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 AJ Rose, Ashlyn Kane, A.M. Arthur, Cardeno C and T.J. Land. 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.
Power Exchange (Power Exchange #1) by AJ Rose
From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images seared into his soul, Gavin has to find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to a marital split, and his professional life uncertain with the assignment of a new partner, Gavin needs all the help he can get understanding the case.
Enter Ben Haverson, a psychologist and a well known Dom. With Ben’s help as a consultant on the case and attention to Gavin himself, Gavin delves deeper than he ever thought he would into the world of restraints and paddles. Forced to take a closer look at himself, his true nature, and his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: keep the fear of submitting at bay, or dive in and solve the case with the knowledge he gains? When another victim is discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, and he’s pulled headlong into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life.
Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has noticed, has taken stock, and has set his sights on the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit him, or will his first exchange of power be his last?
Debra’s Quick Bite
I first read this book back and 2013 and it is still one of those books I re-read from time to time. Gavin is a homicide detective investigating the murder of a Dom. The case puts him in touch with therapist and Dom, Ben, who is set to work as a consultant on the case. Gavin soon finds himself attracted to the man and delving into the lifestyle with him and not just for the case. This all leads up to not just some very hot BDSM scenes as Ben introduces Gavin to the world of submission, but to both men facing some fears as they connect not just physically, but emotionally. I dare you not to fall in love with Ben as he guides Gavin along to finding himself and exploring a side of him he never knew was there.
There is a lot of time devoted to the mystery (which to me wasn’t all that hard to figure out, but hey, Gavin was distracted by his tumultuous personal life and hot new Dom) which brings us some face time with Gavin’s awesome partner Myah and his brother Cole. There are a couple scenes relating to the murder that might be a bit tough to handle for the squeamish, but overall this is a story with a fantastic cast of characters, good writing and some very hot scenes between one of my favorite couples.
American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane
Jake Brenner has too many wild oats to sow to fall in love—or so he claims. Besides, he's much too busy with his band, the Wayward Sons, to go looking for romance. His reticence has nothing to do with his embarrassing crush on Chris, the band's lead singer and Jake's erstwhile best friend. But that was before enigmatic wanderer Parker McAvoy signed on as the band's new lead guitarist. He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore. The trouble is, Parker knows all about Jake's philandering ways—and oh, yeah, he's not gay. Or so Jake thinks until a string of related events provides encouraging new insight. Can he convince Parker to overlook his colorful past and give him a chance? Or will this love song fade out before it even begins?
Jane’s Quick Bite
I simply adore this book, it's been a firm favourite and a go to comfort read for me for a few years now. It tells the story of the rise of a popular local rock band The Wayward Sons, to international superstardom.
Jake Brenner, the bassist for The Wayward Sons has garnered a bit of a reputation for having many one night stands. He thinks he’s too young and rock ‘n roll to be in a relationship or to be in love, even though he’s crushing on his best friend Chris, the band’s lead singer. Enter Parker McAvoy, sweet, sweet Parker. He becomes the band’s lead guitarist and is musically gifted but his background is a bit of a mystery. After spending time together in and out of the band Jake starts to fall for him. However, Parker is all too aware of Jake’s reputation and so is unconvinced of Jake’s affections. Jake has his work cut out convincing Parker to take a chance on him.
I love the way Jake writes the Wayward Son’s blog Prodigal. We hear from Jake directly as he’s engaging with the fans and this gives us a great insight into him and the band. The secondary cast of characters are well developed and bring a lot to the story. The dialogue is brilliantly written and very humorous, the romance bone meltingly sweet and the sexual tension is off the charts. I loved how emotionally connected Jake and Parker became and that just added to the chemistry between them. A great read, I love it and the audiobook narrated by Sean Crisden is definitely worth a listen to as well.
Come What May (All Saints #1) by A.M. Arthur
Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn't know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn't want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He's a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn't leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He's smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas's surly exterior. Sure, he's done things in life he's not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he's never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas's old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn't enough—and sometimes it's exactly what you need.
Mark’s Quick Bite
a wonderful coming out story, especially from Jonas’ view point. Two wonderful characters that I loved immensely and told with such insight, feeling and emotion that for me is the hallmark of A.M. Arthur’s writing. An uplifting story that left me feeling good and positive about life and the good people in it.
It was this balance between the two MCs that I loved. Tate is street wise and probably a lot wiser than his years due to his experiences. Jonas needs the gentle love and support Tate provides but above all the patience and understanding needed when dealing with someone in the closet. It’s like playing with a scared rabbit, one sudden or move too fast and the rabbit will bolt. Jonas is so skittish at first but once the hormones take over and the flood gates are down, OMG, I could feel the sexual tension in Jonas practically explode in a flood of emotion. It was seriously HOT reading about this, as Jonas now discovers what he’s been denying himself all this time. Had to get my fan out on more than one occasion. This was beautifully and above all tenderly written. As I said “rabbits!” - lol! After Jonas’ first sexual experience with Tate then it was clear to him that he’s gay and there is now no going back.
Not a Game by Cardeno C
An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.
A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.
A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.
An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.
Sue’s Quick Bite
This is such an uplifting and feel-good story. It is the tale of Oliver, a 28-year old chubby game designer, who lacks the confidence to approach another man for a date and so arranges to meet an escort to help him gain experience in the bedroom. He hits it off immediately with Jaime. They talk easily and make out over several hook-ups. Jaime has a wonderful effect on Oliver’s confidence and and the two men gradually fall in love. The main problem appears that Jaime is an escort, but not everything is as it seems. Oliver is such a sweetheart. He really is a nice guy and Jaime treats him superbly. There are a few twists and well-devised plot points along the way, some humour, and several smoking hot bedroom scenes, but the beauty of this story is the way Jaime accepts Oliver for who he is and doesn’t try to change him. He finds his body shape attractive and adores his personality. I loved the twelve-year age gap and the maturity of both characters. The audiobook is superbly narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
The Captains Men by T.J. Land
The Prayer and her crew have been lost in space for four years. Thomas is lonely and homesick; Zachery is angry and mutinous; Rick is just terrified. And all of them are really in need of some hands-on time with their captain.
The only thing holding them together is their captain, an aloof, sharp-tongued man whose methods of keeping up morale are unconventional, but extremely effective. But now the captain has a choice to make: do they continue their fruitless search for a way home or try to start a new life in this strange galaxy?
The Captain's Men contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.
Freya’s Quick Bite
Among the stars, the captain and his men are adrift. They’d been adrift for a long time, surviving on synthesized fair. So - twelve people in space. What could possibly occupy their minds? And more importantly, what occupied their time?
Aboard The Prayer, the crew are diverse in character and physicality. For example, one likes gardening, another loves engines, and one does the things no one else likes doing. A little fetish is thrown in, too. The handsome brute of a captain has a slicing tongue and is the feature of many of the crew’s fantasies.
But, there is more to this crew than a horny bunch of men. There is enigmatic, sexy, dangerous, vulnerable and backstories that hold future possibilities.
This story is a delightfully sarcastic quirky fuckathon that I found totally entertaining.