Monday, July 24, 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 K.C. Wells, Lloyd A. Meeker, Stephen Osborne, Melanie Harlow and David Romanov. 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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Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells

you never know[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Three weeks after being diagnosed with acute glaucoma, Adam Kent lost his vision. Two months down the line, and he’s left behind his life in London as an author of political history books and retreated to the Isle of Wight, to live in the house he inherited in Steephill Cove. But that’s not all Adam’s left behind him: the trappings of his life as a Dom are packed away into three boxes and stored in his attic. After all, he’s never going to need them again, right? Who’d want a blind Dom anyway?

Paul Vaughan is employed to be a live-in companion to Adam, but his new employer makes it very clear he wants to be left alone. Paul can see Adam is hurting and struggles to help him, even though Adam resists him at every turn. Thankfully, Paul’s friends Taylor, Mark and Sam are there to lend an ear when he needs to vent – and also to try setting him up with a guy or two. It’s not that Paul doesn’t appreciate their efforts, but the guys they keep sending his way are way too… vanilla. A chance visit to a club had already shown Paul a side to him he’d never expected: maybe his tastes are a little kinkier.
Two events occur to rock Paul’s life: he discovers his boss isn’t as straight as Paul had thought, and he takes a peek into a box….

Debra’s Quick Bite

Paul and Adam are one of my favorite K.C. Wells couples. In a few short months 40 year old Adam, has gone from a vibrant, active, man in control, to a blind, depressed recluse. He doesn’t need the caretaker his sister insists on hiring and just wants to be left alone. Paul is 23 and recently out of school, having trained in physiotherapy. He is practical and aware of what Adam is going through. He needs this job and is not going to throw the sexy but mercurial Adam a pity party.

Just as Adam has good and bad days, so does their road to romance. As they go from grudging employer/employee to working as a team, their interest in each other simmers and their first unexpected encounter left my jaw hanging open. The beauty of the story is watching Paul help Adam realize that there is very little he has to give up once he accepts his condition and learns to adapt.

Adam and Paul have sizzling chemistry and the sex is hot. The BDSM element adds a little kink, but it is not hardcore. There is a bit of outside drama and conflict stemming from Adam’s sister’s interference in his life as she tries to “help” him and the setting of the Isle of Wight is again brought to life by the descriptive writing. If you like hurt-comfort with light kink this is for you.


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Strong Enough

by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov

51Gny-zC-PL._SY346_Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real there.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.
He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a relatively new release, a contemporary romance written by two authors that are new to me. I was more than pleasantly surprised by how good it is.

Maxim arrives from Russia to America on a whim in the hopes of finding and living a better and more open life. His arrival into the country is beset with problems and he finds himself staying with a relative stranger, Derek. Derek is struggling somewhat with his life. He’s been brought up to believe you get a good education, a good job, house, wife, kids, the whole shebang, but it's just not happening for him. He is drawn to the young Russian and wants to help him settle in and his attraction takes hold. He fights his feelings, giving in and then pulling back and ultimately they have to decide if they're strong enough. Maxim is an absolute sweetheart and I was rooting for Derek to find the courage and take a chance. This is a tale full of emotion, little angst, it's hot and steamy and full of romance. One of the authors is Russian and the story is loosely autobiographical which lends credence and sincerity to the book. A truly heart-warming read.

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Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker

617FJiF6QqL[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Eight-year-old Howie Evinger is convinced that his dad would be happier if he found a new husband. Howie would be happier, too. And somewhere out there in the city of Vancouver, there's the right man for his dad to love. But how to find him? That’s a problem, especially if you’re just a kid and your dad says he doesn’t want another husband.

With the help of his quirky aunt, Shanna, who calls herself a Buddhist Wiccan, Howie builds his very own solstice altar with cool symbols to support his search. It has a candle, a feather, and a twisty stick, plus an agate for his dad, and a scallop shell for his new husband. Share Howie’s solstice adventure as he learns how real magic requires courage and patience as well as symbols.

