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 Jay Northcote, Eli Easton, K.C. Wells and J K Brighton. 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.
Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Mark O'Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he's moving out of the home they've shared for six years. They get along, but he can't fix a relationship when the person he's with is the wrong gender.
Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he's mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.
As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and "nothing serious" turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn't their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite this week is Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote. For something that starts out supposedly as a little bit of fun with no strings attached it definitely turns into a lot more with Mark and Jamie in Jay’s book Nothing Serious.
There are some lovely moments with Jamie and his family. Loved his little sister! But as they both realise that there is something more both are at first afraid and reticent to verbalise how they feel about each other due to the fear of the other one not wishing to get seriously involved and possibly ending what they have. I just loved the way Jay portrays these insecurities, but the time comes and it was an incredibly sweet moment when they admit that just maybe they have fallen in love.
Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas--and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Macky’s Quick Bite
If there's one seasonal story I really look forward to reading every year, it's Eli Easton's. An auto buy whatever she writes, 'Unwrapping Hank' was just what Santa ordered and with its follow up due soon, I thought I'd give this smart, quick witted, funny, heart felt Xmas tale a well deserved shout out! I absolutely adored this story. It was Christmassy and sweet enough to give the warm and fuzzies but it also had moments of real tenderness and poignancy. All done thankfully without an overdose of tooth rotting 'candy cane' saccharine! Just a delight and one I'll be re-reading again and again. Highly recommended!.
Waiting for a Prince by K.C. Wells
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
When trainee hairdresser Mark sees Sam for the first time in the salon, it’s lust at first sight. Sam is Mark’s living, breathing fantasy guy. He couldn’t be more perfect. Of course, there’s the tiny, insignificant detail that Sam has a girlfriend. Hell….. A chance meeting on Mark’s favourite beach brings the two men together, and Mark finds himself with a new friend. As they spend more time together, Mark grows to see Sam less as an object for his lust and more as someone who just… fits. But falling in love with your new best friend—especially when he’s straight—is bound to bring heartache in the end.
Sam likes Mark. As in, he really likes him. And he’d like to get to know him even better. But Sam has secrets. There are things going on in his life that he can’t bring himself to tell Mark about, because the shame Sam feels is too much to bear, and not something he ever wants to share with another living soul. And if Mark ever finds out how Sam really feels about him, and the fact that he’s lied to him…. Sam can’t take that chance.
Then one drunken night in the pub changes everything….
Debra’s Quick Bite
Trainee hairdresser Mark is having a bad day at work when he sees his fantasy come true sitting on the couch at the salon. Sam ticks off all his boxes, other than the fact that he is there waiting for his horrible girlfriend Rebecca to finish having her hair done. During a chance meeting between Mark and Sam at the beach, they discover they have a lot in common, including a shared past. Mark realizes that while Sam may not be suited to be a boyfriend, he may have just found a new best friend. As they become closer, it becomes clear that Rebecca is a sore subject, so Mark tries not to pry, although he has some concerns. One night out drinking and talking Sam becomes aware that he is Mark's walking, talking dream man. It doesn't sit well with Sam who storms off, leaving Mark devastated at the loss of his friendship, but, the real reason behind Sam's departure will change things between them for good.
Sam and Mark are total sweethearts! There was a nice, slow build between the two men, who have nothing more than a friendship for the majority of the book. The story touches on the serious subjects of abuse and homophobia and KC Wells handles them great emotion and understanding and a lovely happy ending.
The Naked Hero – the Journey Away
by J K Brighton
Rating ~ 4 Stars
‘Naked Hero’ is the story of Lewis Macleod’s search for the elusive perfect man as he battles with the adversities of life. Told in two parts, the first ‘The Journey Away’ is set in Melbourne and Sydney during the Australian Open tennis tournament where Lewis is competing as the only openly gay man in the sport.
Eighteen months after claiming the Wimbledon title at the tender age of 21, Lewis’s life has spiralled out of control: his career in decline and his love life a mess. With the tennis establishment against him and the tabloids scenting blood, Lewis’s motivation is at an all time low. But two men are in Australia who will turn things around.
Scott Taylor is an ex-champion who hides his bi-sexuality firmly in the closet, and was Lewis’s sporting hero as a lad. Now retired from the game, the American Idol is enlisted to help with the young Scotsman’s game, but his interest in Lewis goes way beyond tennis.
Lee Porter is an entirely different prospect: a male model who is out loud and proud. The Body Perfect Englishman is a figure of internet fantasy for our naive young hero. Lee is also a top class schemer, whose agenda regarding Lewis is complex to say the least.
Both will compete for Lewis’s affection as each in their way help him to deal with the adversities he faces. But can either live up to the ghost of
Sally’s Quick Bite
This book is less a romance than an examination of the dangers, both physical emotional and to the reputation endured by top class athletes who have been brave enough to come out. It details the pressure on Lewis as he tries to claw his way back to fitness while under interdict from the tennis authorities for ‘bringing the game into disrepute’. In this he is aided by a cast of superb secondary characters each of whom serves a very valid plot driven purpose and two men, very different, each of whom could provide the love and peace that Lewis craves. Which of them offers the most, and which he will choose, adds a lot to the already high tension of the story. Please bear in mind that this is part one of a two part story but it is a very satisfying read as a standalone novel. Potential readers who are also tennis fans should love it. I have never willingly watched a tennis match and loved it anyway.