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 Rachel Haimowitz, Cat Grant, D.J. Heart, L.A. Witt, Marie Sexton and Mickie B. Ashling. 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.
Resistance (Power Play #1) by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant
Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.
Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.
When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.
(Publisher's note: This title contains heavy BDSM play. While consent is clearly established and frequently reaffirmed, some moments in Power Play push hard against the outer edges of consent.)
Debra’s Quick Bite
Not a book I’d recommend if you’re looking for a light BDSM story, but if you prefer yours with a dark edge and heavy kink, this just might knock your socks off as it did me. When a clueless but desperate Brandon agrees to be billionaire Jonathan’s live-in 24/7 sub for 6 months in exchange for $3 million dollars, he really has no idea what he’s agreeing to. Jonathan sees the potential in Brandon’s submission after a hot back alley encounter. He may be smaller than Brandon but he is an extreme sadist and doesn’t hold back from the moment Brandon arrives in his home. Unfortunately Jonathan fails miserably as Brandon’s Dom. As communication fails and both men make mistakes, and an epic struggle of wills ensues.
Jonathan’s punishments are HARSH and though Brandon technically consents it is dubious. Jonathan means well and wants Brandon to succeed and be his, but by the time he realizes the problem things may be beyond salvaging and the reader just may hate him. Be warned that this is some intense kink and incredible power play between two well drawn characters and if your tastes run like mine, you’ll be running for the second book as soon as you reach the last word.
Omega (Evan’s Alphas Book 1) D.J. Heart
Life with his new alphas is like nothing Evan had ever dreamed possible. It's just... wonderful. While Chad and Peter couldn't be more different, they fit together perfectly. Chad is playful and exuberant - like an impulsive puppy - while Peter is stern, steadfast and always in control. They're just what the other needs, and Evan slots into their relationship like a dream.
Can Evan's future really be as bright as it seems?
(This is the first book in the Evan's Alphas series. It features two scorchingly hot alphas, a sweet submissive omega, and a delusional alpha hell bent on breaking their relationship apart.)
Molly’s Quick Bite
I’m going to call this one a guilty pleasure, because I really shouldn’t love a story where a person is owned by another, or in this case two others, but alas, I really did. There’s just something about Omega/Alpha stories that’s hot. There is some BDSM in this one, but it’s not the primary focus of the story. It just adds dimension to Peter and Chad’s story. And, Evan is more than just a submissive, he brings a missing element to the relationship. He’s an interesting character and such a sweetie.
Evan has lived at the Omega center for as long as he can remember, getting prepared for a future with an alpha, but where he’s going there are two alpha and he’s not sure how that going to work. This story was all kinds of fun. Chad is younger than Peter and a little wild, while Peter is more restrained and in control, but they make this quirky threesome work. There is fantastic chemistry between the trio and the sex is uber-hot.
Omega is the first of a three part series, Evan’s Alpha’s, and all three are definitely worth reading if you like stories about hot omegas and alphas and delicious threesomes.
The Left Hand of Calvus: A Warriors of Rome Story
by L.A. Witt
Former gladiator Saevius is certain fortune’s smiling on him when a Pompeiian politician buys him to be his bodyguard. But then his new master, Laurea Calvus, orders Saevius to discover the gladiator with whom his wife is having an affair. In order to do that, Saevius must return to the arena, training alongside the very men on whom he’s spying. Worse, he’s now under the command of Drusus, a notoriously cruel — and yet strangely intriguing — lanista.
But Saevius’s ruse is the least of his worries. There’s more to the affair than a wife humiliating her prominent husband, and now Saevius is part of a dangerous game between dangerous men. He isn’t the only gladiator out to expose the Lady Verina’s transgressions, and her husband wants more than just the guilty man’s name.
When Saevius learns the truth about the affair, he’s left with no choice but to betray one of his masters: one he’s come to fear, one he’s come to respect, and both of whom could have him killed without repercussion. For the first time in his life, the most dangerous place for this gladiator isn’t the arena.
Sally’s Quick Bite
This is a cracking historical adventure set in the terrifying world of the Roman Empire, or maybe Republican Rome - tbh it’s a while since I read it but the story has stayed with me.
Saevius is that rare beast, a retired gladiator, given his wooden sword for feats of incredible bravery in the arena. But despite his brutal calling he’s an honourable man and very much the hero. Put into a terrible situation, prey to the whims of some truly vicious people, he does his best to fulfill the conditions of his employment, survive under a brutal regime, and to find a measure of happiness. There is a romance but it’s very very slow burn and not at all what i’d describe as traditional but oh boy it’s a good story.
Lost Along the Way
(Tales of The Curious Cookbook) by Marie Sexton
Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess. Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He's been friends with Daniel's parents for years, and he's more than willing to lend a hand.
Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Although I actually listened to this book on audio I’m sure that the printed versions of those audiobooks that I have loved are equally as good. The queen of emotional turmoil, heart break, angst and happy endings strikes again!OMG! I just LOVED this story! This story is one of five in the Tales of A Curious Cookbook however, all four stories are standalones and can be read in any order. I decided to start with Marie’s first as I always know that I’ll be in for a real treat on the emotional front and I was seriously not disappointed!
Daniel and Chase have been together for over fifteen years and it appears at first the ideal relationship. We soon learn however that the love in the relationship has moved on to a more platonic level and this is worrying Daniel. The emotional turmoil is overwhelming especially when Daniel finds someone he is attracted to. What will win the attraction of a new love or loyalty to the old? Even though Chase had done the unforgivable at the end I cried for him too as he realises his mistakes and through this sees what he has lost. A story to read and weep for! A story that will touch your heart guaranteed!
Loving Edits (Basque Trilogy #1)
by Mickie B. Ashling
When bestselling novelist Mick Henley contacts his editor and former lover, Paul Alcott, after a seven-year absence, hearing Mick’s voice reinforces what Paul has known all along―he still loves Mick. The possible reunion entices Paul into considering a dinner invitation, but his hopes are dashed when he learns Mick is in a loving relationship with Spanish Jai alai player Tono Garat.
Paul still accepts the invitation, and Mick asks Paul to help Tono through the final revision of a love story he’s written, inspired by his affair with Mick. When Paul refuses, Mick reveals he’s been diagnosed with a fatal disease, and the novel is Tono’s only means of coping with the eventual outcome.
Paul and Tono resent each other, but they can't deny the strong sexual attraction between them. Can the past blend with the present to ease the way for Mick’s inevitable future? Will they overcome their differences to provide the loving support necessary to sustain the man they love or will their collision destroy Mick's final days?
Macky’s Quick Bite
This is the first book in a touching and affecting trilogy that deals with a pretty heartbreaking premise, but I loved how Mickie B Ashling handled all the sensitive subjects within this story in a very tender but also straightforward and realistic way. Rich selfish Paul, fiery sensual Tono and lovable, warm natured Mick—the man who brings them all together when fate deals him an awful hand— present a very unusual ménage and love triangle that pits past lover against present one, and is both highly passionate and thought provoking at the same time. Feelings run high and not everyone begins the journey a likeable character but by the end of this moving love story I was head over heels in heart with each individual character. Three emotional,conflicted men who are all having to deal with this gut wrenching situation in their own ways.
Hot, passionate love scenes and a story that despite its central theme never sinks into the realms of doom and gloom; I devoured all three books one after the other when I first read them. An emotionally charged story that touched me deeply at times, left me a touch sad but ultimately warm in my heart and satisfied with its hard won, uplifting ending. This is about true love rising from the ashes of grief, and it was beautifully portrayed.