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Riva

ratings
185
REVIEWS
97
FOLLOWING
6
FOLLOWERS
22
HELPFUL VOTES
101

  • Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Felicia Watson
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Logan Crane’s life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he’s now in an abuser counseling program, Logan cannot face the real source of his unhappiness: He’s always been attracted to men but has refused to accept it since witnessing an act of violence. During his therapy, Logan meets Nick Zales, a counselor at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Nick is understandably suspicious of Logan despite an immediate attraction to him. Logan feels the same attraction....

    pierre-luc says: "Satisfying romance and a less-travelled setting"
    "Good story, OK narrations"
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    Overall rating 3.5 rounded up. This is a very engaging story of anger, abuse and not being true to yourself. The story is really good and kept me engaged. Nick and Logan are very realistically portrayed and the story deals with some very real issues of domestic violence. The narrator was OK, not painful to listen to. But Jeff Gelder continues to be a little wooden, although this was much better than some of his past books. He had some diversity in the characters and at times puts emotion into his storytelling. I think it is his "pacing" of the story that doesn't quite flow. Sometimes it sounds like he is just "reading" it, which I could do without purchasing an audiobook. It is too bad because he as a great voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero at the Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Seville
    • Narrated By Alan Smith
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

    Riva says: "Loved it in print, love the audiobook"
    "Loved it in print, love the audiobook"
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    This is one of my favorite books of all time and it was wonderful to hear these characters brought to life. It has a 4.6 rating on Goodreads with over 4600 reviews, pretty universally loved in the mm romance genre. The narrator did a fantastic job and the story if first rate. The basic story is D is a hit man with a heart who is tortured by his past. Jack is a witness to a mob hit that D is sent to kill. Romance and adventure ensues. The writing is witty and engaging, I've read this book 3x. The only caution I'd give a listener is that I have been waiting for the sequel for years. The author has some pretty good freebies on her website, but not sure if the sequel will ever happen. That being said, still definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chase the Stars: Lang Downs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Twenty-year-old Chris Simms is barely keeping his head above water. After losing his mother and his home, he struggles to provide for himself and his brother. When homophobes attack him, he thinks his life is over, but then he's rescued by jackaroos from a nearby sheep station. He's as stunned to be offered a job there as he is to discover both the station owner and foreman are gay.

    Carolyn says: "A true-to-form second installment"
    "Enjoying this series"
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    The best thing about this book, aside from the narrator, it the continuation of Caine and Macklin's story from book one. Although Chris and Jesse's story is sweet and worth a listen, I really enjoyed seeing the MC from Book 1 continue their journey. I'd even say it is as prevalent as the MC in this book. Again the narrator does a great job. Worth a credit. But now I have to switch to the written book as Books 3 & 4 are not on Audible yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Sean: Seattle Stories, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Con Riley
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: Track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn't thrilled about it-until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road. Everything about Sean stirs Peter's protective instincts-saving people is what he lives for - but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running away.

    Riva says: "Confusing"
    "Confusing"
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    Like the first book, this was a confusing listen. I read the first book in this series in written form and had a hard time following it because this author REALLY likes the flashback writing style. It was really annoying in written form. Now imagine that same style in audio form. I took a chance that I could follow this story in audio because I really wanted Peter's story. Bad move. Although the narrator did a good job, I had to concentrate so hard on following the story with all the flashback sequences that I really didn't enjoy it. In addition, the plot was really not very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Up

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father's building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms. Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not - poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach's heart one elevator ride at a time.

    Irene says: "Going Up"
    "Cute but boring"
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    This is a warm and fluffy listen about two men who meet and fall in love during elevator rides. That's it, that's the whole story. No drama, a little angst, but nothing else. If you are looking for a nice light mm romance, get it as a sale purchase. Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inherit the Sky: Lang Downs Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.

