I really liked the story, even though there were a few difficulties with period references. For the first part of the story, I had a hard time remembering that the time frame was in the past. The book used both modern and historic references to items that didn't fit the period. I eventually just decided to *put* myself in the time frame and ignore the inappropriate references.
The narrator was difficult to get used to, but once I had, I was OK with the narration. Not the best performance, but OK. He needs to learn how to read passion.
I am not sure if I would rather read than listen.
It really was a good story with a reasonably fresh plot. I was surprised at the number of books this author has published as he seems to need either more experience or better research skills.
I know this doesn't sound like a good review, but I do recommend listening to it.
This was an interesting horror story in that it was based on another cultures religion/mythology. I was grossed out a couple times, but I don't read many horror stories. Parts were very slow and didn't add to the overall story. There is a romantic interest that doesn't really fit with the characters or story.
Layton Green had me guessing for most of the book, I figured it out about 3/4 way through.
Peter Berkot does a good job portraying the various characters and is the reason I kept with the story.
Overall a decent book when you don't have time to put a lot of effort into listening.
Dorien Grey writes another good mystery, with lots of twists and turns. He also starts bringing gay cancer (AIDS) into the story. It is a good reminder of how it must have been for the gay community in the 80s (the number of deaths is startling!).
The more I listen to Jeff Frez-Albrecht the more I like listening to him.
Can be listened to as a standalone, there are some references to other stories, but not enough to confuse.
I highly recommend the series...
Well written story for the most part. I liked that Kate Sherwood was able to portray both sympathetic and very unlikeable characters, i.e, Aaron's dad, at least Quinn's dad had a reason for being a jerk. Some of the psychology was dismissive of trauma, which I didn't like.
Robert Nieman is able to portray young men very well. He also did a very good job of the family scene in the bar. Some of the pauses in his narration were rather odd, like he had gotten to the bottom of the page and had to pause to turn the page.
Recommended as a short(ish) easy listen.
I am a fan of Rowan Speedwell because she is able to present psychological problems in her characters very realistically.
I read this book before listening to it, Paul Morey was able to add to the story via character presentation.
Definitely recommended. I also recommend "Finding Zach" with the same author/narrator.
Just an OK story. Characters are not sympathetic. Narrator needs to learn when to pause while reading.
When I read this book, it was my least favourite of the series.
Chris performance was, as always, perfect. I had looked forward to hearing what he would do with this story. He went beyond my expectation. I spent half the book weeping.
Now I get to go back and listen to the whole series at once!
Thanks Josh for creating Adrien and Jake, and thanks Chris for helping bring them to life. Thanks for a great series...
Highly recommended series
I really likes this collection as a Christmas collection.
Both "My True Love Gave to Me" and "A Christmas Proposition" had a "Christmas Carol" Scrooge-like character. Both stories made me cry.
As Josh Lanyon is my favourite M/M romance writer, "Lone Star" was sure to be great and I wasn't disappointed.
While "Winter Knights" was not a traditional romance, it was still a good listen.
All the narrators did a great job. Jack LeFleur was excellent as always.
I listened to this set in one day (-30 C yesterday!)
I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.
I am a great fan of Ava March (I have read / listened to most of her books). Brook Street: Thief is in my top 10 favourite M/M romances.
Having recently re-listened to Thief, I am sorry to say All In With the Duke is definitely not one of AM's better efforts.
All In With the Duke has the same plot line and even some of the same phrases used in Thief. I couldn't help making a comparison, with All In With the Duke coming in a poor second.
Timothy Holcomb is an OK narrator.
Since the two books are so similar, spend your money on Brook Street: Thief instead.
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