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 Marie Sexton, Carol Lynne, Pandora Pine and L.J. Harris. Don’t forget you can can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this week's Quick Bites.
Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton
Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.
Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi.
Complete opposites on the surface, Levi and Jaime both long for something that they can only find together. Through love and the therapeutic power of touch, they’ll find a way to heal each other, and they’ll learn to live as sinners in a family of saints.
Debra’s Quick Bite
When I first read this book, my introduction to Marie Sexton’s writing way back when, I wasn't expecting the heavy religious theme in this book. While unexpected, and something I don’t always enjoy, it did not take away from the story of the MCs, but rather enhanced this beautiful hurt-comfort, opposites attract story that brought me to tears.
The relationship between Levi, the promiscuous surfer and Jaime, the quiet masseuse, was written so beautifully, I could not stop reading and rooting for these two to find happiness. Both are broken in different ways, and handle it in different ways. The relationship grows slowly as they support each other's attempts to come to terms with the issues that have defined them (Jaime's childhood abuse and Levi's devout Mormon family's disapproval). I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys an emotional and thoughtful romance.
Solo by Carol Lynne
In a club of mean bikers, being gay can get you killed, but love can save any man.
Sam ‘Solo’ Braun lives by one truth, the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club, above all. The creed has served him well, giving him the only real family he’s ever known. He would die for his brothers and them for him, but they don’t know he prefers men over women. Coming out to a group of men who fear no one isn’t high on Solo’s priority list, especially because he’s never indulged in more than one-night stands.
Everything changes after one night with Eric James. For the first time, Solo can’t stop thinking about a single night he’d spent with a man. When fate intervenes, Solo comes face-to-face with his blue-eyed obsession, only to find out Eric is a cop. Solo hates cops, and so do his brothers in the club. However, Solo decides to gamble everything and spend more time with Eric under the guise of getting information.
Falling in love with a cop is a very dangerous proposition for a man in Solo’s position, so why can’t he walk away?
Jane’s Quick Bite
Solo is part of the Grave Diggers Motorcyle Club and as such has to keep his preference for men private. He is a one night stand kinda guy, no feelings or emotions involved. His size, good lucks and hot tattoos means he usually has his pick of men. Out one night, Eric (Blue) catches his eye and they enjoy a hot encounter, never expecting to see each other again.
Their paths cross when they are both involved in keeping drugs away from local schools. Solo as part of the work his MC does and Eric as he’s a cop. This entanglement leads to much more for both of them. From opposite sides of the track, both know being caught together for either one of them is fraught with danger. They both have difficult backgrounds and that makes them more willing to see past the MC and cop labels. Their burgeoning romance has a very sweet edge to it. The chemistry is hot and the way they care for each other had me melting. This is fast, intense read that had me falling hard for both Solo and Eric, but it's not as dark and gritty as some other biker books I've read. The epilogue had me smiling. I really enjoyed this engaging, surprisingly sweet story.
Pillow Talk (On The Radio #1) by Pandora Pine
Seduced by his voice…
Devastated by a cheating scandal that ended his marriage and nearly ruined his online dating service, PillowTalk.com, Logan Reid is a man on the verge of ending it all. A phone call out of the blue from the program manager of PRIDE XM Radio pulls Logan back from the brink. A job offer to host a late night call-in show for the lovelorn called Pillow Talk is a last shot for Logan, who is struggling to find a way to start over.
Bostonian Greyson Montgomery is dealing with a personal scandal of his own. Homeless and jobless after a disastrous relationship, he's forced to move back in with his parents and rebuild his shattered life. Alone and miserable, he tunes in to the debut of Pillow Talk and decides to call the dulcet-toned host with his own tale of heartbreak.
Ratings at PRIDE XM soar after Greyson's call to Logan, triggering the program manager to invite Grey to co-host Pillow Talk for a few weeks. This doesn't sit well with Logan, who thinks Grey is trying to steal his job.
Are these two broken hearted men too damaged to trust again, or will they take the opportunity to share some Pillow Talk of their own?
Mark’s Quick Bite
I must admit that I was ever so happy I picked this book up. Going by the blurb it wouldn’t have necessarily been something that automatically would have drawn me in, the subject of radio doesn’t really interest me that much. Anyway, having said that I liked the surmise of what the book is about and gave it a go. I’m so delighted that I did.
The story starts off with a bang with the MC Logan, who is successful and has star status, ripped out of his dream in the worst way possible. He goes from riches to rags in a matter of weeks. I could so feel for Logan, not a bad person despite all his success, someone living his dream and to have that pulled away from you in the most horrific way by the person you love and trust, it is a tragedy. Obviously the hurt involved is excruciating and it seems there is just no way out. The whole idea of this book kept me invested all the way through. A flailing radio station, a bunch of broken characters with different emotional baggage weighing at their hearts are brought together, and by concentrating on a common project find support, friendship and love.
A wonderful read with a myriad of emotional issues from all characters to overcome. If you can imagine hearing sexy and husky radio voices while reading this book then I’m sure you’ll love it.
The Haunting of Angus Macgregor by L.J. Harris
Angus Macgregor has endured a lot in life. Mother passing when he was a small child, he also nursed an ill father to his last breath. But when he loses his one remaining relative, an uncle he’s never met, his existence is turned on its head forever. Bequeathed Clan Gregor Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Angus leaves Australia behind to take on the family business. It’s there he finds more waiting for him than he ever dreamed possible.
Daniel Ramsey is a man with secrets, none more dangerous than the fact that he can see what others can't. When he meets one particularly handsome Australian, the attraction is immediate. Hesitant to let down his guard, his hand is forced when a former guest of the castle comes calling and attempts to stake a claim on the very man Daniel wants.
Freya’s Quick Bite
Ozzie born Angus is beyond surprised when he inherits Clan Castle Gregor in Scotland. Along with it comes a whole bunch of family issues. Centuries ago Alexander was denied the love of his life and the affair ended in tragedy. When Angus arrives, the ghost of Alexander has a wuhooo moment believing his lover is back for him to claim. As a result, Alexander is rather possessive when Daniel, the embodiment of the word, Highlander, makes a play for Angus.
The scene setting was admirable and the cast, small. The author has the knack of drawing her reader into the story with those little idioms and actions that make a story personal to the person perusing the pages.
I found this story beautiful and heartbreaking, and it made this tough old broad, cry.