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  • Living Promises: Keeping Promise Rock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.

    Donald says: "The Journey of Promise Rock Continues..."
    "Wonderful ending to a great series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Living Promises to be better than the print version?

    Don't know I didn't read the print version, but the audio is great b/c Paul Morey is great. I love everything he narrates.


    What other book might you compare Living Promises to and why?

    It is hard to compare b/c even though it is a separate love story, it is tied to the first two books. I would not call this a stand alone book, you really have to read them in order.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and I will listen to ANYTHING Paul Morey narrates. This is like his other works, excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No clue.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this series and the many characters involved. I was sad to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    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
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    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.

    T. Henry says: "One of my favorite comes to life in audio"
    "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
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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.

    Heather K says: "Had some MAJOR issues with this one"
    "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
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
    "Great Series"
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    I am a long time fan of this series. There seven books and a bunch of free stories associated with it; and it is not over. So I was thrilled to see it come to Audible. Victor and Jacob are one of my favorite couples in mm romance. The world building of this series is great and Vic is a very unique character. The series is told from Vic's POV and mostly in his head; he has a very warped view of himself and the world. His romance is definitely not lovey dovey, but more of a series of mysteries he and Jacob tackle together; sort of like the Adrien English books by Josh Lanyon. It is a great ride and the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is I'm not a fan of the slow burn of the romance. I mean it is really slow; over several books slow. However, definitely worth a credit to start the journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Hugh Bradley
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Dawson Barnes recognizes his world is very small and very charmed. Running his community college theater like a petty god, he and his best friend, Benji know they'll succeed as stage techs after graduation. His father adores him, Benji would die for him, and Dawson never doubted the safety net of his family, even when life hit him below the belt. But nothing prepared him for falling on Jared Emory's head.

    Riva says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
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    This is not one of my favorite Amy Lane books, but it was still a good read/listen. It starts out really slow and was kind of boring in the first half of the book. It picked up a bit in the second half. This is primarily about the relationship between Dawson and Jared; but there are sub stories about the Scooby Gang of Dawson’s friends and his best friend Benji. Dawson starts as a stumbling nerd awed by Jared, who is a famous dancer. They embark on trying a long distance relationship and as the story progresses and their relationship grows, they discover a lot about themselves and what it means to have a relationship. That said, I’m afraid I really didn’t connect with this couple, I don’t know why, I just didn’t. I rooted for them, but I was just “whatever” about the HEA. The narrator does a decent job, but there really wasn’t a lot of diversity in the voices. Overall probably worth a credit as a comfort read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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