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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
    (354)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (342)

    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
  • Magic's Price: The Last Herald Mage, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    The Herald-Mage, Vanyel, and his Companion, Yfandes, are alone responsible for saving the once-peaceful kingdom of Valdemar from the forces of a master who wields a dark, forbidding magic. And if either Vanyel or Yfandes falters, both Valdemar and its Herald-Mage must pay the ultimate price.

    Linda says: "excellent"
    "Good overall"
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    I am writing this review after listening to all three books in this series. I’m glad I waited to review because I have adjusted my ratings from 5 to 4 stars on the overall story. This series is about Vanyel, a Herald Mage. It starts in Book 1 when he is about 16 and ends in Book 3 in his late thirties. This series was written in the 1990s, so I tried to listen to it with that filter. Back then, gay themed YA books were rare and gay themed fantasy book even rarer. Overall I really enjoyed this series. There were plot holes and misaligned time frames, but overall it is worth a listen. The narrator does a great job; 5 stars for him.

    Vanyel was put through the ringer in the first book (his life as a teenager) and his growth and recovery in the 2nd book to become the hero of the land was great. What I didn’t understand was why the author built Vanyel up as a hero for 80% of the series, only to take some of that away from him at the end of the 3rd book. There was some violence and violations in the 3rd book that doesn’t seem to serve any purpose to the story and I don’t believe it was appropriate for a YA book. In reaction to this violence Vanyel inadvertently kills innocent people; something that goes against everything he is for the previous two books. Then, the ending seems rushed and there are a bunch of things that remained unanswered. The author kind of gives a non-traditional HEA in the epilogue, but it was still a disappointing conclusion. That said, I’m still glad I got to know Vanyel and went along with him on his journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Continental Divide: Separate Ways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Laura Harner, Lisa Worrall
    • Narrated By Dax Fischer
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Detective Remington frickin' hates the missing persons detail, but a cold fury builds in the pit of his stomach when he realizes that over the past three months, six boys have disappeared from the smaller communities that surround the greater Phoenix area. All were reported to be runaways looking to escape their shitty lives, but Remy's starting to put together a different picture, and he doesn't like it one damn bit.

    Riva says: "Amazing"
    "Amazing"
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    This was such a treat to listen to. The first thing any listeners should know is that this story takes place over 4 books; so this one is only 25% of the story. The good news is that all 4 books are published. The bad news is that only this one is in audiobook so far. And that is really a shame because this is an AMAZING narrator. He is not reading the story, he is performing it. He really brought these characters to life, and not just the MC. As for the story, all I can say is I am committed to reading all four books. I bought the 2nd before I even finished this one because I knew I wanted to continue with this couple. The writing is great and the characters have warmth and depth. Jaime is an English Earl who has decided to somewhat reject the trappings of his birthright and become a Scotland Yard inspector. Remy is an American detective that can’t seem to fit in and has a traumatic past. They are brought together to uncover an international human trafficking scheme. The story does not evolve in the “traditional” mm romance way; which is why I am so intrigued. The narrator, who I think is British, performs wonderfully with both the very upper crust accent for Jamie and the American accent for Remy. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scrap Metal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Harper Fox
    • Narrated By Sean Gormley
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he's hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

    Tammy Nelson says: "Just get this book. You won't be sorry."
    "Great story and a great narrator"
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    What a wonderful experience all around; great story and a great narrator. Harper Fox is a fantastic writer. She can weave a story around a place and make you feel like you are really there. Also, the MCs in this story are deep and rich with emotion. I really felt for Nickel as he tries to do right by a grandfather who doesn’t fully appreciate him. His acceptance of always being 2nd best is heartbreaking. And the joy Cam brings to his and his grandfather’s life is just so well done. The narrator is spot on in lending authenticity with his Scottish brogue and deep rich voice. He does a great job with the distinctive voices of the characters. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until It's Time to Go

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Connie Bailey
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When a tragedy derailed his life, screenwriter Isaac Zevin became a recluse. Between the cheesy straight-to-video action scripts and his drinking problem, he's surprised to get a call from Tony Kendall, the award-winning director he was slated to work with just before he fell off the map. After some persuading, Isaac agrees to help Tony realize his modernized vision of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Riva says: "Good listen"
    "Good listen"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is told mostly from Isaac's POV, although there are a couple of other character's POV scattered in there. Isaac is a broken man after the tragic death of his fiancée. He handles it in self-destructive behavior and acerbic wit to push people away. His only close relations are his godson, his best friend, and a cat named Pumpkin. Colby is a well known in the closet actor, who is 11 years younger and falls into lust with Isaac. This is not a lovey dovey story; most of it is about Isaac getting over his partner's death and reengaging in society.

    Both characters are not instantly likeable and could rub some readers/listeners wrong. In addition, the narrator (who is one of my favorites) chose to give Isaac a sometime grating voice, which I liked, but others may not. I thought it suited Isaac's personality, but it sometimes sounded like a grouchy old man. I liked this couple because they are both so flawed.

