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Riva

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  • Hot Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (267)

    Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

    Miss ReadsALot says: "Damon Suede is a hit!"
    "Awesome Performance!!"
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    Would you listen to Hot Head again? Why?

    No, but I really enjoyed it the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Griff and Dante are awesome characters. I really wanted their story to continue.


    Which character – as performed by Charlie David – was your favorite?

    He did the Brooklyn accent fabulously. He also did a great Russian accent. He really made all the characters come to life.


    If you could rename Hot Head, what would you call it?

    I would call it "Smoke and Fire" I actually didn't like Hot Head as a title.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story. The only thing that annoyed me is that the angst goes on a little to long. At one point I just wanted to slap both MCs. But the payoff is worth it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption by Fire: By Fire Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Dirk Krause is an asshole of the first degree. His life is a hell of his own making, and he makes everyone around him just as miserable. When he's injured on the job while fighting a fire, he's nearly unbearable to the hospital staff, and of course no one from his unit cares enough to visit. Lee Stockton is the new guy at the station, so he gets saddled with the job of bringing Dirk a sympathy bouquet from the guys at the firehouse. To Dirk's surprise, Lee sees through him like a pane of glass and doesn't take any of his crap.

    Riva says: "Cute Short Story"
    "Cute Short Story"
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    This wasn't bad and it wasn't anything special. The narrator does a great job but the story is weak. I don't know why I keep expecting anything different from an author that seems to turn stories out like McDonalds does hamburgers and they are all variations of the same story. The story is too short to really be too detail, but it is what it is and I'm a sucker for hot fireman. Not worth a credit, but maybe a sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me It's Real

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Michael Lesley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

    T. Henry says: "Don't read on a plane!"
    "Wonderful RomCom and the Perfect Narrator"
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    This is a VERY funny M/M romcom listen from TJ Klune. The narrator was perfect and really brought all the characters to life, especially the MCs. He was fabulous!! My only warning is you will laugh out loud at this book, so be warned if you happen to be in public at the time. Also, I truly hope there is a sequel on the way and they can get this same narrator. There is a weird production error between chapters where there is a 7 - 12 sec pause and you feel like the narration stopped; it didn't, just a long pause between chapters. Other than that, this was a great listen. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquer the Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world's hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

    Riva says: "Great 4th Installment"
    "Great 4th Installment"
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    I think this was my favorite of the series so far, although I did really like the 1st book, Inherit the Sky. All the previous couples make an appearance in this book, but this book is much darker than the previous books. The author delves into some abuse and PTSD issues and I think handles them very well. The narrator continues to do a great job and I hope there is another sequel soon. Although this book is part of the series, I'd say you have to read the 1st book, but not book 2 or 3 to enjoy this one. I liked all the books and each couple kind of stands on their own, but Caine and Macklin are in all the books. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast Off: Toronto Tales, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By K. C. Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he's got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O'Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand.

    Riva says: "Nice sequel"
    "Nice sequel"
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    This is the 3rd book of the series. However, I read the first book (Cop Out) and I think this book is really the sequel to the first book as it involves Kurt's brother Ian, who makes appearances in Cop Out. I haven't read the 2nd book, but reading the 1st helps with this one. Now the review. I really enjoyed this book and Tristan James as the narrator is just wonderful. Since this also involves a big Irish family, his wonderful brogue makes an appearance. I also like that we get both MCs POV. The relationship between Ian and Rick is a complicated one because of Rick's past. The blurb implies that Ian's "coming out" is a big part of the story, but it really isn't. It is primarily a story of Rick overcoming the "rules" he has imposed on all his relationships and taking a chance with Ian. And the author does a cute little twist at the end so it is not totally predictable. I connected with both MCs and enjoyed their journey to finding love. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Ghost of a Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Over a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes. Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter -- if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin.

    Heather says: "Great story"
    "Great Spooky Story"
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    Another winner by Josh Lanyon and Kevin Free. This is a wonderful, spooky short story with a HFN romance. I listened to it in one sitting and was enthralled the whole time. The only bad thing is that it wasn't longer. I would love a sequel as it ends on a twilight zone type ending. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Butterfly

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Megan Derr
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Cassidy Monarch had dreams to sing, to be famous, to tour the world at the head of his own rock band. Then his parents were killed in a tragic accident, leaving him to raise his two siblings. Determined to hold on to what remained of his family, Cassidy settled into an ordinary life, his dreams of fame reduced to occasional nights of singing at karaoke dives. But his careful, ordinary life began to fray with his new job, and the beautiful, charming boss who reminds him of all the things he tried to stop wanting.

