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  • Kindred Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, and a lovely wife. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can’t do, whether it’s seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father’s hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he’s dancing on the edge...until his wife’s brother comes home from the wars.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing writing and narration"
    "Well read historical gay romance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kindred Hearts to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio version to go by, which was fantastic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The accuracy of the history, and the details of the time.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Morey – was your favorite?

    Tristan


    Who was the most memorable character of Kindred Hearts and why?

    Tristan. He's very insecure and immature at the start, but he grows so much throughout the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Tristan Northwood is a deviant by the standards of his time. He drinks like a fish, parties like a rock star, takes any dare that is thrown his way and sleeps with any woman that blinks in his direction. It’s all just a façade that he presents as his public persona. He lost his mother and baby sister when he was just a boy, and he’s felt his father’s disdain for him every day since. Now a grown man, his father continues to control him as he is the one that holds the purse strings.

    An arranged marriage is set as the Baron no longer wants his son and only heir ramshackling his way across the countryside. Charlotte Mountjoy and Tristan are married and being their otherwise unconventional marriage as mere strangers. Over the next several years though they develop a bond that is unwavering, becoming best friends and parents to a little boy with another child on the way. But Tris is even more restless all these years later. Until Lottie’s twin brother Charles comes for a visit.

    Tris is attracted to Charles from the start, which only adds to his uncertainty as of late. He’s always had an odd attraction to the same sex, but never acted on it due to the negative and damning effects of homosexuality at the time. Charles as well hides his attraction to Tris, until he learns that the attraction is mutual. But Tristan’s self loathing and dangerous plans threaten to destroy any chance these two would have at happiness.

    I loved the history that was woven into the story. From the costumes of the period down to Napoleon and the war. The book was set in the late 1800’s, a time in which homosexuality was considered sodomy and punishable by incarceration, possibly death. It was interesting how Speedwell painted this aspect of the storyline without weighing down the overall story. I was fascinated as I listened to Tristan’s exploits and followed him as he went from insecure and immature to a strong, fierce and loyal doctor. Charles and Lottie play a huge role in his growth throughout the story. They both love him unconditionally, but it’s Charles that is IN love with him, and it’s that love that gives Tris the strength to become the man he is at the end.

    This book was narrated by Paul Morey, and Morey is a fantastic story teller. You can hear the emotions in his voice from changes in octave to slight nuances within the different characters. He expertly nails the sensuality and passion of the more intimate scenes between Charles and Tris as well. I know they say an audio book is a different experience from reading the story, but I would recommend this book regardless of the final delivery.

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  • Surrender: The Ferryman & The Flame, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Paille
    • Narrated By Rachel Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is - a Flame - one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

    J. Hooligan says: "Platypire Reviews"
    "Steeped in fantasy."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this story to anyone that loves a great fantasy realm. The world building was my favorite part of the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Avristar, the world, itself. The descriptives were rich and colorful, lots of personality that was lacking in some of the characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Perhaps empathize more with the characters, I didn't catch that inflection in her voice ever throughout the story.


    Was Surrender worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Kaliel is one of the nine flames, the amethyst flame, and she is also Elven. Krishani is a boy that dreams of death, and follows the ferryman in these dreams. Kaliel and Krishani are starcrossed lovers. They hide their feelings for one another because they don't want to be judged. This, in and of itself, is a struggle for them. They also have to consider the destinies that have been given to them, and how their choices will affect all of Avristar. Flames aren't supposed to fall in love, they marry the land. Kaliel talks to trees, has conversations with them. She is quite good at doing what she is told not to do, like swimming with the merfolk.

    While I enjoyed certain aspects of this story and found them to be somewhat original, it was slow and disjointed at times. And then other times it was full speed ahead, so I admittedly had trouble keeping up, and was confused. That being said, the descriptives of Avristar and the water, the trees... just the world that Paille has created within this story, it was truly beautiful.

    Narrated by Rachel Siegel, this was my first audio with her. I was quite taken with Siegel's voice. Perhaps her narration coupled with Paille's descriptives of Avristar are what had me creating this world in my head while I was listening. Also, Kaliel seemed to be very diverse in her personality and characterization, which was unlike any of the other characters. Siegel conveyed that aspect of the story well when I was listening, it was like Kaliel was always on display almost, and I liked that the narrator was able to pick up on that.

    Overall this was just an okay read for me. It is steeped in fantasy, so if you are a fan of other worlds that are rich in color and personality, then you may well love this story. I'm giving this one 3/5 because I can see potential with this author and I just loved the world of Avristar.

