Monday, August 07, 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 Harper Fox, R.J. Jones, A. Sangrey Black, Chris Owen and Jodi Payne. 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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Deviations: Submission

by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

41xsZKrEegLRating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Tobias is a skilled Dom, able to bring even the most hesitant submissive around. Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly, but has yet to find someone he believes can take him where he needs to go. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, Noah reveals why he has trouble trusting, why he needs such a firm, steady hand. Tobias may allow himself to dominate, but he has trouble letting himself love. Still, Tobias can't resist Noah's charms, and the two of them set about making a scene for themselves, one that works for them and their unique set of problems. They learn to love, but can they stay together while they explore each others' secrets, in a world where all is laid bare and emotions run high? From authors Chris Owen, writer of the popular Bareback, and Jodi Payne, writer of String of Pearls comes a romance on the deviant side, where love is all tied up with the need to submit, the need to dominate, and the need to share a life of exploration and care. These two skilled authors create a world that's hard to resist, and a book that's even harder to put down.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is book 1 in a 5 part BDSM series and an absolute favourite of mine. One I feel gets better and better the more you get to know the characters. Tobias is a well respected and sought after Dom who hasn't been to his favourite BDSM club for 3 years due to a painful ending of his last relationship. He visits on his 41st birthday and his friend and club owner, Bradford, sets him up with Noah a sub who hasn't managed to find a suitable or compatible Dom in 2 years. They hit it off that night and this book explores their burgeoning d/s relationship. We see why Tobias is a great Dom with his care and attention to detail, especially with Noah’s training and we see Noah learning to submit more fully as things progress. This is only the start of their journey together and it is a scorching hot, seriously sexy but loving look at their developing relationship and not just as a dom and sub but as their everyday personas too, with Tobias running a veterinary clinic and Noah being a police patrolman. We see how they integrate both aspects of their lives and how they are starting to fall for each other and maybe want more than was first thought. I love this series and highly recommend it. It has also recently been released on audiobook narrated fantastically by Maxx Power.

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Last Line (Audiobook: Last Line #1) by Harper Fox

61RQ0VNQBKL._SL300_[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

John Griffin and Michael South - agents in the renegade counterterrorism agency Last Line, and closer than brothers. It's a fast-lane life of danger and excitement. John loves every minute of it, but he's facing one big problem now: his feelings for Mike have flared up from friendship into a passion he can no longer hide. And Mike, although the bravest and best of partners, doesn't feel the same.

Their one sexual encounter leaves them baffled and alienated from one another. Mike is a haunted man, shaken by flashbacks to his past life as an MI5 agent and a mission in Russia that went terribly wrong. He's been left with a need for violence between the sheets, and John isn't prepared to hurt him.

Not everyone has Mike's best interests at heart. Their ruthless boss hires a ghost from Mike's past to help track down a Russian war criminal who's planted a nuclear device in the heart of London. Anzhel Mattvei knows all of Mike's dark secrets, and soon regains his former sexual thralldom over him, leaving Mike locked in battle for his will and his soul. Anzhel has turned Mike into a human detonation device. Only John's love can pull him back from the brink - and save millions of lives in the fallout zone.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Shortly before last Christmas I had a bit of a binge on Harper Fox books, audio and print. It’s no secret I love this author’s writing, her stories and books, I guess I’m a bit of a fan girl – lol! Last week we had a Harper Fox book and in the coming weeks I’ll be featuring those books I read / listened too for my QB after my Harper Fox binge and the end of last year.

I must admit to being completely surprised by this book but in a good way. This book had been on my list waiting to be read for like ever! I usually don’t do dark, twisted and violent, the wimp that I am. I normally don’t go down those avenues but this book was seriously one hell of a ride for sure. First up I would say this book in places, well quite a few places really, is not for the squeamish or faint of heart among us. If fluffy kittens, puppies and unicorns are more your thing then this book could be a little upsetting. But any book that can have an effect on me while reading is a winner. This one definitely had me wincing and cringing at times for sure. And the sex, OMG THE S.E.X. I never new Harper Fox had it in her, it was,… well,…. erm,….. sorry, lost for words, just listen or read the book.

Michael and John get put on a case that is connected to Michael’s previous job with MI5. Michael has to break through the psychological demons that are holding him prisoner and not letting him move forward. He has to break these fetters and this can only be done by him alone, either solving the case or bumping off the bad guys. Once again the bad guys here are also not your usual cookie-cutter bad guys. They are also complex, dark, raw and gritty in the best James Bond style story. The thriller side of the story is well done, it’s not one of constant and fast car chases, explosions, shoot outs and action. It’s all there and is heart pounding when it happens, but there is the paranormal / psycho side of what Michael went through and whether or not he’ll fall victim to this or can break it. Also how the relationship between Michael and John develops and will they ever reach a point in their lives and careers, present job excluded, as to whether they might be able to lead a life together as a couple.

