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 River Jaymes, JL Merrow, Marie Sexton and Riley HartDon’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.
The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start.
Dylan Booth doesn't have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex's company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec's new boyfriend.
The ex suspects Dylan is lying.
Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane.
And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay.
But Dylan's a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real…
Debra’s Quick Bite
Alec is a successful, brilliant doctor trying to get over his lover and work partner Tyler leaving him after two years. Dylan, a motorcycle mechanic, has had a tough life and doesn't do anything more than a one night stand. His protective streak is brought out when he sees Alec stammering before his ex and the new boyfriend, so Dylan blurts out that he and Alec are an item. They aren't. They barely know each other. And oh yeah, Dylan is straight but he doesn't mind playing the boyfriend for a few hours at a party.
I enjoyed watching these two men become friends and lovers. Their attitudes towards sexuality and relationships are conflicting, but neither really want to lose the other. Add in a meddling mutual friend and Tyler's continued presence in Alec's life and the tension mounts. There is one time where they are completely compatible, and that is when they are having hot, steamy sex. Overall, it’s a lighthearted, sweet story, fun and very sexy, There are a few times it will tug at your heart, but it will definitely leave you smiling.
Muscling Through by J L Merrow
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.
Larry's intrigued to find there's more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry's class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.
Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.
Sally’s Quick Bite
There’s something about well realised opposites attract stories that I really enjoy, and you really can’t get much opposite than little dapper Larry, professor of art at a Cambridge college, and hulking, scarred, tattooed Al, bouncer/boating lake attendant considered by all who know him to be a little ‘slow’. But Al has hidden beauties that Larry quickly comes to appreciate. We as readers are a step or two ahead because the story is told from Al’s point of view and right from page one he is absolutely glorious. If I was stuck on a desert island, I’d be happy to be stuck with Al. What a joy the man is, so kind and benign.
As you can probably guess, the book is very funny too. Misunderstandings abound, mostly due to Al and Larry rarely being on the same page. This book is one of my top comfort reads and if I could give it more than five stars I would.
Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton
Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.
There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.
But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.
Mark’s Quick Bite
This book is a wonderful piece of story telling, exquisitely written, well plotted and needs to be on everyone’s Christmas wish list. An adorable, beautiful tale of love that shows us all to enjoy the simple things in life. I will be thinking of dear Ben for a long time as this character taken up residence in my heart and won’t be leaving for a long time.
I loved the whole mystery aspect behind this too. The clues were always there as to how get Ben out of the globe, but Jason just wasn’t reading them correctly. He tries to trace his genealogy, starts experimenting with various ways especially when he discovers by dreaming he can enter the globe to be with Ben. The whole mystical aspect of this story is riveting and when everything is revealed at the end the whole thing seems more plausible than you would possibly think which is testament to the wonderful plotting and writing talent of Marie Sexton.
Broken Pieces by Riley Hart
Can three broken pieces make a whole?
Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.
Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.
Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.
Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.
Told in three parts and spanning over ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.
Macky’s Quick Bite
They say three’s a charm and that’s certainly the case with sweet, gentle foster kid Josiah... street tough, gang leader's son with a conscience, Mateo...and financially successful but emotionally stunted, introspective lawyer Tristan! *Sigh* I fell hard for each one of these baggage laden, ‘broken pieces’ whose path to becoming a whole has to be one of the most heart wrenching and passionate rides I've ever taken with Riley Hart, who absolutely nailed this gorgeous m/m/m love story! Told in three separate parts and from alternating POV’s; their finally coming together as a trio takes a decade and a truckload lot of heartbreak, but watching them arrive there is a beautiful, thoughtfully paced, tender, uber romantic journey...and I envy anyone discovering this for the first time.
Anyone who knows me, will be well aware that I'm a HUGE ménage fan and I've read some really good ones over the years, but still Broken Pieces continues to be my all time favourite. I just adored the dynamics between these three men—and okay, the sizzingly sensual sexy times weren't too shabby either— but seriously in this case it was all about the feels and this poignant, moving romance stole my heart completely! Truly sublime.