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 JL Merrow, Riley Hart, RJ Scott and Lou Sylvre. 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.
Muscling Through by JL Merrow
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.
Larry's intrigued to find there's more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry's class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.
Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.
Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy
Debra’s Quick Bite
Short and oh so sweet opposites attract love story. Larry the posh, Cambridge professor and Al, the huge, tattooed, artist with a heart of gold. Their first meeting is pure gold and the rest of the story goes on in much the same way.
Narrated by Al it is a simple, straightforward story of two men falling in love and living happily ever after. For lack of a better word Al is a simple man. He's not highly educated, but he is not stupid. He takes things at face value, sometimes missing out on the nuances of conversation and suffers from a bit of low self-esteem. All he wants to do is make Larry happy. His narrative is unintentionally humorous and I read most of the story with a big smile on my face. Larry is completely smitten with Al as well, but his family doesn’t see it at all.
If you are in the mood for a charming, heartwarming, no angst love story, with a character you will never forget, this novella fits the bill.
Loving Luki Vasquez by Lou Sylvre
Reclusive weaver Sonny Bly James controls every color and shape in his tapestries, but he can’t control the pattern of his life—a random encounter with Luki Vasquez, ex-ATF agent and all-around badass, makes that perfectly clear. The mutual attraction is immediate, but love-shy Sonny has retreated from life, and Luki wears his visible and not-so-visible scars like armor. Neither can bare his soul with ease.
While they run from desire, they can’t hide from the evil that hunts them. After it becomes clear that a violent stalker has targeted Sonny, Luki’s protective instincts won’t let him run far, especially when Sonny’s family is targeted as well. Whether they can forgive or forget, Sonny and Luki will have to call a truce and work together to save Sonny’s nephew and fight an enemy intent on making sure loving Luki Vasquez is the last mistake Sonny will ever make.
Monique’s Quick Bite
Oh what a wonderful tale you weave Lou Sylvre! Luki and Sonny are two of my favourite characters, and this book was what started that love affair, and oh my, I was completely captivated from the start… totally enthralled and bewitched by these two men that have a permanent place in my heart.
When I was reading this book, I had a knot in my chest for the most part… it’s not all emotionally overwhelming… there are also laughs, thanks to Sonny’s sense of humour and Luki’s lack of, and when the plot gets going they are both embroiled in the action. I just loved this book. The writing at times was outstanding, beautifully poignant with evocative prose that had me in tears… and with the action and anticipation pulling me all the way to the end, there were more tears, smiles, anger, frustration and sadness, all of which brings about an ending that will have you grabbing for book #2 Delsyn Blues immediately.
For a Rainy Afternoon
(A Tale of the Curious Cookbook) by RJ Scott
Robbie MacIntyre manages a small post office in the old Station House on the outskirts of sleepy Barton Hartshourn northwest of London. He’s stunned when the owner, Maggie, a close friend, bequeaths him not only the post office, but also Station House.
The rest of her estate is left to an American writer, Jason Young, and when he moves to the village, Robbie is thrown by the attraction he has for the man who has more of a claim on the Station House than he does.
Then there is a box that holds several rare first editions and a cookbook. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense, and a love cut short seventy years earlier is finally discovered.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I just loved this series with Granny B’s recipes and that’s why I’m featuring all the books in this collection as my QB. All books are stand alone and can be read in any order. The last two weeks we had the books by Amy Lane and Marie Sexton and this week it’s now the turn of RJ Scott. this story had a very British flavour to it. I was intrigued at how Granny B’s recipes would make from the USA to the UK but then the wonderful plot by RJ Scott made it all seemingly plausible.
I loved the way that in this story we get a feeling of “voices from beyond the grave.” A very poignant plot device I felt and this made for a super sweet romance. Robbie lives in a small village and his best friend, Maggie, an almost octogenarian sees him almost as a grandson and bequeaths him her shop. A long lost relative turns up from the USA to whom she has left her cottage, her great nephew Jason. Although they never knew each other Jason comes to see for himself. I loved the way the two of them, or I should say especially Robbie, dance around the attraction that is there. Jason is a little more self-assured than Robbie but once the ice is broken then a beautiful romance flourishes. Another happy end guaranteed but without any angst and emotional turmoil, just a beautiful story that ends on a note as sweet as Granny B’s applesauce cake.
Crossroads by Riley Hart
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…
Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.
Macky’s Quick Bite
It's not easy to convince anybody that two completely straight men could suddenly start to feel ‘the gay’ after years of living a never wavering heterosexual life, but in the hands of this author I believed that was exactly what happened to Nick and Bryce, who meet as new neighbours and then over a decently paced length of time form a deep connection and soul bond that eventually develops into a most unexpected love! One they never see coming...and that's what I loved about this surprising friendship to lovers romance as it never went into the realms of wham bam insta-love, or eye rolley dick twitching attraction, but unfolded in a feasible and convincing way.
When sex did enter the equation it was both hot and steamy but again realistically portrayed, as together with the help of Google (lol) and natural instinct; the two of them discovered and dabbled (not always confidently) in the joys of man on man love. With a vibrant cast of supporting characters and enough background drama to balance the romantic content, I devoured this ‘gay for each other’ story from Riley Hart and finished it with a warm heart and a big satisfied smile. Most definitely a keeper!