack, Tinder, and his hunter friend Lee are determined to find out what exactly is going on and what Bane's part in all of it is.
The story is fast paced and full of action, humor, snarky dialogue and sex. It might have even made me tear up a bit in places. A good group of secondary characters provides support, including Ty, who may be the cuddliest, cutest vampire I have ever seen. With almost a little bit of every major paranormal element in the mix here, you can't be a stickler for the “rules” of vampire/shifter/magic lore. Just roll with it and have fun watching as mortal enemies become lovers.
Hard As Stone (Soul Shares Book One) by Rory Ni Coileain
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Tiernan Guaire was exiled from the Fae Realm a century and a half ago for his brother’s murder. His soul torn in half, he lives by his vows — never to trust, never to love. And if he can only be whole by finding and loving the human with the other half of his soul? He’s content to live broken and half-souled.
Kevin Almstead’s future, the career he’s worked for as long as he can remember, has been taken away by a vote of the partners at his law firm. Chance brings him to Purgatory, the hottest all-male nightclub in Washington, D.C., to a meeting with a Fae, with long blond hair, ice-blue eyes, and a smile promising pleasures he’s never dreamed of. But there’s no such thing as chance.
But Tiernan isn’t the only one to find Kevin in Purgatory. The most ancient enemy of the Fae race sees in the handsome lawyer a way to destroy the world from which it, too, was exiled. And only the strength of a true SoulShare bond can keep it from what it seeks.
Nominee of the Best Debut Novel and Best Gay Erotic Romance, 2012 Rainbow Awards; Finalist, Best Erotica, 2012 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll
Liza’s Quick Bite
I was having a re-read of old favorites this week and this series pulled me under it's spell, again. You have Fae - hunky ones, you have soul shared humans and an evil so dark it could wipe out all of humanity and have the Fae realm for dessert. In this first book Kevin, a very human lawyer was having a bad day and somehow finds himself in Purgatory - the club not the mythical place. There he is picked up by Tiernan - a Fae with a heart of stone, and a body to match. Not so unusual, except Kevin has never been interested in a man before, yet one word in Tiernan's Irish brogue, and Kevin melted.
This was a fascinating book and shows just how vivid the author's imagination is. I can't tell you much without giving away the storyline, but given that there is a fair bit of action for Tiernan, Kevin and the Malfach (the evil bit) all within the constructs of Kevin's mind - well it will blow your mind. An awesome read, with a decent pace, hot sex (including a whole new take on suck and fuck) and when Tiernan falls, it is totally amazing.
Raising The Rent by JL Merrow
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Rent boy rule number one: Never fall in love with a customer.
Life as a rent boy is not a long-term career goal for Nathan, who’s determined to get an education. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice for his educated, honeyed tones.
Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student—which would mean public humiliation and maybe the loss of his job. Yet it’s clear Nathan is only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail. And Stephen realizes there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.
Nathan still has to earn a living, though, and when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself homeless and unable to work. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—if Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust don’t end their back-to-front romance before it starts.
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Contains unfashionable haircuts, unreasonably long words, and a May-December romance between a not-so-streetwise rent boy and an erudite English teacher.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Nathan hasn’t had it easy in life so far and I guess like so many young men and women plying their trade on the street, it is rarely a conscious choice that’s been made but more one of having been left with no other option I guess. Life on the streets are tough and JL Merrow doesn’t spare us this aspect of things either when one ugly incident means that Nathan can no longer go to college. This part was somewhat upsetting to read but due to Nathan’s attitude things are kept relatively light and I just love the way that Nathan bounces back like a ball from any situation. Once again JL Merrow manages to bring the light side of life and positive into her story rather than concentrate on the negative. However, you are left with no doubt that Nathan’s life is by no means a box of chocolates.