Monday, July 31, 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 Anne Tenino, TJ Klune, Harper Fox and Jordan Castillo Price. Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

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Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino

91Wnkaok2NL._SL1500_[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

It isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.
Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong...can they?

Debra’s Quick Bite

Who doesn’t love a man in a kilt?  Romance novel addict Sam is a grad student who has finally decided that he is done settling for Mr. Wrong and is ready to find Mr. Right. When he meets his "perfect Highlander" Ian, he takes a chance and asks him out, but Ian rejects him telling Sam he is not his type. When the two meet again at a party Sam decides that there would be nothing wrong with a one night hook up knowing that's all it would be, not realizing that since their first meeting Ian hasn't been able to stop thinking about Sam.

Sam uses his knowledge of romance novel plotting to guide the growing relationship, while Ian makes frequent use of his therapy sessions to learn how a relationship works. Like any good romance novel there will, of course, be a Big Misunderstanding but the hero’s Happy Ever After is assured.  This book is funny, and sweet with a lot of sex, a little kink, a sexy man in a kilt and just enough drama to keep it interesting. 

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The Art of Breathing

(Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles Book 3)

by TJ Klune

71bXwOuradL._SL1350_[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Sequel to Who We Are

Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.

But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn't seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.

In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother's devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past.

Jane’s Quick Bite

I love this book. It's book 3 in the Bear, Otter and the Kid Chronicles. I know plenty of people who have read this as a standalone, and it works, but you will get so much more out of it if you've read Bear, Otter and The Kid and Who We Are before this. The series is a family saga, it's about living, loving, losing, finding yourself and your path in the world and about the folks that make up your family and make you who you are.

This is ‘The Kid’s’ book. Tyson Thompson is growing up and he struggles with who he is and his place in the world. He has a diagnosis of panic disorder and a subsequent drug addiction to deal with. We see him try to put the pieces of his life back together and move forward. This means dealing with his feelings for his best friend Dom. Their path is ‘inevitable’ and you hope like hell they’ll make it. This brings lots of angsty moments but also romance and unconditional love, in many forms and from different people. I rooted all the way through this for Tyson, I was as far in his corner as his Bear, Otter and the rest of the gang.

This book will leave you breathless in more ways than one. It's emotional and heart wrenching one minute and sweet, light and funny the next. It's all set up nicely for the eagerly anticipated last book in the series The Long and Winding Road, out in August. I cannot wait!

Book #1 ~ Bear, Otter, and the Kid
BUY ON AMAZON

Book #2 ~ Who We Are
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Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox

51Lv4-8rQgL[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

It’s 1946, and the dust of World War Two has just begun to settle. When famous archaeologist Rufus Denby returns to London, his life and reputation are as devastated as the city around him.

He’s used to the most glamorous of excavations, but can’t turn down the offer of a job in rural Sussex. It’s a refuge, and the only means left to him of scraping a living. With nothing but his satchel and a mongrel dog he’s rescued from a bomb site, he sets out to investigate an ancient church in the sleepy village of Droyton Parva.

It’s an ordinary task, but Droyton is in the hands of a most extraordinary vicar. The Reverend Archie Thorne has tasted action too, as a motorcycle-riding army chaplain, and is struggling to readjust to the little world around him. He’s a lonely man, and Rufus’s arrival soon sparks off in him a lifetime of repressed desires.

Rufus is a combat case, amnesiac and shellshocked. As he and Archie begin to unfold the archaeological mystery of Droyton, their growing friendship makes Rufus believe he might one day recapture his lost memories of the war, and find his way back from the edge of insanity to love.

It’s summer on the South Downs, the air full of sunshine and enchantment. And Rufus and Archie’s seven summer nights have just begun...

