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 Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow, Clare London, Kim Dare and Josh Lanyon. 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.
Rock and a Hard Place by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Determined to outdo each other, business rivals Sean and Andrew land themselves in hot water when their private feud spills over at a very public charity auction. With neither willing to back down over the dream vacation at stake, they're told by their boss that they're both going and that they're to return as friends.
As fate would have it, their plane crashes and they wash up on a desert island where their feud is as likely to doom them as the lack of food and their inability to start a fire. But there's enough heat between them to set sparks flying once out and proud Sean discovers that Andrew's gay, but determined to remain in the closet.
Rescue comes, but brings with it new challenges. They're whisked back to their old lives with secrets to keep and a shared passion that makes it impossible for them to stay apart for long.
Choices must be made, new paths taken, and two men who have always been good at fighting find themselves, finally, with something worth fighting for: each other.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.
Macky’s Quick Bite
I shouldn't have enjoyed this book a much a I did. Why? Two reasons...........Sean and Andrew! These two have to be the most frustrating, contrary, stubborn headed pair of PIA's, that I've ever come across in a book and I spent most of the time wanting to slap some sense into both of them, because theirs is a true 'enemies to lovers' story that has enough misunderstandings and angsty moments to rival any long running soap! It will probably have you banging your head against a wall every time one of them puts his foot in his mouth again...so keep the pain killers handy, lol...but despite all that it's still a great love story with excellent sexual chemistry, banter and steamy hotness between the pair of them enough to keep me rooting for the two of them to finally get it together. Most of the time I didn't want to like them, but they'd do something to redeem themselves and I'd find myself warming up to them again...until the next time one of them acted like an ass! Haha. Well written and entertaining to say the least, I've got to say I did like this a lot.
Dear Alex by Clare London
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Alex Palmer writes the “Dear Alex” Agony Uncle column for Meant for Men – a magazine aimed at gay men’s life and issues. What started as a genuine and ground-breaking feature has become a snark fest, due to Alex’s boredom and personal cynicism. His respect for the correspondents has dwindled away in direct relation to his own self-respect as a journalist. He no longer believes in his readers’ search for a soulmate, or in his own column’s headline: “Is He Really the One?”
In the early days, Robbie Cooke was Alex’s co-presenter on the magazine. They’d been lovers, too. But unlike Alex, Robbie still sees the anguish and need behind the letters they receive. He wants to help the writers, rather than turn their situations into journalistic entertainment. He and Alex may still have to work together, but their fundamental disagreement on how to run the column tore them apart as romantic partners.
Excess drinking and a succession of casual lovers is wearing Alex out, yet he’s in denial. He’s convinced he doesn’t need “Dear Alex” to set him straight about what’s wrong with his life. But when he’s alerted to the fact that Robbie may be in danger, he realises that what he’s really missing is his ex-lover’s care, compassion and love. The problem is, by the time Alex is desperate to make amends, Robbie may have already moved on.
Mark’s Quick Bite
OK, this week I have a cute shorite for you. I really liked this story all about selling yourself out for your career and not recognizing love when it’s right in front of your nose. Alex writes for a column in a magazine but his snark means that he upsets a lot of people and makes fun out of people’s problems. the column maybe popular but it’s also affecting his life too. Robbie loves him but can’t bear to see how he sells out to his column and comes completely off the rails. I loved this story about forgiveness, especially from Robbie and as for Alex a little like the return of the prodigal son. Coming home after realising the error of his ways. A lovely kiss and make up story that will have you all gooey inside and sighing at the end.
The Duty of a Beta (Pack Discipline #3) by Kim Dare
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Book three in the Pack Discipline Series.
Caught between duty and sweet temptation, what's a wolf to do?
Gunnar has a job to do. He was brought into the pack to be mated to Alfred and that's what he's going to do. Beta's have always been charged with taking control of the trouble makers in their packs, and Gunnar is going to do his duty by his new pack if it kills him.
Just because his eyes constantly stray towards another wolf, that's no reason to alter his plans. His alphas might believe in love matches, but Gunnar believes in duty - no matter how sweet the temptation to let his thoughts wander to a very different wolf might be.
Liza’s Quick Bite
Gunnar, a very strong beta wolf has been bought into his new pack as a mate for Alfred, a self-absorbed wolf that no one can get on with. Gunnar is quite prepared to do his duty - after all pack is everything and that is a rule Gunnar has lived with all of his life. So imagine his surprise when he finds himself totally smitten with the small, terribly shy Omega of the pack, Talbot.
Talbot knows who Gunnar is, knows their time together is limited because Gunnar is supposed to mate with someone else, but can't seem to keep his pants on around the big beta. Fully prepared to have his heart broken, Talbot enters into an illicit affair with Gunnar, living every minute to the fullest because he knows things won't last. Gunnar is so caught up in honor and doing what he believes is best for the pack, he knows he could never have a future with Talbot - thank goodness the Alpha's don't see things the same way. Fun, heart-warming in so many places, and hot. What more could you want in a book.
Somebody Killed His Editor (Holmes & Moriarity #1) by Josh Lanyon
Rating ~ 4 Stars
The road back to bestsellerdom can be deadly.
Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes.
On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career. A career nearly as dead as the body he stumbles over in the woods.
In a weirdly déjà vu replay of one of his own novels, he finds himself stranded in an isolated lodge full of frightened women—and not a lawman in sight. Except for J.X. Moriarity, former cop and bestselling novelist. The man with whom he shared a one-night stand—okay, maybe three—long ago. The man who wants to arrest him for murder.
A ruthless, stalking killer, or a hot, handsome ex-lover. Which poses the greater danger? It’s elementary, my dear Holmes!
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book was so much fun! I loved the interactions between Holmes and Moriarity, the cast of quirky secondary characters and the mystery, which moved along nicely.
When writer Christopher “Kit” Holmes finds himself unexpectedly stuck at a writer's retreat (that he didn’t want to go to in the first place) with the sexy J.X. Moriarity, a man whom he spent a long weekend with 10 years ago, the sight of that man turns out to be the least of his problems. Kit is cranky on the best of days and this trip isn’t doing him any favors. There is antagonism with an undercurrent of sexual tension and unresolved issues between Kit and J.X. that needs to be addressed, but the more pressing issues of a murderer in their midst, no way out of the now isolated resort and Holmes being the prime suspect makes things even more complicated.
Full of wit and humor with the feeling of an old drawing room mystery, Kit is another standout character and this is the start of another excellent series from Josh Lanyon that will probably have you jumping right into the next book, much like I did.