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  • Men Under the Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ava March, Harper Fox, Josh Lanyon, and others
    • Narrated By Max Tatch, James de Grassi, Jack LeFleur, and others
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.

    Nimue says: "Christmas present to me!"
    "Give me some mistletoe"
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    I liked this book.A lot. The one good thing about a compilation is that typically if you have one story you aren't too fond of, the next one will more than likely be more to your liking. This is true for this book.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE, Ava March. I do indeed. I discovered her a couple months back, and she surged to the top of my "MUST READ AUTHORS LIST". I think I have most everything of hers in Kindle format and on audio book. (Yes, I am a dork. Sue me.) Ava has this uncanny ability to draw her readers into the emotional whirlwind that her characters feel. Its awe inspiring. I sometimes shake as I feel the emotion surge through me.This novella brought me to an insane feeling of anger and frustration and sadness. I felt such an immense feeling of loss. Her words move me. Its such an uncanny feeling. I long for this feeling each and every time I pick up one of her books. (If I ever met her, I'd probably act like a teenybopper meeting the latest teen heartthrob. Pathetic, but flattering. (I hope.) LOL Anyway... I had already purchased her novella-- "My True Love Gave to Me"-- prior to noticing that it was also included in this compilation. However, I had no problem reading/listening to it again. And, as I listened, I even noticed 'new' things, and feel deeper into love with the characters. I felt the anger. the pain. the fear. the remorse. the need. the desire... so I was not disappointed. I think I loved this story because I know what its like to not do what your heart wants to do, for fear of how others might see you. Unlike Thomas, I didn't correct my mistake. So, I live the emotion through him.

    The second story wasn't too marvelous. Winter's Heart by Harper Fox. He's lucky that his name is cool. Anyway... I really had to try and not skim ( I did, but let's pretend I didn't...) and find SOME SCENE or emotional expression that allowed me to feel a connection to the main characters. I just can't get into too much self- reflection. This is not a journal, Fox!! Where is your editor? Perhaps Fox's style is too poetic? Too long-winded? Or perhaps he's so involved with the English language that he feels the need to bore us readers with the pains that a writer goes through when trying to formulate a story or attempting to finish a thesis. I, for one, was NOT impressed. But I loved the sentiment of the story. All too often we don't realize what we're doing wrong in a relationship. Often times, our past hurts prevent us from truly forming a future with our partner. I loved that Gavin FINALLY came to terms with his love for Piers and consummated said love. I have to tell you, the whole Catholicism thing dragged on a bit, thank god anal beads and lube were worked somewhere into the story :P

    I loved the 3rd story. Lone Star by Josh Landon. Half way through the story, I started searching Amazon.com for more from this author. Marvelous. Enter Mitchell, sensational ballet star, and Texas Ranger, Webb. They were each other's first love, but when Webb was too afraid to come out, Mitchell high-tailed it out of town and it wasn't until 12 years later that he returns. Ain't nothing sexier than the twang of a cowboy!!! Honestly. Webb truly turned me on. I know he's a character, but I felt him. And Mitchell was lucky he got to him before I did. LOL Anyway, it's all about growing up. Reflecting on one's past and the mistakes made as a result of fear, immaturity and impulse. I loved this story..... well, except for the description of Mitchell's toes. Seriously? That is something NO ONE needs to imagine. I'm still creeped out. Gah!

    The 4th and finally story was so hot. I literally kept squirming in my seat at work. (I was listening to the book on CD.) It was totally NSFW. LOL Its called "The Christmas Proposition" by K.A. Mitchell. Wowsers. You know that expression... "f-ing like rabbits!" Well the lovers in this novel couldn't keep their hands off one another. Mel is one of the oldest in the family and he's felt a need to keep the family together by working the family tree farm. He's letting his life pass him by and his lover Bryce wants him to choose the path with him. Of course Mel can't get his stuff together, and loses Bryce. But, can he get it together to get Bryce back? It was a good story... mostly for the yummy sex scenes. *fans self*

    So, enjoy this compilation... some parts more than others :X

    0 of 0 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
    (90)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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....

