This was a pretty good book. It involved a good looking guy who was smart and stable but very shy. He was crippling shy. He's also gay, and has huge issues dealing with other gay men he finds attractive. He's been accomplishing his sexual need in an unfulfilled manner at gay bars behind alleys and such. His younger brother is heading off to Afghanistan and his pregnant wife is experiencing complications. Enter Mark, he moves in with his sis in law to 'take care of her'. While there, he finds himself deeply attracted to Seth, a former dancer who now teaches Zumba at the local gym. He pretends to be his brother (the one in Afghanistan) in an attempt to not reveal much of himself to Seth due to his crippling shyness. He eventually starts corresponding with Seth via email, which leads to phone conversations and eventually physical contract. Over time, Mark's shyness slowly fades and his love for Seth, and surprisingly Seth's love for him slowly develops.
I have to tell you that this was one of the slowest moving coming out stories. I truly enjoyed Seth's parts of the novel. He was such a good guy. He wasn't perfect even if people saw him as such. He went out of his way to make Mark comfortable with himself and with the growing attraction between him and Mark. I have to say, I have yet to meet so patient a guy.
I really enjoyed their process, but wished it sped up a bit. I also wanted to know what happened with the brother who was stationed in Afghanistan. AND the other couple... I really hate unexplained endings. But, I was happy that Mark finally came to terms with himself. We can only wish that for ourselves and others.
Charlie Belmont is one of my favorite male narrators, so I'm always pleased with his performance, and this book is no different.
The story has been done before, but I always enjoy Cardeno C. writing. Its a cute novella about a pretty, rich, 'bad' boy who did a little too much bad, and of course gets the 'no money until you shape up', and gets sent off to his sister's ex hubby's farm... and we all know what happens. HEA. Of course. It's a fun listen. And less than $5... Plus I have always enjoyed Paul Morley, so it's worth it... enjoy.
Fantastic. I always enjoy Cardeno C's books. This story is no exception.
We start off meeting Shiloh at a rough point in his life. His, luckily failed, suicide attempt leads him to dream about his future self meeting a wonderful man named Travis. Their love comes on hot and heavy and it isn't until he ' wakes up' and sees 'present day' Travis that he realizes the life he could live with Travis by his side.
I loved this story. I have read it many times before, and I was so pleased to see it come to life with Jeff Gelder's voice. I have to admit I cried a couple of times. I feel as though I actually know Shiloh and Travis, and love hearing their 'story' again and again.
It's about hope and receiving the gifts that end up meaning the most to us when we least expect it. I envy their earnest love and assured devotion. And I love thinking that sometimes you just have to wait for that person worthy of you arriving... it whatever form it may be.
Lovely story that I will always cherish. Thanks again Cardeno.
I never thought I would enjoy this series, but I am pleasantly surprised.
I find Vic so very amusing. His inner commentary has me laughing out loud the majority of the time. Gomez Pugh does a great job of portraying a primarily bored, over medicated, wise ass cop. And the accents he puts on for multiple minority characters continues to amuse me. While the 'mystery' isn't very complicated-- I figured out who was involved before the big reveal-- I enjoyed the old gang getting back together-- with the introduction of 'Crash' and his rebel self-- to help Vic.
As a HUGE fan of Jacob, I enjoyed every scene with him. Vic is one lucky man.... and when they finally got their 'bow chicka bow wow' on... I pressed rewind, and listened all over again...
I'm ready for book 3.... BRING IT Castillo Price!!!
I think my expectations were too high because I was really disappointed. For some reason, I thought the two guys were teenagers, not grown men. A lot of the inner turmoil was a bit too juvenile for me, and I found myself getting more annoyed as the story played out.
I felt a bit lost when I realized how completely anti-climatic everything was. And I still don't know what went on between Max and his sister!!! What happened in that conversation? I hate unanswered questions... I liked the happy ending, but didn't feel very invested in their journey. There's nothing special here... at all... so I think it's a story you can skip.
I think that Dreamspinner Press does such a wonderful job at packaging these romance/holiday theme stories. From the Advent Calendar package " Evergreen", comes the story of Adam and Joe.
Adam wakes from a car accident to find himself in the loving care of his roommate Joe. He soon realizes just how much more Joe means to him than simply a roommate.
I enjoyed the story and felt that the author did a really good job of allowing us readers/listeners to understand how hard it is to not love someone when they just might not love you back.
I hope Audible keeps putting these short stories out for us voracious listeners. These stories are packaged 'just right'.
I cannot get enough of the Sinner series. Rhys is Fantastic !!!
As the end of Book 2 indicated, This book-- book 3-- focuses on Conner, the oldest Morgan brother, who is struggling with the reality of veering off his very well planned life path. What makes this such an exceptional read is that most of what he experiences, and talks about is very real, and overall very difficult. It takes a LOT of strength and a confident sense of self to defy societal and familial expectations. But if anyone can do it, the Morgan brothers can.
