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 four great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Josephine Myles, Marguerite Labbe, L.R. Spickett and Addison Albright. 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 Hot Floor by Josephine Myles
Two plus one equals scorching hot fun.
Dumped by his boyfriend and reduced to living in a grotty bedsit, Josh Carpenter has gotten used to expecting the worst. Now he lives only for his job as a glassblower…and occasional glimpses of his sexy downstairs neighbors, Rai Nakamura and Evan Truman.
Every time he overhears the diminutive academic and the hunky plumber having loud and obviously kinky sex, Josh is overwhelmed with lust…and a longing for a fraction of what they have.
To his amazement, Rai and Evan find his embarrassing tendency to blush utterly charming, and the three men grow closer over the course of the long, hot summer. Despite Rai’s charming flirtation and Evan’s smoldering gaze, Josh is determined never to break his new friends’ loving bonds.
On the night a naked Josh falls—quite literally—into the middle of one of Rai and Evan’s marathon sex sessions, the force of their mutual attraction takes control. But just as Josh dares to hope, he senses a change. Leaving him to wonder if the winds of love are about to blow his way at last…or if history is about to repeat itself.
Warning: Contains one well-endowed stud with a sexy accent, one improbably toppy bottom boy with an unfortunate owl obsession, and one blushing naïf who can’t believe his luck. Also, the occasional indulgence in mathematical spanking and some shameless armpit sex.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This was a fun, sexy ménage story with just a little bit of kink. It's told from the point of Josh, who becomes the third in the already established relationship between his neighbors Rai and Evan after he literally crashes into their lives. All three men had distinct personalities and worked great together. The story is not too heavy on the angst, but it was a bit heartbreaking to watch Josh struggle with wanting more, but not wanting to intrude on what the two men already have, especially when the lines of communication in the new threesome aren't fully worked out.
Good secondary characters and the British humor and feel I always expect from Josephine Myles round out a story I would absolutely recommend.
All Bets Are Off by Marguerite Labbe
It only takes one night with Ash Gallagher to make Eli Hollister think he’s finally met the right man at the right time. Good thing he doesn’t bet on it, because Ash turns out to be a student in Eli’s class at the local college. Eli can’t deny he’s attracted, but now it’s complicated. He’s already in enough trouble with the department head, a man who would like to see Eli denied his tenure and fired.
Ash is looking forward to taking his life in a new direction. After serving one active-duty stint in the Marine Corps and another in the Reserves, he’s ready to put his military life behind him. The last new experience he’d planned for this semester was to fall in lust with his English professor, but the more Eli resists, the more Ash is determined to have him. Then he discovers Eli’s playing for keeps, and Ash is only interested in a fling... or is he? Between these two, when it comes to life and love, all bets are off.
Jane’s Quick Bite
Eli Hollister is an English professor who is instantly attracted to the new guy in town, Ash Gallagher, the first time he lays eyes on him and it seems the new guy may just feel the same.
Ash has served on active duty in the Marine Corps and is now a reservist looking to take his life in another direction. He is temporarily working a construction job at the local bar/diner until the college semester starts. It's at the bar the guys first meet, and agree to meet up later to watch the game, which leads to their first bet.
When it is revealed that Ash is in Eli’s English class, they have to put the brakes on their attraction. They do manage to still meet up as friends and their bets continue. When a series of break ins occur at Eli’s home and office they try to piece together the mystery, whilst trying to keep their hands off each other until the end of the semester.
I love how, after the instant attraction, they have to pull back and so the anticipation and sexual tension is off the charts as they try to resist each other. The bets only compound this, ramping up the UST to palpable levels. I first read this back in November 2012, but it's stood the test of time and I still return to it for a hit of Eli & Ash every now and again.
Maurice - A New Beginning by L. R. Spickett
"Because, well, what do yer say, Maurice, love. Yes that's it - Jesus Christ - I love you, Maurice!"
The year is 1920 and whilst the war may be over, Maurice and his friends are fighting private battles of their own. L. R. Spickett continues where E. M. Forster left off in his original tale of forbidden love - ‘Maurice'. In ‘Maurice - A New Beginning' the recently heartbroken Maurice has been given another shot at love with the handsome but lower class Alec, but there are still hurdles to overcome - they face obstacles from family, friends, and society. Relationships are never easy and in a time when homosexuality was considered a criminal act they could be almost impossible. However, when a kindly couple step into their lives, things begin to look up and with determination and the support of friends, love looks set to win the day.
Mark’s Quick Bite
This book piqued my interest for many reasons. Why? Well first of all, why on earth would anyone wish or even dare to continue where E.M. Forster ended his original book of Maurice? A tall order to follow one of our greatest literary masters who wrote what was probably the first M/M romance ever. If you were gay in this time then you most definitely needed allies which invariably results in a merry band of friends who are all about looking after each other’s interests and backs. A kind of solidarity in knowing that you are not alone and there are others out there like yourself. Finding them though would always have been the tricky if not dangerous part. Yes, I felt this would have been totally appropriate for the time.
I could wax lyrical about this book all day. Are all the questions answered as to how Maurice and Alec’s continue after the first book I can most definitely say….. YES! Mr Spickett has done a masterful job in continuing Maurice’s and Alec’s story and is most definitely a worthy sequel to the original which by default is a tall order in itself. It rounds off E.M. Forster’s book wonderfully tying up all those loose ends and questions left in the first. I would not recommend reading this book as a standalone. To get the most from Mr Spickett’s story you should really read or be at least familiar with the original (my review here) and then this book will mean a lot more and make a lot more sense.
‘Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright
Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers -- which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations -- they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage ... ’Til Death Do Us Part.
The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes and he’s presumed dead. But four people -- Henry, two other men, and a child -- survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive, as well?
Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?
Freya’s Quick Bite
As valentines is but a sleep away, I thought my quick bite should have something a bit different. This story fits the bill.
Sam and Nash are planning their wedding. It was a happy time considering, years before, Sam had lost his husband in a plane crash. Then, two military men turn up on his doorstep and tell him that his husband Henry is alive and stranded on a remote island. Sam is understandably dumbfounded. It took him a long time to move on from losing Henry. What was he to do?
Till Death Do Us Part is a touch of, Lost, meets Swiss Family Robinson. And from the beginning my emotions were sent in all directions. The story mainly focuses on the emotional and physical side of surviving a crash rather than the physically intimate. And I have to say that the emotional trauma is extremely well done. On more than one occasion, I had a lump in my throat. The author has also thought much about tools, hazards and general survival on a tropical island. Of course though, there isn’t only trauma on the island. There is trauma at home, too. Sam and his family have to go through loss, anguish, moving on, and what of the partner Sam moves on with – Nash?
I found this book a pleasure to read and an education. It made me realize how little I know about survival and encouraged me to think about the things I take for granted. Bravo.