Monday, January 29, 2018

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 Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme, Tanya Chris, Bru Baker and V.M. Waitt. 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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Wood, Screws & Nails (Hard Hats #1)

by Piper Vaughn & Kade Boehme

51KRWUHS48L_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Hard Hats: Book One

Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. "Look but don’t touch" becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.

Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Two of my favorite tropes, the age gap and father falling for his son's best friend, are represented and handled very nicely and realistically here.  Add in lots of sexual tension, some incredibly hot sex scenes, a bratty son, some real emotion, a little bit of angst, and there was nothing not to like.

When Aaron's son Julian brings his college roommate Malachi to help them fix-up Aaron's lake house, it doesn't take long for Julian to slack allowing Aaron and Malachi to spend plenty of one-on-one time working together and falling for each other. A secret romance begins and soon feelings get deep. There are plenty of potential problems and of course this secret can't stay hidden forever. Thanks to the dual points of view, we get good insight into each man's concerns about the situation. This is a sweet, sexy fun read to heat you up on a cold winter day.

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When it All Falls Down by Tanya Chris

51L-cDmgf5L_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

"When nothing's left, what's left is what matters most."

Maybe Charlie should have waited until he graduated high school before coming out, because since that revelation there’s been a growing distance between him and his friends. Charlie’s tough, though. He doesn’t mind eating lunch alone or watching his former gang interact with their new best buddy. What he does mind is seeing Drew Lavoitt suffer the same fate.

Drew didn’t come out. As far as he, or anyone else knows, he’s straight. What Drew did is accidentally hit and kill a little girl. Now the boy who was voted Most Popular, and who Charlie has maybe had a crush on since eighth grade, faces financial ruin, expulsion, and the fear that if he’s not everything, he’s not enough.

Popularity, wealth, acclaim—these things are easily lost. In each other’s arms, Drew and Charlie find something that can’t be taken from them. Together the two build a foundation on which they can re-create their lives.

Jane’s Quick Bite

Ignore the front cover and dive into a beautifully descriptive story of two young men and their journey together. This is more than a young adult coming of age story as the central theme is that Drew, one of the most popular guys in school, has accidentally hit and killed a six year girl whilst out driving. It is quickly established that he wasn't at fault but that doesn't stop people shunning him or his enormous sense of guilt.

Since Charlie ‘came out’ whilst still in school he finds himself a bit of an ‘island’ no longer part of his group of friends and eating lunch alone etc. he doesn't mind too much about himself but doesn't like seeing Drew like that. He reaches out to him and a beautiful friendship and relationship develops. It’s organic and realistic and exactly like two eighteen year olds would be together. Drew’s guilt is pervasive and his family no longer know what to say to him. Charlie is a huge support to Drew and together they work towards making their lives better for each other, their families and friends. Full of hope and beautifully written about a sensitive subject.

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Chase The Storm by V. M. Waitt

17796311[2]_thumb[1]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Up until he buys an old truck, Elijah Morgan lives life according to his family’s plan, never feeling like he belongs. Desperate to find his own path, he heads out on the open road, only to end up stranded in Nebraska. Not wanting to ask for his parents’ help, he takes a job with tough, independent farmer Chase McKenzie.

Despite their age gap, the attraction between Chase and Elijah soon becomes undeniable. They give in to their desire, but that night changes everything and threatens the secret Chase guards so carefully.

As the summer heats up, so does their relationship. When autumn arrives, Elijah is due back at college, and he’ll have to choose whether to continue his education and follow in his family’s footsteps… or to stay in Nebraska with the man he loves.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Beautiful, breath-taking, moving and overwhelming. A book that takes you on a journey of personal and emotional discovery, of highs and lows, of tears and then tears of joy!

You never forget your first time or your first love! How many times has this been said, either for good or bad. Well, this was definitely the case with Elijah. After deciding on a whim to take off and burn as many bridges as possible due to a undeniably strong feeling of not fitting in at University, or anywhere else to that matter, buys an old truck and takes off on his very own personal road trip. I'm sure we've all had that urge ourselves more than once and this whole idea will for sure speak to that part of us just wanting to break the chains of our daily constrictions and restraints, duties and responsibilities. If we were all as lucky as Elijah, eh?

This is where at the very beginning of the book the beautifully descriptive and flowing style of the author sets the scene of wide open spaces, fields and a sense of freedom, calm and peacefulness we all yearn for at times. Welcome to cowboy country.

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King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker

51cD9vGxTlL_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Rising kitchen talents Beck Douglas and Duncan Walters have been on the foodie paparazzi radar for years, since their status as heirs to two of the biggest celebrity chef empires around makes them culinary royalty. Beck is known for his charm and traditional food as cohost of his uncle's popular TV cooking show, while Duncan earned himself a reputation as a culinary bad boy, both for his refusal to work in his father's restaurants and his avant-garde approach to cooking.

