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 M.J. O’Shea, Gabrielle Evans, Julie Bozza and JC Owens. 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.
Newton’s Laws of Attraction by M.J. O’Shea
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Rory was Ben's oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they'd harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he's regretted it ever since.
Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he's excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton—the first love he's never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn't take Ben long to realize he'll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it's starting to look like even his best might not be enough.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Don’t let the quirky rom-com cover fool you! This is a book full of angst and emotion that had my heart breaking for the majority of the story, and I loved every minute of it.
Best friends since Rory moved in next door at age 7, Ben and Rory were inseparable. While it may have taken 10 years to admit their feelings for each other the summer before their senior year of high school, once that's done they know they are meant to be together forever and always. Cut to 8 years later and Ben is preparing to return to his job as an art teacher at his old high school, only to find that the new science teacher is none other than Rory. Wait a minute? They're not together? What happened? You won’t have to wait long to find out but you won’t be hearing it from me.
From tentative friendship, to friends with benefits, to maybe something more, just when things seem to have settled, M.J. O'Shea plunged the knife back into my chest. Seriously? How hard does this have to be? Luckily for Ben he has the support of some wonderful friends (you will especially fall in love with Fen), who made for a fun group of secondary characters. So, if you like any combination of friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, friends rebuilding their bond, or second chance romance with plenty of angst and you don’t mind being put through an emotional wringer, read this book.
Caution: Contents Under Pressure (Haven 1) by Gabrielle Evans
Rating ~ 5 Stars
No good deed goes unpunished. Stavion had only been doing his job as an Enforcer, but now he finds himself the leader of his enemy's old coven. And the position comes with a whole mess of responsibility and stress. Jory can't believe he's finally free of his prison. He has friends, clean clothes, and a warm bed at night. He also has a very big, very intimidating vampire claiming to be his mate. Not only does the man scare the hell out of him, but Jory's not everything he appears to be, and keeping the secret is harder than he imagined. One obstacle after another is thrown in their path to keep them apart. Even Jory seems to be fighting it every step of the way. Stavion isn't about to give up, though. Jory is everything he never knew he wanted, and he's determined to have the last word. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
Liza’s Quick Bite
Stavion didn't want to be leader of his coven. It was too much trouble and no one seemed to trust him, or appreciate the things he was trying to do. To make matters worse, he had just met his mate, and the lovely little Jory is absolutely terrified of him.
Jory is delightful. He has every reason for feeling the way he does - he has spent most of his life abused and let down by people who were supposed to care about him. But when he and Stavion finally get themselves together, they are beautiful.
Throw in some problems with another couple's matings, a threat to Stavion from the Council and yeah, just what is Jory trying to hide about what he actually is, and you have the makings of a sensationally fun, fast paced book that will leave you with a smile.
Although this book is part of the Bristol Collection both it can be read no problem at all as a standalone.
The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Dave and Nicholas, married for seven years now, are happily settled together – but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” An unexpected threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site, and a visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin doesn’t help as he brings his own surprises. And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads …
Mark’s Quick Bite
Married for seven years and not an itch in sight! Nicholas and Dave have anchored a place in my heart as the perfect dreamy couple. No cross words, no relationship dramas, just pure love and commitment. Who couldn’t love them?
Julie’s writing is poetic, dreamy and makes you want to escape to this magical waterhole yourself. However, with just the right amount of gritty reality thrown in makes it the perfect balance between the everyday trials and tribulations and a place where we can all dream of , a place that is worry free, full of love and respect ~ that is the waterhole! I have been totally awed with this series from the beginning to end. A story where two MCs have grown on me in such a way they now have a piece of my heart that will be only theirs every time I look back on Nicholas’s and Dave’s Journey.
Wishes by JC Owens
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Sex slave to an alien culture...
Lt. Auri finds his job aboard the diplomatic cruiser both frustrating and exhausting, but he's determined to prove himself to his new captain. Despite the diplomatic importance of their mission, Auri is wary of the catlike Felinians, who have a reputation for enjoying human company, willing or not. But when he's ordered to witness the signing of the trade papers with the Felininans, Auri never imagines that he's about to be betrayed.
Sold into an alien culture, Auri finds himself the newest man in the Felinian leader's erotic harem. Kanar claims him as his "mate," but Auri longs for freedom. Though his feelings for Kanar begin to grow, Auri stubbornly refuses the Felininan and the other men of his harem, leading to loneliness and grief. But how can he open himself up to his captor, and to the love of more than one partner?
Reader Discretion: contains slave play, male male love, dubious consent elements, enemies to lovers
Macky’s Quick Bite
Wishes is a multiple partner, Fantasy/Sci Fi slave fic, set on an alien planet inhabited by the Felinians: an obscure feline/humanoid race of aliens, rumored to sometimes kidnap and 'mate' with humans against their will, although in some cases it has been consensual.
First Lieutenant of a diplomatic cruiser on a mission to trade with the Felinians for a precious commodity; Lt Auri suffers the ultimate betrayal of his own race when after catching the eye of Kenar, their leader, he's sold against his will to the catlike alien and placed in his Harem with the rest of Kenar's human mates. Proud, unwilling to submit and determined to escape his prison, Auri fights against his capture and, as the story progresses, his reluctant growing bond with Kenar and the three other mates in his Harem...Bredan, Ciris and Illian.
Like most slave stories there is some dubious consent and non con so it won't suit everyone but there are still some surprisingly tender moments too. Because of the nature of the Felinians the sex is hot and animalistic and the situations he sometimes finds himself in unsettling, so Auri doesn't always have it easy during his story, but personally it ticked all my boxes and I loved it! I read a lot of JC Owens in my early days of discovering m/m and this was definitely one of my favorites.