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  • Hard Hats: Gay Erotic Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated By Darren Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Construction workers, plumbers, gardeners - or any hard working man with a tool belt - plays a part in many gay male fantasies. In this steamy collection, we take a ride to the top of a high-rise under construction for a precarious steel-beam encounter; go down in the belly of a dark steamy mine; hang out with some hunky, sweaty landscapers; and slip into the construction manager's office for a quickie. In this world, the hats are not the only thing that's hard.

    Kd says: "Didn't Work for Me"
    "Didn't Work for Me"
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    I'm a hetero female, but I love M/M/ erotica. But none of these several stories worked for me. It's hard for me to put my finger on it. But I think it was that it detailed more (i.e his abs, his pits, his sweat, his lips, etc.) than it gave action. The action was rushed through with a grunt. All the words were used to describe things not explicit to the act. And it does nothing for me descriptions of pits and body smells. But to each its own. So this might work you. It this type of writing is for you, then have at it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Roz Lee
    • Narrated By Abigail Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Keeping Carrie blindfolded and in the dark as to his identity suits Major League catcher Jason Holder just fine while he figures out if being a Dom really is his thing. With the media circling like vultures as he works to get his career back on track, the last thing he needs is a sex scandal if things don't work out. Just when he's got it all under control a new kind of scandal from an unexpected source threatens everything, and Jason soon finds out that what you don't know can hurt you.

    Kd says: "bad FSG knock off; bad narrator"
    "bad FSG knock off; bad narrator"
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    The story is about Jason Holder, an older professional baseball player, coming to terms with his sexual preference to dominate a woman and learning what he likes and the how-tos of that scene. His lessons began by way of his friend, Todd, introducing him to a local sex club, The Dungeon, where Jason could practice and learn about "the lifestyle." Todd connects Jason with a friend of his sub named Carrie. Carrie is a journalist focusing on a story of steroid usage in sports. She is inexperienced in BDSM too, having had 2 past sex partners and having acted as a sub only once when she joined her friend and her friend’s dom, Todd. So both Jason and Carrie were novices to “the lifestyle.”

    To keep things between them limited to their dom-sub relationship after hours, all of Jason's and Carrie's first encounters occurred at The Dungeon sex club. And to keep his anonymity, Jason insisted that their first encounters occur with Carrie blindfolded. No preliminary checks for diseases occurred before they started to have sex without a condom. This was especially strange when the author then began to have Jason use a condom near the end of the story. So the author was not consistent in her portrayals. Their sub-dom relationship was uninteresting since the sex was boring to me. Jason seemed to use any excuse to “punish” her. Though, he was also attentive and caring in some ways. But since this was a bad story with a bad narrator, it didn’t matter b/c the bad outweighed any small amount of good in the story and narration. Though the story was a FSG (Fifty Shades of Grey) copy-cat, it had some different parts. One is how they made their way to actual intercourse. Another is how he wrote on her with a marker to literally “mark” her as his and some foot play. But it didn’t matter b/c I don’t know if I’ve ever been sooooo bored by sex scenes in a story. For me, that’s saying something because I have listened to a lot of romance and erotica. But, with this story, I quickly began to fast forward through the vast majority of sex action in this story, and it was a lot.

    When not having sex, the parts of their lives shown outside of “The Dungeon” were very limited and always apart from each other. So, for Jason, listeners heard about him playing baseball and, occasionally, talking to his brother and his brother’s wife, a woman both of them used to have sex with together. His brother was a baseball player too. And for Carrie, we heard about her working on her steroid story.

    This story fell into the common trap of love or something like it being said to be present way too soon. Lust and attraction, even very strong lust, makes sense in this story. But in this story, after engaging in only sexual acts—not always intercourse—4 times, both Jason and Carrie began to contemplate how much they cared about each other and how much they felt cared for by the other. By that time, they didn’t even know each other’s names or who each person was outside of The Dungeon. Neither had they been together in any way but sexually or even talked about anything outside of sex. In other words, they, in no way, even remotely knew each other.

