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 Mickie B. Asling, Alex Beecroft, Harper Fox, V.M Wait, Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta. 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.
We Found Love by Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta
It’s no surprise Riley Connors is dealing with issues. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and his parents abandoned him after his newsworthy return. He bounced from foster home to facility and back. Now an adult, ghosts from his past continue to haunt him. After a suicide attempt, he is locked away in Hartfield so that people can make him tune in to emotions he has tried to bury.
Hunter Morgan had the kind of love that spans ages. But the stress of college and adulthood became too much to handle, and the love of Hunter’s life turned to drugs. After he overdoses, Hunter finds himself soaring out of control on the same miserable path. His brother finds him and calls an ambulance, and the sister Hunter would rather not have calls it a suicide attempt, landing Hunter in Hartfield.
Finding love isn’t easy, but it can happen under the most dire circumstances. Together Hunter and Riley may be able to grow from their pain. But they will need to learn to live for themselves, letting love come second.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Riley and Hunter meet as patients at Hartfield, one after a suicide attempt and the other after a drug and alcohol overdose. There is instant attraction between the two roomies and a friendship blooms into more, but Riley doesn’t ever foresee himself leaving Hartfield. They have stolen moments, making the most of the times they have, but will that be enough to keep them connected when Hunter is eventually released?
This was a beautiful, emotional love story. I was completely engaged and really invested in Riley and Hunter. While there were a lot of sad and heart-breaking moments, there were also incredibly sweet ones as Riley realizes that Hunter is someone who cares for him and that he wants Riley to help himself live a life he doesn't think he deserves. You’ll get a happy ending, but not until you ride the emotional roller coaster.
Taste by Mickie B. Ashling
Horizons Series: Book 2
What should have been a brief interlude turns into something deeper when Lil Lampert meets Grier Dilorio at the Taste of Chicago. Lil is in town visiting good friends Jody Williams and Clark Stevens, and he didn’t plan to hook up with a younger man and discover a mutual love for architecture, interior design, and a unique sexual kink that keeps Lil coming back for more.
By all appearances, Grier is the quintessential bad boy who loves speed, tattoos, and leather, but Lil slowly uncovers another side: selfless, responsible, and tender, especially for Luca, the son he’s had to deny. With Lil’s love and support, Grier will make a decision key to opening the door to a possible future together, one that includes fatherhood, something Lil has dreamed of but has never dared to explore.
Molly’s Quick Bite
This is the very first gay romance (outside of fanfiction), that I ever read, and it will always have a special place in my heart. Taste is the second book from the Horizon’s series, but it stands alone. Lil, an architect from San Francisco comes to Chicago to visit his two friends Clark and Jody. They take him to the food festival, Taste of Chicago, where he meets Grier working behind an ice cream stand and Lil is instantly taken with him.
Lil and Grier have incredible chemistry, despite their ten+ year age difference, but Grier is older than his number and has some baggage, in the form of a secret son, that only his mother knows Grier’s the father. And, Lil is only here on vacation. His life is back in San Francisco. They come from two different worlds, and it’s awesome to see them collide.
They have a lot of obstacles to overcome, but the author takes us on such a grand adventure as these two hot men get to know each other, and we get to know them while they try and figure out how to make it work. I loved this book, and you will too.
The Reluctant Berserker by Alex Beecroft
Manhood is about more than who’s on top.
Wulfstan, a noble and fearsome Saxon warrior, has spent most of his life hiding the fact that he would love to be cherished by someone stronger than himself. Not some slight, beautiful nobody of a harper who pushes him up against a wall and kisses him.
In the aftermath, Wulfstan isn’t sure what he regrets most—that he only punched the churl in the face, or that he really wanted to give in.
Leofgar is determined to prove he’s as much of a man as any Saxon. But now he’s got a bigger problem than a bloody nose. The lord who’s given him shelter from the killing cold is eyeing him like a wolf eyes a wounded hare.
When Wulfstan accidentally kills a friend who is about to blurt his secret, he flees in panic and meets Leofgar, who is on the run from his lord’s lust. Together, pursued by a mother’s curse, they battle guilt, outlaws, and the powers of the underworld, armed only with music…and love that must overcome murderous shame to survive.
Warning: Contains accurate depictions of Vikings, Dark Ages magic, kickass musicians, trope subversions and men who don’t know their place.
