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Riva

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  • Hot Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    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!"
    "Awesome Performance!!"
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    Would you listen to Hot Head again? Why?

    No, but I really enjoyed it the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Griff and Dante are awesome characters. I really wanted their story to continue.


    Which character – as performed by Charlie David – was your favorite?

    He did the Brooklyn accent fabulously. He also did a great Russian accent. He really made all the characters come to life.


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

    I would call it "Smoke and Fire" I actually didn't like Hot Head as a title.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story. The only thing that annoyed me is that the angst goes on a little to long. At one point I just wanted to slap both MCs. But the payoff is worth it!

    5 of 5 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
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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!"
    "Great Series"
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    I am a long time fan of this series. There seven books and a bunch of free stories associated with it; and it is not over. So I was thrilled to see it come to Audible. Victor and Jacob are one of my favorite couples in mm romance. The world building of this series is great and Vic is a very unique character. The series is told from Vic's POV and mostly in his head; he has a very warped view of himself and the world. His romance is definitely not lovey dovey, but more of a series of mysteries he and Jacob tackle together; sort of like the Adrien English books by Josh Lanyon. It is a great ride and the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is I'm not a fan of the slow burn of the romance. I mean it is really slow; over several books slow. However, definitely worth a credit to start the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Hugh Bradley
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Dawson Barnes recognizes his world is very small and very charmed. Running his community college theater like a petty god, he and his best friend, Benji know they'll succeed as stage techs after graduation. His father adores him, Benji would die for him, and Dawson never doubted the safety net of his family, even when life hit him below the belt. But nothing prepared him for falling on Jared Emory's head.

    Riva says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
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    This is not one of my favorite Amy Lane books, but it was still a good read/listen. It starts out really slow and was kind of boring in the first half of the book. It picked up a bit in the second half. This is primarily about the relationship between Dawson and Jared; but there are sub stories about the Scooby Gang of Dawson’s friends and his best friend Benji. Dawson starts as a stumbling nerd awed by Jared, who is a famous dancer. They embark on trying a long distance relationship and as the story progresses and their relationship grows, they discover a lot about themselves and what it means to have a relationship. That said, I’m afraid I really didn’t connect with this couple, I don’t know why, I just didn’t. I rooted for them, but I was just “whatever” about the HEA. The narrator does a decent job, but there really wasn’t a lot of diversity in the voices. Overall probably worth a credit as a comfort read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pray the Gay Away: A Southern Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

    John Chapman says: "Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read"
    "Romeo and Romeo"
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    This is the 1st book of a trilogy which appears to me to be inspired by Romeo and Juliet; complete with overly emo teenagers being dramatic. Once I figured that out, the MCs actions and dialogue made a lot more sense. This is the story of two “star crossed gay teenagers” living in a small town in Georgia with 3 of the 4 parents as homophobic bigots. They fall in love almost instantly and profess it to each other frequently. The dialogue is a bit stilted and not at all the way teenagers talk, but if fits with the Shakespearean couple this romance is based upon. It is really sweet and I really felt for these boys and all they have to go through.

    What I also like about this story is that it is not anti-God or even anti-religion. Both MCs believe in God and pray regularly. However, the "man of god" in this story claims to be Christian but has no problem threatening his kids with death; it is that kind of crazy. There are some twists, turns and kink in their story which in a way takes away from the struggle. Although I did like the weaving in of a transgender seven year old sibling, that was unique and touching.

    The narrator does a great job and his voice is perfect for these two boys. He really puts the right amount of emotion in the storytelling. All that said, yes there are some illogical leaps and assumptions in the story. Such as the way Child Protective Services is portrayed. These two are 18 in the book, although their maturity level appears more like 16. Generally CPS are not involved with 18 year old. But I had to look past that and go with the romance and struggle and I really enjoyed getting wrapped up into this story.

    In reading the blurbs for the next two books (which are not on audio yet) I think I’m going to have to buy the written book. There appears to be mucho drama down the road for these two. Definitely worth a credit if you are going to continue the series as this book ends on a cliffhanger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Racing for the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Nick J. Russo
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Staff Sergeant Jasper "Ace" Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn't going to take him up on his offer of "anything", that doesn't mean he isn't tempted. Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they're in the service and making plans with him when they get out.