    This story focused more on Jason, so the way the author chose to describe Jason’s vulnerability near the end of the book was disconcerting. It was so different from how Jason was shown to be prior to that point that it didn’t make any sense. The change and supposed revelation had no real basis. That seemed to be a major struggle in the book, the author’s inability to have information flow in an order that makes sense. At different points in the story, info would be dropped and the timing of it would seem strange and would’ve been better placed after or before something else already revealed.

    The story was very mediocre, but the narrator was horrible. She ruined this already mediocre story. The narrator said everything so matter-of-factly that it didn’t work well for the many sex scenes and the great amount of sex talk. It all came across as bland. But worst of all is that the narrator sounded like Marcie, from Charlie Brown, the character who says “sir” at the end of every sentence. Her narration, especially of Carrie, since she always saying “sir,” took this mediocre story to the crap pile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Nicholas Anthony's spirit has been corrupted. A moment of spite four hundred years in the past turned him into an immortal monster. Now he is obsessed by an unnatural hunger, feasting on the good in others while seeking the good in himself. But unlike the vampire of myth, it's not the taste of blood that draws him, but the very essence of his victims. The soul.

    Patricia says: "Romance with a hard edge"
    "2.5; unmemorable; unromantic"
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    This paranormal, barely-romantic tale is the story about wealthy soul-stealer, Nick, and, physician, Regina/Reggie. In large part, it’s about Nick’s internal struggle and Regina’s struggle as a result of his internal struggle, since she ends up being critical to that struggle. The story was so mediocre, passionless and ho-hum that it’s hard to put a finger on what is wrong with it. It has no foul language and has 3 or 4 neutered sex scenes, though I hesitate to even call them that. I think the idea was good but just poorly executed. It was .5 level above boring. Still, I give the author credit for not being obvious in which of the 2 choices would be the ending. And the narrator didn’t help. Her voice of Regina was bad because it was too close to a little girl’s voice.

    Overall, it was just like the meal you get to give it a try for the first time, and realize, after the first bite, that it’s not good and it’s not bad. You can finish it and do, but do so by giving some to your dog and feeling relief when it’s done because you didn’t throw away food. The taste is not so bad that you can’t finish it or need something to wash the flavor away in your mouth, but you are very clear that you will never get it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption: The Penton Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (474)

    For vampire Aidan Murphy, life has never been so desperate. The vaccine used to treat a global pandemic has rendered human blood deadly to his kind, leaving them on the brink of starvation and civil war. In tiny Penton, Alabama, Aidan establishes a peaceful community of vampires and unvaccinated human donors. He dares to hope they can survive - until his estranged brother descends upon Penton and begins killing the humans. Determined to save his town, Aidan kidnaps an unsuspecting human.

    Robbie says: "Out of Nowhere..."
    "Very Average"
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    This story hit all the points of a fine story but nothing more. Overwhelmingly, it was just uninspiring and without any degree of intensity. The author tried to create angst and included aspects that would normally deliver on some intensity, but for some reason, they didn't add any bang to this story.

    This was a good paranormal, vampire story essentially about Aidan (a vampire) and Krys/Krystal (a human medical doctor) getting together as mates. But it was a bit mild, too straitlaced for my taste. There was no rough language (Aidan said s*it & hell once), very little gore or explicitness in the action, the fights, the blood feeding, and the narrator was as ho-hum as the story. I’m not sure which contributed to the blandness more—the story or the narrator. I think it was, primarily, a bad combination of the two. Some stories would work with this degree of sterility, but a story of battling vampires isn’t one of them. A vampire who enjoys draining humans and is more than willing to kill his brother would not likely be one who used pristine language. Over the 8+ hours of the story, there were two sex scenes that included some detail but only enough for you to know that sex was occurring and for you to get the gist of what was going on. I think the goal was more romance than eroticism or sensuality, and to some listeners that goal might have been attained. But it was too little to me. The passion revealed was a 4 on a 1-10 scale.

