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 K: C. Wells, Lucy Hawkins, Pandora Pine, Dan Skinner and Lady T. L. Jennings. 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.
A Bond of Three by K.C. Wells
In the kingdom of Teruna, the red-cloaked Seruani teach the Terunans the art of love. Taken from their homes at seventeen to be trained, they are shunned as outcasts by society and considered the lowest of the low. So when Prince Tanish falls in love with the Seruan Feyar, the man who took his virginity and the only one to share his bed, he is not about to declare that love. No one can ever know, because the consequences would be too painful to consider for both of them.
When the king of Vancor visits Teruna, he promises that his son, Prince Sorran, will marry Prince Tanish to solidify the alliance between the two kingdoms, with the proviso that the virginal Sorran is instructed in the art of pleasing his husband-to-be. When Tanish’s father chooses Feyar to be this instructor, the lovers decide Prince Sorran must be taught that this is to be a marriage in name only….
A resentful prince, unwilling to share his lover.
A resentful Seruan, unwilling to share his prince.
And the shy prince whose very nature sparks changes in the lives of all those around them.
Teruna is about to change forever.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Don’t let the fantasy label deter you. I was thrilled to see that even though this was a departure for K.C. Wells, the things I have always enjoyed about her stories are all here, with just a little extra. It’s a light fantasy set against the backdrop of an arranged marriage, a secret, forbidden love affair, and a bit of magic in the land of Teruna as three very different men learn that they are stronger together than anyone imagined.
Innocent Prince Sorran knows that his destiny lies with Prince Tanish, but Tanish and his long-time lover Feyar vow that the arranged marriage between Tanish and Sorran will be one in name only. Regardless of the King's command or the danger they would face if anyone knew they were in love, Tanish promises that the two of them will not be parted, but plans change quickly when Prince Sorran comes into their lives and they can’t deny the bond they share.
The relationship between the three men works very well both in and out of the bedroom, and the scenes when they are together are sensual, romantic and hot. There is drama and tension, but none of it is overly drawn out, keeping the story moving towards a beautiful and satisfying happy ending.
Penny Wishes by Lucy Hawkins
What would you do if the one who got away… came back?
After all these years he still gets under my skin.”
Tyler Lockhart takes life one day at a time. After serving in Afghanistan, he finds safety in his routine of making furniture with his Labrador, Jess, by his side. Single again after a relationship that just didn't work, he still holds hope that he’ll find his happily ever after one day. Even if he’s haunted by the distant memory of a fierce teenage love for his older brother’s best friend.
“I won’t let you trick me again.”
Austin St. James is washed-up. After a successful run as the front man in rock band Vision X, it’s been three years since he’s made any music he’s wanted to share. When his past comes calling, Austin knows he can’t keep running. Returning to his hometown after eight years was not part of the plan and neither was having to call in a favor with his childhood friend, Tyler. All grown and muscled-up, the boy he once swore to protect is now a man and the tether that binds them is still fiercely electric.
“What are you doing?”
“Making up for all the years I was supposed to be kissing you.”
But so much has changed for the two men who lead very different lives. Tyler struggles with change and Austin uses it to cope with his past. When the unexpected reunion reignites the flame between them that never really died, will they be able to keep it alive?
Penny Wishes is a sweet and steamy second-chance gay romance. It is a full-length novel with no cliffhanger and an HEA.
Jane’s Quick Bite
This is a very sweet, second chance at love book which I really enjoyed. It is a quick, easy read.
Tyler and Austin were briefly together when younger but life and their respective careers took them off in different directions. They reconnect 8 years later when Austin returns home for his father’s funeral. Their friendship rekindles and the connection they had resurfaces. It does have some angst, but also some lovely healing scenes and some super sexy times.
The title is very apt and has a sweet connection with the story which I just adored and it all finishes with a lovely hea too.
Time and Time Again (Out of Time #1)
by Pandora Pine
A love that spans centuries… While visiting the gravesite of a centuries dead Irish warrior, Bostonian Carter McCann finds himself thrown backward in time to the moment Fionn Ò Ciardha was slain in battle. Realizing he could change the past, Carter travels back to 15th century Ireland a second time in an effort to prevent Fionn’s untimely death.
