5 stars for Charlie David, but 3.5 stars for the story itself. This is a story of Ben, a stuck up NY attorney, and his journey of self-discovery and budding relationship with Travis, an auto mechanic with a heart of gold. The story is pretty predictable and the smex is good, but it just kind of plods along. It is a sweet story with some very poignant moments, but didn’t really “stick” with me as memorable. Ben is not really a likeable character, although I did like Travis quite a bit. There is a side story of Ben’s relationship with his brothers that I enjoyed. All in all, worth a credit for Charlie David’s narration.
So this story really didn’t resonate with me. Basically, Rory and Ben meet at 7 years old, grow up as best friends and fall in love in high school. Ben screws it up by choosing popularity over Rory. Eight years later, they end of working together. Ben has always regretted what he did and proceeds to try to win Rory back. On the surface it is a sweet story but it is told from Ben’s POV only. So much of the story is in Ben’s head while he misunderstands and second guesses himself until I almost go blind with all my eye rolling. I just thought Ben came off as a whiney doormat. In addition, because we don’t know what Rory is thinking about all this until the end, he came off as an insensitive jerk. The author tries to explain it at the end, but it just fell flat for me. The only way I got through this is through the talent of the narrator. He earned the book an extra star because he does a great job with a really weak and predictable story.
This was a very cute and sweet story. However it was a little too YA for me; the MC is 14 and 16. I learned a lot about Armenian culture, as it plays a large role in the story, and that was great. The romance felt a little easy and forced and I just didn't really feel for either boy. There is no real drama, just some culture clashing. The narrator did a great job and overall I enjoyed it.
This book is like the anti-Eight is Enough TV show. It is the story of Tommy, the oldest of eight kids who has been given some really crappy parents and has done his best to take care of his seven brothers and sisters since he was 15. This responsibility has left him distrustful and overly controlling about every aspect of his life. Then Bobby, a local cop, steps in and challenges his view of himself. The narrator did a great job in bringing this story to life. The only negative is he doesn't have a lot of diversity in his voices, but somehow it didn't matter. The story is a slow burn to their HEA. It drags a little in the middle until the "event" that changes everything. Overall worth a credit..
I really enjoyed this 2nd book in this series. Although it is a second book, it can be read as a stand alone. The combination of Mary Calmes and Tristan James is always a good combination. This was a really interesting book because it starts with Arman admitting he knows Linus is his mate. The first part of the book is convincing Linus of this fact. Linus resists because he has past trauma he has not come to terms with. Little does he know Arman (who is a secret shifter of an unusual kind) has been avenging his tormentors for years. The theme of the book is Arman does not see himself as a "hero" in the traditional sense; he thinks he is a very bad man. In a way he is correct, but as Linus points out, it depends on who is telling the story. Arman self view is challenged by his merry band of men and his mate. The second half of the book is mostly about Linus confronting his past. An interesting story; a fantastic narrator; it is all good. Worth a credit.
I've was a little luke warm about continuing the Johnnies series, there is only so much hurt comfort I can take in the Johnny world. But I am a slave to any book narrated by Peter B. Brooke, so I bought it. This is a stand alone, mostly, but it does help to be familiar with the previous books, as the past couples do appear in this book. To be honest, I was still luke warm about the story, but Mr. Brooke's narration kept me engaged and the story really enjoyable. It was nice to hear John's story and great to have a peek into the other boys from the series. As with all the other stories, John's story is heartbreaking. He is forced to confront the death of his first love and in the process meets Tory; someone as messed up as he is. Together the two men help and support each other and discover they are stronger together than apart. I really enjoyed their journey. Worth a credit.
Just amazing. So with this book we come full circle with Tim and Ben and am introduced to Jason Grant and others who will show up on future books. Jason is a wonderful young man that starts off as a jaded, but remarkably laid back, foster case for Michelle (Jace's sister). They forge a special bond as she seeks a family for him. My only issue with Jason is he just doesn't seem to know his worth and keeps just "putting up" with stuff instead of demanding what he wants. Although primarily about Jason's journey and search for love, we are treated with all our old friends from previous books. Except for Victor, thank god; I'm sorry I'm still really mad at him. But I digress. Not all the old friends are good ones and there is some drama. This book has trademark Jay Bell wonderful writing and storytelling; yes it is possible to love more than one person. But this one is a lot lighter than the previous books. Don't get me wrong, tears do flow, especially in the last 20% of the book; but they are happy tears. I so glad that Kevin R Free continues to narrate this series. He does his usual amazing job. All and all, it is Something Like Wonderful.
