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 Keira Andrews, Erica Pike, Jay Northcote & Amber Kell. 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.
Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews
Rating ~ 5 Stars
To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.
College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.
But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.
A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they're on the run—and stuck with each other.
When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker's family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?
Debra’s Quick Bite
With Halloween quickly approaching how could I not pick Keira Andrews’ stellar zombie apocalypse book? Parker is the entitled prep school graduate whose first year at Stanford isn’t starting out so well and Adam is the TA that won’t cut him a break. As the world descends into madness the two men need to rely on each other to survive as they set off on a cross-country motorcycle trip. Parker is worried that Adam may not stay with him once he knows he is gay, but Parker is in for a big surprise when he finds out what Adam is hiding. Fast paced, with plenty of action, scares, tension and humor, I loved the way the characters opened up to each other and grew over the course of the story. When Parker and Adam do get together they are sweet and hot and it unleashes an unexpected side of Parker – a filthy, dirty side that might have had me reading some scenes more than once!
Please don’t be put off if you think you would not “read zombies”. The story is really about the people and Keira Andrews has created two completely lovable MC’s in the very opposite Adam and Parker. The story managed to surprise me a couple times when I thought I knew just what would happen. For me the ending was perfect; bittersweet, hopeful and satisfying, but with plenty of room for more in the future.
Absolutely Eric by Erica Pike
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Twenty year old college student Eric Wesley is looking for love, but instead of choosing Mr. Right, he goes after Mr. Wrong.
Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or that's what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side he's tired of being a playboy and wants to find love.
Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesn't see that the guy who's been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Alexander Centauri isn't only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guy's lap and goes after Mr. Wrong...who looks so right.
When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Set around a group of college friends, the Boston Boys books are one of my early m/m reads and 'Absolutely Eric' (#2) is definitely my favourite of the series. It's a pretty complex romance that certainly doesn't follow the expected path to true love for it's MC's, and that's what I love about it!
Eric is one of those openly flamboyant, twinky, characters who on the surface may seem shallow and a bit self absorbed with his appearance and casual attitude to sex but what I love about him, is that as the story progresses you begin to realise there are much deeper layers to his character and a lot more to him than meets the eye. Admittedly, I do have a soft spot for these types of characters.
The sex is HOT (we're talking horny college boys!) steamy and frequent, and at times some of the choices made and subsequent actions following from them, can be exasperating, but it's all part of what makes the journey so compelling. The progression of his and Alex's up and down relationship always grips me, and everytime I pick it up, I fall in love with this story AND Eric a little bit more!
Passing Through by Jay Northcote
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Don’t waste a chance at happiness…
Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.
Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.
On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.
It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.
Mark’s Quick Bite
This book! OMG! This book! I chose this book as my Quick Bite and all I can say is for me another book that just reduced me to tears and had me snivelling buckets into my Kindle. This book evoked emotions in me that were so strong it left me reflecting on life for days. Absolutely beautiful writing from Jay Northcote that anyone who reads this book without getting the slightest lump in their throat have no feelings to talk about.
A story that breeches the generation gap but one that shows us that life is precious and short and every day should be lived to the full. This story moved me so much and if you haven’t read it yet then you have truly missed out on one of the best life-affirming stories I have read this year.
Attracting Anthony (Moon Pack Series #1) by Amber Kell
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Anthony Carrow never thinks to find the love of his life when he goes to a bar with his best friend Steven Dell. Getting over the death of his lover has been a hard task for Anthony. After two years he’s still broken-hearted and doesn’t have any intention of joining the dating scene. However, going with Steven to scope out a werewolf club to help his friend find a mate leads to unexpected consequences.
Silver, alpha leader of the Moon pack, has been searching for his mate for a long time. Unhappy with the men he meets he’s given up searching for the man of his dreams until Anthony walks into the bar.
Can a man who’s already suffered a loss once be persuaded to give love a second try or will fear hold them back from finding the love they both deserve.
Liza’s Quick Bite
Anthony is still grieving over his dead lover, but is talked into going to a shifter club by his best friend Stephen. At best he'll get laid, worst case scenario, he will watch Stephen have enough fun to forget he was around and head home. What he never factored into his plans was Silver, the Alpha and Owner of the Club. If you are into magic, hot mates, vampires and Fae, this is an excellent series. But after reading all fourteen of Ms. Kell's books in this series, this one is still my favorite. The lightening, Silver's possessiveness, and Anthony's unbelievable good humor - you have to give this one a try.