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 Nicole Castle, Joanna Chambers, Vanessa North, John T. Fuller and Richard Rider. 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.
Chance Assassin: A Story of Love, Luck, and Murder (Chance Assassin #1) by Nicole Castle
Vincent Sullivan is down on his luck. When a chance encounter generates a job prospect he’s too desperate to decline, Vincent is well on his way to a career in crime. But after the job goes wrong and he’s gravely injured in the process, things couldn’t get much worse. Except that he may have just killed a man.
With the entrance of a mysterious stranger, life is finally starting to look up. Unless his luck is about to run out for good.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book is crazy! It’s dark and twisted and gory and fair warning, there is reference to past child sexual abuse. The relationship between young criminal Vincent and older hit man Frank is all kinds of nuts and really somewhat sweet, and I could not get enough of these two. When we meet Vincent, he is just shy of his 17th birthday, homeless and broke and bleeding out from a knife wound. He manages to make it to the hotel room of Charlie when the door is answered by Frank, the man of his dreams, just before he passes out. From there we get the story of Frank and his handler Charlie, as Vincent does all he can to stay by the mysterious Frank's side. Frank takes care of Vincent and soon the two embark on a bloody road trip from one hit job to another.
What makes this book really tick is that Frank and Vincent love what they are doing. They take great joy in the stalking and the killing. They also have an intense love and loyalty for each other. Underneath all of that are two men who have suffered greatly during their lives, and still find comfort in mundane things (Vincent's love of soap operas and sarcastic humor and Frank memorizing classic literature). Charlie is all kinds of sleazy and a good villain. If you are a fan of darker stories and movies like Natural Born Killers and Pulp Fiction, this book will work for you.
The Trojan Project
by John T. Fuller and Richard Rider
Written by John T. Fuller (When the Music Stops) and Richard Rider (The Stockholm Syndrome trilogy and Captured Shadows), The Trojan Project is a collection of twelve original stories of gay romance.
A couple move into a new home with that unsettling feeling of being watched; a young man who rescues an antique mannequin from a skip gets more than he bargained for; a lonely campsite worker finally gets up the courage to make a move on the man he admires; an over-privileged student gets more than the standard treatment when he's recruited into a secret society; Andersen, Rimbaud and Verlaine as you've never seen them before – plus fairies, vampires, rockstars, and a surprise appearance from Pip Valentine.
From historical to horror, poetry to porn, there's something to whet every appetite.
We just hope that you like sausage.
Sally’s Quick Bite
This is an anthology - not my usual fare but oh boy is this fun. Some of the stories are creepy verging on the horrific and others are very touching romances. For instance the first - Falling [on my arse] in Love - concerns a groundskeeper at one of those holiday resorts with cabins and lake walks who observes a holidaymaker year after year, with a partner and without, and how acquaintance develops into something sweeter. Gepetto’s Son, on the other hand, is both romance of the more heartbreaking kind and has a slowly growing menace that raises the hair on the back of the neck. The stories take you from Woodstock to Dorian Grey’s London, from ghosts and vampires to literary heroes. So a variety to please all tastes and every story is beautifully written.
Unnatural by Joanna Chambers
The heart breaks but does not change.
An Enlightenment Story
Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.
Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.
James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.
In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.
Warning: Contains a dashing military hero with one weakness—a scientist who feels their chemistry in every cell of his body. Kissing in the rain, skinny dipping, and emotional flashbacks. Huzzah!
Mark’s Quick Bite
Oh my, if this book isn’t a study in contradiction then I don’t know what is? Captain Iain Sinclair is for me one of life’s mysteries, someone who would just drive me nuts, someone who blows hot and cold on what seems at first appearances on a whim. This is certainly the case with his childhood friend and lover, or is he, or isn’t he, or is he, or…….? And it was exactly this that I loved about this book so much. In a time where being openly gay would get you into deep trouble in Iain’s eyes the possibility of leading a relationship would not be possible. I love my historicals and this one is most definitely recommended.
The Lonely Drop by Vanessa North
Ten years ago, best friends and soccer buddies Nick Hana and Kevin Dorsey were inseparable—until Kevin put the moves on virginal Nick on the eve of their college graduation. Not wanting to be just another notch in Kevin’s bedpost, Nick turned him down and “lost” his new phone number.
A chance reunion brings the two together again, and the attraction and caring are as strong as ever. Cocky, gorgeous Kevin makes it clear he still wants Nick, but Nick needs more than he thinks Kevin can give. A slow dance and a snow storm give them a chance to clear up the misunderstandings of their past, but can one night of passion bridge ten years of silence?
This title was originally published as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event, Love’s Landscapes. Any author royalties earned from sales of this book will be donated to a local charity helping LGBTQ youth in crisis.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Wow! Just wow! A truly sublime read for me. From the very first word to the very last, I was drawn into this emotionally charged love story to the point where I was dreading it finishing. I just didn't want it to end. There were times when I wanted to shout and rail at the two of them because it was so bloody obvious to the world and his mother that they were sooooo meant to be together but like all stubborn men who choose not to look beyond the end of their noses at what’s staring them in the face, these two dance around each other in that familiar (yet in Vanessa's hands mouth-watering) push and pull routine that we get a lot in these friends to lovers stories. Although at times it was frustrating as hell, I'm mainly talking to you Nick! *sighs* It was still utterly and unashamedly delicious! Beautifully written, sensuously sexy, heartstoppingly romantic, seductively moreish, I was in freebie heaven. I would happily pay money for this and if it had been my prompt and I had been delivered this gem, I'd have been like a pig in shit...wallowing in my happy place! Thank you Vanessa, I'm honestly awed!