Monday, May 29, 2017

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

PicMonkey Image 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 Wade Kelly, Jordan Nasser, Haley Walsh and Becca Burton. Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this week's Quick Bites.

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When Love is Not Enough

(Unconditional Love #1) by Wade Kelly

51M4Ayb9ERLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Unconditional Love: Book One

A six-year downward spiral into a world of lies and deception leads to the end of one man’s life when self-discovery crosses the line between being the perfect son or following his heart.

Jimmy Miller never intended to lead a double life starting the day he fell in love with Darian, but his parents’ divorce, fighting in school, and constantly keeping secrets for his closeted best friend and protector, Matt, force his hand. Jimmy finds the demands too great to withstand and ends it all prematurely, leaving behind an angry best friend and a shattered lover.

Matt and Darian cling to one another in the aftermath of their loss, forging a new friendship immediately tested by the truths of their relationships with Jimmy that are hidden in the pages of Jimmy’s journals. Will Matt and Darian discover what truly happened to their friend? And will this tragedy birth something beautiful between them as they learn the balance between life, family, and friendship when love is simply not enough?

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Last week I chose fluff, this week I’m going to break your heart. Told mostly through flashbacks and journal entries, Jamie is the heart of this book although he made me both angry and sad. His suicide is the catalyst to bring together his lifelong best friend Matt, and Darian, the fiancé he left behind. As Matt goes through Jamie's journals, he realizes that there is much he didn't know about his best friend and he becomes determined to protect the fragile and gentle Darian. Although the two had never met before, their grief for Jamie quickly bonds them together.

This story is heartbreaking on so many levels and even the hopeful HFN ending leaves you knowing there are more difficult times ahead. But seeing Matt through Jamie's eyes, and then watching him becoming the man Jamie always wanted him to be when faced with Darian's grief, was a bright spot in the story. Wade Kelly did a wonderful job of telling this complex story through the different points of view of the three men involved and having me fully vested in these characters. If you’re like me you’ll be so glad you can jump straight into the next book when this one ends.


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Home is a Fire by Jordan Nasser

41A4NL7 n-L._SY346_Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Most people would look at Derek and say he’d made it in life. A fun job, a handsome boyfriend, and an exciting life in New York City. But one night, staring at his reflection in the window of the subway as it barrels down Lexington Avenue, Derek realizes he’s fooling himself—and everyone else, too.

Derek gets off the train and goes home. Only not home to his tiny Manhattan apartment, but home to Tennessee—which is definitely not NYC.

Home to his family—and to all the other people he knows, or thinks he knows, and who think they know him.

Home to football games, and dive bars, and high school buddies who have known him forever.

Home to old situations…and to new possibilities.

At turns lighthearted, poignant, and surprising, Home Is a Fire is a delightful read for anyone who believes that whoever said “You can’t go home again” was mistaken. It’s just not exactly how you pictured it.

Jane’s Quick Bite

After reading Mark’s glowing review of The Fire Inside (book 3 in the series) I was intrigued and immediately started Home is Fire (book1) I read all 3 books back to back in a day. I couldn't put them down. I love this series and I was drawn into Home is a Fire by the fantastic, almost autobiographical nature of the story telling. Told from Derek's PoV it is engaging, warm and funny and gives you a real feel for the South, especially the food! I love the cast of characters, Derek especially and I’m so glad I didn't have to wait between books as I was desperate to see how things progressed for Derek, his friends and family. If, like me, you missed this book when it was first published I implore you to pick it up now, you will be thoroughly entertained and captivated. Highly recommended, not just by me, but Mark too.

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Foxe Tail (Audiobook: Skyler Foxe Mystery #1)

by Hayley Walsh

51IwvkiT6SL._SL300_[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Gay teacher Skyler Foxe thought teaching English was murder. Wait till he falls into the real thing.

Skyler Foxe is a brand new English teacher in his hometown of Redlands, CA. He loves literature, loves his students, loves his friends, especially his best friend Detective Sidney Feldman. But he doesn't love keeping his orientation a secret, afraid of the backlash in this conservative county. But will murder thrust him into unwanted limelight?

