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Riva

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  • Better Than Good

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lane Hayes
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (154)

    Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he's ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ah! May! Zing!!!!"
    "Adorable GFY romance"
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    This is a really well written GFY jock wants flamboyant proud gay man story. Nice listen b/c the narrator does an excellent job. But the story is cute but really nothing special. Other than the usual angst that accompanies a straight guy who discovers he is bi, no other conflict. Worth a credit if you want a comfort read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Newton's Laws of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M.J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By George Somerset
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Rory was Ben's oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they'd harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love.... and he's regretted it ever since.

    Mel says: "payback the one you love."
    "Great narrator but too much angst for me"
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    So this story really didn’t resonate with me. Basically, Rory and Ben meet at 7 years old, grow up as best friends and fall in love in high school. Ben screws it up by choosing popularity over Rory. Eight years later, they end of working together. Ben has always regretted what he did and proceeds to try to win Rory back. On the surface it is a sweet story but it is told from Ben’s POV only. So much of the story is in Ben’s head while he misunderstands and second guesses himself until I almost go blind with all my eye rolling. I just thought Ben came off as a whiney doormat. In addition, because we don’t know what Rory is thinking about all this until the end, he came off as an insensitive jerk. The author tries to explain it at the end, but it just fell flat for me. The only way I got through this is through the talent of the narrator. He earned the book an extra star because he does a great job with a really weak and predictable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Man Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Barakiva
    • Narrated By Michael Chernus
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend - he's barely ever had a girlfriend - but maybe it’s time to think again.

    Regina-Audible says: "A Heartwarming Coming-of-Age Novel"
    "Very YA, cute and sweet"
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    This was a very cute and sweet story. However it was a little too YA for me; the MC is 14 and 16. I learned a lot about Armenian culture, as it plays a large role in the story, and that was great. The romance felt a little easy and forced and I just didn't really feel for either boy. There is no real drama, just some culture clashing. The narrator did a great job and overall I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Thing He Needs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. H. Knight
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn't belong in Tommy's harsh world, but Tommy can't push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy's life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

    Libros Lover says: "We Need More J. H. Knight"
    "Good listen"
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    This book is like the anti-Eight is Enough TV show. It is the story of Tommy, the oldest of eight kids who has been given some really crappy parents and has done his best to take care of his seven brothers and sisters since he was 15. This responsibility has left him distrustful and overly controlling about every aspect of his life. Then Bobby, a local cop, steps in and challenges his view of himself. The narrator did a great job in bringing this story to life. The only negative is he doesn't have a lot of diversity in his voices, but somehow it didn't matter. The story is a slow burn to their HEA. It drags a little in the middle until the "event" that changes everything. Overall worth a credit..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting Instinct: L'Ange, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Only a privileged few know L'Ange's head of security, Arman de Soto, is a shifter, and even fewer know he's been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the chateau's overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman's reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don't mix, but Arman won't give him up.

    Morgan A Skye says: "Gotta Love Mary Calmes and Tristan James together"
    "Good sequel"
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    I really enjoyed this 2nd book in this series. Although it is a second book, it can be read as a stand alone. The combination of Mary Calmes and Tristan James is always a good combination. This was a really interesting book because it starts with Arman admitting he knows Linus is his mate. The first part of the book is convincing Linus of this fact. Linus resists because he has past trauma he has not come to terms with. Little does he know Arman (who is a secret shifter of an unusual kind) has been avenging his tormentors for years. The theme of the book is Arman does not see himself as a "hero" in the traditional sense; he thinks he is a very bad man. In a way he is correct, but as Linus points out, it depends on who is telling the story. Arman self view is challenged by his merry band of men and his mate. The second half of the book is mostly about Linus confronting his past. An interesting story; a fantastic narrator; it is all good. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black John: Johnnies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    John Carey is just out of rehab and dying inside when he gets word that Tory, the guy who loved him and broke him, has removed himself from the world in the most bitter way possible - and left John to clean up his mess.

    Morgan A Skye says: "Gomez Pugh is amazing!"
    "Another great installment"
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    I've was a little luke warm about continuing the Johnnies series, there is only so much hurt comfort I can take in the Johnny world. But I am a slave to any book narrated by Peter B. Brooke, so I bought it. This is a stand alone, mostly, but it does help to be familiar with the previous books, as the past couples do appear in this book. To be honest, I was still luke warm about the story, but Mr. Brooke's narration kept me engaged and the story really enjoyable. It was nice to hear John's story and great to have a peek into the other boys from the series. As with all the other stories, John's story is heartbreaking. He is forced to confront the death of his first love and in the process meets Tory; someone as messed up as he is. Together the two men help and support each other and discover they are stronger together than apart. I really enjoyed their journey. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Jason Grant doesn't have much, aside from a beat-up old guitar and knack for getting kicked out of foster homes. His latest placement is set to be just another in a long line of failures. Then he meets Caesar Hubbard, a handsome guy who lives down the hall. For the first time in his life, Jason wants to stay, which means learning to be part of a family, and not letting his feelings - or his actions - ruin his first real chance of falling in love.