Mark’s Quick Bite

For a very short story I just loved the whole idea of this book. An M/M romance with a twist or different perspective. The romance here is seen through the eyes of eight year old Howie who wants nothing more than to find a husband for his dad.

Lloyd Meeker does a wonderful job in creating a narrative so we can see the world through the eyes of an eight year old. This in itself is a wonderful piece of writing. As an adult we are regressed in age and see through the eyes of child where magic really does exist, where innocence is fragile, hope and love are not questioned and life is simple and not complicated.

This book falls into my SSS (sweet, short and simple) category but the writing talent contained within is by no means simple, it’s just life is simple when you’re an eight year old. This was a truly refreshing read for me and it was over far to soon. I could have read a much longer story seeing the world through the eyes of Howie. I can highly recommend this book and it will leave you with the warm fuzzies that will have you going “aaawww” all the way through the book.

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Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne

51RPO3UlOAL[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local café, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.

Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.

Freya’s Quick Bite

Having left his abusive partner and scared of being found, Michael stays at the Raven’s Rest. When cold invisible fingers caress his face, he isn’t sure what to think. A local lad, Trey, is eye-catching and persistent. However, Michael isn’t looking for love, as he needs to find himself first. All the same, there is a battle for him – spiritual and non-spiritual.

This is primarily a ghost story – not a hide behind the sofa one – but it has its moments some of which gave me chills. Michael is the double of Bryan, the lover of the ghost Coleman Hollis. Coleman has been trying to communicate with someone for years, and when he shows Michael a vision of Bryan, Michael somehow feels bound to the ghost’s plight. Coleman want’s his Bryan. The subsequent mystery is one Michael feels he needs to solve, for his wellbeing as well as Coleman’s.

Raven’s Rest is totally engaging. It contains, a diverse cast from our hero, the baddies, ghosts and regular jo’s, to Jesenia, the town psychic, tarot reader and according to some, the town lunatic/witch. There’s a delicious mixture of things that go bump in the night, love, prejudice, a fist-wielding ex, murder, attempted murder, stalking, sweet moments, drama, heroics and a bloody good ending. In the opening scene’s there is even a warning, “Someone is going to try to kill you.”

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22 comments:

  1. Quite a few books I like the sound of but I have to pick Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells just because it's a KC Wells book I don't yet have :D

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  2. Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells, because Debra's quick bite totally convinced me...

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  3. Submitting to the Darkness sounds interesting. I'm generally not so much into BDSM books, but I like the Collars and Cuffs books by the author. Also, a blind dom? Curious to see how that works out *puts book on to read list*.

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  4. Submitting to the Darkness by KC Wells. colby69@verizon.net

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  5. Raven's Nest... I love Stephen Osborne's books

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  7. I choose Raven's Rest. I enjoy paranormals of all stripe, but find ghost stories especially engaging, perhaps because I thought I saw a ghost when I was a child.

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  8. Oooohhh A ghost story with a lovely cover! I'll definitely choose Raven't Rest. Such a wonderful title.

    I haven't read anything by Stephen yet so this will be a real treat!

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  9. Strong Enough would be my pick

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  10. STRONG ENOUGH really appeals to me!

    --Trix

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  11. Strong Enough - it's on my wish list and you have me more excited now!

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  12. Thanks for the bites. I'm drawn to: Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne. The premise in the blurb and then Freya description of the mix made it intriguing. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  13. Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne is what I would choose.

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  14. Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov. I love romances with very little angst.

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  15. Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells because the review was great

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  16. Thanks for the great suggestions! I already downloaded two of them :-)!

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  17. Raven's Rest, is a story I'm in the mood for.

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  18. Some great ones again this week but I have to go with Submitting to the Darkness because I love K.C. Wells.

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  19. Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells

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  20. Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells. She is one of my favorite authors.

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  21. Submitting to the Darkness, I've had that whole series on my wish list for a while now.

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  22. Strong Enough, heard its amazing.

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