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  • Tucker's Claim: Hell's Eight Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Lola Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a "half-breed" child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right. So even he is shocked when he falls for Sally Mae, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm, character and chiseled body, she throws herself into their torrid affair, indulging every one of her wildest sexual fantasies.

    Calleen says: "Excellent Story"
    "Ugh. I hate thee"
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    Before you even THINK about purchasing this book be prepared to know that it is just NOT worth it. I have an open mind, but nothing could make me like this book. First off. The main character Sallie Mae is a quaker who's husband dies and even though she's in morning, she falls in love with the 1/2 Indian Tucker. He's gorgeous, wild, untamed, and believes in violence. He's a ranger. And even though Sallie hates violence of any kind, she lusts for him, and the consume that lust, over and over again.
    The sex is the ONLY thing that redeems this stupid book.

    Another thing you should know is that Sarah McCarty likes to beat a dead horse. She goes on and on and on reminding us how Tucker thinks that no one could love him. He resents his 1/2 Indian heritage, yada yada yada. After a while, you're annoyed and you want him to either accept who he is, or get into a gun fight and die. Ms. McCarty doesn't make Sallie Mae a likable character either. The most annoying thing about Sallie is that she talks so annoyingly that you really just want her to shut up. She replaces 'thee' for YOU, and she says it ALL OF THE TIME. In addition, she talks in some strange monotone and its so aggrivating. You want to fast fwd her speaking bits and allow her to only moan when she and Tucker have sex. Seriously. I couldn't like her if I tried. She also is presented as a strong willed woman who's so smart and believes in her convictions, yada yada yada... Let me be clear. SALLIE MAE IS A WEAK, FOOLISH WOMAN. I hate reading books about stupid women. I can't condone it. She's all "no violence' blah blah blah and she continues with her convictions even as a man is about to kill her. Really? Or how about how she's all "I won't get married. I'm in mourning..." blah blah blah and yet, because of how society sees her, she allows this drunkard to carry her supplies home, walking ALL through the town, which symbolizes that she's out of mourning and actually letting this drunkard court her. I kept hoping she'd be killed. I would have enjoyed the book more.

    Anyone who tells you this book is good is lying to YOU and THEMSELVES. It's a waste of money and time. The book rambles on and on reitterating the same points. It's so foolish.
    Don't bother.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Small Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Piper Vaughn, M.J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    "Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he'd have sex with a woman either. Now he's the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn't have time for babies, but he can't give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he's running out of options. He's on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

    JC says: "Sweet friends-to-lovers romance."
    "pinwheels, panic attacks, and fishnet stockings"
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    I loved it!! Eric and Rue really drew me into their world, and lives. That 'complete me' notion rang true for our couple. I love how there was a gradual process to their relationship. And it just reconfirmed my belief that we make our own family. we can only discover what were capable of thru practice and perseverence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By L. B. Gregg
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time - an interest in the world outside his window. Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden - and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.

    Libros Lover says: "Another Entertaining Installment"
    "Best Smithfield story yet!"
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    I love love looooove this Smithfield story. I can't get enough of Holden. fantastic listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Water

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Randy Fuller
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn't surprised when gorgeous Terry won't give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

    Mel says: "Beauty Beast and a big ol' drug bust"
    "Beauty Beast and a big ol' drug bust"
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    I am always amazed at how Andrew Grey publishes new novels more frequently than I write in a journal or review books on Audible. Grey never fails to entertain me, and for that I can't thank him enough. This book wasn't his greatest. but it also wasn't his worse. It's a beauty meets beast love story where both individuals have to reconcile who they are on the outside with their inside. I'm a sucker for a kind heart, so I was immediately drawn to Red. His auntie amused me as well. The drug bust scenario felt a bit too forced but clearly necessary to envoke the "Gastone" character aka James. And lets not forget yummy and poignant sex scenes, along with vivid images of Terry in a pink speedo, and we'll call it an authentic Andrew Grey novel. I'm still debating whether or not it was worth an entire credit... personally... I would have preferred a 2 books for 1 credit type of deal, but I have yet to see that type of sale here on Audible for ANY of the m/m books I read. But, a girl can dream..... about a hottie in a pink Speedo. Just sayin! What!? A girl can dream. HA!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Inside

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dawn Douglas
    • Narrated By Randy Fuller
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    After 10 years as an active-duty marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler's had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he's going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.

