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 Andrew Grey, Abigail Roux, JL Merrow and Adrienne Wilder. 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.
Taken by Andrew Grey
Stranded: Book Two
A Spin-off of Stranded
On the day he and Roman Capanelli were to be married, Malik Stevens wakes up in a small room with very little light. Time must be passing, because a door opens from time to time and food is left for him—that’s his only connection to the outside world. Roman is a choreographer on Broadway, and he’s waiting for Malik at the park with all their friends, ready to start their marriage ceremony. When Malik doesn’t show up, Roman is nearly heartbroken thinking he’s been left at the altar. But soon he understands that Malik hasn’t stood him up, he’s been taken.
Desperate and determined, Roman begins searching for clues to aid the police. Then, when Malik escapes, the couple continues the search until they ferret out the culprit, and in the process open up a box of secrets. An orphan who grew up in a foster home, Malik knows his father was a serial killer and his mother died of grief and shame after his father was convicted. Now it seems some of his parents’ skeletons still hang in the family closet. But was Malik’s kidnapping meant to uncover those secrets or to hide them forever?
Debra’s Quick Bite
This is an enjoyable, fast-moving story full of mystery, action and romance. No time is wasted as the story starts off on Malik and Roman's wedding day. When Malik fails to show up Roman doesn't know what to think, but it soon becomes apparent that Malik didn't just leave. Finding Malik is just the start of the bigger mystery of who is behind the abduction and why. The story is told from both men's POV so we see what each one is going through in the days that follow. There are some flashbacks to fill us in on how the men met and the harsh background Malik struggled out of. While this is labeled as the second of a series, it is a standalone story. Even if you’ve tried Andrew Grey before, this is a bit different than other books of his I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it.
Warrior's Cross by Abigail Roux
Cameron Jacobs is an open book. He considers himself a common waiter with normal friends, boring hobbies, harmless dogs, and nothing even resembling a secret... except a crush on a tall, dark, devastatingly handsome man who dines alone at his restaurant on Tuesday nights. All it takes is one passionate night with Julian Cross to turn Cameron’s world on its head.
Julian's love and devotion are all Cameron could have hoped for and more. But when his ordinary life meets and clashes with Julian's extraordinary lifestyle, Cameron discovers that trust and fear can go hand in hand, and love is just a step away from danger.
Sally’s Quick Bite
This story of a quiet little Everyman who finds himself pitted against extraordinary circumstances in the company of extraordinary people is by far my favourite of the books set in the Cut and Run universe. Cameron is a memorable character, with a steely core of courage and determination in adversity that lifts him above the usual sweet romantic hero. Julian is more opaque but one wouldn’t want an international man of mystery to have all his secrets on display, would one? Preston is just fantastic but then I have a very soft spot for sidekicks. I enjoyed the secrecy, the violence, the assassin vs assassin bad assery, and was quite prepared to believe that someone small quiet and reliable could win the love of someone who desperately needed a bit of that in their lives. Great escapist reading
Played! (The Shamwell Tales #2) by JL Merrow
All the world’s a stage...but real-life lessons are hidden in the heart.
The Shamwell Tales, Book 2
Though Tristan must join his family’s New York firm at summer’s end—no more farting around on stage, as his father so bluntly puts it—he can’t resist when Shamwell’s local amateur dramatics society begs him to take a role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The bonus: giving private acting lessons to a local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances. Not only is Con delicious, there’s fifty pounds riding on Tristan getting him in his bed.
A late-diagnosed dyslexic, Con’s never dared to act, convinced he’d never be able to learn his lines. But with Tristan’s help, he takes the chance. Trouble is, the last time Con fell for a guy, he ended up getting his heart broken. And with Tristan due to leave the country soon, Con is determined not to start anything that’s bound to finish badly.
Just as Tristan thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes. And the curtain may have fallen forever on their chance for happiness.
Warning: Contains a surfeit of Bottoms and asses, together with enough mangled quotations to have the Bard of Avon gyrating in his grave.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I love this series and as we have recently had the release of OUT! (Shamwell Tales #3) I thought I would feature #2 this week as my Quick Bite. All books though can be read as stand alone no problem. This is a book that featrues a relationship that goes from mild contempt, to mutual respect and finally the HEA – YES! Totally loved it, and with these two characters there are seriously laugh out loud moments. Well, at least it struck a chord with my sense of humour. The relationship is the main focus in this book so it’s rather light on the sex, but that’s fine with me if the story and plot keep me interested and to say the least, very amused. Another thoroughly delightful addition to the Shamwell Tales series.
Complimentary Colours by Adrienne Wilder
My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.
Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.
But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.
Except for Roy Callahan.
I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.
But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.
With him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.
The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Another tense, disturbing, yet at times sensually romantic psychological thriller that gripped me from the onset. 'Complimentary Colours' was reminiscent of a cleverly plotted "film noir" movie. The type that keeps you constantly in suspense and plays with your head. Masterfully and beautifully written by Adrienne Wilder (who never fails to wow me), with two wonderful protagonists—sexually provocative, rich and famous artist, Paris Duvoe and tough but kindhearted blue collar worker, Roy Callaghan—this emotionally charged love story grew amongst a web of mind fuckery, manipulation and deceit; twisting and changing direction on the turn of a page. Absolutely loved this book and it's clever, thought provoking plot. Five star plus!