This is a nice sweet story of Ty's coming to terms with his sexuality. It is pretty predictable but a nice quick listen. Not worth a credit but a good sale item or something to listen to while waiting for something better. The narrator does a good job.
Tamara Allen is one of the best writers of historical romance in my opinion. I have read everything she has written. The fact that she writes mm historical romance is just a bonus. She can weave a story like not many can. Her characters are rich with depth and she grabs a reader from the beginning and holds them enthralled in the romance she weaves between men when such a relationship was illegal. I always equate reading one of her novels like rich hot chocolate while curled up by a fire on a snowy winter’s day. Cliché yes, but that is how they make me feel. Her books are not erotica, as any sex is off page, but are romance in the best way.
This book is one of my favorites. My favorite is Downtime (which is a time travel/Jack the Ripper thriller); but this is a VERY close second. This is the story of Jack and Sutton, two very different men who have returned from WWI with PTSD and are trying to make it during the Depression. They find each other. Jack is a dreamer and visionary with a plan to “make it” by means of a new invention called the “radio.” Sutton comes from a very rich family, but has shunned it all to try and make it on his own in New York after the man he thought he loved threw him under the bus to save himself. There are bad guys and a wonderful supportive cast around these men. It is a wonderful ride and the narrator is fantastic. He really brings these men to life and his voice is intoxicating. Worth two credits!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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