    Heather says: "One of my Favorite Lane stories"
    "Blue Collar Wonderful"
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    The blurb says that Ace will do anything for Sonny and he does. This is another winner from Amy Lane. The story is told from Ace's POV and he is a wonderful, funny, tell it like it is character from a loving blue collar family. Although he has hid the fact that he is gay for a long time, wanting Sonny has made him determine to be with him and nothing is going to stop him. He is magnificent. Sonny is another story. He has been traumatized in the worst way for many years and has MAJOR trust issues. Neither of these MCs comes across as entirely mentally stable, but it is what it is and they make if work. Sometimes painfully. Overall, it is a wonderful story and the narrator is PERFECT!! He really brought these men to life for me. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowball in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Alexander Masters
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won't stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself. Lieutenant Matthew Spain's official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he's saying. But that's not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist.

    Riva says: "Wonderful."
    "Wonderful."
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    This is a classic noir murder mystery and is just wonderful. The narrator really did a great job and listening to this really makes you believe you are huddled around a radio with the family for a Saturday night adventure. Both MCs are great. Spain is a widowed detective coming to grips with his sexuality after the death of his wife and returning from WWII. And Doyle is a man tortured by his need for other men and trauma from the war. They find each other and tackle their collective demons. I hope there are more from these two as this is a HFN ending. Classic Lanyon and worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ironhearted: Hope Cove, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Cate Ashwood
    • Narrated By John Orr
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Haydn Prescott stood by and watched his friends fall in love, something he hopes never happens to him. It's too much drama. He just wants a hot guy to roll around with every once in a while. No muss, no fuss. Out for a night of dancing, he meets Trevor Ryan and the two are explosive together. The next morning, Haydn wakes up alone. Trevor is gone and Haydn thinks he's seen the last of him...until months later when Trevor walks into Haydn's bakery in Hope Cove.

    Riva says: "What the heck happened to Hayden?"
    "What the heck happened to Hayden?"
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    Although I love this series I have to say I was disappointed in this 3rd book. Hayden was one of my favorite characters in the 1st book. He was confident, flamboyant and seemed to believe and want love. In this book he came off as an insecure, immature, sex starved twink who is running from love. And there is much more sex in this than the previous books, which transformed the story from sweet to something else for me. Usually this kind of "afraid to love" storyline comes with some past trauma, but not here. The reasons for his antics seems really weak. Trevor is a great character but a little too perfect, if you know what I mean. He puts up with a lot and still comes back for more. Overall, boring and disappointing; no drama at all. The narrator was the only thing that made this bearable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christian's Menace: Christian's Coven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lynn Hagen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hall
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Minsheng and Yasuko are wary of strangers, especially those who have fangs. Kidnapped from their home country, the two try desperately to find their place in their new lives. Minsheng is angry and bitter over the ordeal he has suffered through. Yasuko is still so naive. Christian finally meets his mates in Pride Pack Valley, but the two may be more than what he's bargained for. They reluctantly agree to come home with him. Christian has his hands full when he takes them to his club, The Manacle.

    Riva says: "Awful narrator, put me to sleep"
    "Awful narrator, put me to sleep"
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    I feel I should start this review with a qualifier. This book is published by Siren Publishing, which is kind of like the McDonalds of the mm romance (and mf for that matter) publishing world, IMHO. They turn out lots of serial based books that read very much like soap operas with many characters which spin off into new series. This is not, nor does it pretend, to be great works of literature. They are simply full of characters (usually vampires and shifters with size differentials), an ongoing storyline (that generally has a formulaic “I must protect my mate” vibe) and lots of smex. I have read about 10 over the years if I got into a storyline or really enjoyed a character. Although they are part of a series, they try to make each book a stand alone, but it really helps if you have been following the series for true enjoyment of the book. With that said, my rating of them is on a 1 – 3 star basis. In my opinion, there is no way any of them can be higher than a 3 because to do so would equate them with the likes of Josh Lanyon, Jordan Hawk, Kaje Harper, Mary Calmes, etc. It would be like comparing McDonald’s food with Morton Steakhouse, not apples to apples. I’m not saying Siren books are bad, they certainly are not, but I personally have to grade on a curve.