They're also heirs to a food rivalry that could put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame, and when they're photographed in the middle of a heated argument, the press goes wild with speculation. Damage control ensues, with a fake friendship engineered by PR cronies that leaves both of them secretly pining for more.

Beck chafes under his uncle's micromanagement, and Duncan's relationship with his homophobic father becomes even more tenuous when Beck and Duncan start getting closer. It's hard to hide their chemistry on national television when Duncan joins Beck's cooking show, but they won't be able to take their relationship—or their careers—to the next level without breaking a few eggs.

Jay’s Quick Bite

Cooking up trouble has never been this delicious.

If you’re a big of fan of cooking shows and cooking competitions as I am, you will find this book by Bru Baker to be a delight. Having several friends in the industry years ago, I can attest that the book has a very strong truth behind the writing.

Duncan and Beck both come from very famous cooking families - one centered around a restaurant empire and one with a food empire including a cooking show and many branded food items. Their families are at odds with each other, and they might be, too.  Duncan has been the rebel in his family, being a renegade chef cooking in many different restaurants with very modern techniques. Beck is a more traditional chef, working on opening another restaurant in his uncle’s vast empire while also co-hosting his uncle’s cooking show. As events fall into place, Duncan and Beck finally meet after many years of hearing about each other. And in that initial meeting, they spark what appears to be a very public fight continuing on their legacy. To save the families from further humiliation, the two play to the public as friends to improve their PR, hanging out and eventually co-hosting the cooking show, contrasting their very cooking styles. Are they enemies to lovers? Or are they friends to lovers? What will their families think?

I really was intrigued by Baker’s story. The food industry is well represented and the cooking techniques for making the food were very detailed and fascinating. I enjoyed the chemistry that developed between Duncan and Beck as they try to muddle their way through feuding families not sure how they feel about each other. The push/pull against their very different cooking styles and life philosophies contrast nicely against each other. They play off each other well which makes for a good read. Bonus in that Baker includes some of the intriguing recipes both chefs create that gives the story a nice grounding that one can enjoy the reading the book and then have some amazing food. Sometimes love can be found amongst the kitchens.

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21 comments:

  1. Chase the Storm would be my choice this week.

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  2. Wood, Screws and Nails appeals to me the most this week.

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  3. Chase the Storm seems like one I'd really like. Thanks for the chance!

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  4. Wood, Screws & Nails (Hard Hats #1)
    by Piper Vaughn & Kade Boehme sounds great this week

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  5. I'm interested in King of the Kitchen. I'd never watched a cooking show until my SIL introduced me to The Great British Baking Show. Now I love it!

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  6. I have both Wood, Screws and Nails and King of the Kitchen. I have a feeling that I read When It All Falls Down in KU, so my choice is Chase the Storm.

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  7. When it all Falls Down sounds so good.

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  8. King of the kitchen sound is one I haven't read but would love to.

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  9. I like the sounds of Chase The Storm by V. M. Waitt

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  10. King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker. I like cooking shows!

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  11. I love cooking themed stories. King of the Kitchen.

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  12. I'm torn between Chase the Storm and King of the Kitchen.

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  13. Thanks for the bites. I'd go for King of the Kitchen. I appreciated that Mark pointed out it was pretty representative of the industry. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  14. Are you guys ever going to do New Releases again? I really miss those posts and always looked forward to them. I would choose Wood, Screws, and Nails.

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    1. Hi Anne! Thanks for asking. We would love to bring back the New Releases post at some point in the future. Right now, with the amount of time and effort each of those posts take to produce, our non-blog lives just aren't allowing us the time. We do try to point out free reads and new releases when we can on our FB and Twitter if you follow us there.

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  16. I already have 'When it All Falls Down' by Tanya Chris...a great book! I'd like 'Chase The Storm' by V. M. Waitt. I think lots of us fall prey to living the lives our parents want for us, rather than following our heart or passions. The age difference between the two characters adds another dimension I find interesting.

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  17. King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker since I love cooking shows and competitions.

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  18. I'd probably choose Chase The Storm by V. M. Waitt, new author to me and a story that appeals to me the most, but Wood, Screws & Nails (Hard Hats #1)
    by Piper Vaughn & Kade Boehme and King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker look fun too (I'm more in the mood for a lighter kind of read so that excludes When it All Falls Down by Tanya Chris).

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  19. King of the Kitchen, it sounds like a reality show.

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  20. King of the Kitchen sounds yummy to me

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