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Riva

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  • In From the Cold: The I Spy Stories: I Spy Something, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Espionage was always a game, but now British spy Mark Hardwicke wants to retire and settle down with ex-lover Dr. Stephen Thorpe - if Stephen will have him. Unfortunately, Stephen has other plans - and so do the terrorists who want Mark dead.

    Heather says: "Perfection"
    "A warm cup of coffee by the fire"
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    This is a collection of the first three I Spy novellas. It was really a pleasure. The narrator was great as well as the stories;but be warned they are short. I'm glad Mr. Lanyon put them in one collection, otherwise it would not be worth a credit.. The romance between Mark and Stephen was sweet and they have some adventures, but it is mostly about them rekindling their relationship after a two year absence by Mark. I really liked that Mark (the younger of the two) actively pursues Stephen (who is 50). In the age of youth, it was a very pleasant change. I look forward to a continuation of the series, although I will buy as this type of anthology due to the length of the stories. As a anthology, worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Can See for Miles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lisa Worrall
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald's sight, he's faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he's not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh's friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper.

    Riva says: "Super sweet"
    "Super sweet"
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    This is a great comfort read. This is the story of two men coming to terms with losing their sight in different ways. Josh lost his sight in an accident and with the help of two amazing friends, comes to a camp for the blind and meets Charlie, the camp director. Charlie's sight is deteriorating and he is faced with seeing (no pun intended) if he can practice what he preaches to his campers. Most of the book is really slow and sweet, but the last 25% is very emotional and the narrator does a great job conveying that emotion. He does a great job throughout the book, Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Papa's Boy: Morning Report, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Brown
    • Narrated By Aaron Pickering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
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    (3)

    When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor's assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke. Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin.

    Riva says: "Lovely 3rd installment"
    "Lovely 3rd installment"
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    I just love the crew at the Lost Cow. Although this is the story of Ray (Noah's deputy) and Zeke, the rest of the gang continues to be a large part of the story. Things come to a head with Pastor Jackson in a most unexpected way. Lots of drama, smex and overall cowboy goodness. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Colors of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jessica Freely
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    It sucks being the son of a super villain. At home, Harry spends half of his time getting medical treatments and the other half tied up in his father's underwater lair. It was different when his mother was alive, but she disappeared when Harry was six. He can't seem to stay out of trouble at school, and his new roommate, Antonin, thinks he’s a spaz, but somehow Harry has to find a way to stop his father's evil plans.

    Tams says: "Fantastic Gay YA story"
    "YA version of The Watchman graphic novel"
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    The best way I can describe this book is a young adult version of The Watchman. If you haven't read The Watchman or seen the movie, it is a very dark version of the Superfriends interlaced with modern society. This is not as dark, but a watered down version with teenagers and their weird love ones battling the evil that is one of the MCs father. They talk about murder, child slavery and rape very casually because in this alternative universe, that is normalish. There are lines like "she went to pick up the rocket launcher when she gets the Christmas presents." It is kinda disturbing, but well done and overall enjoyable. There is a romance between the two young people and two female characters. The narrator does a good job and overall definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tamara Allen
    • Narrated By Meral Mathews
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

    Riva says: "Perfection."
    "Perfection."
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    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!

    0 of 0 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
    (70)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Hugh Bradley
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    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
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snowball in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Alexander Masters
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    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
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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