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 Silvia Violet, Zane Riley, Andrew Grey and TA Webb. 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.
Fitting In by Silvia Violet
Book 1 of the Fitting In series
Two cops walk into a bar. Mason, the bartender, waits for the punch line, because no way in hell are these ridiculously hot men real cops. They’re straight out of a cop-fetish fantasy. But he quickly learns that Jack and Gray are the real deal, and they want him in the worst way.
What starts as a night of hot, three-way sex becomes a lot more. The two cops fulfill Mason’s submissive fantasies, but they also meet a more basic need, comfort. They want to take care of Mason, to offer him unconditional friendship, but their concern for him unnerves Mason more than even the kinkiest sex.
To find happiness with his new partners, Mason must change his belief that love is as much a fantasy as a pair of gorgeous, handcuff-wielding cops landing in his bed.
Debra’s Quick Bite
When two hot cops walk into the bar Mason works at it’s his dream come true. After watching Gray and Jack when they are at the bar, he is convinced they are a couple. When they ask him to get together with them Mason goes, but based on a bad experience he tells himself it can't be more than one night of hot sex since he would never want to come between them. After one night becomes two, and then a month, and they also start hanging out and texting, Mason realizes he is falling in love with them.
The dominant but caring Gray pushes all Mason's submissive buttons, while Jack is sexy and sweet. Can Gray and Jack convince Mason that they want him as a part of their lives before it is too late? Add in a sub plot involving robberies of the businesses near Mason's bar, and the fact that if Gray and Jack are found to be a couple, they will be split up as partners on the job, and the tension rises. This book took me by surprise and burned up my kindle. Told from Mason's POV, I loved the interactions between the men. Cops, ménage, light BDSM, smoking chemistry and emotion I wasn't expecting. What more could you want?
Go Your Own Way by Zane Riley
Will Osborne couldn’t wait to put the roller coaster ride of his public education behind him. Having suffered bullying and harassment since grade school, he planned a senior year that would be simple and quiet before going away to college and starting fresh. But when a reform school transfer student struts into his first class, Will realizes that the thrill ride has only just begun.
Lennox McAvoy is an avalanche. He's crude, flirtatious, and the most insufferable, beautiful person Will's ever met. From his ankle monitor to his dull smile, Lennox appears irredeemable. But when Will’s father falls seriously ill, Will discovers that there is more to Lennox than meets the eye.
Monique’s Quick Bite
My quick bite is Go Your Own Way by Zane Riley. Why? Well, I just love it when I read a book from a debut author and it’s really something to get excited about… and this is one of those books! Zane Riley effortlessly captured my heart with his characters and …the writing… it’s stunning. But not in a lyrical, flowery way. The words just flowed so smoothly over the page, enticing me in, so much so, that reading this felt like time just stopped; with heart-breaking moments of poignancy that just made me pause for thought. I was completely absorbed in the story of these two boys… and this isn’t a short book at 326 pages, but my kindle didn’t leave my hands for a minute.
There is a lot of pain and angst in this book, but it’s also interspersed with humour that can only come from teenagers and high school antics. There is erotic content, let’s be realistic here, they’re eighteen, boys and have raging hormones… however, I have to commend the author for not sexualising it. It was still sex, but a much more sensual and intimate experience, with some fumbling's of inexperience on Wills part… it was actually very moving because of the emotional connection between the boys and how the author conveyed the gradual affection and love between them.
Between Loving and Loathing by Andrew Grey
Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate—and prospective client—Beckett Huntington with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton’s dreams of becoming a Broadway star.
Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door, but with their history, getting the chance is going to be a tough sell.
Against Payton’s better judgment, he agrees to give Beckett a chance, only to discover—to his amazement—that Beckett actually does have talent.
Payton signs Beckett but can’t trust him—until Payton’s best friend, Val, is attacked. When Beckett is there for him, Payton begins to see another side to his former bully. Amidst attempts by a jealous agent to sabotage Beckett’s career and tear apart their blossoming love, Payton and Beckett must learn to let go of the past if they have any chance at playing out a future together.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I love the theatre so when I saw this book by Andrew Grey I just couldn’t resist finding out what it is all about. Broadway, on and off stage, musicals, plays, love the whole backdrop of this book. OK, it was more off stage than on stage and that’s because we take a look at Payton who is a theatrical agent. Even off stage the whole business is just as cut throat as on, so it was interesting to read about Payton’s life, hopes and aspirations as a theatrical agent.
A thoroughly entertaining read, two people learning to love each other after coming from a background where they had hated each other. It was great to read how they overcame their issues and mastered their situation. How Payton got his revenge on Garren – HA! How Payton wakes up and sees that love can be more important than any career choice or job. There is some angst thrown in while Payton is deciding whether it’s his career or Beckett which are more important to him but nothing that had me worrying to death. If you’re looking for a great read with a little humour, theatrics and razzle dazzle and pizazz then you’ll really like this book by Andrew Grey. Encore!
Second Chances by TA Webb
Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.
Despite their differences—Antonio is a divorced single father—the two men forge a firm friendship that weathers Mark’s reconciliation with Brian and Antonio’s questionable taste in women. Over the years, Antonio remains constant in his support, though others in Mark’s life come and go through a revolving door.
When a young boy runs away from the group home where he works, Mark finds another door opening. Through it all he holds on to the things his loved ones taught him—about family, about friends and lovers, about life and death. Most importantly, he realizes that sometimes the greatest gift of all is a second chance.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Over the years I've five starred a lot of books from this genre, especially when I first discovered and fell in love with gay romance and its many sub genres, but truthfully when I look back now only a handful of those early five star reads have really stood the test of time. Second Chances was a breath of fresh air when it first came out in 2012, and four years worth of (many) books later, it still stands out to me as one of the finest contemporary stories to ever grace my Kindle. A much treasured keeper.
I just adore this beautifully written, quite complex love story; Mark being the main focus of the book, but its heart and soul stemming from the emotionally charged relationships he forges across a ten year span with Brian his off/on again boyfriend, his dad and large close knit family who love and support him throughout all his highs and lows, and finally Antonio, the straight masseur he befriends who becomes an unexpected but cherished constant in his life. Heartbreaking, heartwarming and heartfelt, this is an absolute gem of a read. A refreshingly different unpredictable romance that surprised AND blew me away. I can't recommend it highly enough. Bravo Mr Webb!