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  • The Battle for Jericho

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gene Gant
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Gay activist Dylan Cussler stirs up the establishment when he moves in with his boyfriend and sues the state over its gay adoption ban. Sixteen-year-old Jericho Jiles and his best friend, Mac Travis, decide to do their bit to convince Dylan and his boyfriend to leave town. But when Dylan turns up before they can finish trashing his house, Jericho panics, leaving Dylan unconscious and wounded. Drowning in guilt, Jericho returns to Dylan's home to make amends. He is surprised when Dylan forgives him and opens his eyes to the world around him.

    Tams says: "Coming of age, Contemporary gay YA"
    "Coming of age, Contemporary gay YA"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For the most part, yes. Jericho's parents grated my nerves at times, but overall Paul Morey delivered a great read, as usual.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jericho! I loved how he learned to think for himself.


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

    Oh yes, he is my favorite narrator. I do prefer when he tells the more adult, sexy stories, but his voice is just so mesmerizing you can't not get caught up in whatever book he's retelling.


    Could you see The Battle for Jericho being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh yes, an ABC after school special. In the final Harry Potter there were the two sidekicks with Malfoy, the black kid could totally play Jericho. The guy from Beautiful Creatures could be Hutch.


    Any additional comments?

    Jericho Jiles is your average everyday teenager with slightly over bearing and definitely strict, religious parents and a couple of best friends that are going to get him into more trouble than he realizes. When a gay man and his partner move into the neighborhood and petition the court to allow them to adopt, Jeri’s little town is in an uproar. Of course Jeri thinks it’s wrong, evil and disgusting. Because that is what he has been taught to think. But when a prank goes wrong and Jeri winds up hurting the man inadvertently, he starts to question what he’s been taught to think.

    Dylan Cussler is an attorney and a gay advocate, helping at risk and confused LGBT youth through a local group. The stress and strain of moving to an extremely homophobic town and the disappointment of not being able to adopt sent his lover packing, and then someone breaks into Dylan’s home and trashes the place leaving Dylan with several stitches as a parting favor. The last thing Dylan expected was for the teenager that clocked him to show up on his door step, or show any type of remorse for what he did. But then the teenager really floors him when he tells Dylan he’s gay.

    At first Dylan toys with Jericho, creating an elaborate gay agenda contract for Jeri to sign, giving him stupid and illogical rules he has to follow to be a good gay man. What started out as some sort of psychological penance for Jeri, turns into something more when he really attempts to do as Dylan suggests, actually act gay. In a random turn of events, Jeri finds out one of his best friends is gay and the two try to date. It is not without some absolutely hysterical bumps in the road, but practice makes perfect, and with time Jeri’s feelings for Hutch grow into something more than just friendship.

    In a wildly original story the proverbial straight guy, would be homophobe becomes the bi-sexual spokesman of his own one man band. I liked the originality of this story, how Gant took a sixteen year old young man and opened the eyes he never realized were closed, to a world of possibilities. What I didn’t like about the story was Jericho’s conservative, uber religious parents. How they figuratively brow beat him with their beliefs and their bible and went way overboard with some of their punishments. NOT abusive, don’t get that impression, just over bearing and just too much.

    It was interesting for me to follow along with Jericho as he struggled with what he had been taught and what he was starting to feel the more open he became to a relationship with Hutch. Now Hutch’s parents were the abusive assholes of this scenario, his father even going so far as to go after Jericho in an attempt to find Hutch when Jericho’s parent’s helped him escape his abusive home life. Which is why I didn’t hate Jiles in the end, they did go out of their way to help Hutch regardless of how they felt about he and their son being boyfriends.

    Narrated by the man, Paul Morey, lord I just love his voice. This is the first book I’ve listened to from him with the level of vulnerability he brought to Jericho though, and it really added more depth to that character. His voice just flows like honey, so sexy and honest, I will buy an audiobook simply because he is reading it.

    This story is not quite as dark as the synopsis leads you to believe, but there is still an element of darkness there. Mostly it’s a great coming of age story about the struggles of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and his personality at the same time. I’d recommend this read if you are a fan of gay YA stories.

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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Narrated By Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

    Kathleen says: "A brilliant gem in a sea of mediocrity"
    "One of the best books I've listened to all year!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh hell yes! It's everything you want in a book. Engaging, intriguing, well written and well told by the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ari. With the story being told from his POV you really got to take the journey through his eyes, I loved his confusion and his convictions.


