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 Alex Beecroft, Amelia C. Gormley, Kade Boehme and Heidi Cullinan. 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.
(Trowchester Bues #1) by Alex Beecroft
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.
Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he’s dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger management issues is the last thing he should be doing.
Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.
(NOTE: The Trowchester Blues novels are stand-alone titles that can be read in any order.)
Mark’s Quick Bite
I just love stories with characters who are trying to overcome their turbulent pasts and trying to step in a new direction in life. It gives the story just that little bit more joy when they finally make it, not only on the romantic level, but also on the personal level too. Trowchester Blues combined all these elements for me which made it an emotional but tender, loving and happy story.
This one pushed all my buttons. Finn getting involved in a crime against his will. Michael after getting the truth out of Finn actually is the one who saves him from his slippery slope back to criminality. The whole crime story and Finns past had me glued to the page. Also the sub-plots of Michael caring for a homeless girl, as she’d been thrown out by her parents, and giving her a home was wonderful, tender and so heart-warming. I loved this book and will definitely be reading the following books in this series.
Inertia (Impulse Book 1) by Amelia C Gormley
Rating ~ 5 Stars
An Object At Rest
Quiet, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance has had enough loss for a lifetime and he has no intention of ever risking his heart again. Living alone in the old house his grandparents left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he has written off the possibility of romance or even sex. He refuses to consider himself lonely, or wonder what he might be missing. His life is organized, predictable, and, best of all, risk-free.
Until the day he installs shelves for accountant Gavin Hayes. With his contradictory combination of confidence and self-doubt, Gavin draws Derrick in with an intensity he's never known. As undeniable as gravity, Derrick finds himself falling for Gavin in defiance of all his usual slow and methodical ways. But Gavin carries wounds of his own. Fresh from an emotionally abusive relationship that ended with a dangerous betrayal, his future is far from certain. Can Derrick choose passion over safety, and let himself believe that Gavin is worth the risk?
Macky’s Quick Bite
If I remember rightly, this was Amelia Gormley's debut novel and the start of a trilogy that as it progressed—because of the fervent dynamics between its two protags—eventually went into the realms of an intense BDSM/D/s style relationship, but book one was actually more about how these two complex men came together and it was an unusual but extremely compelling romance. Gavin is openly gay and emerging from an abusive relationship with a volatile man who didn't physically lay hands on him but battered him emotionally in the worst way, leaving him with a terrible revelation hanging over his head that becomes a huge thread throughout the series. He's one of those characters who appears confident, but his time with his ex has left him a mess of insecurities.
Then there's Derrick, a twenty eight year old man, whose only relationship up to the point of meeting Gavin had been with a girl...even though he always suspected he preferred boys. It lasted four years until at eighteen, the tragic loss of his parents started a run of deaths in his family that impacted him so hard he shied away from ever getting involved with anyone again. But the attraction is magnetic, and despite both their emotional baggage neither of them can ignore the pull so a tenuous relationship begins that OOZES raw passion and emotion, as Derrick experiences his sexual awakening after ten years of celibacy and Gavin learns to trust again, as well as trying to make a romance work with a man who is totally out of his depth when it comes to the protocols of being in a relationship. Hot and sexy but also tender and poignant at times, it was a brilliant read from Amelia and I absolutely loved this story.
Trouble & the Wallflower by Kade Boehme
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper’s social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker’s eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin’s number every time he offers it.
When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.
Debra’s Quick Bite
There was so much I enjoyed about this book. Davy is sweet, shy and socially awkward due to his isolated upbringing. Gavin is the outgoing, cocky bad boy who for some reason won't give up flirting with Davy, no matter how often he is shot down. When the two men finally get together, they realize they have more in common than outward appearances would suggest.
I thought there was good chemistry and character growth. It is not a quick easy jump to romance, and I wanted to beat Gavin more than once. A good cast of family and friends round out a story with just enough tension to keep it moving at a good pace. I definitely recommend it if you like an opposites attract story with a very happy ending.
Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt Book 1) Heidi Cullinan
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
The Roosevelt, Book 1
High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.
But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.
As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.
Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.
Liza’s Quick Bite
Wow - that was all I could think as I sat completely stunned and mesmerized by this contemporary story about Emmet and Jeremey (yes it does have an extra 'e' and is meant to). Jeremey is a young man suffering from clinical depression in a family environment that forces him to try and conform to normal. That is until he meets Emmet - who has 'autism superpowers.' These two men together are just amazing, yet the author reminds us on every page that the issues these two men live with are very real and need to be considered in every aspect of life. I laughed, I cried and my heart sang because by the time I got to the end of the book I somehow knew these two would make it.