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As The Sun Sets (Love for the Seasons #3)

by R.J. Jones

51D9tNp-u4LRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

A sea change could be just what the doctor ordered.

Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.

With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.

Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.

Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.

For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.

Sue’s Quick Bite

Although #3 in the series this story could be read as a standalone story. 

Scott is alone and broken because of a heart-breaking career in oncology and a recent break-up. When he starts afresh in Brighton he meets Ben and his dog, Happy. A change of scenery, a new medical focus, and friendly colleagues are just what he needs. I adored Ben! He is such a lovely guy and although he falls for Scott, he is a friend first and foremost and gives Scott the time and space he needs. Their romance is a slow-build, but in the process they get to know each other better. I loved how the dog brings them together. But life is not all plain-sailing in Brighton. Scott has more decisions to make regarding his career and an unwelcoming family to deal with.

I’m really enjoying this series of stories set in the UK and reading how each couple falls in love. This one is my favourite so far. Scott and Ben are well-developed and caring characters and that shines through in this story. Their scenes together are a joy to read. Ben’s rainbow accessories and the way he deals with the children at the hospital are entertaining. His mum is also a fun and vibrant personality.

Kudos to RJ for tackling two sensitive issues in this story and producing an uplifting romance through them. RJ’s writing style is engaging and the storyline and compelling characters keep you turning the pages.

Trigger warning: some readers might find the references to child cancer disturbing. Scott’s cheating occurred before this story begins so that might be more acceptable to readers who avoid cheating storylines.

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Old Dog, Old Trick by A. Sangrey Black

old dog[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

After 20 years, youthful lovers are reunited for a second chance at love.

What if the one who got away came back?

Successful attorney Lam Porter is gut-punched by the past when he sees his first and only love in the local paper. Twenty years before, their intense relationship came to a painful end when lives took wildly different paths. Now, it seems that lost love might get a second chance. If only Lam's brave enough to take it.

Dale Jarvis once loved only three things: his mother, surfing, and Lam. But he was young and short-sighted. All he saw was a chance to escape the waves of Rhode Island's Ruggles and surf the world. When he retired, the call of those cold Atlantic waves drew him home again, to the love he left behind.

Freya’s Quick Bite

Old Dog Old Trick is a short story of love sea and surf.

Lam, a successful, middle-aged powerful attorney is known for taking life’s knocks and grinding them to dust. He’s also going through a mid-life crisis, reflecting on his life thus far and what his legacy will be in the future. He has money and men at the end of a phone. He also knows something is missing. Twenty years previous Lam was left behind by the love of his life Dale. It was an event he never truly recovered from. Seeing Dale’s name in the paper “Surf hero made good” dredges up the agony of old, and he decides to face the past. To what end, he’s not wholly sure.

Dale and Lam want to be together; it’s a question of whether the pain of the past can be overcome. The emotional anguish presented had my heart in my mouth. I even ignored all new mail prompts while reading. Oh, you may need a shower after, too.

Some prompts for a successful read are relatable main characters, conflict, believable scenario. I could go on. This story delivers on all of the above.

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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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19 comments:

  1. I think Last Line would be my choice.

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  2. As The Sun Sets (Love for the Seasons #3) by R.J. Jones. I enjoyed this series so far.

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  3. I think Last Line, because I love Harper's books

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  4. My choice would be Last Line. A thriller with paranormal elements is just my thing.

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  5. My choice would be Last Line by Harper Fox or As the Sun Sets by RJ Jones. colby69@verizon.net

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  6. Last Line for the suspense aspect.

    Anne

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  7. I'd pick Last Line. Harper Fox always writes terrific books!

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  8. My choice would be As the sun sets rj jones. I have read the first one in this series and would love more.

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  9. Last line would do me. Have got Deviations already. good book!

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  10. Last Line does it for me this week.

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  11. I would choose 'Old Dog, Old Trick' by A. Sangrey Black. I love second chance stories and I haven't read anything by this author. Finding new voices is always exciting!

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  12. I would choose Deviations: Submission. I have wanted to read this series for a while.

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  13. I would choose Last Line by Harper Fox because I haven't read any of their books yet and I've heard great things about them.

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  14. As The Sun Sets by R.J. Jones

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  15. Old Dog, Old Trick by A. Sangrey Black sounds like a good story

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  16. So many good choices. I think I would like to give Deviations: Submission a try.

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  17. Last Line (Audiobook: Last Line #1) by Harper Fox

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  18. I am most interested in Deviations: Submission because BDSM (when done well) is so sexy. Mwhehehehe.

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  19. After such a quick bite's review by Mark, how could I ever choose a book other than Last Line by Harper Fox?
    Thanks for the chance :D

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