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Riva

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  • The One Who Saves Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    At 14, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences as friends, learning and experimenting. And they talk each other through countless dates and breakups. Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship - until Andrew suffers a tragedy. Caleb moves in with him, and the parameters of their unique relationship blur.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I am becoming a Cardeno C fan..."
    "I really tried to like this but . . ."
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    I tried, I really tried to like this book. I'm trying to give Cardeno C books a chance since his books seem so prevalent on Audible in the mm genre. On the pro side it was a sweet story of friends with benefits to lovers and Paul Morey is great as always. In fact, he was the deciding factor to try this book.

    I didn't even care about the abrupt ending. Of course that may have been b/c at that point I just wanted it over. But REALLY, these MCs are too stupid to live!! 20 years!! 20 years of being together, making love (and I mean A LOT of sex), supporting each other through good time and bad (sickness, death, broken marriages, etc.) and they only realize they love each other after 20 years. I'm sorry, that stretches even my tolerance for fantasy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stay with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By S. E. Harmon
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Private investigator Mackenzie Williams' newest client is everything he's looking for in a guy--charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There's only one itty bitty problem: the guy's not exactly gay. In fact Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiance. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don't let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

    Riva says: "Good listen"
    "Good listen"
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    This book reminded me a lot of Dani Alexander's Shattered Glass (which is also available on Audible and I highly recommend it) without the cool crime adventure. The main character, Mack, is a wise cracking PI with abandonment issues. He has not been lucky in the love dept. He falls for the "straight" client and thus embarks on a GFY story; with an a**hole ex thrown in for good measure. The writing a narrator were engaging enough to hold my attention. Since not much else is going on in the story, it could have been really boring. But I am a fan of sarcastic characters, so I enjoyed it. The narrator, did a good job conveying the emotion of the story, but lost a star because all the characters kind of sounded the same. I like diversity in the voices and didn't find it in this narration. Still worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Control

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Cardeno C., Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he'll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can't be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy's small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded - he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot. Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift.

    T. Henry says: "Love me some Greg Tremblay"
    "Not your typical shifter book"
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    I loved this book!! I'll be honest, I put it off because I had heard "mixed" reviews. I'm happy to say I am clearly in the "loved it" category. Robert and Vy are a great couple. This is not your typical shifter book. It tackles a question you don't often see in shifter books, what are the ramifications if a shifter refuses to shift and does not embrace his animal? What happens to the "soul bond?" I think Ms. Calmes and Ms. Cardeno did an excellent job with the story and the various "control" issues it tackles. And the narrator, Greg Tremblay, just made a good story, great. He delivered such warmth and depth to the characters, that I had a really hard time putting this down. I hope this is not the last we hear from this couple. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Days

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions. Takeo's life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight.

    T. Henry says: "Good story made great by Greg Tremblay"
    "Short and sweet"
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    I really enjoyed this short sweet novella. Both Dwyer and Takeo are great characters. This is not your typical romance story arc, as cultural differences are central to the story. Takeo is wonderfully oblivious and brave. My only complaint was that there was not more to the story. I hope we see more of this couple. Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators. He brings such warmth, emotion and depth to his character, it is just marvelous. I don't think I would have liked this book as much if not for his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance in the Dark: Dance with the Devil, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Megan Derr
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    At the age of nine, Johnnie lost everything. A quiet, normal child, his life forever changed when his family was attacked by a blood-crazed vampire, leaving his parents dead and Johnnie an orphan. Now grown, he is the cold, proud, beautiful - but very human - son of the Dracula Desrosiers, who took him in after the tragedy that befell Johnnie's parents. Constantly kept apart for being human, Johnnie chooses to bury himself in the two things he most loves - books and mysteries.

    ALLIE says: "Very interesting concept. First class narration."
    "Liked the story more than the first book"
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    This was really a nice surprise. I read the first book (not the audio) and honestly didn't like it much. It was the book that explains a lot of the world building that is referenced in this book. I just found it boring b/c the MC was an established couple. It was more about the various cases than a romance. Although some of the characters from that book make an appearance in this one, this is a standalone story.

    I enjoyed this 2nd book much more than the 1st. In addition to a strong mm romance, it has multiple layers of mysteries. There are the individual small cases, another mystery about Johnny's secret lover; and then there is a larger over all mystery that ties everything together. It was a really clever way of doing it and it kept me engaged for the entire book. There is also a really strong romance throughout the book. Johnny is a great character, a royal snob with a heart of gold. He has strong insecurities due to being an adopted human in a world of paranormals. However, he always tries to do the "right thing" and in doing, gains a great cast of friend, allies and even a lover. The thing to remember with this book is nothing is as it seems.

    Of course Paul Morey does a wonderful job as usual. The only negative was some annoying production errors scattered throughout the book, but didn't take away from my overall enjoyment. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 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
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    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.

    Dennis says: "At Last Another Novel Length Mystery by Lanyon"
    "Another winner"
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    This was a fantastic listen. Kevin R. Free really knocks this out of the park. He does a perfect Kit and J.X. Now as for the story itself, all I can say is at one point I wanted to strangle Kit. He and J.X. make the big move to live together and Kit is not handling it well. Their relationship really gets tested in this one, especially when Kit does some TSTL stuff. But as always, the writing is great, funny and emotional. There is even a cameo from Adrian and Jake, so great!! I loved it! Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Solid Core of Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn's sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the 13-year-old to 10 years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn't always a blessing. When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe.

    Donald says: "Another Solid Story from Amy..."
    "Mind Trip"
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    3.5 rounded up b/c the narrator was great. This is not what I thought it would be. It's not really a "space" story, but outer space is the background for the total mind f**k Amy Lane does in this story. It is really a story of how far a young boy's mind will go in order for him to survive. The only negative thing was I didn't really "feel" the romance part with CJ. It was almost an insta love thing. The rest of the story is good, but the romance is sort of the weakest aspect, which is disappointing in an Amy Lane book.

    0 of 0 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
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    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
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    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
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    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

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