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 Keira Andrews, Cooper West, Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock, Jenna Byrne and many more. 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.
If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews
To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them.
Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.
Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.
As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?
Debra’s Quick Bite
It’s that time of year again so here’s my first holiday book pick of the season. There was nothing not to like about this touching, feel good, second chance story. Two estranged friends, one rental car, blizzard/fog/snowmageddon and a cross country trip where old hurts are reopened. Do Gavin and Charie make amends or do they could suffer the longest, most uncomfortable car trip ever? Come on! It's a Christmas story so you can guess which one happens.
Both have made mistakes and have lived with regret for the past four years. My heart ached especially for Charlie as the past hurts are brought back to the surface. Both boys man up though and it made for a great reunion of friends and potential lovers.
Sweet and tender, with plenty of feelings, a good amount of sex and of course a nice dose of Keira Andrews' dirty talk that made this a top Christmas season read for me.
The Protector by Cooper West
Guardsmen are always matched in a bonded pair. The Protector can shift into a weredog, and the human partner is his Handler. They are incredibly rare and highly valued, but people also fear them for their mystical abilities. No Protector in living memory has outlived his Handler—until Alex Taylor.
Now a widower, Alex lives a lonely half-life and faces day after day of grief with no hope for happiness in the future. When he unexpectedly bonds with the young and vibrant Handler Marcus Stephanek, Alex is angry and unwilling to leave the memory of his former Handler behind. He pushes Marcus away and tries to distance himself from their bond. But then a mysterious villain who has been secretly shadowing Alex for years sets his plan in motion. Alex and Marcus must learn to trust their bond and love each other, or risk not only their own lives but the lives of those closest to them.
Jane’s Quick Bite
This is a paranormal/shifter romance with a great, suspenseful thriller thrown in. Alex is a protector (he shifts into a dog) whose human handler is shot and killed in the line of duty. The soul bonds between protector and handler are so profound and intense that each protector dies when their bonded handler does. However, Alex is the exception and no-one knows why. He is left a widower drowning in his grief but he does eventually bond again. There is some angst as Alex fights the new bond and there is some antagonism on both sides, but the relationship is allowed to develop organically and is at times romantic and sizzling hot. It is a compelling read with great world building. I loved it! A definite recommend, especially if shifters are your thing.
The Two Gentlemen of Altona
Mischief, thou art afoot.
Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page—the world’s most irritating witness—alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.
Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.
When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.
Mark’s Quick Bite
So there are those books that every friend tells you, “You have to read this book!” I can only say listen to your friends! I don’t how many times Macky and Monique said, “You will so love this, Marky”. My reply, “When? Have you seen my TBR list??? I also have full time day job.” Alas, just far too many sweets in the candy shop, damn it! Well, over 12 months later when I saw the audiobook release I got it and listened to it.
OK, I know why Monique and Macky fell so in love with this series, they were right, I should have listened to them…… I LOVED IT! I was enthralled with this book and the authors have done a great job in creating two fantastic characters. An excellent thriller style story with a lot of funny moments thrown in. A super balance that had me wanting so much more from Mac and Henry at the end. The playful romantic suspense between Mac and Henry was also brilliantly done. Every time these two guys end up with their trousers around their ankles and are about to have their wicked way with each other then something always interrupts them where their having to put their clothes back on as quickly as they had ripped them off. Had me laughing in spades. The narration is also perfect
So if you you’re my friend then listen to me! Haven’t read this series yet? Then go out and start reading / listening to it. Highly recommended. I’m sure you’ll love it!
A Summer's Day
(Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist)
Even though this year marks 400 years of Shakespeare’s death, his works continue to inspire us today, to open our eyes to the beauty of language and theatre and to awaken in us the passion for life and love.
We’re celebrating the Bard’s legacy with this collection of 12 stories based on his works and the way they are often woven into our lives. The twist is that all stories are MM. There are modern retellings of some plays, interpretations of others and one of the sonnets, and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.
There is gentle YA romance next to hot sexy stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.
We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.
There’s fun, drama, tears, angst, joy and, above all, lots of true love.
And as all the world’s a stage we do hope that one day very soon all the world will be a place for everybody to love whomever they want to love and feel safe.
All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project. By reading this book you become part of the hope for a better future of the LGBT youth.
Sue’s Quick Bite
As with most anthologies, we are offered a range of authors and writing styles as well as some great short stories. In fact, this is a quite a lengthy anthology with tales you can really get your teeth into.
These delightful 3-5* stories were inspired by either a Shakespearean play or one of his sonnets. Most are contemporary tales, although not all, and many are scattered with character names or references familiar to many of us. Some are hot and explicit, others are more gentle. The reader is treated to a variety of popular tropes, so there’s something for everyone. As in Shakespeare’s works, there’s comedy and tragedy, love and intrigue, drama and heartache. Most end happily and leave you with a smile on your face.
All credit goes to the authors and editors for donating their time and energy in producing a wonderful piece of work in aid of charity. All proceeds of this collection will go to the It Gets Better Project™.
Hyatt's Hunt (Kansas City Heat #8)
by Jenna Byrne
Kansas City’s latest serial killer suspect has just been released on a technicality. Can the homicide detective and the ADA work together to recapture the criminal?
KCPD Homicide’s newest detective, Jed Hyatt, apprehends a drug addict wanted for the gruesome murder of a local real estate agent. The man as much as admits the pretty woman isn’t his first victim. Before Jed has a chance to question him, the suspect’s lawyer gets him released on a technicality. Shocked and frustrated, Jed butts heads with the Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case, Brody Carpenter. Brash but sexy as hell, Brody lashes out at Jed for sloppy police work. He suggests the officers keep digging, and bring him any information they can uncover. In private, Brody’s interested in another type of ‘under the covers’ activity. Jed’s intrigued but concerned because the men are so different, yet Brody insists opposites attract. In a race to solve the case before anyone else is hurt, Jed discovers in a terrifying way that his actions have consequences, sometimes very dire ones.
Freya’s Quick Bite
This is a story where the ADA (Brody) and new cop on the block (Jed) work together to capture a serial killer released on a technicality.
Hyatt’s Hunt is a compact story that reads like an episode on TV. Despite the initial scathing remarks from Brody about Jed’s detective work, there is an instant chemistry between them. Once the men work together, the action begins, outside and inside the bedroom. So, be warned; no reading by an open fire or when you’re feeling horny – you’ll be ash before you get to the end of the page.
The story is only 103 pages and gets right into the action. Law, order and passion – what a delicious combination and one that I found was a pleasure to lose myself to for a few hours.