Monday, October 02, 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 five great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from J.C. Lillis, K.J. Charles, Kate Sherwood, Anyta Sunday and L.M. Somerton. 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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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

51aTddIAQVLRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

The summer after high school graduation, two cute and snarky boys hit the road in an RV. Their mission: follow the traveling fan convention for Castaway Planet, the cult sci-fi show they’re both obsessed with.

BRANDON irons his t-shirts, loves the dapper and reserved Castaway android Sim, and hides his pesky Catholic guilt from his out-and-proud roadtrip partner, Abel.

ABEL collects funny belt buckles, loves Castaway's brave and dashing Captain Cadmus, has a hot boyfriend with a phoenix tattoo, and has nothing to hide—except his epic crush on Brandon.

During their six-week cross-country adventure, Brandon and Abel post new entries on their Castaway Planet fan vlog, spar with an online community of slash fiction writers, meet their TV idols, play with their action figures, uncover big secrets, and maybe possibly fall in love. Can two fanboys face down their obstacles and write themselves a real-life romance—or is fiction the only thing bringing them together?

Debra’s Quick Bite

I read this book a few years ago after being away from YA for quite a while and it completely restored my faith in the genre. I still rarely read it, but this is one of the stories that sets the bar for any I do read.

Brandon and Abel, two best friends just out of HS take a road trip to various conventions revolving around their favorite TV show Castaway Planet, to put an end, once and for all, to the speculation of whether two characters in the show are secretly having a relationship. They are total geeks for the show, have a vlog dedicated to it and are completely involved in the fandom. Abel is out and proud and having fun while Brandon is out, but comes from a devoutly religious family that has saddled him with guilt over his “choice” to be gay. Brandon may secretly love Abel but he knows it isn’t going to happen. That won’t stop him from having a great road trip together with his friends. A lot happens on this trip and things may never be the same again between the two friends, but will it all be for the better or for the worse?

This book is completely adorable and so well written! It’s quirky, angsty, fun, serious and sweet. The secondary characters are wonderful and the Castaway Planet fandom is as obsessed and intense as any of your favorite fandom is with ‘shipper wars, cosplay, fan fiction, blog rivalries and possible stalkers. Is the Church of Abandon really out to get them? Not going to spoil that one, you have to read it for yourself.

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An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities #1)

by K.J.Charles

an unseen attraction[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

A slow-burning romance and a chilling mystery bind two singular men in the suspenseful first book of a new Victorian series from K. J. Charles.

Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship...

Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding... it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.

Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.

Jane’s Quick Bite

An atmospheric Victorian historical that has everything from a charming slow burn romance between two gentle souls to a grisly, suspenseful mystery. This is a sumptuous, totally indulgent pleasure of a book with the highest quality writing and meticulous attention to period detail and language. K.J Charles will pull you into foggy, Victorian London with her captivating world building and brilliantly drawn characters. An utter joy from start to finish.

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Home Fires (Common Law #4) by Kate Sherwood

HomeFires_500x750[5]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

Mark’s Quick Bite

This week we have the final and last book Kate Sherwood’s Common Law series and what a ride it has been. Not only with all the trouble going on in town but also the cat and mouse game that Jericho and Wade have been playing with their relationship now gets its closure. But my, what a tangled web of emotions I was put through with these two. Is everything sorted now? Well, I guess as well as it can be for now. The final book rounds everything off nicely and I was left keeping my fingers crossed for these two that they can now make a go of it. Haven’t started the series yet? Well, I recommend you do.

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Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2)

by Anyta Sunday

ScorpioHatesVirgo-f[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.
Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?
Nobody, that’s who.
Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.
Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.
Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.
Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .
That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .
“Scorpio Hates Virgo” contains sarcasm, sexual content, a slightly sappy HEA, and an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
It can be read as a standalone.
Themes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance
If you've enjoyed "Leo Loves Aries", you can look forward to a slow burn, will-they-or-won't-they romance, full of sarcastic banter and a delicious slice of unresolved sexual tension.

