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 Kaje Harper, Josephine Myles, Jl Merrow and Evangeline Anderson. 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.
The Rebuilding Year (The Rebuilding Year #1)
by Kaje Harper
Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can’t live without.
A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, isn’t an option. Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple.
Until he realizes he’s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.
John Barrett knows about loss. After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex-wife whisked them away to California. Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something more, and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters.
It’s nothing they can’t learn to navigate, though. But when dead bodies start turning up on campus—and one of the guys is a suspect—their first taste of real love could go up in smoke.
Warning: Contains two hot men wrestling with a shift in their sexuality, as well as a few positions probably listed in the Gay Kama Sutra. But it’s not all about the hot and sweaty—especially when your previously straight life knocks on the door and comes back to visit.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This is one of my earliest m/m reads in 2012, and the one that introduced me to Kaje Harper’s writing and I still keep coming back to it as a comfort read. Ryan has had a horrific injury on the job, ending his career as a fireman and is now going to medical school. John is in charge of landscaping at the school, a divorced father of two teenagers. They meet on campus and form a friendship, but when Ryan moves into John’s house as a tenant, both men begin to feel things they never have before. It’s a slow burn to steam as they each start to come to terms with this newly discovered side of their sexuality and they begin to act on their attraction to each other. As if that’s not enough to deal with, John worries about what it will mean to his already tense relationship with his ex-wife and teenage children and there is trouble on the campus as students begin to disappear and turn up dead.
I really liked the two down to earth MCs and the natural way they bonded and fell in love. There is a bit of action relating to the mystery, but the main focus is the romance as Ryan and John go from friends to lovers. It’s gradual and sweet with plenty of sexual tension. Even though the mystery isn’t the main storyline, there is some tense action towards the end as it comes to a head. An oldie but a goodie, I’d still highly recommend this book.
How to Train your Dom in 5 Easy Steps
by Josephine Myles
Sometimes the little head really does know best.
Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.
What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.
Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.
Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.
Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.
Sally’s Quick Bite
It’s probably a little bit weird that someone who has little interest in erotica has a bit of a thing for power exchange stories. I think it’s probably the trust, and maybe the aftercare, but anyhow, I enjoy them and this one was delightful in a very light hearted way.
Here we have a young man, Jeff, who wants to explore some needs that made his girlfriend say a resounding nope, pack her bags and flee into the night. Finding someone to help him out isn’t made any easier by Jeff’s ability to put his foot in his mouth. In the end the only one who steps up to the mark is Eddie, cheerful pain slut and widely experienced, who is just gagging to show Jeff the ropes, so to speak. Problem is Jeff’s straight - definitely. Okay he’s looked a bit, but no … definitely straight because big tough landscapers can’t be gay, can they. The poor lamb.
How they negotiate their way around this problem until everyone is getting exactly what they want is just brilliant fun and I’m not sure who I loved most - Jeff or Eddie. Highly Recommended.
OUT! (Shamwell Tales #3) by JL Merrow
When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.
His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.
Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.
Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.
Warning: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.
Mark’s Quick Bite
First I have to say although this is book #3 in The Shamwell Tales series all books can be read as stand alone but it’s nice when characters from previous books are briefly mentioned and you already know their story.
Combine the life of a very English village, a country pub, some very authentic characters and you get a brilliant series by JL Merrow. I just love the whole setting and goings-on in this series and with book three we get Patrick’s and Mark’s story. This is a sweet romance with very real obstacles to be overcome before the HEA arrives. The HEA does arrive and all the more poignant once you know how these guys have to come to accept and love each other despite the differences . I love this series just for the very English feel it has with all its subtle humour and culture. If you want to be taken to a very English village with all its bright and larger than life characters for a while then you’ll love this series.
Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Ellis
Chaz is the youngest recruit the Academy has ever seen. Godlike reflexes and hawk eyes make him a natural gunner assigned to fly the futuristic ship with technology so advanced it’s still classified. But it takes a two-man crew and Chaz, the lone wolf, must have a partner.
On his first day he meets Ferron, the most dangerous man at the Academy. The ice blue eyes and scarred face of the older cadet aren’t enough to scare Chaz. Nor are the rumors that Ferron killed his last partner. But when he finds out they are to be a team, his anxiety starts to mount.
Tension climbs to a breaking point when Ferron informs him that in order to fly the Needle he and Chaz must have their bodies pressed together in a dance of sensual intimacy that makes the sexually straight Chaz angry and uncomfortable.
Ferron must master Chaz completely and break down his physical and emotional boundaries. The only thing that will keep them alive is their partnership—any space between them means certain death.
Macky’s Quick Bite
I've read most of Evangeline's m/m books and I have to be honest I've found them all highly enjoyable and have rated them high for the pure enjoyment factor. They might not be everyone's cup of tea but they're mine.
Its got sizzling, palpable sexual tension, which always ticks my boxes, fantastic chemistry, its hot as hell and I adore brooding Ferron and skittish Chaz with a passion. At first glance this is just another chunk of space erotica with a kinky excuse to get the two guys, one of whom thinks he's straight, into doing the nasty ( space pilots with a * cough* ...difference! ) but the more you get into the book and having now read it a second time, for me it turns out to be a really lovely, romantic in its own way, love story in the GFY category and at times its really poignant and deals with serious matters that some readers may take exception to . I guess you either like it or you don't, I've seen mixed reviews for this one but personally I love it!