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 Avon Gale, Ava March, Jordan Nasser, Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid. 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.
Breakaway (Scoring Chances 1) by Avon Gale
A Scoring Chances Novel
Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He's put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.
Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Nothing scary this week! Breakaway is a sweet and super sexy romance between quirky, up-and-coming rookie Lane, and rough and tumble veteran Jared. Their teams are rivals, but these two get just as close as can be after Lane decides the best way into his new teammates’ good graces is to start a fight with the league’s most notable enforcer during his first game.
The socially awkward Lane grabbed me from the start. His heart is big but his brain to mouth filter is non-existent. Jared is a sweetheart who embraces the weirdness that is Lane as he tries to figure out what life holds for him after hockey. The book is low on the drama, has a good deal of humor and the sex is off the charts HOT, with Lane as Jared’s very willing student! Even if you’re not a hockey fan, you’ll enjoy the rivalries and action on and off the ice and the cast of well written supporting characters. This is a feel good love story that is just the start of a fantastic series of books.
Convincing Arthur Ava March
A holiday in the country to indulge his wildest fantasies…
London Legal, Book 1
Arthur Barrington knows exactly what he wants. A practical man. Someone who values discretion. Commitment. In other words, someone like himself. His old friend, Leopold Thornton, an overindulged son of a wealthy viscount with a reputation for vice and debauchery, couldn’t be less of a good candidate.
Yet when Leopold extends an invitation to his country estate, Arthur agrees. Perhaps a holiday with the sinfully beautiful man will help him get over a recent breakup. Then he can return to his thriving London law practice and resume his quiet life.
Ten years ago, Leopold learned the hard way that patience doesn’t always have its rewards. Now that he has Arthur all to himself, he isn’t going to let a second opportunity pass him by. And he certainly isn’t above using pleasure to tempt Arthur into his bed.
Leopold has only a few days to open Arthur’s eyes to the possibility that he’s the man Arthur is looking for. That his love is genuine—and he’s worthy of Arthur’s heart.
Warning: Includes a gorgeous bad boy who’s been in love with a conservative solicitor for a decade. Indecent acts in a forest between two hot men. Angst. More explicit sex. And expectations turned upside down.
Sally’s Quick Bite
Ms March packs a lot into this quite short novella and I think her fans will be pleased with it. The protagonists are well described and attractive yet both have considerable flaws that make them more interesting. There are plenty of the trademark sex scenes, though no BDSM on this occasion, and plenty of breast-beating, soul-baring and angst. As a short entertaining erotic novella I think it fulfils its brief very well, if one likes that kind of thing. However, there wasn’t enough other business to keep me emotionally on edge and interested in the story. I wanted to see more of why Leopold is so quick to assume the worst and so incredibly self destructive when he does. Heck I just wanted more than there was in the book. Here’s hoping that their story is filled in a bit in the next episode.
Home Is A Fire by Jordan Nasser
Most people would look at Derek and say he’d made it in life. A fun job, a handsome boyfriend, and an exciting life in New York City. But one night, staring at his reflection in the window of the subway as it barrels down Lexington Avenue, Derek realizes he’s fooling himself—and everyone else, too.
Derek gets off the train and goes home. Only not home to his tiny Manhattan apartment, but home to Tennessee—which is definitely not NYC.
Home to his family—and to all the other people he knows, or thinks he knows, and who think they know him.
Home to football games, and dive bars, and high school buddies who have known him forever.
Home to old situations…and to new possibilities.
At turns lighthearted, poignant, and surprising, Home Is a Fire is a delightful read for anyone who believes that whoever said “You can’t go home again” was mistaken. It’s just not exactly how you pictured it.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Oh how I remember this story! A new to me author at the time but took me by storm and blew me away with the release of his first book Home Is A Fire. A delightful story, wonderfully written with vibrant characters and a wonderful romance. To be honest (for me personally) I had the feeling it was like reading the gay version of Steel Magnolias, especially with all the Southern warmth, flare, love and friendship. A story all about coming home, finding yourself again, finding your comfort zone in old friends and family. Especially when your new life hadn’t worked out the way you had wished for. Basically getting back to your roots after you have been away and discovering, to quote Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz,"There is no place like home." I LOVED the whole book from beginning to end! That’s why it’s my Quick Bite for this week. If you haven’t read it yet then I can serioulsy recommend you should.
Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Winner 2012 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual/Transgender Romance & Erotic Romance.
Broadway hopeful Julian Larson has never found his big break--or his first love. A bad boy and femme top, he makes ends meet as drag queen Summer Breeze, performing at private parties around New York City. One night, Julian takes it a step further and pretends to be a woman for a birthday burlesque show. And Trent Fitzgerald, the birthday boy, is everything Julian looks for in a man--tall, dark, muscular... He's even a firefighter!
But when sweet, trusting Trent mistakes Julian for "Julia," Julian struggles with conflicting urges. Does he tell the truth and lose Trent, or play his own imaginary twin sister and string Trent along? And after Julian plays Trent for a fool, can Trent ever forgive him?
Macky’s Quick Bite
Le Jazz Hot is a Victor/Victoria style rom com that granted, because of its premise, warrants a certain degree of disbelief. However, if you’re prepared to just sit back, go with the flow and not dissect the plot too much; like me you might find yourself enjoying this tale of mistaken identity between hunky (albeit UBER naive) all male fireman Trent and Julian/Julia, the beautiful, androgynous drag queen and singer/actor he falls for, who in a nice twist against stereotyping is the one who ends up topping between the sheets! ;)
Trent’s jumping to conclusions about “Julia” were a bit eye-rolley but I still found it kind of endearing and fun; loving the sexual tension generated because of the situation. Plus it had its hot, sexy times and a nice dash of romance. Far fetched? Of course. But at the end of the day this is ‘rose coloured
glasses’ fiction so I happily slipped mine on for this. If I wanted realism, I’d go and stick my nose in an Encyclopaedia Britannica! ;)
The book has recently been re-released with a new cover, one that in my opinion isn't half as fabulous as the 2012 PL Nunn cover that drew me to the book in the first place, so I'm not sure if this version has been revised? Thankfully the original (and much adored) PL Nunn covered copy is sitting pretty on my Kindle, so revised or not I'm still a happy camper!