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 five great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Leta Blake and IndraVaughn, Della Boynton, Harper Fox, Eli Easton and TJ Klune. 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.
Vespertine by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn
Can a priest and a rock star obey love's call?
Seventeen years ago, Jasper Hendricks and Nicholas Blumfeld's childhood friendship turned into a secret, blissful love affair. They spent several idyllic months together until Jasper's calling to the Catholic priesthood became impossible to ignore. Left floundering, Nicky followed his own trajectory into rock stardom, but he never stopped looking back.
Today, Jasper pushes boundaries as an out, gay priest, working hard to help vulnerable LGBTQ youth. He's determined to bring change to the church and the world. Respected, admired, and settled in his skin, Jasper has long ignored his loneliness.
As Nico Blue, guitarist and songwriter for the band Vespertine, Nicky owns the hearts of millions. He and his bandmates have toured the world, lighting their fans on fire with their music. Numbed by drugs and fueled by simmering anger, Nicky feels completely alone. When Vespertine is forced to get sober, Nicky returns home to where it all started.
Jasper and Nicky's careers have ruled their lives since they parted as teens. When they come face to face again, they must choose between the past's lingering ghosts or the promise of a new future.
Debra’s Quick Bite
A second chance at love between an openly gay Catholic priest and a drug addicted rock star fresh out of rehab – do I need to say more? Yes? How about, this book is a wonderfully written, slow burn romance with two amazing MCs, wonderful secondary characters and enough feels that you’ll want to keep a box of tissues handy to mop up those tears.
I love it when childhood loves get a second chance as adults. Nicky has loved Jazz since they were teens and the pain of Jazz leaving him has never gone away, but now that he is clean he has to find a new way of coping with it. Jazz’s faith and his calling throw quite a curve into reconciling their past and rebuilding their friendship. Both men are a bit lost and their unexpected reunion isn’t smooth sailing, but the trip is worth it in the end. There are strong religious themes, but the book is not preachy. It’s a story of love and forgiveness, of rediscovering who you are and what will really make you happy in life and I think it will blow you away.
Crashing Blue by Della Boynton
Francisco Cabot is an undercover narc for the police. Having lived his entire life on the underbelly of society, he's the perfect man to infiltrate hardcore gangs, gather bulletproof evidence against them, and make certain their bosses spend a lifetime behind bars. He hides a dark secret, though, that causes him to harbor a ravening hunger for revenge that not even his long list of successes can quench. But a man can only live with revenge and the refuse of humanity for so long, before not even his fantasies of innocents and his ideals are enough to light the growing darkness in his soul.
The last man Cabot expects to save him from that darkness is Christopher Caldwell, the son of the biggest drug king in the city and the man Cabot has been sent to destroy. Falling in love with the enemy was never the plan, but when Christopher begs Cabot to leave everything behind to be with him, Cabot finds himself longing to do just that. His life of violence, gangs, and slums can’t be left behind so easily, though; they'll be lucky to make it out alive.
Note: Crashing Blue was previously self-published under the title, Snow. It has been substantially revised and reedited for this release.
Freya’s Quick Bite
Crashing Blue, enters the world of drugs. Cabot is a man on a mission. He’s a narc who helps the police take down people from the underbelly of society. People who took his family away from him. His methods ensure, both the police and criminals hate him. Chris is the underbelly’s son, who unexpectedly offers Cabot a get out.
This story had me trying to guess who was double-crossing whom. It had my heart in knots and had me reading this story at every available moment. It’s a meaty drama that kept me on the edge of my seat, right to the end. It is one hell of a ride. If you like crime stories where you aren’t able to guess who the bad guy is within the first few chapters, you will love this.
Cold Fusion by Harper Fox
Their love is the catalyst that could save the planet…or cost their lives.
As an environmental activist for Peace Warrior, Kier Mallory never hesitated to throw himself into dangerous situations. Until his hotheadedness costs the lives of two fellow crewmembers on an anti-whaling mission.
