Monday, February 19, 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 Sue Brown, John Inman, Nicky James and Nick Nolan. 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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The Sky is Dead by Sue Brown

41K2UGa fTLRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Danny is young, gay, and homeless. He lives in the park, preferring to avoid attention, but when thugs confront a stranger, Danny rushes to his rescue.He and the would-be victim, Harry, form a cautious friendship that deepens months later, when Harry persuades Danny to visit his home. Daring to believe he has found happiness, Danny finds his world turned upside down yet again when tragedy strikes.

Until he runs out of options, Danny won’t trust anyone. Finally he has to accept the offer of a home, and Danny becomes David, but adjusting to a new life isn’t easy. When he meets the mysterious Jack, it stirs up feelings he thought were long gone. Can David dare to allow himself to love? Or will the truth bring his new world tumbling down around him?

Debra’s Quick Bite

This was a beautiful, heart-wrenching and emotional story about Danny, who is living on the streets at 16 after being thrown out of his house by his parents when they find out he is gay. The book begins 10 years later, as Danny, now David, is telling his boyfriend about his life before they met. While homeless, Danny is reluctant to accept help and does what he has to in order to survive. He also forges a relationship with Harry, a boy he saves from being bullied in the park.  Danny begins to let his walls down with Harry, but then one day Harry is gone and things get worse before they get better. The story is difficult to read in parts, it’s not easy to read about a child living on the streets and the hardships and abuse that go with it, but there is always a bit of hope there and Danny is such a strong character.

This book would have been a five star read for me, I just had difficulty accepting one important part of the story, but that did not, however, take too much away from what otherwise was a powerful, well written story with a HEA.

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517gHsnY1CL._SY346_Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Twenty-eight-year-old Oryn Patterson isn’t like other people. Being an extremely shy, social introvert is only part of the problem. Oryn has dissociative identity disorder. He may look like a normal man on the outside, but spend five minutes with him, and his daily struggles begin to show.

Oryn shares his life and headspace with five distinctively different alters. Reed, a protective, very straight jock. Cohen, a flamboyantly gay nineteen-year-old who is a social butterfly. Cove, a self-destructive terror, whose past haunts him. Theo, an asexual man of little emotion, whose focus is on maintaining order. And Rain, a five-year-old child whose only concern is Batman.

Vaughn Sinclair is stuck in a rut. When his job doesn’t offer the same thrill it once did, he decides it’s time to mix-up his stagnant, boring routine. Little does he know, the man he meets during an impromptu decision to return to college is anything but ordinary.

Vaughn’s heart defies logic, and he finds himself falling in love with this strange new man. But how can you love someone who isn’t always themself? It may not be easy, but Vaughn is determined to try.

Jane’s Quick Bite

I read this book very recently and was immediately captured and fascinated, intrigued and invested. It had me in its spell from the beginning to the end as it deals with the complex subject matter of Dissociative Identity Disorder. People who have DID have usually been through some prolonged, horrific past trauma and the alters (other identities) create a system to allow the person to function in some capacity. In this book the past trauma is not specifically identified or discussed on page, more alluded to, but this could still be triggering for some readers as could the self harm, so please heed all trigger warnings. That said, this book is full of warmth, hope, love and above all else, acceptance.

Oryn struggles with his daily life and the five other alters he lives with and thinks no one will ever be able to be friends with him, but on meeting the sweetheart that is Vaughn in a new college class, that slowly changes. Vaughn is intrigued by the shy, anxious, stuttering Oryn and he slowly learns about Oryn and all of the alters. As the story progresses you find yourself knowing which alter is ‘fronting’ before it’s actually said. You will be rooting for Vaughn and Oryn & Cohen, Reed, Cove, Theo & Rain too. A beautiful story that had me emotionally invested throughout. Thoroughly recommended!

