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Libros Lover

Booklandia | Member Since 2010

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  • Hot Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (316)

    Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

    Miss ReadsALot says: "Damon Suede is a hit!"
    "Hot Head - Just Plain Hot!"
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    Would you listen to Hot Head again? Why?

    Yup. I love the story and I love Charlie David as a narrator. It's heart warming as well as hot.


    What other book might you compare Hot Head to and why?

    Frat House Troopers. The main characters are good friends who work together and one of them has to perform in porn videos although for different reasons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time Griffin agrees to perform with Dante.


    If you could rename Hot Head, what would you call it?

    Hot Head - Burning Down the House


    Any additional comments?

    Damon, where's the next installment!?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Inman
    • Narrated By Tommy O'Brien
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Dating is hard enough. Throw in an incontinent Chihuahua, an unrequited love affair, a severe case of social anxiety disorder, a dying father, and a man-eating hog, and it becomes darned near impossible. Still, it takes two to tango - and when Tom Morgan, a mild-mannered assistant bank manager with a debilitating case of shyness, meets Frank Wells, who is straight off the farm and even shyer than he is, sparks start flying.

    Libros Lover says: "Don't 'Shy' Away From This One"
    "Don't 'Shy' Away From This One"
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    Would you listen to Shy again? Why?

    Yes. I plan to many times. It is a hilarious, but heartwarming story about two socially
    disfunctional people who find each other and fall in love under very stressful circumstances. It hit all of my emotional buttons.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story was great, Pedro is adorable, but the coup de grace was Stanley's comeuppance.


    Which character – as performed by Tommy O'Brien – was your favorite?

    Frank's dad, Joe.


    If you could rename Shy, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a better title at this time.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator used just the right tones to express what each character was like and I hope we hear more from him. John Inman is great. Please publish all of his book in audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul S. Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Somewhere in the cobwebbed cellar of the decrepit antebellum mansion known as Ballineen are the legendary Lee bottles - and Austin Gillespie is there to find them. The last thing on his mind is hot and heavy romance with handsome bad boy Jeff Brady. But Jeff has other ideas and, after one intoxicating night, so does Austin. The only problem is they have different ideas.

    Heather says: "My Favorite Josh Lanyon book"
    "Sour Grapes"
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    What would have made A Vintage Affair better?

    I wish Austin would have grown a pair and stood up to everyone who discounted him and his choice a bit more forcefully. I don't believe Jeff was good enough for him and I hate that he settled. There was also an unexpected plot twist that threw the whole story off for me. It's something that I don't like in my m/m books and had I been forewarned, I would have passed on it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am already a wine enthusiast so I thought the subject would be right up my alley.


    Did Paul S. Fleschner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There really wasn't a lot of detail that added to anything I wanted to learn about.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    His southern accent was a bit overblown for Carson and almost nonexistent for Cormac. His interpretation of Austin's little brother was a bit too whiny IMO.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Josh Lanyon but, this particular piece was not what I read him for.

    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
    (59)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    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!"
    "Another Psy Cop Favorite"
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    Where does Criss Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Waaaaaay up there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ms. Mattie- after Vic of course. She just brought something a little extra in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Gomez Pugh – was your favorite?

    I'm hard pressed to pick just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me scream at Vic to "Not drink the kool aid!" - or coffee in this case.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em comin'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serenading Stanley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Inman
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city's lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed... which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane.

    Riva says: "A little too much"
    "What Sweet Music They Make..."
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    Where does Serenading Stanley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Serenading Stanley?

    When they saved Sylvia.


    What does Tyler Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't hear Arthur's voice in my head, but Tyler's rendition is perfect. He does a wonderful job telling this story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many of Stanley's experiences mirrored my own. Not all of them good. They took me back to some very vulnerable times that I would not want to repeat. I certainly laughed out loud but teared up some, too.


    Any additional comments?

    John Inman has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I hope that his entire catalog of stories become available through Audible. With good narrators of course.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Turkey in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Since Hank Calder's four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank - and for Josie - Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for.

    Heather says: "Cute fluff - no drama"
    "Gobbled it Up"
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    If you could sum up Turkey in the Snow in three words, what would they be?

    Cute, funny, touching.


    What other book might you compare Turkey in the Snow to and why?

    The Men of Smithfield: David and Seth. Both stories involve an uncle raising a niece because of the absence of the sister - one was a deadbeat mom and the other passed away. Both men are leery (sp) of entering into another relationship because of a bad one. They both love and want the best for their nieces, but are a bit clueless on how to go about some things. Also, initially, Seth and Hank looked down on Justin and David because of pre conceived notions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Hank was explaining the concept of Turkey in the Snow to Justin.


