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Riva

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  • The Nothingness of Ben

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brad Boney
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
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    (119)
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    (118)

    Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.

    Boys like Boys says: "A simple read"
    "Great narration, OK story"
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    5 stars for Charlie David, but 3.5 stars for the story itself. This is a story of Ben, a stuck up NY attorney, and his journey of self-discovery and budding relationship with Travis, an auto mechanic with a heart of gold. The story is pretty predictable and the smex is good, but it just kind of plods along. It is a sweet story with some very poignant moments, but didn’t really “stick” with me as memorable. Ben is not really a likeable character, although I did like Travis quite a bit. There is a side story of Ben’s relationship with his brothers that I enjoyed. All in all, worth a credit for Charlie David’s narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tequila Mockingbird: Sinners Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
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    Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan. No, Connor has everything worked out - a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son.

    T. Henry says: "Love, Love, Love"
    "Just gets better and better"
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    I want to be a Morgan. I love this series. There are only a few books I will buy the ebook and the audio and this is one of them. This is the 3rd book in the series and Connor Morgan's story. And be still my heart, Tristan James' voice!! My god the man could melt a glacier just with his voice. This story is a GFY as until Connor met Forest, he thought he was straight. But he adjusts his thinking with the help of his amazing family. Forest comes from an abusive childhood and was saved by a pot smoking hippy. Now his childhood demons are trying to kill him and Connor is determine to protect him at all costs. Good stuff all around with the trademark Rhys Ford body count.

    I love all the MCs in this series, but I seriously want Donal and Bridget to adopt me, I don't care that I'm in my 40s. There seems to be at least one more book in this series and I look forward to it. But I really look forward if Tristan James continues to narrate it. Sooooo worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Shelter: Rock Bay, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tom Vilot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
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    (35)
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    Justin Foster has 19 years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal. Logan O'Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn't take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: It can also be home.

    Riva says: "Sweet but disappointing"
    "Sweet but disappointing"
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    I really enjoyed the first book in this series and thought this third one would be just as good. It is a classic hurt/comfort story. Justin is a young man who has been abused most of his life by his father. The abuse was severe, almost killing him at one point. The reason for the abuse is very simplistically stated as homophobia, but the father's action definitely scream more was at play. Logan is the protector, straight guy that develops a crush on Justin. There is A LOT of angst and the MCs don't get together until well pass the midway point of the book. The basic romance is sweet, but I was very disappointed in the resolution of the father issue and some of Justin's actions.

    When I read about an abuse victim in books, usually it leads to some type of growth on the characters part by confronting the abuser or overcoming the demons. I didn't really get that in this book. Without giving spoilers, I will just say I was disappointed about this aspect. Also some of Justin's actions bordered on TSTL. The best part about this book was the narrator. He does a fantastic job, as he did in the first book. It was also great to see the entire Rock Bay gang again playing supporting roles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guy from Glamour: The Guy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Skylar M. Cates
    • Narrated By Matt Baca
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
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    (27)
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    (27)

    Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He's happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can't manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the "nice" guy.

    Riva says: "Sweet comfort read"
    "Sweet comfort read"
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    This is a great comfort read. Dean is a Special Forces soldier who is forced to take a hardship discharge in order to take care of his niece when his sister unexpectedly dies. He travels to the small town of Glamour, AZ and meets Anthony, the local guidance counselor. One of the best things about this book is Anthony’s family; a big Italian family that loves and supports each other fiercely. It is always great to see that in an mm romance. Dean on the other hand has past demons he is trying to conquer. He was not “out” in the army and has a hard time adjusting to civilian life and his feelings for Anthony; he doesn’t think he is worthy of someone as beautiful and good as Anthony. The narrator does an amazing job. He has great voices and really brings emotions to the characters. There is a little angst and not a lot of drams. Overall, worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bianca's Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By B. G. Thomas
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (14)
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    Bianca worries that her daddy, Gavin, is lonely and decides he needs a boyfriend for Christmas. So she enlists her father's best friend, the straight and unattached Curtis. Gavin has a Christmas wish, too, and Curtis setting him up on disastrous dates isn't part of it! Meanwhile, Curtis finds life becoming complicated as he tries to please Bianca, make Gavin happy, and fend off his own unexpected mixed feelings. Will anyone's wish come true?