    What does Lin-Manuel Miranda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ari's anger and Dante's flamboyance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! There were a couple times I teared up a little bit. I had a big smile on my face at the end though.


    Any additional comments?

    Aristotle is a loner, but he’s not lonely. He’s played sports and joined clubs but he has never really had any friends, because he has never felt like he was a part of the normal teenage world. His mom is a teacher, his father is a Vietnam vet who keeps his thoughts to himself and his brother is in prison. It’s just another of many things his parents don’t talk about, his brother or why he isn’t a part of their lives. With summer break looming, Ari’s mom encourages him to make friends, and that is when he meets Dante at the local pool.

    Dante is smart, open minded, out spoken and over bearing... pretty much everything that Ari is not. As unlikely as the pair seem, they bond and become best friends. Dante’s mom is a Therapist and his dad is a Professor so his smarts come naturally, but he loves to read, swim and is a poet at heart. The two quickly become inseparable to spite the fact that sometimes Ari finds Dante insufferable. Ari even steps in front of a moving car to save Dante, who was trying to save a broken winged bird at the time.

    What was supposed to be a fun summer spent together at the pool and discovering the secret of life, is now spent with Ari recouping from the accident. And then summer is over, Dante is in Chicago with his parents for the school year, and Ari is angry. He is angry at Dante for trying to save that stupid bird. He is angry at himself for getting hurt. He is angry at his parents for not talking to him, and for never talking about his brother. Most of all, he doesn’t even know why he is really angry, if he is truly so angry at all.

    Things change a lot over the next couple years, for both Ari and Dante. Dante explores a variety of vices including pot and alcohol, girls and boys, finally deciding he’d rather kiss boys than kiss girls. Ari gets to know his parents, himself and the illusion of his big brother. And then the unthinkable happens, Dante is hurt in an act of violence that sends Ari on a downward spiral that could end with him in the same place as his beloved big brother.
    Wow, just wow. This story really made me think. I found myself rewinding several times to go back and listen to Ari’s thoughts again, make sure I was hearing them the way they were meant to be heard. Truly a story about two young men’s journey of self awareness in a big city Texas town in an era where being gay was still considered taboo, and frowned upon, to the extent that violence was generally overlooked. But not by Ari who knows Dante better than anyone else, even if it takes almost losing him to finally see it himself.

    I’ve never listened to or read another story quite like this one. Told from Ari’s POV, you are traversing these two years in time inside his mind, seeing through his eyes, feeling what and how he felt. But Saenz made sure that Dante’s unique perspective on things always shined through as well. Dante was pretty much an open book, what you saw was what you got. Ari though, he was like an onion, you had to slowly peel back the layers to reveal what was on the inside. He came across as angry sometimes, when in actuality he was hurt or confused. At one point he finally admits that he was looking for Dante before he even knew it.

    Whether it was their sometimes awkward but always intriguing conversations, letters exchanged while Dante was away in Chicago, or a real time relay of events as they were happening described by Ari, the relationship between these two completely fascinated me. Dante knew he loved Ari long before the feelings were reciprocated, but I don’t think even Dante knew he was IN love with Ari at first. The way their relationship unfolded, becoming and staying best friends for years before anything else was very fresh, innocent and endearing.

    If you’re looking for just another sexy book from the LGBT genre, you won’t find that here. What you will find is a wonderfully written story about two young men that are looking for something, anything, discovering secrets about their lives, their futures and their pasts while forging an unbreakable bond of love and friendship. And the narrator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has a voice that matches the story perfectly. Fresh, new and youthful. This is one of the best books I’ve listened to all year. I seriously lost time while I was listening I was so engrossed in the story.

    If you are a fan of authors like Mia Kerick and Geoff Laughton, both from Harmony Ink, then this book should be added to your TBR list!

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  • When One Door Opens

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jd Ruskin
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Logan Sellers' parole officer has issued three commandments: Stay sober, stay employed, and stay out of trouble. At first, Logan thought those three simple rules would be easy to follow. But that was before he accepted a side job assisting his boss' housebound agoraphobic nephew Caleb. Caleb is deceptively normal for a guy who hasn't left his apartment in three years, and his friendly, caring personality tugs on heartstrings Logan didn't know he had.