What I love most about this book was the reality of coming to terms with falling for someone so far from your expectations. I think love transcends gender so,I didn't blink an eye, but I loved how Rhys emphasized how scared Conner was to be a disappointment to his family for not carrying out the (hetero) life he believed his family-- most importantly his dad-- expected of him. As is typically the case with the Sinner series, Connor and Forest don't go riding off into the sunset, as usual, we readers are drawn into some type of murder mystery that the Morgan clan helps investigate.
I knew where Rhys was going with this series by book 2, and since I have no qualms about speaking my mind.... I will tell you... Her Sinner's series is about re-birth and re-discovery. Therefore, the new lives that Miki, Damien, and now Forest have with the Morgan clan will allow them and of course (book 4's tortured musician) Raif to come together and re-create a band similar to that of the original Sinner's Gin band.I love each and every one of those soulful and strong musicians, and I welcome more glimpses into their lives.
Oh and lines like this don't hurt either...
" Hey... just the guy I'm looking for... I needed to ask you a question.... I kind of need to lose my virginity, and I was kinda wondering if you could help me out."
Seriously? Seriously? Rhys keeps me coming back for more Sin. Book 4 is on my MUST GET NOW LIST... And after reading this (book 3) and of course Books 1 and 2... it is sure to be on yours.
FANTASTIC READ!!! Credit or Cash... get it!!!
I did enjoy this story. I did. But I have to be completely honest. I think the editor failed to do his job. I cannot express how often I kept whispering " WRAP IT UP". I sware Zack, the main character whines through the majority of his story. I had to skim at some parts because of the repetitive nature of the writing.
I did enjoy some of the commentary between Zack and the other residents, but sometimes I wanted them to simply get to the point.
Sergio was quite entertaining, but the whole Italian stallion deal was a bit too much for me, and I wanted him to zip it.
So, the entire book focused on Zack feeling like his sexuality would cause his colleagues and family members to think less of him. It was a bit too much after the first 100 pages.
Don't get me wrong, there was some beautiful wording here and there, but sometimes, less is more.
I have to admit that this story was not what I expected. It was so much more. I love the entire concept of mates for life. I wish that human beings were created that way, but alas, I have to read my mm books to get my mate-lust sated.
Between carefully placed flashback sequences, we get a clearer understanding of the love that exists between Joshua and Hayden. Both alpha males and heir apparent for both of their packs. Something happens that sends Hayden to prison. In the present, Hayden, once an awkward, but confident, and highly intelligent man, is now angry, resentful, and hateful. The love he felt for Joshua seems to have dissipated and he's lost his way.... well, I guess you can probably figure out that they are each other's destinies. But, the only way for Hayden to overcome his anger, is to remember his past. Once he does, it's all about forgiveness, love, and allowing time to heal old wounds. I have to say that of all the mate theme books, this one transcended the entire concept. I have to admit, there is one scene that I just could NOT take. I had to fast forward through. So, be forewarned that there is a scene that, while I'm sure was essential for us to understand the full extent of the love between these two men, it was too much for me to bare. Regardless, this book confirmed my faith in the love of one's mate, and I am eager to read more by this author. Wonderful read. Credit or no. It's a must-get.
This was a very quick read. I was entertained, but wish it had been a bit longer, or at least given us some sort of epilogue. As it stands, we meet famous author Drew. We get a glimpse of his past, and his first love Colby. They had their first m/m sexual experience with one another, and instead of pursuing the m/m love that could have been... Colby distanced himself from Drew.... fast forward 10 years later and Drew must return home for his father's funeral. Colby is ready to confront Drew about their sexual encounter, and what he hopes the future can bring for them. Worth a credit? No. At this price, you can just buy it.
I am beginning to think that Josh Lanyon can do no wrong. I'm not kidding. I love EVERYTHING he writes. How the hell is that possible? While I ponder that one, I will continue with my review.
We meet Tim, who's an author writing about a Hollywood star's 50 year old murder mystery. It's clear that someone, somewhere, isn't too keen on Tim completing his story. But while we're engrossed in the mystery of who killed the starlet, and the more recent mystery of who wants to shut Tim up, we're also trying to figure out what issue plagues Tim. It's clear that there's chemistry between Det. Jack and Tim, so why aren't they getting their 'love' on.
Well, I won't spoil it for you, but I do have to say that once we're told, it made me question how I would have reacted to being faced with such a situation. Both Tim and Jack were likable characters, and I have a thing with all of Lanyon's 'flawed' characters (ie. Adrien English), so I was Team Tim from the get-go. This is an entertaining, short read.
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