I love almost all of Mary Calmes' books. Jory and Sam are one of my favorite couples. I LOVE Jory and the way he looks at life, he is so much fun. But I hated the narration.
The relationship between Jory and Sam.
I don't understand why they switched from Paul Morey, he was great as the narrator for the first 4 books. Mr. Gelder has a very nice voice but there was no deviation in his tone for the different characters. Sam is suppose to have a deep, gravely voice and in this book he had anything but. It detracted from the story b/c I have read the all books and listened to the first 4 books with Paul Morey. It really ruined it for me and if Mr. Gelder does the final book, I will not purchase it.
OK, I’ll be honest, the only reason I got this book was b/c Tristan James narrated it. Period. I enjoyed the first book AND the third book well enough, so I thought, oh well,, its Tristan James, he can make everything OK. Boy was I wrong. This book should have hit every “like” I have; hurt/comfort; geek/cop; supportive friends, etc.
And it started out great, I was really excited. What an epic fail that not even Tristan could save. I mean there is “angst” and then there is “angstapolooza” This get into the TSTL category for me at around the 60% mark of continued miscommunication and wrong assumptions. Well the angst went on into the 80% mark of this book. I was ready to pull my hair out. And it wasn’t the plausible miscommunication, no it was the WTF!! type of angst. For example, Ivan is supposed to be this great detective, but honestly, he came off like Inspector Clouseau in this book. Everyone kept “sneaking up on him” just by walking in the room; he got made tailing Parker (the other MC) on a college campus, by Parker; the “bad guy” was obvious to me at about the 25% mark but Ivan didn’t figure it out until there was literally gunman at the door, and that was by accident. WTF?
Parker, who I actually really liked as a character chooses to bury his head in the sand and his insecurities became annoying after a while. He is described as looking like a model, but he still sees himself as the “fat kid” and doesn’t think he is lovable. Now that theme could be great in the right story, but this wasn’t it. Overall, I would say just stick with Book 1 and 3 and just skip this one, unless you like torture.
This is a very hard book to rate b/c it deals with some very heavy issues, childhood abuse. But the book is a YA, told from Kai's POV as an 18 year that reminds of Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Big Adventure. There are a lot of "dudes" and "bros" in the dialogue. That is a little off putting when you are talking about someone helping someone else coming to grips with being molested as a child. But I understand why the author did it; it was a way to speak the language of an 18 year old male who, until he met Jamie, really was a pretty shallow character. But through his attraction to Jamie, Kai grows into a man who really knows how to love with his whole heart. He speaks ("intervenes") to Jamie through his music and together they begin the healing process for Jamie. I don't really agree with the ultimate path taken, but I'm sure it is a path many abuse victims have chosen.
The narrator for this book was fantastic. He really gave voice to both Kai inner dialogue and Jamie's emotional roller coaster. Overall, definitely worth a credit.
This is the 3rd book in this series. It can be read as a stand alone, but it helps to have read the 1st book as Ben and Theo are still a part of this story. But really the 2nd couple, Peter and Sean play little to no role in this book aside from a few references. Peter's father Paul plays a bigger role than Peter. Now the book itself.
This book is a romance between Marco and Aiden, but it is more about Aiden's inner self inflicted turmoil. Aiden is a really good guy making really bad choices and not seeking the help of the people who love him. So the angst meter is off the charts in this book. Not for the romance, but because of the lack of communication. I had a lot of eye rolling and wanting to throttle Aiden and say "just say it for god's sake!!" This continue until about the 80% mark and then when the secrets finally come out, it was very anti climatic for me.
The only saving grace is the romance with Marco; he is a great character and a joy in the book. His outlook on life, his relationship with his family and putting up with Aiden's crap, makes him the star of the book. On the other plus side, the narrator does a fabulous job. His voice for Marco was spot on complete with an Italian accent. And his narration of Aiden's inner voice and emotion was great. Overall worth a credit.
