Monday, September 18, 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 Joseph Lance Tonlet, Brooke Blaine, Kate Sherwood and Tal Bauer. 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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Grif’s Toy (Tease & Denial #1)

by Joseph Lance Tonlet

GrifsToy_front_1400_silver_thumb12Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Grif believes he’ll live his life as a virgin. After all, who would want him? How could anyone find him, a guy who came with less than man-sized equipment, worthy of their love?

What he hadn’t counted on were the two amazing men who would change his life. After entering college, he meets Tate, his fun-loving, wealthy roommate. While years later, with Tate now just a memory, Wes, a handsome, rugged ex-marine who runs his own security firm enters his life.

Both men force him to see his value, despite his size and insecurities.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Right off I’m going to tell you this story features humiliation/degradation kink, so if that’s not your thing, we’ve got a few other Quick Bites you might want to explore. Joseph Lance Tonlet's debut novel was entertaining, sweet and hella kinky. Completely character driven, I enjoyed everything about the book, even though sometimes everyone seemed a bit too perfect. Grif is smart, gorgeous, confident and strong, but finding himself lacking in one aspect of his physique guts his self-esteem and he resolves to never be physically exposed to another man, convinced himself he could never fully anyone. In college he meets and rooms with "straight but not narrow" Tate, who helps him explore certain aspects of his sexuality that Grif never knew existed. The two form a bond that will reshape the rest of Grif's life. After years of random one-off hookups, present day 28 year old Grif meets Wes who turns out to be the one-off he can't stop thinking about and possibly the perfect complement to Grif's particular kink.

From Grif's POV, the story bounces back and forth between middle school, college and the present in a non-linear fashion. The wibbly-wobbly timeline didn't hinder the storytelling for me as Grif's mindset was very clear and distinctive at each point in time. The story was quite a bit lighter than I expected, but I found I couldn't put it down once I started. The writing flowed nicely, I enjoyed all the secondary characters and the scenes between Wes and Grif were hot. While Grif is a fully fleshed out character by the end of the story, Wes still remains a mystery and I wanted to jump right into his story.

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A Little Bit Like Love (South Haven book 1)

by Brooke Blaine

51A9qWobKILRating ~ 4.5

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Synopsis

What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you’d left behind?

Jackson Davenport, the charismatic, strait-laced heir to the Davenport fortune, has a secret. One he’s been hiding since he graduated from South Haven all-boys academy—and that secret’s name is Lucas.

When a work trip takes Jackson back to his old stomping grounds, memories of the year he shared with Lucas come crashing to the surface. With growing pressure from his father to settle down and take over the family business, Jackson knows he’s on borrowed time, and sets out to find the free-spirited daredevil he once knew.

But Lucas isn’t the same man he was eight years ago.
One night. A shattered heart. And an endless parade of nameless faces. Lucas Sullivan is South Haven’s ultimate playboy, a reputation he’s honed since the only boy he ever loved left without a trace. To the world, he’s brash and confident, an in-demand artist who spends his days designing one-of-a-kind pieces and his nights as king of the downtown scene.

Many have tried and failed to get past the barrier he’s carefully constructed, but it’s the shy, studious boy he once coaxed out of his shell who still haunts him.

Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was lust. Or maybe…it was a little bit like love.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a brilliant second chance romance book. Lucas Sullivan and Jackson Davenport attend the same exclusive school and fall for each other only for Jackson to disappear overnight before graduation with no explanation why. Forward eight years on and Jackson is working for his father’s company and appears back in South Haven for a meeting. The men meet again and Jackson realises that Lucas is not the same guy on the surface that he used to be. He has built walls around himself and is a big player, never doing repeats etc. When the men reconnect they join the dots and come to understand what/who was behind orchestrating their estrangement years earlier. After admitting the hurt felt by both parties they rediscover the love they had for each other. I was desperately rooting for them to find a way to be together again, they are just perfect for each other. I loved Lucas’s friends Shaw and Bash and when Jackson takes control of his life with Bash’s help, you’ll be cheering as loudly as I was. A great, romantic read that has you rooting for Lucas and Jackson to get their HEA.

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Embers (Common Law #2) by Kate Sherwood

Embers_500x750[4]Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

Mark’s Quick Bite

I love it when you read the first book in a series is enough to make you pick up the subsequent book. Even more so when the story starts to get better and more interesting. This is why I featured book one in the Quick Bite post from 4th September although it was first a 3.5 star read for me.

What I really love about these books so far is they are plot driven. It is first a foremost a really fascinating crime / thriller series which combined with the mind games that Wade and Jericho have going on adds to the sexual tension between both. You can feel the atmosphere sizzling when they are together in one room even if there are no sex scenes which I find enthralling in itself.  To be honest in this book there is only one sex scene right at the end of book between Jericho and Wade but when it takes place it is hot due to the build up we’ve had before. A real game of cat and mouse, not only on a crime investigation front but also on a personal and emotional level.

