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 Sloan Parker, Julie Bozza, John Wiltshire, Matthew Metzger, Jay Northcote and Becca Burton. 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.
More by Sloan Parker
For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men he can't get out of his head have Luke breaking every one of his rules. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he's no longer hiding from his senator father. He's taking him on. And he isn't just falling for one man. He's falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big.
But Luke's father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he'll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.
Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his old way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer?
Debra’s Quick Bite
I really enjoyed this ménage and what really drew me in was that the men came together as three strangers in a club for what was to be a one-off and built the relationship from there. It was the first time I’d read this dynamic and it’s still hard to find m/m/m that does not involve a third entering into a relationship with an already established couple.
Yes, there is a lot of sex in the book, but that was what brought the men together in the first place. The men have smoking chemistry, but in between the sex they are navigating just how to make this thing between the three of them work. While the youngest, Matthew, is so sweet and clearly yearning for a relationship, the other two men Richard and Luke (his is the only POV we get) are both a bit older and a bit wary for their own different reasons. There were three clear personalities in the story even though it is Luke's growth that is followed the closest. The underlying craziness with Luke's father held my interest, but it was really the story of the three men coming together that made the story for me. Check this one out if you like lots of steamy sex along with plenty of drama.
The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza
Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I just loved this book for being what it is. There is no big angst factor, no biting your nails, no heart breaking break-ups, big tear jerking making up or reunion scenes and no broken characters. It is light on the erotic but thoroughly entertaining as it focuses more on the characters, and what wonderful characters they are too. I was in immersed in this book from the beginning and thanks to Julie’s wonderful writing was introduced to another set of vibrant, lovable characters.
A complete hodgepodge of mismatched characters in every way but I love how Julie makes this work and you get to feel the love a family has together from Jule’s adoring and caring father Archie, his sassy and audacious adopted sister Jemima and of course Jules himself. All different but make up a happy little trio due to the love they have for each other; this is Jules’s family. A story about falling for the wrong the person due to be completely star struck when Mr Right has been in front of your nose all the time. Thank goodness Jules comes to realise this and once his rose tinted spectacles have dropped off his nose, landing on the floor with a crash, then he sees who is ‘True Love’ has been all the way along.
The Buckland in the Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club by John Wiltshire
What a pity the founding members of the new Gay Book Club didn't think to use a correctly placed hyphen--if they had, things might have worked out for everyone very differently indeed.
Rory McGrath suffers from a debilitating condition--he caught it from reading too many books. Rory believes in true love. He's saving himself until he finds it, preferably with Mr Darcy, but definitely not with the arrogant, unpleasant ape Adam Sandstone. Adam isn't impressed with Rory either. Both Rory and Adam have yet to learn, however, that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. The nine other members of the new club could have told them this, had they been consulted. The founders of the Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club know only too well that not all truths are written in books. Truth, like life, is what you make of it.
Jane’s Quick Bite
John Wiltshire has written a quintessentially English book, his writing is evocative and the cast of members colourful. Whilst on holiday in Cornwall the two elderly, founding members of the book club stumble across gay romance books. Back home they set up a book club for their friends but a badly placed hyphen in the banner leads to the two gay men in the village attending. The ‘old dears’ decide as they're now experts in all things gay romance, they will use plot devices from said romance books to bring the men together.
Rory, a quiet English teacher, is full of romantic idealism and wants a perfect relationship. Adam Sandstone, on the other hand, is full of unresolved grief and, battered by the harsh realities of life, doesn't believe in relationships. The UST between the two men is palpable and is still not entirely resolved by the end, leaving us wanting more. This is a book for all lovers of the gay romance genre. It is peppered with literary references from Austen, Bronte, Shakespeare and many others. It's like little golden nuggets for the reader to discover and delight in. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I for one, can't wait to share more cakes, sherry and shenanigans with the members of the Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club.
