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 Z.A. Maxfield, Kindle Alexander, Amanda Young, Brad Vance and Neil S. Plakcy. 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.
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
Two dudes walk into a bookstore…
Tristan knows he’s got issues. His latest ex-girlfriend knows it too. He can’t blame her for dumping him—even though she gets her brother to do it for her. Since he can’t stop staring at said brother’s package, he figures it’s about time to put a label on those issues. He likes guys.
He heads to a local bookstore with what he’s sure is a foolproof plan to find someone to show him what he’s been missing. But who should crash his little adventure? Officer Michael Truax, who gave him a really expensive ticket back in high school for skateboarding without a helmet.
Michael has been trying to catch Tristan for years...to give him a second ticket. Suddenly faced with “Sparky”, all grown up and looking to get laid, Michael’s protective instinct kicks in—and presents him with an opportunity that’s hard to resist. After all, the kid must know what he’s getting into, so why not?
But when a man with a plan connects with a man with a hunger, the result is nothing short of explosive.
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Contains high-octane hair, a clawfoot bathtub, and a story that will make you believe in love at first sight. Okay, second sight, but who’s counting?
Debra’s Quick Bite
An oldie but a good one (finally with a new cover) this is a sweet, funny, insta-love romance between 19 year old college student Tristan and 27 year old police officer Michael aka “Officer Helmet”. There is really a little bit of everything here – first love, some hurt/comfort, hot sex, angst, and humor. Yes, there is a large age gap but I found Tristan was written as intelligent and mature, though he still has moments of youthful indecision and angst. I loved the way the MC’s interacted and the banter both with each other and with their families, especially when Tristan’s younger siblings have a go at them over Thanksgiving dinner.
Written in 2008 some of the references may be a bit dated – Borders book store doesn’t even exist anymore – but that doesn’t take away from this sweet, sexy completely enjoyable story.
Double Full (A Nice Guy’s Novel Book 1)
By Kindle Alexander
Up and coming football hero, Colt Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving especially when you're trapped so far in a closet that you can't see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it's time to call a new play.
Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover's plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?
Molly’s Quick Bite
This is the story about two college guys who fall in love. Jace Montgomery is an out Cheerleader and Colt Michaels, football start and completely in the closet. They have a shower room tryst where Jace finds out that not only does Colt know he exists, but he’s been crushing on him for 4 years. Now they’re about to graduate and they have shower sex. Talk about hot.
I love this book. It’s the first of a 3 book series. All books stand alone, but Jace and Colt appear in each of the others. I love this author’s style. There’s a lot of angst in this one, as Jace realizes the Colt can never be open about their relationship, and he doesn’t want to hide.
I won’t give anything away, but this is a must read, as are the two following books.
Mahu by Neil S. Plakcy
Mahu---a generally negative Hawaiian term for homosexuals---introduces a unique character to detective fiction. Kimo Kanapa'aka is a handsome, mixed-race surfer living in Honolulu, a police detective confronting his homosexuality in an atmosphere of macho bravado within the police force.
A man of intelligence, strength, honesty, resourcefulness, and intense dedication to the people of Hawaii, Kimo is a hard-boiled hero you will never forget. Fast-paced, intricately plotted, thoroughly enjoyable, this is a sexy, surprisingly moving mystery about discovering oneself as much as catching a killer.
Sally’s Quick Bite
By now this has to be one of the classics of the mm mystery genre - a strongly plotted story of murder seen through the world weary eyes of a closeted Hawaiian cop. Kimo has, justifiably bearing in mind the open homophobia of most of his colleagues, only occasionally peeped through the closet door, but unfortunately one night he is outside a gay bar in Waikiki when a murder is committed and suspicion begins to mount. The story is part a tense murder mystery and the rest Kimo, his family and friends coming to terms with his new status.
I found it tense and enthralling, sometimes heart-breaking, but ultimately a very satisfying story. Best of all there are more stories in the series, so if you get hooked there's plenty of good reading in store.
Hunger (Chicken Ranch 1) by Amanda Young
Disowned and cast out of his home, eighteen year old Declan Mayo turns to the only thing he can think of to help him get back on his feet. Working at the Chicken Ranch, a rural brothel that caters to women and gay men, seems like the perfect solution. He isn’t about to let a lack of sexual experience stop him from taking what he sees as a way off the streets.
Falling in love with one of his clients wasn’t in the game plan, but Declan can’t seem to help himself. Killian Hamilton is sweet and kind, with a stutter Declan can’t help but find adorable. Surely, if anyone could overlook Declan’s choice of employment, it would be a kindhearted man like Killian.
But Declan didn't figure on Killian’s connection to one of the brothel’s regular clients, and now his love life's about to blow up in his face.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Set in a male brothel, Hunger was a cute, low(ish) angst romance, between Declan, a sweet eighteen year old rent boy—fairly new to the game and escaping life on the streets— and thirty year old accountant Killian, whose stutter makes it hard for him to find the right partner. The first client Declan ever takes on at the ranch, he’s also a ‘virgin’ when it comes to visiting this particular sort of establishment, but sick of his friends trying to set him up he decides to take the plunge, and... well...I'm sure you can guess the rest!
Nothing really different to what I’ve read before but I do have a thing for hustler/client love stories, and this was a sweet, sexy example of it’s type. Some nicely placed sexual tension, hot love scenes and a few misunderstandings thrown in, to flesh out the romance, made it a very easy read and one I think most lovers of contemporary M/M romance would like. There are two books in the series, so if this ticks your boxes there's a sequel featuring Garrett, one of the books supporting characters who is also an employee at the Chicken Ranch.
Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance
Software billionaire Marc Julian’s orderly life is shattered one night by a cyber-intrusion into his company’s servers. He’s always surrounded himself with the best people, but finding the culprit behind this might require a real expert...and sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.
Jesse Winchester and his team of “grey hat” hackers are suddenly available to Marc. Marc doesn’t know if he should trust Jesse with the keys to his company’s kingdom. After all, Jesse’s a convicted felon, sent to prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A felon sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, who mysteriously served only three years before being released.
Marc’s first company, his whole life, was shattered because he trusted the wrong person. This time there’s even more at stake, but few other options. Especially when his evil enemies, the billionaire industrialist Krom brothers, are revealed to be the source of the intrusion.
Is Jesse there to help Marc, or does he have his own history with the Kroms, his own score to settle? As Jesse and Marc spend more time together, their growing intimacy is at war with their need to win their respective battles. Soon the game they start to play with each other, against each other, becomes more exciting, more exquisitely frustrating…and more dangerous.
Mark’s Quick Bite
It’s life with the high rollers for my Quick Bite this week, where the stakes are high and the sex is hard. This was a great industrial espionage thriller and shows us at least the next war to come could quite well be a virtual one. Loved the whole idea of this story with many twists and turns that I can honestly say I didn’t see coming but well thought out and nicely connecting so I never got the feeling I was lost at any stage.
The whole thriller aspect of this was great. Not your James Bond action type of spy thriller where you have Mr Macho running around shooting people and blowing things up. Here the collateral damage is a lot more subtle as it is virtual, an internet one, but the damage caused is as far reaching and just as devastating as blowing anything up. It was just as riveting and got me smiling like a Cheshire Cat when the bad guys, who were seriously detestable, got their just rewards in the end. A thoroughly entertaining read from Brad Vance.