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Enemy Of My Enemy by Tal Bauer

enemy of my enemy[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Fifteen years from now, an affair rocks the world.
Two men commit to their impossible love.
One general is determined to destroy them both.

President Jack Spiers and former Secret Service Agent Ethan Reichenbach throw caution to the wind, committing themselves publicly as the first out male lovers and partners to occupy the White House. Jack moves Ethan into the Residence, but as Ethan settles into his new role as first gentleman of the United States, not everyone is thrilled with their choices. When it seems like the world turns against them, Jack and Ethan must turn to each other, finding the strength together to press on.

In the chaos, Jack's relationship with the Russian president, Sergey Puchkov, grows closer, and the two nations find themselves working almost as allies. But President Puchkov has secrets of his own, secrets that could rip everything apart. And Ethan steps back into the action with Lieutenant Adam Cooper, taking charge of a covert kill team tasked with hunting down General Madigan once and for all.

But Madigan is elusive, and his dangerous reach is long. He strikes at Jack and Ethan from the shadowy corners of the globe, unraveling their entire world. As the mad general draws new allies together, he is single-minded in his quest to destroy the only two men who ever beat him.

He will stop at nothing until Jack and Ethan are shattered men, worlds apart, and struggling to get back to one another.

And after that, Madigan's true revenge begins…

Freya’s Quick Bite

This is book 2 of The Executive Series,

Enemy Of My Enemy, involves a larger measure of politics and a revelation that a madman is out for more than blood.

President Jack Spiers has many of his government, country, and world, outraged because his lover, Ex-Agent Ethan Reichenback, has taken up the mantle of First Gentleman. While Jack has to keep the worlds wrath at bay, Ethan is thrown into a life of ‘florists, state dinners and clandestine kill missions.’ Some of them he’s more qualified to deal with than others.

EOMM is a huge meaty in-depth story. One that involves a prison security breach, unlikely allies, feelings of guilt, emotional trauma, a terror campaign and one hell of a twist. Lighter times between Ethan and Jack are an excellent respite from the drama. But when the physical action gets going, and bullets started flying – I found it nigh impossible to stop reading.

I experienced the full spectrum of emotions. EOMM contains military operations, more political shenanigans, revolutions, confrontation, heartbreak, blood, bombs, bullets, love, and trauma. Russia has a hard time, too, and plays a large part in this story.

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24 comments:

  1. I love all the books synopsis and want the reviews say. I would love Embers

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  2. A Little Bit Like Love (South Haven book 1) by Brooke Blaine. I love HEA's!!

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  3. They all sound great, but I think I would go for Embers

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  4. Debra,

    I'm so honored Grif's Toy was selected to be part of your Quick Bites, and even more honored by your lovely review.

    My most sincere thanks,
    JLT =)
    #pleasurethroughdenial

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  5. Thanks for the quick bites. I agree with you, Debra, about Grif's Toy. I loved Tal's book 1, and liked what you said, Freya, about book 2, so it's Enemy Of My Enemy by Tal Bauer. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  6. I'd pick Embers, because I already have Brooke and Tal's books.
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

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  7. A Little Bit Like Love would be my choice this week. I hope there's some groveling involve before the HEA. :-)

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  8. They all sound great, I think I'd like to try Enemy of my Enemy.

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  9. I would choose "A Little Bit Like Love (South Haven book 1)by Brooke Blaine the book sounds great and she is a new author to me.

    shirleyann2400 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I would really like to read Embers by Kate Sherwood. Thanks!

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  11. I would like A Little Bit Like Love. New author for me and sounds like a second chance at love kind of book. donnaemayer@aol.com

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  12. Grifs Toy would be my pick this week. It sounds like something different for me to read.

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  13. Embers by Kate Sherwood because I have the first in the series & would like the next as well.

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  14. A Little Bit Like Love (South Haven book 1)
    by Brooke Blaine

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  15. I would pick Enemy of My Enemy by Tal Bauer. I loved book 1!

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  16. Enemy Of My Enemy by Tal Bauer would be my choice.

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  17. Enemy Of My Enemy by Tal Bauer

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  18. Enemy of My Enemy...I could use a good suspense story!

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  19. Enemy of My Enemy for me too - read Enemies if the State over the weekend - loved it!!

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  20. I would pick Grif's Toy. colby69@verizon.net

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  21. A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine

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  22. ENEMY OF MY ENEMY looks cool!

    --Trix

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  23. Maybe Grif’s Toy (Tease & Denial #1) by Joseph Lance Tonlet... I'm curious about a new author (to me) and a different kink ;)

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