What it Looks Like by Matthew J Metzger
Eli Bell is the only son of a police chief inspector and a forensic scientist. He's grown up wonky in a world that only deals with the straight and narrow -- and his new boyfriend isn't helping.
Rob Hawkes is six feet of muscle, tattoos, and arrest warrants. A career criminal and a former tenant of Her Majesty's Prison Service, he'd rather hit Eli's parents than sit down to dinner with them. One wrong move, and Rob could destroy Eli -- and his family -- without a second thought.
But this isn't what it looks like.
Rob's not in control here -- and Eli's the one to blame.
Sue’s Quick Bite
What it Looks Like is a thought-provoking and informative read. The superb writing style and absorbing story pulled me in right from the start. We are shown the mind and body of a person transitioning and the difficulties facing them, at home, in the wider world, and in forming a sexual relationship.
This is a complex story with several unexpected twists in the plot and character dynamics. There’s plenty of emotion and anger throughout, which on the whole felt genuine. It’s a realistic and gritty story, where life is not all chocolates and roses. The story is about working through problems and sorting out how they can be together, despite objections from other family members. The hot sexual relationship was a surprising element. These guys are young and kinky, and I never quite knew what they were going to try next.
I loved that the characters appear real, with plenty of flaws and shortcomings. I particularly liked bad boy Rob and his brother, and how they accept and defend each other as well as Eli. Rob might have been a criminal, but he loves Eli no matter what and is willing to support him. There’s some great banter and humour that goes on between the three of them, which helps to lighten the story.
Something Like A Love Song by Becca Burton
One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?
Freya’s Quick Bite
I reviewed this story in November 2015. It’s a doozy of a hospital story. Dylan and Landon are the victims of a vicious attack. While Dylan’s injuries allow him to depart hospital fairly soon, Landon’s injuries leave him fighting for his life, and if he survives, in need of extensive rehab.
What follows is a heart wrenching story that explores the full range of emotions that accompanies such an horrific event. Love pulls them through. The range of characters is good too. Not everyone wore a halo and not all loose ends are tied up because the author quite rightly sticks to main plot rather than gets distracted by side issues. Instead Becca Burton poses questions at the end to make the reader think. One of the messages that comes through is that, acceptance doesn’t mean beaten, purely a change of direction. Something Like A Love Song is – INSPIRATIONAL.
Why Love Matters by Jay Northcote
Alastair needs help overcoming issues with touch and physical intimacy in order to clinch a business deal with some demonstrative Italians who prefer hugging to handshakes.
Martin, his assistant, has the perfect solution. His mother runs cuddle workshops, which could help Alastair overcome his fears--if he's brave enough to try. Alastair is nervous not only about the workshop, but also because he will be sharing a room with Martin, who's starred in his fantasies more often than an assistant should.
Alastair reluctantly decides to give it a try, so they head to a commune in Wales where Martin grew up. The weekend at the commune with Martin proves to be transformative in more ways than one.
Cheryl’s Quick Bite
I very much enjoyed this book, which is a gentle romance. It was my introduction to Jay’s work and part of the reason I got it was because the proceeds go to charity. The trope is two men from very different backgrounds. Alistair is from a rich, powerful family and Martin, his PA, is from a commune. Alistair is going on a trip to Italy and needs to cope with Italian tendencies toward public displays of affection. He has major issues with platonic intimacy so books a ‘cuddle workshop’ with Martin’s mother. The two men spend the weekend together at the commune where they have the opportunity to explore their feelings for each other.
Although both prose and dialogue could be a little stiff at times, the story more than compensated and there were many little touches and interesting facts and comments to keep things moving at a nice, comfortable rate. There wasn’t much tension and no angst which would normally put me off, but as an “on the train” read it was perfect. I grew to like these two men very much and was rooting for them from the start. I enjoyed the book enough to make me want to look up more of the author’s work and I actually remembered the characters’ names when writing this review which, believes me, says a lot.