    The author did a god job of showing the relationship’s progression, even though there was immediate attraction between Aidan and Krys. And they didn’t jump to talking about love, though it was muttered w/in a month. And the characters were ok, but Krys did two dumb things near the end of the story, about 2 hours until the end, that detracted from the story and her character as a smart and strong woman. They were manufactured dramatic moments that weakened the story. And Krys accepted knowledge of vampires a bit too easily or quickly. She had questions and was curious, and there was a bit of a struggle but very little. And there was little struggle in coming to terms with her feelings for a vampire too. The author also didn't have everything in the story turn out well for everyone in the town, which added some realism to the story. That was good. But the drawn out fight between Aidan and Owen, which was a 2nd major theme in the story, didn't quite make sense. It could've been over with at their first encounter. The author tried to explain this, but the justification was a weak one and continued to weaken as their battle lengthened.

    The narrator did not do the voices as described. For instance, Owen, Aidan’s brother & enemy, was described as being about 2 months out of Dublin, Ireland. Yet, there was no obvious Irish brogue in the narrator’s depiction of Owen. And all of the males essentially sounded the same. It was impossible to distinguish among them. This was also true for the females.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frayed: Connections Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kim Karr
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
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    After losing his fiancée, Ben Covington is unsure he'll ever love again. But he's so deeply drawn to Bell Wilde that he's thrown for a loop. Maybe it's purely sexual chemistry that's igniting their spark...or maybe it's his second chance at love. Bell Wilde has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up to the challenge of Ben Covington coming back into it. However, once the spark is reignited...there's no stopping it. But even if they both manage to pull together their frayed hearts, a secret from Bell's past just might shatter them both.

    Kd says: "juvenile; poorly addressed adult themes; sex"
    "juvenile; poorly addressed adult themes; sex"
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    My first impression is about feeling duped albeit unintentionally. I didn’t enjoy the female narrator and likely wouldn’t have purchased the story if her part had been in the book sample I listened to. So having the story swing between the two narrators didn’t work for me, since I didn’t experience them in the same way. Similarly, I didn’t like the split focus on both Ben and Bell, simultaneously having both characters tell their side of the same story. The author did a poor job of making it clear when the characters were in the past or in the present. I don’t always dislike this type of storytelling, but here, it didn’t work for me. And I think it was due to the female narrator. I just didn’t like her for this story. And it might have been largely due to me thinking I was getting one story, focused on one character, and getting something else.

    The story is told from the first time they met, which was during college as undergraduates. I generally avoid stories about college-age characters, and Belle acted as an immature college-age female the entire story. Even when it focused on the present, it was confusing. It seemed like Belle’s life was that of someone fresh out of college & quite young. While Ben’s life, the way he behaved and spoke, made him seem older, the age he was supposed to be, somewhere in his later 20s. Another reason I thought this story was one of older people was because the book description referred to Ben dealing with his fiance’s leaving. I was very disappointed to hear a story where that was not quite the case, Belle and Ben, especially Belle did not act older, not even as mature people in their late 20s. Matt was a much more interesting, complex and mature character than Belle. She just messed this story up for me in every way.

    Clearly, I didn’t like Belle. I may have liked the book better if the book only focused on Ben, as I initially thought it would. In the story, Belle said she was a “young, immature woman” when she first met Ben in college and has since “grown up.” I wish that mature, now grown up woman was present in this story, but she wasn’t. The Belle in this story was still the “young, immature woman" unfortunately. I quickly tired of everything being described as “amazing” by Belle and other females in the story. It was yet another indication of the adolescent flavor of this story. Then, when Belle tried to say something other than “amazing,” she failed again with a phrase like “utterly beautiful,” which is also a juvenile syntax error. She added “utter perfection” and “utter good looks”—in one sentence—to the riveting juvenile phrases. And, to describe Ben’s expensive, uniquely-designed house that juts out over the ocean, she described it to him as “super nice.” I thought that showed more immaturity coming from a woman in her 20s that had experienced some difficulty in her life and, supposedly, grew from it.

