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 Indra Vaughn, K.Z. Snow, Daniel Devine and Charlie Cochet. 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.
Fated (Shadow Mountain #1)
by Indra Vaughn
Shadow Mountain: Book One
Two towns flank the looming Shadow Mountain. A dark myth of the Predator drifts through the dense trees, a tale Police Lieutenant Hart never paid much attention to. When one unresolved death follows another—some people dying without discernible cause while others are clearly, and often brutally, murdered—he can't ignore it any longer. Truth may lie in myth, but this one is spread to deceive everyone. The Predator exists, but he's not entirely human. Hart will have to find the connection between the mysterious figure and victims with only one thing in common: a faint tattoo on the backs of their necks, a mark left when someone healed their incurable diseases.
Isaac Lasko has been in love with Hart since he moved in across the street seven years ago. He’s been helping Hart renovate his home, and their friendship grows more intense with the years, but Isaac can't help wishing for a deeper bond. When he finally breaks through the lieutenant's armor, the mystery surrounding the Predator threatens them both. Help will come, but at a price.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This was a really good mystery with a paranormal twist I didn't expect. It read a bit like an episode of The X-Files or Fringe so that was definitely a plus for me. There are lots of twists and turns in this one and the investigation kept me wondering just what was going on and who was responsible. There is also a lovely romantic story line between broken loner, Hart and his young neighbor Isaac, who has a relentless crush on Hart and has stepped up his advances. I'll admit that there were times where Hart was unlikable and clueless, but he's a good person and I liked his character nonetheless. For me though, the bright spot in this whole story is Isaac. I completely fell in love with his character and I was left itching to get on to the next book to continue his story.
I don't want to give any other details of the plot as it would definitely take away from the story, but I highly recommend Fated.
Mongrel by K.Z. Snow
Hunzinger's Mechanical Circus, a rollicking seaside carnival where imagination meets machinery, shines as the only bright spot in the dreary city of Purinton. A shadow is cast there one day when a tall, cloaked figure approaches the stand of Will Marchman, a young patent-medicine salesman. Fanule Perfidor, commonly known as the Dog King, isn't welcome at the Circus. No resident of Taintwell is; they're all Branded Mongrels, officially shunned. But Will is beguiled by the stunning, mysterious Perfidor. Their mutual wariness soon gives way to desire, and a bond forms. Soon the naive but plucky pitchman becomes embroiled in a dangerous quest. Fanule suspects Alphonse Hunzinger and Purinton's civic leaders are responsible for the disappearance or incarceration of countless Branded Mongrels. But why? As Will's passion and regard for his tormented lover grow, he's determined to help Fanule get answers and prevent any further persecution... or worse. They just have to stay together—and stay alive long enough—to see their plan through.
Sally’s Quick Bite
There’s so much to love about this book. A wonderfully described world filled with astounding and descriptive names. Compelling protagonists in Fanule Perfidor, the Dog King, who is so, so flawed but elicits so much sympathy, and Will Marchman in comparison a little ray of sunshine but who has issues of his own. Great secondaries, including a wonderful healer with a very unusual problem. And there’s plot – so much plot! Also two equally good sequels. Immersive and exciting, steampunky fantasy fiction – terrific.
Secrets and Demons by Daniel Devine
Liam Secrets and Demons is the first in the series. Liam is a lonely teenager, lost in a world of his own. Unwilling to speak for the last six months and starving himself, Liam has no friends and is constantly bullied. Jayden is a new kid at school. Immediately he is drawn to Liam’s ice blue eyes and the beauty of his features. After a struggle and unconditional love, Jadyn finally gains Liam’s trust and love; ignoring all the other students’ taunts and warnings, befriends Liam and becomes his constant companion. When Liam is hospitalized and in terrible condition, Jayden realizes his feelings for Liam may run much deeper than “just friends,” as he stays by Liam’s bedside. It’s a story of deep love and friendship and finding sexuality in the midst of it all. By facing their own secrets and demons, these two boys find something neither one was looking to find.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I must admit to having read this book in one sitting. A book that covers a lot of issues; eating disorders, trauma, physical abuse, discrimination, bullying, murder-mystery and questioning one's sexuality. So a lot of ground covered in a few pages. However, it is incredibly well paced, sensitively handled and leads to a beautiful ending.
when I first started reading the writing style, sentence construction and lexis was probably a little on the straightforward and simplistic side for adult tastes, but this didn't detract from the strong message being portrayed in the story for me personally. Needless to say there is no outright raunchy sex scenes, more one of discovering emotions and feelings for the first time for each other, and trying to come to terms with these things. The normal emotional turmoil a lot of teenagers go through.Therefore this book deals wonderfully and very sensitively with a lot of difficult issues while providing a beautiful story that certainly kept me invested emotionally and intellectually all the way. I loved both characters in this book and would most definitely pick up any sequel to this story.
A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet
Fallen Rose: Book Two
Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.
Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous—client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Anything Charle Cochet writes is oh so enjoyable and this historical story from her, set in the roaring twenties, is a fabulous read. Based around The Pantheon, a men's cabaret club filled with gorgeous male courtesans, this was sexy, sensual and lipsmackingly romantic; capturing the atmosphere and feel of the era perfectly, and giving the book an authenticity and charm that pulled me in completely. Jealousies, scheming employees, dirty dealings and a nasty piece of work mobster gave the central romance some real excitement and lead to a pretty nail biting ending. Edward and 'Eros' were a fabulous couple who of course made me fall madly in love with them and the supporting characters were all well fleshed out, making the whole thing just a delightful reading experience and one I'll pick up again for sure!