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  • Men of Smithfield: Max and Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By L. B. Gregg, Shannon Gunn
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    When I walked out of his office after the hottest sex of my life, I thought I'd left Max Douglas behind me forever - along with my favorite argyle socks and my self-respect. The last thing I need is the too-serious, too-sexy former Marine living across the hall from me while he acts as a bodyguard for one of my students. Especially since he fired me from my job tutoring his brother...after we hooked up. I shouldn't want him. I should despise him after the way he treated me. But he's exactly my type: older, experienced, in control...and it's obvious the lust is still mutual.

    Nimue says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Come and get some."
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    Now, I don't know L.B. personally, but anyone who can write such funny scenes, thoughts, and put us readers right smack into an emotional crisis of will, is A-OK with me.

    SO, I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I was sooo entranced with the initial smex scene between Max and Finn. First off, how brave was Finn to initiate the act? I have to hand it to him, I'm a book worm a lot of the time. And, I deal in numbers and sit in my office all day, and so I'm not the 'lose control' type. Ok, let me be honest, I'm a complete control freak, I know it, and now you do too... so getting back to Finn. The reason I applaud him is because smex is the best way to 'lose control', but in a 'good' way, you know? So kudos to him to take that step and not care how much he was perceived as a hoe. LOL.

    I'm so comfortable with the submission aspect, so I loved Max's dirty talk. Phew! *wipes brow* and he can call me a "dirty bitch" annnnyyyytime he wants. :P
    God, I'm sitting here reliving those scenes as I type this. I need a moment....

    Ok, back. So, as I was saying. Finn, he's a freak. He enjoys pushing his boundaries, and that's an amazing way to get off. And what I also enjoyed was that in the same time it took for him to climax, he realizes that what he's just experienced with Max supercedes a quick fling. It's that realization that allows him to feel so hurt at Max's 'initial' rejection.

    Anywhooooo, it's delightful to see them make their way back to each other. I loved Finn seeing warm, caring and emotional sides of Max, and finding himself floored by each discovery. Or how gentle and nurturing Max was with Finn, when his persona is so utterly male and marine.
    I liked the tid-bit of S&M L.B. threw in there.

    So yep, It was a good read. However, I like a bit more spice with my m/m, so I have to say that this Men of Smithfield book (#3) wasn't up to par with others. If you're just starting out with this series, I suggest you begin with #2- Happy Ending- Seth and David. SOOOOO good. And so worth it. I kept right on reading till there was nothing left. Gobbled it up in one sitting.

    Happy Reading Y'all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • McFarland's Farm: Hope, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

    Mel says: "Rich boy from the city and his big,solid Farmer"
    "Rich boy from the city and his big,solid Farmer"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Another Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    At age 18, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side. Travis is handsome, smart, and funny - the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach.

    T. Henry says: "Different from any of her other books"
    "I'd want to know what lies ahead too!!!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

    IslandWriter says: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!"
    "Even more pushy dead people... and sexy Jacob!"
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    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boys of Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cooper Davis
    • Narrated By Brian Pallino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    I thought I knew what love was… My name is Hunter Willis and I’ve found love. The problem? I’m not sure I’m ready for the rest of the world to know I’ve fallen for my best friend. Everyone knows Max is gay. Me? They think I’m straight as an arrow. So did I, until Max and I shared a kiss three months ago that blew that theory right out of the water. Now, by the ocean in Florida, thousands of miles away from prying eyes, I’m finally ready to admit to myself that Max and I have something special.

    Elaine says: "Don't waste your 2 hours 9 mins with this"
    "eh.... similar to a long winded journal entry"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inseparable

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Scully
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    After a car accident, Adam wakes up in a hospital room with no memory and a man named Joe, who acts like his boyfriend. So when Joe says Adam is straight - and Joe's not - and they're just best friends and roommates, Adam is more than a little confused. But as Adam starts to fill in the gaps, the one thing that becomes apparent is that Joe is the missing piece that can't be replaced.

    Juan Carrillo says: "True Love always wins out"
    "Simply short and cute"
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    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'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tequila Mockingbird: Sinners Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan. No, Connor has everything worked out - a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son.

    T. Henry says: "Love, Love, Love"
    "Gimmie Gimmie More Sin..."
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    I cannot get enough of the Sinner series. Rhys is Fantastic !!!

    *spoilers ahead*

    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A White Coat Is My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jake Wells
    • Narrated By Randy Fuller
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Zack Sheldon doesn't have time to be lonely. He's in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he's confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he's too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.

    Orlando says: "I'm wondering why?"
    "Ok story, but a bit too long-winded."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cooper Davis
    • Narrated By Brock Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As Hayden and Josh journey through rituals - and intimacies - that will knit their souls for life, passion and anger flares, revealing a powerful secret. In a different world, they might have been friends. Now, face to face after five years, the bitterness in Hayden’s eyes fills Josh with regret for what could have been - should have been.

    Mel says: "This love story surpassed my expectations"
    "This love story surpassed my expectations"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Susan E. Scott
    • Narrated By Casey George
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Drew Harrison, a best-selling author of popular mysteries, believes you can't go home again, and he hasn't tried - not in seven long years. When his father dies, he has to make the trip back to the small Georgia town he grew up in and face the family who still disapproves of him. Even worse, he knows that in the small community he's bound to run into the only man he ever really loved - his former best friend Colby. Colby and Drew shared their first sexual experience, after which Colby turned away from Drew, terrified by the idea that he might have feelings for his friend.

    Mel says: "Return Home so I can be gay for you."
    "Return Home so I can be gay for you."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cards on the Table

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Fifty years ago, a glamorous Hollywood party ended in murder - the only clue a bloody Tarot card. Timothy North is trying to find out what happened that long ago summer's night, but when a Tarot card turns up pinned to his front door, the only person Tim can turn to for help is his ex-lover, Detective Jack Brady.

    🌺༺❤ HaloLove ❤༻🌺 says: "Absolute fabulous audio to listen to while working"
    "Another hit by Lanyon!!!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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