    Belle and Ben’s relationship was also uninteresting. The author’s attempt at creating unique or hot sex scenes, like a college student-professor role play, was boring and poorly done. And the reason for them trying to avoid each other was so weak. So the rest of the story, watching their struggle to avoid each other romantically, was not entertaining. And the relationship between Belle and Ben was too over the top. EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, Ben did turned on Belle and vice versa. It was like listening to a story about adolescents and their first crush. Practically everything was about their physical attributes, as well, and how it impacted each of them physically, sexually, in turn. It was just all too juvenile for me. And the great reveal didn’t add much to me. For some reason, that is unclear to me, Belle’s secret was not surprising once she revealed it to Ben. It may have been because it happened about half way through the 11+ hour story; I’m not sure. And, unfortunately, it did very little to rejuvenate any interest in this story. In fact, the incident reinforced Belle’s degree of adolescence. And the author did a poor job of seriously handling or addressing the various issues surrounding the secret. Though its handling was very in line with the way immature Belle lived life, so maybe there should be some credit given for consistency in the story, even if the aspects that were consistent were irritating.

    After battling through more than 3 hours of the story, I literally cringed when I checked how much longer I had to endure this story and saw that it was more than 8 hours. I paid for it, so I was determined to make it through it. It was like taking bad medicine; I had to schedule taking in the parsed pieces to make listening to it more bearable. I constantly hoped that it would get better. It didn’t. So I started fast forwarding within the 6 hour range. I no longer cared about the intricacies of the story just the gist of it. Then, like the secret revealed halfway through the story, I also guessed rightly that what happened in the end was going to happen. So I was just happy when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing It Safe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbie Bohrman
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
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    (31)
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    Julia Boyd has dated more than her share of jerks, and she’s done even pretending to like them. Putting her dating life on hold and focusing on her event planning career is a much safer bet for the blue-eyed blonde…until she meets her newest client. Organizing the opening for an art gallery should be a breeze for Julia, but gallery owner Alex Holt is becoming very distracting. Tall and muscular, with enough charisma and sexy dimples to make Julia swoon, Alex could be the perfect man.

    Kd says: "good story idea, poorly executed"
    "good story idea, poorly executed"
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    This story is fully in the chick-lit category, a category that I think I should avoid in the future. So my critique may be different from yours if chick-lit is your thing. This is a romance between two people in their 30s. Alex is 33 and the owner of an art gallery. Julia is in her 30s too, though I’m unsure if her specific age is revealed. And she owns a party planning business that was passed down to her from her dad. Dialogue in the story is constantly between Julia and other people, like her best friend, Sabrina, and Alex, her love interest, and between Julia and herself, and from Julia to us, the unknown listener/reader, with most of it being the latter, unfortunately, so it seemed.

    In many ways, this may be a fun story. Julia is a bit quirky, strong and has a potty mouth. I have no problem with the down-home, real life, unpretentious language she uses for everything, absolutely everything…except female body parts. More on that later. Julia is not a woman who uses “darn” EVER and rarely even damn. Though, I think more balance is needed there. As a professional woman from a higher economic bracket, I think it’s more plausible that she would alter her language more often than she did. So her curse word usage was a bit overdone. It didn’t bother me, it just became too much of a caricature. Some people might find the back-and-forth between her married parents funny or cute, as well, but it didn’t do much for me. Other parts of the story listeners might find fun is her commonly referencing pop culture, like a certain advertisement or male actors who look like people she knows, the back-and-forth banter between her long-married parents, her and her co-workers, and her and her younger brother, along with other aspects of her language. But they were not positive stand-outs to me.

