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  • In Your Eyes: Mates Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack's alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can't do is forget Korban's warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

    HB says: "So much potential..."
    "In Your Eyes"
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    What did you love best about In Your Eyes?

    The connection Korbin and Samuel shared.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the first half of the first half of the book played out, Korbin and Samuel growing up, growing stronger and even though Samuel didn't realize then, growing closer.


    Have you listened to any of Charlie David’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and it's just as good as any others he has narrated. He's a great story teller.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, but I had to split it over a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    Korban Keller is just 11 years old when he finds his True Mate. The problem is, young Samuel Goodwin doesn't recognize what it is he is feeling. He knows that there is something about Korban that throws him off, he just doesn't even consider a mate bound. After all, mating is usually a male and a female, so Samuel doesn't consider his mate might just be a man. Over the years Korban remains steadfast to his bond with Samuel, biding his time until Samuel comes to realize their destiny. When a tragedy forces Korban into Samuel's life, ready or not, it's time to learn how strong their bond truly is.

    Another intriguing Shifter story from Cardeno C. I really enjoyed how this story showed the guys meeting as children and how they grew up, one knowing who they were and who they would become, while the other did not. Samuel grows into a strong, fierce alpha, completely unaware that the guy from the neighboring pack with the blue eyes that sets him on edge is his mate. Korban is steadfast and resilient, knowing that eventually Samuel will realize what they are meant to be. They have to go through a lot of heartache before the bond is formed and the first half of the book goes through that part of the story.

    There was a bit of mystery and suspense in the storyline surrounding Samuel's fathers death, and I loved how all that played out, how it only strengthened their bond. Little things like the mating and what that entailed, how each shifter grew stronger once they fully realized what they were to each other, it all came together perfectly to create a passionate love story for Korban and Samuel.

    Charlie David is back to finish out the series and I think I have figured out why I adore listening to his audio performances. I've watched him in several movies, read books he has written and narrated, listened to dozens of audio's from him and I think it's the fact that I can envision him while he is talking. Not only that, he gives each character their own voice, their own tone, and it is unique to them and usually encompasses exactly how that character is written by the Author.

    Definitely a must listen, the entire series is. I believe these books are listed as stand alones, but I would recommend reading or listening in order as there are characters that weave through all the stories. If you start at the beginning you will better understand the characters, the packs and the time lines that are all woven together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Late in the Day: The Vault, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Boudreaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name - and the people associated with it - behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his 40-plus years...but that’s now changing. The newest chapter of his life brings a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm.

    Belen says: "4.5 Stars"
    "Holy hotness Batman!"
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    If you could sum up Late in the Day in three words, what would they be?

    Short, Sexy and Steamy... my three favorite colors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Darius and the way he is always so cool, calm and collect.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Boudreaux’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to just about everything he's voiced and I've absolutely loved them all. Boudreaux is one of those narrators that could read the phone book and keep you on the edge of your seat he has so many different tones and nuances in his voice.


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

    Short, Sexy and Steamy.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked Darius in the first book in this series, his completely calm regard no matter the situation. It was fun to get to see everything from his POV and get to meet the one person that can make him raise his voice.

    The dialogue is long, intense and witty much like most of Calmes stories. The characters completely flushed out to spite the shortness of the story. The chemistry is electric, intense and amazing! Nice to read/listen to a story with a prominent person of color in the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kairos

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Michael Fell
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together. Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same.

    S Wilgus says: "An Excellent Listen"
    "Forever Friends? "
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    If you could sum up Kairos in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, Emotional, Sexy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe's mother! I swear, for as little page time as she had I loved that damn woman. She's feisty and fierce.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Fell – was your favorite?

    Joe. He's head over heels in love with his best friend, estranged from his family and though he's smart, dedicated and loyal, there's something missing and you can hear that in the way he's written.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Holy.... wow, just wow. There's only one sex scene in this book but it is one of the most intense, sexy, passionate sex scenes every written. Oh, there's a great story here too. *insert evil laugh* I enjoyed the friends to lovers aspect of the story and just how strong the bond between Joe and Kade is because of that friendship. Some people may read or listen to this and think it's insta-love, I assure you, it's not. It's two long years of Joe pining and Kade wearing his silence like a badge slow burning foreplay.

    Loved the narration, loved the writing, loved the story. The men remind me a bit of Sam and Jory, the way Jory deliberately challenges Sam's then reaps the benefits, if you get my meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hockey Player's Heart: Dreamspun Desires, Book 50

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeff Adams, Will Knauss
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R&R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser. Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

    Kandi Windham says: "Not a Player Anymore"
    "Home is where the Heart is"
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    Where does The Hockey Player's Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top for sure. I loved everything about this book. The writing, the narration, the slow burning love story rooted in decades of friendship.


    What other book might you compare The Hockey Player's Heart to and why?

    Wade Kelly's Jocks series, the writing styles and angst are similar.


    What does Finn Sterling bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives the characters a voice, each their own definable voice, makes them more than just words on paper.


