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 James Buchanan, Josephine Myles, Renae Kaye and Gabrielle Evans. 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.
Hard Fall (Deputy Joe #1) by James Buchanan
Deputy Joe Peterson is Mormon and in the closet. Then ex-con Kabe Varghese lands in town on parole. When a tourist falls off the mountain, Joe finds he needs the help of this cliff climbing adrenaline junky to solve the case. Will Kabe tear him apart or does Joe need to fall hard before he can start living?
Debra’s Quick Bite
I just fell in love with Joe and Kabe in this book. Joe is a closeted Mormon sheriff’s deputy in Utah and Kabe is on probation after spending time in prison on a felony arrest. They bond over a shared love of rock climbing and soon find out that they fit well together in other ways too. Joe knows their relationship will mean trouble with the church, but that is only the tip of the iceberg once rumors start to fly about Joe and Kabe.
There is a religious aspect to the book as Joe's faith runs deep but it didn’t overwhelm the story. He accepts who he is and the problems it will cause, doesn't use his faith as an excuse in the relationship. Kabe is an irresistible force of nature like Joe has never encountered before. Add in a bit of a mystery, scorching hot sex with a bit of kink and I was hooked, jumping straight into the next book of the series.
Scrap (The Bristol Collection #3) by Josephine Myles
Rating ~ 5 Stars
When things come to a head, there’s nowhere to go but down…
The Bristol Collection, Book 3
On the surface, Derek “Call Me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple, doing up custom campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. When a handsome, smooth-talking developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet, Dare realizes it’s the same man he had to escort home from a party months ago for causing a drunken scene.
Grant Matravers lives a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, divorced gay man while staying closeted at work. The strain of keeping up the part-time pretense, missing his kids, and now a problematic attraction to the shave-headed, tattooed Dare, has worn his emotional barriers dangerously thin.
Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges toward a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a hornet’s nest of complications that could destroy any chance for happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a man desperately in need of redemption, another with a chip on his shoulder the size of an oak tree, frotting in camper vans, a sensual head-shaving scene and several guest appearances from Mas.
Mark’s Quick Bite
How do you mix oil and water? Well, you put it in the hands of Josephine Myles to give it a good shake and…….. VOILÀ! Two characters that at the beginning of the book are so opposite you think that they will never be able to get together and by the end you're drawn in and everything is totally plausible with a wonderful HEA.
I just loved the dialogues and how these two guys were constantly ribbing each other and trying to get one up on each other. Especially who was going to give in first in regards to being bottomed - lol! I also really liked the way that although again coming from different backgrounds both men love and care for their families in whichever form they come in and to see these two factors merge in the end was also pure delight. So if you haven’t started this series yet then please do. I can only highly recommend it.
Safe in his Arms by Renae Kaye
Rating ~ 5 Stars
In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.
Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.
But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
Macky’s Quick Bite
I loved everything about this story. The whole package, including all the supporting characters who shone, but majorly it was the interactions between Lon and Casey that drew me in.
Considering its poignancy and sad background stories, this lovely novel by Renae Kaye—who never disappoints—never lost its charm or quirkiness, and it just shone for me. I never felt bogged down by the anguish or melancholy because despite what each of them was carrying around with them, these endearing characters still managed to exude a joy and wry humour that truly captivated me and made me fall head over heels for each person who graced it's pages; especially the two main guys who stole my heart from the moment they met in the showers of the caravan park. As well as being sexy as hell together (and I mean sexy with a capitol HOT!!!) they were also really funny, sweet, tender, emotional and, honestly, at times just plain adorable. I adored this so much I'd have doubled the stars if I could!
Fantasy, Legend and Guardian (Midnight Matings) by Gabrielle Evans
Rating ~ 5 Stars
The Gathering is called. The spell is cast. There is no escaping the Midnight Matings. Fletcher Martin has spent the majority of his life alone. Changing into a common house cat doesn't exactly endear him to others who are looking for a mate, either. Everyone else might be upset at the elders' trickery, but Fletcher just hopes he won't be leaving alone. After centuries of hiding away from the rest of the paranormal world, Caspian Reyes just wants someone to call his own and ease the ache in his heart. The cute little kitty shifter and the gorgeous gargoyle may just be what the doctor ordered. Six thousand years of existing in the shadows has taken its toll on Shade Santiago. He doesn't know if he's worth it, but when Caspian and Fletcher decide to take a chance on him, Shade seizes the opportunity with both hands. The past has a way of holding on, though, and Shade's secrets could prove deadly for them all.
Liza’s Quick Bite
I've been re-reading some old favorites this week and this one jumped out as having all the hallmarks of a good story. You have the forced mating trope (not done in a bad way), in this one you have three guys drawn together who really should have stayed alone. My heart bled for Shade, he was so awesome and a gargoyle can you believe. Caspian was so big and strong and both men really adored Fletcher and who wouldn't? He's a vicious little house cat.
Forces outside of their control threaten to pull them apart permanently. This is life and death stuff and yet all three men coped with it (or not) in their own unique way. My only complaint about these books is that they are never long enough, but if you are looking to spend an afternoon laughing, crying and fanning yourself, then definitely give this one a try. Can be read as standalone.