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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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