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

    Both, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a breath of fresh air for me, the perfect mixture of love, life and angst. Sterling did such a great job bringing Caleb and Aaron to life and giving each of them their own distinct personalty in addition to the differing characteristics already in place from the written version.

    Caleb is the hot, openly gay, confident hockey star while Aaron, who is successful in his own right, lacks some of the confidence due to a past boyfriend that didn't appreciate the beautiful, smart man he had. That is a huge part of the story when going back and forth from each man's POV. Aaron knows what he wants, he has since he was a teenager, but there's the constant niggle in the back of his mind.... am I good enough? I think my favorite aspect of this book, aside from the smoking hot chemistry, was the fact that the story was built on a foundation of friendship and love long before anything else. It really does give the story roots that just continue to grow throughout.

    This is the first book that husbands, Jeff Adams and Will Knauss, co-wrote and I seriously hope it is not the last. I could feel each one of them in the story while listening. There was a push and pull between Caleb and Aaron that gave the story depth and kept me intrigued throughout, little bread crumbs dropped here and there that came together at the end and made me smile. I highly recommend this one, especially if you're a hopeless romantic, like myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Passions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    When Broadway actor Jonah receives word that his uncle has passed away and named him the heir to a property in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jonah’s plan is to settle the estate as quickly as possible and return to his life in New York City. Much to Jonah’s surprise, the inheritance includes the Ashford Cemetery—and its hunky groundskeeper, recent Bosnian immigrant Luka Pavelka.

    Kindle Customer says: "A sweet story of love vs career with humor & heart"
    "Undeniable attraction"
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    What did you love best about Buried Passions?

    Joel Leslie's rendition of Jonah and Luka. He really pulled Jonah's uncertainty and need to be loved from the pages, as well as Luka's heart of gold that shown through his actions and words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luka, cause he sounds like Victor!
    Seriously though, I loved Luka almost as much as Jonah did. He's this big, imposing man on the outside, with the soul of a lover, provider and protector inside. And yes, all these attributes and characteristics come through in the narration.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Every-damn-thing. Joel is one of a handful of narrators that puts the emotions the characters feel into his narration. Through tones, inflections and subtle nuances he brings the Authors words to life.


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

    Undeniable Attraction


    Any additional comments?

    The perfect marriage of writing and narration, Buried Passions will keep you engaged and enamored until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book when I read it and now with the addition of narration it really takes the story to another level. Grey is an amazing Author with an never ending mental dictionary of words to describe emotions like love, passion and understanding. Then Leslie takes those words and breaths life into them.

    If you're a fan of the Author or the Narrator this is obviously already in your library. Everyone else just go ahead and click buy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of You: Sunshine and Happiness, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Skylar M. Cates
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Carrying scars and regrets, River Darcourt avoids too much intimate contact. Among his friends, he is known as a quiet loner. Forget about love. It’s not something he will consider...until sweet, young, and tempting Morgan Hayes becomes his housemate. River closed his heart long ago, but the attraction is impossible to deny. Morgan Hayes needs a change. He is moving out of his critical father's home and in with his friends, including his secret/not-so-secret crush, River.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "A story of Redemption"
    "A story of Redemption"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of You?

    When River and Morgan finally come together, in more ways than one, pun totally intended.


    What about Michael Stellman’s performance did you like?

    I liked that he has a youthful tone and exuberance that matches the characters perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it's a spoiler. I'll just say River finally lets down all his walls and completely lets Morgan in.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a story of redemption, for both men. River's past is dark but he's fueled his self imposed misery for so long that the embers seem more like raging flames. Morgan has trust issues due to be abandoned by his mother, leaving him with his emotionally bereft, homophobic father. Add to that Brendan's death and all the issues that swirl around their close knit group of friends and these two seem doomed before they even get started.

    One thing that I really like about this series on Audio that I normally do not care for is that a different narrator is used for each installment. It really works for this series because each couple is wildly different than the others and having a completely different voice and tone for each story adds to the overall feel of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killman Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3492)
    Performance
    (3154)
    Story
    (3146)

    Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

    shelley says: "Turning tables on her husband the serial killer ..."
    "Perfectly played out sequel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. It's gripping and chilling, kept me on the edge of my seat with enough twists and turns it could have been an amusement park ride.


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

    It did, because you never knew what was going to happen from one chapter to the next. Everyone is played off against one another and you can't quite tell the difference between the truth and the lies anymore.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, the very last one. I'm excited to see how this trilogy will end for Gwen and her kids.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was but it took 2 days.


    Any additional comments?

    You know that dreaded sequel drag that you often get with the 2nd book in a series? Well, you won't get that here! If you thought you'd heard the worst of it all in book 1, you have no idea. Mel and Absalom are just getting started and Gwen will pay any price to protect her children, including her life.

    This series a must listen for anyone that enjoys mystery and thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stillhouse Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9137)
    Performance
    (8209)
    Story
    (8179)

    With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

    Patti L Langston says: "Too much"
    "Completely and utterly terrifying"
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    If you could sum up Stillhouse Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Terrifying, plausible and chilling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gwen's resilience.