    Sophie says: "Struth, cobber!"
    "Love in the Outback"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I think the narrator does a great job and the story is engaging. A transplanted American finds love with a seasoned foreman of a sheep station in the Australian outback. What's not to love? I listened to this in 48 hours, it was that engaging. Definitely worth a credit. On to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Slayer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Isabella Carter
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Ingram is a coward and weakling - at least according to his father, the king, and the royal court. He cannot use a sword, he faints at the sight of blood, and even his brilliant abilities as a strategist are not enough to overcome his failings. When his father loses a bet to the notorious Lord Mallory over the matter of a dragon slaying, he pays his debt by ordering Ingram to marry him. Then his father reveals that he is putting Ingram to a greater purpose, giving Ingram one last chance to prove he is not worthless. All it requires is betraying his new husband.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "No smex but pretty darn good!"
    "Nice fantasy adventure"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is a nice mm romance with a heavy dose of dragon/ wicked king adventure. Be warned that the ending does not wrap up all plot points, so I presume there is a sequel in the works. I hope so because I would like to find out what happens. That being said, I'm still glad I listened. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • But for You: A Matter of Time, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him - it's settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory's days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

    Kathleen says: "The last Sam & Jory story"
    "Ahhh . . . domestic bliss for Sam and Jory"
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    Finally, the long awaited final installment to the Matter of Time series; not counting Parting Shot b/c that is really Aaron's book and can be read as a stand alone. This is the story of a very domestic Sam and Jory, with a splash of Jory's trouble magnet tendencies thrown in of course. The new narrator does a great job, especially with Sam's deep voice. Jory comes off a little more "camp" than the other books, but overall very good narration. I've read this story multiple times, so it was really nice to hear it come to life. This is not something anyone will enjoy as a stand alone book, but if you are a fan of the series, it is a must have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firelands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Jensen
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The winter of 1799 is falling fast on the small Ohio Territory settlement of Hugh's Lick. Food is scarce, and relations with the Delaware tribe are strained; but things are about to get much worse. In the midst of a storm, frontiersman Cole Seavey is attacked by a creature that is neither man nor beast but something burst forth from the bowels of hell and reeking of the grave. Badly injured, he is rescued by Pakim, a young Delaware brave, and is taken to safety at the home of John Chapman.

    Riva says: "Great frontier adventure/romance"
    "Great frontier adventure/romance"
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    This was a really great adventure based in the frontier Ohio valley with a mm romance btwn a trapper and an Native American woven in. I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this but found myself completely drawn in by the adventure, horror, mystery and romance of this book. I think that is primarily because the narrator does an excellent job. But the story is very engaging from the start. This is not a warm and fuzzy read but has some truly horrific violence in it. At the same time it manages to have very realistic and tender romance btwn Cole and Pakim as Cole tries to come to terms with his feelings for Pakim as well as stay alive. There a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Overall, definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frat House Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Xavier Mayne
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    State trooper Brandt's new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he'll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back - whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jager and encouragement while he researches porn. Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best "shot" - and becomes an overnight sensation.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Good but not smex!"
    "Fun read"
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    This is a fun read with a great narrator. The story is completely unbelievable and simple. Very predictable, but I still enjoyed the ride. The main theme seems to be can two declared (and they declare it over and over) straight cops suddenly have a relationship. What was somewhat annoying was the simplistic execution of this thesis. And the constant theme of "I'm straight" "I'm straight" "No really I'm straight". OK, we get it you were straight before you weren't. The only saving grace is the MC is very sweet and Bryce is a hoot. I don't think I would have like this book in print, but the narrator is fantastic at bringing the characters to life and parts are really funny. Probably worth a credit if you don't expect too much and just go along with the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pyromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Amanda Young
    • Narrated By Chris Chambers
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    One desperate night, a rent-boy hot enough to scorch the motel sheets, meets a man doomed to burn for love. Christian Ryder is a lonely man because of his strange ability: pyromancy, a curse that causes the temperature to dangerously rise whenever Christian grows excited. He has accidentally hurt lovers in the past and has sworn off personal attachments.

    Cherie says: "A little different kind of story"
    "Nice read, but . . ."
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    This was a sweet novella, but I'm not sure why the author choose to give one of the MC's firestarter powers. It really didn't add anything to the story; it would have been just fine without it. The narrator did a good job. Christian and Tanner are a lovely couple, but not a lot of backstory about them. I enjoyed their story, but probably just worth a sale buy, not a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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