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Boys like Boys

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  • Until Forever Comes: The Mates Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can't shift. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, he hopes to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack. Instead, Ethan learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate - a vampire named Miguel. Miguel Rodriguez is more than four centuries old. Strong, powerful, and vicious, he walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection.

    Riva says: "Adorable vampires and shifters"
    "A decidely average, but good, read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Until Forever Comes to be better than the print version?

    I always tend to gravitate towards audiobooks, one because of the narrator and two for the convenience. So yes, I consider the audio edition better.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A sigh.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of the book was good but it seemed to be missing that "umpf", you know?
    The conflict between Ethan and Miguel was good, intriguing even. However beside that, there was no real plot. Yes, because of what they are there should have been struggle, should have been some tension. But in all actuality there really wasn't much. Everything just resolved too easily, too conveniently. So by the end it was kind of dragging, and a bit anti-climatic. So this would be a book where the concept was good but the execution could have been better. I still enjoyed it however, as I did the first book in the series, and would read future sequels.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Three Wrong Turns in the Desert

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated By Stan Jenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    From the moment he sees handsome Liam McCullough showering naked behind a Tunisian bar, ESL teacher Aidan Greene wants to screw the sexy bodyguard. At first, though, a dead courier and beefy hired thugs get in the way. But Liam soon convinces him - with wiles and smiles and solid logic - to join him on a race across the desert for a rendezvous with a Tuareg tribe at a remote oasis. Then nothing can stop them from getting naked and getting it on.

    Boys like Boys says: "Average at best"
    "Average at best"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stan Jenson?

    Yes! Sean Crisden, Jack LeFleur, Paul Morey or Charlie David. All excellent narrators. Even Jeff Gelder who I had once thought I could barely tolerate. After listening to the audio snippet they give you, I decided to look for another book. But then I came back because I truly was intrigued by the premise and thought I may get used to the narrator. I was wrong. It is not just that he doesn't have the voice for a hot romance novel, though he doesn't (his voices for the two different protagonists are laughable) it's the fact that he just sounds so old. So when the sex scenes come about, I was positively disturbed. Having an old man talk about lube, dicks and come are not my idea of a fun time. But to each their own.


    Did Three Wrong Turns in the Desert inspire you to do anything?

    Find something better to read.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise was good however the execution was sub-par. Unfortunately the writing is more akin to those who write fan-fiction online than a published author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The One Who Saves Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    At 14, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences as friends, learning and experimenting. And they talk each other through countless dates and breakups. Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship - until Andrew suffers a tragedy. Caleb moves in with him, and the parameters of their unique relationship blur.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I am becoming a Cardeno C fan..."
    "A typical tooth-ache from this series"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is not really to be read for it's drama or originality. But a book to read on a slow day that will help you A) smile at the sweetness B) roll your eyes at the cheesiness or C) feel utterly depressed at your own bleak prospects of a love life.This book, like the others, doesn't have you on the edge of your seat, eagerly waiting for more but instead laying back cozily and coming back for more in the series irregardless.On a side note, it is always a pleasure to see old characters from previous books appear nonchalantly in the story though sometimes you must be reminded of the story behind that niggling, oh so familiar name.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Home Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood, his partner, Clark Lehman, is on his way. But when Clark finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years, and he simply can’t understand why. It will take some painful confrontations if Noah’s going to figure out why he’s lost all memories of his recent past...and secure the future he’s dreamed of having.

    Fiona says: "Cute"
    "Sappy, sweet Insta-love"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This whole series is marked by this 'soulmate love' connection at first sight that I would most definitely change. The overly sweetened nicknames, the syrupy declarations of love, gave me serious of cavities that had me putting down the book multiple times to fix.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would hope it wouldn't, I think there are far better books in regards to the development of romance that would do this genre more justice.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave this book's plot such low stars because it book flipped too much between past and present and different POV's. And I didn't understand the main characters motivations for why they broke apart for three years and even why they even decided to get together again, considering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Promises

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mark L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting.