So, this was not as hard as Aaron, but not an easy listen as well. This was a rare one session listen for me as I wanted to give it my undivided attention. I started Sunday morning and ended at 11:30 pm Sunday night. I think the thing I admire most about this book is that (I think) it is a realistic look at what happens to Aaron and Spencer's relationship three years later. HEA doesn't always mean HEA when human beings are involved. Their relationship and commitment to each other is tested when: 1) the men who attacked Aaron are caught; and, 2) Spencer gets a job that requires him to move. I think it is really well done. It is not perfect, as I didn't think Aaron's relationship with his brothers was resolved. But it was a great sequel. It even had a surprise cameo from Zach (as in Finding Zach, by Rowan Speedwell, which is also on Audible) which added a great dimension to Aaron's continued struggle to come to grips with what happened to him. The narrator does an amazing job in conveying the emotions of the MCs and his interpretation of Spencer's deafness was truly wonderful. Definitely worth a credit.
OMG, what a great listen. Frequently in my audiobook reviews I praise the narrator for bring the story to a new level. Although the narrator did a wonderful job, in this case the book eclipsed the narrator. I do not believe this is not a stand alone book, you have to read/listen to the first book in order to really enjoy this one. What a great ride with Aaron and Giles. Their story was a roller coaster ride of emotion, angst, horror, joy and down right whooping fun. Put it this way, while reading I rented Pitch Perfect and downloaded Titanium; a movie and a song I had never heard before, but now love. It is hard to put into words what the story (really two stories) is about. The first half of this book made me want to tear my hair out with all the misunderstandings and angst. Then it morphed into a coming of age/coming out story that tore at my heart. Then it morphed into the beginning of a second story with another couple. And all through it, Walter and Kelly, from the 1st book played prominent roles. Especially Walter, who I now want to clone as the gay big brother for all young gay men. It is always great to see a beloved couple throughout a series; I love the way Ms. Cullinan did this. There is more drama in this one than the first book and I cannot wait for the third book to continue Baz and Elijah's story. Also, as a parent, I love that there are evil parents and good parents; just like real life. All and all, this is a re-listen and now one of my favorite series. Definitely worth a credit.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It has fun, witty characters and the narrator was awesome. Bailey is brilliant scientist in love with his own mind. That should annoy me, but he is so wonderfully clueless and has a good heart. However, that doesn't stop him from believing that geologist are "glorified miners" and biology is too inexact to be a "real science." He is hysterical as he laments to not having enough minions to do his bidding while he saves the scientific community. The story revolves around his bet with his best friend to prove that astrology is crap and has no scientific merit. This book should really be called 12 dates, as that is how he sets out to prove it; and hilarity ensues. It is really well written and I was engaged the entire time. The narrator really does an awesome job. Mr. Brooke has always been one of my favorites and is really the reason I bought the book in the first place. He does a variety of accents and gives a perfect delivery of the sarcastic humor of Bailey and John and the various supporting characters. Just wonderful. Definitely worth a credit.
This is a really great start to, I hope, a series. Be forewarned that the ending, while a HEA, doesn't wrap up all issues. I really enjoyed this book overall, although there are some glaring world building holes. In a nutshell, NYC has experienced a catastrophe and becomes this lawless din of sin and crime. The problem is, apparently the rest of the U.S. is intact but turns a blind eye to NY and let's this happen. Maybe this is explained away in future books. But if you can ignore that, the romance and underlying mystery are quite good. This is an enemies to lovers romance between Cade and Nox. Nox is a vigilante trying to fly below the radar for the sake of his son, Sam. Cade is a high priced prostitute who mistakenly falls into a bigger mystery that changes his life and brings Nox into his life. It is very well written and I look forward to the next installment. The narrator does a great job of bringing these characters to life. Worth a credit.
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