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Wide Asleep by Nick Nolan

51N98btcwRL._SY346_Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Arthur Blauefee promised to stay away from Jeremy Tyler forever. But when he learns that his troubled, heartbroken ex-lover has been seduced and swindled out of his inheritance, Arthur is off to the rescue.

After rekindling their passionate affair, the starry-eyed lovers learn that Jeremy’s plight has gone from terrible to worse. Not only has Jeremy been cheated out of his fortune, he’s been framed for murder. Desperate to clear Jeremy’s name, the pair travels to Greece in pursuit of the nefarious conman Lazzaro Sforza and enters a shady world of sex rings, designer drugs, and international intrigue.

Aided by the powerful hallucinogen Sueño Gris, Jeremy journeys into his past lives. Hopscotching through time, from the Civil War all the way back to the Roman Empire, Jeremy discovers that Lazzaro has betrayed him many times before. Can Arthur and Jeremy finally trump the scheming Lazzaro, or are they doomed to repeat their ill-fated pasts?

Mark’s Quick Bite

This book magnificently combines all the genres that I love in one solid and fascinating plot. Murder-mystery, historical, contemporary, damaged souls, everything all rolled into one book. Seriously, I was in my element. Despite everything that is going on you are never left in any doubt how devoted these two men are to each other. A beautiful romance evolves, even though it does have a past, these two guys are made for each other. You know how and what they are feeling all the way. After all that’s exactly why I read books. No cardboard characters here, each character is essential to the plot and story in some way.

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Spirit by John Inman

51ANGe2 wMLRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.

I’m sorry. Say what?

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.

Jay’s Quick Bite

Can a four year old boy, a cell phone destroying ghost and a mysterious stranger bring about love?

Jason has agreed to watch his precocious four year old nephew while his sister and her new boyfriend take a four week vacation. Once the boy comes to stay, mysterious happenings begin in the house, along with a stranger appearing asking a lot of questions. What is the real cause? Can the stranger be trusted? Why does the ghost hate cell phones but loves Bugs Bunny?

Just like so many of Inman’s books that deal in the supernatural, Spirit is a great mystery and ghost story. His writing is sometimes scary, much of the time funny and can also be downright sexy. This is a book I’ve read twice just because it was so amusing and a great read. His characters are relatable even if everything is crazy around them. He writes from a place of love, even when the characters are a bit rough and tumble, especially the nephew, who somehow manages to get in to a lot of trouble and is way too smart for his britches. It’s so good, I might make this book an annual read.

Spirit can be bought separately, or in the bundle of four of Inman’s novels, which has more great stories.

*This book is also contained in the Kindle Bundle John Inman’s Greatest Hits 

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17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the bites. For me: Spirit by John Inman. I like the author and am intrigued by the premise, and Jay's quick bite. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  2. Either The Sky is Dead or Love Me Whole. Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Spirit because I love John Inman

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  4. love me whole sounds great this week

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  5. Spirit, I enjoy a PNR element.

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  6. Spirit sounds like my cup of tea.

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  7. WIDE ASLEEP sounds so intriguing!

    --Trix

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  8. I've heard a lot of good things about Love Me Whole.

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  9. my pick would be Wide Asleep by Nick Nolan

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  10. Never read John Inman, but Spirit sounds awesome.

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  11. The Sky is Dead by Sue Brown would be my pick

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  12. Spirit by John Inman. I've never read any of his work.

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  13. A tough one this week but I'll go with The Sky is Dead

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  14. The Sky is Dead or Love Me Whole sounds intriguing.

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  15. Love Me Whole by Nicky James looks really different.

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  16. I would pick The Sky is Dead or Wide Asleep. colby69@verizon.net

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  17. I've read 'Love Me Whole' and loved it! Since then I've gone on to recommend the book, and Nicky James, on several other blogs and newsletters I subscribe to. Especially those who ask about the best books I've recently read.

    I'd love to read 'Spirit' by John Inman. I've noted that John Inman has an average rating of 3.87 on Goodreads...so along with the plot synopsis it's made it to my TBR queue!

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