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 Melissa Collins, Dan Skinner, Charlie Cochet and M.A. Blisher. 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.
On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins
Rating ~ 5 Stars
When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.
Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.
As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.
Mark’s Quick Bite
OMG! Did I love this book or what? Melissa Collins is a one-click buy author for me. No need to think just buy. The emptions she awakens in her stories are incredulous. Two MCs, Jacob and Dax, both broken and just trying to find their way in life.
I loved this book from beginning to end, an emotional journey with these two for sure. I loved the way that each chapter alternates between Dax’s standpoint and Beck’s standpoint. I know this may not sit well with some readers, but for me it was perfect and gives a balanced view letting you understand more the emotions, thoughts and deliberations of each character. You haven't read this one yet, then you seriously have a missed an epic read and should put this to amends immediately.
Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Julian “Quinn” Quintero, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.
Liza’s Quick Bite
Quinn is having a rough time and would prefer to do it all by himself. He's been shot and can't go back to work with his SWAT team until he is fully healed. Unfortunately, so he thinks, that leaves him at the mercy of Spencer, his extremely geeky neighbour, who constantly falls over his own feet, but who does make the most delicious brownies.
Spencer is so unlike Quinn it's adorable. He drives a tiny colourful car, works online and has had the most serious crush on Quinn since the man moved in next door to him a year before. But of course Quinn has never noticed him - he prefers his men bigger, and with a lot more athleticism than Spencer will ever have. But despite that, the two men click, over a plate of brownies, and later, so much more. This book is sweet, hot in the right places and made me laugh and what more could you want on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The Bible Boys by Dan Skinner
Rating ~ 5 Stars
A Sin. An Abomination. Teenagers Caleb and Matthew had been told by the radical fundamentalist church that dominated their families' lives that a love like theirs—between two boys—was unnatural and forbidden. That it would damn them forever. The religion controlled their families like puppets, watched their every move, made keeping a secret almost impossible. They had only one chance to be together...and it would be a daring one right under the noses of the very people who would condemn them...
The Bible Boys
Debra’s Quick Bite
Another beautiful story from Dan Skinner. He has such a way with words that I am always completely drawn in to the setting and the characters, in this case two teenagers falling in love in the late 1960’s.
Matt has been brought up in a cult-like religion. He is isolated from anyone not in the church, his parents are cold, devoted to the church and his father doles out regular beatings for perceived transgressions or infractions the Pastors feel need to be addressed. Even the teen church group the "Bible Boys" shuns him based on his looks and his quiet nature. Caleb's family has recently joined the church and he has made a point of inviting Matt to a Bible Boys outing at his family's farm, making it impossible for Matt to refuse. As Caleb and Matt spend time together at the outing, a whole new world begins to open up to Matt and for the first time in a long time he begins to believe that there is hope for love and a life beyond the reach of his parents and the church.
I loved watching Matt find his sense of self-worth and experience the joy of being with someone who understands him. I will admit to a bit of a love-hate relationship with the end of the story because while I was cheering inside and ultimately satisfied, I really, really wanted to spend more time with these lovely boys.
Bringing Home Danny (Five in a Bed #1) by M.A. Blisher
Rating ~ 5 Stars
The heart of New York City beats like never before in the new series, Five in a Bed. It is a savory chronicle of five distinct men bonded in a polyamorous relationship, involving sex, discipline, and, above all else: love. Their relationship is as unique as each individual man, but their need for acceptance and belonging is universal.
Meet Mitch and Antonio, two strong, passionate men who rule their household with a firm hand and a gentle smile.
Meet wild and hedonistic TJ, sensitive and artistic Ricky, and the pup of the litter, Danny. They desperately crave the mixture of a soft embrace and hard discipline only their tough loving Daddies can provide.
Five in a Bed is about the trials and tribulations of making a different type of family with its own special kind of love. Antonio, Mitch, TJ, Ricky, and Danny may not represent your average household, but they share the same honor, commitment, and loyalty essential for any loving home.
Mitch grew up in a family of rugged red-necked men in upstate NY where being gay was not readily accepted. But Mitch developed a hard edge and strong-minded opinions of his own. Topping 6’8” it was rare for him to find a man who could meet him eye-to-eye.
Then, he met Antonio. A light-skinned black man brought up in New Orleans, Antonio was cultured, well mannered and easygoing. He also knew what it was like to face hardships, discrimination, and loss. That gave him the ability to see both sides of any situation. A natural nurturer, he saw through Mitch's rough exterior, and found a heart of gold. Together they opened up their own gym and quickly turned it into one of the most successful fitness centers in Manhattan.
Mitch and Antonio were in a loving relationship for five blissful years before deciding to increase the size of their family. TJ, Ricky and Danny complete the union. They are an extension of Mitch’s and Antonio’s love and devotion.
TJ, the oldest of the three, was born blessed. Good looking, athletic, and spoiled as a child, he had everything his heart desired. Until he spotted two hot men enjoying a vacation in his hometown in Florida, he had never longed for anything. In his flirtatious, teasing matter, he sought them out and was determined to win them over. Underneath all of TJ's ego and pretense, Mitch and Antonio found a restless spirit seeking boundaries and a sense of purpose.
Ricky is the typical middle child of the group. Unassuming and sweet, he puts the needs of others before his own. He is beautiful inside and out. Musically gifted, his sensitivity shines when he pours his heart out through his instruments. Ricky comes to the family after being rescued from an abusive relationship. As he regains his strength, the men help him to build confidence in himself and others. He is a delicate soul with more to offer than he realizes.
Danny, the baby of the family, and insecure about being the youngest, fights the limits and control the older men put in place for his care and protection. Damaged by neglect and carrying childhood wounds of abuse, he has the most to gain from the men as he struggles to fit in and find his place among them. Danny slowly heals through their love, and as he learns and grows, they learn and grow with him.
Book 1: Bringing Home Danny flashes back to the day TJ found Danny alone at party. He was a young man living precariously on his own until TJ brought him home. A critical crossroads is reached weeks before Danny’s 18th birthday. Wanting desperately to be seen as a man and to be part of their intimate relationship, he is unable to bear being around them. Danny flees the security of their home to try and make it on his own, leaving the men to come to terms about their feelings for him and to make a decision about their future. Will they bring Danny home for good?
Macky’s Quick Bite
This was an amazing, refreshingly different take on a polyamoury relationship between five guys that on first thoughts, because of its title, would make you think that this is all about the sex and not much else...not that I'd have been complaining about that, Lol...but seriously, this is nothing like that at all. Strangely the sex is almost minimal because this focuses on a lifestyle within the BDSM D/s spectrum that concentrates mainly on disciplinary punishment like spanking, than bondage or S&M.
In this case the two 'daddies', Mitch and Antonio, have extended their own relationship to include three very different personalities into their lives to form a family, and like most families there are a lot of strong personalities vying for attention and love, which makes the dynamics between the five of them nothing short of fascinating. TJ, Ricky and Danny each have their own back stories but this is mainly focused on the youngest addition to the family, Danny and the compelling struggle they have with him before he finally finds his place within their fold. Not going to be everyone's cup of tea but I have to say it's one of the best books of its type that I've come across! Absolutely loved it!