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 A.J. Marcus, Della Boynton, Garrett Leigh and Jordan Castillo Price. 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 Archer’s Arrow (A Ren Faire Romance #3)
by A.J. Marcus
A Ren Faire Romance
Former Olympic archer Robin Lockwood quit competing and now runs an archery booth at the Ren Faire. He enjoys his unencumbered life with few attachments but lots of casual friends. Traveling across the country from fair to fair adds spice to his life.
John Aquitaine found acting in college and started a comedy show with his good friend, Pete. They are the “Perfect Princes,” and it helps John escape real life. The gypsy lifestyle lets him keep people at arm’s length until an arrow nearly hits him and he meets the handsome Robin Lockwood.
The flame between them sparks quickly, but the relationship is slowed when John’s dark past catches up with him. John’s Uncle Fred, the source of his horrible memories, appears at one of the Perfect Princes’ performances, and it upsets John so much he needs Robin to rescue him. Their love is tested again as Uncle Fred plans to finish what he started when John was a child.
Debra’s Quick Bite
This story intrigued me as I’ll admit to going through a phase when I was younger where I was obsessed with the Ren Faire and anything to do with that time. Former Olympic archer Robin Lockwood has given up the stress of competition to travel the Ren Faire circuit with his archery booth. The nomadic life works well for him and he is content with one night stands whenever the mood strikes him. John Aquitaine is on the road for a different reason. Abducted and abused as a teenager, he is estranged from the family that failed to support him afterwards and has made his own small family at the faire. He mostly keeps to himself reading and hoping to get through the night without waking up screaming. When an errant arrow from Robin's booth brings the two men strike up an easy friendship. When it is apparent that Robin has more of an interest, John is clear to him about his limitations with intimacy.
I enjoyed the two men together and loved the fact that their relationship was true to the story set up and did not become a "love cures all" plot. Things do get a bit crazy when Robin is targeted by a vandal within the faire and then they make a stop in John's hometown where his past comes back to haunt him. This was the first of the books I read in the series and easily worked as a standalone. The writing flowed well and I liked the different setting while the story kept me interested.
Misfits by Garrett Leigh
Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
Jane’s Quick Bite
Misfits is a British ménage story set in the restaurant empire of Urban Souls. The business belongs to long term partners and lovers Tom and Cass. However they are both working so hard that they're hardly spending any time together. Though they love each other dearly, they have an open relationship and when Tom stumbles over the beautiful Jake, who is struggling with employment due mainly to his Tourette's Syndrome, he thinks for the first time that Jake might just be the right person for both himself and Cass. Their relationship develops naturally and organically and with no jealousy at play. When Cass’s past comes back to haunt him, it is Jake that seems to hold them all together. This is a very authentic story and if you've never read a ménage book before I urge you to give it a go. Highly recommended. The sequel Strays (Urban Souls book 2) is out now too.
Among The Living (Audiobook ~ Psycop #1)
by Jordan Castillo Price
Narration by Gomez Pugh
Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.
He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.
Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer's not leaving any spirits behind.
Mark’s Quick Bite
It had taken me a while before I got around to listening to this book even though the books and had been out for quite a while. Wasn’t sure if the paranormal aspect would be a little too much for me to get into. Well, I took the plunge by getting the audiobook and………………… I ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT! It was just the right balance of murder-mystery, paranormal and gay romance. What more could I wish for? For me personally it was like reading M/M Romance meets the X-Files and Buffy. Loved every minute of it.
This book covers a lot of ground in a short space of time which means there is no hanging around for intricate narratives or pages of background descriptions before. The story is off and running from the word go. That’s what I love about such books. Also we are introduced to a collection of wonderful secondary characters that all add to the story and hope to hear more from them in future books too. This was a wonderful first book to a series. I will get around to listening to the remaining stories, there just has to be more hours in the day.
Crashing Blue by Della Boynton
Francisco Cabot is an undercover narc for the police. Having lived his entire life on the underbelly of society, he's the perfect man to infiltrate hardcore gangs, gather bulletproof evidence against them, and make certain their bosses spend a lifetime behind bars. He hides a dark secret, though, that causes him to harbor a ravening hunger for revenge that not even his long list of successes can quench. But a man can only live with revenge and the refuse of humanity for so long, before not even his fantasies of innocents and his ideals are enough to light the growing darkness in his soul.
The last man Cabot expects to save him from that darkness is Christopher Caldwell, the son of the biggest drug king in the city and the man Cabot has been sent to destroy. Falling in love with the enemy was never the plan, but when Christopher begs Cabot to leave everything behind to be with him, Cabot finds himself longing to do just that. His life of violence, gangs, and slums can’t be left behind so easily, though; they'll be lucky to make it out alive.
Note: Crashing Blue was previously self-published under the title, Snow. It has been substantially revised and reedited for this release.
Freya’s Quick Bite
Cabot is a narc. The underbelly of society took his family away, and he is out for revenge. Chris is the underbelly’s son, who unexpectedly offers Cabot a get out. Cabot’s methods mean that, despite handing over the criminals, both the police and criminals hate him.
This book is full of awesomeness from start to finish. This tale of the seedy gutter, drugs, double-crossing, money, dirty cops and wishes for the fairytale ending had me immediately pegging it with the word, meaty. Every character had their place and was well written. I don’t think there was a scene that I couldn’t imagine from the authors description.
Crashing Blue had me trying to guess who was double-crossing whom. It had my heart in knots and had me reading this story at every available moment. I found it meaty, exciting, and the drama kept me on the edge of my seat, right to the end. It is one hell of a ride. If you like crime stories where
*N.B. As we are unable to give away audiobooks, we will give away the Kindle ebook for any audiobooks featured in our Quick Bites posts.