Monday, August 21, 2017

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

PicMonkey ImageAs 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 James Buchanan, Isobel Starling, Rodd Clark, Kim Fielding and S J Frost. 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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Hard Fall (Deputy Joe #1) by James Buchanan

91v4NipNG7L._SL1500_[11]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Deputy Joe Peterson is Mormon and in the closet. Then ex-con Kabe Varghese lands in town on parole. When a tourist falls off the mountain, Joe finds he needs the help of this cliff climbing adrenaline junky to solve the case. Will Kabe tear him apart or does Joe need to fall hard before he can start living?





Debra’s Quick Bite

With the fifth installment of the series set to come out, I figure it’s time to recommend this book once again. I just fell in love with Joe and Kabe in this book and have enjoyed the series throughout. Joe is a closeted Mormon sheriff’s deputy in Utah and Kabe is on probation after spending time in prison on a felony arrest. They bond over a shared love of rock climbing and soon find out that they fit well together in other ways too. Joe knows their relationship will mean trouble with the church, but that is only the tip of the iceberg once rumors start to fly about Joe and Kabe.

There is a religious aspect to the book as Joe's faith runs deep but it didn’t overwhelm the story.  He accepts who he is and the problems it will cause and doesn't use his faith as an excuse in the relationship. Kabe is an irresistible force of nature like Joe has never encountered before.  Add in a bit of a mystery, scorching hot sex with a bit of kink and I was hooked, jumping straight into the next book of the series.

Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Book Two: Spin Out

Book Three: Light Me Up

Book Four: Laying Ghosts

Book Five: The Family Eternal

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As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond, #1)

by Isobel Starling

51qBmn6INcLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay was to be best man at his brother's wedding in Scotland, sharing best man duties with the bride's gay kid brother Sam. The best men wouldn't meet for the first time until a few days before the wedding, so communicated by email for more than a year.

But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to see he isn't a kid at all, but a striking, athletic blond man with a wicked sense of humor. Declan is alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But is Sam Aiken all he appears to be?

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is the first book in the Shatterproof Bond series and serves as the scene setter. Two best men at a wedding, Declan, the Scottish brother of the groom and Sam, the English brother of the bride, have been exchanging emails for a year before finally meeting for the wedding at a fairytale castle in Scotland.

Their romance is like a fairytale, whole and all consuming, passionate and sweet. Declan had always previously thought he was straight but realises he is bisexual after he has his head well and truly turned by the intelligent, magnetic, linguistic expert Sam. They keep their burgeoning relationship secret at the wedding as it's very new and Declan works for Sam’s father the illustrious Sir James Aiken. We have humour, romance, lust and a liberal sprinkling of the Princess Bride quotes. We have scorching hot sexy times and we have KILTS!!! Such a hot scene, them getting ready for the wedding in the full attire and then taking it all off afterwards. Hot!

But after a very intense week of connection at the castle, Sam has to fly off for a job under his father’s strict orders, leaving Declan to wonder what is going on, is Sam all that he seems? There is a bit of intrigue woven through the ending and it sets it up neatly for the next instalment. Very enjoyable, especially the kilts!

Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Book Two: Illuminate The Shadows

Book Three: Return to Zero

Book Four: Counterblow

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Ash and Cinders (A Gabriel Church Tale, #3)

by Rodd Clark

unnamed (1)[4][3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

“It’s just the devil’s share. When life evens itself out and every bad guy gets what’s coming to em’ . . . it’s one of the few balancing things life really offers.” ~ Gabriel Church

Gabriel Church has done a bad, bad thing . . . and normally that doesn’t bother him too much. But everything changed when he met Christian Maxwell. Chris became his unholy grail. The thing he sought more than any other treasure, yet still a priceless pearl beyond his reach. Nothing he does seems to solidify any prospect of them being able to remain together, to live that happily-ever-after story. Even if he were to make a promise to stop his killing in the name of God, it would still only be a salty futility to wet and tempt his lips.

Christian Maxwell discovered a damaged soul inside Church, with a goodness plumbed somewhere below the visible surface. He saw pain shadowing his killer like some trailing footprint left moist in the sand. But he failed to recognize each victim, or the costs of every action the fugitive took for granted. He simply pushed those faceless victims to the dark recesses of his mind, hiding them from plain view as if they were discarded things, recollections intentionally forgotten.

The one thing Church knows with certainty is the writer is the only person who really knows him, and the only man other than himself who possibly understands where they are both headed. But life is about to get more twisted and dangerous. It begins with a backwards Deputy Sheriff and that same ill-fated chance that always prevented him from slowing down his pace or finding a peaceful place to rest with Chris Maxwell by his side.


Mark’s Quick Bite

For all fans of the seriously dark and twisted then this set of three books will give you a real mind bending read that will have you questioning many things. Oh, how I waited for this third and final book to see how everything would play out. Rodd Clark has delivered a delicious dark tale that plays with the psyche of the reader letting you get behind the mind of a serial killer.

This was for me the whole attraction of these three books, to go where I normally wouldn’t dare or would want to. Gabriel is on the run and the question is will the long arm of the law catch up with him or not? He lands up in a small rural town called Sonora and decides to hole up there for a while. He’s left Christian back in Seattle with a throw away mobile phone being their only contact. The relationship these two have is twisted enough so to even think that they could possibly have a future together would be a giant leap of faith. The author plays this out so well that yes, they do get their version of a HEA wherever that may now take them.

What I find fascinating about Rodd’s style of writing is his ability to lead the reader into the thoughts and feelings of his characters’ heads. The dialogues between characters are spread out between the narrative about what they are thinking. This gives the reader an unparalleled journey into the furthest recesses of the MCs thoughts, especially the dark corners of Gabriel’s mind. I dare you to go where no man would really want to go. I can thoroughly recommend these three books.

Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Book One: Rubble and Wreckage ~ Review

Book Two: Torn and Frayed ~ Review

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The Downs by Kim Fielding

41nwop0zA2LRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

As the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously—drinking, fighting, and making love. But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible. Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs. As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing the condemned. Brutalized by the men who transport him to his fate, Enitan has nothing left but his thirst for vengeance.

His plummet to the Downs nearly kills him, and Enitan finds himself battered and helpless in a frightening, mysterious land. But many surprises await him there, including a strange man named Rig. And the realization that the demons he must face aren’t at all the ones he expected.

Sue’s Quick Bite

I just love Kim Fielding’s writing and the way her imagination creates wonderful new worlds with flawed yet beautiful characters. I particularly enjoyed this fantasy story and the excellent world building. It’s similar—but on a smaller scale—to Brute. There’s a

clear contrast between Enitan’s luxurious life in the city and the basic, sometimes frighteningly dangerous life in The Downs, with its demons, caustic fog, and venomous creatures. For all its harshness, the people who inhabit the Downs appear to be unselfish and more accepting of others. They live in a world where same sex relations are the norm.

The two main characters come across as believable and real. They are both physically and emotionally imperfect, but together they find love and healing in each other. It’s not instant and that’s what I love about Kim’s stories. She gives them time to get to know each other and build a friendship first. Like Brute, Rig is big and lumbering and disfigured. Both Rig and Brute have hearts of gold and consider others before themselves. Rig’s backstory is heart-wrenchingly sad, and when his future with Enitan is in doubt, I could see him being broken all over again.

This is a story of love and hate, revenge and redemption, and of finding peace and happiness with your lot in life and with the person you love. A story of second chances and discovering what’s important in life.

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Soldier Of Fortune by S J Frost

51FncEANZ3L[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Conrad Dane is a mercenary of many talents, but Lucas Hartman brings out his softer side, reminding him of good in the world, and to protect him, Conrad's willing to use all his skills, including his most deadly.

Mercenary. Gun for hire. Soldier of fortune. That's Conrad Dane. Maybe he hasn't always done things the right way in his life, but that doesn't mean he's a bad guy. And sometimes, it takes doing the wrong thing, to get the right results. These days, he's backing out of the underworld, taking more jobs in the open in personal protection. He's contracted to protect a rising politician and gets more than he expected. Not from bad guys, but from the politician's son, Lucas.

Lucas likes the good guys, both in his favorite comic book superheroes and the men he forges relationships with. Conrad isn't the kind of man he goes for, but that's not stopping Lucas from being drawn to him, wanting to be closer to him.

Conrad and Lucas can't deny their attraction toward each other. When someone targeting Lucas's father pulls Lucas into danger as well, Conrad will do whatever it takes to keep Lucas safe.

Freya’s Quick Bite

With his son, Lucas at his side, Arthur is campaigning to enter the Senate on an idealistic ticket. He’s marketing - care, world peace, green living and honor thy neighbor. After an assassination attempt Conrad is brought in to protect the father and by extension his son. Neither Lucas or Conrad expected the contract to take a twist of affection.

Arthur is the kind but not so clean dad. Lucas is the idealistic son that has his eyes opened. But, for me, Conrad stole the show. He’s confident, tough, straight-talking, cynical and sarcastic. I loved him. There is plenty of smart, amusing dialogue too. I laughed aloud at his analogy of Golf as “playing fetch with yourself,” awesome.

There is a connection between the boys. Lucas is the Yin to Conrad’s Yang. On top of the investigation, there is emotional upheaval and an imminent second bite at the assassination attempt.

Soldier Of Fortune is an excellent action/drama story with a heat rating that made me need a cold shower.

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23 comments:

  1. The Downs by Kim Fielding. I love stories about redemption.

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  2. I love cops and bad guys working together/falling in love. Hard Fall sounds very cool in that respect.

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  3. Soldier Of Fortune by S J Frost sounds good

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  4. The Downs sounds quite good. Thanks for the chance and have a great week!
    taina1959 @ yahoo . com

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  5. Soldier of Fortune looks interesting.

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  6. Ash and Cinders (A Gabriel Church Tale, #3)
    by Rodd Clark

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  7. I already have As You Wish, so Soldier of Fortune.
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

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  8. As You Wish sounds right up my alley.

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  9. I'm a fan of S.J. Frost, so Soldier of Fortune is my pick.

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  10. As You Wish is my pick for this week. Who doesn't like a man in a Kilt?

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  11. Soldier of Fortune by S. J. Frost. I'm a fan of mercenary books.

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  12. Good choices. I think The Downs or maybe Hard Fall

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  13. Thanks for the recs. For me it's Ash and Cinders by Rodd Clark. You might say that the damaged soul drew my attention, or that the action sounded intriguing; but tbh, it's that Clark is from my hometown & I've got to see what the Dallasite writes. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  14. Soldier Of Fortune by S J Frost sounds like my cup of tea.

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  15. Soldier Of Fortune by S J Frost

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  16. Thanks to those who have chosen "As You Wish" and thanks to Sinfully for hosting. ;-) - Isobel Starling

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  17. I would choose Hard Fall (Deputy Joe #1) by James Buchanan. This is the first I've heard of this series and I love mm + mysteries. Plus this would be a great introduction to a 'new-to-me-author' that I've somehow missed!

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  18. Great choices this week!!!! I think I would chose As You Wish...sounds adorable!

    psshepherd(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  19. I think I want As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond, #1) by Isobel Starling. It looks fascinating.

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  20. I'd choose The Downs by Kim Fielding, as I loved her writing in The Tin Box.

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  21. Soldier Of Fortune by S J Frost

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