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 Mercy Celeste, Ana J. Phoenix, TJ Klune, Theo Fenraven and Jordan Nasser. 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.
Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste
Liam McGuire has the perfect life--his job is a nightmare, his apartment was swank back in the eighties, and he has a secret so painful it could destroy him. What can top that? Meeting his son's new boyfriend, that's what.
For former porn star Liam McGuire, life is pretty tame, except that his twenty-one year old son is now dating the love of Liam’s life. At the ripe old age of thirty-eight, Liam’s entire world is collapsing around him, his past catching up with him, his secrets and his lies are coming back to bite him. All because Kel had to go and fall in love with Seth.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This book was my introduction to Mercy Celeste and holy hotness! You know I love a good m/m/m and I was not disappointed with the setup of this one. Family and romantic relationships collide for Liam when he finds out his son is dating his ex, the love of Liam’s life and that’s just one of the problems that arise. This book was all kinds of crazy, with a soap opera plot that had so many "WTF, seriously?" twists and reveals my head was spinning. It could have easily had me groaning in annoyance, but the author made it work and I couldn't put it down.
There is a bunch of angst and some real emotion in amongst the dirty sexy times. All the characters had their issues, some of which are pretty serious, and I felt something for each one of the men involved. The title of the book does not lie! It definitely won’t work for everyone, but I enjoyed the crazy rollercoaster ride and hope you’re adventurous enough to give it a chance too.
The Queen & the Homo Jock King by TJ Klune
Narration ~ 5 Stars
Sequel to Tell Me It’s Real
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.
Or so he tells himself.
It's not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.
Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.
The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.
Jane’s Quick Bite
If you want to listen to an audiobook to brighten your day this is it. It’s the sequel to Tell Me It’s Real, featuring the same cast of characters but this time it's Sandy’s story. Sandy’s alter ego, drag queen Helena Handbasket, works at Jack It, a gay bar threatened with closure. Sandy ill advisedly devises a plan to seduce the homo jock king Darren Mayne, the mayor’s illegitimate son, in order to persuade the mayor to keep Jack It open. It is essentially an enemies to lovers story given the 5* treatment by TJ Klune with his rapier wit and sharp dialogue.
Michael Lesley’s narration of this book deserves awards, lots of awards and a standing ovation. That's how much I loved it! Simply put, it is like listening to a one man play with an amazing array of characters, all so distinctive. He nails every single voice and his delivery of the dialogue is superbly timed. It's a rollicking, riotous affair which will have you quite literally holding your sides to stop them from splitting. One of the best, if not the best narrated audiobook I’ve ever listened to.
The Fire Went Wild (Home is a Fire #2)
by Jordan Nasser
Derek and Luke found love in each other’s arms, but is their small Southern town ready to accept them—or reject them?
He left trendy nightclubs behind for local bars, traded all-night parties for high school football games, and said good-bye to New York for the comfort of family and childhood friends.
Drawn in by the heart of his Tennessee hometown, Derek has never been happier—especially now that he’s together with Luke, the Parkville High School football coach.
But when they decide to go public with their romantic connection, it isn’t long before rumors begin to fly—and “concerned citizens,” intent on forcing them to leave their jobs at Parkville High, put the men’s personal and professional reputations on the line.
In the captivating sequel to Home Is a Fire, find out how news of Derek and Luke’s relationship sets their small town ablaze—and whether this happy couple can manage to escape unscathed from the devastating flames.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Jordan Nasser wowed me with his debut novel HOME IS A FIRE and when I heard a sequel was being released of course I snatched it up without thinking twice.
I loved how the characters are all connected, all have their story to tell and how these individuals make a whole. I know I mentioned it in my first review but it seriously is like reading the gay version of Steel Magnolias! At least as far as the setting and band of friends are concerned. Wonderful writing and plotting from Mr Nasser. The ending was perfect, as perfect and dreamy as any M/M Romance has to offer which left me with a cheesy grin and a huge soppy sigh at the end considering what these guys had been through. What I love about such books is the most unassuming character also turns out to hold the key to put everything right in the end.
Three of Swords (Precog in Peril #1)
by Theo Fenraven
An old houseboat, a hot young guy, a couple of murders, and more mysterious keys than you can shake a stick at: this is what awaits Gray Vecello after his grandfather, Graham, is killed picking up high blood pressure pills.
A letter Graham left behind sends Gray and his unexpected ally, Cooper Key, on a journey downriver in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding an unknown treasure. On the way, they encounter both friends and enemies, one of whom will target Gray and Cooper for death. One thing working in Gray’s favor: he has the sight, just as Graham had, but will it be enough to save them both?
Sue’s Quick Bite
Three of Swords is the start of an enjoyable short trilogy of the paranormal yet romantic kind. It centres around Gray, who has ‘the sight’ and is able to gain knowledge of future events through Tarot cards and other means, although he’s reluctant to use this gift. He inherits a houseboat from his grandfather and meets Cooper, who is already living onboard. Their journey down the river helps them discover more about their particular supernatural talents and they come to realise the death of Gray’s grandfather was not an accident after all.
I loved the structure and swift pace of this plot, as well as the interaction and developing relationship between the two main characters. The erotic scenes are portrayed beautifully and only help to enhance the story.
The mystery continues through books two and three, which I subsequently read with delight, and the series is now available as a boxed set.
For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix
Seth finds himself alone at an abandoned train station, with no idea what happened, or how he got there. He boards a train, only to discover it’s a special express transporting the recently deceased to their final destination. The conductor tells him he’s having a near-death experience. Seth wonders if it has something to do with his violent boyfriend, but that doesn't matter. All that matters is getting the hell off the train before he actually dies. But when he spots his best friend and secret crush among the traveling dead, the urge to leave fades...
Freya’s Quick Bite
I reviewed this book in Feb 2016. Seth boards a train destined for ‘the other side.' He suspects, his near death experience is due to his violent boyfriend. Seth has to make a decision to get off the train and live, or stay on and die. Initially, he wants to get off, but when he sees his best friend is also on the train, he’s not in so much of a hurry.
This beautifully sad story has an element of hope too. The story isn’t told in the past, present and future, like Dickens’s Scrooge. It looks at the what if’s, I should have’s and of missed opportunities. One of those what if’s is the lifetime of love he’s had for his best friend, yet done nothing about it. Much like the Polar Express, the conductor has a large part to play. It’s a thought-provoking story as opposed to high drama. FNAA is an emotional workout that when I read it again, I’ll be sure to have my chocolate biscuits and a box of tissues to hand.