Monday, December 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 Cardeno C, N.R. Walker, Heidi Cullinan and JL Merrow. Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this week's Quick Bites.

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Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C

511hcH4STXLRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle-of-nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can't say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there's nothing pretend about their relationship.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Cardeno C.'s books always have a good combination of drama, humor, and men with great chemistry that leads to smoking hot sex scenes. This CC book is easily one of my favorites because there is the added bonus of watching these two men build a friendship for a good part of the book before the sexual tension really starts to emerge.

Reg, an accountant turned bartender looking for travel and adventure, jumps at the chance to act as a pretend boyfriend and accompany rock star Jeremy on his seven month tour. Jeremy, the sheltered and lonely rocker, is just looking for someone to enjoy his down time with who won't be looking to further themselves, and are only happy on the red carpets. These two are so much fun to read as Reg becomes invested in protecting Jeremy's privacy and Jeremy thrives under his care.  If you’re in the book for typical rock star shenanigans, forget it. Other than the occasional diva fit, Jeremy is only in it for the love of the music and prefers to spend his free time on the couch watching TV or subjecting himself to Reg's penchant for extreme sporting.

With no angst and minimal drama, this is a feel good, light romance, that pushed all my happy, sweet buttons.

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A Very Henry Christmas: The Weight of it All 1.5

by N.R.Walker

51BiZ2l rhLRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

A 12,000 word short story about food, fluff, and fornication.

Henry wants to share his and Reed’s first Christmas Eve being engaged by hosting dinner with their closest friends. Henry loves food and he loves to cook—he plans an entire menu and decorates the house to rival a department store, but even though everything’s perfect, something’s not quite right.

As Henry and Reed prepare for a merry Christmas, no matter what happens, you know it will be a very Henry Christmas.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a fab, recently released Xmas novella showing fiances’ Henry and Reed throwing a dinner party on Xmas eve for their friends. The author describes this as a short story about food, fluff and fornication and she is so right. We get Henry being Henry in near meltdown as he wants everything to be perfect. Reed is his usual calming self and manages to help de stress Henry - using sex mostly!

The humour that flowed through the first book continues in this, the comedic shirts are hilarious, as do the heartfelt *swoony* moments. Anika, Henry's best friend doesn't appear her usual self but we find out why and the epilogue is just perfect and I feel sets it up nicely for another instalment of Henry, Reed and their friends and family. This is a perfect mini Xmas rom com and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Wake Up Call (A Porthkennack Novel) by JL Merrow

WakeUpCall_500x7506Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

Mark’s Quick Bite

This was my first book in the Porthkennack collection from Riptide Publishing and this book by JL Merrow definitely got things off to a good start for me. As you all know Cornwall is a place I can totally relate to being my childhood home so  was very interested to see a collection of books based in Cornwall even if Porthkennack is a fictitious name that at at least sounds authentically Cornish.

What I loved about this book is that we have two characters that come from extremely different and contrasting backgrounds. One well educated, the other hardly making it through school, but whatever the background each have their share of emotional and physical luggage to bear. As always in life the main thing is that a person’s heart is in the right place and this can definitely be said for these two even if they’re backgrounds will play a role before they eventually find a way together.

A thoroughly enjoyable read about two guys with different backgrounds but also compliment each other, no angst, but you will be wanting to bang these two guys’ heads together at times to make them see sense and get over themselves.

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Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

CarryTheOcean300[4]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

The Roosevelt, Book 1

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.

As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.

Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.


Jay’s Quick Bite

Is love ever normal?

Do you ever have a book hangover from reading something that just blows your mind? Cullinan has written a masterpiece about differently abled people that will leave me pondering life for quite some time. This is truly a special book.

Carry the Ocean tells the story of Emmett, a college student with high functioning autism, and Jeremey, a recent high school graduate with clinical depression and anxiety, who meet at a picnic in their neighborhood. Told in alternating chapters from each of the MC’s points of view, the book delves into the inner thoughts of two fascinating and diverse people, chronicling the lives of our characters through family struggles, identity and fight for independence.

There’s so much I learned reading this book - about autism, depression, anxiety, and trying to live life the best way you can against the odds. The book really struck a chord as it shows we are all little bit different from the norm but yet we can all find happiness. I would say this is one of my top reads this year and will be one I’ll return to read over and over again for years to come as its message will continue to resonate with me for a long, long time. Fortunately for all us Cullinan has continued the story in a second book, with at least 1 or more in the planning stages. I very much look forward to the continuing adventures of this amazing couple.

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21 comments:

  1. I have already read , and loved , Perfect Imperfections and Carry The Ocean so I am going for Wake Up Call this week , it looks very interesting.

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  2. Wake Up Call, as I've loved all the Porthkennack stories I've read so far

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  3. Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C..love cc's books

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  4. I already have Perfect Imperfections and A Very Henry Christmas (a must read if you've read Weight of It All). They all look good, but I think I'll pick Heidi's book.

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  5. Aagh, they all look so good!

    --Trix

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  6. I'd pick Wake Up Call. I've been eyeing the Porthkennack books!

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  7. A Very Henry Christmas: The Weight of it All 1.5 by N.R.Walker, it sounds like the perfect Christmas read about two characters that I enjoyed earlier.

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  8. Carry the ocean
    Heard all good things
    Thanks for chance

    oorjanie at yahoo dot com

    Nr walker one is awesome

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  9. I have to go with Perfect Inperfections this week. I can't pass up a rock star book.

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  10. I think Carry the Ocean would be my choice.

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  11. Thanks again for the bites. I'm interested in Wake Up Call by JL Merrow. I've seen a lot about this series, and if an authentic Cornallwer (is that the term?) thinks this is good, then I'm all up for travelling there via ebook. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  12. Wake Up Call by JL Merrow

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  13. Carry the Ocean is one of my all time favourite books ever!!!! Thanks for the chance. I would choose Wake Up Call by JL Merrow.

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  14. A Very Henry Christmas by N.R. Walker. Liked The Weight Of It All and N.R. Walkers writing style.

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  15. I love Heidi Cullinan's books and can't believe I've haven't read Carry the Ocean yet.

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  16. I'm torn between Perfect Imperfections and Wake Up Call.

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  17. I'd choose Carry the Ocean since I've read other books by Heidi Cullinan and really enjoyed them. I've heard good things so it's been on my wish list for a while now.

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  18. I would chose Wake Up Call by JL Merrow. colby69@verizon.net

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  19. I would choose Wake Up Call. I have already read Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C, A Very Henry Christmas: The Weight of it All 1.5
    by N.R.Walker and Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan.

    I am a big fan of JL Merrow and I am looking forward to reading the Porthkennack series especially since there are such wonderful authors involved.

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  20. All books look great, but maybe Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan... unless I change my mind by the time winner is announced ;)

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  21. I'd go with A Very Henry Christmas...loved Henry the first time around, can't wait to read more ;-)

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