Sally’s Quick Bite
This rip-roaring historical set in the Dark Ages of England is part an excellent adventure, part an accurate historical depiction on the pressures put on young men whose sexuality didn’t quite conform to what was expected and part a creepy paranormal - or is it? Could it ll be in the minds of people as ready to believe in elves and wood-woses as in God and angels, or cows and ships for that matter?
Wulfstan is everything one expects of a warrior, huge, hard handed, prepared to avenge any slight with bloodshed. Pretty delicate Leofgar, the harper, is surely girly enough to service whoever demands it of him. How these two negotiate their way through antagonism, dislike, separation, and betrayal makes a fantastic story for anyone who enjoys their romance embedded in oodles of deliciously described plot.
Guardians of the Haunted Moor by Harper Fox
(Book 5 in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.)
The wedding is just the beginning…
Gideon and Lee have spent a year in chaotic married bliss, with all the trimmings – a dog, tricky in-laws, and a baby girl they both adore. But even the best of lives can be fragile, and a shocking family loss hits their new world like a demolition ball.
Gideon has little energy left to investigate a murder that’s taken place in the fields outside Dark. He still has his duties to his community, though, and with Lee at his side, he begins to unfold the mysterious death of Farmer John Bowe. It’s harvest time, ancient West Country magic in the air, and rumours are flying through the village of an enemy Gideon thought he’d left behind long ago.
Can the beast of Bodmin possibly be real? Everything in Gideon’s stoical police-sergeant’s nature says no. But Lee has taught him to see the world differently, and now they must pool their resources to unmask a killer before more lives are lost – and somehow find a way to mend their shattered family, too.
Mark’s Quick Bite
It’s no secret that I absolutely love this series! That’s why this week I’ve chosen book 5 of the Haunted Moor series by Harper Fox as this week’s Quick Bite. At the time when I had finished the book I thought this was the last in the series and with a tear in my eye had to say goodbye to my boys. the good news was that Harper suprised us all with another book later on the year – YEAH! So I always keep my fingers crossed that Gideon and Lee will make an appearance again.
Right from the very beginning of this book we are thrown into the tumultuous lives of Lee and Gideon. Thrown headfirst into the circle of life, as one person dies a new life is born. I found a certain comfort in this funnily enough as it illustrates the ying and yang of all our lives. On the one hand a sad moment but on the other hand a joyous one, balancing out perfectly the lives of the two MCs throughout this book. Their daughter is born but after a family drama taken away from them and leaves both of them bereft and this obviously takes its toll.
I also love how all these different threads weave their way through the book; a pinch of paranormal, a little murder, village traditions, rumours are rife, shady dealings and all set n a backdrop as atmospheric as it is beautiful. If you haven’t started this series yet then shame on you – lol! Make a start and I promise you won’t regret it.
Chase the Storm by V.M Waitt
Up until he buys an old truck, Elijah Morgan lives life according to his family’s plan, never feeling like he belongs. Desperate to find his own path, he heads out on the open road, only to end up stranded in Nebraska. Not wanting to ask for his parents’ help, he takes a job with tough, independent farmer Chase McKenzie.
Despite their age gap, the attraction between Chase and Elijah soon becomes undeniable. They give in to their desire, but that night changes everything and threatens the secret Chase guards so carefully.
As the summer heats up, so does their relationship. When autumn arrives, Elijah is due back at college, and he’ll have to choose whether to continue his education and follow in his family’s footsteps… or to stay in Nebraska with the man he loves.
Macky’s Quick Bite
This is, and always will be, one of my most favourite m/m reads ever and I didn't just love, I adored this contemporary cowboy story. There are certain books that endear themselves to you from the word go, and that’s exactly what happened with Chase the Storm. I connected so deeply with the characters and the storyline that as soon as it ended, I went straight back in, read it all over again. Loving it even more second time around!
From the first paragraph I just fell hard. Loving adorable, nineteen year old Eli's 'voice' as he told his story simply but beautifully; wallowing in his and Chase's—the older, stubborn, grieving rancher who steals his heart— explosive chemistry. Filled with simmering sexual tension and emotionally charged hot, graphic, raw love scenes that had my heart palpitating and my tummy tingling, I couldn't get enough of this gorgeous couple's love story. I can't say it will be as magical for everyone, but for me it held its own perfection and is a Kindle keeper I'll never be deleting. On reflection it's a book I think I physically need to purchase for my bookshelf in case of electrical failure!