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Riva

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  • Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Felicia Watson
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Logan Crane’s life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he’s now in an abuser counseling program, Logan cannot face the real source of his unhappiness: He’s always been attracted to men but has refused to accept it since witnessing an act of violence. During his therapy, Logan meets Nick Zales, a counselor at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Nick is understandably suspicious of Logan despite an immediate attraction to him. Logan feels the same attraction....

    pierre-luc says: "Satisfying romance and a less-travelled setting"
    "Good story, OK narrations"
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    Overall rating 3.5 rounded up. This is a very engaging story of anger, abuse and not being true to yourself. The story is really good and kept me engaged. Nick and Logan are very realistically portrayed and the story deals with some very real issues of domestic violence. The narrator was OK, not painful to listen to. But Jeff Gelder continues to be a little wooden, although this was much better than some of his past books. He had some diversity in the characters and at times puts emotion into his storytelling. I think it is his "pacing" of the story that doesn't quite flow. Sometimes it sounds like he is just "reading" it, which I could do without purchasing an audiobook. It is too bad because he as a great voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Up: Toronto Tales, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

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

    Libros Lover says: "Disappointed"
    "Failure to Launch"
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    OK, I’ll be honest, the only reason I got this book was b/c Tristan James narrated it. Period. I enjoyed the first book AND the third book well enough, so I thought, oh well,, its Tristan James, he can make everything OK. Boy was I wrong. This book should have hit every “like” I have; hurt/comfort; geek/cop; supportive friends, etc.

    And it started out great, I was really excited. What an epic fail that not even Tristan could save. I mean there is “angst” and then there is “angstapolooza” This get into the TSTL category for me at around the 60% mark of continued miscommunication and wrong assumptions. Well the angst went on into the 80% mark of this book. I was ready to pull my hair out. And it wasn’t the plausible miscommunication, no it was the WTF!! type of angst. For example, Ivan is supposed to be this great detective, but honestly, he came off like Inspector Clouseau in this book. Everyone kept “sneaking up on him” just by walking in the room; he got made tailing Parker (the other MC) on a college campus, by Parker; the “bad guy” was obvious to me at about the 25% mark but Ivan didn’t figure it out until there was literally gunman at the door, and that was by accident. WTF?

    Parker, who I actually really liked as a character chooses to bury his head in the sand and his insecurities became annoying after a while. He is described as looking like a model, but he still sees himself as the “fat kid” and doesn’t think he is lovable. Now that theme could be great in the right story, but this wasn’t it. Overall, I would say just stick with Book 1 and 3 and just skip this one, unless you like torture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mia Kerick
    • Narrated By Tristan Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe's, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That's what usually happens. But Jamie's lessons in life have been harsher.

    Havan_IronOak says: "If Music Be the Food of Love Play On"
    "Great narrations; hard subject matter"
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    This is a very hard book to rate b/c it deals with some very heavy issues, childhood abuse. But the book is a YA, told from Kai's POV as an 18 year that reminds of Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Big Adventure. There are a lot of "dudes" and "bros" in the dialogue. That is a little off putting when you are talking about someone helping someone else coming to grips with being molested as a child. But I understand why the author did it; it was a way to speak the language of an 18 year old male who, until he met Jamie, really was a pretty shallow character. But through his attraction to Jamie, Kai grows into a man who really knows how to love with his whole heart. He speaks ("intervenes") to Jamie through his music and together they begin the healing process for Jamie. I don't really agree with the ultimate path taken, but I'm sure it is a path many abuse victims have chosen.

    The narrator for this book was fantastic. He really gave voice to both Kai inner dialogue and Jamie's emotional roller coaster. Overall, definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aiden's Luck: Seattle Stories, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Con Riley
    • Narrated By J. P. Handler
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    House-sitting for a friend is supposed to be a lucky break for Aiden Daly. Discovering his new housemate is the image of his first crush turns it into a nightmare. Marco de Luca is obviously interested in being more than housemates, but his resemblance to Aiden's ideal man seems only skin-deep. Besides, Aiden doesn't date.

    Caroline says: "Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance"
    "Good but a little frustrating"
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    This is the 3rd book in this series. It can be read as a stand alone, but it helps to have read the 1st book as Ben and Theo are still a part of this story. But really the 2nd couple, Peter and Sean play little to no role in this book aside from a few references. Peter's father Paul plays a bigger role than Peter. Now the book itself.

    This book is a romance between Marco and Aiden, but it is more about Aiden's inner self inflicted turmoil. Aiden is a really good guy making really bad choices and not seeking the help of the people who love him. So the angst meter is off the charts in this book. Not for the romance, but because of the lack of communication. I had a lot of eye rolling and wanting to throttle Aiden and say "just say it for god's sake!!" This continue until about the 80% mark and then when the secrets finally come out, it was very anti climatic for me.