    On these points, Julia should have refrained from so many uses of phrasings originating from urban culture and now appropriated into pop culture (“get digits,” “up in my grill,” “hell to the no”). For women like this one, with her particular multiple cultural identities, her use of these seemed to be an attempt to appear “cool” or hip but which actually weakened her character instead and, again, made her more of a caricature. Similarly, Julia’s inability to have the same degree of earthiness in talking about the female sexual parts as she does when talking about sex, male sex parts and everything else was so contradictory that and inconsistent that it greatly weakened the story and the character. It reeked of a double standard or falseness in the portrayal of Julia, again, more of a caricature. She referred to the female sex parts, with the exception of the c*it (short for clitoris) at rare points, as her “happy place,” “lady parts,” “piece of flesh,” “between your legs,” “down south,” “my entrance,” “inside me” and, about twice, a vagina. But she easily used the f-word when referring to sex and referred to Alex’s sex parts with the same explicitness she used everywhere else (i.e. c*ck & d*ck). I get another reviewer’s critique of too many references to different aspects of pop culture, especially TV & movie people. To me, like her inconsistency in her use of profane and explicit language and her overuse of culturally appropriated “urban” lingo, her reference to male actors makes her appear to be working too hard to be hip or younger or something, which is an utter failure. There was also a bit too many references to her “smelling her pits” and, in other ways, checking herself for underarm freshness; apparently Julia has a bit of a sweat and, therefore, resulting odor problem. It was disconcerting. I generally like aspects that make characters appear very realistic, but that was a bit too much. I think it might have been an attempt at humor. If so, it didn’t work for me. Finally, on her language, some listeners might be offended by the frequent use of these phrases as expressions of exasperation: “Christ,” “Jesus,” “God help me,” “Oh my God,” “I swear to Christ on a cracker.”

    There were several—about 4 I think—somewhat detailed but not explicit or erotic sex scenes. Alex requires control in the bedroom. And there was 1 butt smack episode. They never used or even referenced a condom. There first sex was phone sex; the second sex scene was at his office against a door.
    There were 3 things I liked in the book. I liked Julia admitting, earlier in their developing relationship, that she was not in love with him but “in like” and growing towards more. It was refreshing to have a character not jump to “love” so quickly while still recognizing that there are intense emotions present. Finally, I witnessed an author who recognizes that there are several other great, positive emotions that often precede romantic love and that it’s just fine to use those in a story. And it actually makes the story more plausible especially for mature characters. Also, I was in awe at her description of the Harry Potter birthday party she put together. And The final hour of the book was good, but, unfortunately, it was the only good part of the book. During that time, Julia acted maturely and dropped the horrible “cool” or “hip” façade. But I can’t say that it was worth listening to almost 8 hours to get there. I became bored and was just ready to get it over with. But it had a good ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Owl: The Night Owl Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By M. Pierce
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    From best-selling author M. Pierce comes the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession. At 28, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national best sellers - all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

    Tina says: "I loved this book!"
    "in M. Pierce withdrawal; More, please!"
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    Please, please release the next book in this trilogy at Audible very, very, very soon. M. Pierce has been added to the small list—only 5—of authors on Audible whose books I rarely if ever deny myself. And, having purchased over 1400 books, that’s a small percentage of authors about which I feel this way. So this story was a wonderful surprise. I’m so often disappointed in books that I buy due to the great reviews, but, thankfully, not this time. NOT THIS TIME!!! It has renewed at least some of my faith in book reviews. This is smart, intense, character-driven, plot-laden, highly sexual and romantic erotica. GIVE ME MORE!!

    This story almost seems like a genre of its own. This story is sexual suspense centered on the unraveling of 28-yr-old Matt who unravels through his lust-filled pursuit of Hannah, his initially anonymous internet writing partner. Matt is one messed up dude. The story was sad and funny in a pathetic kind of way. I knew the author had me when I was rooting for Matt to return to being rude, raunchy and rough. Any author who can make a man I would not want to meet or be around, potentially, still be the one I’m rooting for and feeling empathy for is one hell of a writer. And M. Pierce did that to me in this story, which is quite a feat.