    Riva says: "Super cute short listen"
    "Super cute short listen"
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    This was a super cute listen with one of my favorite narrators, who does a great job as usual. It is short, but a great comfort read. Bianca (the kid) is a trip, with a cameo of Gabe from The Boy Who Came In From the Cold; as the MC lives in the same building. A little angsty, but no surprises or drama, just a sweet story of a girl trying to make her daddy happy. Not worth a credit, but great for under $5.00.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Social Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Alva
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (63)
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    (63)

    Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

    T. Amburgey says: "This is one amazing book!!!!"
    "Wonderful Coming Out Story"
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    I really enjoyed this college age coming out audiobook. It is told from Connor's POV and Connor is painfully shy and socially stunted; sometimes annoyingly so, music student. But this is a book primarily about his journey during his first year of college. He meets Jared, the popular football player, and they begin a love affair in secret. But as we know, nothing stays secret for long and there is fall out and ultimately, growth. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing this book to life. His portrayal of Connor was spot on and he brought a wonderful emotional element. The only negative with this book was the drama with the ex girlfriend; it really seemed out of place for the story. Overall, worth a credit..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted Heart: Winter: The Haunted Heart (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Lee Samuels
    Overall
    (36)
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    (36)
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    Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle's mysterious museum. But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of... Since Alan died, Flynn isn't eating, isn't sleeping, and isn't spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention - because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.

    Riva says: "Perfect choice for Halloween"
    "Perfect choice for Halloween"
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    This is another winner from Josh Lanyon. This is the first book in a series. It is primarily a ghost story with a underlying budding romance. But I think this is going to be a slow burn romance, similar to the Adrien English series. Both men have demons to tackle and they are not really address (or in Kirk's case even revealed) in this book. But the ghost story is very compelling and I was freaked out a couple of times. The narrator does a great job with all the voices and the inherent creepiness. Can't wait for the next book. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Serenading Stanley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Inman
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
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    (20)
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    (20)
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    Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city's lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed... which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane.

    Riva says: "A little too much"
    "A little too much"
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    This is a sweet, comfort read if you don't mind paranoid, insecure geek meets Greek god and just can't accept that he is worthy of attention. On the surface, I love the concept, but not so much in this execution. The best part of this book was the narrator, who is fabulous and really took what I thought was a mediocre story and brought it to a new level. He also took Arthur, a minor character, and stole the story with his interpretation of an overweight drag queen with a heart of gold. Stanley's insecurities became a bit much at about the 50% mark and Roger was just too good. So it was more like a Cinderfella fairy tale than any realistic read. It is fine for what it is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hell & High Water: THIRDS, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (73)
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    (73)

    When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Good humor to Military/shifter book"
    "Great Series"
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    This is one of my absolute favorite alpha/alpha law enforcement series. Dex is just an amazing character. He is funny, sweet and can certainly kick ass. He is also remarkably sensitive to his family and team mates. Sloane, his love interest and new partner at The Thirds, is a somewhat tortured soul as he lost his former partner/love and is having a hard time recovering when Dex bursts into his life. The banter in this book is my favorite part as Dex has many really witty lines and his verbal war with Ash is priceless. This series has a great cast of characters and at least four couples, both human/Therian and Therian/Therian in future books. The narrator does a great job on all the voices, except Hudson’s English accent; but it doesn’t really matter because it is just a few lines in the book. Definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Turkey in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
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    (37)

    Since Hank Calder's four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank - and for Josie - Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for.

    Heather says: "Cute fluff - no drama"
    "Eh . . .not much to this"
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    I wish I could like this more. The best thing about it is the narrator, he is great. But the story is really boring and very short. The blurb really is the whole story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Danced

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Erno
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
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    (19)

    Josh's deepest passion is helping animals. Romance is the furthest thing from his mind... until the night he meets taciturn, handsome Rex Payton. Chance and an after-hours dance conspire to forge an intimate connection neither man looked for - one neither man can ignore after the dance leads to a kiss.

    Riva says: "Really sweet"
    "Really sweet"
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    This is a super sweet man with kid love story. It is a love at first sight for the main couple and they go through some trials to get to their HEA; primarily focused on a homophobic, religious relative that doesn't believe gay men should raise children. We get both MCs POV and even a little insight to the grandmother. No real angst, but a little drama and I was rooting for them the whole way. A great comfort read. The narrator does a great job, he really brings the characters to life and has a super sexy voice for Rex. I love the Falcon Sound guys, they are all really great. Worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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