    What does Emily Sutton-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She shows Gwen's true fear of her ex-husband with tones and nuances.


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

    It freaked me the fuck out to be honest. This is the world we live in, a world where your life, your identity, your very safety can be bought and sold to the highest bidder with the best hacking skills.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart Unheard: Hearts Entwined, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important.... He wants Scott. Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.

    Annika says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Happy ever after is not always easy."
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    What made the experience of listening to Heart Unheard the most enjoyable?

    Getting to see the characters as more than just words on a page.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart Unheard?

    When Brent acts without thinking about it, without letting the past define his future.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives the characters a voice and allows the listener to experience Brent and Scott's emotions in a way that's not possible just reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    There's this broken beauty to both these men, Brent still hears echos of the past that haunt him and Scott is having trouble handling the constant silence. They really do complete each other. Brent showing Scott that he is so much more than a man that can't hear. While Scott teaches Brent how to open up and let the people that care about him help him.

    I loved how Tremblay truly embodied the story with his narration. He speaks too loud at times because it's exactly what a man that could hear not long ago would do. He speaks in monotone when reading the notes people write or type to Scott, and it completely works for the story.

    Obviously, I recommend this one, very much so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scythe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4282)
    Performance
    (4015)
    Story
    (4017)

    A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

    Lila Reading says: "Teenage Thumbs up"
    "Absolute power corrupts, absolutely."
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    If you could sum up Scythe in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping and thought provoking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Faraday. He was incorruptible so he stood out in the story simply because of the story line, the world the Author created. But more than that, he was genuine and real, selfless as much as a person could be within this world.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His exemplary voice and ability to bring the characters to life, make them real and not just words on a page. Tremblay ensures that each and every character, no matter how small their role is, has their own distinct voice in the story.


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

    Visceral, in fact. My heart hurt for Citra and Rowan, the impossible situation they're put in. Having to learn to navigate a way of life they never wanted.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been a while since I read or listened to a good dystopian-esque novel. I was drawn into this story within five minutes and found it difficult to pause. The world building is stellar, this future where there is no disease, little to no crime and teenagers are given a learner's permit to kill. Of course there is one thing that the human race will escape... evil.

    Citra is a tough as nails young woman that moves against the grain. The last thing she wants it to become an Apprentice to Scythe Faraday. It was such a joy to follow a strong female lead that is constantly bucking the system, so to speak.

    Rowan is a trip and while he finds life as an Apprentice frustrating, he welcomes moving away from his large family that never quite seem to notice him. He lands on Scythe Faraday's radar by doing something selfless that brings him nothing but hatred and pain from his peers.

    Two Apprentices, only one will receive a ring. One becomes vengeance, the other, the tip of the sword.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There's This Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    Jake Moore's world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who's the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness. It takes all of Dallas Yates's imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued art deco building on WeHo's outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street.

    Kindle Customer says: "Why hadn't I read this earlier."
    "There's this guy."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of There's This Guy to be better than the print version?

    Not at all, each is fantastic on their own, each presenting itself as a different version of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dallas's unwavering patience and loyalty where Jake was concerned.


    What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

    Every-damn-thing! Not only does he give the characters a voice and bring them to life, makes them real not just words on paper. He puts his heart and soul into these characters in a way that the listener can feel their joy and pain along with them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jake finally opens the door and flies into Dallas's waiting arms.


    Any additional comments?

    Tams eBook Review March 2017...

    Jake Moore tries very hard not to be who he is, deep down, inside. He spends his hard earned money on a home for his homophobic father who truly deserves to rot in a ditch. But Jake is loyal to a fault, he's also buried so deep in the closet that it takes an almost stagnant body, wrought iron calligraphy, a confident drag queen and Dallas to break down the door.

    Dallas Yates buys the building across from the shop Jake works at with a hope and a dreamy, not even realizing that destiny was his buy two get one free. But anything worth having is never really free, it takes hard work and stamina, which Dallas has in abundance.

    Dallas is patient and unwavering, as is Celeste, both hovering and holding Jake up as he figures out that he's finally found the family he's ached for. But daddy dearest doesn't make it easy, the emotional abuse and self loathing are painted on so thick that Jake's welder may not even be able to burn it off.

    I always know when I get my grabby hands on a book penned by Rhys Ford it's going to be juicy, sexy, invigorating and there simply must be the obligatory body(s) hidden somewhere waiting to pop out at the exact right moment, like a jack in the box. Nestled somewhere in the middle is this young man that has been told since he was a boy that he wasn't right, that to be true to himself was deplorable and disgusting. Somewhere along the way, Jake started to believe it.

    I think that the wrought iron and the bars on the windows was meant to be a healing aspect of the story for Jake. It was like, working on them, perfecting them, changing them, everything lined up with the steps he was taking in his life at the same time. Maybe I'm reading too much into that, but that's what I took away from this story when I finished. Super sexy, of course, flowed well from start to finish and seriously grabbed my attention from that first, awkward chapter to the end.

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