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Orlando

Murrieta, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 64 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 171 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015
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  • The Hell You Say: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    The third novel in the Adrien English series finds the "ill-starred and bookish" mystery writer and bookseller battling demons - maybe literally. After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan. And oh yes, murder...

    Nimue says: "Best book in series so far!"
    "Another good book in the Adrien English series"
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    Josh Lanyon continues to deliver in another instalment in the Adrien English series. The relationship between Adrien and his closeted cop continues to develop with it's twists and turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sinner's Gin: Sinners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    There's a dead man in Miki St. John's vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there. After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner's Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki's car, Miki fears death isn't done with him yet.

    Reece Notley says: "Tristan James Brings This Book To Life"
    "Triumph over your past is never easy"
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    The subject matter is a little dark, and moving past it for Micki is tough. I loved the book and it's well worth the credit. I've just bought the second in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Summer Tomatoes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sherrie Henry
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law... again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.

    Orlando says: "An innocent love story at it's best."
    "An innocent love story at it's best."
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    Ever so often, I accidentally, or not, choose a book intended for the teen LGBT market. This is one. A lovely innocent love story at it's very best. If you're looking for a hot M2M romance, keep on looking. If you want to believe in love, spend the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fish and Ghosts: Hellsinger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family's Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he's seen since childhood.

    Heather says: "Another hit for Rhys & Tristan"
    "I'm looking forward to the rest of the series"
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    I really loved Tristan's confidence. He knows he's seeing ghosts in his home and he's completely sure it will all work out in the end. And it does. Great book, buy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell & High Water: THIRDS, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Good humor to Military/shifter book"
    "Tongue in cheek action"
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    I'm not sure I get the distinction between human and Therians. Even more to the point, I don't get the animosity between the races, or why each race has their own police force. That said, I loved the book. I loved the humour and action. Gonna buy the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faith & Fidelity: Faith, Love, and Devotion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tere Michaels
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.

    Jensen says: "Finally in audio"
    "I didn't mind the narrator"
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    Other reviewers haven't been too gracious about the narrator. He's not the best narrator I've heard, but I didn't find it detracted from the story. Good story, enjoyed it. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Breathing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again

    Orlando says: "Perfect!"
    "Perfect!"
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    "Bear, Otter and the Kid"'s third instalment should suffer from believability - what are the chances Ty and Dom are also gay and in love? Suspend your disbelief for a bit and dive into another masterpiece from TJ Klune. I'm pretty sure TJ wrote three instalments over a number of years, or at least it feels like it. "Bear, Otter and the Kid" is irreverent and optimistic. "The Art of Breathing" is darker and more real. He's kept his irreverent style I loved in the first book, but by this third book, he's story telling is real and relatable. He wraps up "Bear, Otter and the Kid"'s story with such elegance. With a throw back to the beginning, he ends Ty's book with an "off the rails" rant from Bear. Just perfect!
    There aren't enough stars to rate this book - buy it, live it and love it like I did. The best series of books bar none! If you love this book, you have to check out "Into This River I Drown".

    3 of 3 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
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    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?"
    "I'm wondering why?"
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    I'm actually in the middle of this book right now, and as I write a couple of outstanding review on other books, I find myself wondering why I'm still listening. The story vacillates between tender, intimate moments of self exploration and pages and pages of pedestrian, mundane and boring detail. Almost every moment of the protagonists' day is explored in detail, but when you finally arrive at the moment he and "the object of his affection" finally hit the sack, it's suddenly the next morning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Conquer the Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world's hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

    Orlando says: "Hopefully the final instalment."
    "Hopefully the final instalment."
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    My issue with the final (hopefully) instalment, is believability. How many more gay romances can one sheep station have? The chances that the two preteen boys in book one, would grow up gay and in love by book four, seem pretty remote to me. Fantastic twists of fate aside, the writing and narration are as good as the first. You'd be better served wrapping up your Lang Downs series at the third book in my opinion. On the plus side, the narrator finally gets "Dry-as-a-bone" right. Bye bye "drizza-bone".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S.A. McAuley, John Amory, J.E. Birk, and others
    • Narrated By Falcon Sound Company
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We're going on some grand adventures for a great cause.

    Orlando says: "Of noble intent"
    "Of noble intent"
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    I'm on board with the intent behind this collection of stories, so I'm not sorry I bought it. If I'm honest though, it didn't grab me. If it weren't for the beneficiaries of the proceeds, I'd probably return it. Buy it in support, if nothing else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Social Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Alva
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

    T. Amburgey says: "This is one amazing book!!!!"
    "Conner finds his voice"
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    I'm a sucker for well considered "coming out" or "coming into your own" tale - even more so when they are skilfully combined. Conner comes out, and finds his voice in a wonderfully written coming of age book. Splash out, buy it, cause you're going to love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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