    The narrator of this book was awful. He had a southern drawl that literally put me to sleep and I had a hard time concentrating on the book. Although this is the first book of this series, there appears to be two other series in which some of these characters were introduced. So I didn’t get some backstory that might have made this a better read/listen. This was an m/m/m relationship with some pretty hard core baggage. I didn’t care for this but I think it was because I hadn’t read any of the characters’ backstory. In these serial type stories that is critical because the writing if so formulaic, I have to like the MCs. But if you want lots of ménage sex, this is the story for you. Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alpha Wolf Kidnaps a Mate: DeWitt's Pack 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marcy Jacks
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Alpha werewolf James DeWitt is lonely, but luckily he has just found his mate. Unluckily the young blond man already seems to have a significant other. A dangerous man who poses a threat to Corey Black's life, as well as James's pack. James won't give up that easy, and he won't allow his mate to spend another night in the arms of his abuser, even if it means he has to kidnap his mate to rescue him. But the boyfriend has other plans, and even after almost killing Corey to prevent him from leaving with the enemy, he is determined to hunt down the pair.

    Riva says: "Not bad"
    "Not bad"
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    I feel I should start this review with a qualifier. This book is published by Siren Publishing, which is kind of like the McDonalds of the mm romance (and mf for that matter) publishing world, IMHO. They turn out lots of serial based books that read very much like soap operas with many characters which spin off into new series. This is not, nor does it pretend, to be great works of literature. They are simply full of characters (usually vampires and shifters with size differentials), an ongoing storyline (that generally has a formulaic “I must protect my mate” vibe) and lots of smex. I have read about 10 over the years if I got into a storyline or really enjoyed a character. Although they are part of a series, they try to make each book a stand alone, but it really helps if you have been following the series for true enjoyment of the book.

    With that said, my rating of them is on a 1 – 3 star basis. In my opinion, there is no way any of them can be higher than a 3 because to do so would equate them with the likes of Josh Lanyon, Jordan Hawk, Kaje Harper, Mary Calmes, etc. It would be like comparing McDonald’s food with Morton Steakhouse, not apples to apples. I’m not saying Siren books are bad, they certainly are not, but I personally have to grade on a curve.

    This book gets 3 stars because I really enjoyed it and the narrator did a great job. I actually chose this one b/c of the narrator. I really enjoyed his narration of Dark Horse trilogy. This book was a bit darker than other series I have read, but I thought it was done well, despite the world’s worst cheesy title. It is a typical alpha shifter insta mate love but with a crazy ass ex thrown in. People die pretty grizzly deaths. I’m interested to see where this series goes. Not worth a credit, but it is currently priced under $5.00 and worth that price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Like and Subscribe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Remember that hunky guy on YouTube who caught your eye? The one with the awesome pecs and killer smile? I bet you couldn't stop watching his videos. Just imagine if you had a chance to meet him and all your fantasies started coming true. There's only one catch: Between you and your dream guy is his less-than-pleased boyfriend. They say that love conquers all, but can love conquer love?

    Riva says: "Nice sweet short story"
    "Nice sweet short story"
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    This was a wonderful short story from the author of Something Like Summer. Kevin Free is the perfect narrator for this little story of "be careful what you wish for" romance. Not worth a credit because it is so short, but worth a sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Rough Magic: A Shot in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Jordan Murphy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Wealthy playboy Brett Sheridan thinks he knows the score when he hires tough guy private eye Neil Patrick Rafferty to find a priceless stolen folio of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Brett's convinced his partner-in-crime sister is behind the theft - a theft that's liable to bring more scandal to their eccentric family, and cost Brett his marriage to society heiress Juliet Lennox. What Brett doesn't count on is the instant and powerful attraction that flares between him and Rafferty.

    Riva says: "Gay Sam Spade"
    "Gay Sam Spade"
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    Well Mr. Lanyon does it again. This is a wonderful mystery/romance told by the perfect narrator for the 1930's noir-like style of storytelling. There is a slow build up of the romance while trying to solve the mystery of who stole a valuable copy of The Tempest (thus the title). He throws in lots of red herrings and action; but, for me, the mystery is really secondary to the MCs journey of self discovery. It all blends together for a truly wonderful listen. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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