    Matt often acts like a prick towards Hannah, his internet writing partner, and it made me cringe and snicker at times. It was great to watch. He was totally messed up over his desire for Hannah and didn’t know how to behave. Watching him play games as his relationship with Hannah changes from anonymous internet writing partner to lust partner was fun to behold. Watching their dysfunctional and frightening lust for each other be revealed and acted upon was shocking because of its danger, but I couldn’t look away. I don’t get this renewal in some romance and erotica stories new sex partners not using condoms, but I so loved this book that I didn’t care after their first unprotected sex. And that’s very unusual for me. There were things that complicated Hannah and Matt’s coming together, and seeing them navigate those things was the crux of the story.

    The story is VEERRRY sexual, and the flavor of it won’t be for everybody. Their sexual relationship was based on Hannah being humiliated and debased by Matt. During those times, Matt engaged in some very, very naughty and raunchy sex talk. And there was nothing off limits during their sex. But Hannah was not a doormat. I liked that Hannah did a good job of holding her own against him when she chose to, when she didn’t want to completely submit to him, generally when they were outside a sexual encounter. I also liked that Hannah was described as a more curvaceous young woman, not the usual body image perpetuated as the ideal. So to enjoy the story you may have to believe in the idea that two people with aberrant sexual needs could accidentally meet and be ok with the result of their aberrant taste coming together.

    The narrator was perfect. And the only negative was the twerking scene. Leaving out Hannah’s twerking dance lesson from her sister, of all people, would have been a much, much better option. I eagerly, eagerly await the rest of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Levi's Ultimatum

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Tristan Hunt
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Levi Hawkins was a typical fun-loving, hard-partying college student with his whole life in front of him - until one tragic night ripped his world apart and left him adrift with no home or family to return to. After a soul-crushing stint in Afghanistan, he spent a decade wandering the globe searching for something or someone to make him whole again. Weary of regret and consumed by loneliness, he puts his heart on the line and turns to the only people still connected to him by blood.

    Kd says: "2.5; love too fast; H a little creepy"
    "2.5; love too fast; H a little creepy"
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    My first review was lost, so this one won’t be as thorough. In a nutshell, this another romantic tale of two people whose entire relationship is based on great sex. So when love is tossed around too soon, it appears out of nowhere, with no basis. Love was being banded around within what seemed like less than a month. The timeframe is not made explicit. But it was very fast. And the too-fast love extended from the H to the h’s 4-yr-old daughter. Levi acted a bit creepy in his immediate connection and over-protection of Hannah, Tori’s daughter. In one scene, after an ordeal involving Hannah, when asked by Tori, Hannah’s mom, to give Hannah to her, Levi said that he didn’t want to let her go because she felt kinda good in his arms. He wasn’t being sexual or anything, but his equating his attachment to her as equal to Hannah’s mom, after having had one brief interaction with her at a diner, was just creepy. And Tori found it wonderful instead of creepy. This is more about the author not writing her characters to behave consistently or in ways that most would find rational or at least plausible, since sometimes people act in irrational ways that can be explained even if the explanation is crazy. Again, sorry for less detail, but I can’t recall everything I wrote in my first review to substantiate my rating and assessment of this story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel: Renegades, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (221)
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    (219)

    Sassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all-looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs - and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi's, forever isn't part of her vocabulary. So when studly renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she's all out. it's just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she's been missing in her life, too...Piece of cake.

    karen says: "An amazing Story where Lust and Love Succeed"
    "sexually stimulating; smile worthy"
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    It took some time for me to get into this story, but it was great once I did. It’s a great romance, with some struggle and characters who are easy to relate to and behaved authentically, without everything coming so easy. I also liked that Rubi was a biracial woman, though it was not a focus in the story. Still, it was just nice for a popular author to recognize the diversity in society and utilize it in a non-stereotypical way in a book with a main character.

