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 Kade Boehme, Annabeth Albert, Alexa Land, Suki Fleet and Cari Z. 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.
Chance of the Heart by Kade Boehme
Chance Becket's life was mapped out. He'd one day own the ranch he grew up on, have a family, and be the son he was raised to be, like all good boys in Small Town, U.S.A.
When his high school sweetheart calls for a break during her last semester of college, the last place Chance thought he'd end up was in his old friend Bradley's bed.
Bradley Heart blasted out of the closet before his family could name him heir apparent to his father's church. After six years away, a job layoff has him coming home to work behind the scenes. He and his father have little interaction and he's fine with it staying that way when he returns home. Going back into the closet, for any reason, is not on his list of things to do. But Chance may prove too much a temptation, especially with the simmering feelings they’ve had for one another since they were teens.
Confused over his sexuality, Chance has to decide what’s more important -- loyalty to his family and the path set forth, or the promise of happiness with not just the only man, but the only person, he's ever really wanted.
Includes a very toppy accountant, a cowboy who'd rather be in the kitchen, porn positions, some spanking, and absolutely zero religion other than worshipping... You know.
*63,000 words. Novel.*
Debra’s Quick Bite
I really liked this friends (childhood crushes) to lovers story. With all the touchy subjects of coming out in a small town, meddling families, religious families, and parental expectations, not to mention the expectations of Chance’s marriage to a long-time girlfriend that is still in the picture, this book did not get overly angsty. Chance has a life in their hometown and has a lot to work through on his way to coming out and living life the way he’s meant to. Bradley, who left town after coming out and has vowed to never be shoved back into the closet, tries his best to be patient with Chance, but he has his own insecurities as well. I loved both MC's and was really invested in them working everything out.
With a great blend of drama, romance, sexy times, dirty talking and sweetness, this was another winner, and one of my favorites from Kade Boehme.
Winning Bracket by Annabeth Albert
Originally published as part of the Campus Cravings bundle, Winning Bracket is now available on its own with a BRAND NEW bonus epilogue/short story!
A sexy bet on a basketball tournament challenges nerdalicious Edwin and party-boy Ollie to change their relationship status from frenemies to lovers.
Oliver Marshall has been a sexy pain in Edwin Schultz’s side since freshman year. Now seniors and competing dorm resident advisors, the two are in constant strife over noise levels and study hours. However, deep down, Edwin’s been nursing a painful crush on Ollie for years. When Ollie proposes a bet on a basketball tournament, Edwin seizes the chance to put his inconvenient feelings for Ollie behind him once and for all.
Edwin’s not the only one suffering a case of unwanted attraction—Ollie’s been running from his feelings for Edwin for a long time. He doesn't understand how someone who drives Ollie so crazy with his adherence to rules can be the same guy who makes his pulse pound. In fact, Ollie’s never been so eager to lose a bet in his life.
As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real emotions, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.
BONUS Epilogue/Short Story, Winning Wedding: When a lost receipt threatens their special day, Ollie and Edwin must wager on finding a solution before time runs out.
Jane’s Quick Bite
This is a short, super sweet and sexy novella. It was first published as part of the Campus Cravings bundle but now, with the addition of an epilogue, it is available on its own.
Ollie and Edwin are ‘frenemies’, they clash over the way each go about their dorm resident advisor duties. Ollie is more laid back whereas adorkable Edwin is more constrained by the rules. Ollie challenges Edwin to a bet on a basketball tournament and Edwin seizes on this as a way to get closer to Ollie. He knows he’s not Ollie’s type, Ollie is into jocks and not skinny, nerdy types like himself. However, unbeknownst to him Ollie has been harbouring feelings for Edwin and so they use the bet to get closer to each other. This bitesize frenemies to lovers story is perfect if you love adorkable geeks and college boys with super sexy times and a happy ever after. All of which hit my buttons on a cold, wet and windy afternoon.
(The Firsts and Forever Series Book 9)
by Alexa Land
For 26-year-old rent boy, Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he'd expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That's the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago.
Coming Home is the ninth book in Alexa Land's best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can stand alone, so jump in anywhere. Includes graphic sex and explicit language and is intended for adults only.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Although I listened to the audiobook version I really don’t think it makes a difference which media you prefer the writing skills and storytelling skills of Alexa Land will always shine through and OMG did I love this book or what?. It was my first book in the series and my first Alexa Land read, book #9 in a series but you can take my word for it that it most definitely can be read as a standalone no problem. I was blown away. I mean, if ever I have listened to and enjoyed anything as much it must be this audiobook. I loved every single minute of it from beginning to end!
