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 Kaje Harper, Chris Quinton, Alex Kidwell and Ellis Carrington. 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.
Life Lessons (Life Lessons #1) by Kaje Harper
Tony Hart's life has been quiet lately. He has good friends and a rewarding teaching job. Then the murdered body of another teacher falls into the elevator at his feet, and Tony's life gets a little too exciting.
Jared MacLean is a homicide detective, a widowed father, and deeply in the closet. But from the moment he meets Tony's blue eyes in that high school hallway, Mac can't help wanting this man in his life. However Mac isn't the only one with his eyes on Tony. As the murderer tries to cover his tracks, Mac has to work fast or lose Tony, permanently.
Debra’s Quick Bite
A closeted cop, an openly gay teacher, murder and family drama all combine in this opposites attract romance. The death of a fellow teacher lands Tony right in the middle of a murder investigation and the path of the extremely closeted Mac. Both the mystery and romance get their due in this story but it’s the relationship between Tony and Mac that drives the story. It’s not easy for them. Mac’s not making it easy, for some valid reasons. While the attraction is instant, the romance is a slow burn. Kaje Harper writes real characters that could be the people next door. With a satisfying HFN ending, it’s the start of a great series. Give it a try and I bet you’ll fall in love with Tony and Mac just like I did.
Aloes by Chris Quinton
A fluke accident puts Perry in a coma. When he awakes, his scrambled synapses have given him a talent; he can tell truth from lies simply by their flavour.
This, plus the new client who is far too attractive for Perry’s peace of mind, the client’s contentious family and the dilapidated old mansion Perry has to restore for him – not to mention anonymous threats which escalate to attempted murder – all ensure that Perry’s life will never be the same again!
Sally’s Quick Bite
One of the things I like best about Chris Quinton’s books is that you always get a bit extra. What could have been a fairly routine story of a new romance blossoming in difficult circumstances was made all the more exciting by the inclusion of the neat little paranormal twist brought about by Perry’s injury. There are some super secondary characters too, some of whom cloud the romance issue making it less cut and dried who Perry’s eventual partner will be and the story ends with challenges still to face but that just SUCH a nice change from roses round the gate and a baby on the way that I actually gave a little cheer. Thanks Chris.
After The End by Alex Kidwell
After Quinn O’Malley loses his partner of ten years, Aaron, to cancer, he withdraws from everything. In a single tragic moment, he goes from an artist with a loving partner and a future to an uninspired comic book store owner who barely exists. He hides behind a shield of grief, refusing to let Aaron go. He feels guilty for even trying to imagine a life apart from what he’d had.
The charming party planner Quinn’s best friend insists he meet on a blind date isn’t someone he’s ready for. Brady Banner walks into Quinn’s small frozen world and turns everything upside down. For years, Quinn has focused on endings, but as Brady begins to thaw his existence, Quinn realizes that one moment can do more than stop a life—it can also start a new one.
Mark’s Quick Bite
As I listen to a lot of audiobooks then I’ll start to feature the books here for my QB. After all whether audio or print the stroy is still the same. This little gem took me by surprise. Took hold of my heart, gave it a good wringing and didn’t let go. This story is such a poignant look at what is a very difficult subject for many but my how my heart ached, a real Herzschmerz tour de force with an end that left me mulling things over in my mind for days. You only live once so make the most of it. This book was beautifully written, reflective, melancholic, bittersweet but also hopeful, triumphant and a lesson in the fact that life still and must go on.This a story with a lot of emotion, a lot of insight, sensitivity, empathy and affection. Although the subject matter may be considered as a little depressing and something that a lot of us may not want to be reminded about, it also shows that life goes on and After The End is only the chance for a new beginning. Yes, it left me in tears of sadness but also of joy and hope!
Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington
Carlos O'Shea is stuck. He knocked up a girl in college after a night of too much drinking, and then married her to be honorable. With little money, fewer options, and no degree, he winds up cleaning the floors in a small town gentlemen's club and thinking desperate thoughts about the handsome owner that'll lead to nothing but trouble.
Greg Moorehouse only invested in a nudie bar to help his best buddy out of a financial crisis. Now his drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, his reverend father, and a parade of surgically enhanced DDs' are driving him insane. But what's really stripped him of all good sense is his growing obsession with his married employee, Carlos.
They circle each other in a push-pull of misunderstandings and growing attraction. Carlos needs to get his boss out of his head, and Greg can't abide cheaters and married men. So what are a strip-club owner and the guy who cleans for him going to do with their undeniable desires?
Macky’s Quick Bite
This book oozed the one ingredient that for me personally, makes a really great gay romance unputdownable and that's Palpable Sexual Tension! A romantic, angsty, hot, sweet, tender and ultimately emotionally fulfilling story. All topped off with a fabulous ending that wasn't easily won but was just about perfect for the ups and downs it took to get there. The fact I didn't want to put it down and all that tingly will they/won't they action has pushed it to a 5 star read in my eyes. So go on, treat yourselves and don't leave it until you're kicking yourself like me for not reading this gem sooner. I loved it!