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 four great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Amy Lane, R.A. Padmos, Keira Andrews and Nic Starr. 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.
Winter Ball by Amy Lane
Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.
One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.
Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!
Debra’s Quick Bite
Another holiday tinged story this week (not just Christmas either), Winter Ball by Amy Lane has just the right amount of angst, family drama, sex and fun and packs some pretty good emotion as Skip and Richie go from friends to lovers to family, when neither has been with a man before. The connection they forge is natural and so sweet. While Richie’s family is vile and quite problematic, there is a soccer team full of support to rally around these two and a well-intentioned, yet possibly sexually harassing higher-up in Skip’s office to add to the fun.
This is a touching story with plenty of humor, sex that spans from tender to dirty, flu-medication induced confessions and a range of emotion that should satisfy anyone looking for a good character driven romance, especially friends-to-lovers fans.
Ravages by R.A. Padmos
Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional soccer players for Kinbridge Town – and also secret lovers. All that changes, however, when Steve innocently wanders into a city park and falls victim to a vicious gang of queer-bashers who beat him within an inch of his life. After that there are no secrets any more – and it’s a very long road back, for both of them, from there…
Jane’s Quick Bite
This is the story of two footballers in a loving but closeted relationship. It is at times a very difficult read as we are with Steve as he is assaulted and then we are with them both through all of his recovery and seeing the impact it has on them and their relationship and on those around them. It is a book full of love and hope and a very moving story. You will need tissues! I feel this book is very relevant today in the sporting world and especially in the game of football. I just hope that when the time comes and a playing, professional footballer comes out that the world will be a better, kinder, more understanding place for them. A highly recommended, beautifully written read that will stay with you.
A Way Home )Gay Amish Romance #3)
by Keira Andrews
Will returning to their Amish roots renew their faith in each other?
Isaac and David never thought they'd go back to the Amish world. But when Isaac’s younger brother is stricken with cancer, they don’t hesitate to return. Their relationship is on the rocks after insecurity and fear drove a wedge between them in San Francisco, and David is determined to make things right. Yet if they thought navigating “English” life was confusing, being back in Zebulon is even more complicated.
Their families are desperate to bring them back into the fold, and pressure from the community builds. Isaac and David yearn for a future together, but each day it becomes harder to hide the truth about who they really are. They're caught between two worlds, and if they’re not careful it could tear them further apart.
Can Isaac and David make their way back to each other—and find a place to call home?
Mark’s Quick Bite
The last and final book (for now) in Keira Andrew’s Gay Amish Romance series. OMG, how I loved these guys! two worlds collide but it’s exactly this that is needed for Isaac and David to get the closure they need in order to build a solid future together with no more regrets. I could wax lyrical about this book all day and to be honest nothing that I could ever write here would do justice to the way this book made me feel. Every single dialogue is so emotionally charged, feelings running so high that I had palpitations. I think I must of started weeping like a baby at around halfway in to the book and it did not let up!! Even when we get to the hard fought HEA in the epilogue I cried tears of joy all over again. This series is one of those that will stay in my heart for a long time.
The Proofs In The Pudding by Nic Starr
Steve never expected making a Christmas pudding would bring him the man of his dreams.
Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He's determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away. Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he's been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there's no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.
However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true
Freya’s Quick Bite
Oh myyyy, what a delightful Christmas tale this one turned out to be. The story centres around a group of friends who are Christmas orphans. They spend the festive season together.
From the very first paragraph, I smiled at this story. It has lovely humour that I totally related to, and a splendid balance of dialogue and other forms of storytelling. All too often, I see dialogue heavy stories, which aren’t to my taste. This isn’t one of them. It is well written. I was presented with scenes that I could picture, and the characters had individual personalities that mixed well.
I found The Proofs In The Pudding, a totally engaging, heart warming Christmas story. Oh, and as for the heat factor – it wasn’t just the Aussie sun that made me break out my fan.