Sue’s Quick Bite

This is such a lovely, sweet story. Cleverly written as usual by Anyta Sunday, with hidden depths and lots of UST for much of the story. The main characters are cute, with a strong connection between the two would-be lovers throughout, and with Percy trying to identify who the mysterious ‘gnomes’ are in a twist on Secret Santa there’s plenty going on in this slow-burn romance. I adored the neighbours and the sense of community that existed within the street as they try to ease the grief and uncertainty Percy is experiencing. It was also good to catch-up with Theo and Jamie from Book 1 (Leo Loves Aries), although this story can be read as a standalone.

Nemeses dictionary definition: a long-standing rival; an arch-enemy. Percy and Call are friends/neighbours who become lovers, although they set themselves up as enemies by pretending they don't like each other. There are some great one-liners with double meanings proclaimed from both guys.

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Binding the Edges (Tales from The Edge #8)

by L.M. Somerton

binding the edges[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?

Freya’s Quick Bite

Binding The Edges is a BDSM story with a twist. The main story is the love between Olly and Joe. The twist is the plot surrounding Mark Vickery, a Dom jailed for his abuse of Olly.

Subs, Olly, and Aiden are best friends. Joe is Olly’s Dom. Heath is Aiden’s. At a BDSM retreat, the dynamic between them emerges. Olly is adorable with a sensitive soul, a big heart, and just that little bit of naughtiness. But, he also suffers from PTSD from his time with Mark Vickery.

This is a sexual story, containing teasing, play and more. As such the heat rating is high with plenty of scenes to satisfy. I Loved the cheeky banter throughout which made the sub’s the stars. Then the big bad gets released and goes after the one he wants. Protective mode ensues, and the angst is engaging. The love displayed between all the main characters is touching, but especially so between Olly and Joe – they are the perfect match, and I couldn’t help myself thinking awwww.

Binding The Edges isn’t a long story, so there are no drawn out scenario’s, or mind boggling turns in the plot. What I read was a sweet, engaging, and dramatic tale. It had the characters showing all facets of their personalities, from their sensitive sides to their “Me Tarzan you Jane,” beating chest sides.

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20 comments:

  1. some interesting books this week, have heard good things about a couple before so nice to see more positive reviews on them

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  2. So many good books... I think I'll go for Scorpio Hates Virgo

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  3. I'd love the chance to read An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities #1) by K.J. Charles, as it's on my TBR list already.

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  4. Binding the Edges (Tales from The Edge #8) by L.M. Somerton. I recently started this series and love Olly.

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  5. I would choose Scorpio Hates Virgo.

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  6. Home Fires (Common Law #4) by Kate Sherwood. Love this series!!

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  7. HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART is recommended at the end of Christina Lauren's AUTOBOYOGRAPHY, and I've been meaning to read it for ages!

    --Trix

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  8. Home Fires by Kate Sherwood because I want all the books in this series.

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  9. Great books but I have to go with Home Fires.

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  10. Home Fires (Common Law #4) by Kate Sherwood

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  11. As I've already read two on this week's list and loved them, I'll trust the recommendation on How to Repair a Mechanical Heart.

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  12. An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities #1)
    by K.J.Charles would be my choice.

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  13. Haven't read any of them. i think I'll have to go with Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love 2)

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  14. I've heard good things about How to Repair a Mechanical Heart so I'd probably choose that.

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  15. I would go with Scorpio Hates Virgo or Home Fires. colby69@verizon.net

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  16. Some good bites here, thanks. I'd go for Home Fires by Kate Sherwood - I've heard good things about the series and this would finally get me started. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  17. Being a lover of the works of Anyta Sunday and a Scorpio myself, I'd definitely choose 'Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love 2)!' I can hear some snarky comments in my head already!

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  18. Home Fires! Thanks for the chance!

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  19. I'd pick Scorpio Hates Virgo, love a slow burn romance!

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  20. Binding the Edges by L.M. Somerton

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