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 Morticia Knight, Mary Celeste, Charlie Cochrane, Rodd Clark and Avril Ashton. 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. Keep up with all our Quick Bites > HERE!
Hesitant Heart (The Hampton Road Club #1)
by Morticia Knight
Book One in The Hampton Road Club series
Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.
Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.
Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.
Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.
They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book is a super sweet romance with a healthy dose of kink. The series is set around a BDSM club in California in the 1920's, homosexuality is a crime in and of itself, but the kink the men of the club seek raises the danger of discovery to a whole new level. This story focuses on the quite naïve, 18 year old Sam, who is on his own after fleeing his family home, and the older Aaron, a Dom from the club who rescues Sam from his job in a bathhouse. Both men have their issues to overcome and Sam has an awful lot to learn, but the comfort they give each other really had me rooting for them. The romance moves at light speed, but with the setting and Sam’s situation, I found I didn’t mind it at all. I’m not usually a big fan of historicals, but this is one series I’ve really enjoyed.
Six Ways from Sunday
(Southern Scrimmage #1) by Mercy Celeste
Take one NFL tight end, and one Marine, add one week and watch the sparks fly.
Bowen Murphy craved two things, football and Dylan. After high school he had football but he lost Dylan.
Dylan Sunday walked a different path, one laid down before him by his father and his grandfather. Losing Bo one day after discovering they shared more than football wasn’t part of the bargain.
Six years of missed connections and finally Dylan is able to come home to the man he left behind. The spectacle of the biggest game in the NFL is only the beginning of one sizzling week. After that time and fate would decide if Bo and Dylan would walk the same path, or if one of them would make the ultimate sacrifice.
Warning: bittersweet tale of two hot men, making up for six years of separation. May not be suitable for sensitive readers. Contains scenes of male/male sexual practices.
Molly’s Quick Bite
Best friends Bo and Dylan are saying goodbye. Bo is pissed that Dylan has enlisted in the marines without telling him, . Bo is off to college tomorrow on a football scholarship anyway. With their heated discussion, emotions get the best of them and they kiss for the very first time. “Why didn’t you ever tell me?” Dylan asks, and Bo’s reply is, “Why didn’t you?” And they realize that they’ve both wanted each other all this time, but were too afraid to lose the other’s friendship.
This story had me right from the get go, as these two go from friends to lovers the day before Bo leaves for school. It skips to six years later and Bo is in the superbowl, having not seen Dylan all this time. This is when the real story begins.
Six ways from Sunday is the first in the series, and a definite must-read if you love sports stories, marines, hot guys...
Awfully Glad by Charlie Cochrane
WWI hero Sam Hines is used to wearing a face that isn’t his own. When he’s not in the trenches, he’s the most popular female impersonator on the front, but a mysterious note from an anonymous admirer leaves him worried. Everyone realizes—eventually—that Sam’s not a woman, but has somebody also worked out that he also prefers his lovers to be male?
When Sam meets—and falls for—fellow officer Johnny Browne after the war, he wonders whether he could be the man who wrote the note. If so, is he the answer to Sam’s dreams or just another predatory blackmailer, ready to profit from a love that dare not speak its name?
Sally’s Quick Bite
This short historical is just perfectly pitched to my somewhat picky ear. The details of Sam's life a female impersonator drew me in and I was really engaged by his caution in accepting come ones from men who may or may not have realised his true sex.
Then, post-war and still treading the boards, he meets and is attracted to another man who seems to be attracted to him - but how do they manage to establish that in an era when it was so easy to be blackmailed and ruined? I was just blown away by the tender way this caution is expressed - a truly hopeful but heartbreaking moment for two young men so desperate to be loved.
Do they get a happy ending? You'll have to read it to find out.
Rubble and the Wreckage
(A Gabriel Church Tale #1) by Rodd Clark
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told.
Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.
There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?
Mark’s Quick Bite
This week’s Quick Bite from me is one of my rather unusual reads. For those who are not always into the fluffy, soppy, saccharine romances, with rainbow happy ever afters but more hard hitting, dark, psychological crime thrillers then this book will be just the thing.This book took me totally out of my comfort zone and made me review many values. In many respects a real mind bender as I felt myself being fascinated, invested and pulled in by the attraction of a serial killer. Yes, I know!
This is a well written character study and if you like books that get into the dark and twisted inner workings of the mind, finding out what drives people and the motivation behind their actions then this book is for you. It pushed my barriers so far that it messed with my mind where I was finding myself falling for and sympathising with a serial killer!!!! However, also being deeply concerned with worry about Christian flying too close in the face of danger, becoming entrapped in the hypnotic web that Gabriel builds who is still an extremely dangerous man. Check this book out and go to places that you never dared go to before.
(Watch Me) Break You
(Run This Town #1) by Avril Ashton
They’re in a war for control of the streets, but love will be the ultimate prize.
Here comes trouble…
Men. Women. Drugs. Dima Zhirkov’s favorite things. Add in the element of danger and he should be right as rain. But not today. It’s not working, hasn’t for a long time. He’s grasping at the flimsiest of straws to prove he’s indeed strong enough to run his streets. Until he sets eyes on him. In the midst of a room full of strangers, Dima is drawn to a man as cold and dangerous as he is beautiful. Captivated, Dima embarks on a ruthless campaign to get his new toy into bed.
Here comes the danger…
Xavier “X” Storm is content to pull the strings while someone else handles the day to day dealings of his gang, The Rude Boys. He’s after what Dima holds closest—the Coney Island streets. He contracts out the job of killing the Russian, except Dima isn’t that easy to kill. When he suddenly shows up in X’s path, tempting him to indulge in the dirtiest play, he finds Dima isn’t all that easy to shake, either. His cocky attitude and rough submission tempts X to go where he’d vowed to never return, and they plunge head first into an affair fueled by possessive obsession.
Run for cover
Sex and pain Dima can handle, and X delivers the most depraved kind. Their connection is explosive, their games addictive, but Dima can end it whenever he wishes. He doesn’t see that X is breaking him down, giving Dima everything he wants and even more than he ever thought to need. By the time he realizes who X is and what he wants, Dima is raw and bullet riddled. It’s run or fight. And Dima doesn’t back down. Neither does X.
Warning: Includes strong BDSM elements.
Macky’s Quick Bite
This was a fab story about rival gangs—Jamaicans and Russians—fighting it out on the streets of Coney Island. You can always rely on Avril Ashton to give you a satisfyingly hot, testosterone filled, angsty drama that oozes sexual tension and the sort of chemistry between her protags that jumps off the page...and Xavier and Dima’s story does not disappoint one bit! Oh boy do these two sexy guys sizzle!!!! RAWR! Great turf war background story and hot as hell love scenes with a verrrry nice touch of naughty kink, this enemies to lovers story was an enticing start to the Run This Town series and one I loved...a lot.