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 Amy Lane, Lauren Sattersby, Marie Sexton, Silvia Violet 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.
Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane
Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.
Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them — just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity — Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not — but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.
But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.
Debra’s Quick Bite
One final Christmas Quick Bite from me. This is a sweet, heartwarming read, with just the right amount of angst and drama that had me tearing up a bit but left me smiling. It’s full of Amy Lane’s signature style that makes me feel so deeply for the characters. One of the things I find her writing does best is make me feel the characters' sadness and disappointment when faced with family rejection the way Rusty does here.
If you’re like me, you’ll fall in love with both main characters, who are made to be together. I loved Oliver's determination to get exactly what he wants, and Rusty's absolute devotion to Oliver in the face of his parents' rejection. There are also wonderful secondary characters, especially Rex, Rusty's college roommate who was a bigger than life, joy to read. A wonderful read to cap off the holiday season.
Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby
I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.
But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.
But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?
Jane’s Quick Bite
This a totally unique book. It's very original and I just adored it. Tyler is a bell hop in a hotel and has a very stagnant life with a bitch of a girlfriend. He finds a rock star dead from an overdose in one of the hotel rooms where he works. He then finds that the ghost of the dead rock star is stuck to him. They embark on a journey for Chris, the dead bassist, to try and lay some of his ‘ghosts’ to rest. Tyler and Chris are polar opposites in character but along the way they find themselves gradually falling for each other. It is full of humour and pathos and also very emotional at times and you find yourself desperately wanting them to have a happy ending. A great read if you're looking for something a bit different.
Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton
It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.
Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.
Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I loved this book and it took me back to my formative teenage years. Ms Sexton has delivered an emotional drama, full of teenage hopes and fears, times where I had a tear, times where my heart just burst for joy. It’s always the stories where love wins through against all the odds that get me every time. This one is no exception.
You can really feel and understand the teenage emotional turmoil, the feelings and hormones running high, hopes dashed but then dreams to live for. The love that develops between Cody and Nate is so sweet and tender at first. A sweet romance full of teenage trials and tribulations, a trip down memory lane and wonderful writing. Who could wish for more?
Needing A Little Christmas by Silvia Violet
Discovering his boyfriend's affair with a co-worker wrecks Eli's holiday plans. With his parents on a cruise and his brother and sister out of town, he's on his own. His mother insists he escape to her friend's mountain cabin. Eli reluctantly agrees, but he takes off unprepared and ends up driving into the worst snowstorm the area has seen in years.
He survives the trip, but he's stuck with no logs for the woodstove and little food. Fortunately, he gets the number for Mac's Wood Delivery. Mac doesn't mind riding to the rescue, and his deep, sultry voice has Eli eagerly anticipating the delivery. Is Mac the little bit of Christmas cheer Eli has been needing?
Sue’s Quick Bite
Eli plans to spend his Christmas holiday alone in a remote cabin to escape from his unfaithful and now ex-boyfriend. He plans to spend the time writing, but he is unprepared for the sudden snowstorm. Fortunately the local wood cutter is on hand to supply him with wood, food, company, and a lot of comfort.
This is a lovely feel-good Christmas short story. Mac and Eli are adorable and very hot together. Yes, there’s insta-love but it works for these very opposite sort of guys.
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.