He finds no refuge in his hometown on Scotland’s north coast, where everyone knows what this son of a broken fisherman has done. Effectively homeless, Mal returns to one of his favorite places—Spindrift, a rustic colony of artist and crafter huts.
Spindrift is dilapidated and empty, save for a lone resident. Vivian Calder, a brilliant but emotionally detached scientist who appears to have done the impossible—mastered cold fusion. A clean, free, limitless source of power.
Despite Viv’s aversion to contact, a fragile bond forms between them, seemingly one atom at a time. Until Mal, determined to redeem himself by revealing Viv’s accomplishment to the world, brings down the wrath of an oil-dependent establishment, risking not only their love, but Viv’s life.
Warning: Contains a disgraced environmentalist and an autistic genius who go from strangers to lovers-for-life in thirteen days. Don’t believe in miracles? We’ll make you.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I originally did a buddy read and joint review of this book with Sally. We both love this book so much. That’s why it’s my Quick Bite this week. Harper Fox had me on the edge of my seat with this great book. As soon as I had read chapter one I knew this book was not going to be put aside easily. WOW! It starts off at a cracking pace and really doesn’t let up. We have everything here from intrigue, assassination attempts, science which would be nice if it wasn’t fiction even by today’s standards and above all two absolutely adorable characters that I fell in love with as soon as they appeared on the page.
The story is sandwiched or nicely spread out after the action you get a nice sedate pace where you think everything is OK and then BAM, you’re knocked for six with the next surprise and you’re off and running with Vivian and Kier; pulse and heart racing with them all the way. I liked that at the beginning they both in their own way are trying to save the planet and all the excitement that it brings with it but by the end they have just found a niche for themselves where they can be happy and contented with each other even if the rest of the world goes to hell in a handbasket. Loved the whole book from beginning to end.
How to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton
(Audiobook narrated by Matthew Shaw)
Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form. The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work. Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.
Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.
When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.
This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
Sue’s Quick Bite
This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series and I can highly recommend the entire magical series. It’s not only a different take on the shifter genre, but compelling and adorable all rolled into one. Matthew Shaw narrates the stories superbly and has made it such a pleasure to listen to. His character voices, his timing, and the emotions he portrays are spot on and only make the story better.
I love the varied and endearing characters that Eli Easton has created in this dog shifter world. In this exciting tale, Milo, an energetic hospice therapy dog, is perfectly matched to Jason, a rather uptight and lonely geneticist with OCD tendencies who has suppressed his inner dog for many years. I adored Milo’s early reactions to the world as a human and that he frequently touches Jason or sits in his lap to give him comfort and affection. There are some super laugh-out-loud moments as well as these tender exchanges.
Apart from the developing romance there’s a nail-biting plot. The main characters from the first two books also play an important role in the race to find a solution to a problem that could destroy Mad Creek and its doggie inhabitants. Just wonderful.
Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
Enter Vince Taylor.
Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.
But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it'd-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he's forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince's family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he's perfect the way he is.
Jane’s Quick Bite
If you're looking for a hilarious, laugh out loud, snort through your nose and spit out your tea kind of book, this is it. Paul Auster is a slightly overweight, highly neurotic, quick witted man with a 2 legged dog called wheels and a best friend Sandy whose alter ego is sassy drag queen Helena Handbasket. Vince Taylor, on the other hand, is a very good looking, hunky jock who is thick as two short planks.
Quite by accident, Paul happens to hit Vince with his car and from there ensues the most unconventional courtship ever as Vince relentlessly pursues Paul. Paul is so self deprecating that he refuses to believe that Vince is for real and it takes a tragedy in Vince’s family to finally get Paul to see past himself and be there for Vince and to believe that this could be the real deal. TJ Klune is a comedy genius, who else could have written a book with a homophobic, potty mouthed parrot called Johnny Depp and a whole host of other very endearing, but slightly bonkers characters? It takes a lot to tickle my fancy and to really get me crying with laughter but TJ Klune manages it so easily.