Monday, March 05, 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 Tara Lain, Alexis Hall, Rhys Ford and Harper Fox. 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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Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1)

by Tara Lain

knight3Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor's license he so desires, and fear of his mother's judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

Debra’s Quick Bite

This is a feel good, opposites attract story. I loved the chemistry between the two MC's. Shaz is unapologetic in his flamboyance, which is a plus in his line of work as an up-and-coming stylist, but can cause some problems outside of that. Billy is a gentle giant of a construction worker, with some self-esteem issues, who finds it hard to deny his family anything, even his overbearing and disapproving mother. He has sacrificed most of his life to help them and all he gets as thanks is a constant barrage of complaints about his failure to keep a woman and the way he looks.

The dual point of view works well. Billy's coming to terms with his feelings for Shaz was sweet and played out nicely without getting angsty. Did I mention that these two are scorching together? There is a good cast of secondary characters, some stereotypical and some surprising, that lend support for the two MC's. This is one of those stories that left me smiling and looking forward to more.

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To Bang A Billionaireby Alexis Hall (Audiobook)

Narrated by Joel Leslie

51a34ztMnpL._AA300_Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Rules are made to be broken....

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." So far, I haven't. I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford, no idea what I'm going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful...oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me.

I'm good at doing what I'm told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn't have the power to give me.

Jane’s Quick Bite

I very rarely listen to an audiobook that I haven't previously read but this is one of those times. I made an exception based on several recommendations and I’m so glad I did. Arden St. Ives is a sweet Oxford graduate who meets, and is enamoured with, the enigmatic conundrum that is the devastatingly handsome but detached billionaire Caspian Hart. They embark on a prearranged six month sexual liaison with Caspian calling the shots and we follow their journey from Ardens pov.

Joel Leslie’s narration is superb. He really gets into Arden’s head and I could fully believe it was Arden telling his story. He also captures the aloofness of Caspian Hart extremely well and whilst this is, at times, utterly hilarious and like a rom com, when Arden suffers I really felt it and that had everything to do with Joel’s perfect narration. It's 11 hours long but I flew through it and I’m straight onto the next one How to Blow it with a Billionaire. A truly brilliant audiobook expertly narrated.

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Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

Murder_Cover_Ford_smallRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

Jay’s Quick Bite

Can one fall in to a relationship when dead bodies keep showing up?

Rock Stevens has been working to move on from his past, coming from a life of carnies and con artists. His shop of movie memorabilia is doing great until a dead body falls on him, police start shooting, and he has to run for his life. Running smack dab into Rock is cop Dante Montoya, well more like Dante slamming Rock to the ground while he tried to escape. Now their lives are once again tangled after a patchwork past that is challenged with piling up of bodies. Is Rock being framed? Does Dante believe that Rock is being honest? Is Rock ever going to be able open his shop again as dead bodies keep showing up? How does does a con man have a wealthy grandfather?

I know there are very rabid fans of Ford, and now I’m beginning to understand their spirit. I've enjoyed some of her other books, but this one was really amazing. Her writing is gritty but also has a wry humor that tickles. She has a lightness to her writing that makes you laugh in the middle of all of the horror and craziness running in her universe. The characters are not perfect and show their flaws with aplomb. There’s a second book in the series and that’s what I’ll be reading next as learning about their lives is addictive.

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Once Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox

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Synopsis

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. It’s not life in the fast lane, but he takes it very seriously, and his first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he’s gutted – he’s a level-headed copper who doesn’t believe in such things, and he can’t help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl.

But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee’s insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon’s heart. Son of a Methodist minister, raised in a tiny Cornish village, Gideon has hidden his sexuality for years. It’s cost him one lover, and he can’t believe it when this green-eyed newcomer stirs up old feelings and starts to exert a powerful force of attraction.

Gideon and Lee begin to work together on the case. But there are malignant forces at work in the sleepy little village of Dark, and not only human ones – Gideon is starting to wonder, against all common sense, if there might be some truth in the terrifying legend of the Bodmin Beast after all. As a misty Halloween night consumes the moor, Gideon must race against time to save not only the lost child but the man who’s begun to restore his faith in his own heart.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Looking back on all the books I’ve read, it’s amazing how time flies! First read in November 2013 I thought it was time to revive this first book in the series and if you haven’t started this series yet then what are you waiting for, time to get started. I sometimes read a book which is original and refreshing and to think it started off a series that I fell in love with, its characters, the plots, the murder / mystery aspect, occult, etc. it contains many things that I adore in a good story.

It only takes a little under two hours to read it, but Harper Fox manages to pack a whole lot into a few pages. Set on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, a place already steeped in mystery, folklore and strange happenings, there couldn't be a more atmospheric place to write a great spooky chiller-thriller. A young girl has gone missing from the village of Dark. Now all the leads are running cold and the chances of finding her alive are diminishing with every day.

For a novella the action, clue solving and mystery part is well paced and timed. I found myself connecting to the characters immediately. Harper once again has shown her knowledge of locals, their quirkiness, traits and oddities. The most famous myth arising from this area being The Beast of Bodmin Moor and here no spooky, chiller-thriller could miss out this opportunity.

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Giveaway

*N.B. As we are unable to give away audiobooks, we will give away the Kindle ebook for any audiobooks featured in our Quick Bites posts.

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20 comments:

  1. I would choose How to Bang a Billionaire. When are you going to start doing New Releases again? I miss those posts.

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    1. Thanks Kristy! You're not alone in missing the New Releases. We would love to bring back the New Releases post at some point in the future. Unfortunately, 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 at the moment. We do try to point out free reads and new releases when we can on our FB and Twitter feeds.

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  2. Just more to add to my TBR.

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  3. The audiobook of How to Bang a Billionaire... I loved that book

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  4. Thanks for the good bites. All do indeed sound good, and I already like Ford, Lain, Fox. Since I love mysteries, I'll go with Murder & Mayhem. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  5. Once Upon a Haunted Moor. I have not read this author.

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  6. I'd love to read How to Bang a Billionaire. I've been waiting for the trilogy to be complete before I started the series.

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  7. I'd choose the Harper Fox book because it's the only one I don't have, but I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

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  8. Although I've read many of Harper Fox's books, I've not read Once Upon a Haunted Moor, so I'd love to win it.

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  9. These are such great selections!

    I've already read, and purchased, 'Murder and Mayhem' and 'Knight of Ocean Avenue'. Both were wonderful.

    I'd like 'To Bang A Billionaire' by Alexis Hall (Audiobook) Narrated by Joel Leslie.

    I've only listened to one audio book and loved it! I've heard great things about Joel Leslie and haven't read anything by Alexis Hall (though I have several checked on goodreads!)

    dfair1951@gmail.com

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  10. Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford love this blurb!!!

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  11. Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1)
    by Tara Lain

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  12. Knight of Ocean Avenue because it's the only one I haven't read.

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  13. Once Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox would be my choice.

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  14. How to Bang a Billionaire looks good.

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  15. Love KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE! I'd pick HOW TO BANG A BILLIONAIRE, since I loved FOR REAL so much...

    --Trix

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  16. Once Upon a Haunted Moor sounds like everything I love in a book.

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  17. Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lane. colby69@verizon.net

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  18. Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford because I recently started reading her books and am frantically trying to catch up.

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  19. I already got Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1) by Tara Lain as a freebie one day by chance, so I guess it will be Once Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox or Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford...
    Thanks for the chance

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