Monday, September 25, 2017

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

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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 Eli Easton, Lily Morton, Kate Sherwood and Louise Lyons.  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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A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)

by Eli Easton

a second harvest[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Eli Easton has become a must read author for me. This particular story contains something I like to see in a romance, a main character in their 40s. David is a shy, widowed farmer and Christie is a party-boy looking to reform before it’s too late. The new neighbors are as opposite as can be on the surface, but become fast friends with a delicious, growing sexual tension, much to David’s surprise.

This is a well done love story told in dual POVs with a bit of family/religious angst and a sweet, slow build from strangers to friends to lovers. I adored both MCs and the slow burn as they are both embarking on new paths in their lives, while unwittingly establishing themselves in a pseudo-relationship before they even realize it. The religious themes are there throughout the story and were handled well. The pace of the book worked well until the very end when a lot went down in a very short time, with one surprising scene that seemingly came out of nowhere, but other than that I enjoyed it from start to finish. I'm looking forward to more in the series later this year.

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The Summer of Us by Lily Morton

51qAwJujTML._SY346_[2]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

It’s going to be a long hot summer
John is an exceptionally good lawyer. He’s driven, arrogant and hides a warm heart underneath a façade of cool politeness. He’s used to people disliking him but for some reason when meeting Matt in London the other man’s open dislike of him bothers him. He’s therefore surprised to find himself offering Matt a place to stay in his villa in the South of France while he’s working nearby. He’s surprised because he’d actually planned to spend the summer working on his book and plotting to get his ex-wife back. However, his perfect plans take a blow as the long hot summer progresses and the two men get closer, and John starts to nurse an unexpected attraction to his houseguest from hell.

Matt is John’s polar opposite. He’s warm, funny, sociable and scruffy. He loves people and they love him back. However, to his consternation he hates John more than he hates Marmite, and Marmite makes him vomit. He hates his arrogance, his public school voice and the air of superiority that he carries around. The idea of staying in his home with just him for company sounds torturous and not in a good way.
However, as the hot, lazy days slip by he’s forced to realise that maybe he’s not such a good judge of character after all, because underneath that arrogance is a warm, funny, vulnerable man who’s incredibly sexy. The only problem is that while Matt is gay John is completely straight and Matt now wants him more than he’s ever wanted anything in his life.

See what happens when two men who think that they have nothing in common apart from a past mutual hatred find out that they might actually be each other’s future.

From the author of the popular Beggar’s Choice series comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy.
This is a spin-off from the Beggar’s Choice series. It features characters from the series but can be read as a complete standalone.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a fab enemies to lovers book with such a lovely story. John and Matt are such opposing characters but they develop a beautiful, romantic relationship after spending the long, hot summer together in France. The writing is stunningly evocative and you will imagine yourself on holiday in France with such vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells. Matt has been hurt before and now he wants to be someone’s everything, be put first for once. John is discovering new things about his sexuality and Matt feels like John should be out there experimenting. This, coupled with their exes trying to throw a spanner in the works and you have a great read filled with humour, emotion and romance by the bucketload. Highly recommended.

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Darkness (Common Law #3) by Kate Sherwood

Darkness_500x750[5]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

Mark’s Quick Bite

The third book in the Common Law series by Kate Sherwood. In this book Wade’s and Jericho’s relationship seems to move forward in as far as Jericho can’t deny himself anymore that Wade is who he wants. Paradox is that Wade stands against everything that Jericho represents in law enforcement. Two guys on opposite ends of the scale but they know each other inside out.I love the way Wade explains things that you can never define things as being black or white, right or wrong, it’s something all in between and never cut and dry “It’s just broken” in his own words.

We see the relationship between Wade and Jericho coming closer together and maybe, just maybe, in the final book we might get some kind of closure on this relationship that isn’t a relationship. This series is well worth the read.

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Regeneration by Louise Lyons

Regeneration[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged fifteen, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.

Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim's failing confidence, and Christian's inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other's life, their feelings begin to change.
Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?

Freya’s Quick Bite

Regeneration is a jaunt into the world of the futuristic, where DNA is manipulated to serve those with an agenda.

Kim Fortune is lonely. He wasn’t meant to be able to feel/be emotional. After scientists cited him a failure, he escaped the lab, ending up a planet inhabited by Panther-like creatures. When another ship suffers the same fate, the inhabitants change Kim’s life - namely Christian Novak, an also flawed regen on his way to being ‘adjusted’.

In Regeneration, the author has created a comprehensive universe, with a well-rounded cast. What you see is what you get, with no hidden meanings. It made my reading entertaining, but not taxing. That’s not to say there weren’t twists and turns, drama and angst – they were all there.

Novak is the consummate protective warrior. However, Kim has some tricks up his sleeve that allows him to survive where others may not. He’s a nerd with some serious moves. The start is slow. But, once the action started, I found it impossible not to get caught up with the characters.

Regeneration is combination of the classic and unusual. It a story of survival, on the run, life and death situations, worlds at war, separation, and there’s some sizzling loving too. It’s all in perseverance to find a place to fit and exceed the boundaries of their genetic programming.

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16 comments:

  1. A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1) by Eli Easton. I love everything by Eli Easton!!

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  2. So many good books... I think I would go for Second Harvest by Eli Easton

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  3. I'd choose Regeneration because I love the combination of SF and mm!

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  4. A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1) by Eli Easton! It's been on my radar since its release (and Sinfully's review).
    Thanks for the chance.

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  5. I would choose either Darkness or Regeneration. Both sound good. colby69@verizon.net

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  6. I enjoyed A SECOND HARVEST, and THE SUMMER OF US sounds amazing!

    --Trix

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  7. I have Second Harvest, but even though I've read Summer of Us, I wouldn't mind owning it.

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  8. I would choose Darkness by Kate Sherwood because I want to collect all the pieces of the series.

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  9. A Second Harvest, though I might be happy with anyone of them because I haven't read any of them.

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  10. Thanks for the bites. I'd like A Second Harvest by Eli Easton. Debra mentioned a fefw things, including an older MC, and I used to live near Lancaster, so am familiar with the area and its culture. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  11. I would choose Darkness by Kate Sherwood. Thanks!

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  12. A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)
    by Eli Easton

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  13. 'The Summer of Us' by Lily Morton sounds really good. Plus I haven't read anything by this author so that makes it extra special.

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