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  • Wild Magic: Triad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Poppy Dennison
    • Narrated By Robert G. Davis
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend, Dominick Levent, moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick's sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Short but good!"
    "Enjoyable audio :)"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the title. As a fan of the first 3 books, I was expecting the continual and steady flow that wove throughout those 3 stories, and that was missing in this book. I would title this a spin off or a novella in the series, but not book 4.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it. I think I hope for more stories for the new characters, but again, I'd give it a new series title.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Davis is a great narrator, no complaints there.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I would have liked it to have developed a little sooner, but that little twist in the top/bottom aspect was nice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unearthing Cole

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A.M. Arthur
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Cole Alston swore he'd never return to his childhood home in rural North Carolina, but when his mother dies, he inherits her hoarded property. He hopes to sell everything and use the money to start over in Canada, far away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. It's a daunting task, and Cole has no idea where to start. Luckily for him, the local antique store owner, Jeremy Collins, volunteers his services in sorting the hoard.

    Riva says: "Super sweet romance"
    "Mediacore narration with a pretty decent storyline"
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    Where does Unearthing Cole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lower down the list, sadly. Bad narration can ruin an otherwise fantastic story. The narrator wasn't all that, but the story did manage to keep me intrigued, so kudos to the author. And that ending, fanfuckingtastic!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator


    What didn’t you like about JP Handler’s performance?

    I didn't


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Something happens at the end, it's one of the few times Karma actually does come back and bite someone in the ass. I loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    I think I might suggest reading this one in lieu of the audio, just because the storyline was good but the narrator... not so much.

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  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (598)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "A Supernatural Success!"
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    If you could sum up The Raven Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Mysterious and Intriguing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The supernatural aspect and how things aren't always what they seem. And Will Patton may have a leg up on the competition as an accomplished actor, he really nailed the narration for this book.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    The crazy psychic cat ladies were a hoot! But that southern drawl and innocence he conveyed for the character Adam was brilliant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something wicked this way comes.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and flawlessly performed story. If you are a fan of the supernatural stories you really have to consider this one. I cannot wait to listen to book 2! And Will Patton was a fantastic storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Happen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Kramer
    • Narrated By Richard Kramer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A domestic story told in numerous original and endearing voices. The story opens with Wesley, a tenth grader, and involves his two sets of parents (the mom and her second husband, a very thoughtful doctor; and the father who has become a major gay lawyer/activist and his fabulous "significant other" who owns a restaurant). Wesley is a fabulous kid, whose equally fabulous best friend Theo has just won a big school election and simultaneously surprises everyone in his life by announcing that he is gay.

    Tams says: "More screen play than novel"
    "More screen play than novel"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    At the end of the novel, I learned that the author who is also the narrator is a former screen play writer for some pretty successful TV shows. That made perfect sense then, as the story read like the script for a movie throughout, heavy on descriptives as if I needed to see what I was hearing and reading. It was difficult for me to really emerse myself into this story as the narrator wasn’t really a narrator or a storyteller. He simply read the words from the book. And at times I couldn’t differentiate which character was speaking because of the lack of emotion in his voice. I would like to see what a true narrator like Paul Morey, or a storyteller like Sean Crisden could do with this novel.


    Would you recommend These Things Happen to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. Too each his own, and while this wasn't the book for me, it could be the best book ever for someone else.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Kramer’s performances?

    Doubtful.


    Could you see These Things Happen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    YES! Now that is what I think this story was intended for as it read more like a screen play than a novel. Cord Overstreet could be Wesley and Matt Bomer can play George.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is told from multiple perspectives throughout, but the majority of the time the reader is hearing from Wesley himself and George, his father's significant other.

    Wesley is at a turning point in his life it seems, completely unsure of which fork in the road to take. He is living temporarily with his father Kenny and his father's partner, George. While Kenny is an established gay rights activist and lawyer, throughout the story he is completely emotionally distant with both his son and his partner. George fits the older, self aware gay man persona to a 'T'. He is successful in his own right as the owner of the restaurant they live above, Echo, and wants nothing more than to connect with his step son Wesley and reconnect with the love of his life, Kenny.

    Wesley's best friend Theo has won the class election for President, and announced to the entire school that he is gay. Now he wants his best friend Wes to talk to his two dads about the implications of Theo's confession. He's curious. Is it a choice? Was he born this way? While Wes, Theo, George, Kenny and all the other key players in Wesley's day to day life circle through the story; Wes's questions and contemplations are the heart of the novel. When the boys fall victim to a homophobic attack at school, Wes begins to question things even more so.