Who killed the principal's son outside a gay dance club? And what's the connection to James Polk High? Is the macho football coach or his mysterious and gorgeous new assistant coach involved? Can Skyler trust anyone at the high school when there seems to be conspiracies around every corner?

©2010 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson) (P)2015 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson)

Mark’s Quick Bite

This is a series that I started relatively late on audio, the books had been out for sometime, but I was delighted that I had decided to catch up with this series. The whole series is perfectly balanced between romance, sleuthing and funny moments with Skyler's friends. Of course for Skyler things are not easy when a new member of staff turns up in the form of the mysterious Keith, football coach and biology teacher, or for Skyler Sex God and Testosterone Inducer – lol! But there is more to Keith than meets the eye and Skyler not only has a murder to solve but also what is the deal with Keith? I loved this book and if like me you start this series you’ll be hooked, I promise!

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Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton

51OzOzQNRpLRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?

Freya’s Quick Bite

This story is soooo good, I read it in a day.

For anyone who is a sucker for a good hospital story – this is a must. It pulled at my heartstrings in every way. The more I read, the more I wanted to know, and the more I got vested in the characters.

Dylan and Landon are the victims of a vicious attack. While Dylan’s injuries allow him to depart hospital fairly soon, Landon’s injuries leave him fighting for his life, and if he survives, in need of extensive rehab.

The story delves into the memories and emotions experienced by victims, friends, and family. The reminiscences connect us to Dylan and Landon pre-attack. Good times, funny and sweet times are recalled, and the small things that make a relationship special are identified.

In the face of traumatic circumstances guilt, anger, introspection, hurt, life re-evaluation, and acceptance of circumstance raise their heads. However, acceptance doesn’t mean beaten.

The journey travelled in this novel shows the stresses, support, complications, highs and lows of surviving head injury. Dylan and Landon are totally loveable. And not everyone wore a halo. There was a good blend of personalities with varying temperaments that helped give the book excellent depth.

Something Like A Love Song is – INSPIRATIONAL.

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Giveaway

*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.

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18 comments:

  1. Home is a Fire by Jordan Nasser. I love the blurb and the review.

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  2. When Love Is Not Enough sounds interesting. I liked what I read by Wade Kelly so far and the blurb sounds like I might enjoy reading that book.

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  3. Something Like a Love Song sounds great!

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  4. When Love is Not Enough... new author for me, so it sounds intriguing

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  5. Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton

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  6. I was the lucky winner of Home is a Fire (and its sequel) by Jordan Nasser, thanks to the generous giveaway for the release of book #3, and I grabbed Foxe Tail (Skyler Foxe Mystery #1) by Hayley Walsh as a freebie a few months back... But my TBR list is so long I haven't had the chance to read any of these yet, so I don't really want to add another series to it, lol.
    And as I already had my eyes set on this title, my choice will thus lean toward Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  7. Something Like a Love Song sounds like a good tear jerker story

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  8. When Love is not Enough because I always love a book that looks into the thoughts of main characters and their actions.

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  9. Thanks for the quick bites. Talk about being late for a series, that's me. I've been wanting to get into the Foxe Mysteries, b/c I love gay mysteries with the romance mixed in, and I like Mark's assessment of how well that's balanced in this. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  10. Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton would bem y choice,

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  11. Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton because I love stories where a couple is drawn closer by tragedy and I haven't read anything by this author yet.

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  12. Something Like a Love Song looks good.

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  13. I'm intrigued with Jordan Nasser's book now... thanks for the chance

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  14. Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton sounds good.

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  15. Something Like a Lovesong by Becca Burton sounds like a really good book. colby69@verizon.net

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  16. HOME IS A FIRE or FOXE TAIL really appeal to me!

    --Trix

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  17. I've never read anything by this author so, I'd like to give it a try: Foxe Tail (Audiobook: Skyler Foxe Mystery #1)
    by Hayley Walsh
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

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  18. home is a fire sounds interesting

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