    Enid says: "Romance with a touch of butter... and maple syrup"
    "A Different kind of Love story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When One Door Opens to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it, but the story itself really captured me, so I can't imagine the print version would be any less worth your while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was unlike any other love story I've listened to. Both men have some serious baggage including psychosis and alcoholism, it's the need they have to be together that will keep them clean and sober.


    Have you listened to any of K.C. Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my fires and I really enjoyed it.


    If you could take any character from When One Door Opens out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Logan of course! Tall, dark, brooding, handsome.... what's not to love?!


    Any additional comments?

    Caleb hasn't left his apartment in over three years, aside from the occasional visit across the hall to his neighbor. Once the fire alarm went off and the building was evacuated. Caleb helped his elderly neighbor and her cat get down to the lobby, then went back upstairs and baracaded himself in his apartment. He doesn't leave, and he doesn't have friends. He does run a successful online website and graphics design company that keeps him afloat, so there is that.

    Caleb's uncle feels responsible for him for many reasons, and so he tries to make sure Caleb has someone to pick up his mail and groceries every few days and deliver them. It's also a way for his uncle to keep tabs on him as the person that delivers is required to stay a certain amount of time and always ask Caleb innate questions. Logan is sort of puzzled as to why his new boss would hire a convicted felon to assist his obviously troubled nephew with even such mundane tasks as mail and groceries.

    Logan just wants to go to work, go to his meetings, keep is nose clean and get on with his life. A recovering alcoholic with a very short fuse, Logan just spent a year of his life in Prison for damn near beating a man to death in a drunken rage, and breaking his best friend’s wrist when he tried to stop Logan from killing the man. Now he's being given an opportunity to help someone, Caleb. The attraction is obvious from the first awkward meeting, but Logan doesn't need any more complications in his life right now, especially a man that is scared of his own shadow, and would rather burn to a crisp than leave his apartment.

    But Caleb trusts Logan, and the two begin an unlikely friendship. Logan forces Caleb out of his apartment. First to the roof of his building, then on walks to the store with Logan to pick up his groceries. Logan continues to battle with himself over his ever growing attraction to Caleb, but once he realizes the feelings are mutual, all bets are off. Soon Logan begins working fulltime at the warehouse and is no longer Caleb's paid delivery boy, and the two begin a relationship out in the open. Logans past, and unclear future coupled with Caleb's disease aren't their only obstacles though. Something strange is happening at the warehouse, and the someone involved will stop at nothing to keep it a secret, even if that includes threatening Caleb's safety and Logan's freedom.

    What I loved about this story was how it captured my attention from the beginning, and held it throughout. That was a combination of a well written story, and well delivered dialogue by Kelly. It was so interesting to me to listen as Logan brought Caleb out of his shell, and thus, freed himself of his own demons at the same time. He still thinks about drinking, longs to taste just one drop again, but he longs for Caleb more and that was a very interesting twist in the story for me. At the end, all wasn't right with the world per say. Logan was still an alcholic, Caleb was still an agoraphobic, the difference was they had a reason to strive everyday to deal with their problems and issues. Each other. Love is a very powerful weapon, as prooven with this story.

    This was my first book by Ruskin, and my first audible narrated by KC Kelly, won't be my last for either of them. I really enjoyed the way the two characters played off of each other, the way they were written as polar opposites, and yet, no one else could get through to the other quite the way each of them could individually. And Kelly's narration was such a treat, he is really good with that New York twang. This is a great listen, but I'm certain the written format will be just as enjoyable. I recommend it for sure!

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  • Sinner's Gin: Sinners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    There's a dead man in Miki St. John's vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there. After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner's Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki's car, Miki fears death isn't done with him yet.

    Reece Notley says: "Tristan James Brings This Book To Life"
    "Dark at times but so worth a listen!"
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    What did you love best about Sinner's Gin?

    Everything! The story, the characters, the narration. This book was just so well done all the way around.


    What other book might you compare Sinner's Gin to and why?