    If you could rename Turkey in the Snow, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another classic Amy Lane and I loved it as usual. This is also only the second book I have listened to narrated by Gomez Pugh. Hear this authors. If you want your stories to sell, hire this man. He was perfect. I am looking forward to listening to more books narrated by him. Ohmygah!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dani Alexander
    • Narrated By Joseph Northton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled - until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "AWESOME!"
    "Shattered My Expectations"
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    What did you love best about Shattered Glass?

    I really like how honest and brutal Austin could be. He didn't pull any punches and gave as good as he got. I also appreciate the fact that he stuck to his guns no matter what anyone thought.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is hard. I love Rabbit, Austin and Nikolai. They each have their own endearing quality.


    What does Joseph Northton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was wonderful with the accents and snark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It saddened me a bit because each character had his own hardship. Even though Austin was brought up in a wealthy family, he was basically blackmailed into being someone he was not. He also grew up with the knowledge that his own mother had no love for him and his father really didn't either. That messes with you no matter how much money you have.
    The other young men had each other to love at least. I laughed out loud many times and could have cried, but didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that the author had some health issues that prevented the writing of the sequel, but I hope that all is well and we get to revisit these characters soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
    "He Sees Dead People..."
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    Would you listen to Among the Living again? Why?

    Yes. The story is rather unique. It kinda grabs on and doesn't let go. I read the story when it first came out and forgot how much I liked it. Listening adds a new dimension and brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare Among the Living to and why?

    All of JCP's other books. Dark, gritty, and suspenseful.


    Have you listened to any of Gomez Pugh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time but hopefully not the last. I love his version of Lisa. His Jacob voice is scintillating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It's rather short so it was easy to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the entire series is going to be in audio book format - soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Deeds: Cole McGinnis, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min's blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover's door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility. While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness.

    T. Henry says: "The best series on audio"
    "Dirty Deeds Indeed"
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    If you could sum up Dirty Deeds in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, Touching,Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scarlet and Claudia. They are so strong and loving. I love the way they interact with the boys.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yup. Stellar as usual.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'm waiting with baited breath for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Sherwood
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    It hasn't been easy, but horse trainer Dan Wheeler is beginning to build a new life for himself, finding his place in California with his lovers Evan Kaminski and Jeff Stevens. When things are going well, it's spectacular: there's affection, humor, and passion. But things don't seem to go well all that often. Dan continues to struggle with the loss of his previous lover and sometimes doubts that he even deserves to be happy; Evan is jealous of every rival for Dan's attention - including Jeff; and Jeff worries that he's too old for the younger men and wonders if he should bow out completely.

    Riva says: "Great 2nd book"
    "ln the Dark..."
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    Would you try another book from Kate Sherwood and/or Peter B. Brooke?

    I am a bit on the fence about Ms. Sherwood' s books. They seem to get bogged down by too many storylines. The characters aren't very likable IMO and I honestly bought it for Mr. Brooke' s narration. The audio book producers pulled a fast one, though. They switched narrators in the middle of the story and then switched back to Peter. I thought I was imagining things, but I went back an re-listened. ????


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

    Meh...


    What aspect of Peter B. Brooke’s performance would you have changed?

    None. I love his voice and was quite perturbed when they switched him out for someone else. I wish he narrated more m/m.


    Was Out of the Darkness worth the listening time?

    It's lengthy. Not sure I could listen to a similar story for this long.


    Any additional comments?

    No more bait and switch please.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan, Who Loved Carter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ryan Loveless
    • Narrated By K. C. Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

    Libros Lover says: "Wow..."
    "Wow..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A resounding yes. This is such a feel good story. It has the right mixture of angst, humor, and erotic elements. I wish everyone would listen to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The apparent love and respect that everyone had for Ethan.


    Which character – as performed by K. C. Kelly – was your favorite?

    Ethan.


    If you could rename Ethan, Who Loved Carter, what would you call it?

    I don't think I could rename it. The title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally read tearjerkers but I couldn't ignore this book. I don't know why I deigned to listen to it at work. There were many a scene where I reached for my tissue box. I haven't been moved by a story in a very long time. Initially, I didn't know if the narrator was the right choice. I am happy to say that he is. Mr. Kelly did a wonderful job. He evoked so much emotion from me and I consider that a job well done. Bravo Ms Loveless. I wish there was a sequel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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