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 Eli Easton, Charlie Cochrane, Sean Kennedy, Layla Wolfe. 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.
The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton
Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.
James Gallway's life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he's lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can't believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Michael is one of the most caring and lovable characters I have read. He works as a sex surrogate and his capacity to see people for who they are and give them what they need is beautiful. James has had an incredibly difficult childhood and is now a successful but reclusive sci-fi writer. When Michael meets the man he has idolized for years he pursues him, and basically drags him into a friendship. James has difficulty with trust, for good reason, so things do not go easily, but Michael is willing to be whatever James needs and sees the man beyond the disability and the anger.
I loved watching the friendship between the men build slowly before we got more. Michael wrestles with balancing his feelings for James and his surrogacy work, while James tries to deal with his difficult past. Great secondary characters, especially some of Michael's clients, are well written and play a large part in the story. Friends to lovers, hurt-comfort and a bonus story within the story, the Mating of Michael is filled with emotion on the way to a well-deserved HEA.
What You Will by Charlie Cochrane
They say there's no fool like an old fool. Antonio didn't count himself as old but he was more fool than any man ought to be who'd flown around the world and back again so often he might as well have just been going from Deptford to Dartford. There was a lad involved. There's always a lad in the tale, for men like him.
And was there a happy ending? Now that depends on whether you believe what a certain playwright wrote, or whether you want the real story.
Sally’s Quick Bite
A short one this week. This is a touching little re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with steam punky airships instead of sea-going vessels, where one of my favourite Shakespearean characters gets a second chance. The devotion of Antonio the sea captain to fickle, opportunistic Sebastian deserved far better recompense and here he gets it most wittily. Recommended for fans of the Bard who want a rest from mining the subtext.
Tigers on the Run (Tigers and Devils #3)
by Sean Kennedy
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Young Australian Micah Johnson is the first AFL player to be out at the beginning of his career. Retired professional football player Declan Tyler mentors Micah, but he finds it difficult, as Micah is prone to making poor life choices that land him in trouble. Nothing Dec can’t handle. He’s been there, done that, more times than he’d like to admit. Being Simon Murray’s partner all these years has Dec quite experienced in long-suffering and mishaps.
As usual, Simon thinks everything is going along just fine until his assistant, Coby, tells him a secret involving an old nemesis. Simon and Dec’s problems mash together, and to solve them, they must undertake a thousand-kilometer round trip in which issues will have to be sorted out, apologies are finally given, and a runaway kid is retrieved and returned to his worried parents.
Mark’s Quick Bite
My Quick Bite is book 3 of the Tigers and Devils series by Sean Kennedy. I think I must have waited ages for this third book but as soon as it came out I snapped it up. I love this series and anyone who starts it I’m sure will not be disappointed. Full of Aussie humour but with a real message too. Light on the erotica, actually it’s hardly there at all but that is not the strength of this book for me. It is in the situations and the dialogues. There were laugh out loud moments and I loved the witty and snarky humour between the friends. Simon being the snark master of them all. The Oz humour shining through all the time. It is a book that takes a look at relationships and friends, how we love them, how they irritate us at times, how we support each other. A book that gave me smiles and laughs from beginning to end.
A Dangerous Reality (gay biker MC erotic romance) (The Bent Zealots MC Book 1) by Layla Wolfe.
Keep your lovers close—and your enemies in bed.
TURK. My club sent me to track him down. And when my mission was over, I never wanted another one again. When I found him, I kicked the crap out of Havelock Singer. I issued the mightiest beatdown of all time. Problem is, we’re evenly matched. We’re equals in every way, and when we finished whaling on each other, exhausted, we fell into each other’s arms.
I’ve never regretted it for an instant. It’s been the ride of my life. But loving another man in the MC world is a risky business. As if our business isn’t already brutal and ruthless enough, Lock’s homophobic sergeant-at-arms Stumpy gets an eyeful of our lovemaking and blackmails us into doing some of his dirty work, or be exposed for what we are—a couple of deviants. This run into the Indian reservation is sleazy and beneath us, but now I’m cornered, and I’ll do anything to keep my sweet Master from being lynched by his club.
LOCK. When that kingpin Carmine Rojas got a load of my beautiful stallion Turk Blackburn, he’d stop at nothing to have him—and Rojas gets what he wants. It’s my fault we’re in this situation. I should’ve kicked Turk’s ass and sent him packing back to The Bare Bones. I wasn’t even close to being ready to come out, but now they’re forcing my hand.
I can hear my destiny calling me. Either I’ll slink back to my club like a hetero bounty hunter with no morals—and no respect from anyone in my own backyard—or I’ll step up to the plate and be the lion of the day. Either way, my lover and I are screwed. Our clubs are going to hound us underground or into another country before we escape this mess—if we don’t die trying.
“Living off the grid and being an outlaw brings a dangerous reality.” –Ron Perlman. Publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains scenes of gay sex, consensual BDSM, illegal doings, derisive terms for homosexuals used by Bad Guys, dubious consent, and man-on-man violence. There is no cheating and a HEA.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Gritty, violent and never shying away from on page blood and gore, 'A Dangerous Reality' was a whirlwind read that never let up from the word go. Turf wars, blackmail, homophobic bikers and a psychotic kingpin with designs on Turk; the whole experience was reminiscent of a Quentin Tarrantino exploitation film, with exaggerated characters who could almost appear a tad over the top in their characterisations. There were times where I actually found myself laughing out loud at some some of the crazy, lethal, fucked up circumstances that Turk and Lock frequently got themselves caught up in. Situations that leant towards the absurd but still kept me totally gripped and unable to put the book down. The stars of the show were definitely Turk and Lock—I just loved the two of them and their electric chemistry, which fairly jumped off page—but there were some memorable supporting characters too. Twinkletoes the 'enthusiastic' straight pledge in particular. Lol, he was a hoot!
Hot, growly, rough sex, with a touch of BDSM thrown in and two unapologetic anti heroes, who aren't portrayed as anything less than they are...a story where even the "good guys" aren't whiter than white...I had an absolute ball reading this book! Great stuff!