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 Laurie Boris, Alex Beecroft, Cardeno C, Mercy Celeste. 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.
Playing Charlie Cool
(Trager Family Secrets #3) by Laurie Boris
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Television producer Charlie Trager knows he’s lucky to have a successful career and good friends and family who support him. The man he loves, however, is not so lucky. Joshua Goldberg suffers the spite of an ex-wife gunning to keep him from their two children…and maybe Charlie. Determined not to let Joshua go, Charlie crafts a scheme that could remove the obstacles to their relationship…or destroy their love forever. (Note: May be read as a stand-alone story.)
Sally’s Quick Bite
This book is part of a series that is actually a family saga with female MCs but Charlie in the title was such a compelling character that he demanded his own story. Charlie is a TV presenter on a wildly popular women's interest programme and he is in a relationship with Adam, a politician who had just rocked everyone's world by coming out. Although deeply in love with each other, pressure from Adam’s soon-to-be ex-wife, her family, his family, and the requirements of political life mean that they have to keep their relationship on the down low, meeting furtively and briefly and generally making Charlie feel like a dirty secret.
The thing I liked best about the story is that while their relationship is important to them, so are all their other responsibilities. Adam loves his children and still loves his wife, although not romantically. He also cares passionately about his responsibilities to his political career. Charlie supports his family, his colleagues at work and is committed to providing the best TV show possible. All in all a very satisfying read. Highly recommended.
Blue Eyed Stranger (Trowchester Blues #2)
by Alex Beecroft
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Billy Wright has a problem: he’s only visible when he’s wearing a mask. That’s fine when he’s performing at country fairs with the rest of his morris dancing troupe. But when he takes the paint off, his life is lonely and empty, and he struggles with crippling depression.
Martin Deng stands out from the crowd. After all, there aren’t that many black Vikings on the living history circuit. But as the founder of a fledgling historical re-enactment society, he’s lonely and harried. His boss doesn’t like his weekend activities, his warriors seem to expect him to run everything single-handedly, and it’s stressful enough being one minority without telling the hard men of his group he’s also gay.
When Billy’s and Martin’s societies are double-booked at a packed county show, they know at once they are kindred spirits, united by a deep feeling of connectedness to their history and culture. But they’re also both hiding in their different ways, and they need each other to be brave enough to take their masks off and still be seen.
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick bite is the second book in the Trowchester Blues series from Alex Beecroft. I loved the way that Alex incorporates local traditions and history into this story along with broken characters and a bit of prejudice to contend with thrown in.
When the MCs; Martin and Billy were together you could just feel that they were so right for each other, but they both have to overcome their obstacles in their own way. In doing so they find a greater love for each other that just flourishes until they get to their HEA. Oh my I have read a number of HEA in my time as a reviewer but this one really was exquisite! Had me oohing and aahing all over the place for days.
In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.
Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he's supposed to lead.
When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack's Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can't do is forget Korban's warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.
When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.
Macky’s Quick Bite
If you're in the mood for something hot, sweet and romantic with a guaranteed feel good ending, then you can't go wrong with a story by Cardeno C. I've loved all the contemporary ones I've read, but must admit I do have a bit of a penchant for CC's paranormal offerings. With a slightly different twist on the usual 'True Mate' trope, all three books in this more-ish series have been extremely enjoyable reads but I'd have to say Samuel and Koban's story is probably my favourite. I just loved these two wolf shifters and their 'at odds' relationship, which starts when they're just young children, but a couple of decades later has a confused, standoffish Sam questioning his feelings about the one person he's always seen as his nemesis. Quite emotional at times and certainly not without a touch of excitement and conflict; this engaging couple have a fair bit to weather before they get their well deserved HEA but like always I ended up with a huge case of the warm and fuzzies after finally closing my Kindle. Very nice build up of sexual tension and an undeniable chemistry between it's two leads, all adds to the charm of this lovely heartfelt story which I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Six Ways from Sunday
(Southern Scrimmage #1) by Mercy Celeste
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Take one NFL tight end, and one Marine, add one week and watch the sparks fly.
Bowen Murphy craved two things, football and Dylan. After high school he had football but he lost Dylan.
Dylan Sunday walked a different path, one laid down before him by his father and his grandfather. Losing Bo one day after discovering they shared more than football wasn’t part of the bargain.
Six years of missed connections and finally Dylan is able to come home to the man he left behind. The spectacle of the biggest game in the NFL is only the beginning of one sizzling week. After that time and fate would decide if Bo and Dylan would walk the same path, or if one of them would make the ultimate sacrifice.
Warning: bittersweet tale of two hot men, making up for six years of separation. May not be suitable for sensitive readers. Contains scenes of male/male sexual practices.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book had a little bit of everything. Two best friends on the last night before Bowen leaves for college and the NFL and Dylan for the Marines, find out that each has been harboring feelings for the other. After their one night together each follows his own path, with little more contact than Skype and emails for six years. When the two men are reunited while Dylan is on leave, it is clear that their love and passion for each other has not dwindled. They are counting the months until Dylan is out of the Corps and they can start their life together. What follows is a roller coaster of emotions. Heartbreak and hope, disapproving family and the love of these two men had me reading the majority of this book in one sitting. A great start to a fantastic series!