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 LA Witt & Aleksandr Voinov, Scotty Cade, John Wiltshire and Jacob Z. Flores. 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.
Hostile Ground by LA Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
Enemy territory is a dangerous place to fall in love.
After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires — including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop — and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.
Sally’s Quick Bite
After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club's security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires-including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he's a cop-and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there's much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.
I found this tense and exciting thriller with the added bonus of a Muslim protagonist absolutely riveting. I think it qualifies as a thriller rather than a romance because the plot is complex and dictates the pace of the romance rather than, as is more usual in m/m, the romance being the primary focus. However the tension between the leads, Mahir and the coldly terrifying Ridley, is off the scale and they are one of the most memorable couples in my reading list. If there could be a sequel I'd be a very happy reader, but that's just being greedy.
Acting Out by Scotty Cade
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey's proposition... until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.
Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….
Macky’s Quick Bite
Ex Military men, gay for pay (yum) porn studios, delicious on set ménage scenes, hot, hot, hot, steamy sex (and I mean set the cold fan on freeze mode hot!) and a really endearing love story. OMG! Macky heaven! With its two totally loveable main characters—down on his luck straight, newly discharged Marine, Eli Preston and already established GFP porn star Hamish Turner—it was sweet, at times funny but also gently emotional in parts too; Scotty Cade adding some nicely placed "awwww" moments among the uber sexy bits, which give this story an awful lot of heart. There was a touch of suspense at the end that didn't quite work for me, hence it not quite making full five stars, but despite that, I have to say this was one of the best, most enjoyable porn studio based stories I've read, and if you're partial to any of the features mentioned above, I think you'll adore this one too. Very highly reccomended!
Love Is A Stranger by John Wiltshire
Loving a total stranger can be very hard work sometimes.
How do you love someone who exists entirely in the shadows? How do you love a man who describes himself as dead? How do you get that ghost to love you back? Ex-SAS soldier Ben Rider falls in love with his enigmatic married boss Sir Nikolas Mikkelsen, but Nikolas is living a lie. A lie so profound that when the shadows are lifted, Ben realises he's in love with a very dangerous stranger. Ben has to choose between Nikolas and safety, but sometimes danger comes in a very seductive package.
Mark’s Quick Bite
If you love your action packed thrillers then this will be the book for you. I was enthralled from beginning to end. And this is only the first book in a series I have been told just goes from strength to strength. This book is packed full of man-on-man action in all categories. It is definitely not your average flowery, saccharine romance and ends on note which will only compel any reader to continue on to the next book. Maybe one day I will find the time to read the remaining books in the series but this was one hell of a book to kick off a series for sure.
Please Remember Me by Jacob Z. Flores
Successful lawyer Santi Herrera couldn’t be happier with the direction his life is taking. Not only is he on track to becoming a partner in his law firm, but he’s planning his wedding to Hank Burton, a south Texas contractor who has made a name for himself despite his humble beginnings. The introverted lone wolf Santi and the friendly, outgoing Hank complement each other perfectly. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, they were hooked, and as far as Santi and Hank are concerned, a happily ever after is their destiny.
But fate deals them a devastating new hand.
A construction accident leaves Hank with severe head trauma and brings him precariously close to death. When he finally awakens, Hank doesn’t remember Santi or the love they shared for the past three years. Santi faces the greatest challenge of his life. Can he respark a flame his lover can’t recall? And can he stop the diverging paths that fickle fate charts between them?
Santi has faith in the love he and Hank shared and in the words his father once spoke to him: “It’s never too late to fall in love. All over again.”
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book had a little bit of everything, humor, joy, angst, heartache and sex, and I loved every minute of it. Hank wakes up from a coma two weeks after a fall at a construction site and has no memory of Santi, the man he has loved for the past three years and is set to marry in a few weeks. From there the story is told of Santi's struggle with "the new Hank", whose last memories include his ex-boyfriend and his life in another State, interspersed with flashbacks that tell their story from the day they met. While their love is seemingly perfect, there is no longer any certainty that they will ever get back to the way things were. Santi is willing to do anything to spark a memory and bring back the man he loves, but is realistic in knowing it may never happen. There were moments as the two get reacquainted that just crushed me and ultimately Santi realizes there really is only one thing he can do for the man he loves, even if it destroys him in the process.
A beautiful love story, with a cast of great secondary characters, some crushingly emotional scenes and some hot sex, this book was a perfect read for me.