Monday, March 26, 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 TJ Klune, Laura Lascaro, Amy Lane and Jay Northcote. 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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Bear, Otter, and the Kid

(Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles Book 1)

by TJ Klune

41Q9kRisMVL._SY346_Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world... something or someone.

Debra’s Quick Bite

I’m feeling nostalgic this week, so my pick is the book that started me reading in the m/m genre back in 2012 and introduced me to one of my favorite authors.  This is one of those books where I was halfway through when I fell asleep and was immediately thinking about it when I woke up. I still read it once a year without fail.

Funny, sad and sweet the story of Derrick (Bear), his little brother Tyson (the Kid) and their family of friends will have you on an emotional roller coaster that will result in both tears of joy and tears of sorrow. I was totally wrapped up in their story from the start. The romance between Bear and Otter was sweet, angsty and heartfelt. The love between Bear and the Kid was heart-breaking and inspiring.  Add in the patented TJ Klune shenanigans and humor, a secondary cast of amazing characters that you’ll wish were real, and this one is a winner on all counts. Get those tissues handy and dive in. Lucky for you the series is complete so you won’t have to wait for the next instalment like I did.

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The Bravest Thing by Laura Lascarso

thebravest thing[7]Rating ~ 5 stars 

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Synopsis

High school junior Berlin Webber is about to reap the fruits of his hard work and land a football scholarship—if he can keep his sexuality a secret from his best friend, Trent, and their homophobic coach. Then Hiroku Hayashi swerves into the high school parking lot on his tricked-out motorcycle like some sexy comic book villain, and Berlin knows he doesn’t stand a chance.

Hiroku is fleeing his sophisticated urban scene to recover from drug addiction and an abusive relationship when he arrives in Berlin’s small Texas ranch town. Initially sarcastic and aloof, Hiroku finds in Berlin a steady, supportive friend who soon becomes more. As Hiroku and Berlin’s romance blossoms, they take greater risks to be together. But when a horrific act of violence tears them apart, they both must look bigotry in the face. While Berlin has always turned to his faith for strength, Hiroku dives into increasingly dangerous ways of coping, pushing them in opposite directions just when they need each other most.

Two very different young men search for the bravery to be true to themselves, the courage to heal, and the strength to go on when things seem darkest. But is it enough to bring them back together?

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is one of the best young adult books I have ever read and why it's my choice for this week. I loved everything about it, including the bucket loads of angst. It doesn't feel like a YA novel because the overriding themes of drug addiction, homophobia, faith, family and friendships are tackled head on in a very adult way. Also, so much has already happened to Hiroku, for one still so relatively young. He has been in rehab for drug addiction, is now clean and has moved away from an abusive ex with the help of his family.

It's told in alternating PoV’s of both the main protagonists, Hiroku Hayashi and Berlin Webber. The relationship that develops between these two is sweet but be warned there is a very horrific event that occurs in the story that you can feel is about to happen. The writing is suspenseful and there is a huge sense of foreboding. The event packs a very visceral punch! The angst ratchets up a notch and the fallout is hard to read. However, the healing part of the book is worth it though and the bravery of Hiro and Berlin shines through and their love is beautiful to watch. A very powerful story that has stayed with me since I first read it.

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Passing Through by Jay Northcote

917dbsZlVqL._SL1500_[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

Mark’s Quick Bite

I LOVED this book! All I can say is for me another book that just reduced me to tears and had me snivelling buckets into my Kindle. This book evoked emotions in me that were so strong it left me reflecting on life for days. Absolutely beautiful writing from Jay Northcote that anyone who reads this book without getting the slightest lump in their throat have no feelings to talk about.

A story that breeches the generation gap but one that shows us that life is precious and short and every day should be lived to the full. This story moved me so much and if you haven’t read it yet then you have truly missed out on one of the best life-affirming stories. Despite the heartache it shows us to go out there and live in the present and cherish every second, no regrets, be kind to yourself and others, live life to the full.

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Bonfires by Amy Lane

bonfires3Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

Jay’s Quick Bite

Can love come after the children have grown?

In anticipation of the second book coming out soon, I wanted to revisit Amy Lane’s wonderful book, Bonfires. Aaron, the deputy sheriff and Larx, the high school principal, have know each other for quite some time.  Since they both are single fathers, they’ve crossed paths at local events, school functions, and other life events, but now that their children are getting older, they begin to have a deeper awareness of each other.  What begins as daily runs deepens into something more and they deal with their personal feelings for each other and how that can affect their public personas. They must find a way to meld together, bring their family in to the fold and begin a new chapter in life.  There are several events that occur that they have to struggle to deal with but their relationship slowly grows in to something very special.

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16 comments:

  1. Bonfires by Amy Lane. I am at that stage in my life, so I can relate.

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  2. It would be a tough choice between Bonfires by Amy Lane looks good or The Bravest Thing
    by Laura Lascarso.

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  3. Bear , Otter and the Kid has been overlooked on my wish list for too long. It's time to read it !

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  4. Bear, Otter and the Kid. I wanted to read it a while back and never did.

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  5. Bear, Otter and kid is the one I'd like to read.

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  6. The Bravest Thing. I just recently read her newest book and thought it was pretty good. I wouldn't mind giving this one a read.

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  7. Thanks for the bites. I'm actually boycotting a couple of these authors bc principles. One of those dealing with a well-written POC, for which I'm interested in The Bravest Thing by Laura Lascarso. Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  8. Bear, Otter and The Kid by TJ Klune

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  9. bonfires sounds like my type of story !

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  10. Tough choices! I think Passing Through by Jay Northcote

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  11. Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune. colby69@verizon.net

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  12. Bear, Otter and the Kid would be my pick...I've heard so many good things about it, but haven't gotten around to this one yet.

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  13. I would pick Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune. I love their work!!

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  14. Bear, Otter, and the Kid (Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles Book 1) by TJ Klune!
    This book has been in my TBR list for ages!!!

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