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 Jane Devitt and Alexa Snow, TJ Klune, Annabelle Jacobs, Anyta Sunday and 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.
The Square Peg by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Benedict, a successful accountant, who's just been dumped for being boring, is surprised and pleased to learn that he's inherited half ownership in a gay bar from his estranged father, seeing it as a chance to get out of his rut. That's until he meets his new partner, a mouthy, disturbingly hot Brit called Shane, and discovers that the bar's in the red and Shane's not interested in renovations that could drive away their regulars.
When a late-night confrontation turns into the hottest sex either of them has experienced, they realize there's one way to fit a square peg into a round hole, but are they solving problems or papering over the cracks? As they explore the new dynamic between them, pushing their limits until Ben's shocked at where his desire to dominate Shane takes him, the renovations to the bar begin. They're building something new, something good -- but fear and an unexpected act of violence may tear down what they've created.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM elements (includes caning/spanking), D/s, male/male sexual practices.
Debra’s Quick Bite
Seemingly uptight accountant Ben unexpectedly inherits half-ownership of a gay bar (The Square Peg) from his estranged father. Shane the other owner, having run the bar for Ben's father for years, is hostile and short tempered as he sees Ben as coming in to take over and change the bar he has put his life into. Ben and Shane are attracted to each other from the beginning even as they butt heads. Ben is insecure, his last lover leaving him claiming he was boring, but he has a need to dominate that he has previously been unable to express. Shane, while outwardly bossy, has a need to be submissive in bed. The BDSM between these men is not a well thought out scene, but more a feeling their way through it and doing whatever feels right at the moment as they learn to accept what they want and like.
The story is very well written and the drama mostly comes from the two men trying to turn the bar around and save the business, against outside factors. The bar employees make for intriguing secondary characters, especially goth bartender Vin and the flamboyant, slutty Patrick and the end left me running for the next book to read Vin's story.
John and Jackie by TJ Klune
John and Jackie first laid eyes on each other when they were twelve years old. Now, seventy-one years later, Jack prepares to give his beloved husband the ultimate gift. Before he does, they'll relive five key moments from their younger lives together over the course of a single afternoon. From their first meeting and first kiss to the violence of an abusive father and the heartache of growing up, these moments have defined who they have become. As sunset approaches, John will show the depths of his love for the one man who has made him whole: his Jackie. They'll soon learn there is no force more powerful than their devotion to one another
1st Edition published by TJ Klune with The Crack Crew, May 2013
Jane’s Quick Bite
This is John and Jackie’s life story from their first meeting at twelve years old, where I fell in love with both of them, right through their lives to the end. We hear of their struggles and triumphs, but ultimately their love and devotion to each other. It is an emotional journey and one your heart will not survive intact. As with all epic tales spun by TJ Klune, this one will make you laugh and cry his signature wookie cry face. I sobbed and sobbed, it touched my heart and soul. I truly love this book because the love, care and devotion they have show each other over a lifetime shines through.
Chasing Shadows by Annabelle Jacobs
Jamie Matthews goes to Cornwall to find his missing brother. The police are convinced Michael drowned, but Jamie knows better. No way would Michael swim to his death, especially on a beach with a wicked rip tide. Finding a stranger in his brother’s cottage only deepens his misgivings.
Felix Bergstrom is recently discharged from the British Army. Unable to put the past behind him, he takes an unhealthy interest in old acquaintance and millionaire businessman Karl Weston, hoping to catch him up to no good. Michael’s disappearance adds fuel to Felix’s suspicions. Weston’s clifftop home overlooks the beach where Michael supposedly walked into the sea, but Weston has an alibi for that day.
When Jamie and Felix meet, the physical attraction is instant. Mistrust keeps them from acting on it until finally all their secrets are laid bare. But time isn’t on their side. Before they’re able to work out whether they have a future, danger catches up with them and threatens to put an end to everything.
Mark’s Quick Bite
The thing I love about the Quick Bites post is that it gives me a chance to go back and look at those books that I have read and give myself a memory jog thinking to myself, “oh yeah, I remember that book now and it was so good!” One of the problems of reading too much is you can sometime forget those books that really appealed to you after time. So here we have one of those books from me.
Cornwall and the military; two things I know all too well through personal experience. First Annabelle got the setting perfectly described. Lonely cottages on the windswept cliffs of Cornwall. Holiday makers who throw caution to the wind, disregard the warning signs and advice from the coast guard and then it’s no wonder people go missing and believe me they all to often do, tragically. What happens? The lucky ones get rescued. Others are reported missing first of all and then invariably found dead, washed up on a beach six miles down the coast.
As soon as the two MCs get together, I just loved the pairing. At first due to the way they met, very suspicious of each other even though a certain sexual tension is there from the onset. But Felix is mysterious and is obviously hiding more secrets than he is willing to tell Jamie. Jamie’s suspicions are also raised, could Felix know more about his brother’s death? How he died? Where the body can be found? Or dare he even think there’s a small chance of him being alive? Well, although Felix is obviously hiding a few things who can’t start to fall for the man of mystery type, throw in hot and sexy as hell and you have a character to droll over.This is a thoroughly entertaining read with some great characters and a super heat level. The book kept me intrigued all the way though. As for the truth behind Michael’s disappearance? Well, you’ll have to read the book – HA!…… ENJOY!
Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday
A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.
Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…
Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.
When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr. Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.
All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be The One for her, and the friend for him.
But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…
Sue’s Quick Bite
This is one of my favourite books of the year. It is a lovely slow-build romance with plenty of UST. It’s a friends to lovers story with a difference. The stars had forecast that Theo and his twin sister (both Leos) would find love in the near future and their new roommate seems to be the ideal candidate. Theo assumes Jamie will be the perfect match for Leone, but as the two men spend time together and become friends, Theo struggles with the idea of this love match. Even with the strange feelings he’s experiencing, he’s oblivious to the fact that he is falling for Jamie and, even after they finally kiss and make out, it takes him a while to realize what he’s feeling is love.
There’s so much I like about this story. The writing is compelling and the characters are well developed and likeable. There are numerous times when Jamie and Theo share special heart-melting moments—touches, looks, and conversations. They banter and cajole and act as more than best friends, texting and leaving messages for each other. They also suffer pangs of jealousy when other people appear to come between them.
Boys Who Go Bump In The Night
by JL Merrow and Josephine Myles
When boy meets (supernatural) boy
Buckle up as two queens of British gay romance take you on a whistlestop tour of all things paranormal. Vampires, genies, ghosts, magicians and shifters all get their chance for a bit of boy on boy action, in five erotic stories that span the range from the humorous to the sublime.
Will you seek to make your fortune with magic and ritual, or pin your hopes on a genie’s power to grant wishes? Discover a shifty young man on a Scottish shoreline, meet a hapless garlic farmer who’s been turned into one of the undead--and if you dare to venture into the cellar, gird your loins for a horny ghost!
These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology.
Freya’s Quick Bite
This anthology is a delightful collection of tales told in a typically British way, with British phrasing and British humour. It’s a series of stories featuring a vampire, a ghost, and a few other things that I’ll leave as a surprise. Some will give you a giggle, while others will pull at your heartstrings.
Each story is a quick read. And each one is unique in its setting but I loved the sense of humour displayed by both authors and their ability to make the most out of a short story.
Leeches and Layabouts by JL Merrow - this will give you a titter.
Something Queer by Josephine Myles - Sexy and funny.
Sacrifice by JL Merrow - a heart tugger.
Et In Orcadia by JL Merrow - lump in the throat time
One Last Wish by Josephine Myles - a sweetie
These are some short stories that are perfect for all too brief time outs over Christmas.