    At the end of the novel, I learned that the author who is also the narrator is a former screen play writer for some pretty successful TV shows. That made perfect sense then, as the story read like the script for a movie throughout, heavy on descriptives as if I needed to see what I was hearing and reading. It was difficult for me to really emerse myself into this story as the narrator wasn’t really a narrator or a storyteller. He simply read the words from the book. And at times I couldn’t differentiate which character was speaking because of the lack of emotion in his voice. I would like to see what a true narrator like Paul Morey, or a storyteller like Sean Crisden could do with this novel.

    I’m rating this one right down the middle because I’m really torn on how I feel about it. The narration was off and the story didn’t flow well, I also felt nothing but contempt for Wesley’s dad because of the way he was portrayed. My rating would be even lower if it weren’t for the character George. He was exactly as promised, utterly fabulous. His back story and the way he was so intent on developing a sturdy relationship with Wesley made him very endearing to me.

    While this wasn’t the audio book for me, I have to say, I’d love to see this made into something on screen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Colors of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jessica Freely
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    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"
    "Fantastic Gay YA story"
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    Would you listen to All the Colors of Love again? Why?

    Yes. Paul Morey is the best narrator!


    What other book might you compare All the Colors of Love to and why?

    Us Three and The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick. All three are really good Gay YA stories, and those are hard to find.


    What about Paul Morey’s performance did you like?

    His ability to change is tones, nuances and voice from one character to another. And when a specific character has various emotions.


    If you could take any character from All the Colors of Love out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Antonin, I'd love to pick his brain.


    Any additional comments?

    The description of this story is a little bit misleading, or I missunderstood. I was expecting a darker type of Sky High (the high school for super hero's kids disney movie) with a gay twist. What I got instead was definitely dark in some places, but also an uplifting story about a young man trying to find his way in life, separate from his evil father, equating everything he feels to colors.

    Harry's mom left when he was six years old, supposedly on a trip with his father, but she never returned. His life from that day on was the content of nightmares. He had already been a medical gunie pig of sorts, enduring 'life saving' injections and now abuse across the board; physical, mental and verbal, all at the hands of his father. Harry bounces from school to school as he lashes out at everyone and everything that isn't his father, wishing that it were, resulting in nothing but trouble. He's just been dumped off at his latest school with the threat of being locked under the sink for the rest of his natural life if he steps so much as one toe out of line.

    Antonin is a model student, graphic artist and openly gay. And now he is Harry's new rommate. Antonin comes from a loving, overprotective and sligtly psychotic family. He's very talented with his comic book with the writing and the art, he's also very inquistive by nature. Harry see's him as nosey and dorkish at the start, but when Antonin steps up to some bully's in defense of Harry, the two become friends. Antonin accepts Harry as his friend and trusts him to spite his shady past, the two grow closer with each passing day. Harry seriously fights the attraction, but not for the reasons one would think. He see's being gay as wrong but he is in no way hateful or hurtful to Antonin because of his sexuality. He just doesn't understand how he himself could be bad at one more thing, his father has his psyche so twisted by this point.

    Harry accompanies Antonin home for the Christmas break even knowing that his father agreeing to him going will come at a price, a price Harry isn't sure he can pay. He tries very hard not to grow attached to Antonin, to develop feelings he know's will be returned. It scares him, to be loved unconditionally, it's not something he comprehends. As Harry and Antonin navagate their way through family dramas, love, loss, betrayal and more abuse; Harry learns that love is a valid emotion, one that comes in many colors.

    This really was an amazing story that defined the grey area between 'children learn what they live' and 'we are our own destiny'. Harry's father is a cruel bastard who doesn't care about anyone but himself. Antonin's mother is overprotective and overbearing to a fault, which cause some of the same personality conflicts between them that we see between Harry and his father. The two of them could become very dangerous people given the circumstances of their lives until now. But together, they can become something wonderful, something more.
    Narrated by the best, Paul Morey, I don't think there is anyone better at voicing those subtle nuances and changes in tones when going from one character and/or emotion to another as well as Morey.

    There is one scene in the story that skirts the boundaries of YA and NA, it is passionate but appropriate. It's all about a love and awareness between Harry and Antonin. The simulated rape scene is more graphic in nature to be honest, but nothing ever goes quite over the line of young adult and adult. As I said, there is a darkness to this story, but overall it's very engrossing with the slightly sci-fi aspect. I'd definitely recommend this audio book, it has a little bit of everything and progresses so smoothly, your day will fly by.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shuddering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: Something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting.... Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight - tooth and nail, bullet and blade - for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.

    coreybeth says: "Holy Cow! AWESOME! Get it NOW!"
    "This was some scarey shit!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend to any horror fans, it was really scarey and suspenseful.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From start to finish, because it never got predictable or boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The couple skiing.


