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 Amy Lane, Clare London, Josh Lanyon and Kaje Harper. 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.
Chase In Shadow by Amy Lane
Johnnies: Book One
Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future.
Nobody knows the real Chase.
Chase Summers has a razor blade to his wrist and the smell of his lover’s goodbye clinging to his skin. He has a door in his heart so frightening he’d rather die than open it, and the lies he’s used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster.
Chase has one chance for true love and salvation. He may have met Tommy Halloran in the world of gay-for-pay—where the number of lovers doesn’t matter as long as the come-shot’s good—but if he wants the healing that Tommy’s love has to offer, he’ll need the courage to leave the shadows for the sunlight. That may be too much to ask from a man who’s spent his entire life hiding his true self. Chase knows all too well that the only things thriving in a heart’s darkness are the bitter personal demons that love to watch us bleed.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This was the first Amy Lane book I read and still one of my favorites. This is a gut-wrenching, angst filled, emotional story. It sucked me in and kept me reading late into the night.
Chase is so lost and broken. He is outwardly living a perfect life with his girlfriend, but in reality he’s barely hanging on, secretly struggling with his sexuality and secretly starring in gay porn films for Johnnies. In comes fellow actor Tommy, and their attraction forces Chase to face the demons he's been locking up inside for the past 14 years and tear down the wall of lies he's been hiding behind. Nothing is easy in their relationship and Chase’s problems run deep, but the love and passion they share is beautiful. There’s a wonderful cast of characters, especially Dex, whose story comes next and is also a favorite of mine. This is not an easy read, and Chase barely survives when he hits rock bottom. You’re going need that whole box of tissues before it’s over, but it’s well worth it.
Flashbulb by Clare London
Blythe Harris was taking his first flight to the USA and hopefully a whole new client base for his bespoke upholstery business. An adventure for him, he was both nervous and excited to attract the attention of a handsome steward. Things might have gone further – if Flight HA1710 hadn’t failed.
Marc Stafford is a self-confessed player, and he used his charm to seduce his cute passenger. But in the aftermath of the crash, he’s struggling to recover his confidence. The TV declares him a hero for saving passengers, but at night his nightmares trigger painful flashbulb memories of the crash.
In an Irish hospital, Bly realises that although his broken leg will recover, his career may not. And in Chicago, Marc can’t face returning to work. Neither of them can shake off the memory of their brief, sexy encounter. Both of them need to be with someone who understands exactly what they’ve been through. And on a middle ground they can make all their own.
Mark’s Quick Bite
A sweet and yet strange story. Effectively two strangers who had a “mile-high” quickie in the loo of their flight are being driven together by the force of their attraction and dreams based solely on one single event. I could feel their reservations, especially Bly’s as Marc is the more outgoing one and did wonder how on earth this is ever going to pan out. Developing a relationship out of a stress situation is never really a recipe for success. However, when Marc pitches up on Bly’s doorstep something wonderful happens. They feel they can talk to each other about a shared experience and through it discover more; support, friendship and then love maybe? Well, there is no doubt in the air that these two guys have got something good together and should at least try to hold on to it for the time being. But what do you do when that big ol’ bitch called real-life gets in the way? Well, there’s a lot to work through. However, it’s an HEA all round. A perfect way to end, or is it just the beginning? I guess the only who knows this are the boys, Blythe, Marc and of course Clare.
Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon
Los Angeles, 1943
Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won't stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.
Lieutenant Matthew Spain's official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he's saying. But that's not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist. Matt's been drawn to men before, but he must hide his true feelings—or risk his entire career.
As Nathan digs deeper, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay one step ahead of Matt Spain—and to deny his intense attraction to him. Nathan's secrets may not include murder, but has his hunt put him right in the path of the real killer?
Sally’s Quick Bite
This very dark noirish 40s set mystery is on my re-read regularly list. It’s got it all – an interesting mystery, wonderfully atmospheric settings and two protagonists that you have to love. From the moment a body is found in the La Brea tar pits the tone is set – it rains, it’s cold, men in trench coats and snap brimmed hats trade quips, but detective Matt Spain’s eyes return again and again to the quiet figure of reporter Nathan Doyle. That Doyle was apparently the last man to see the corpse alive just puts the cherry on the top. There are femme fatales, sleazy club owners and people with so much money they feel above the law. And there’s a slowly growing romance with some extremely big bumps in the road before reaching an ending that’s more hopeful than ecstatic. I loved every minute of it and am gutted that the promised sequel never showed up.
Unacceptable Risk by Kaje Harper
Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he's twice damned. Even his Alpha's grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.
Macky’s Quick Bite
The first in a series that was one of the most realistic takes on world of wolf shifters I've ever read, I loved how Harper's wolves bucked the trend of the usual shifter lore. Reading this I could quite easily have believed that a secret society of Were's existed. Living quietly among us below the radar, keeping themselves to themselves. The dangers more apparent amongst themselves because of pack law and politics, than the human world they hide from. It was believable and totally engrossing. Wolf shifter Simon and human Paul's love story wasn't the usual "Mine!" situation but their chemistry was palpable and generated loads of yummy sexual tension; the love scenes hot but never gratuitous. Exciting and different, I found the whole thing a refreshing change from the norm. Just great!