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 M.A. Church, R.G. Alexander, S A Meade, JL Merrow and TJ Klune. 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.
Trouble Comes in Threes
(Fur, Fangs and Felines #1) by M.A. Church
Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book One
A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This was my first experience with housecat shifters and it hooked me! M.A. Church really hits it out of the park with the descriptions of the men in their cat form so being a cat person myself I couldn’t resist. Despite the relative ease of acceptance by Kirk, a human, once he was presented with housecat shifters, mates, bonding and a menage I enjoyed this mostly sweet, fun story.
The dynamics and chemistry between the three men were good and each filled a role in the relationship. The secondary characters in the clowder were well defined. There are a couple of issues that arise when Kirk is introduced the other cats as one of Dolf and Tal’s closest friends has a big prejudice against humans, and someone is threatening their safety. Although a villain did seem to come out of left field, I enjoyed the action in the last part of the story. Overall it was a fun, quick, sexy read.
Curious (The Finn Factor #1) by R.G. Alexander
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author R.G. Alexander
Are you Curious?
Jeremy Porter is. Though the bisexual comic book artist has known Owen Finn for most of his life—long enough to know that he is terminally straight—he can’t help but imagine what things would be like if he weren’t.
Owen is far from vanilla—as a dominant in the local fetish community, he sees as much action as Jeremy does. Lately even more.
Since Jeremy isn’t into collars and Owen isn’t into men, it seems like his fantasies will remain just that forever…until one night when Owen gets curious.
Warning: Contains explicit m/m nookie. A lot of it. Very detailed. Two men getting kinky, talking dirty and doing the horizontal mambo. Are you reading this? Do you see them on the cover? Guy parts will touch. You have been warned.
Molly’s Quick Bite
Bi-sexual Jeremy has been pining for his straight best friend, Owen Finn since they were in high school. When Owen comes over to Jeremy’s to celebrate Owen’s thirty-fifth birthday with pizza and video games, Jeremy is tortured by the closeness and not being able to act on his feelings. Little did he know, that Owen had a plan that night; a plan to seduce Jeremy. It’s awkward and hot as hell, as Jeremy lets down his guard and gives in to his feelings for Owen, still thinking that he’s straight but just experimenting.
This is a wonderful journey of discovery and true friendship as these two go from best friends to lovers. It takes a while for Jeremy to figure out that Owen isn’t just experimenting, and misunderstandings threaten to end this fledgling romance. There are BDSM mentions, which I’m not a huge fan of, and they are both sexually dominant, which shouldn’t work. But, I love their chemistry together. Owen makes Jeremy do things he never thought he’d do. And me likey.
I feel Jeremy’s pain as he doesn’t want to risk their friendship, but Owen is persistent, and we reap the benefits. A definite must-read.
Lord of Endersley by S A Meade
Will the passion ignited during a violent uprising survive the rigid confines of Victorian society?
Jacob Endersley is glad to escape the confines of his family home for the exotic and dangerous beauty of India during the glory days of the Raj.
Marcus Billington, an Army officer, is tired of the stifling social mores of life in a British enclave. When the Sepoy Uprising of 1857 leads to chaos and bloodshed, the two men seek the safety of Agra and find refuge in each other.
Once the rebellion is quashed, Jacob returns to England while Marcus remains in India. They have no hope of a future together until Jacob learns that Marcus has returned to England. When they meet again, Marcus makes it clear there can be nothing between them and Jacob returns to Endersley resigned to a solitary life until Marcus arrives out of the blue and then everything changes.
Sally’s Quick Bite
This is a book for readers who enjoy history for its own sake, not just for the fancy dress, and also for readers who are happy to delay gratification. S A Meade gives her men a happy ending but dear me does she put them through the wringer first!
From the golden days of the Raj, through the utter horror of the Indian Mutiny, to the rainy farmland of England, Jacob, the titular lord, and Marcus have to scrabble for time space and survival while courting the disaster that their love could bring were it to become common knowledge. Beautiful descriptive passages that inform without becoming tedious are balanced by intensely emotional moments that, eventually, bring it all to a very satisfying conclusion. Just lovely.
To Love a Traitor by JL Merrow
Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal.
When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into a rented London room in the winter of 1920, it’s with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, is the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother his life.
Yet as he gets to know Matthew—an irrepressibly cheerful ad man whose missing arm hasn’t dimmed his smile—George begins to lose sight of his mission.
As Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, George tries to convince himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding a secret of his own. His true identity—and an act of conscience that shamed his family.
But as their mutual attraction grows, so does George’s desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. If only to prove Matthew innocent—even if it means losing the man he’s come to love.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Oh yes, I remember this book. I’ve read so many books so a few stick out in my memory and this is one. Therefore To Love a Traitor is this week’s Quick Bite for me. I devoured this book by JL Merrow, from the word go I knew there was going to be no putting this book down. We learn about the after effects of WWI and how it left people divided, hurt and wounded. Not only physically but emotionally as well.
An excellent, historical novel that has been well researched. A thrilling read of spies and treachery but this is balanced out with people caught up in circumstance and impossible situations, so even the treachery is sad, understandable and heart-rending in its nature. So no good guys, no bad guys, just people caught up in life and being people, loving each other and again being disappointed, but always hopeful of a better future to come. a brilliant piece of writing and when we get to the truth it is as surprising as it is harrowing. I was left with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat.
Who We Are
(Bear, Otter & the Kid #2) by TJ Klune
Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They’ve moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself.
But that's not the end of their story. How could it be?
The boys find that life doesn’t stop just because they got their happily ever after. There’s still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter’s parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do… well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment of him and his brother, only to delve deeper into their shared past. What he finds there will alter their lives forever and help him realize what it'll take to become who they're supposed to be.
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.
Macky’s Quick Bite
First of all if you haven't read the original Bear, Otter and the Kid...Shame on you! Hahaha! No seriously; classic TJ Klune, it’s one of those M/M ‘must reads’ that should definitely be added to every gay romance lovers collection, as it's become such an iconic story. Sequels don’t generally match the brilliance of the original... but for me TJ did more than justice with this gorgeously funny and equally emotionally affecting follow up and I loved it...possibly even a tad more than BOATK.
Were-bears, a pregnant were-otter (" fat with my love for you " ROFLMAO!) and an evil eye patched kid! Do I hear a chorus of WTF’S??? Lol, to find out how all that fits into a contemporary story, you’ll just have to read it, but let's just say I was crying with laughter in the first chapter, and then not long after sniffling into umpteen tissues. The boys and Co were back, and none of the magic had gone. Hilarity, involuntary snorting, tears, frustration, anger, love, heartbreak...you name it, this story played every emotion possible and it was just fabulous!