    The romance and therefore the book focused on Wes, a stuntman for Renegades, and Rubi, a past-model-turned software engineer or developer. The main side characters were Lexi (friend & dress designer), Jax (Renegade’s boss & Lexi’s boyfriend), and Rachel (secretary and friend at Renegades). The romance was easy to believe because Wes and Rubi were already friends who spent a lot of time together as a foursome with Lexi and Jax. The romance was not an easy one due in large part to Rubi having some unresolved emotional issues resulting from neglect during her upbringing. The author deals well with her emotional struggles. There is plenty of hot, relatively explicit sex in this book, but it was not gratuitous. Altogether, I think there were 5 sex scenes, 2 of which were not intercourse. The sexual play between Wes and Rubi was fun to watch. And watching the love develop between the two was swoon-worthy. There were also funny moments.

    Sadly, even with a multicultural character, like many writers, this author still has some work to do on her multicultural competency. It’s not something that should be pursued out of what some call “political correctness” but out of a desire to show care to those we engage with directly or indirectly. Words have power and impact, and sometimes in unintentional ways. As such, I hope in the future that the author will abstain from using “black” in its commonly used, offensive and stereotypically negative fashion. The author’s offensive uses occurred in the following statements: “Her emotions were hot, black, ugly.” – Rubi after being betrayed by her dad again; “…was as black an idea as being without him;”— Rubi having negative thoughts about accepting an offer from Wes; “But his voice still held some element of darkness” – Wes on talking about not being forced to be someone he isn’t in the past.

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  • Seduced by Three

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sylvia Ryan
    • Narrated By Rex J. Silverton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Grace Hunter is trained in survival and doesn't need anyone to protect her from the anarchy that results after the EMP. But still, she is stuck confined in an underground shelter with three men - Steven "Sarge" Connelley, Van Goodwin, and Luke Evers - all totally different, all powerfully sexy. Together, the group faces the threats of the deadly city above ground. Individually, each man succeeds in seducing her. And before long, all three want Grace for himself alone. Animosity inside the shelter grows unbearable until Grace finally resolves to end it once and for all…and simply vanishes without a trace.

    Kd says: "3.5; good erotica; better narrator needed"
    "3.5; good erotica; better narrator needed"
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    This is a very female-focused story, which is yummy. A big lesson in it is that the perfect man cannot be found in one man. We all need a minimum of 3 of them to get all of our needs met, if that’s the goal. This option for Grace—not saying it should be an option for all women—came after their spot of the world experienced an EMP (nuclear electromagnetic pulse). Then there was no running water, electricity, and their world was in chaos.

    Grace was a college student and daughter of a survivalist who was raised without her mother. Her father was a truck driver and not present when the EMP occurred. So Serge, a friend of Grace’s dad, came to help Grace. Eventually, two other men entered the story and all 4 worked and lived together to survive—Grace, Van (national guardsman), Luke (psychologist turned bar-man), & Serge/Steve Connolly (short for sergeant; ex-marine, prison sergeant).

    The story is certainly erotica, and sex plays a big part. There were about 6 sex scenes all involving Grace and no m/m action. The scenes were 2 with Serge, 1 each with Luke and Van individually with Grace, and then 2 with all 3 focused on her simultaneously.
    There was a bit too much of Grace allowing all 3 guys not to use a condom and also not pull out of her during sex, if you know what I’m saying. I began to see her as an ashtray of sorts, and it just wasn’t my taste. But, to each her or his own. At least, it was implied that she was on birth control pills, and she began to speculate about the need for condoms. That occurred after sex with two of the guys and never happened. Even with the explicit sex, the author did a good job of providing a sufficient and plausible plot and playing it out well and with consistency. It held together well. The characters were relatively likeable but with flaws. My only exception is the author’s use of the word love and with no time for its development. So it didn’t make sense and was hard to buy. I liked watching the men navigate their attraction to and desire for the only available woman, Grace. And I liked that Grace was a mentally and physically strong young woman who was very self-sufficient. But she didn’t balance her strength and self-sufficiency well with the realistic need she had for help and safety and companionship. It was also nice to watch as each male found their role and the acceptable pecking order and together formed a family unit. Most of all, I liked that the outcome of the story didn’t come easily.

