Monday, November 20, 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 Rhys Ford, Dani ALexander, Christine D’Abo and Melissa Collins. 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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There’s This Guy (Audiobook) by Rhys Ford

Narrated by Greg Trembley

61zCuNkdFDL._AA300_Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued art deco building on WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the sweet, artistic man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Jane’s Quick Bite

I loved this story when I first read it but listening to the formidable Greg Tremblay narrating this elevates it even more. Jake Moore is a broken man with suicidal ideation. He’s had a hell of a life with an abusive father, who now suffering from dementia & illness, Jake still feels obligated to care for.

Dallas and his best friend Celeste take a building over the road from Jake’s workplace and circumstances throw them together. Dallas is an absolute sweetheart and falls hard and fast for Jake, determined to love him out of the hopelessness and worthlessness Jake feels. It’s such a good heartwarming story of the redemptive power of love. The ending has me melting into a puddle of goo, with such a happy heart. Greg conveys the pain and depth of Jake’s despair so brilliantly, it’s a hugely emotive narration. He captures Dallas’s drawl so well too and the nuances in Celeste’s character. I just loved reading it and adored listening to it. I could listen to Greg all day long. Highly recommended.

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Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander

51p6aiaz05LRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin Glass seems to have it all, A loving fiancee, a future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled—until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

As events unfold in the biggest case of his life, Austin’s carefully planned future unravels, and he finds himself pushed into making quick, life-changing decisions. But can he trust himself or anything he feels, when each event seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

Jay’s Quick Bite

Bunny slippers are the key to your gay self-realization. Why come out slowly and quietly when you can do it balls to the wall?

Shattered Glass is an amusing tale of police detective Austin Glass meeting a bunny inspired former prostitute, Peter, that takes him down the rabbit hole. The slow burn of their relationship grows amidst an unusual case that he and his police partner are working on that quickly spirals out of control.  With his pendence for saying everything and anything he wants, especially for shock value, Austin hides behind the wit to hide a deeper history that he’s all but forgotten.  As his world spins around him more and more out of control, he tries to find meaning to what he thought of his perfectly heterosexual, soon-to-be married life and embrace his sexuality in the most unabashed manner, all while trying to save everyone’s lives.

Parts romance, police drama and mystery, this book was a joy to read and I have Sinfully’s very own Monique to thank for her recommend the book to me.  After reading so much angst and drama, this was a refreshing read that held humor to keep the tough times at bay as the world crumbled around Austin.  Sometimes one need a classic to remind myself that there are excellent MM writers that elevate the form.  And this is one that holds up over time.

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Unsteady (On Solid Ground #3) by Melissa Collins

unsteady[3]Rating ~ 5 stars 

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Synopsis

Micah Hudson and Jude MacMillian were both lonely teenagers. One the new kid and one the target of relentless bullying, they quickly became friends. But when friendship grew into more, the relationship was too much for either to handle. As their tenuous bond was tested, everything tumbled down, leaving them lonely once again.

A decade later, Micah is on the brink of losing his will to live. Beyond exhausted from lying to everyone, including himself, Micah thinks of the one person who knows his deepest secret. Desperate and alone, Micah makes the only decision he feels he has: he must leave. But his need for closure depends on one thing.

Can Jude make room in his Unsteady life for Micah once again?

Mark’s Quick Bite

It’s no secret that Lisa and I love Melissa Collins and this third book in her On Solid Ground series was no exception. When Melissa writes about broken characters then they don’t come more broken than Micah. He really has lost his way, not only are the emotional scars there but also the physical ones too from his time in the military. What I really loved about this book we see how their backgrounds as young boys / teenagers had an effect on all aspects of their lives and not only their relationship. Yes, Micah is probably someone you could understandably mistake for not being likeable and not a nice person. But once Melissa peels back the layers around Micah then you can see through the pain and hurt and realise there is only someone there wanting to be loved.

Melissa does it to me every time. When you consider how both these guys have had to fight to rekindle their teenage love. Can you recapture that love that’s now in the past? Can you love the same way twice? Well, that’s why the HEA at the end of this book was all the more poignant for me. These guys have had to fight for absolutely everything in their lives and when they reach their HEA it left me with a warm heart and wishing Micah and Jude all the best that from now on things will be smoother and they have arrived home. Oh, one last thing. This book can be read as a stand alone no problem, no need to have read the previous books before starting this one.

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Working It by Christine D’Abo

working it[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine . . . until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.

Zack Anderson has scared away his last four executive assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life . . . and libido.

But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.

Freya’s Quick Bite

This office romance did it for me. One minute I was nose deep in the opening chapter, several hours later, and not knowing where the time went, I read the epilogue.

The main characters are Zack and Nolan. An accident left Nolan with mental and physical scars which made it impossible for him to return to his chosen profession. He took his experience to Compass and their CTO Zack – hardass extraordinaire, who goes through assistants like executives go through coffee. Nolan finds relief from his anxieties by sinking into his work. His ethic, focus and skills enable him to beat the office pool to become invaluable to Zack. As the blurb says, their relationship develops.

Exchanges were at times controlling, occasionally confrontational, deliciously explosive and heart-meltingly caring. The delightful balance between dialogue and text, built in some superb imagery.

The author took a simple concept and turned it into a drama-filled, (with the right amount of angst) totally entertaining, story. My heart was in my mouth more than once. The ‘we’re doing this, but we shouldn’t be’, romance between Zack and Nolan kept me turning the pages.

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Giveaway

*N.B. As we are unable to give away audiobooks, we will give away the Kindle ebook for any audiobooks featured in our Quick Bites posts.

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22 comments:

  1. Unsteady (On Solid Ground #3) by Melissa Collins. I a sucker for an HEA!

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  2. Thanks for the bites. For me it's There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford. I was intrigued by this when it first came out, and Jane's bite confirms my hunch about the feels for abuse and pain of Jake, and with my being from Dallas, well that just seals the deal. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  3. I think I would go for Unsteady. I love the cover!

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  4. Working It by Christine D’Abo

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  5. Shattered Glass because it is the only one I don't have or haven't read.

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  6. Unsteady (On Solid Ground #3) by Melissa Collins b/c I love Melissa's mm stories

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  7. I would choose There's This Guy. I really like Rhys Ford's writing. Thanks!

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  8. Shattered Glass for it's mystery element.

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  9. Can I choose them all? I guess I have to go with Shattered Glass this week but they all sound so good.

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  10. I will choose Working It. I don't think I've read this author, so I would like to try.

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  11. I would choose There's This Guy by Rhys Ford

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  12. Shattered Glass looks the most interesting for me.

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  13. I haven’t read There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford and her book is always interesting to read.

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  14. Working It since I read one other book in that series but not this one

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  15. Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander

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  16. There's This Guy by Rhys Ford. colby69@verizon.net

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  17. Since I've purchased all the others, I'd love a copy of 'There’s This Guy (Audiobook) by Rhys Ford...Narrated by Greg Trembley.' I've loved every book of hers I've read and this one sounds superb!

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  18. Working It. I am looking forward to reading it.

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  19. There's This Guy sounds fantastic.

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  20. There's This Guy sounds great!

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  21. Working It by Christine D’Abo

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