    The Cole McGinnis mystery series by the same author. It's rich with dialogue and culture much like this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The guest house the night Kane's mom brings Miki home. Wow!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Listening to Miki in that interview room, going over all the dirty details of how he was violated as a child made me cry, but then his self depricating sense of humor made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Miki St.John is a recluse that rarely leaves his house, he even orders in his groceries. After the death of his three bandmates, including his best friend Damien, in a car accident he has withdrawn from society. Living in the huge remodeled warehouse that he and Damien bought before their last tour and had renovated, he hides from the world. Until a serial killer, a stray dog, and a sexy irish detective that just won't go away and leave Miki to wallow in his self misery come along, and turn his world upside down.

    Kane Morgan is an openly gay successful inspector with the SFPD to spite his sexuality, no one cares! The second oldest of eight children, he comes from a long line of cops. Half the Morgan clan work for the police dept, as did their father and his fater. ONE brother is a fireman, the black sheep they call him. His irish roots and his family are extremely important to him, they are ingrained in him and make him the man he is. The only thing he's been missing for a while now is someone to love, and then he meets his small but boisterous neighbor and is immediately drawn into thos gold/green eyes that smolder when the young man is angry or defiant. Which is most of the time.

    While Kane dances around Miki's troubling past, constant nightmares and a killer that is probably coming after Miki... he starts to fall in love with the broken man. He doesn't just want to protect Miki, he wants to help him heal and show him that it is possible to love and be loved without pain. There are so many obstacles in the way of their happy ever after. Miki misses his best friend something fierce and blames himself a lot for the accident, that coupled with the scars he carries both mentally and physically make it difficult for him to open up and trust anyone. Seriously, its like Kane has to wade through a mine field every time he tries to get close to the young man.

    Kane works his way under Miki's skin a while getting on his last good nerve. Just when you think these two may actually be able to love each other and not kill each other, you are reminded of the killer that is stalking Miki's every move and leaving body parts on his front porch in a walmart sack!

    This is a very dark story about sins of the past and the inability to bury them. Murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. But then you have this magnetic love story building between Kane and Miki, polor opposites that with one goal in mind. Loving and protecting each other. Kane is large and in charge and refuses to allow Miki to hide from him or push him away. Miki's dry and often self depricating sense of humor add some comic relief to this otherwise very dark and serious storyline. And when these two finally succumb to the attraction it is erotic, explicit, detailed and absolutley perfect.

    I'm so happy I found these books and I'm off to start the next one immediately. If you are a fan of murder, mystery and mayhem with some passionate guys tying a big bow around it, then this is a book for you. narrated by Tristan James and he nails every intricacy of the Irish family clans various accents and nuances superbly. And there is this wounded animal aspect to Miki that comes across with such rawness in his voice, that it will almost make you cry. Love the storyline, characters and narration!!

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  • Dirty Kiss, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman's son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man's handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.

    T. Henry says: "Almost better than the book!!! And I love the book"
    "Dirty and Sexy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    That dry, witty sense of humor Cole is sporting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    When Cole and Jai finally stop fighting their attraction and come together, literally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Cole calls Jai baby after saving his life, and Jai tells him he likes that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, most definitely, it's hard to stop listening to one of Rhys Ford's books once you start. They are always so good you just want to devour them in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    Cole McGinnis is a half Irish, half Asian gay man. The former cop has little to no contact with his mother and father since he came out. His older brother, an attorney, has never turned his back on his brother though regardless. It's Cole's brother Mike that brings him his latest job, digging into the death of Mike's boss's son. It's at the family home that Cole meets the elusive, beautiful and troubled cousin of the victim. The last thing Mike wants is to be attracted to anyone, still in mourning after his long time lover was killed by his former partner on the force. But there is something about Jae that pulls Cole closer and makes the PI want to get to know the closed off Asian a little more intimately.

    Kim Jae-Min hides his sexuality, sort of. It's no secret to his late cousin's family, who actually blame him for "turning" their son gay. And that couldn't be further from the truth. Jae is attracted to the large and in charge PI as well, and it confuses him. Cole really aggravates him and pisses him off, pushing his buttons, but he turns him on like no one else ever has as well. Jae is a conundrum, fighting Cole one minute, then rocking his world the next, sometimes the two happen simultaneiously, which is both confusing and entertaining.