    The narrator did not help the story. He had a great masculine voice, but all 3 of the men sounded the same. And he couldn’t maintain his portrayal of Grace. Sometimes it sounded too masculine and other times too high, almost child-like; it wasn’t constant. And it sounded HORRIBLE during Grace’s times of sexual ecstasy. But worst of all was the narrator making an indrawn breath at the end of most of his sentences, like he’s surprised each time. It was quite irritating. And to the author, please don’t use the phrase “Indian summer”; it is offensive.

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  • Dark Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kallie Lane
    • Narrated By Henry McNulty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A message from beyond the grave exposes Melena Salera's life as a sham: her birth family abandoned her and her parents are not who they claim. Now, a grandmother she never knew has left her a fortune. Melena's only hope of uncovering the truth is her grandmother's handsome lawyer, but Theo Sauvage doesn't trust her. Theo believes Melena's grandmother was murdered and he intends to bring the killer to justice. If that means getting close to her heiress - the obvious suspect - he will.

    Kd says: "little suspense; barely a romance"
    "little suspense; barely a romance"
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    This story focuses on the suspense with the romance being more of a back story. So it was disappointing the way the author tried to balance the suspense and romance. The romance faltered by having them fall in love too quickly and with no basis for the feeling developing. Like many stories, Melena/Mel and Theo start of disliking each other due to some suspicion Theo has about Mel. And, as that suspicion is dropped, the reader still doesn’t see how love develops; an attraction, lust, yes, but not love. So “I love you” was thought and then, later, said too soon by both Theo and Melena. Similarly, Mel saying Theo was a good man when she did’t know him, when she had had only known him for a few days, some of which she thought he was an ass, also made no sense. Similarly, them briefly talking about living together and even marriage after knowing each other about a week or less was too much and so crazy that it cheapened the story and their romance. In fact, this whole story seemed to occur within a matter of a week or two. The timeframe is unclear, but it was certainly a short period of time. The author wasn’t that much better at the suspense part of the story. Mel had 3 near-death experiences at the hands of her enemies, yet, she was never seriously harmed. And after each, Theo vowed that no one would harm her. The redundancy contributed mightily to the weakness of this story. And Mel made a nonsensical decision near the end, to attempt to draw out the story more and add more drama, but, instead, it only added to the problems with this story. Because, at the end of that, Mel added another life-threatening moment to the 3 times she was almost killed, which a thinking person would’ve managed to avoid, especially after knowing someone, about whom she based her decision, for a week. [This part may not make complete sense w/o knowing what happened, so I apologize for that. But it can’t be helped unless I reveal too much about the story. ]

    Another yuck is that the author took the often used caveman, dom act to an ugly place in the way she portrayed Theo supposedly supporting Melena/Mel by threatening to man-handle her because of his sexual desire a day after she experienced being sexually assaulted and almost raped. The author also seriously exaggerated any normal super-attraction after JUST a kiss. And she referred to Theo as a “musky male,” which sounds disgusting. She misused how many romance authors refer to the musk of a partner; they never refer to a guy as a “musky male”. That brings the image of a musk rat or some other stinky animal to mind, which is definitely not appealing. In fact, the author overused the idea of pheromones, the scent of each other, too often and not well. Of course, she didn’t use the word pheromone, but she too often focused on how Melena and Theo smelled to each other, saying things like “her intoxicating scent,” and not meaning perfume. Theo and Melena came across as some very odorous folk.

    The one positive is that Mel would fight back against her attackers. And some listeners, less focused on the romance, might be happy to know that there is only 1 sex scene, the only scene that is more than kissing. It occurs at approx. 40 minutes before the story ends. It was lightning fast and brief with no explicitness and little detail. It really only described Theo performing oral sex briefly, made reference to a condom and her reciprocating on Theo, and then it was “some time later.”

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