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Donald

VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • His for the Holidays

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon, Z. A. Maxfield, L. B. Gregg, and others
    • Narrated By Alec McKellen, Max Tatch, Max Bellmore, and others
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Hope brightens a bleak Edinburgh December. A man gets a second chance with his high school crush. A decade-long game of cat and mouse comes to a passionate conclusion. And Santa Claus drives a red muscle car. Heat up your holidays with this collection of four festive tales from some of the top talent in the male/male genre.

    Donald says: "A Great Holiday Treat..."
    "A Great Holiday Treat..."
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    His for the Holidays provides four short stories that centers around the holiday season. Each story was fresh and new with romance and a bit of adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed each story, but my favorite was Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg. This is a romantic holiday themed story with very strong characters and extremely witty dialogue narrated fantastically by Jack LeFleur . That said, the rest of the stories; Nine Lights over Edinburgh, I Heard Him Exclaim, and Icecapade were equally entertaining and enjoyable. Each story elicited an emotional response, whether it be sadness, fear, tears, or happiness! A phenomenal value and a must have for your library.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Up: Toronto Tales, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he's also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical - this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.

    Libros Lover says: "Disappointed"
    "A realistic and enjoyable second part..."
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    Finishing Cop Out, I went directly to Cover Up and I was not disappointed in the least. Is this book as fantastic as the first book...not to me, but I really liked this book. Despite some less than stellar reviews, I felt that the characters of Ivan and Parker were entirely relatable and realistic. Burn did a fantastic job letting the reader/listener feel the emotional turmoil that Ivan was experiencing based on the traumatic events that occurred prior to his meeting Parker. As a former "fat kid", I can so relate to Parker's being taken advantage of by his so-called best friend. I found myself screaming at Parker to stand up to that doofus, which only speaks to the presentation of Burn's story. Again, Tristan James did an excellent job with telling this story. I was seriously impressed that there was no lay-over from Cop Out...the character's were distinct and unique and the intermingling of the characters from the first book...James did a fantastic job. Another great story in this series and I look forward to reading/listening to the next installment...definitely recommend!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Out: Toronto Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Detective Kurt O'Donnell is used to digging up other people's secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had. His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality.

    Heather says: "A sweet cop out"
    "Captures your attention..."
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    I loved this book. I fell in love with the character Kurt. He wanted to do the right thing and in the process he met Davy and something happened within that changed everything. Kurt's goodness lured me in and I decided that "this is the sort of man I want". His internal struggles added drama to the story and was realistic. Burn did a fantastic job writing this story and Tristan James' narration added so much to the characters. A great combination here. Though each character was struggling, there was a time I wanted to reach through my ear buds and slap the fool out of Davy...but I can understand some of his actions, it just didn't make me real happy. When you get caught up in the lives of the characters on a page, and consequently through the narration...you know it's a good book. I certainly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armed and Dangerous: Four Dangerous Ground Novellas, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years. But everything changes the night Taylor admits the truth about his feelings for Will. Yeah. It's complicated... Includes Dangerous Ground, Old Poison, Blood Heat, and Dead Run.

    Donald says: "5 Stars Across the Board..."
    "5 Stars Across the Board..."
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    Listening to this story, the characters of Will and Taylor (Tay) are now a part of my 'need to keep up on characters', which I probably didn't need but what do you do?! Josh Lanyon has always been a favorite author of mine, especially because it was his story telling that broke my proverbial audible virginal experience. I absolutely have fallen for these characters and now I must seek out more experiences...I felt that Adrian Bisson did a fantastic job. His vocal inflections provided depth and intrigue to both the characters and the storyline...keeping me hooked. Where do they go from here...I must seek that answer out! Great stories and great listen....3 thumbs up!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Like Water

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By K. C. Kelly
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle's ranch. Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project. Joshua's plan seems to work - maybe a fresh start was just what he needed.

    Donald says: "An intense and wonderous story..."
    "An intense and wonderous story..."
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    Excellent! The first word that comes to mind when I think about the story of Joshua and Eli and the cast of characters that help to make this tale so enthralling. Rowan Speedwell's story telling encapsulates the reader at the forefront and carries to the end. The narrator provided depth to the characters with his inflections and tone. The tale is filled with drama, pain, love, joy, violence, healing, laughter, tears, horses, and of course, cowboys! One of the best stories I have read in a long time...I highly recommend this audio book....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colorado Wild: Colorado Heart, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Stan Jenson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart. Billy Bradford has a secret, and it's bigger than the fact that he's an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy's "straight" best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy. The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy's actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn't enough.

