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 John Inman, Amelia C. Gormely, Z. A. Maxfield and Melissa Collins. 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.
Head On by John Inman
At twenty-six, Gordon Stafford figures his days are numbered. At least he hopes they are. Wearied by guilt and regret stemming from a horrific automobile accident two years earlier in which a man was killed, Gordon wakes up every morning with thoughts of suicide. While the law puts Gordon to work atoning for his sins, personal redemption is far harder to come by.
Then Squirt—a simple homeless man with his own crosses to bear—saves Gordon from a terrible fate. Overnight, Gordon finds not only a new light to follow, and maybe even a purpose to his life, but also the possibility of love waiting at the end of the tunnel.
Gordon never imagined he’d discover a way to forgive himself, and in doing so, open his heart enough to gain acceptance and love—from the very person he hurt the most.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Head On was a truly heart rending, thought provoking, emotional love story set around two broken men and their journey to become whole again. One barely surviving because of a self inflicted tragedy and the terrible guilt that haunted him on a daily basis, and the other, a sweet fragile soul. Homeless and emotionally scarred to the point that he mentally shuts himself away from real life. Never maudlin or depressing, despite its premise, this beautiful, heartbreaking at times story still had its John Inman lighter moments, but in a more gentle than laugh out loud way. A love story that was at times heart stoppingly romantic, with sigh worthy love scenes that matched that mood. This was about the healing power of love, and it was a joy to experience. Mr Inman is a clever, classy writer and this was yet another memorable read from him. I cried buckets at the end and just loved it!
Player vs Player by Amelia C Gormley
Pushing for change can be dangerous when change starts pushing back.
Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss, and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol—Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern’s crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment.
But now the bodies on the ground are no longer virtual, and someone’s started hand-delivering threats to Niles’s door. The vendetta against Third Wave has escalated, and to make matters worse, the investigating detective is an old flame who left Niles heartbroken for a life in the closet.
No change happens without pain, but can Niles justify continuing on with Third Wave when the cost is the blood of others? If he does, the last scene he writes may be his own death.
Sally’s Quick Bite
Just the idea of Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games is scary enough without being well aware of some of the less positive aspects of them but I do love the idea of them and so was very excited to buy this book set against the recent history of Gamergate etc about a game design company that tries to broaden the spectrum of characters to involve a more diverse sample of players. At various times the book is exciting, thrilling and down right creepy. The characters are compelling and the thriller story arc has some impressive red herrings. Highly enjoyable.
Grime & Punishment (The Brothers Grime #1)
by Z.A. Maxfield
The Brothers Grime is Jack Masterson's way of helping people in crisis after disability ends his career as a firefighter. Jack's people get to a scene long after the physical trauma ends. They don't solve crime or rescue the victims. They help people move on. The new job is all Jack wants or needs, until he gets the call about old flame Nick Foasberg's suicide.
Ryan Halloran's cousin Nick has been on a downhill slide for a long time. Despite that, Ryan does everything he knows to help. Ryan only understands part of what happened between Nick and Jack in high school, but after Nick's suicide, Ryan agrees both he and Jack need closure. They work together to clean the scene and despite the situation, heat flares between them.
Jack is keeping a painful secret and fighting his attraction to Nick's lookalike cousin, Ryan. Ryan calls himself a magnet for lost causes and worries Jack might be the next in a long line of losers. Despite his misgivings, despite the past and the mistakes they've both made, Jack gives Ryan something to look forward to, and Ryan gives Jack a reason to stop looking back, in Grime And Punishment.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Jack Masterson is one of the owners of Brothers Grime, a crime scene cleaning company. A former firefighter who suffered a career ending injury on the job, he is also deeply scarred by a brutal betrayal by his former best friend and first love, Nick, 15 years earlier. After Nick’s suicide old wounds are opened and secrets come to light as Jack bonds with Nick’s look-alike cousin Ryan. Those closest to Jack, his overly aggressive cousin Gabe and his best friend Dave, are uneasy about allowing the relationship go any further. Even Jack has to wonder if he is just using Ryan as a replacement for Nick.
Z.A. Maxfield packs a lot into this short book, with complex secondary characters (especially Dave) and a lot of issues that could have made for an angst heavy book, but there is some wit and humor to balance out the heaviness, especially on their “first date”. A good read for fans of hurt/comfort and damaged men, but maybe not for the squeamish as the realities of Jack’s job are on full display.
Repaired by Melissa Collins
Liam Davis is a man without a past. That’s what he wants everyone to believe, anyway. Hell-bent on erasing any memories of his previous life, he knows that starting over is all he can do. Hiding who he is, where he’s from, why he’s running, and especially who he’s left behind, Liam has run away from everything he’s ever known. His plan works perfectly until one day when Parker Ryan threatens to expose his carefully concealed world.
Parker Ryan is a man without a future. Sure, he’s a partner in one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, but he’ll never be more than a failure in the eyes of his boss, his father. Rather than break away from his father’s standards, he finds himself mindlessly pursuing them, in turn sacrificing anything that would actually make him happy.
When Liam’s and Parker’s lives collide, the ugly truth about who they really are, and who they hope to become reveals itself when they least expect it. As both of their lives become wrecked beyond all belief, they’ll learn how to rely on each other in their journey to become Repaired.
Mark’s Quick Bite
OMG! Did I LOVE this book or what? Melissa pushed all my buttons with this latest addition to her M/M romances and all I can say is, at the end of this book I was left emotionally drained. Melissa for me is a genius. A wordsmith of emotion, with real characters and situations that you connect to immediately. You feel for them, their joys, their lows, their issues, their emotions, their fears and hopes. Her writing flows and reads easily but is never superficial or overly flowery, always letting the reader get to the real emotion driving her characters. Her plots are well paced and thought out, keeping the reader glued to the page. Once again Melissa builds up the dynamics of romance beautifully with her two MCs before they get to the sex, so you have to be patient but when it happens it’s all the more meaningful and poignant because of it, not forgetting hot of course! She took me once again on a roller-coaster ride of indescribable feelings, from despair to exuberance, from anger to love, from anguish to pure joy. Yep, it is little wonder for me that she is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Melissa in my book deserves the Pultizer Prize for Romance. I would buy her books blind. I think that possibly makes me a qualified and certified fan-girl!!! *squeee* - lol!