    Any additional comments?

    Twins Ryan and Jane Adler are heading to their family cabin in the Colorado mountains, trying to escape for a few days from life and their parents impending divorce. The cabin had been put up for sale, but Ryan hopes for one last hurrah with his sister and some friends to revel in all the happy memories they had at the cabin, as a family.
    But something is lurking in the mountains, hiding in the shadows, and unbeknownst to the twins, someone has gone missing.
    The tension in the cabin is stifling. Ryan is enamoured with his sister’s best friend, Lauren. And Jane who was hoping to reconcile with her ex, Ryan’s best friend, is devastated when he shows up with his fiancé in tow. Tempers are flaring and everyone is hyper aware of what’s going on around them. Except for what’s going on right under their noses, outside, in the woods.
    A woman goes searching for her husband who never came home, following his trail what she finds just might kill her.
    Ryan and Jane are starting to take notice to something that’s just not right in the woods that surround the cabin. As well, two of their guests see shadows outside their bedroom window at night, and hear strange noises. The tension in the house is almost to the breaking point. Snowed in and running out of food and patience, they have to decide to wait out the storm, or try to get back down the mountain.
    A couple get into an arguement on the ski slopes, and take a dangerously wrong turn that has deadly consequences.
    What the HELL are these things?! When Ryan, Jane and their group of friends attempts to make it down the mountain they are finally confronted with the danger they didn’t fully comprehend they were in. The monsters aren’t hiding anymore, and if they can’t make it back to the safety of the cabin, they are all as good as dead.
    Two roommates who work the snow plow are up in the wee hours of the morning, getting coffee and getting ready for work. Let’s just say, the roads shant be plowed today!
    I absolutely loved this story! The mystery and suspense at the start with the random side stories of people going missing, then tying those stories into to Ryan and Janes story. The tension building in the cabin all the while they are clueless to what’s happening outside, I was standing on my head screaming, “LOOK OUT THE WINDOW!” and, “ DON’T GO OUT THERE!” Yes, on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
    And you never do quite fully recognize the creatures, or monsters or what they truly are. But that is just one more thing that adds to the suspense. And the narrator was fantastic, capturing the perfect voice and shriek for a teenage girl scared out of her mind, watching her friends fall around her.
    This is a must read for hard core horror fans. I have a friend that doesn’t do audio, she got a paperback copy and thoroughly enjoyed reading it as well.

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  • Plan B

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By SJD Peterson
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment-until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

    Ndulgent Blogger says: "Narration Gone Wrong"
    "Completely Character Driven story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's fantastic!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny. He is a full on diva bitch and wears those high heeled boots with style and class!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one, can't say more, no spoilers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sultry, Sexy and Brooding.


    Any additional comments?

    Danny Marshall is all about the bright lights and the big city. Openly gay, effeminate, eccentric, self assured, loud and comfortable in his own skin. His dream is to see his name on the manifest headlining a broad way show. His best friend and roomie drags him along to a frat party one night because he needs a wingman. For the first time possibly ever, Danny is struck speechless when he meets the slightly drunk and brooding guy with the steel grey eyes. Turns out tall, delicious and weird is actually the twin brother of Beau’s new girlfriend, Danny’s best friend. And he’s straight, oh joy.

    Lance Lenard has had a quiet attraction for guys who like to display their feminine side, but he’s never really acted on it because of the implications and consequences. His dream is to play in the NFL, and he can’t do that if he’s gay. So he’s been playing it straight, until now. From the minute he lays eyes on Danny, he’s toast. Lance fights the attraction for about five minutes, then he sets out to get to know Danny. And Danny has no problem at all being Lance’s experimental friend with benefits. Until emotions grow intense and get in the way, which is something neither guy is used to.

    Danny is a full on, diva, queen, bitch when he wants to be. And Lance loves this about him for the most part. He even texts him, “good morning grumpy” everyday, and orders him coffee and chocolate chip muffins because Danny sometimes forgets to eat. Danny promised himself he wouldn’t fall for Lance from the start, and that line is becoming very blurry. As well Lance loves spending time with Danny and the two are very passionate and loving when they are together, but it seems when Lance really remembers Danny is a guy, sometimes it gets in the way.

