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 Carol Lynne, Amy Lane, Sandrine Gasq Dion, Rhianna Aile and Madeleine Urban. 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 Brick Yard by Carol Lynne
Rating ~ 5 Stars
For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.
On the south side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.
Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn’t expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky’s abusive and drug addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.
Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice, if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won’t be accepted.
Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control. After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news.
With Dray so close, Lucky’s old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky finds that his past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray.
Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he’s ever loved. Will he stand and fight or walk away like he did years earlier?
Debra’s Quick Bite
You’ll never find me watching MMA or boxing, so it came as a surprise that I enjoyed this story so much.
Lucky’s life was saved the day he walked into the Brick Yard training gym as an abused and neglected teenager. There he found shelter, food, a job and the support of its owner, Brick. At the same time, Dray was working his way up the ranks as an MMA fighter and Lucky not only admired him, but also nursed a crush on him. When a vengeful lover throws Dray’s career into chaos, he chooses to leave rather than fight it. Years later, Dray returns to help Lucky care for Brick and despite his intentions to keep his distance, he soon finds he can’t resist helping and loving Lucky, who has been more broken by life than Dray could have imagined.
It is beautifully written story and the love between Dray and Lucky flowed naturally. While the romance is often sweet and tender, the book does not sugar coat the harsh realities of Lucky’s life or the gut wrenching loss the men are experiencing with the illness of their friend and mentor Brick, making it a tough read at times. Seeing Lucky slowly open up to those that offered him support and saw him as a better man than he believed himself to be however, made reading through the tough times all that more rewarding
Pleading the Fifth (Assassin Shifters Book 13) by Sandrine Gasq Dion
Rating ~ 5 Stars
This book is part of a series.
A simple trip to the airport brings Scott Delange just about everything except the passenger he was planning to pick up. Texting back and forth with a raunchy, unknown man leads to a case of mistaken identity and one hell of a huge surprise.
Who knew a trip to Seattle would land Tristan Miles in the arms of his mate? Certainly not Tristan, who stopped looking for love a long time ago. When he meets Scott Delange, Tristan realizes the man is his. For life.
There’s just one little issue. The two men can’t stand each other. Tristan is used to being the alpha male and that’s bad news when his mate is wired the same way. Clawing and fighting to be top wolf causes more friction between the two men who sure do kiss a lot for people who can’t stand each other.
Can Tristan back down? Can Scott? Are both men guilty of too much pride? Maybe both should plead the Fifth.
Liza’s Quick Bite
I have read all of the Assassin series, but this one is one I keep coming back to. Scott is a shifter and has always hoped he would find his mate. When Tristan blows into town looking to relocate Scott gets hit by the mating pull - big time. Problem is both men hate each other which makes the whole book one of the more light-hearted ones in the series.
Yes there are still rogues, along with a whole host of other problems facing this intriguing group of people, but this one is funny too. There is someone out to get Tristan and that causes problems. But of course when the two men do get together sparks fly in a way only this author can portray - a totally satisfying read.
The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.
When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.
Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Pick up a title with Amy Lane written underneath and for me personally I know at some stage I’m going to be reaching for the tissues, red wine, chocolate, comfort blanket, basically anything that I can cry into. I had only read the first chapter of this book and knew I was going to be in deep trouble sooner or later.
This book takes on a journey, a journey of memories, some beautiful and some not so beautiful, but all the same knowing however extreme the circumstances are, wanting to be loved and being loved by someone is the most basic human need there is. This book had me sobbing my heart out at the end. This truly is a beautiful story, impeccably written, well researched historically and carries a message that is as relevant today as it ever has been. If you haven’t read it yet then you seriously need to rectify that fact as soon as you can.
The One that got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeleine Urban
Rating ~ 5 Stars
When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie is threatened when David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is not-so-slowly falling in love.
Trace has never desired another man. He's a ladies' man with quite the reputation, considered a top prize around town. But his close, treasured friendship with David is intensified by the emotion and arousal, and the lure of having David so close is irresistible. Soon Trace makes it clear to David that he wants to know if they can make it work between them. Because Trace is sure he won't ever want anyone else—he already loves David.
Macky’s Quick Bite
One of my earliest GFY reads, this is still one of my all time faves. As friends to begin with, there's a connection between David and Trace from the start that even before the romance comes into play promises great chemistry...and it delivers! It's not a slow moving book but the growing attraction is sort of slow burn and that too makes it all the more sexy. The love scenes are hot and sensual but it was the build up, full of simmering sexual tension that I really loved. And another thing that made this so enjoyable was that Trace who is straight, never over reacts to the feelings he's having for David, he just accepts that he's starting to feel differently towards his friend over the longish period he stays at Davids house (caring for his friend after he breaks his shoulder), and deals with it without any major angst, misunderstandings or upset. Which all makes for a lovely feel good romance with huge amounts of charm. A great one for delivering the warm and fuzzies. **Sigh**