Monday, November 27, 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 Adrienne Wilder, N.R. Walker, Heidi Cullinan and Jaime Reese. 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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Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder

91Y2Aw5mRML._SL1500_[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.

Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.

But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.

Except for Roy Callahan.

I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.

But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.

And with him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.

The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.

Debra’s Quick Bite

This was the first Adrienne Wilder book I ever read and it left me emotionally wrung dry.  Not your typical love story, it’s intense, dark and disturbing and it had me on the edge of my seat. It had a villain I wanted to see suffer a horrible death from the first pages of the book, a slowly unravelling mystery and a beautiful love story between the talented but tortured artist Paris and the down to earth Roy. It was painful to read at times, but I couldn't put it down. Adrienne Wilder did a wonderful job of putting the reader inside of Paris' mind which at times was beautiful and other times quite disturbing. He plagued by mental illness, but his biggest problem is his controlling sister.

Paris and Roy are very different, but Roy can see the pain in Paris’ art. As hard as it was much of the time, I enjoyed Paris' journey as he tries to find a way to accept the pure and unconditional love that Roy offers him, while trying to break free of the abuse and tyrannical grasp of the sister who pulls his strings and uses his mental illness as a tool to further her own twisted agenda. It’s dark, it’s heart-breaking and beautiful and a story you won’t soon forget.

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Point of No Return by N.R.Walker

51bpQkoB-CLRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Matthew Elliot is one of LA’s best detectives. He’s been labeled the golden boy of the Fab Four: a team of four detectives who’ve closed down drug-rings all over the city. He’s smart, tough and exceptionally good at his job. He’s also a closeted gay man.

Enter Kira Takeo Franco, the new boxing coach at the gym. Matthew can’t deny his immediate attraction to the man his fellow cops know as Frankie. But in allowing himself to fall in love with a man known to his colleagues, Matthew risks outing them both.

Matt and Kira work to keep their relationship and private lives hidden from Matt’s very public life, fearing it would be detrimental to their careers. But it’s not the other cops who Matthew should be worried about finding out his deepest, darkest secret… it’s the bad guys.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a great story and the start of a fantastic trilogy with one of my favourite couples ever in Matt and Kira. Matt is a tough closeted cop who is wildly attracted to the new boxing coach at the gym where he trains with the other members of his crack detective team. Kira Takeo Franco, known to the detectives he trains as Frankie, is just the sweetest man ever. Matt falls hard for Kira and their relationship blossoms though it has to remain hidden from the other members of Matt’s team. The plot flows nicely and there are some hot, steamy sex scenes, some heartwarming and some heart stopping moments along the way. The showdown at the end had my heart in my mouth and me turning the pages faster to see how it unfolded. I absolutely adore Matt and Kira and this trilogy. Once you read this you will want to follow their journey through Breaking Point and Starting Point (books 2 & 3 in the Turning Point series) they will warm your heart.

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Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan

Nowhere-Ranch3Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Love will grow through the cracks you leave open.

Ranch hand Roe Davis absolutely never mixes business with pleasure—until he runs into his boss, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar within two hundred miles.

Getting involved with the ranch owner is a bad idea, but Roe’s and Travis’s bedroom kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. As long as they’re both clear this is sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.

Shut out by his family years ago, Roe survived by steadfastly refusing to settle into so much as a post office box. As his affair with Travis grows into more than just sex, Roe’s past catches up with him, threatening the thin ray of happiness he’s found, reminding him it’s well past time he went on his way.
But even a loner gets lonely, and at this point, there’s nowhere left to run. The shame and sorrow of what he’s lost will stay with Roe wherever he goes—until he’s ready to let love lead him home.

This novel has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Jay’s Quick Bite

The creation of your own friends and family will bring one back from the loneliness.

I’m not much for kink and BDSM, but Monique strikes again in recommending me a book that took my breath away.  Nowhere Ranch is the story of Monroe, a ranch hand who runs into his boss at a gay bar many miles away from the ranch at where he recently started working.  Though both are surprised, they slowly forge a growing relationship over the long periods between very energetic sexual encounters.  Even though neither are looking for love, they slowly develop feelings for each other, gathering friends and family along the way that curb Monroe’s solitary life. 