    Corey says: "After Winter must come Spring..."
    "Closure . . .sort of"
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    Just amazing. So with this book we come full circle with Tim and Ben and am introduced to Jason Grant and others who will show up on future books. Jason is a wonderful young man that starts off as a jaded, but remarkably laid back, foster case for Michelle (Jace's sister). They forge a special bond as she seeks a family for him. My only issue with Jason is he just doesn't seem to know his worth and keeps just "putting up" with stuff instead of demanding what he wants. Although primarily about Jason's journey and search for love, we are treated with all our old friends from previous books. Except for Victor, thank god; I'm sorry I'm still really mad at him. But I digress. Not all the old friends are good ones and there is some drama. This book has trademark Jay Bell wonderful writing and storytelling; yes it is possible to love more than one person. But this one is a lot lighter than the previous books. Don't get me wrong, tears do flow, especially in the last 20% of the book; but they are happy tears. I so glad that Kevin R Free continues to narrate this series. He does his usual amazing job. All and all, it is Something Like Wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spencer: Survivor Stories, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. P. Barnaby
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    It's been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn't stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he's still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn't.

    jon says: "Aaron is the begining this is the next"
    "Great sequel"
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    So, this was not as hard as Aaron, but not an easy listen as well. This was a rare one session listen for me as I wanted to give it my undivided attention. I started Sunday morning and ended at 11:30 pm Sunday night. I think the thing I admire most about this book is that (I think) it is a realistic look at what happens to Aaron and Spencer's relationship three years later. HEA doesn't always mean HEA when human beings are involved. Their relationship and commitment to each other is tested when: 1) the men who attacked Aaron are caught; and, 2) Spencer gets a job that requires him to move. I think it is really well done. It is not perfect, as I didn't think Aaron's relationship with his brothers was resolved. But it was a great sequel. It even had a surprise cameo from Zach (as in Finding Zach, by Rowan Speedwell, which is also on Audible) which added a great dimension to Aaron's continued struggle to come to grips with what happened to him. The narrator does an amazing job in conveying the emotions of the MCs and his interpretation of Spencer's deafness was truly wonderful. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Pitch: Love Lessons, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Heidi Cullinan
    • Narrated By Iggy Toma
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father's wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can't stop dithering about where to go to college - with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation and where he's headed to school.

    JC says: "Glee+Pitch Perfect+Boy Melodrama"
    "Fantastic"
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    OMG, what a great listen. Frequently in my audiobook reviews I praise the narrator for bring the story to a new level. Although the narrator did a wonderful job, in this case the book eclipsed the narrator. I do not believe this is not a stand alone book, you have to read/listen to the first book in order to really enjoy this one. What a great ride with Aaron and Giles. Their story was a roller coaster ride of emotion, angst, horror, joy and down right whooping fun. Put it this way, while reading I rented Pitch Perfect and downloaded Titanium; a movie and a song I had never heard before, but now love. It is hard to put into words what the story (really two stories) is about. The first half of this book made me want to tear my hair out with all the misunderstandings and angst. Then it morphed into a coming of age/coming out story that tore at my heart. Then it morphed into the beginning of a second story with another couple. And all through it, Walter and Kelly, from the 1st book played prominent roles. Especially Walter, who I now want to clone as the gay big brother for all young gay men. It is always great to see a beloved couple throughout a series; I love the way Ms. Cullinan did this. There is more drama in this one than the first book and I cannot wait for the third book to continue Baz and Elijah's story. Also, as a parent, I love that there are evil parents and good parents; just like real life. All and all, this is a re-listen and now one of my favorite series. Definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Written in the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alix Bekins
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Bailey McMillan's life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer's nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John. That part isn't so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey's abrasive nature amusing. Unfortunately, working for John also leads to writing an astrology column in exchange for getting free rein in some op-ed articles, and then being sued over one.

    Libros Lover says: "Starstruck"
    "Great fun"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It has fun, witty characters and the narrator was awesome. Bailey is brilliant scientist in love with his own mind. That should annoy me, but he is so wonderfully clueless and has a good heart. However, that doesn't stop him from believing that geologist are "glorified miners" and biology is too inexact to be a "real science." He is hysterical as he laments to not having enough minions to do his bidding while he saves the scientific community. The story revolves around his bet with his best friend to prove that astrology is crap and has no scientific merit. This book should really be called 12 dates, as that is how he sets out to prove it; and hilarity ensues. It is really well written and I was engaged the entire time. The narrator really does an awesome job. Mr. Brooke has always been one of my favorites and is really the reason I bought the book in the first place. He does a variety of accents and gives a perfect delivery of the sarcastic humor of Bailey and John and the various supporting characters. Just wonderful. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Knows the Storm: The Vigilante, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tere Michaels
    • Narrated By Jonathan Young
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence - gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by "Dead Bolt", a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

    Riva says: "Great start to a series"
    "Great start to a series"
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    This is a really great start to, I hope, a series. Be forewarned that the ending, while a HEA, doesn't wrap up all issues. I really enjoyed this book overall, although there are some glaring world building holes. In a nutshell, NYC has experienced a catastrophe and becomes this lawless din of sin and crime. The problem is, apparently the rest of the U.S. is intact but turns a blind eye to NY and let's this happen. Maybe this is explained away in future books. But if you can ignore that, the romance and underlying mystery are quite good. This is an enemies to lovers romance between Cade and Nox. Nox is a vigilante trying to fly below the radar for the sake of his son, Sam. Cade is a high priced prostitute who mistakenly falls into a bigger mystery that changes his life and brings Nox into his life. It is very well written and I look forward to the next installment. The narrator does a great job of bringing these characters to life. Worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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