    The only saving grace is the romance with Marco; he is a great character and a joy in the book. His outlook on life, his relationship with his family and putting up with Aiden's crap, makes him the star of the book. On the other plus side, the narrator does a fabulous job. His voice for Marco was spot on complete with an Italian accent. And his narration of Aiden's inner voice and emotion was great. Overall worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • McFarland's Farm: Hope, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    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"
    "Really good, but wish it was longer"
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    This would have been a 5 star read if it was longer. As it is, I really enjoyed it because I really connected with the MC. This is not a new story; spoiled rich brat gets sent to the country to be around the "salt of the earth" small town folk and transformation ensues. It's a classic and was done really well. So well I really hope there is a sequel with the same couple. I want to hear more of their story. The narrator is one of the best and delivers in this book as always. Not worth a credit only because of the length of the book, but perfect at under $5, which is what I paid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maverick's Mate: Brac Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynn Hagen
    • Narrated By Johnny East
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Maverick Brac has formed a pack of his own, naming them the Brac Pack. With fourteen men under him, they all have one thing in common, the preference for men. Cecil Walter was living a life no one would wish on their enemy in an abusive relationship with his partner with no way out. Getting away from pack problems and a migraine, Maverick indulges in his one secret love, Chai tea.

    Riva says: "Start of an epic series"
    "Start of an epic series"
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    This is the 1st installment in the Brac pack series; and holy crap there are 32 books in this series. As I have said in previous reviews, I grade Siren books on a 1 - 3 scale b/c they are very basic, formulaic stories that follow a set pattern. However, some storylines and characters are better than others and I did enjoy this particular first installment and will continue the series. You really have to suspend belief with Siren books and just listen to the story as a fairytale and not have any expectations of realism. It has lots of mm sex, instalove, mate in danger, must save mate, HEA. That is the story, don't expect more. Now the narrator for this series is a whole other matter. He did a really good job and really makes the listen more enjoyable than reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handcuffed to the Werewolf: DeWitt's Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marcy Jacks
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Jason Snowe woke up in a nightmare. Kidnapped and thrown into a cement hole, he is chained to a werewolf, and is to be used for food when the wolf becomes too hungry to go without! Mick Stewart despises the fact that he was caught by a bunch of lowbrow hunters, but there is always a silver lining. The human they chained him to is his mate, and though Jason is wary of him, they both agree that working together is their only chance of escape.

    Riva says: "Good 3rd installment"
    "Good 3rd installment"
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    This is the 3rd installment in the Dewitt pack series. As I have said in previous reviews, I grade Siren books on a 1 - 3 scale b/c they are very basic, formulaic stories that follow a set pattern. However, some storylines and characters are better than others and I am enjoying this particular soap opera. You really have to suspend belief with Siren books and just listen to the story as a fairytale and not have any expectations of realism. It has lots of mm sex, instalove, mate in danger, must save mate, HEA. That is the story, don't expect more. Now the narrator for this series is a whole other matter. He is fantastic and really makes the listen more enjoyable than reading the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Floodgates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture - with a past that just might get Tracy killed. Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend's little brother that he's a reliable man, but to do that he'll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be.

    Riva says: "Matter of Time Lite"
    "Matter of Time Lite"
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    If you liked A Matter of Time you will like this book. It is complete with a "Jory and Sam like" MCs, namely Tracy and Cord. It has a good murder mystery and protector vibe, a loving family on Tracy's side, and all round fun listen. Although there are a couple of characters that seem to go nowhere; which leads me to believe there may be a sequel. The narrator does a good job overall and really kept me engaged. I actually like the audio better than the ebook. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born of Fury: A League Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: An organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute.

    Teresa says: "Put your foot down or put it up their asses."
    "One of my favorites in the series"
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    What is better than super sexy Hauk; Hauk with kids. I've read all the books in this series and next to Cloak and Silence (Marius' story) this is probably my favorite. Hauk really has never been one of my favorite characters, but I loved his story. Mainly because it wasn't as dark and violent as some of the other books. Sometimes Ms. Kenyon's attempt to create a traumatic backstory or character goes a little overboard for me. I honestly was losing interest in the series if that continued. But the last two books, have hit the right amount of broken MCs finding healing without making me cringe at their backstory. What I really liked about this one was Hauk's interacted with his niece and nephew, it was hilarious. And his romance with Simi was a perfect mix of angst, humor, and love to get to their HEA.

    The other amazing thing about this is Mr. Fred Berman, one of the best narrators in the business. He is amazing! Other than not using the same voices for Mari and Ture (and getting Ture's name wrong for a little bit) he was perfection. He truly brings these characters to life for me. Just like in the other books, the entire family makes their appearance to come to Hauk's aid and that is just all kinds of fun.

    Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prairie Dog's Love Song

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star - in porn - he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.

    Riva says: "Short and sweet"
    "Short and sweet"
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    This is a really sweet listen about two cowboys coming to grip with their sexuality and their feelings for each other. No real surprises, not a lot of backstory, a little angst and a lot of sweet moments at the end. This narrator does a great job and really pulled me into the story. A enjoyable Christmas listen. Not worth a credit but great at under $5.00

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood & Thunder: (THIRDS Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order's propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there's a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

    K.S. says: "Interesting"
    "Excellent 2nd installment"
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    This is a great series, but you really have to read in order to get the full effect. In this installment Dex and Sloane's relationship continues to progress, however Sloane is having a hard time moving forward from Gabe. He continues to push Dex away until he realizes how much he has to lose if he loses Dex. There is action and drama as the search for Isaac continues and we get more insight to some of the other couples in Destructive Delta. The witty banter and interaction between the characters continues to be my favorite thing about this series. I've already read the 3rd book and can't wait for it to come to Audible. The narrator's silky bass voice is great for most of the characters and he does a great job. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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