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 Marie Sexton, L.A.Witt, Chris Quinton, Lloyd A. Meeker and Carmen Jenner. 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.
A to Z (Coda Books #2) by Marie Sexton
Zach Mitchell is stuck in a rut. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, but Zach still lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. His Denver business, A to Z Video Rental, is struggling. He has annoying customers, eccentric neighbors, and an unfulfilling romance with his landlord, Tom.
A combat boot-wearing punk with an attitude, Angelo Green was raised in foster homes and has been on his own since he was sixteen; he has never learned to trust or to love. He doesn’t do relationships, so when Angelo takes a job at A to Z Video, he decides Zach is strictly off-limits.
Despite their differences, Zach and Angelo quickly become friends, and when Zach’s break-up with Tom puts his business on the line, it’s Angelo who comes up with a solution. Together with Jared and Matt, their friends from Coda, Colorado, Zach and Angelo will find a way to save A to Z, but will they be able to save each other too?
Debra’s Quick Bite
This is a slow burn, opposites attract romance. It’s the second in the series, but Angelo and Zach are both new characters so even if you haven’t read Promises (which you should) this one works. Zach is so completely clueless, he doesn’t even realize that the young punk, Angelo, who always comes to his struggling video store and who he eventually hires, is hitting on him. Angelo is wise beyond his years and his high school dropout education. While Zach is busy “dating” his landlord, they develop a wonderful friendship even as Angelo hides his growing feelings for Zach. Angelo has a few issues and insecurities that add some tension and a bit of angst to the story, but nothing too heavy. When Zach finally opens his eyes, he’ll do anything to make Angelo happy.
These two have amazing chemistry and develop a unique relationship that works for them. If you fall in love with them like I did (especially Angelo), you’ll have a few more books to enjoy the way their relationship develops and changes.
Cover Me by L.A. Witt
When paramedic Nick Swain responds to a shooting in a seedy neighborhood, his entire world is thrown off its axis. His life is threatened…twice. Allegations of racism and medical neglect threaten his career and his ability to sleep at night. Not that he’ll be sleeping any time soon after the incident throws him into the path—and arms—of Detective Andrew Carmichael.
One hot night after another with Andrew may help Nick relieve some work-related stress, but sex won’t solve every problem in his life. With the media hounding him and the city watching his every move, he starts to wonder if the world is out to get him.
The world may not be out to get him, but someone is.
And that someone wants Nick dead.
Molly’s Quick Bite
Cover Me is the first of a three book series about EMT Nick Swain and Undercover detective Andrew Carmichael. The action begins immediately as Nick and his partner Leon answer a call for a shooting in a dangerous neighborhood and has to treat one of the victims with a gun to his head, while another victim died and her husband vowed revenge on Nick. And, that’s just the first chapter.
Nick and Andrew have instant chemistry. Once Nick figures out that Andrew is gay, they blow off steam, adrenaline and fear and have a fabulous one night of hot sex. An internal affairs investigation and the threat of Nick’s safety bring the pair together again, and they just can’t keep their hands off each other.
This book is so good. Its action packed, with lots of hot sex and steamy romance mixed in.
Finders Keepers by Chris Quinton
Coming off a high-pressure undercover job for his company's covert Retrievals Department, despite being on the edge of burnout, Jeff is thrown straight into another mission, to trap illegal metal detectorists who'll be planting a priceless reliquary in a field. To be in the right place at the right time, Jeff seduces Alan, son of the farmer who may or may not be in on the million dollar scam. Should be straightforward, easy, and it is. Until Jeff finds himself falling for Alan. But Alan is trying to shake off an obsessive ex-lover, and doesn't want commitment, just their no strings, friends with benefits relationship. Events have a way of changing minds.
Sally’s Quick Bite
I dearly love stories with some archaeology blended into the mix of plot and romance and this one pleased me hugely. The dangerously competent special agent, recently returned from a harrowing undercover role as a mobster’s plaything, suffering culture shock as he’s sent to a new job deep in the soft green of the British countryside combined with an earnest young farmer type is just delicious. So is the plot of illegal metal detectorist - scum of the earth - preparing to plant priceless goods on farmland where they can be retrieved later once the heat has died down. That the criminals are more dangerous than expected just adds to the spice of the story.
Wonderful descriptions, terrific characters, good and bad and an exciting storyline add up to five stars for me.
Blood & Dirt (Russ Morgan Mystery #2)
by Lloyd A. Meeker
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Family squabbles can be murder. Psychic PI Russ Morgan investigates a vandalized marijuana grow in Mesa County Colorado, landing in the middle of a ferocious family feud that’s escalating in a hurry. Five siblings fight over the family ranch as it staggers on the brink of bankruptcy, marijuana its only salvation. Not everyone agrees, but only one of them is willing to kill to make a point. Russ also has a personal puzzle to solve as he questions his deepening relationship with Colin Stewart, a man half his age. His rational mind says being with Colin is the fast track to heartbreak, but it feels grounding, sane, and good. Now, that’s really dangerous…
Mark’s Quick Bite
Last week I chose book number one for my QB so this week it seemed quite fitting to include book two. With the second book we get a full length Russ Morgan story and what a treat this was for me. A real detective story in the best tradition of Agatha Christie or Columbo. Why? Well, Russ is a PI and is called in by Evan Landry to solve the vandalism which destroyed his sister’s marijuana grow.
The other thing that I really like about this series is the developing relationship Russ has with Colin who he met in the first book. The relationship moves on to the next phase and although Russ is reluctant not only because of the age gap but also painful memories, he caves in to Colin’s charm’s eventually. I mean who wouldn’t? A good combination of M/M Romance with a great murder / mystery. Who couldn’t ask for more?
Finding North by Carmen Jenner
Red Maine’s blue-collared bad boy, North Underwood, has a dirty little secret—Will Tanner.
Friends since kindergarten, North had been the one to jump first, and his fall into Will’s bed ten years ago had been no exception. Will and North had been inseparable, but things change, people grow apart, and even a blazing flame can dwindle to a dying ember over time.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
After a run in with a bottle of Bundy rum, Will and North find themselves in a compromising and all too familiar position.
Blurred lines, bad decisions, and one wrong foot after another lead these two down a spiral of sarcasm, secrets, and sex, but when North’s hetero status is called into question he can’t figure up from down. And despite Will telling himself he wouldn’t fall again, he’s head over heels and wandering without a compass.
Love is love.
Love is truth.
Love … shouldn’t be this damn hard to figure out.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Set in a “blokey” Australian working class town, this was quite an angsty, heated read. A deep friendship and secretive sexual awakening, broken twelve years previously because of a shitty, abusive, homophobic father and the general testosterone induced intolerance we've come to expect from this type of small town mentality, has openly gay barman Will and seemingly straight ex bestie, North, now completely estranged...but oh man does the sexual tension still simmer and bubble furiously between the pair of them when circumstance throws them together again!
Filled with constant pull/push away action, hot angry sex, hard hitting retribution and ultimately hard won redemption; Finding North doesn't particularly bring anything new to the table that we haven't seen before in this type of drama. But what does lift this greatly is the palpable chemistry and intensity of emotional connect the author orchestrates between her two main protags. It’s electric!!! Watching these two sexy, stubborn men push past not only the people around them’s prejudices but their own self induced emotional barriers, kept me engrossed and rooting for them to reach the happiness that had alluded them for so long. A few times I found myself questioning some of the characters reasonings and the actions or sometimes non action’s taken, that didn't always ring true for me, but overall this was pretty hard to put down.