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 K.C. Burn, J.L. Merrow, Carter Quinn and Anne Dudley. 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.
Rainbow Blues by K.C. Burn
Having come out late in life, forty-three-year-old Luke Jordan is at a loss about how to conduct himself as a gay man. As a construction manager, he’s not interested in being out at work, but he’d like to find a boyfriend or at least some gay friends. Two years after his wife got all their friends in the divorce, he’s no closer to the life he wants.
Zach, Luke’s adult son, takes charge and signs him up for the Rainbow Blues, a social group for gay blue-collar workers. At an event, he not only finds friends but meets Jimmy Alexander, part-time stage actor and full-time high school biology teacher. Jimmy loves the stage but wishes potential boyfriends weren’t so jealous of the time he devotes to it. When he meets Luke and finds him accepting of his many facets, he thinks it’s a dream come true.
Their relationship quickly moves into serious territory, but their connection is tested to its breaking point by the offer of a juicy movie role that takes Jimmy to the opposite coast and into the path of a very sexy costar.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Hooray for older MCs! This a lovely romance between two somewhat opposite men who are ready to settle into a relationship. Jimmy is a 38 year old teacher/actor with an outgoing personality. Luke is 43, in construction and it's been two years since he came out and divorced the woman he was with since school. He hasn't had anything more than some hookups since that time. An outing with the Rainbow Blues social group for blue collar gay men brings Luke to see Jimmy starring in a play. When the two men lock eyes across the room, the attraction is instant and electric!
While the relationship moves rather quickly, the characters felt real and it didn't strike me as unbelievable. There are bumps in the road with Luke's family, but the relationship (and Luke’s steady demeanor) is really tested when Jimmy is offered a job that will keep him away for Luke for months. Apart from the MCs there are a number of likeable secondary characters and even though there were a few story points that were fade to black or glossed over I enjoyed this sweet tale quite a bit.
Pricks and Pragmatism by J. L. Merrow
Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.
English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.
Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.
Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.
At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm…
Sally’s Quick Bite
This was a fantastic read that really cheered me up on one wintry day.
The narrator, Luke, is so honest about his rather ramshackle lifestyle [where he trades access to his very desirable person for high class accommodation and 'presents' while studying English at University] that I couldn't help liking him. He's also very accommodating and patient with his posh, and shallow, lovers. Even when he is making fun of their pretention it isn't barbed. Luke is a sweet lad who has found an asset he can market that gives him a lifestyle he enjoys.
Then his world is rocked by having to move in with Russell, the only person who is prepared to provide him with clean, safe, free accommodation at short notice. Russell is a joy too. This is a real attraction of opposites.
I also liked that while the men in the story generally moved in 'gay friendly' spaces there was a sense that they were aware of the dangers once they stepped outside of them - NOT holding hands in the street, choosing places to relax with care.
Grand stuff. Definitely a re-reader.
Vanished 3 by Carter Quinn
It’s been five months since Henry Cooley woke up to find that his husband, Tom MacKinnon, had vanished. Henry has gone through hell and back since then trying to uncover what really happened. But nothing could prepare him for the truth.
Mark’s Quick Bite
OK, for my QB this week I’ve chosen the third and final book in Carter Quinn’s trilogy, Vanished. Why? Well, if you haven’t even started this series yet then shame on you – lol! In the first book I cried a river, in the second I was on the edge of my seat and then in third we get the long awaited closure. Phew, I have never waited so long for a third and final book in my life.
This story is for me not necessarily your traditional M/M romance. It’s a superb, well written, well plotted and totally intriguing mystery / thriller that in my books can compete with any of the greats. The characters in the book just happen to be gay. END OF! A first class, gay themed, mystery / thriller so to speak. This series does not concentrate on the erotic it concentrates on the emotions and my goodness can Mr Carter provoke the feelz in this series! Henry’s love for his missing husband, real and palpable. His love for his son, concerned and protective. His own feelings an emotional helter-skelter of trying to keep a grip on reality and thinking he must be crazy.
This series is a must read for all M/M fans.
Bus Stop by Anne Dudley
When Benny and Stuart first meet on the bus, it seems like they have nothing in common. Stuart is an up-and-coming ad agency rep. Benny drives a bus Stuart takes when he's too drunk to get behind the wheel. Benny’s a doting father to a little girl who’s his whole world. Stuart’s not sure he ever wants kids.
Despite their differences, their shared circumstances bind them together. Benny and Stuart are both expecting unplanned children with women they don’t love. They’ve both spent too much time hiding from their true selves. And now that they’re being forced to face who they are, they can’t deny the attraction growing between them—an attraction that quickly deepens into something more.
Both men know the timing is wrong, and the path to any sort of future together is fraught with fear, pain, and some very difficult questions: How can they leave their pregnant spouses with integrity? How can Benny carry on an affair that might cost him his daughter, the brightest spot in his life? Can Stuart really turn his back on the comfort of the society life he’s been living with his girlfriend? But ultimately, only one question really counts: How can they go back to the lives they lived before when they’ve seen just how good love can be?
Macky’s Quick Bite
I believe every person has the right to love and be with whoever they choose , regardless of gender, religion or skin colour. In this story it is society's prejudice against homosexuality that causes two men to live a lie for most of their lives and the fallout that occurs not only damages them but the people they become involved with, the product information gives a good synopsis of the basic story but it is so much more than that!The attraction between Benny and Stuart when they meet on Bennys bus is mutual and from then on to the end 'Bus Stop ' becomes both a compelling and unrelenting read you won't be able to put down!
The scenes between Benny and Stuart are electric, combustible and raw as well as sweet and tender. I felt and lived every emotion they went through and at times wanted to either slap some sense into them or when things got really emotional, give them a big comforting 'don't worry things can only get better ' hug. Yes, there are sex scenes (beautifully portrayed) but unlike a lot of m/m romances they are not there to titillate but are crucial to the relationship that we see start as attraction, move on to lust and grow into an all consuming love.This was obviously a labour of love for Anne Dudley and it shows. I think it may be her debut , if so bravo! I LOVED this novel, how will it make you feel? Read it and see.