Monday, March 19, 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 Mickie B. Ashling, G.D. Cox, Stephen Osborne and Carter Quinn. 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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Fire Horse (Polo #1) by Mickie B. Ashling

51KRO3VAi9LRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Preston Fawkes is ten the first time he meets fifteen-year-old Konrad Schnell at the San Antonio Polo Club. Captivated by the mystique surrounding the sport of kings, Pres vows to learn the game at the hands of his newly acquired friend and mentor. The hero worship soon grows into something deeper, but the friends are separated when Preston goes off to boarding school in England.

The relationship that follows is riddled with challenges?their age gap, physical distance, and parental pressure taking precedence over feelings yet to be explored. Although their bond goes deep, they deal with the reality of their situation differently: Preston is open and fearless while Konrad is reticent and all too aware of the social implications of making a public stand.

Their paths intersect and twine, binding them as tightly as a cowboy’s lasso, but fate may alter their plans. How will love overcome the divots in the turf as they gallop toward the future—one where obstacles no longer stand in their way?

Debra’s Quick Bite

Star polo player Preston wakes up in the hospital lucky not to be paralyzed after a serious fall from his horse, and is basically told he should give up playing to prevent that from becoming a reality. At 45 years old Preston is bitter and self-absorbed with a couple of ex-wives and children to support. Not the most likable man.  Flashback to Preston as a 10 year old child from an unhappy and abusive Texas home meeting 15 year old Konrad, an up and coming polo player who takes him under his wing to teach him the game. Much of the story follows the long-distance, clandestine relationship between the two young men. What starts out as hero worship evolves to something more for Preston and we learn the heartbreaking reasons he is so bitter. The story eventually returns to the present and moves toward a surprising conclusion.

I truly enjoyed this well-written book. It was an emotional story of first love that was often times heartbreaking and didn’t go quite the way I expected. Both main characters had their flaws and at times I wanted to smack each of them for different reasons. There were good, well-rounded secondary characters as well. Definitely a recommended read if you don’t mind being put through the wringer for that HEA.

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Memento Amare by G.D.Cox

51B-Yys8A6L._SY346_Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

"Thank you for giving me the chance to love you. And for giving yourself the chance to love you, too."

Agent Phelan Cole of the Global Anti Terrorist Force, one of the most respected and feared men in the classified military counter-terrorism and intelligence agency, is secretly and happily married to fellow agent Clyde Barnett. With their romantic relationship and marriage concealed from other agents, Cole and Clyde will face the greatest threat yet to their love for each other: A mission in the Eastern European country of Croenia leads to Clyde losing all his memories of Cole ... and reverting back to the gay man with severe internalized homophobia that he was before he met Cole, an openly bisexual man accepting of his own sexual orientation.

While the agency's intimidating Research & Development department races against time to reverse engineer the device that caused Clyde's amnesia, Cole is also racing against time to save his marriage and bring back his beloved best friend, lover and husband. Will Cole succeed in saving his husband? Or will he lose everything, even his own life?

Jane’s Quick Bite

I recently read this and just loved, loved, loved it! The story spans decades and is told in a nonlinear way, it's almost like being told in flashbacks and then stepping back to the present. Whilst I've seen some people had trouble keeping up with this, I thought it greatly enhanced the story telling. It was like ‘reveals’, things start making more sense when you know what came before and what happens after. We see in Clyde Barrett someone who's bad childhood influences him as an adult, specifically his internalised and externalised homophobia. It takes meeting bisexual Agent Phelan Cole, “the bravest, toughest, most noble guy” Clyde has ever met to change things. They have a beautiful, loving relationship but it all changes when a mission goes wrong leaving Clyde with no memory of who Phelan Cole is. I just adored both Clyde and Phelan and the well drawn cast of secondary characters too. I was fully immersed in the story and was taken on a monumental emotional rollercoaster. This book is hard to read in places, angst a plenty and in others you melt into a gooey puddle. The repetition of phrases and sentences throughout is a very clever manipulation of the reader’s heart. I loved everything about this book and urge you to pick it up.

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Pop Goes the Weasel by Stephen Osborne

51z87gtmGfLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Patrick Weasley, aka Weasel, is a fun-loving college student with a wealthy homophobic jerk stepfather and a best friend, Jake Winston, who’s just as gay as Weasel. When Jake’s aunt dies, many from the publishing world—including Jasper, Weasel’s weasel of a stepfather—gather at Winston Manor for the reading of the will, and Weasel is obligated to tag along.

