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 Piper Vaughn, Xara X. Xanakas, Ari McKay, Heidi Cullinan, Angel Martinez. 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.
The Party Boy's Guide to Dating a Geek
by Piper Vaughn & Xara X. Xanakas
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Ashley Byrne only wants one thing in life: to finish his tattoo apprenticeship and fulfill his dream of owning his own shop. In the meantime, he spends his nights partying, flirting, and having sex. After all, what else is there for him to worry about? Aside from his hair and his clothes, not much. He’s hot, and rest assured no one knows it better than him. He’s also used to getting what he wants—until he meets Felipe Navarro.
Fee Navarro has everything he needs: a great IT job, a nice apartment, and all the high-tech toys his geeky heart could ever want. He doesn’t do casual, and he knows guys like Ash are nothing but. Ash may burn hot for Fee, but Fee isn’t willing to take a chance on a vain, little party boy with too many tats and an oversized ego. He wants someone to share his life with, and he won’t settle for anything less. Too bad Ash has never been the type to give up easily. He has a plan, and he’s not stopping until he proves he’s more than just a pretty face—he’s someone worthy of winning Fee’s heart.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This was an adorable, slow burn romance. I enjoyed the geek references and loved that Fee (the Geek) and Ash (the tattooed party boy) really got to know each other for who they were beyond the stereotypes before jumping into bed. Ash relentlessly pursues/stalks Fee who continually turns him down as Fee is not looking to be the party boy’s next conquest. The “Guidebook” portions at the start of each chapter were funny, with plenty of geek culture references. A low angst, entertaining, opposites attract story recommended for those who don’t mind a very, slow burn that pays off in the end.
Finding Forgiveness by Ari McKay
Rating ~ 4.5
Boston in 1888 is quite urbane, but unfortunately for Gil Porter, that isn’t the same thing as being understanding. When his sexuality is exposed by the scandalous suicide of his lover, Gil is exiled to the small town of Mercy, Texas, by his domineering father, George, who believes life on Vernon Porter's ranch will cure Gil of his “unnatural” desires. Grieving and ashamed, Gil is determined to keep his distance from everyone until he can return home. To his surprise, he finds acceptance at Bent Oak Ranch, especially from Matt Grayson, the handsome son of the ranch foreman. Knowing he must fight his attraction to Matt, Gil courts a local girl, but an unexpected encounter with Matt leads to his discovery of Matt’s feelings for him. Torn between Matt and his desire to be “normal," between returning to his old life and building a new one in Texas, Gil is faced with a choice—appeasing his father or becoming the man Matt knows he can be.
Macky’s Quick Bite
I'm a bit of a sucker for historical westerns and this gentle love story set in nineteenth century Texas, between a stiff, closeted city dweller and the warm hearted, handsome cowboy who eventually melts his heart, was a really lovely read. Both Gilbert and Matt stole my heart in different ways and despite the fact that this wasn't a rip roaring, 'shoot 'em up' story, I was still totally transported back to the days of the old west. A touch of jealousy, some surprising family secrets and a nice little twist at the end all conspired to make this a very sweet, engaging read and I came away feeling all warm, fuzzy and satisfied. Not so much "Yeehaw!" but definitely a case of "Yee-Awwwwww!!!" In my eyes this is Ari McKay doing what they do best.
Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.
Love Lessons, Book 1
Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.
Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.
Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.
As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.
Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Although I didn’t read this book I actually listened to it on audio I liked it a lot. Two boys, two very different backgrounds, but due to the differences able to help and compliment each other in ways that only means that one thing is left; to fall head over heels in love. This they do and what a wonderful revelation this was. Absolutely beautifully done! This is a friends to lovers story that takes its time with no insta-love, is not rushed and had me crying when Walter, manned up, overcame his fears, took the plunge and said those three little words that meant so much Kelly for the first time. Big jump for joy from me and knew that the HEA was only around the corner. So if you haven’t already read this book then make sure you do.
Gravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez
Rating ~ 5 Stars
A mysterious distress call draws the crew of courier ship Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting troop vessel--empty except for the blood and gore spattered corridors and a lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced.
Isaac knows firsthand what it’s like to be different and an outcast, and this cements their bond. Once a promising pilot, Isaac was left with a damaged body when his brain didn't meld with the high-tech implant needed to fly fighter ships. Turk’s brain is no better. The result of a military experiment gone wrong, his natural abilities have been augmented to a dangerous degree.
When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become the cataclysmic weapon he’s hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the ingenuity of the Hermes crew, the help of the enigmatic Drak’tar, and Isaac’s own stubborn will to save them.
Sally’s Quick Bite
Oh I do love sci fi – especially complicated military sci fi with excellently realised worlds and intense and exciting characters. This book has all that and more. Damaged heroes, a particularly repulsive type of villain, set piece battles and action sequences, alien worlds with – oh, flora and fauna and weird weather patterns – it’s got everything Dune had but the characters benefit from much better development. Isaac and Turk are wonderful, there are some super secondaries to root for and, best of all, there’s a whole universe as this is just one of a series of standalone novels set in it. Great fun.