Monday, January 22, 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 J.A. Rock, Lily Morton, Layne Hayes and Sean Kennedy. 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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Calling the Show by J.A. Rock

51Ng7gtxxTLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Senior stage manager Jesse Ferelit and sophomore light board operator Simeck Whedon meet while crewing a college theater production. Jesse hates everything about Sim -- his lack of theater experience, his obsession with LGBTQ politics, his infatuation with, of all things, hula hoops. Well, he doesn't hate everything. He doesn't mind Sim's eyes, or hair, or his surprising ability to be cool in a crisis. But Jesse is graduating in just a few months, and if there's one thing he does not have time for, it's a relationship.

Sim knows exactly what he likes: civil rights, the circus, and sex. And he knows what he likes about Jesse. In the control booth, Jesse is exactly Sim's type -- a natural leader, collected and confident. But outside the booth, he seems reclusive, acerbic and uptight -- hardly Sim's type at all. Is a relationship with Jesse a real possibility, just a fantasy, or a hopelessly lost cause?

When Sim offers to teach Jesse how to hula hoop as a way to relax and loosen up, the lessons ease the two men out of their individual circles and into an unexpected shared world of sex, kink, friendship, and eventually love.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements (including spanking), male/male sexual practices.

Debra’s Quick Bite

This was a refreshing, quirky read with humor, light kink, theater geeks, hula hooping and just the right amount of drama.  Forced to work together, Jesse is introverted, anxious, and really a bit of an ass who takes an instant dislike to Sim.  Sim doesn’t care for his attitude and tells him off.  So begins an unlikely friendship that soon morphs into more. 

I loved watching these two guys who shouldn't work well together, managing a relationship that neither one is sure should be happening.  Jesse has never had and isn't looking for a relationship and Sim doesn't want to be a fuck-buddy to Jess.  It takes some time for them to realize just how well they fit together and it felt very real. Told in alternating points of view, with two very distinct characters who are exploring their kinks, worrying about labels and trying to make things work, Calling the Show is a unique enemies-to friends-to-lovers story I’d recommend. It's also still the only book I've read with sexy hula hooping.

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Deal Maker by Lily Morton

512vdv6AB0LRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.

However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.

But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?

Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.

But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?

From the Amazon bestselling author of ‘Rule Breaker’ comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This has fast made it onto my all time favourite books list, having read it several times since its release last December. It's a perfect comfort read and has a bit of everything. It's funny, quick witted, romantic, hot, British and has a delightful little boy and a great set of secondary characters and the most perfect happy ending.

Jude is a model who makes no attachments, hookups are the order of his life. When an accident renders him temporarily homeless his fellow model and sometime hook up Dean comes up with a solution in the shape of his step brother Asa. Asa is an actor restarting his career and is need of a pa. He and Jude make a deal that Jude has somewhere to stay in return for carrying out pa duties. When Asa finds out that Jude is a model, he shuts down immediately and begins stereotyping him. Jude quickly realises that Asa thinks him stupid and vacuous and so plays him. This is hilarious, as are the replies that Jude writes to Asa’s fan mail. We see these at the start of every chapter and they really made me chuckle.

The way the relationship develops between Jude and Asa and Asa’s son Billy just melts your heart. There is decent plot and character development and both Asa and Jude have issues to get over which give you greater insight into their lives and has you really rooting for them. We see more of Dylan and Gabe from Rule Breaker but you don't have to have read it to read this, though you should as that's fab too.

The writing flows easily and the descriptions of Du Maurier’s Cornwall in the summer are sublime and truly transport you there. I could effuse endlessly about this book, suffice to say it’ll be a go to comfort read for me always, I loved everything about it, especially my very happy heart at the end.

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Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

8715171[2]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.

Mark’s Quick Bite

I adored the two main characters Simon and Declan. Although total opposites they compliment each other in so many ways too. Simon who is cynical, self-depreciating and sometimes given to the odd temper tantrum has found his ideal partner in Declan, cool, collected, calm and thinks things through if not maybe a little calculating at times. They really are quite opposite but belong together like Yin and Yang.

What I enjoyed about this story was the shift in focus. At the beginning Simon is an out film festival director and Declan through his status is so far in the closet due to possible repercussions from the media couldn't be out if he wanted to. Then through various circumstances Declan and Simon are publicly outed and the sh** hits the fan. For Declan it is as though you can feel a whole weight has been lifted off his shoulders despite the possible career consequences. Whereas, due to all the media attention Simon is pushed back into the closet somewhat in fear of any possible public backlash and marginalised through the star status of his partner. However, despite all the trials and tribulations the story shows where there's a will there's s way.

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A Kind of Home (A Kind of Story #4) by Lane Hayes

41PgTIK-mZLRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

A Kind Of Story.

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust Isaac, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that he travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. Adam is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.

Sue’s Quick Bite

I’ve enjoyed each of the stories in the A Kind of series by Lane Hayes. The main characters are all likeable yet distinct, and the storylines and conflicts are all very different. This story is probably my favourite. I particularly liked Isaac and Adam and how they moved from friends to lovers, although I thought it took Isaac a little too long to realize that his friend’s brother was bi. I liked that Isaac was well-adjusted and not an egocentric rock star. He made a few rash/unwise decisions when trying to evade the protection of his bodyguard, who had been put in place for his own security, but it made for exciting reading.

Adam was a terrific guy, who was unfazed my Isaac’s rock star status. He treated him like a friend and a regular housemate from the start. Their scenes together in Isaac’s apartment and at the cottage where they spent a quiet weekend were wonderfully written, and their relationship growth and emotional connection were superbly portrayed.

The stalker storyline wasn’t OTT and was entirely believable, keeping the reader guessing who the culprit was until close to the end. It certainly added tension and a hint of a threat to Isaac and Adam’s newly-formed relationship.

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22 comments:

  1. Either Deal Maker or Calling The Show.... I've already read (and loved) the other two...

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  2. I would love to read Deal Maker by Lily Morton. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  3. There is no doubt about the fact that I would choose Deal Maker. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time.

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  4. A Kind of Home (A Kind of Story #4) by Lane Hayes b/c I love all her stories in this series

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  5. Calling the show. I love JA Rock but haven't had a chance to read this one.

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  6. Deal Maker by Lily Morton is my choice for this week. Thank you for this awesome opportunity.

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  7. A Kind of Home Lane Hayes. I love this series and haven't got this one yet

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  8. I'm interested in Deal Maker. Somehow I missed this when it came out, even though I enjoy British stories very much.

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  9. Tigers and Devils. I've read the others.

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  10. this is the book that I want to read next Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

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  11. I have already read Tigers and Devils ( so good!) so I think I'd pick A Kind of Home. I've really enjoyed Lane's other series.

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  12. I think I'll like A Kind of Home.

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  13. A kind of home
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  14. *Love* CALLING THE SHOW...DEAL MAKER sounds amazing!

    --Trix

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  15. Thanks for the bites. I'm a big fan of football, so I've got to go with Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  16. Tigers and devils. I love, love, love sports stories.

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  17. Either Deal Maker or Calling the Show. colby69@verizon.net

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  18. Deal Maker because it's been on my wish list for ages

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  19. It's a tie between Deal Maker by Lily Morton and Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy... though I don't like football, so maybe the choice is actually made.

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  20. Either Tigers and Devils or Calling the Show, thanks for the chance!

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