    Donald says: "Too much..."
    "Too much..."
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    This was not a bad book but neither was it a good one. I will honest, it took me almost an hour to get use to the narration. The vocal inflections almost reached the degree of screeching on a chalkboard for me. The voice of Billy was horrid (in my opinion) and it seemed that the narrator confused the inflections a number of times. The story was all over the place, making it difficult to understand the premise behind the story. When the story first began, with the introduction of Ray into the fold and Grant mulling over his departed partner... I thought the primary characters were going to be Ray and Grant but then Billy and Tucker jumped in there and I gave up trying to determine who the primary characters were. Too many and too much...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan
    • Narrated By Teddy Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream: to make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey - or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island and the rock clubs of Boston beckon him. But it's hard to succeed from the closet.

    Donald says: "The Start of A Relatable Journey..."
    "The Start of A Relatable Journey..."
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    I have had this book in my library for some time and just have now gotten around to reading it. Written and read like a journal, you are introduced to Daron and become privy to a subjective perspective of a ‘coming of realization’ in the 80s. Volume 1 provides the groundwork to understanding where Daron comes from and why he sees the world the way that he does. As someone who was the same age as our protagonist in the 80s, I can relate to the fear associated with the awakening and acceptance process. I look forward to the next volume and seeing where Daron goes from here… I enjoy Cecilia Tan’s writing style and Teddy Hamilton’s narration was spot-on. On to the next book…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Thing: An Adrien English Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

    Paul Luthi says: "A Seamless Transition from the First Book"
    "Number 2: Very Enjoyable..."
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    Number two in the series and I must admit that the mystery plot was a bit less obvious than the first book and the budding relationship between Adrien and Jake was tantalizing, to say the least. The twinge of jealousy from Jake was a welcomed surprise and certainly opened the door for hope. On a side note, I have been more careful checking my mailbox since reading this story! Another great tale by Josh Lanyon and again Chris Patton’s narration was excellent and added to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series! Recommend!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

    Donald says: "More than meets the eye..."
    "More than meets the eye..."
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    From the book cover I assumed that this was a ‘coming out’ or ‘coming of age’ story akin to the many tales of teenage angst already described in a variety of other books but I was pleasantly surprised. Within this book a story of desire, lust, love, friendship, realization, acceptance, delusion, and growth set to describe the life of Ben, our protagonist. Ben’s own inner growth as well as his relationships with Allison, Tim, and Jace make this tale one that must not be missed. I actually loved this story…an entire gambit of emotional responses were elicited by the words of the author, Jay Bell. Kevin Frees’ narration brought the characters to life in such a way that one’s imagination was able to be transported to the world with which they exist. I do not wish to give too much away, but the dynamic of the three principal relationships—Ben & Allison; Ben & Tim; and Ben & Jace—and how they became intertwined makes this a very enjoyable journey. A MUST!!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bending the Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Libby Drew
    • Narrated By Robert Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Michael feels trapped. In his conservative, poor hometown where he has to keep his sexuality hidden. In his dead-end job. In caring for his alcoholic grandfather. Everything changes when he meets Eric, the new curator for the railroad museum. His curiosity about the passionate man quickly gives way to an intense attraction - one that Eric happily returns. To give their future a chance, they both must fight being trapped in the past.

    Donald says: "A Solid 3 1/2 Stars..."
    "A Solid 3 1/2 Stars..."
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    This is a good tale of overcoming self-inflicted obstacles to journey into becoming the one you are suppose to be. The 3 1/2 stars does not imply that this is not a well worth story, but that it was an alright story about two men who are trapped by their own design based on experience and how each help the other to realize the possible potential. I am not sure that I liked the character Michael (perhaps a bit to brooding for me) but I sure could relate to him on many levels. Eric's character was written in such a way that he almost came off as condescending, which would explain a certain part of the story, but I will admit that as I listened, I wondered about the possibility of my own Eric. Pap and Maggie were great extras and though the story was about Michael and Eric overcoming their past, I wanted to know if Pap's and Maggie hooked up. All-n-all, not a great book but not a bad one either. I would recommend this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset: Pact Arcanum, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Arshad Ahsanuddin
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Los Angeles, 2040: When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

    Donald says: "A Splendid Surprise"
    "A Splendid Surprise"
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    When I chose this book to read, I will admit that I was not 100% sure that this was the book for me. Daywalkers, Nightwalkers, & Sentinels...there all here. The book opens with an action scene and continues on a steady pace until the end. This is so much more than a "gay vampire" story. Ahsanuddin's tale consists of romance, adventure, thrills, excitement, terror, science fiction with a human twist, and toss in a little space and you have the makings for a fantastic story! Redemption, hope, love, and growth...the elements needed to fully explore the very act of living. I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading the remainder of the series to find out what happens to Nick, Jeremy, Scott, Toby, the Armistice and the slew of other characters that enter into this realm of wonder. And on a side note, to discover that Ahsanuddin is a hematologist...yep, a blood doctor! Awesome to the 10th degree! The narration of David Stifel was fantastic. He brought the story to life... adding depth and distinction to the characters of this tale. Enjoy the journey!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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