    As Cole grows closer to uncovering the truth about Yung's death, he and Jae grow closer as well. But the person responsible for Yung's death wants to keep their identity a secret, even if that means one half breed PI and a gay go-go dancer have to be the next casualities in this twisted game of murder and secrecy. Cole struggles to balance his attraction to Jae with his almost utter certainty that he is violating some type of promise to his dead lover to be miserable and alone for all eternity. Jae has his struggles as well. As much as he wants to be with Cole, it confuses him, the wanting the man so much. And he will not tell his family the truth, that he prefers men to woman, and risk being cut off from them. Can the two of them find a happy medium where they can stay true to themselves and manage to be with each other? And if they can, will they be alive to do so?

    Ford delves deep into the trenches of Asian society and beliefs with this series, where as in the Sinner's series, she explored the Irish. But this series is no less intense, Ford has definitely found her niche' with murder, mayhem and snarky, sexy, half naked men that can't seem to keep their hands off of each other. Narrated by Greg Trembley, this is my first audio from Trembley but I'm quite taken with his skills. Trembley conveys the accents with precision and grace and manages to differientiate between characters with the slightest change of nuance and tone. The action is pulse pounding and almost non stop, everytime you think that Cole is close to figuring things out there is another curve ball. I loved the phrases and the wording that Ford used while telling this story, describing these characters and Trembley really brought it all to life with his narration.

    If you like a story with a mesh up of mystery and suspense with a couple of hard headed fresh new lovers and a pretty accurate detialing of the asian culture in the aspect of this story... this is the perfect book for you!

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  • Whiskey and Wry: Sinners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man's existence could even be called murder. When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum's doctors tell him he's delusional and his memories are all lies: he's really Stephen Thompson, and he'd gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

    Riva says: "Excellent 2nd installment"
    "Sexy doesn't even begin to describe it!"
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    If you could sum up Whiskey and Wry in three words, what would they be?

    Passionate, Sexy and Sultry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inner workings of the Morgan Clan coupled with the inner workings of Damie and Miki as brother's of choice.


    What does Tristan James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That Scottish brouque that is just sexy as hell!


    Who was the most memorable character of Whiskey and Wry and why?

    Miki, it's always Miki St. John.. SinJin. He is so damaged and twisted and only made whole by Kane.


    Any additional comments?

    Damien Mitchell knows there is something the people around him aren't telling him, the truth about who he really is. He doesn't feel any connection to the people that call themselves his parents, and he has haunting nightmares of a best friend and a car crash. With each passing day, Damien remembers bits and pieces, trying to put together the puzzle hidden within his shattered mind. He's Damien Mitchell of the band Sinner's Gin who supposedly died in a car crash along with two other members of his band. That's what he thinks, but what if he really is crazy and it's all just an illusion he's created in his battered and bruised mind. When someone burns down the asylum he's being detained in and kills his nurse, Damien escapes and goes after the one thread he can grasp in his muddled mind, SinGin.

    Sionn Murphy (pronounced shown) is a former body guard now pub manager slash owner with a past he'd soon rather forget as well. He lost someone on his watch. He now bares the scars of that loss, both mentally and physically. The first time he sees Damien playing outside his pub, he has all intentions of sending the guitarist packing. That is until he meets those stormy eyes that carry so much pain and need, it's contagious. There is an obvious attraction between them that they both deny at the start, for various reasons. But circumstance keeps driving them together, and when a killer shows up to finish what he started at the asylum, Sionn goes into protection mode.

    With a killer on the loose and his new lover in danger, Sionn reaches out to his rather large Irish family for help. It's a shock to everyone when the one thing that brought Damien to Sionn has been with Sionn's family all along. Can a family of very large, domineering and mean as fuck Irish cops protect the brothers Damian and Miki, from the killer that has their names carved into his very sharp knives?

    This quickly became a repeat listen for me. Not only are both books in this series wrought with emotion, passion and dialogue worthy of a best seller. They are narrated flawlessly! From the various differing tones of Irish brogue that the Morgan clan posses, to Damien’s posh English accent and finally, Miki’s tortured soul tones. Ford’s meticulously written witty dialogue, three dimensional characters and a bad guy that will make your skin crawl and James art of storytelling were a match made in sexy man heaven! The psychotic assassin almost stole the show for me. James reads the killer, Parker, very monotone and cerebral throughout, his tone never changes. Even when he is gutting some poor woman like a fish, he’s just very matter of fact and devoid of emotion, much like his character.

