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 Eli Easton, L.B. Gregg, Charlie Cochrane, Jay Northcote and Tara Lain. 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.
Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton
When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.
It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn't understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.
Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Another holiday read this week, Blame It on the Mistletoe, is a jock/nerd friends to lovers story that is sure to put a smile on your face. Fielding is adorkable, inexperienced but straightforward. He knows what he wants and when he decides how to get it he doesn't take no for an answer. Mick, ladies’ man and jock turned serious student, is so sweet with Fielding. Even when he is struggling with Fielding's crazy request, he tries to be honest and caring.
If the sweetness of the story doesn’t make your heart swell three times its size, the sappy happy ending will (so close to over the top but even that couldn’t dim my joy over this story). I enjoyed this book immensely and I guarantee you will to.
Simple Gifts by L.B. Gregg
A former ward of the state, Jason Ferris is fiercely protective of his carefully guarded private life. When he's felled by a rogue lawn ornament at a Christmas party, Jason finds himself in the care of his first and most devastating love-- dark, dangerous, and equally damaged Lt. Robb Sharpe.
Newly returned from years away in the military, Robb's homecoming isn't exactly the stuff of fairytales. Now thrust together after a ten year hiatus, Jason and Robb discover that perhaps some things are worth waiting for.
Jane’s Quick Bite
This is a short festive novella that makes you want to curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate in hand and indulge yourself for a little while. Jason Ferris was an orphan from six years old and guards his privacy fiercely. He is invited to his best friends’ family Xmas party but what Sunny neglects to tell Jason is that her brother Lt. Robb Sharpe is back from serving in the military. Robb was Jason's first love and it seems neither man has managed to get past their time together ten years ago. They reconnect that night but there is something a bit broken about Robb and he leaves again. They do eventually discover that the simple gifts can come to mean the most, origami features a lot, and that some things are worth waiting for. A xmassy short that will leave you with all the happy holiday feels.
Jury of One (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #2)
by Charlie Cochrane
Inspector Robin Bright is enjoying a quiet Saturday with his lover, Adam Matthews, when murder strikes in nearby Abbotson, and he’s called in to investigate. He hopes for a quick resolution, but as the case builds, he’s drawn into a tangled web of crimes, new and old, that threatens to ensnare him and destroy his fledgling relationship.
Adam is enjoying his final term teaching at Lindenshaw School, and is also delighted to be settling down with Robin at last. Only Robin doesn’t seem so thrilled. Then an old crush of Adam’s shows up in the murder investigation, and suddenly Adam is yet again fighting to stay out of one of Robin’s cases, to say nothing of trying to keep their relationship from falling apart.
Between murder, stabbings, robberies, and a suspect with a charming smile, the case threatens to ruin everything both Robin and Adam hold dear. What does it take to realise where your heart really lies, and can a big, black dog hold the key?
Mark’s Quick Bite
Charlie Cochrane writes some of the most wonderful historical and crime stories. The Lindenshaw Mystery Series is definitely one of my favourites. A great murder-mystery with British flare. I loved it. Charlie Cochrane writes excellent murder-mysteries, intricate plots, lots of red herrings and something to really get your teeth into. The other fact is I love the characters, they’re not over exaggerated but real and normal.
This book is the second in a series and it can be read as a standalone for sure. However, reading the first book will invariably give you all the essential background to understand the MCs motives, what makes them tick and how they got to where they are now. It’s also an excellent murder-mystery and with any such crime duo stories both MCs are well balanced and compliment each other perfectly. So if you’re a fan of British style crime series, a murder or two, a duffing up or two, antsy witnesses, bent coppers, more red herrings than you can shake a stick at, then you’ll love this second murder-mystery in the Lindshaw series by Charlie Cochrane. Ijust hope there will be more to come.
What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote
When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?
Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.
Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.
In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas... right?
Sue’s Quick Bite
This is a wonderful friends-to-lovers Christmas story with oodles of feel good moments. Sean returns from a long trip and stays with his best mate, Justin. The guys decide to act as fake boyfriends at a Christmas party to make Justin’s ex jealous—except each has a crush on the other and they end up making out later in a sizzling scene. Things are a little awkward between them for a few days, but they remain friends and can’t resist each other. They spend time together over the Christmas holiday and have great fun as they work out their new relationship status. The story is sweet, fluffy, and mostly angst-free. Another cracking and very British read from Jay with lots of sexy times for Justin and Sean. The audiobook is delightful too.
Driven Snow by Tara Lain
A Pennymaker Tale
Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.
Freya’s Quick Bite
Driven Snow is a delightful story that will warm the cockles of your heart.
Snow is a young chess master who has as his mentor, Professor Kingsley. Snow is adorably shy. Enter quarterback, Riley. The story then evolves around the cutthroat shenanigans of a chess tournament, physics and college football.
There are some cliché moments, but what also followed were events that made me go aww, what the hell, you bitch, oh my god, niiiccee and woohoo. Snow and other characters undergo life changing experiences, brought on by not wanting to die, realising what is important in life, and making sure good triumphs over evil. There is some technical talk that only chess players and physics lovers will understand, but it is written beautifully and adds depth to the story.
As with all good fairy tale style stories the characters include an excellent mixture of the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright outrageous. Driven Snow, is a novel that you’ll put a marker in and pick it up the next morning to continue. Beware, though - once you pass a certain point, you will keep reading until the wee early hours.