Cullinan’s writing style is quite wonderful and really paints a picture of life on a ranch.  Her use of only Monroe’s perspective gives the book the inner workings of a man in pain, struggling to accept himself and find his own self worth, even though everyone around him knows that he has a kind heart.  Though some of the sexual scenes made me a bit squeamish, the story was so well told that it kept me reading.  This book will stay with me for quite some time and is the pinnacle of cowboy stories.

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A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5)

by Jaime Reese

AWorthyMan-500x750[4]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Oh my, how I LOVE this series. Every book has had me laughing or crying, smiling or frowning, hoping or despairing. All different in style to its predecessor and this is what I love about it. Jaime Reese delivers a read that is riveting and fascinating as all the others in the series but you never quite know what you’re going to get until you open that first page. In the previous book the mood was dark and brooding, in the third upbeat and in places funny with the character Cole. In this book we have a story that is relatively low on the angst factor but both our MCs have a long journey ahead of them to get to their HEA. A book about rediscovering and reinventing yourself, making yourself a better person, about proving yourself a worthy person.

A Worthy Man sums up the whole concept of this book. As is the general theme running through this book; Vann was sent to prison, has been there for ten years and after all hope for him had about died is now getting released. But how? What did he do to land there in the first place? Questions upon questions that are gradually revealed and once again we learn that Vann has been nothing but an unfortunate victim of a justice system that doesn’t always see the real circumstances, doesn’t always play fair and people with more money and power than he has decides his fate unjustly.

However, all the time he was in prison he kept his one true love in his heart, Drayton. Drayton also never gave up, so after such a long time apart they both have to rediscover themselves and their relationship anew, especially Vann as he adapts to a new world.There are obstacles upon emotional obstacles to overcome but in the end the motto is “Stronger Together.” Yet another marvellous addition to this series. the books can all be read as stand alone no problem, but obviously you get more background on the characters if you read from the beginning.

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22 comments:

  1. A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) by Jaime Reese. I love a HEA with little angst.

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  2. So difficult... Maybe Point of No Return

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  3. I love the Halfway House series and treated myself to A Worthy Man when it came out so I'm after reading Point of no Return

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  4. I would pick A Worthy Man. I have 2 of the four books this week and I've been meaning to get this series for awhile.

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  5. A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) by Jaime Reese b/c I love this series

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  6. So many good ones to pick from. Point of No Return by NR Walker. colby69@verizon.net

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  7. I would choose Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder. I loved her book In the Absence of Light and this one sounds really good too. Thanks!

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  8. Wow! what a week!!! So hard to choose, I want them all...
    Maybe Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder because I remember the plot from an earlier post here, and I'm more interested in standalones at the moment...
    Thanks for the chance!

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  9. Point of No Return sounds really good!

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  10. I've read a Worthy Man, but would like to own it too.

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  11. This would be a hard choice. I love Heidi Cullinan and am working through her backlist but the men of the halfway house series has been on my TBR list for a while and I haven't tried any of them yet.

    Prob: Nowhere Ranch

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  12. Real tough this week. I am going to go with Nowhere Ranch because I'm in the mood for a little kink.

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  13. Point of No Return by N.R.Walker would be my choice of these but it was hard to decide.

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  14. I have been meaning to read Complimentary Colors for a really long time now. But Point of No Return seems a little more in line with what I've been reading lately. It will be a tough choice if I win. Thanks for the chance!

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  16. Thanks for the bites. I'm going with A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese. I've been interested in this series, as I love second chances and this one about improving oneself. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  17. Thanks for the post, all great authors. My choice would be A Worthy Man.

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  18. I'd choose 'A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5)' by Jaime Reese since I own all the rest!

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  19. Complementary Colors for me.

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  20. Nowhere Ranch...I've had it on my wish list for quite a while now :-)

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  21. I’ve read Nowhere Ranch and all of you that haven’t you’re in for a treat. :) For myself I want Point of No Return. It sounds terrific and I love trilogies.

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  22. I'm torn between Complementary Colors and A Worthy Man. thanks for the chance!

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