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 Felice Stevens, Kate Sherwood, Josephine Myles and Melissa Collins. 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.
A Walk Through Fire
(Through Hell and Back #1)
by Felice Stevens
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he's done with every other man. However, Drew's sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.
Debra’s Quick Bite
I really liked this book! There was a lot going as both MC’s have issues, especially Asher. Past abuse and guilt over those that he left behind when he left the foster care system have caused him to shut down emotionally. Drew is getting divorced and is also consumed by guilt. When Ash gets involved with the clinic that Drew and his friends are starting to help abused teens, Drew sees a side of Ash that doesn't match up to the player image he’s been hearing about. The two men begin a shaky friendship that eventually leads to an even shakier physical relationship. There are so many ups and downs, but the two slowly begin to open up and just to each other as Ash forms an interesting relationship with Drew's beloved (and completely awesome) grandmother.
The book is full of drama, angst, some childish behavior, meddling friends and lots of up and down emotions, but when the two men were really together it was all worth it. While not a cliff hanger, there are plenty of story lines left open, with one particular event that had me rushing for the next book.
Mark of Cain by Kate Sherwood
Rating ~ 5 Stars
When a man is consumed by hatred, is there anything left to love?
After a tough day of counseling sessions, Anglican priest Mark Webber is looking forward to a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. When he sees who’s bellied up to the bar, though, he reaches for his cell phone to call the police.
It’s Lucas Cain, the man who killed Mark’s brother three years ago. Apparently he’s out of jail and hanging out with his old crowd, which has to be a breach of parole, right?
Pulled over upon leaving the bar, Lucas blows a clean breathalyzer and hopes this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. He’s ready to build a sober, peaceful life. His friends aren’t ready to let him move on, though, and he ends up taking refuge in an Anglican half-way house.
Thrown together, Mark and Lucas find common ground in the struggle to help a young gay man come to terms with his sexuality—and the fight against homophobic townsfolk. As attraction grows, the past is the last stumbling block between them and a future filled with hope.
Macky’s Quick Bite
An openly gay Anglican priest (Mark) and a recently released convict (Lucas) who just happens to be the man who killed his brother. Not the best basis for a romance! Yet 'Mark of Cain' turned out to be a lovely, heartfelt, poignant story about two deeply
conflicted men, drawn to each other by unconscionable circumstance; learning to come to terms with a tragedy that has far reaching consequences for each of them. Touching and shaping the way they live their lives and influencing relationships with the people closest to them.
Thought provoking and emotionally satisfying, it was a slow burn, sensual love story whose core foundation is built around shame, blame and guilt, and both Mark and Lucas weathered a lot in this multi layered story both separately and as the story progresses...a couple. But being part of their journey and seeing them overcome each trial until they finally healed each other's pain was what made this such a special story for me and I absolutely loved everything about it. Despite my not usually being drawn to religious based stories I was so glad I took a leap of faith with this book...and jumped! Highly reccomended!
Screwing The System by Josephine Myles
Rating ~ 5 Stars
He’s nobody’s bitch. Until he gets a ride on the bitch seat.
Forced to apply for a job he doesn’t want, Cosmo Rawlins has only one aim in mind: fail the interview and get back to making music. Except his attempt to shock the older, sharp-suited Alasdair Grant doesn’t have the desired effect.
Instead of getting thrown out of the office by flaunting an interest in BDSM, Cosmo finds himself on his knees, apologizing to the sexy, good-looking Top.
Alasdair has more important things on his mind than training a novice sub, especially a rebellious bad boy like Cosmo. But there’s something beneath the younger man’s defiant attitude that’s too intriguing to ignore.
As Alasdair takes Cosmo in hand—and for a wild ride on his Harley—he becomes obsessed with bending the young rocker to his will, both in and out of bed. Until he goes one demand too far, and Cosmo is gone in a cloud of dust. Forcing Alasdair to admit that earning Cosmo’s loyalty—and love—will involve the toughest challenge he’s ever faced.
Warning: This title contains an overbearing Top with a less-than-glamorous job, a rebellious brat who refuses to call him sir, and a total lack of high-end BDSM clubs or playrooms. Expect floggings over the kitchen table instead.
Sally’s Quick Bite
This book is the perfect antidote to FSOG. Cosmo Rawlins is a magnificent hero - a musician who very deliberately keeps himself unemployed so he can pursue his art and quite prepared to exploit the system to live off his benefits. To do this he must walk a careful line between fulfilling the rules by attending job interviews and ensuring that he doesn't do well enough to be actually offered a job. His methods vary but pretending a working knowledge of BDSM when being interviewed for the post of lavatory cleaner by a handsome if somewhat out of practice Dom doesn't have the effect Cosmo expected.
Cosmo's inner voice is terrific, both men have a sure presence on the page and their conflicts are an inevitable result of their personalities. It's huge fun to read.
Let Love Live (Love #5) by Melissa Collins
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?
For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.
Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona - tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough - a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.
Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan's long ago buried heart and let love live once more.
Let Love Live is a full length, standalone (within a series) novel of 101K words / approximately 400 pages.
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite this week is Let Love Live by Melissa Collins. A truly beautiful story that had me sobbing and smiling and just feeling all kinds of emotions. A story of friends, family support and love. This book for me was a lot more than just the sum of its parts. A book that sent me on an emotional roller-coaster ride but also a critical look at some of the issues we still need to address in our society even today if we’re ever going to make it a better place. A book that will also stay with me for a very long time and yes like I can only recommend it to anyone out there. If you haven’t read this book yet then make the time and MAKE SURE YOU READ IT!