Monday, October 30, 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 M.J. O’Shea, Giselle Ellis, Kate Sherwood, Jack L. Pyke and Thom Collins. 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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Newton’s Laws of Attraction by M.J. O’Shea

71wj61JVhqL._SL1350_[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Rory was Ben's oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they'd harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he's regretted it ever since.

Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he's excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton—the first love he's never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn't take Ben long to realize he'll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it's starting to look like even his best might not be enough.

Debra’s Quick Bite

This second chance romance is a total angst-fest and I loved it! Rory and Ben broke my heart for the majority of the story so be prepared.

Best friends as kids, it took 10 years for them to admit their feelings for each other the summer before their senior year of high school and they just knew they were meant to be together forever and always. Cut to 8 years later and Ben is preparing to return to his job as an art teacher at his old high school, only to find that the new science teacher is none other than Rory. Wait a minute? They're not together? What happened?  You won’t have to wait long to find out, but that’s just the start.

From tentative friendship, to friends with benefits, to maybe something more, just when things seem to have settled, M.J. O'Shea plunged the knife back into my chest. Seriously? How hard does this have to be? Luckily for Ben he has the support of some wonderful friends (you will especially fall in love with Fen), who made for a fun group of secondary characters.  So, if you like any combination of friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, friends rebuilding their bond, or second chance romance with plenty of angst and you don’t mind being put through an emotional wringer, read this book.


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Take my Picture by Giselle Ellis

71JPfi99uIL._SL1350_[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Aaron has no idea what he's walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn't expect to end up working as Jake's assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.

It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that's threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a gorgeous, older novella that I recently reread after someone reminded me of it. It's one of those stories that gives you ALL the feels . Managing to pack that much emotion in and making us care about the characters in a relatively short space of time is, in my opinion, what makes a great novella. The main characters have such great snarky, sniper banter exchanges that I totally fell for them. That's a definite plus for me with any couple I read and Jake and Aaron have that in spades. It is so clear right from the beginning that they belong together but neither is willing to admit it. At times you will want to bash their heads together to get them to see what is right in front of them. Luckily feisty friend Alyson is on hand to steer them in the right direction, but even she gives up eventually. They have to sort it out themselves, and there is a lovely resolution when it comes. There is a bit of a British slant to it that I really enjoyed and there are a few proper heart melting moments along the way too, wait until you read about Aaron making the ‘night time blue pots’ I was a puddle of goo! Just a totally lovely book. Go, Read, Enjoy!

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Lost Treasure by Kate Sherwood

516yop0eoDLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

When Kyle Champlain’s grandmother, Molly, passes away, he returns to Wetlake, Canada, to settle her estate. Kyle spent his summers in Wetlake as a child, and now he has the chance to renew his acquaintance with some old friends, including Ryan Summers, before going home to Chicago. But when Kyle tries to pressure Ryan into a business decision, their renewed friendship—and any possible attraction—is almost immediately on the rocks. As Kyle begins to deliver the personalized bequests from Molly’s will, he meets an odd assortment of people from all walks of life and realizes he has a lot to learn about living and love. But he’ll have to fight his parents, suspicious beneficiaries, and Ryan’s fears if he plans to stay in Wetlake.

Jay’s Quick Bite

Nostalgia and regret can play with your heart. 

Kyle has spent his life in a very controlled manner.  When his long estranged grandmother passes away, he heads up to her cabin on the lake in Canada to settle her affairs. Reconnecting with his childhood friend Ryan, along with special requests in the will of grandmother, Kyle is plunged in to memories of his youth and faced with the events that shaped his adulthood.

Kate Sherwood writes with a kaleidoscope of images and emotions, to build a character driven book of self-discovery, finding your true family, and eventual love. Though it focuses less on the sex than many of Sherwood’s books and there is some angst in the writing, this book flows along on a journey that leads to growth in both the men as they face the life they’ve lead and now their future ahead. After just finishing some dark and heavy reads, I needed something that was lighter and emotional - this book fit the bill. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read as she paints a picture of beautiful surroundings and people that help Kyle and Ryan grow together.

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Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke

LostEcho_CvrPDF5Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Three days. Three questions. Three answers.

Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn't an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days. All Will has to do is provide three... simple... answers.

Sue’s Quick Bite

This is a complex tale with many layers that needs your full attention, otherwise you may miss clues and references to the various characters and their relevance to the plot. There’s no real backstory at the start and information about the characters drips through a few drops at a time. I was a little bewildered at first and not sure who was being referred to. I think that was the intention of the author. The story gradually unfolds with flashbacks to explain the current situation.

The story has a dark element, but it wasn’t quite as dark as I’d thought it would be.  Yes, there’s kidnapping, physical restraints, and psychological torture to some degree. Above all, it’s an emotional tale, full of pain and grief. It is also about love and love for more than one person. We experience what Will is feeling. We’re lost with him, confused as to what’s going on. His senses have been dulled, and we experience what he’s going through. Will is lost in the echoes of the past and his grief is palpable.

I enjoyed the story, but read it again to sort out the characters, who did what and their motives, plus to order the different flashbacks.  It’s a multi-layered story with lots going on that I didn’t fully understand at first. The second reading clarified some of my confusion. Even so, I struggled with what had exactly led to the kidnapping and am still a little muddled about the motives and why things happened as they did, both in the current as well as the backstory. I don’t want to give away any spoilers in this review. Give it a try. I recommend it.

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Gods of Vengeance by Thom Collins

gods of vengeance[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

United in passion. Driven by vengeance.

Owen Hazard, a young farmer, is dead. Murdered while he tried to prevent a robbery on his land. His older brother, Captain Mark Hazard, returns home for the funeral. Owen’s best friend, Riley, runs the local pub. He has information about the night Owen was killed—he knows who was responsible. The police are doing nothing. Vengeance is their only option. United in their passion for each other and a thirst for revenge, Riley and Mark must take the law into their own hands if there’s going to be any justice for Owen.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, murder, torture and a graphic scene of sexual assault.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Brothers in Arms anthology with Pride Publishing.

Freya’s Quick Bite

This is a story where, a brother and a friend, look for vengeance after the police do nothing about the murder of young farmer, Owen Hazard. No one wants to go near the murder as the local version of the Mafia committed it, and are therefore untouchable. Riley, Owens best friend, and Captain Mark Hazard, united in their grief and their passion for each other, do what the police seem incapable of.

This is one of those stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. The author beautifully captured the atmosphere of each scene, from the numbness of the funeral to the expectancy of dangerous drama, foreboding and dread. It ticked all my emotional and dramatic boxes. There was the hunky Navy Captain, drama, intimate fire, heart in mouth, and-and-and… more. I don’t think my heart could have taken this story if it was longer. It didn’t disappoint in any area.

Gods of Vengeance was only short, but damn it was gripping.

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17 comments:

  1. Take my Picture by Giselle Ellis

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  2. I like Kate's books but I haven't read Lost Treasure, it sounds good.

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  3. I think I would go for Take My Picture, because I've never read anything by Giselle before and it sounds good to me!

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  4. Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke sounds like a great story

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  5. Lost in the Echo sounds good.

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  6. Take My Picture has me intrigued! Thanks for the chance.

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  7. Lost in the Echo looks good. colby69@verizon.net

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  8. Newton's Laws of Attraction sounds so good! Thanks for the chance!

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  9. Newton's Laws of Attraction or Lost Treasure, although they all sound good.

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  10. I'm glad to see the bites are back with another good listing. I like Lost Treasure by Kate Sherwood. I can relate. My Mom passex away last year, and I also had to go from Chicago to her home to help with the estate and got to meet her friends, some I had not met before. This sounds like it'd be a soothing, nostalgic way of remembering. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  11. I have to go with God's of Vengeance. I love a good payback is hell book.

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  12. I would go with Newton's Law of Attraction. I do so enjoy Newton and his laws.

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  13. Lost Treasure would probably be my choice.

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  14. Lost in the Echo by Jack L Pyke, been meaning to try his books

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  15. Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke

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  16. Hard choice this time around. I closed my eyes and picked one...Newton's Laws of Attraction.

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  17. Lost Treasure by Kate Sherwood

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