This book took me on a journey, one of woe and despair when we find out more about Chance’s family background and life before. Especially when he decides to go on a road trip to visit his estranged mother and his brother after having little or no contact for so many years. He also wants to see if he can track down who is father is. But one of joy and elation when Chance gets his life sorted for once and for all. This is a beautiful story that takes a look at how we can go from rock bottom with little hope to being in charge of our own destinies once again and a future full of hopes and dreams.
Foxes by Suki Fleet
When Dashiel’s body is found dumped on an East London wasteland, his best friend Danny sets out to find the killer. But Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks—a reckless search for dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable.
A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws this lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled, fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him—from what, he doesn't know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realizes that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny can't help him fight against.
To save Micky, Danny must risk expanding his world and face something that scares him more than any shark ever could: trusting he will be accepted for who he is. If a freezing winter on the streets, a sadistic doctor, and three thousand miles don’t tear them apart first, that is.
Sue’s Quick Bite
“And if we have to live like foxes, then we’ll live like foxes. I only want to be with you.”
Suki has a wonderful way with words and the writing throughout is superbly done. Her main characters, their background, physical descriptions, personalities are all well-developed and shown through their actions and dialogue. Danny in particular is captivating. The first half or so of the book presents life on the streets of London for homeless youth. You can almost feel the cold and the hunger, and sense the poverty and the danger Danny and others suffer. The idea of ‘sharks’ or ‘predators’ on the lookout for these youngsters adds to the fear factor as Danny wanders the streets at night searching for one killer in particular.
Danny is such a lovely, helpful person and the grief he feels for his friend, Dashiel, is palpable. I adored how Danny describes his attraction for Mickey and how these feelings increase as their friendship blossoms. My heart hurt for him when he thinks Mickey is just pretending with him and can’t possibly feel the same way. But Mickey is also such a wonderful soul. Both boys are damaged inside and out in their own way. Their scenes together are all beautifully written and the sex scenes perfectly suit the characters and the tone of the story. I loved how Mickey understands Danny, gives him time and space, and helps him grow in confidence. He seems to know exactly what Danny needs. And Danny is exactly who Mickey needs.
Perilous by Cari Z
In 1803, England declares war on France, staking the fates of two mighty empires against one another. Thousands of men serve in the British navy, hungry for distinction in the battle against Bonaparte.
One of them, Lieutenant Thomas Williams, thinks he knows what he wants out of life: prize money at sea, a career of decent note, and the means to maintain his independence when he leaves the navy. What he finds is service under Captain Christopher Knightly: a tactical genius, inveterate charmer, and the youngest son of a wealthy noble house.
Their unexpected and perilous love affair is a gamble against the odds, for in a time of war, nothing is sure to last. If the French don’t tear them apart, one slip in front of the wrong eyes or ears might. When the demands of Christopher’s family take him from Thomas’s side, he thinks it might be the best thing for his captain. Little does Tom realize just how far Christopher will go to return to him, and when life takes a turn for the worse, how much further he will go to save him.
Freya’s Quick Bite
An historical from his Britannic Majesty’s Royal Navy is my Quick Bite for this week.
A noble sea captain Christopher and humble tactician Thomas are paired together on the Perilous. Their aim is to beat the French and they become good at it. The rigors of sea life send them into each other’s arms in a way that can get them killed. Their success gets them recalled to England. While there, family interfere in their happiness and they are separated.
I had a wonderful time reading this story. The imagery and tale transported me back into an historical era that was entertaining and emotional. Torn by duty and the shackles of station in life, the emotional turmoil these men go through is beautiful, tender and fraught with living in times of ignorance, scandal and non-acceptance. There were times when I had a lump in my throat and others when my tears flowed.
Perilous is a story of adrenaline filled battles at sea, cannons, interfering families, tactical manoeuvres, grieving, torture (descriptive but not explicit), heroes and love. The heat rating is pretty good, too, with a preference towards blowjobs than anything intimately graphic. It’s only around the 125-page mark; fast moving and packed with events. A worthy addition to a library for anyone with an historical tendency to their reading habits.