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 L.A. Witt, Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimbeling, Josh Lanyon, Mary Calmes and Cardeno C. 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.
What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt
Can you ever have a second first time?
Josh Carver thinks it’s just another lunch with his best friend, Michael—until Michael confesses he just turned down a date with his hot veterinarian crush. It seems Michael’s abusive ex left him more scarred than Josh realized.
Josh and his husband, Ian, have done their best to help Michael leave his horrific past behind, but even Josh is stunned when Ian suggests that Josh help Michael with his fear of physical intimacy. After all, it isn’t like it would be the first time—Josh and Michael were once each other’s firsts.
A hesitant first kiss, and Josh and Michael’s natural attraction eases the way. But with Michael still balking at the prospect of sex with someone new, Ian steps into the breach.
Everything is fine and dandy until emotions become so entangled, their friendship—and a marriage—could be at risk.
Warning: Contains three guys who will do anything for each other, a hot tub that’s always the right temperature, and a cat with an attitude problem.
Debra’s Quick Bite
One thing that really drew me to this story was that it offered a twist on a ménage that I hadn’t read before, while exploring the different dynamics of friendship, love and marriage. When Josh’s husband Ian encourages him to offer some “sexual healing” to their longtime friend Michael, he is surprised since they have always been monogamous. Michael has been trying to get over an abusive ex for years and his therapist has suggested a sex therapist, but he refuses. Who better to help than his best friend, who also happened to be his first. While everyone starts off on the same page there are so many potential minefields. How could it possibly work? Well guess what, these guys actually communicate!
Of course there is a bit of drama and conflict as feelings grow and change for all three men, but nothing over the top. L.A. Witt did a great job laying out the story and anticipating the questions and emotions her readers may have, and the frequent sex scenes are incredibly hot! I recommend it to any m/m/m fan.
Irregulars by Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimbeling and Josh Lanyon
It’s a secret international organization operating in cities on every continent. It polices relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, enforcing immigration laws, the transfers of magical artifacts, and crimes against humanity.
The agents who work for the NATO Irregular Affairs Division can’t tell anyone what they do, or how hard they work to keep us safe. It brings a colorful collection of men together:
Agent Henry Falk, the undead bum. Agent Keith Curry, former carnivore chef turned vegetarian; Agent Rake, Babylonian demon with a penchant for easy living; and Agent Silas August, uncompromising jerk.
Four cities, four mysteries, four times the romance. Is your security clearance high enough to read on?
Sally’s Quick Bite
I loved these four interconnected stories about a covert government law enforcement agency set up to keep the peace between our human mundane world and the eldritch world beyond the veil where one might find all the things that go bump in the night. Superb world building and a terrific cast of characters keep the four stories romping along.
Part police procedural, part fantasy, part adventure, there was something that tickled my taste buds on every page and there were some touching and tender moments to please the romance readers as well. Very highly recommended.
Where You Lead by Mary Calmes
ATF agent Peter Lomax isn't a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems - until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.
Carver loves Peter, but he's fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he'll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.
Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver's family to follow Carver home.
Mark’s Quick Bite
HAHA – OK, I’m turning everything around again and having a Christmas binge in summer. I like being different and different is good. I actually listened to this as an audiobook but the story was heartfelt and packed full of emotion. For a story that is a little under two hours then it is a real art to get a complete story into so few pages. Mary Calmes with this story has definitely mastered the are of short stories. A Christmas novella, as compact as it is complete.
Mary packs a lot of mileage into an extremely short story but that is the art of good writing. A story that is rounded and whole and doesn’t leave you wanting more. A story that gave me the Christmas feelz and left me glowing and reaching for my next hot chocolate with a soppy sigh. Lovely! Or if you read it summer the maybe a cool glass of wine or beer. I can thoroughly recommend this book regardless of the time of year. You can always save it for Christmas if you’re a lucky winner too.
Walk With Me (Home Series #7) by Cardeno C
When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi.
Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.
Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.
Macky’s Quick Bite
The final book in Cardeno C's Home series, Walk With Me is set among the Jewish community and features trainee Rabbi Seth Cohen and Eli Block, the vibrant, openly gay younger man who’s been crushing on him for years. A friends to lovers romance with a 'When Harry Met Sally' type of vibe, this endearing love story was all kinds of sweet, funny and sexy all rolled into one. Charting their will they/won't they relationship, as they dance around each other over a period of years; apart from Seth's reluctance to give into his feelings and a few other misconceptions along the way, it’s all fairly low angst, but that certainly doesn't mean the feels aren't there in this charming, feel good love story.
Filled with yummy sexual tension that combusts into some fan worthy love scenes (Seth was one surprising Rabbi between the sheets!), I loved watching these two engaging men finally come to the realisation they were quite simply meant for each other all along. The Jewish faith is a constant thread but the religious side never floods the story, just the opposite in fact, the themed Jewish wedding invitations cleverly woven throughout the book as chapter headings a complete hoot. A lovely romance that delivers the warm and fuzzies very nicely indeed!