    That said, I didn’t buy them as a couple; they just didn’t seem to have any chemistry. However, Isaac’s journey alone makes this worth a credit. On a side note, I have no idea what the book cover art has to do with the story. It looks like there might be some BDSM in the story, which there is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By S. E. Harmon
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Private investigator Mackenzie Williams' newest client is everything he's looking for in a guy--charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There's only one itty bitty problem: the guy's not exactly gay. In fact Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiance. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don't let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

    Riva says: "Good listen"
    "Good listen"
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    This book reminded me a lot of Dani Alexander's Shattered Glass (which is also available on Audible and I highly recommend it) without the cool crime adventure. The main character, Mack, is a wise cracking PI with abandonment issues. He has not been lucky in the love dept. He falls for the "straight" client and thus embarks on a GFY story; with an a**hole ex thrown in for good measure. The writing a narrator were engaging enough to hold my attention. Since not much else is going on in the story, it could have been really boring. But I am a fan of sarcastic characters, so I enjoyed it. The narrator, did a good job conveying the emotion of the story, but lost a star because all the characters kind of sounded the same. I like diversity in the voices and didn't find it in this narration. Still worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Control

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Cardeno C., Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he'll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can't be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy's small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded - he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot. Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift.

    T. Henry says: "Love me some Greg Tremblay"
    "Not your typical shifter book"
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    I loved this book!! I'll be honest, I put it off because I had heard "mixed" reviews. I'm happy to say I am clearly in the "loved it" category. Robert and Vy are a great couple. This is not your typical shifter book. It tackles a question you don't often see in shifter books, what are the ramifications if a shifter refuses to shift and does not embrace his animal? What happens to the "soul bond?" I think Ms. Calmes and Ms. Cardeno did an excellent job with the story and the various "control" issues it tackles. And the narrator, Greg Tremblay, just made a good story, great. He delivered such warmth and depth to the characters, that I had a really hard time putting this down. I hope this is not the last we hear from this couple. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Days

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions. Takeo's life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight.

    Heather K says: "Ehh on the story, but a great narration."
    "Short and sweet"
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    I really enjoyed this short sweet novella. Both Dwyer and Takeo are great characters. This is not your typical romance story arc, as cultural differences are central to the story. Takeo is wonderfully oblivious and brave. My only complaint was that there was not more to the story. I hope we see more of this couple. Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators. He brings such warmth, emotion and depth to his character, it is just marvelous. I don't think I would have liked this book as much if not for his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance in the Dark: Dance with the Devil, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Megan Derr
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    At the age of nine, Johnnie lost everything. A quiet, normal child, his life forever changed when his family was attacked by a blood-crazed vampire, leaving his parents dead and Johnnie an orphan. Now grown, he is the cold, proud, beautiful - but very human - son of the Dracula Desrosiers, who took him in after the tragedy that befell Johnnie's parents. Constantly kept apart for being human, Johnnie chooses to bury himself in the two things he most loves - books and mysteries.

    ALLIE says: "Very interesting concept. First class narration."
    "Liked the story more than the first book"
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    This was really a nice surprise. I read the first book (not the audio) and honestly didn't like it much. It was the book that explains a lot of the world building that is referenced in this book. I just found it boring b/c the MC was an established couple. It was more about the various cases than a romance. Although some of the characters from that book make an appearance in this one, this is a standalone story.

    I enjoyed this 2nd book much more than the 1st. In addition to a strong mm romance, it has multiple layers of mysteries. There are the individual small cases, another mystery about Johnny's secret lover; and then there is a larger over all mystery that ties everything together. It was a really clever way of doing it and it kept me engaged for the entire book. There is also a really strong romance throughout the book. Johnny is a great character, a royal snob with a heart of gold. He has strong insecurities due to being an adopted human in a world of paranormals. However, he always tries to do the "right thing" and in doing, gains a great cast of friend, allies and even a lover. The thing to remember with this book is nothing is as it seems.

    Of course Paul Morey does a wonderful job as usual. The only negative was some annoying production errors scattered throughout the book, but didn't take away from my overall enjoyment. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy with the Painful Tattoo: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood.

    HaloLove says: "LOL! Gotta Love Kit's Character!!!"
    "Another winner"
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    This was a fantastic listen. Kevin R. Free really knocks this out of the park. He does a perfect Kit and J.X. Now as for the story itself, all I can say is at one point I wanted to strangle Kit. He and J.X. make the big move to live together and Kit is not handling it well. Their relationship really gets tested in this one, especially when Kit does some TSTL stuff. But as always, the writing is great, funny and emotional. There is even a cameo from Adrian and Jake, so great!! I loved it! Definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Solid Core of Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn's sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the 13-year-old to 10 years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn't always a blessing. When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe.

    Donald says: "Another Solid Story from Amy..."
    "Mind Trip"
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    3.5 rounded up b/c the narrator was great. This is not what I thought it would be. It's not really a "space" story, but outer space is the background for the total mind f**k Amy Lane does in this story. It is really a story of how far a young boy's mind will go in order for him to survive. The only negative thing was I didn't really "feel" the romance part with CJ. It was almost an insta love thing. The rest of the story is good, but the romance is sort of the weakest aspect, which is disappointing in an Amy Lane book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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