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 & Piper Vaughn, Belinda McBride, Heidi Cullinan and Charlie Cochrane. 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.
Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1) by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Lucky Moon: Book One
Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust.
Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot—lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.
1st Edition published August 9, 2011 by Loose Id LLC
Debra’s Quick Bite
This story checked all my boxes. Rock star times two, broken by first love that ended in betrayal, second chances, with dysfunctional family and band dynamics all rolled into one.
I loved Shane both now and then. He is consumed with guilt over a past choice he felt he had to make to save his brother Nick, but he hasn't really taken any steps to make up for the things he did wrong. When his band is put on tour with Moonlight, led by the sexy Kayden Berlin, Shane's instant attraction is enough to set him back on the right track. Kayden's disdain for Shane and his brother is clear, but Shane is ready to do what he has to in order to change Kayden's mind.
The story is a slow build that moves between past and present. There is plenty of tension and twists and I was right there on the emotional roller coaster with Shane and Kayden. If you’re like me you’ll want to jump right into Nick’s book as soon as you finish this one.
An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride
Rating ~ 5 Stars
“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.”
-- Helios Dayspring
Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn't let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.
Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.
“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.”
-- Helios Dayspring
Macky’s Quick Bite
The first thing that drew me to this book initially was the cover. I'm a massive PL Nunn cover whore and always have to check them out when I come across one, as for me, they generally signal a great story. It also had "Whore" in the title and a space pirate in the blurb, so that was it, I was sold! Lol. But what made it even better...once I started reading I just couldn't put the book down. With it's space cruisers, planet hopping and complex plot line it read like a space opera with a touch of fantasy world mixed in which I absolutely loved. A tale of lost kings, political/court intrigue and treachery, it was exciting, sexy, 'visual' and totally engrossing.
Captain Griffin Hawk and Pasha aka King Helios Dayspring are a charismatic couple and their chemistry and love story is amazing, but the actual background storyline of Griffin's long search to find his lost king, then their subsequent escape and journey back to Helios' people to reinstate him, is attention grabbing in its own right. I loved this so much, I'm now the proud owner of the whole series, with its amazing covers, in paperback too. Just gorgeous!
Double Blind (Special Delivery #2) by Heidi Cullinan
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Know when to show your hand…and when to hedge your bets.
Special Delivery, Book 2
Randy Jensen can’t stand to just sit by and watch as a mysterious man throws money away on the roulette wheel, especially since Randy’s got his own bet going as to the reason this guy is making every play like it’s his last day on earth. The man’s dark desperation hits Randy right in the gut. Half of him warns that getting involved is a sucker’s bet, and the other half scrambles for a reason—any reason—to save the man’s soul.
Ethan Ellison has no idea what he’s going to do with himself once his last dollar is gone—until Randy whirls into his life with a heart-stealing smile and a poker player’s gaze that sees too much.
Randy draws Ethan into a series of wagers that leads to a scorching kiss by midnight, but he isn’t the only one with an interest in Ethan’s vulnerability. Soon they’re both taking risks that not only play fast and loose with the law, but with the biggest prize of all: their hearts.
This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
Warning: This story contains high-stakes poker, gangsters with a weakness for kittens, foursomes, and kinky consensual sex.
Liza’s Quick Bite
I am an avid poker fan and I learned more in this book about Texas Hold'em than any text book could tell me. But that wasn't the main attraction in this book - Randy and Ethan were the stars and man, did those two tug at my heart strings refusing to let go. I finished the book a couple of days ago, and still can't stop thinking about it.
Randy is a prop for a casino in Vegas (where else lol). Ethan comes in to lose every last cent of his money, so he can go and shoot himself. He plays roulette, which Randy hates, but when the two men start making some bets amongst themselves, the story suddenly spins off into this wonderful storyline including old time mobsters, a casino takeover and so much more.
Mitch and Sam were awesome secondary characters and Crabtree? Yes, I wanted to kill him at one point but most of the time I was wondering what the old man was up to. Bluffs, blinds, double blinds, body language and so much more. This book will take you on a wild ride and spit you out wishing for more. Part of a series, but definitely can be read as standalone and no cliff hangers, I promise.
Lessons for Survivors (Cambridge Fellows #9) by Charlie Cochrane
Rating ~ 4 Stars
A more than professional interest . . . a more than personal intrigue.
Orlando Coppersmith should be happy. WWI is almost a year in the past, he’s back at St. Bride’s College in Cambridge, his lover and best friend Jonty Stewart is at his side again, and—to top it all—he’s about to be made Forster Professor of Applied Mathematics. And although he and Jonty have precious little time for an investigative commission, they can’t resist a suspected murder case that must be solved in a month so a clergyman can claim his rightful inheritance.
But the courses of scholarship, true love, and amateur detecting never did run smooth. Orlando’s inaugural lecture proves almost impossible to write. A plagiarism case he’s adjudicating on turns nasty with a threat of blackmail against him and Jonty. And the murder investigation turns up too many leads and too little hard evidence.
Orlando and Jonty may be facing their first failure as amateur detectives, and the ruin of their professional and private reputations. Brains, brawn, the pleasures of the double bed—they’ll need them all to lay their problems to rest.
Mark’s Quick Bite
If a bit of sleuthing and solving murders Sherlock Holmes style is your thing then this book will be right up your street. I just loved the the way this book was set out, intelligent, well-written and a perfect historical backdrop to go with it.
Set in England just after WWI everyone of course is always on their best behaviour. Codes of etiquette are rigidly observed even in the face of murder. Stiff upper lip and have another cup of tea. The murder-mystery is well thought out and developed nicely, leaving me guessing as to how they are going to ever solve this, with lots of, “I know who did it,” then, “maybe not,” then, “it has to be him/her,” but finally it was a joy to read how the murder was carried out, the crime solved and brought to its final conclusion. So all in all a great book, well written and thought out, liked it immensely.