    Rhonda Jones says: "Long story to nowhere specific."
    "m/m version of "The Bodyguard"..."
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    This was an OK read. I enjoyed the friendship morphing into love aspect of the story, but the plot and characters weren't dynamic enough to give me pause, or draw me in. similarly, the story line.. the traumatic past... well, all in all, it wasnt far fetched per se, but it certainly wasn't believable. And for some reason I just couldn't get over the idea that anyone so stunted by negative, hurtful, and harmful reactions to one's sexual preferences from sn early age in life-- abandonment issues much!-- could be so "easily turned off" after one, albeit comfortable, conversation.... nothing in life is ever THAT simple. So, not the worst listen, but certainly not a great listen. save your credits and cash!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting Instinct: L'Ange, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Only a privileged few know L'Ange's head of security, Arman de Soto, is a shifter, and even fewer know he's been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the chateau's overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman's reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don't mix, but Arman won't give him up.

    Morgan A Skye says: "Gotta Love Mary Calmes and Tristan James together"
    "goddamn AWESOME applesauce"
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    I cannot stress how much I LOVE Armand DeSoto. He is a phenomenal beast. I'm always entertained with Mary Calmes, but this story entertained, enlightened, and engulfed me with delight. Armand is gruff, blunt, and everything I wanted in a character. I'm no soldier, but I have the same moral code, and I agreed with everything he said and did. Never have I read a story where a character went against every "hero" standard known to man. Fu#$ken phenomenal. FINALLY. I couldn't get enough. I loved the man, loved the beast he embodies, and I will never, ever, EVER find a character so invigorating. THIS is why Calmes is on top. She gives us more with each page. "Better than yours", "that's the name of my clan." Oh yeah... Calmes stories will ALWAYS be better than yours. I simply cannot get enough... and I wouldn't want to. Flawless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy with the Painful Tattoo: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood.

    HaloLove says: "LOL! Gotta Love Kit's Character!!!"
    "I love Kit forever and ever."
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    Seriously. I can't get enough of Kit!! His whit and humour kill me. I love how insecure he feels about some things, and how confident he feels in other things. He feels so real to me! The "top/bottom" scene was one of my absolute favs. Our perception of how the world sees us is very relevant, and as usual, Josh Lanyon, frames this scenario oh so well. ( I <3 you Josh Lanyon!) I appreciate Kit's detective abilities, and his knack for solving a good mystery. While JX has a certain appeal, Kit always comes out on top, which is probably why any additional book in the series will be on my " must get" list. Fantastic listen and read. Bravo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Newton's Laws of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M.J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By George Somerset
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Rory was Ben's oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they'd harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love.... and he's regretted it ever since.

    Mel says: "payback the one you love."
    "payback the one you love."
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    I liked this story because everyone deserves at least one chance to fix a wrong. It took Rory a bit longer than I would have hoped, but in the end we got out HEA. I wish there had been an epilogue though....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where He Ends and I Begin: Home Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life - and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue. But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequiteds, and he’s never been as straight as Nate assumes. Nate may think their passionate explosion is a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long, but Jake is bound and determined to prove to him otherwise.

    Donald says: "Predictable, yet enjoyable..."
    "a forever kind of love"
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    I loved this book !! He completes him!! I want more! gimme gimme gimme gimme

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blame It on the Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they're both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends. It's all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the “best kisser on campus”.

    Morgan A Skye says: "Best Narration MM Book Ever"
    "Blame it on having a believable storyline"
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    I loved this story. I think this is my 5th time listening to it. Im a huge fan of romance, especially during the holidays. Mick's fears were well versed and honest. Fielding was just too darn cute. Anyone who reads/listens to this story and doesn't root for them as a couple just doesn't believe in christmas magic. I was hooked from the beginning, and can honestly admit that I wanted more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Inman
    • Narrated By Tommy O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Dating is hard enough. Throw in an incontinent Chihuahua, an unrequited love affair, a severe case of social anxiety disorder, a dying father, and a man-eating hog, and it becomes darned near impossible. Still, it takes two to tango - and when Tom Morgan, a mild-mannered assistant bank manager with a debilitating case of shyness, meets Frank Wells, who is straight off the farm and even shyer than he is, sparks start flying.

    Stephon says: "Great Story"
    "Overcoming shyness with good lovin'... on a farm"
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    I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life. This book was fantastic. I am a sucker for anything funny, throw in a decent plot, and entertaining characters, and I'm hooked. Oh Tom and Frank, I don't know where to begin. I just think they both are utterly adorable. I can't recount the number of memorable moments that lightened my heart, or made me bust a gut. I LOVE FLAWED CHARACTERS. And these two were flawed beyond belief, but in cute, and meaningful ways. Another thing I loved about this book was the idea of comfort... we're always feeling our best when we're comforted by the familiar and such... So when someone who's very UNcomfortable stepping out of their comfort zone, is thrust into an environment WAY beyond his comfort zone, with a jerk named Stanley (I HATE that name. HA) it's bound for some hilarity.

    I have to say I wanted more. Thanks John.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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