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 Damon Suede, Heidi Cullinan, Patrick Gale, Marie Sexton L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov. 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.
Bad Idea by Damon Suede
Bad Idea: Some mistakes are worth making.
Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling supersquare, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.
Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.
What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?
Debra’s Quick Bite
Pick it up for the amazing cover but open it for the quirky, sexy story. Completely different than Hot Head it contains characters that stand out just as much and will tug at your emotions. Trip is a geeky, insecure comic book artist who hates his job and is lusting after his boss who flirts just enough to keep Trip doing what he wants. Silas is an FX/makeup artist that seems like the all American jock, but inside is just as geeky as Trip. They have amazing chemistry and could have a great relationship if Trip could just get his head into the right place.
In between the geek pop culture references (some I had to look up but didn’t stop me from enjoying it) and smoking hot sex, Damon Suede makes these two men work for it through jealousy, misunderstandings, insecurities and Trip’s stupidity. I completely fell in love with Silas while at times I wanted to punch Trip. Fantastic secondary characters and wonderful dialogue put me right there in this fun and engaging love story.
Special Delivery Heidi Cullinan
When your deepest, darkest fantasy shows up, get on board.
Special Delivery, Book 1
Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom.
Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent, long-haul trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to a fling, and when Mitch offers to take him on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure.
Mitch is sexy, funny and friendly, but once they embark on their journey, something changes. One minute he’s the star of Sam’s every x-rated fantasy, the next he’s almost too much a perfect gentleman. And when they hit the Las Vegas city limit, Sam has a name to pin on Mitch’s malady: Randy.
For better or for worse, Sam grapples with the meaning of friendship, letting go, growing up—even the meaning of love—because no matter how far he travels, eventually all roads lead home.
This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
Warning: This story contains trucker fantasies, threesomes and kinky consensual sex.
Molly’s Quick Bite
This is one of the first m/m romances that I read and it’s still my favorite one. I’ve read it multiple times. Special Delivery is the first of a 3 part series. Sam is the sweetest, sweetest guy you’ll ever want to meet, with a totally slutty side and thank goodness for that. He lost his mom a few years ago and lives with his uptight aunt and his uncle, working in their small town pharmacy, trying to finish college which they are paying for, to become a nurse. His aunt never lets him live down the fact that they took him in and are supporting him.
So, he’s working one day and spots a truck, and then later sees the trucker it belongs to and it’s lust at first sight. They have the hottest afternoon tryst that I have ever read, in the back of the truck and then Mitch leaves and Sam thinks he’ll never see the guy again.
This book is an adventure to say to the least. They are mountains and valleys and windy roads and a guy named Randy in Las Vegas. Special Delivery is a must read for anyone who likes slutty small-town boys, hot, masculine truckers and lots and lots of hotness with a simmering romance to boot.
Unhinge the Universe by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
Give me one fixed point and a long enough lever, and I'll unhinge the universe. — Archimedes
December 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge.
SS Lieutenant Hagen Friedrichs is the sole survivor of a party sent to retrieve his brother—and the highly sensitive information he’s carrying — from behind enemy lines. But his daring rescue attempt fails, and Hagen becomes the prisoner.
Allied command has ordered Captain John Nicholls to extract critical intelligence from their new Nazi POW. His secrets could turn the tide of the war, but are they real? John is determined to find out . . . and to shatter the prisoner who killed his lover during the attack on their tiny base. The deeper he digs, though, the more he realizes that the soldier under the SS uniform is just like him: a scared, exhausted young man who’s lost loved ones and just wants to go home.
As captor and captive form an unexpected bond, the lines quickly blur between enemy, friend, and lover. And as horrifying rumors spread from the front lines and American soldiers turn their sights on the SS for vengeance, John may be Hagen’s only hope for survival.
Sally’s Quick Bite
I love a good war story and this is one of the best, even though the subject matter sounds as though it could easily be a harrowing torturefest. Yes, the interrogation scenes are uncomfortable reading but due to the psychological pressure applied rather than physical horrors, and the balance of power and how it changes between prisoner and interrogator is quite fascinating. Vital and believable characters, fabulous and exciting action scenes and growing tension throughout the book all add up to a five star read.
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything.
Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.
In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.
Mark’s Quick Bite
OMG! THIS BOOK! THIS. BOOK. Just blew me away. I read this book in September of last year as it was only available on Kindle in the EU. It’s now available on Kindle in the US since the end of March! SO GO GET IT!!!
We all know the rags to riches trope but this book genuinely is a riches to rags one, but in so doing a greater freedom and peace is eventually found than thought possible. Based on Mr Gale's own great grandfather A Place Called Winter is the story of one man who loses everything that is familiar to him and due to circumstances beyond his control is forced to start the adventure of his life. This is Harry’s story. A story that is every bit as heartfelt as it is heart-breaking. A story that takes almost a lifetime to reach a final but still fragile happy ever after. “A truly life-affirming read” – Sunday Express UK – and it surely is!
Mr Gale's writing is beautiful and subtle, you never get the "graphic" descriptions of the love scenes, this is left to the reader's imagination but there is enough there to feel a complete spectrum of emotions without the obvious ever having to be stated. These underlying connotations and undercurrents, the what is left unsaid are every bit as poignant, heartfelt and sensitive as any lucid description. A man trapped in a time where the basic fact of being gay would mean running, hiding and being so far in the closet that if you ever dared to air your true emotions then you would have to live in fear of any possible repercussions. So it would be wrong to write about these things in an open and detailed way. Sensitively penned with love and affection, a novel to lose yourself in more than once. I was left with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. READ IT!
Blind Space by Marie Sexton
Captain Tristan Kelley enjoys the luxuries of Regency service, as well as the pleasure of his Prince’s bed. It’s an easy life, if not a happy one. When the Prince decides to take a trip through the perilous Blind Space, Tristan must go with him, but somebody in the Prince’s guard is a traitor.
Blind and held prisoner, Tristan finds himself at the mercy of Valero, a pirate who bears no love for the Regency. Valero is determined to seduce Tristan, and Tristan fears his resolve won’t last. His duty is clear, but so is his desire. As the days tick by with no word or ransom from the Regency, Tristan begins to question what loyalty means to his Prince, the Regency he’s sworn to, and to the man who holds him captive. He begins to realize that being a prisoner may actually set him free.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Best known for her fantastic contemporary Coda series (itself an absolute m/m must read), this was an early Marie Sexton taking a trip into the stars and beyond, with a spoiled, self indulgent ‘Prince’ on his way to a pleasure planet, the hard pressed Captain leading his retinue and a motley band of tattooed, vagabond space pirates who board the ship, temporarily blind all the ships crew and then take them hostage!
It's the dynamics, delish sexual tension and little touch of delightfully unexpected but hot kink (Yum!) that takes place between a very conflicted Captain Tristan Kelly and the enigmatic leader of the Pirates, Valero, that really pops in this story. For most of the book Tristan can't see, only feel, what transpires between them, making everything OH SO sensual and pretty sizzling in the heat department. Then a touch of betrayal, action and adventure in the background adds a bit more excitement to the overall plot. First read in 2011, I just recently discovered this again on my Kindle and must admit I’d forgotten how enjoyable this sexy Sci-Fi tale was. A great find!