    Boys like Boys says: "I don't regret my purchase"
    "I don't regret my purchase"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book. A solid 4 stars. I wasn't on the edge of my seat in anticipation but I was curious enough in how the plot would play out. The dynamic between the two was interesting enough, if not predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sky Hunter: Skybound, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Fae Sutherland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Jeret hasn't looked back since running away from life as a crown prince and joining the Crux Ansata's crew. Letting Jeret escape was the biggest black mark on bounty hunter Dagan Nu'aim's otherwise distinguished years as a royal guard. When he catches Jeret back in-system, Dagan seizes the chance to regain his lost honor and bring the wayward prince home. Jeret's not so sure he wants to go, but the reignition of his old crush on Dagan complicates the issue. As the two unravel a tangled plot against the crown, their old friendship lights up with a fiery desire.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "The best of the Sky Bound books!"
    "An intersting diversion"
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    What did you love best about Sky Hunter?

    The futuristic setting of Sky Hunter and the character dynamic between Jeret and Dagan.


    What other book might you compare Sky Hunter to and why?

    This book had that usual, but enjoyable, theme of watching two cold, scorned hearts find love in each other again. And so there are many, many books that have this same theme. However there is not that many with the same setting over arching plot which sets itself apart, if slightly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nothingness of Ben

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brad Boney
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.

    Boys like Boys says: "A simple read"
    "A simple read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If my friend had already listened to most of the other book in the M/M genre, had both money and time to spend, then yes I would recommend it. Not to say it was that bad of a book but for me, the plot that I'd gathered from the blurb wasn't all that compelling to begin with. And then it sort of dragged, going through the motions of the usual book with a "gay for you" (suburbs style) theme that you find in this genre. I found this book similar to the book "Nothing ever happens" by Sue Brown but ironically less climatic.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brad Boney before, how does this one compare?

    Unfortunately I haven't because it didn't really leave a strong impression on me.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Who We Are

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They've moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that's not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn't stop just because they got their happily ever after. There's still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter's parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real.

    Boys like Boys says: "If you loved the first, you will love the second"
    "If you loved the first, you will love the second"
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    If you could sum up Who We Are in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Funny, Heart-Warming


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's, Bear, witty insight and inner dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of things that happened in this book and so I would insist that if you read, Bear Otter and the Kid, you definitely need to read this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adorned

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Tristan
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    My name is Etan, and I am Adorned. A living piece of art, I exist to please the divine rulers of Kered. With nowhere to turn after my father died, I tried my luck in the capital city. Little did I know how quickly I would be robbed, beaten and forced to sell myself into servitude. But I was lucky enough to gain the attention of Roberd Tallisk, an irascible but intriguing tattoo artist who offered to mark me with enchanted ink for the enjoyment of the nobles. I was given a chance to better my station in life, and I could not refuse.

    Boys like Boys says: "Bloody Brilliant...until the last few chapters"
    "Bloody Brilliant...until the last few chapters"
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    If you could sum up The Adorned in three words, what would they be?

    *Beautiful* The plot and the writing just come together and make this story at least the first 92% of the story). Simply gorgeous.

    *(Memoirs of a Geisha)*During the course of the book, I was thinking how very much alike in plot this was to Memoirs of a Geisha. And if you loved that book, but love M/M and a sliver of paranormal, you will truly love this.

    *Epic*The story told is unlike many of this genre. As I said before it is like Memoirs of a Geisha but a lovely twist. A rich storyline, a myriad of realistic characters, not very much sex (thought I wouldn't necessarily feel this was an asset, but with this book it might have ruined the beauty if the author didn't integrate it right), and a compelling historic world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you do decide to get this book, regardless if you care for Happily Ever After's, stop right before the end. You will know when. At the climax, you know, that point when everything seems to be going wrong but most authors make it all right again? Well John Tristan, the author, didn't. And usually that is refreshing. But not so with this book, it was not done in a way that fit the story. More so like the author got morbidly depressed or bored and decided happiness was overvalued and somehow would diminish the rest of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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