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Riva

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  • Simple Men

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eric Arvin
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (126)

    Chip Arnold is a well-liked football coach at a small liberal arts college, but his personal life is in a bit of a rut. He goes out drinking with his colleagues, gets along well with his players, and dates all the prettiest women in town - he has the life most straight men dream of. But lately none of the women he dates seem to be igniting any passion in him. Then he meets the new school chaplain, Foster Lewis. Romantic attraction to another man is new and terrifying, and Chip just can't put his finger on why he's drawn to Foster, but it's stronger than anything he's felt for anyone in his life.

    Donald says: "Romanticism at its best..."
    "A swing and a miss"
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    I’ll start out by saying the narrator, Charlie David, is great. He put lots of emotion into the character, but he couldn’t really “save” this book. This is a very weird and confusing story. Eric Arvin is a very good writer, but the story doesn’t “flow” very well. It is really two mm romance stories that occur at the same time; Chip & Foster and Brad & Jason. Chip is a straight football coach that has “insta love” for the new chaplain, Foster. OK I can go with that. But then the relationship takes these huge leaps that even I, who am pretty laid back about unrealistic events happening in a fictional story, couldn’t buy. First, Chip has very little angst about falling in love with a guy for the first time in his life. Then Foster “outs” Chip to his boss and no one, including Chip bats and eye. The other couple, Brad and Jason, are just annoying to me and I really don’t get why they are even there. That said, there are also really fun moments like when a killer squirrel (in Chips estimation) invades Foster's chapel and Chip comes to the rescue. When Chip tried and fails to subdue the squirrel he says "Oh it's going to remember that." and Foster replies "It's a squirrel, not the mafia." Lines like that make me want to overlook the other stuff, because that is just funny. Alas, I couldn’t because after holding out hope, the ending was bad too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Terms of Release

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By BA Tortuga
    • Narrated By Slate Anders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
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    (9)

    Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win's uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win's counting on it.

    Riva says: "Wonderful Cowboy Goodness"
    "Wonderful Cowboy Goodness"
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    This was a really nice surprise as I have never read any of this author's book, but I loved this one. This is the story of Sage, an ex con with self esteem issues, and Win/Adam, a deputy in a small town in Texas with a homophobic boss, who is also his Uncle. I have to say that Adam is my favorite in this story, he is just amazing. He is funny, strong and determined to fight for his man, who is being persecuted in the small town. There is lots of drama and a cast of great supportive family and friends. I had a smile on my face whenever Sage and Win interacted because I just loved them together. Their dialogue was witty and heartfelt. Sage just broke my heart some of the time with not seeing his self worth. The author also doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of life in prison and what it was like for Sage, who went in for 8 years at the age of 18 after being unjustly convicted. That part was hard to listen to, but important to the story.

    The narrator does an amazing job. He really brings these characters to life. Totally worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Autumn: Seasons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor - a wild soul and fellow outsider - his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

    L. Antoine says: "Amazing"
    "Wonderful"
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    I waited for months to get this book because I read the first two books in this series and knew what happens to Jase. But I finally got up the courage to listen to Jase's story. I'm really glad I did even though it broke my heart all over again, but it was closure for the Ben, Tim, Jase saga. It was kind of like the movie Apollo 13, even though I knew the space capsule ultimately gets back to earth, I was still captivated by the journey.

    Jay Bell continues his theme of it is possible to love more than one person in a lifetime and still get a HEA. The only reason the story lost a star was I just really didn't like Victor. I know he was a major influence on why Jase turned out like he did and it was useful to understanding Jase, but I just hated him throughout the whole book.

    The narrator continues to do an excellent job and was amazing. So worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    What happens when two men who have been together for 17 years fall out of love? Sivan Cruz, a set director in San Francisco, and Walter Wainwright, a big shot Bay Area lawyer, find out the hard way. Walter loves Sivan with all his heart but rarely talks about it, and Sivan needs to hear the words. The language of the love they have shared for so long, that has enabled them to build a life together and raise two children, stops working. They become - still.

    Heather says: "And I Love you...........Still"
    "Just lovely"
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    I loved this book when I read it and loved Tristan James narration even more. He has such a wonderful voice and really brings the MCs to life. This is the story of what happens after the HEA. An established couple with grown kids grow apart -- and this is the story of their self discovery in pure Mary Calmes fashion. Not a lot of surprises, just a very nice comfort read. Worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul S. Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Somewhere in the cobwebbed cellar of the decrepit antebellum mansion known as Ballineen are the legendary Lee bottles - and Austin Gillespie is there to find them. The last thing on his mind is hot and heavy romance with handsome bad boy Jeff Brady. But Jeff has other ideas and, after one intoxicating night, so does Austin. The only problem is they have different ideas.

