I read this book and loved it but then bought the audio version because I heard rave things about Charlie David's narration and I wanted to check it out!
I still love the story - two tough and gorgeous firefighters and Griff's secret love for his best friend Dante. It has it all - heroics, heartache, hot porn, passion, Griff in a kilt and sexy Dante!
And Charlie David's narration definitely does complement the telling of the story beautifully. At first I was worried that the story would be somehow diminished if the narration did not live up the expectations set by my own reading, but I was not disappointed at all. I loved the sexiness of Charlie's voice, his accents, tone and pace, all of which captured the character and spirit of the book perfectly.
If you are looking for a good book to read, particularly if you are after an audiobook, then Hot Head is highly recommended!
I read this book back in 2012 and loved it - 5 stars and straight onto my Favourites shelf! So when I found out the audio version was available there was no doubt that it was time for a re-read (well, really it was a first-time listen).
Because I had read and loved this story so much I was looking forward to listening to the audio version. I was nervous though, worried that the narration would not do justice to the story. I needn't have worried, JP Handler, did a great job of bringing Theo's story to life.
This is a wonderful story of someone's grieving and reawakening process as Theo mourns the loss of the love of his life but then finds he can finally open his heart to love again. It is a story about love and friends and families. It also has a strong message about abuse and people in need, with a number of characters being involved with a shelter.
The book starts about 12 months after Ben's death. It is jam packed full of flashbacks - flashbacks of Theo's time with Ben and flashbacks of Theo's past 12 months.
Theo has closed himself off from most people, apart from his assistant Maggie, but it is the arrival of some new people in his life that sets him on the road to recovery - his interns, his new friend Peter and his online forum friend Morgan.
I'm not going to say much about the story itself, accept to say that it is engaging and emotional and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was also very impressed with the narration, particularly the gorgeous Italian accents of Ben and his brother Marco, which were so sexy.
This audio book comes highly recommended. It is not a fast story, at times, at least in the audio version, it can be a little slow, but it is heartbreaking and heartwarming and so worth the journey. This still stays a 5 star read for me.
This is another book that I listened to via the Audible version. I have not read this book previously so the narration was my first experience of the story.
I'm going to make a claim without really being able to back this up - the audio version was brilliant and really enhanced my enjoyment of this story! Okay, I don't really know if I would have enjoyed it any less if I had read it but I totally adored the narration of this book.
The characters were totally wonderful and I fell in love with both Whyborne and Griffin. Outwardly Whyborne was so unsure of himself, shy and unassertive, totally lacking self confidence but in reality he was a wonderfully strong man - standing on his own, following his own path in life and supporting himself rather than relying on his well-to-do father. Griffin appears strong and confident but has his own demons and inner torment. Together they are fabulous.
I am not a huge fan of historical romances and only read a smattering in the paranormal genre so was surprised by how much I liked this book. The style of writing, the speech and the behaviour of all the characters seemed to capture the era perfectly. I particularly liked the formality of interactions between work colleagues and the totally fabulous Christine!
The story was full of mystery, intrigue and horror as Whyborne and Griffin team up to stop the resurrection of wonderfully descriptive evil monsters. They follow clues, deal with Whyborne's colleagues at the museum, fight off half-human-half-animal creatures, all while their attraction for each other grows.
Julian G Simmons captured the essence of Whyborne perfectly. The soft spoken quality of his voice, his tone and inflections matched the character of Whyborne and was totally in keeping with the period of the story.
I can highly recommended the audio version!
The narrator was good. He really brought me along with this one.
This story featured Danny Butler, a drug dealer who was pulled over on a weapons charge and the FBI was leaning on him to testify against his boss. After his boss sent some goons to silence him, Danny had to go on the run while waiting for the trial. FBI agent Miller Sutton was the FBI agent who worked tirelessly for 3 years to bring down the Crime Lord Hinestroza, so he wasn't going to let anything happen to his star witness Danny Butler.
While on the run, Danny and Miller got to know each other and soon started sleeping together. There was a lot at stake as Miller is an FBI agent (with a fiancee) and Danny is a felon. The decks were stacked high, and soon Danny and Miller felt the weight of all their past choices, and it seemed like their love wouldn't survive.
I loved the first half of the story, and the second half dragged a little bit. I think it was because the first half was the discovery of their love and while the second half was the discovery of the individuals as "gay" men (self discovery). Danny carried a lot of pain and self loathing, so I am glad he started feeling like he was worth something by the end. Miller had no insight to himself, but Danny's love forced him to come clean to himself and then everyone else. It cost him, but he gained self respect. I enjoyed seeing how they both battled separate demons, but realized they are stronger together.
I wish the author gave an epilogue about Rachel, Miller's fiance...and maybe the crime syndicate Danny was running from.