    While the chemistry between Damie and Sionn wasn’t quite as smoldering hot as Miki and Kane, it was still volcanic. There is something so beyond sexy about the Morgan clan men, the need to protect their own is engrained into them. And their monarch, Donal, is so well spoken and accepting of everything that is thrown at them. Probably because his little spider monkey of a wife, Brigid, has enough fire in her for them both.

    If you listen to audio books, get this one on audio! Oh.My.God. Sexy does not even begin to describe it. I highly recommend this book, this series, I was beyond entertained from start to finish. And Ford left it wide open for a third book! Although, I’m not quite sure the world is ready for three brooding and sexy ginormous Irish men from the Morgan clan.

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  • Taste

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mickie B. Ashling
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    What should have been a brief interlude turns into something deeper when Lil Lampert meets Grier Dilorio at the Taste of Chicago. Lil is in town visiting good friends Jody Williams and Clark Stevens, and he didn’t plan to hook up with a younger man and discover a mutual love for architecture, interior design, and a unique sexual kink that keeps Lil coming back for more. By all appearances, Grier is the quintessential bad boy who loves speed, tattoos, and leather, but Lil slowly uncovers another side.

    Amazon Customer says: "Glad I kept listening"
    "A review of Taste"
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    What did you love best about Taste?

    It was a well written and narrated story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The chemistry between Lil and Grier, it was instantaneous but still believable and passionate.


    What does Paul Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice, that's what. I think Morey is the best M/M narrator there is today. He has a very sexy voice, and the nuances, accents and tones he brings to the story just add to the writing.


    If you could rename Taste, what would you call it?

    Lace.


    Any additional comments?

    4.5/5 stars...

    Lil Lampert is vacationing in Chicago with his best friend Jody and Jody’s husband Clark (book 1 in the series) when he meets the younger, sexy, tatted up Grier Dilorio. The Taste of Chicago is an annual fair with flare and food abounding, and Lil is enjoying every delicious mouthful. He ends his first day at the fare with a mouth watering kiss from the handsome stranger, and the promise of a date that evening.

    While both men are in the mood for some fun, and the attraction won’t be denied, they also realize that some fun with a few fringe benefits is all they could possibly share. Lil is heading back home to California in a week, and Grier would never leave his family or his son behind. They are determined to enjoy what little time they have though, but Grier’s family and friends are determined to make that difficult.

    Grier is not in the closet, but his family chooses to ignore his sexuality. When he was still a teenager he had an ill fated night with his best friend Jillian that resulted in a child. Jill convinced Grier that they should keep the fact that he is the father of Luca from their families, so the last eight years he’s been there for Luca in every way aside from acknowledging his parentage. And with Grier having found a man he can see spending the rest of his life with, his brother and Jill, who are now dating by the way, launch a full on assault with snide comments and homophobic attitudes that they’ve kept to themselves until now.

    With Lil’s help, Grier will face the demons of his past so that he can move forward. The question is, will they move forward together? Or when Lil goes home will that be the last these two instant and intense lovers see of each other?

    A story of insta-love that is wrought with emotion and betrayal. Grier has always believed that he was doing what was best for his son, and always trusted Jill to hold true to their mutual understanding. And everything is fine and hunky dory until Grier finds someone to love. Jill goes out of her way to belittle the man that is supposed to be her best friend, becomes a bigot overnight. I truly hated this woman! But then the balance was Lil. Grier and Lil barely know each other and yet, Lil is standing by his side ready to fight for him, with him, for what is right. I truly loved this man!

    Narrated by the best in the biz, Paul Morey, Taste kept me entertained and engrossed from start to finish. Morey can tell a story like no other, so when he has such an intriguing story to work with and convey to listeners, so that you can still have a solid grasp of the characters and storyline, it’s fantastic. To say that Grier and Lil have an instant and intense connection is almost an understatement, their chemistry was off the charts sexy. And Grier’s little kink, while I found it odd at first, it was written in such a way that it became just another part of him, almost like an appendage.

    If you are a fan of the insta-love stories, struggling and overcoming, a little bit of a lingerie kink and Paul Morey’s sultry voice that just drips off your ear buds like honey off the comb, then you don’t want to pass this one up!