    Riva says: "Wonderful Surprise"
    "Wonderful Surprise"
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    This is a great listen. I really didn't know what to expect as I have not read any books by this author. But since Paul Morey is one of my favorite narrators, I took a chance. Glad I did. This was a wonderful story of a young man's sacrifice for his family when parents are killed and he is forced to bury his dreams in order to take care of his young brother and sister. The other MC is a great character who is unexpectedly wealthy after being raised in the foster system to two unrelated by blood brothers. The brother's dynamic is fantastic and funny as hell. But their love for each other comes through loud and clear. All these dynamics come together for a great romantic story. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Forever Comes: The Mates Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can't shift. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, he hopes to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack. Instead, Ethan learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate - a vampire named Miguel. Miguel Rodriguez is more than four centuries old. Strong, powerful, and vicious, he walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection.

    Riva says: "Adorable vampires and shifters"
    "Adorable vampires and shifters"
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    I'll be honest, I have not enjoyed Cardeno C books in the past. But this is the second book in this series and I really enjoyed. I'm going to have to reevaluate my opinion of this author if they continue to be this good. Other books I've read from this author seem WAY over the top sappy with characters that were TSTL. But the two books I've listened too in this series were not like that. There is insta love to be sure, but it is a shifter book, of course there is. But these characters were funny and endearing. I believe that Charlie David's excellent narration is no small part of why I enjoyed this listen so much. Also, this is a stand alone book, you don't need to have read the first book, although this couple does make an appearance in the first book. This is the book of how they got together. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian's Mate

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hollis Shiloh
    • Narrated By Stone Canon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Brian is the alpha of the least impressive pack of wolves at the whole Moon Ceremony. When a human is discovered in their midst, he bonds with the man to save his life. Luke doesn't know about all this wolf stuff, but he's starting to develop feelings for the gentle man who rescued him. Both Brian and Luke expect to quietly dissolve the bond later. But feelings intervene, and some bonds are not so easy to cast aside. Building a life together as alphas will take love and hard work - especially when new wolves keep inviting themselves into their lives.

    Riva says: "Sweet, but . . . kind of a mess"
    "Sweet, but . . . kind of a mess"
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    The best I can say about this book is I didn't "hate" it and I finished it. First off it is told in the storytelling form where the reader is told most of the info instead of having a POV from one of the MCs. I'm usually OK with that, but it prevents the reader from really identifying with the MCs because they are so arm's length. Second, it really is all over the place and has WAY too many characters with absolutely no or very little backstory on any. It is really just a story about a shifter pack and how it grew. Brian and Luke get together via insta love, as shifter are prone to do, then really nothing else happens. The theme is suppose to be how Luke's (Brian's Mate) became the "heart" of the pack, which is sweet, but a little boring. The narrator does an OK job, not really bad, but nothing special. Not worth a credit, maybe a sale for a sweet comfort read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Means... Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Seven months ago, Len Parker lost his partner of more than 20 years, and he isn’t sure how to feel about his blossoming attraction to Chris, one of his farmhands. Hesitant and still hurt, Len remains aloof and distant until he’s goaded into teaching Chris to ride. Fresh out of a 30-year career with the Marines, Chris can explore his sexuality openly for the first time in his life, but what he needs more than anything is peace. He’s convinced Len doesn’t like him until he digs a little deeper, and then, armed with hope, Chris sets out to prove that love can provide the healing.

    Randal says: "Very short, but necessary to series continuity"
    "Not worth a credit, very short and simple"
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    This was fine for what it is; a very short basic infill story. It is a sweet story about Len finding love again with Chris after his partner dies. I have now described 90% of the story. It is definitely not worth a credit, but if you are a fan of the series, it is probably worth a sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Of Dark and Bright: Dark Horse Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kate Sherwood
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Jeff, Evan, and Dan have been living happily together for the past two years. They still have problems, especially between Evan and Dan, but they're mostly able to convert the interpersonal disagreements to sexual tension - and then resolve it - so nobody's complaining. Then Dan's long-lost sister shows up seven months pregnant and on the run from the law, and the situation goes from complicated to overwhelming.

    L. Antoine says: "There should be more!"
    "Great 3rd Installment"
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    I'm not sure if this is the end of the series, I think so. If so, it ended wonderfully. This is my favorite of the three Dark Horse books. Evan, Jeff and Dan continue to work on their relationship, but the unexpected arrival of Dan's criminal sister brings danger to their family. In addition Jeff's health issue brings the three together and they realize how much they mean to each other. The narrator continues to do a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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