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 N.R. Walker, P.D. Singer, Amy Lane and SJD Peterson. 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.
Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1)
by N.R. Walker
A successful New York architect, forty-four year old Thomas Elkin almost has it all. An esteemed traditional draftsman, he thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.
Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.
Generation versus generation, traditional versus contemporary, these men are about to learn a lesson in architecture, egos and love. Can they prove to the world that the old and new can be the perfect design?
Debra’s Quick Bite
Thomas Elkin is 44, a successful NYC architect. Four years after his divorce and coming out he has just gotten his relationship with his 22 year old son back on track. Not the best time to fall for his summer intern Cooper who also happens to be 22 and a friend of his son’s. Cooper is not only hot, smart and passionate about architecture, but he is also confident and outgoing in a way Thomas admires. There is so much potential for disaster in this relationship, how can you not want to see what happens?
I loved this couple together. Their banter was fun and the chemistry between them was off the charts hot. The two are obviously perfect for each other, but outside pressures make for a difficult road ahead. Romance, humor and hot sex will have you rooting for these two to make it.
Scrum by P. D. Singer
One look at the Canadian rugby star now playing on his local team turns Robin Isley into a super-fan. He’ll attend practices, cheer every game, and bleed with every tackle, but he won’t come close enough to get an autograph or say a few words.
Yves Dubois' team runs faster, passes better, and scrums harder when Robin watches: they’ve been winning steadily. Yves has a blinding smile for Robin after practices, but never stops to talk.
Robin needs to know if Yves’ grin is only joy in the game. Finding out will be Robin’s birthday milestone, but first he needs to give himself the gift of courage.
This short story also appears in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries"
Sally’s Quick Bite
My Quickbite for this week is a short - very short - story. Scrum by P D Singer is only about 30 pages but it demonstrates the old saw about good things coming in small packages.
Robin, the hero, is a total ignoramus about rugby until he’s coerced into attending a game by a friend, But just one sight of Canadian Yves tearing up the pitch swatting forwards aside like flies and he has developed a total devotion - part hero-worship and part lust. From that moment on he doesn’t miss a match and even turns up to training sessions. And Yves - oh, he notices his admirer!
This is such fun, so sweet and funny and rugby is always a plus, though I don’t believe you need to be a devotee of the game to appreciate the story. An excellent heart-warming read to fill a coffee break or while away a bus ride.
Food For Thought
(A Tale of The Curious Cookbook) by Amy Lane
Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can't seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.
Emmett needs clarity.
Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett's girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I just loved all the books in this series and this one by Amy Lane is no exception. Talk about the worst case of self-denial ever. Emmett is so in the closet, but why? This is a wonderful coming out story. Not that Emmett has a problem with his sexuality he is just scared of losing what he holds dear and that is family. He fears that he will be rejected and therefore tries to fit all the norms as best he can. He is dating a sweet young girl and pretending that with time he could learn to love her but deep down knows that this will not be the case. No sex, just chaste kisses and pecks on cheeks is his idea of going out with a girl. A sweet, short story that had me laughing, had its very poignant moments and I’ll never look at almond shortbread the same way again.
Plan B by SJD Peterson
Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.
Lance's whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has come to hunger for Danny's touch, he's not willing to give Danny what he's grown to crave: a boyfriend who's proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.
Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Macky’s Quick Bite
I just love this book. One of my go to feel good reads, if I'm dithering about what to pick up next, it never fails to satisfy and I must have read it at least 4 or five times now. I adore flamboyant characters and Danny Marshal is an all time favourite. He might be into his lip gloss, guy-liner, chichi heeled boots and 'look at me' wardrobe but despite his androgynous appearance he's definitely no airhead. He's intelligent, savvy, sassy and generally not a pushover, but when gorgeous, macho football jock Lance Lenard steamrolls into his life, he becomes a temptation Danny finds hard to resist.
Lance is apparently straight, but the moment he sets eyes on the beautiful, feminine featured Danny he's a goner...and so begins a smouldering bi-curious style romance that works on every level for me. Tingly sexy times, well balanced conflict and drama, simmering sexual tension and pulse raising chemistry; Plan B will never leave my Kindle.