    How do you successfully move from friends and just lovers to something more when both men have their heels dug in about their future? What happens when what you thought you wanted may not be exactly what you need? After an intense break up Lance follows Danny to his 21st birthday celebration and kisses him, on the mouth, in public. They share a very heated and sexy night only for Lance to wake up the next morning alone. Danny walks away, and Lance lets him. So several years later when these two are given a second chance at love and the opportunity to change their plans, will they? Or will time, distance and still bruised egos get in the way of what could be a very happy ever after.

    I have one word for this book, to sum it all up in a nutshell, Flawless! The story is told from Danny’s POV, but when Lance is involved his feelings and emotions come through completely as well. The reader gets a front row seat to this epic love story from start to finish. Every bump, bruise and orgasm! At times they were nerve racking with their shared stubborn tendencies. I seriously wanted to climb into the story and bang their heads together and scream “Would you stop it!”! But oh my god, when they got it right, they got it right.

    Narrated by Andrew McFerrin and it took me about thirty minutes to get comfortable with him. Danny is a diva and McFerrin hit the nail on the head. Whether it was Danny being cocky and self assured or miserable and condescending, it was delivered flawlessly, much like the story. Lance was so unsure of his feelings for and the relationship with Danny until the night of Danny’s birthday, that was when the flip literally switched for him. And then Danny bailed, and McFerrin captured the misery in Lance’s voice when they talked after that. My heart was breaking for these guys.

    I will say that they do get their HEA in the end and just like everything else with these two, they had to work for it. That consistency flows throughout the entire story. This is a must read for any fan of the genre, especially hopeless romantics that love a good tear jerker and some hot, sweaty guy on guy action.

    ** I received a copy of this audio book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **

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  • Vamp Camp

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Wynn Wagner
    • Narrated By Jason Lovett
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
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    Who knew that being a gay vampire could be loving and tender? This is a blazingly fast adventure and all the scary/creepy/freaky drama you'd expect from a vampire tale. You also get the wicked wit of Marten Larsson as he learns to live (no, not 'live' exactly) as a vampire. From steamy sex to hunting rogue goons, Marten masters the art and science of vampirism. Did he want to be a vamp? Not so much.

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    "Just a fun read!"
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    Would you listen to Vamp Camp again? Why?

    Mårten (pronounced Morton) is a good ole boy from Texas. He has a stable home life and parents that love him and they know he’s gay. In fact, when he was a teenager, his mother gave him a three dollar bill to show him how queer he was. Although his parents are caring and understanding, they aren’t always emotionally available. When he graduates college he joins the Navy and ends up in a POW camp after he is captured by the Germans. Mårten has never been one to shy away from a fight, and his defiant behavior lands him in solitary confinement, of sorts. It’s while he’s confined that one of the guards rapes, assaults and bites him. Mårten wakes up in a cave with a note pinned to his shirt, “You’re a vampire, drink some blood and stay out of the sun.”

    Mårten is trying to decipher why it is the sun hurts him, he can fly and jump really high and likes to drink animals dry when he meets another vampire. Menz is a centuries old vampire that lives on an estate that he runs much like a gay Peyton Place. Filled with lots of young, beautiful, sexy men (both gay and straight) that are willing blood donors. In exchange for their donation, these men live a life of luxery under the protection of Menz.

    Menz takes Mårten under his wing and trains him to be a proper vampire. Menz himself is gay so he recognizes the trait in his new young trainee. On Mårten first night at the estate, Menz sets him up with a tall, handsome donor with long black hair and gorgeous blue eyes. Oberon and Mårten are instantly and insanely attracted to each other, and though they actively participate in all manners of threesomes, foursomes and orgies, they only have eyes for each other. The two start making plans to be together forever. But when one of the donors winds up slaughtered on the front lawn, their plans are put on hold. Mårten and his new found family are forced to face his demons together, and not everyone will make it out alive, much less get a ‘Happy Ever After’.

    Okay so, the narration was so terrible that it was good. This kid that tells Mårten’s story goes so overboard with the Texas twang, that it’s at times laughable. But I couldn’t take out my ear plugs! The storyline was so engrossing, and Mårten’s dry, witty sense of humor coupled with Menz’s proper british appearance made for some very intriguing reading. The sex scenes between Mårten and Oberon are some of the tamest, yet hottest scenes I’ve ever read. The story at times was a bit disjointed and the fact that it was obviously an adult book, but the main character would teeter between the words but and ass drove me a little crazy, but for whatever reason I just loved this story!

    This was just a fast, fun read with a young spitfire of a main character that was forced to grow up way too soon. Seriously, his favorite curse is ‘Holy!’. That’s it, just Holy! I can’t wait to see what happens next for Mårten, Oberon and Menz. Not sure if I’ll grab the second book, or wait for it to come out on audible. Stay tuned.


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