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 C. Zampa, Kaje Harper, Sara York and Lissa Kasey. 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.
Honor C by C. Zampa
When Honor Castillo convinces himself he isn’t gay, he begins a new life. He ends his affair with his lover, Jorge Villagomez, and marries Rebecca to establish a life with her as a respected San Antonio businessman. They have a son and he tells himself he is happy.
Eleven years later, Jorge returns to San Antonio, and his path crosses with Honor’s once more. The flame of their passion never died, and neither did Jorge’s love for Honor.
When Jorge approaches Honor to design his studio, Honor believes he can walk the line between friendship and lovers. But when a sudden crisis threatens to take Jorge from him forever, Honor must choose between his duty and his heart. Most of all, he’s forced to decide what he’s willing to lose in order to be true to who he really is.
Debra’s Quick Bite
I loved this beautiful and heart-wrenching book. Eleven years ago, Honor broke Jorge's heart when he slammed the closet door and ended their relationship so that he could pursue Becky and live the way he was supposed to since, after all, he wasn't gay. Rather than stay and watch his lover's charade Jorge leaves town. When they meet again, Honor and Becky are married and have a 6 year old son, whose dance teacher is none other than Jorge. Now that they are back in each other's lives, Honor has to face his long denial of who he really is and make some hard decisions about his future.
It is angsty, heartbreaking and sometimes frustrating to watch relationships torn apart and rebuilt as Honor tries to come to grips with his sexuality and figure out how to keep all these important people as a part of his life (I should note that there is no physical cheating in this book). The story is told in alternating points of view from Honor, Jorge and Becky. The fact that we get to hear Becky's internal monologue helps to keep her from being the shrew she would have come off as otherwise. The HFN ending left me wanting more of Honor and Jorge, but I absolutely recommend their story.
Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper
For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a Navy ship in WWII, the risks were high. Not just the risks of injury and death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery, of discharge, imprisonment or worse. Only a special kind of love was worth taking that chance. But from the moment Daniel met Jacob's eyes across a battle-scarred deck, he knew he had to try.
Being together required figuring out what it meant to be gay and in love with another man, in an era when they could be jailed or committed for admitting the desires of their hearts. On a ship at war, their relationship was measured in stolen moments and rare days of precious leave, with no guarantees there would be a tomorrow. And if they survived the war, they would need even more luck to keep their love alive through all the years to come.
This story was written for a photo and story request letter as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Love is Always Write event. Author royalties will be donated to Lambda Legal, for their continued legal support of the rights of LGBT individuals.
Sally’s Quick Bite
A deeply satisfying read from first to last, Into Deep Waters tells the story of two men from their meeting during wartime, through all the terrors and dangers of conflict, their return to an uncertain future and their love and devotion despite all the trials they face. It’s not a quick read. It’s not light, nor fluffy, but it is a very honest book. Not only does it depict parts of our history that we are in danger of forgetting. It’s too easy to gloss over past bigotries in the name of comfort or to wallow in them for conflict’s sake but Harper treads the fine line of showing how awful life could be for men in relationships that didn’t conform to the norm, while also depicting the joys and triumphs.
I loved this book and it’s one I can return to again and again.
My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding
(A Southern thing #3) by Sara York
When he was a kid, Jack Miller thought life would be a certain way, then he figured out he liked boys and not girls, changing the course of his future. Jack has spent the last few years learning that life doesn't always give you what you expect, in both good and bad ways.
Andrew's gone missing, and Jack's parents have split. He's made it through high school, but the future is nothing without Andrew. To be complete, Jack knows he needs to find Andrew and bring him home. But Andrew has disappeared.
Lost doesn't even begin to describe how Andrew Collins feels. Homeless and destitute, he's ready to end it all. Thinking that Jack is dead, Andrew returns to Sweet to end his life on Jack's grave. Instead he finds lies were told that drove him to a path of destruction. After not seeing each other for almost a year, Jack and Andrew come together, but their problems don't end there. They must work hard to make it to their big fat Southern gay wedding or risk losing it all.
Mark’s Quick Bite
The third and last book in Sara York’s A Southern Thing Series continuing my row of quick bites. If the second book left me angry and in despair this on had me crying like a baby for joy and hope. I’m a self-confessed, unashamed, romantic sap and this last book hit home like no other. Yes, this last book which sees Jack and Andrew reach their final and incredible happy end. It was a long journey, hard fought and after all they had been through all the more deserved than any other HEA I have ever read. Yes, I think I cried a river at the beginning of this book, in the middle and at the end. Tears of desolation and joy.
I can only say that this book affected me deeply. A beautiful journey of two boys, fighting for their love, never giving up and becoming stronger than they ever were. Big sighs all round.
Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey
Hidden Gem: Book One
Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.
Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.
Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Right from the word go this darkly intriguing, dystopian story totally grabbed and kept my full attention. Read in one sitting it was exciting because I never know what was coming next, intriguing because nobody was who or what I was expecting them to be and refreshingly different because in Lissa Kasey's world, as sexy and compelling as the main love story was between its two enigmatic MC's: pretty Psi whore Aki and gnarly 'Missing Persons' cop Shane, a man with secrets of his own, the powerful multi layered, gritty storyline supporting the tension filled romance was equally as enthralling and delicious.
With its more unusual paranormal elements, enigmatic three dimensional characters, edge of your seat suspense, shock revelations and Aki’s fascinating fetish for sparkly shoes (that has much deeper meaning to his persona than you think), Hidden Gem couldn't have been a better title for this book because that's exactly what it turned out to be! Brilliant beginning to what continues to be a fabulous series. Fantastic!
As Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper is FREE on Amazon the winner can choose any of the other three books. You know what to do, so GOOD LUCK!