Monday, September 04, 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 Heidi Cullinan, L.A. Witt, Kate Sherwood and Alexis Duran. 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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Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

DirtyLaundry_600x9004Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

The course of true love doesn’t always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.
Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.

Debra’s Quick Bite

I have read this book so many times. It had so much more depth than I expected coming from the blurb. It’s an opposites attract story, with a slight bit of kink, between two men who each have a few issues that have been holding them back.

Denver is a heavily muscled bouncer at the local gay club. Adam is a grad student with severe OCD and anxiety, who has just moved out of his shared house to his own apartment after the end a relationship with his housemate Brad. Their first meeting is H-O-T and things only get better from there.

There are quite a few hurdles in the road and a lot of time is spent dealing with Adam's mental illness. Denver is so sweet with Adam, they actually had me tearing up in few spots. You will love some of the secondary characters (Louisa) and others you’ll hate (Brad). If you love a romance with a little angst, smoking hot sex with a bit of kink, sweet leading men and a perfect HEA, you’re going to want to read this!

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Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt

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Synopsis

Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin's mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won't be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who's everything his ex-wife wasn't: funny, caring, faithful... and male.

Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he'

Jane’s Quick Bite

I first read this way back when and I continue to reread it every now and then as I love Brandon and Dustin and their story. Dustin is reeling from a bitter divorce to his cheating ex wife and is spending time in a local bar and pool hall where he meets Brandon Stewart. The attraction is instantaneous and it leads to one of the best first kiss scenes I’ve ever read. They are smoking hot together and the the sex scenes throughout are scorching. Dustin questions himself a lot over his attraction to Brandon (who I just adore) and he struggles with his sexuality and with the knowledge that his family won't accept his new relationship. It gets a bit angsty as Dustin tries to figure things out and you feel like slapping some sense into him once or twice but he does eventually get there.This is a great story with well rounded characters that will have you rooting for them. It ends with a HFN and their story continues in the sequel Rain.

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Long Shadows (Common Law #1) by Kate Sherwood

51IthCm X2L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_[11]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he's back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications -- and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends -- and then, after Jericho's escape, nothing. Wade's magnetism hasn't been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho's father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho's newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade's a terrible choice, but Jericho's never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he'd rathe

Mark’s Quick Bite

You’re all probably wondering why I’m featuring what was for me initially a 3.5 star read in this week’s Quick Bites. Well, to be honest I felt it would be unfair to start with the books in the middle of a series as in this case each book went from strength to strength. One of those reads where I was so happy to have given the series a chance and stayed with it as I felt it had potential.

I liked the book based on the fact that it is a solid murder-mystery / thriller. We know Jericho is gay and Wade too and that they had a fling as teenagers which plays a role in their interaction but it is not the main focus by any means. You certainly feel the sexual tension between them but will it lead to anything? Well, it certainly does in the subsequent books and boy when the dam breaks it was HAWT! So, a long build up and in the meantime you are treated to a merry dance as they tantalize and tease each other all the way.  I enjoy books anyway where we know the characters are just gay, doing their normal business and jobs like anyone else, where the attractions to others are mentioned but aren’t front stage. In this book there will be no resolution on the relationship front which is fine because we know there are other books to come.

A solid murder-mystery that will keep you enthralled all the way but only for readers who are prepared to be patient with the development of the MCs relationship through several books, but those who stay with the series will not be disappointed.

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Matthias (Order of the Black Knights 2) by Alexis Duran

matthias[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.

Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.

Freya’s Quick Bite

Matthias is the owner of Rising Star - an exclusive retreat which uses hypnosis to convince its patrons that they have what it takes to succeed in life. The place coins the phrase, ‘I’m easy to get on with - as long as you worship me’. There are rumours, the retreat is a cult, especially as Matthias’s sexual appeal is used to non-exclusive effect.

Dylan is the dogged investigative reporter who after the loss of a friend, believes something shady is going on at the retreat. The combination of the death, an article, a history between Dylan and Matthias, and a lingering fascination both men have for each other makes for interesting times ahead.

There is a cover up by those in the pocket of the retreat, and mind games are played. Both sides use personal information like a weapon. Matthias sees Dylan as his prey and is unwilling to stop until his quarry is subdued. The question is, who will come out on top. Money and greed are powerful allies. But love and friendship often throw spanners into the works.

Matthias is a story of manipulation, rather than bullets and bombs. Separating friend from foe, good and evil between a high heat rating made for an engaging read.

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17 comments:

  1. Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt. I love great first kiss scenes!!

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  2. Dirty Laundry appeals to me most , I love an opposites attract story.

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  3. I go for Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood.

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  4. I'm in the mood for a book like Dirty Laundry.

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  5. Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood or Dirty Laundry. colby69@verizon.net

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  6. Kate Sherwood's book because I like murder mysteries.
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  7. Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan would be a great choice!

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  8. Matthias. I've been hearing lots of good things about this book.

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  9. Dirty Laundry's been around for a while but I've never read it. Would love to give it a try. :-)

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  10. Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan would be my choice.

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  11. Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt

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  12. Matthias (Order of the Black Knights Book 2)

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  13. A couple great ones but have to go with Dirty Laundry. I wanted to read it a while back and lost track of it.

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  14. Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt.

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  15. Definitely Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan or Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt. One of the two. For sure. How to choose?!

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  16. Thanks for the recs. I'd go for Matthias by Alexis Duran. It's darker, edgier, and I like intrigue created by, as Freya puts it, "manipulation, rather than bullets." - Purple Reader,
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