    Heather says: "My Favorite Josh Lanyon book"
    "Not my favorite, but its Josh Lanyon"
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    If you are a wine lover, you might like this one more than I did. It is not a historic period piece like many of Mr. Lanyon's stories. It mostly takes place in a small southern town where a Master of Wine, MC1, travels to in search of some famous bottles of wine. While there, he discovers a body and a closeted private investigator, MC2. Murder mystery and romance ensues. It is pretty short, but as usual, Mr. Lanyon's brilliant narrator makes it all worthwhile. Where does he find these guys? I don't think I've ever listened to a Lanyon book with a bad narrator. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home: Rock Bay, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tom Vilot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
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    (53)

    Tallis Carrington ruled Rock Bay with his gang of jocks and an iron fist-until a scandal destroyed his family's name. Ten years later Tallis is dead broke, newly homeless, and on the walk of shame to end all walks of shame. He needs money and needs it fast, and Rock Bay is the only home he knows. But the people of Rock Bay haven't forgotten him-or the spoiled brat he used to be.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Nice O'Shea book!"
    "Nice surprise"
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    I really enjoyed this mm romance based in the small NW town of Rock Bay. This is a great enemies to lover story that hit all the right cords with me. Tally was a bully in high school and tortured Lex. After losing everything and coming to terms with being gay, Tally returns to Rock Bay and meets Lex again. The story is a little angsty, but has a great supporting cast of characters including a kick ass supportive grandma. It takes various twists and turns to get to their HEA, some of which you might say "WTF?". But overall it is a great comfort read/listen as the narrator does an excellent job. It also introduces new characters that set up the next two books, which I will also get. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming.

    Danique Bleary says: "Modern day fairy tale"
    "Ah Weber, if only . . ."
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    I loved this book when I read it and K.C. Kelly really brought it too life. This is the story of a ongoing romance between a wandering, bull riding cowboy with no family and no home, but a heart of gold, and a San Francisco neurosurgeon that loves him unconditionally. The story is told from Weber's (cowboy) POV and is basically about his journey of self discovery. Not him struggling with being gay, but failing to see his own self worth. It is really beautiful and the narrator does an excellent job. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Can See for Miles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lisa Worrall
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald's sight, he's faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he's not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh's friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper.

    BMW says: "A Big Sigh!"
    "Super sweet"
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    This is a great comfort read. This is the story of two men coming to terms with losing their sight in different ways. Josh lost his sight in an accident and with the help of two amazing friends, comes to a camp for the blind and meets Charlie, the camp director. Charlie's sight is deteriorating and he is faced with seeing (no pun intended) if he can practice what he preaches to his campers. Most of the book is really slow and sweet, but the last 25% is very emotional and the narrator does a great job conveying that emotion. He does a great job throughout the book, Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Papa's Boy: Morning Report, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Brown
    • Narrated By Aaron Pickering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor's assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke. Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin.

    Riva says: "Lovely 3rd installment"
    "Lovely 3rd installment"
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    I just love the crew at the Lost Cow. Although this is the story of Ray (Noah's deputy) and Zeke, the rest of the gang continues to be a large part of the story. Things come to a head with Pastor Jackson in a most unexpected way. Lots of drama, smex and overall cowboy goodness. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Colors of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jessica Freely
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    It sucks being the son of a super villain. At home, Harry spends half of his time getting medical treatments and the other half tied up in his father's underwater lair. It was different when his mother was alive, but she disappeared when Harry was six. He can't seem to stay out of trouble at school, and his new roommate, Antonin, thinks he’s a spaz, but somehow Harry has to find a way to stop his father's evil plans.

    Tams says: "Fantastic Gay YA story"
    "YA version of The Watchman graphic novel"
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    The best way I can describe this book is a young adult version of The Watchman. If you haven't read The Watchman or seen the movie, it is a very dark version of the Superfriends interlaced with modern society. This is not as dark, but a watered down version with teenagers and their weird love ones battling the evil that is one of the MCs father. They talk about murder, child slavery and rape very casually because in this alternative universe, that is normalish. There are lines like "she went to pick up the rocket launcher when she gets the Christmas presents." It is kinda disturbing, but well done and overall enjoyable. There is a romance between the two young people and two female characters. The narrator does a good job and overall definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tamara Allen
    • Narrated By Meral Mathews
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

    Riva says: "Perfection."
    "Perfection."
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    Tamara Allen is one of the best writers of historical romance in my opinion. I have read everything she has written. The fact that she writes mm historical romance is just a bonus. She can weave a story like not many can. Her characters are rich with depth and she grabs a reader from the beginning and holds them enthralled in the romance she weaves between men when such a relationship was illegal. I always equate reading one of her novels like rich hot chocolate while curled up by a fire on a snowy winter’s day. Cliché yes, but that is how they make me feel. Her books are not erotica, as any sex is off page, but are romance in the best way.

    This book is one of my favorites. My favorite is Downtime (which is a time travel/Jack the Ripper thriller); but this is a VERY close second. This is the story of Jack and Sutton, two very different men who have returned from WWI with PTSD and are trying to make it during the Depression. They find each other. Jack is a dreamer and visionary with a plan to “make it” by means of a new invention called the “radio.” Sutton comes from a very rich family, but has shunned it all to try and make it on his own in New York after the man he thought he loved threw him under the bus to save himself. There are bad guys and a wonderful supportive cast around these men. It is a wonderful ride and the narrator is fantastic. He really brings these men to life and his voice is intoxicating. Worth two credits!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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