A love he tries to deny…Fionn Ò Ciardha doesn’t know what to make of the strangely dressed but handsome man who appeared suddenly outside the walls of Moone Castle. Figuring him for a spy yet unable to fight his growing desire for Carter, he sticks close to the foundling hoping to uncover the truth of why he’s come to Moone.
A love worth dying for…Unhappy with his dream lover’s mistrust in him, Carter sets out to save Fionn’s life by any means at his disposal. As the coming battle draws closer, will Carter be able to earn Fionn’s trust as well as his heart before history repeats itself?
Mark’s Quick Bite
I just love my historical stories and I was delighted when I picked up this little gem from Pandora Pine. It has all the elements that I could get my teeth into. The historical aspect was well done although I would like to have had a little more “history” in the historical. No wonder Carter had a crush on his warrior since he was a boy listening to the stories his father told him, Fionn is seriously one HOT warrior that made me go wobbly at the knees.
The time travel aspect was also well thought out and I could let my imagination go wild with all kinds of Celtic magic and mystery but above all the way that the relationship develops between Carter and Fionn. Also with things like this it can become complicated with timelines changing etc.when things are changed in the past but Ms Pine also does this very nicely adding to the romance of loves lost and won. A thoroughly entertaining read that I could escape with for a few hours immersed in a world of myth, magic, Celtic Warriors and more.
Memorizing You by Dan Skinner
From acclaimed m/m romance photographer, Dan Skinner, a coming of age tale unfolds against the colorful, stylish, and turbulent backdrop of free love, revolution, and The Beatles.
Two high school boys from different walks of life: Ryan, a handsome athlete, and David, an average joe from a blue collar family, discover their desires, stealing their kisses under the cover of an old oak at night. Their love begins a secret life, hidden from their families, friends, and classmates. As their passion grows, so does the danger of their discovery. Their only hope is to create a separate world where every kiss is a treasure and every moment... memorable.
First love. Secret love. Unforgettable love.
Sue’s Quick Bite
Not many novels reduce me to tears. I cried as I read through the final 10% of this story and repeatedly for hours afterwards. This is so much more than your ordinary teenage boy meets boy romance.
I fell in love with the two main caracters as they in turn fell in love with each other. I first read this story a few years ago and I’d never experienced such depth of emotion portrayed on a page before. Chapter after chapter, the boys’ friendship and intimacy grows until they have something so precious. The intensity of their feelings for each other is almost palpable and the memories of their shared experiences will stay with me for a long time. The love making scenes were beautifully written, either fading to black or described in a non-explicit manner that entirely suited this story.
With a developing sense of foreboding, I empathized with their plight as the novel came to a climax. I found myself repeatedly saying out loud, “Please, don’t let this happen.”
To avoid giving away spoilers, I won’t comment on the ending or my interpretation of it.
So bravo, Dan. An amazing piece of writing! If only we could all find our true soul mate, I’m sure the world would be a much better place.
The Mystery Of The Black Widow
by Lady T. L. Jennings
“Do you believe in ghosts?”
Cedric Davidson, a young solicitor from London, does not believe in neither ghosts nor ghouls and goblins. However, both his strong conviction and moral principles are to be severely tested when he is sent to Lydford Hall to sort out the legal documents after the owner’s sudden mysterious death.
Lydford Hall is an estate located in the middle of the most desolate part of Dartmoor and it is said to be haunted by the Black Widow. There he meets Christopher Morgan, the gamekeeper, whom he is instantly and dangerously attracted to.
And suddenly nothing is what it seems to be…
Freya’s Quick Bite
An historical piece. Cedric, a young solicitor from London, is assigned to Lydford Hall to sort out some legal documents. He is escorted to the hall by the young gamekeeper, Christopher, who seems to be more open about his sexuality than Cedric.
This is one story where the blurb makes reading the story an absolute must. I could totally picture the scenes, and I felt like I was taken back to the nineteenth century. I would call this a classic corset story (minus the corsets) with a dose of Cluedo. I love the language of this era and the famous British stiff upper lip that is portrayed, along with its sense of propriety.
With the use of mist, crows, rain and a good dollop of gossip, the author describes all the elements and atmosphere that a good ghost story needs. It was complete and eerily delightful. I even felt the shivers run up my spine. Add to that the closeted Cedric and the enigmatic Christopher and for me, this was a winner.