This would have been a 5 star read if it was longer. As it is, I really enjoyed it because I really connected with the MC. This is not a new story; spoiled rich brat gets sent to the country to be around the "salt of the earth" small town folk and transformation ensues. It's a classic and was done really well. So well I really hope there is a sequel with the same couple. I want to hear more of their story. The narrator is one of the best and delivers in this book as always. Not worth a credit only because of the length of the book, but perfect at under $5, which is what I paid.
This is the 1st installment in the Brac pack series; and holy crap there are 32 books in this series. As I have said in previous reviews, I grade Siren books on a 1 - 3 scale b/c they are very basic, formulaic stories that follow a set pattern. However, some storylines and characters are better than others and I did enjoy this particular first installment and will continue the series. You really have to suspend belief with Siren books and just listen to the story as a fairytale and not have any expectations of realism. It has lots of mm sex, instalove, mate in danger, must save mate, HEA. That is the story, don't expect more. Now the narrator for this series is a whole other matter. He did a really good job and really makes the listen more enjoyable than reading the book.
This is the 3rd installment in the Dewitt pack series. As I have said in previous reviews, I grade Siren books on a 1 - 3 scale b/c they are very basic, formulaic stories that follow a set pattern. However, some storylines and characters are better than others and I am enjoying this particular soap opera. You really have to suspend belief with Siren books and just listen to the story as a fairytale and not have any expectations of realism. It has lots of mm sex, instalove, mate in danger, must save mate, HEA. That is the story, don't expect more. Now the narrator for this series is a whole other matter. He is fantastic and really makes the listen more enjoyable than reading the book.
If you liked A Matter of Time you will like this book. It is complete with a "Jory and Sam like" MCs, namely Tracy and Cord. It has a good murder mystery and protector vibe, a loving family on Tracy's side, and all round fun listen. Although there are a couple of characters that seem to go nowhere; which leads me to believe there may be a sequel. The narrator does a good job overall and really kept me engaged. I actually like the audio better than the ebook. Worth a credit.
What is better than super sexy Hauk; Hauk with kids. I've read all the books in this series and next to Cloak and Silence (Marius' story) this is probably my favorite. Hauk really has never been one of my favorite characters, but I loved his story. Mainly because it wasn't as dark and violent as some of the other books. Sometimes Ms. Kenyon's attempt to create a traumatic backstory or character goes a little overboard for me. I honestly was losing interest in the series if that continued. But the last two books, have hit the right amount of broken MCs finding healing without making me cringe at their backstory. What I really liked about this one was Hauk's interacted with his niece and nephew, it was hilarious. And his romance with Simi was a perfect mix of angst, humor, and love to get to their HEA.
The other amazing thing about this is Mr. Fred Berman, one of the best narrators in the business. He is amazing! Other than not using the same voices for Mari and Ture (and getting Ture's name wrong for a little bit) he was perfection. He truly brings these characters to life for me. Just like in the other books, the entire family makes their appearance to come to Hauk's aid and that is just all kinds of fun.
Definitely worth a credit.
This is a really sweet listen about two cowboys coming to grip with their sexuality and their feelings for each other. No real surprises, not a lot of backstory, a little angst and a lot of sweet moments at the end. This narrator does a great job and really pulled me into the story. A enjoyable Christmas listen. Not worth a credit but great at under $5.00
This is a great series, but you really have to read in order to get the full effect. In this installment Dex and Sloane's relationship continues to progress, however Sloane is having a hard time moving forward from Gabe. He continues to push Dex away until he realizes how much he has to lose if he loses Dex. There is action and drama as the search for Isaac continues and we get more insight to some of the other couples in Destructive Delta. The witty banter and interaction between the characters continues to be my favorite thing about this series. I've already read the 3rd book and can't wait for it to come to Audible. The narrator's silky bass voice is great for most of the characters and he does a great job. Definitely worth a credit.
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