Mark’s Quick Bite

This book left me absolutely speechless with it’s sheer brilliance. I loved and hung on to every word. Harper is a real wordsmith and just like an artist Harper can paint the most breath-taking scenes and awaken emotions in me with her words which make reading a pure joy. This is a broad sweeping historical romance but the period is not so “historical” that I feel almost anyone can still connect with it even if one doesn’t normally read historical novels. It's still modern enough to be able to connect with the time and setting very easily.

The intricacy of the plot is incredible. We have the mystical but not overdone, ethereal in its presence, you know there is something bubbling under the surface until everything comes to light at the end. An ancient mystery waiting to be solved, we have the historical aspect with the time period, archaeology and the abhorrent attitudes in this time towards homosexuality, mental illness, PTSD, faith in religion or lack of and small minded rural life. A lot of issues in one book. All this wrapped up in a wonderful, delicious plot that had me breaking my bedtime curfew just to read further.

I loved the two MCs, both damaged in their very own ways. Rufus suffering from PTSD and loss of memory which leads him sometimes to violent outbursts where he can’t remember anything when he comes around. But regaining his memory will lead to the key of a mystery that will shed the shackles of his past and allow him to move forward. This leads him into a life threatening situation towards the end of the book where his only hope will be Archie, his love and resolve not give up on their relationship.

Once again Harper has delivered a super book, full of depth in plot and character, a pure joy to read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. A read that left me with a book hangover, in the positive sense, for days!!

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PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1 (PsyCop short stories) Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price

51hZEAI4P0L._SL300_Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living...and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don't confine their appearances to a psychic medium's work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic's life with Jacob between cases, from both men's viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The 20short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob's relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops' domestic life.

Sue’s Quick Bite

A varied collection of twenty PsyCop stories, from brief vignettes to longer multi-chaptered novellas. Some delightful, some gripping, and all enthralling if you’re already a PsyCop fan. They are vaguely chronological in order, although Inside Out is a prequel or sort of flashback to a time before the series began and Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns and Witness are set in the future. Each story complements the fabulous series, providing a different slant on Vic and Jacob’s relationship, or gives a glimpse into their everyday life. We are also treated to several smoking hot scenes. I particularly liked the occasional change of point of view. Both Lisa and Jacob get to tell us a story. I especially enjoyed Stroke of Midnight, Memento, Wood, Inside Out, and Witness. Wonderful world-building, great writing, and a superb romance!

As always Gomez Pugh narrates the stories in his distinct and flawless manner. He is Victor Bayne—snarky, humorous, fabulous. And my knees still go weak whenever I hear Jacob’s husky voice!

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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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14 comments:

  1. Tough choice because there's two I have on my wish list. Seven Summer Nights tops my list this time though. I hadn't heard of this book until this post and then Mark's review turned my curiosity into true want. I'm also a sucker for PTSD and amnesiac elements. Thanks for the chance!

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  2. So... some of my fav authors here, so it is really difficult... I think I would go for the Audiobook of Psy-Cop Briefs

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  3. I would love The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune.

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  4. The Art of Breathing
    by TJ Klune
    sounds really good

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  5. Ooh, I'm torn between Seven Summer Nights and Psycop Briefs. Both authors I love!

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  6. SEVEN SUMMER NIGHTS sounds lovely!

    --Trix

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  7. I have to go with The Art Of Breathing this week, although Too Stupid To Live sounds kind of fun.

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  8. The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune. colby69@verizon.net

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  9. I would choose 'PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1' (PsyCop short stories) Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price. I've read some of Jordan's books and loved them, so an audio book would be fantastic, since it's something I've never had before. Hearing their voices (for real) in my head would be amazing!

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  10. The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune.

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  11. Seven Summer Nights sounds great.

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  12. Thanks for your bites. I'm a huge fan of the PsyCop series; but I've only read the novels and have wanted to get to these Briefs. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  13. Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox

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  14. Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino looks light and fun, but I think I'd choose Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox because it's been on my TBR list since Mark first reviewed it ;)
    Thanks for the chance.

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