Turns out all he has to do is three things: 1) swap the wills so Jake’s uncle inherits the house instead of the gardener, who's also an old enemy of Weasel's; 2) secure a publishing contract from author Cecily Talbot; and 3) hook Jake up with his deceased aunt’s male nurse. But what he ends up doing is 1) falling for Tony, one of the food servers; 2) accidentally affiancing himself to Cecily; and 3) fighting with Jake, who thinks he was making a play for the nurse.

To make matters worse, every time Weasel and Tony start to get intimate, Jasper is right around the corner. So when burglars come to steal a valuable piece of art, Weasel must 1) use all his ingenuity to keep the painting safe; 2) dis-engage himself from Cecily; 3) unite Jake with the nurse; and most importantly, 4) pursue Tony to an elusive happy ending.

Jay’s Quick Bite

How can one person attract so much silly messy drama?

Patrick Weasley, known as Weasel to all is friends, is having a not so fun horrible time. Although he wants to enjoy his college life on his wealthy family’s money, he gets thrown into a comedy of situations that almost defy explanation, as they become more absurd and convoluted. His aunt has passed away and everyone has been requested to her house for the weekend for the reading of the will - all of his family (including his horrible stepfather), his best friend, a myriad of eccentric friends/acquaintances, and the domestic staff (including a possible love interest to Weasel). Can he balance finding the reading of the correct will? Can he navigate through setting up his friend with the hunky male nurse without his friend thinking he’s making a play for the guy? Can he get the attention of the cute food server? Can he escape the lady author who is constantly obsessing over him? All this while his stepfather threatens to cut off his funds if he doesn’t appease said author? What’s a rich kid to do?

This book is not something to take too seriously. How does Weasel get himself in these situations? Osborne writes in the wonderful style of a comedy of errors that harkens back to the golden age of the 30’s/40’s where so much misunderstanding happens that it can almost be confounding. Just go along for the ride, because it’s quite a bumpy one at that. The book is not a postmodern angst fest but a comedic gem that I thoroughly enjoyed as the characters are just that - real quirky characters that still have some heart. And Weasel’s penance for getting himself in trouble can be almost epic. There’s a second novel that is as fun of a ride as this one.  Enjoy the two together as you get to see Weasel almost grow up, but not quite enough, and provide some real enjoyment in the predicaments he is able to land himself right in the middle.

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Vanished by Carter Quinn

81z0KWZ3AiL._SL1500_[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Henry Cooley has good friends and a good life. He’s secure in his job and his relationship. He and Tom, the love of his life, are about to celebrate their twenty-first anniversary as a couple. Their son, CJ, is in his second year at Cal Arts. Henry's only problems are his growing dissatisfaction with his job and the fact that Tom's parents still hate him, even after all these years. At least those are his only problems until the morning he wakes up to discover Tom has vanished.

Mark’s Quick Bite

OMG! This book blew my mind when I read it. That’s why it now needs to be featured on a Quick Bite post for me once again. It’s a very rare thing when I book reduces me to tears, fear, panic, basically a whole gamut of emotions that I just feel the urge to persuade anyone and everyone to read it. Henry wakes up one morning to find his lover is gone, vanished. Is there foul play at work? From HEA to nightmare scenario this book shot my world to pieces.To think that this was all packed into 78 pages of pure, unadulterated, literary emotion is absolutely incredible! All I can say is READ THIS BOOK! I beg you. If you have nothing else planned for two hours then sit down undisturbed, take the phone off the hook, tissues at hand or at best a glass of wine and some comfort chocolate, buckle up and be prepared to be taken on an emotional ride that will stay with you for a long time. Of course if you don’t like cliffies then no worries all three books are now published so you can segue from one to the other all the way to the nail biting conclusion. Haven’t started this series yet? Shame on you! – LOL!

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12 comments:

  1. Memento Amare sounds exciting.

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  2. Your review makes me want to start reading Vanished right away!

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  3. Joy Tetterton Avery19 March 2018 at 20:22

    These all sound good.

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  4. after reading the review, I have to go with Vanished.

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  5. Memento Amare or Vanished. I have Pop Goes the Weasel. This was a good reminder that I need to read it!

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  6. I think I would go for Fire Horse (Polo Series Book 1).

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  7. Fire Horse (Polo #1) by Mickie B. Ashling

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  8. Memento Amare by G.D.Cox would be my choice.

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  9. Thanks for the bites. I'm leaning toward Pop Goes the Weasel by Stephen Osborne. I'm in the mood for a messy (fun?) drama. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  10. Memento Amare... New author to me!

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  11. Memento Amare by GD Cox. colby69@verizon.net

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  12. I'm choosing Vanished by Carter Quinn, because I do,'t want Mark to be ashamed of me, LOL

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