    0 of 0 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
    (139)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    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
    (106)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    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
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    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
  • Body & Soul: PsyCop, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Thanksgiving can't end too soon for Victor Bayne, who's finding Jacob's family hard to swallow. Luckily, he's called back to work to track down a high-profile missing person. Meanwhile, Jacob tries to find a home they can move into that's not infested - with either cockroaches or ghosts. As if the house-hunting isn't stressful enough, Vic's new partner Bob Zigler doesn't seem to think he can do anything right.

    Elfinsong says: "A favourite book brought to life. Superb!"
    "Home Sweet Home"
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    I loved Book 3! THANK YOU JORDAN CASTILLO PRICE! I'm really enjoying this series. Vic makes me laugh. However dorky this sounds, I so wish he was a real person that I could befriend. I'm always entertained with how he sees himself vs. how Jacob sees him. I love that Jacob loves him unconditionally. That scene in the hallway... it blows my mind. And I can see how loving someone so much... lets you give them the 'freedom' to do things you would never, ever agree to otherwise. Oh Jacob.

    The ending of this book left me happy... that's not always the case when reading/listening to a murder mystery, but I'm in my happy place... all snuggled up. Can't wait for book 4...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Mountain: Pack Collection, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home. A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone.

    Donald says: "Loved it, too short..."
    "A pack of 2."
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    I'm always a fan of Cardeno C. I love stories about true mates, so this was a fun treat for me. I really appreciated Mitch's patience. It reminded me of all the little intimacies a couple experiences that don't involve sex. Poor Simon. He'd been through a lot and I think that anyone who experiences such tough life experiences deserves a happy ending.

    On a side note:
    I'm a bit upset because I didn't realize that Cardeno C. is giving audio books away to certain brand new readers for reviews.Here I am an audible/ amazon loyal member for years, posting reviews, not engaging in piracy, spending my own money to buy ebooks/audios, and providing honest reviews without receiving gifts. This is frustrating me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • McFarland's Farm: Hope, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

    Mel says: "Rich boy from the city and his big,solid Farmer"
    "Rich boy from the city and his big,solid Farmer"
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    The story has been done before, but I always enjoy Cardeno C. writing. Its a cute novella about a pretty, rich, 'bad' boy who did a little too much bad, and of course gets the 'no money until you shape up', and gets sent off to his sister's ex hubby's farm... and we all know what happens. HEA. Of course. It's a fun listen. And less than $5... Plus I have always enjoyed Paul Morley, so it's worth it... enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Another Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    At age 18, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side. Travis is handsome, smart, and funny - the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach.

    T. Henry says: "Different from any of her other books"
    "I'd want to know what lies ahead too!!!"
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    Fantastic. I always enjoy Cardeno C's books. This story is no exception.
    We start off meeting Shiloh at a rough point in his life. His, luckily failed, suicide attempt leads him to dream about his future self meeting a wonderful man named Travis. Their love comes on hot and heavy and it isn't until he ' wakes up' and sees 'present day' Travis that he realizes the life he could live with Travis by his side.

    I loved this story. I have read it many times before, and I was so pleased to see it come to life with Jeff Gelder's voice. I have to admit I cried a couple of times. I feel as though I actually know Shiloh and Travis, and love hearing their 'story' again and again.

    It's about hope and receiving the gifts that end up meaning the most to us when we least expect it. I envy their earnest love and assured devotion. And I love thinking that sometimes you just have to wait for that person worthy of you arriving... it whatever form it may be.

    Lovely story that I will always cherish. Thanks again Cardeno.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

    IslandWriter says: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!"
    "Even more pushy dead people... and sexy Jacob!"
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    I never thought I would enjoy this series, but I am pleasantly surprised.

    I find Vic so very amusing. His inner commentary has me laughing out loud the majority of the time. Gomez Pugh does a great job of portraying a primarily bored, over medicated, wise ass cop. And the accents he puts on for multiple minority characters continues to amuse me. While the 'mystery' isn't very complicated-- I figured out who was involved before the big reveal-- I enjoyed the old gang getting back together-- with the introduction of 'Crash' and his rebel self-- to help Vic.

    As a HUGE fan of Jacob, I enjoyed every scene with him. Vic is one lucky man.... and when they finally got their 'bow chicka bow wow' on... I pressed rewind, and listened all over again...

    I'm ready for book 3.... BRING IT Castillo Price!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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