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 Josephine Myles, TJ Klune, Brandon Witt, Eli Easton and Cate Ashwood. 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.
Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles
’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.
Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.
The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.
Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.
As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.
Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.
Debra’s Quick Bite
A fun second chance romance set against the backdrop of the Bath Holiday Market. It's Riley's big chance to prove himself by running the market and get the big promotion. A last minute replacement vendor in the market, however is an unexpected blast from his past.
Riley's outgoing nature had me smiling throughout the story. I felt so bad for him in the beginning that I didn't want to like Stan, the man who broke his heart 5 years ago and moved off to the country, but he quickly won me over. As much as Riley and Stan love each other, they just have not been able to find a way to make things work. Stan is stifled by city living and Riley cannot imagine living in the middle of nowhere.
I enjoyed watching Riley try to figure out what he really needs as opposed to what he has always thought he wanted. This was a lovely read, with a holiday feel regardless of one rather vengeful seagull.
The Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.
When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.
At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.
Or so he thinks.
Jane’s Quick Bite
The Lightning Struck Heart is an epic tale told in true TJ Klune style. It is a tale of fantasy and magic with the most amazing cast of characters. Gary, the camp, gay, hornless unicorn, Tiggy the half-giant and Sam of Wilds, apprentice to the King’s wizard. Together with dreamy Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart they set out on an epic quest to free Prince Justin, the king’s son and boyfriend of Ryan who has been captured by a sexually aggressive dragon. It is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read or listened to, as the audiobook is brilliantly narrated by the very talented Michael Lesley. This book has humour, love, romance, magic and will give you all the feels. I loved, loved, loved it! If you haven't read it yet or think you don't like fantasy stories, don't be put off. This comes with the highest possible recommendation, it really is a must read!
Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt
The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.
Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado Springs. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents' old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away - the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.
Life, it seems, has other plans.
Mark’s Quick Bite
WOW – what a saga this story is. When I use the word saga I mean it positively as this story is of epic proportions. It deals with a whole number of complicated issues and emotions, keeping me invested in Travis’s and Wesley’s story all the way. It’s a slow burn romance and this was very fitting for such a story as anything else would not have been credible. There is a whole myriad of emotions, attitudes and political themes including the worst kind of bigotry to contend with running through this book. Everything you would no doubt have to contend with living in a small rural community.
Based on the fact that you never love the same way twice, Travis and Wesley come out triumphant. Yes, you can never relight a lost love but a new love, although different, can be just as wondrous and beautiful.
Merry Christmas Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton
Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.
But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.
Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.
Sue’s Quick Bite
This is a lovely new Christmas story, although for a few chapters it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I trusted Eli to provide a happy ending and so persevered. I always enjoy her writing style and the superb characters she creates, and this story certainly didn’t disappoint.
The season of Goodwill to all men—and children—unfortunately backfires on poor Mr. Miggles. He’s a wonderfully generous man and his kindness is abused. My heart went out to him when he was falsely accused by a few mean-spirited people.
Yes, he appears rather a stiff and serious head librarian at first, but his friendship and camaraderie with Toby, his junior, is fun and light-hearted. They have a slow-build romance that didn’t look like it was going to get a chance to blossom with all the drama that occurs. However, love and appreciation for Mr. Miggles prevails, leading to a joyful ending full of Christmas spirit.
A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood
For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn't gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn't enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other's arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
Freya’s Quick Bite
I was on the edge of my seat from the first chapter and even left a bathroom break until I was busting.
Years after seeing each other at school, Sam and Adam meet up again. They work in the same hospital, one as a forensic pathologist, the other as a paramedic. Unfortunately, their time together at school was not romantic. Adam is also in the closet
I loved the hospital/paramedic activity. It was realistic and drew me into their world. The sexual tension, the difficulties of the men in and out of work, their life and their relationship had me on the edge of my seat. The ugly side of people knowing one is gay, also rears its head. OMG and uniforms. We have men in uniforms.
I found A Forced Silence to be a balanced, excellent story, with good characters, and a well-informed glimpse into the world of the emergency medical services. It was enlightening. This story pulled at my heart strings and fed the adrenaline junkie inside me too. So, if you love anything involving the medical profession, run out and buy this – you’ll love it. If hospital drama isn’t your cup of tea, this one is still worth dunking a biscuit into.