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  • Dirty Secret: Cole Mcginnis Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Loving Kim Jae-Min isn't always easy: Jae is gun-shy about being openly homosexual. Ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis doesn't know any other way to be. Still, he understands where Jae is coming from. Traditional Korean men aren't gay-at least not usually where people can see them. When a singer named Scarlet asks him to help find Park Dae-Hoon, a gay Korean man who disappeared nearly two decades ago, Cole finds himself submerged in the tangled world of rich Korean families, where obligation and politics mean sacrificing happiness to preserve corporate empires.

    Riva says: "Better than the first"
    "H. O. double T HOT!"
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    What did you love best about Dirty Secret?

    The ever evolving relationship between Cole and Jae.


    What other book might you compare Dirty Secret to and why?

    Dirty Kiss, same characters, world and narrator.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A knack for Asian words, phrasing and accents like no other.


    If you could rename Dirty Secret, what would you call it?

    Sex on a stick?


    Any additional comments?

    Private Detective Cole McGinnis and his lover, Kim Jae-Min, are trying to settle into as normal a relationship as their crazy lives will allow in the aftermath of Jae’s cousins death. While Cole is still haunted by the murder of his long time lover, Jae is at odds with himself. He is committed to Cole like he has never been to anyone else, but hides his sexuality for fear of being ostracized by his traditional Korean family.

    When their mutual friend Scarlet asks for Cole’s PI skills in locating a friend that has been missing for close to twenty years, Cole accepts the job and soon comes to regret that decision. Wherever Cole and Jae go, madness and mayhem are sure to follow, and this time is no exception. As the bodies start to drop Cole becomes more desperate to solve the mystery. Is Scarlet’s friend really missing, or is he dead? Worse, could he be the one doing all the killing?

    What I thoroughly love about this series is the electric, scorching, white hot fucking chemistry between Cole and Jae. I’m talking bed breaking, hip bruising, resorting to speaking another language because your brain is completely fried, mind numbing sex! It’s utterly fantastic, a thing of beauty, truly. I digress... there is more to their story. Cole is a trouble magnet, wherever he goes death and dismemberment are sure to follow. His body is riddled with scars from all the near misses in his life, including the shooting that took the life of his former lover. His guardian angel must be seriously exhausted, the man always manages to make it out of the most harrowing situations alive.

    Then there is the vivid and wildly described Korean culture that is wrapped around Jae, his family and his friends. It is no secret how that part of the country views homosexuality and Ford pulls no punches in her scripts. Jae is so obviously and stubbornly in love with Cole, but he’d just as soon die as admit to it, he is so afraid of losing his family. It’s something that Cole couldn’t truly grasp until he is face to face with his own hateful and ignorant parents for the first time in ten years. After a blood boiling confrontation with is step mother, Cole finally fully recognizes Jae’s fears. And I think their relationship grows stronger because of it.

    Narrated by Greg Tremblay who is very monotone and matter of fact when he is portraying Cole, which is spot on with the way the character is written, but colourful and exasperating when reading Jae. Tremblay brings Cole’s dry and witty sense of humour to life while nailing all the various Asian characters with precision and finesse. Did I mention the hot, sweaty, passionate, toe curling sex? *fans self just thinking about it*

    I think that Ford is such an accomplished writer that whether you chose to read or listen to this story, or both, that you would have the same experience. I just always love it when a narrator can take the words and really bring them to life, which is what Tremblay has done with this series. I can’t wait to see what dangerous and deadly mystery Cole and Jae stumble into in the next book!

    ~ Note, this is the second book in a series that should be read in order.

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  • The Boy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By B. G. Thomas
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn't want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can't pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm.

    Violeta H. Berkenkamp says: "Loved Charlie David"
    "Being who you are, and being fully accepted."
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    Where does The Boy Who Came in from the Cold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up toward the top for sure! Great writing and even better performance by Charlie David.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter, something about his old world style and the way David portrayed his voice mesmerized me.


    What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic as usual! He got the southern insecure twang for Todd, the more mature tone for Gage and that British flair he used for Peter was amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both actually. Todd was so insecure and almost immature that his past made me tear up a little, but then his reactions and thoughts at times made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Todd Burton is jobless, broke and now homeless in the middle of freezing blizzard. Not the greatest combination. Little does he know that the man who lets him come inside the foryer of his apartment building is about to change his life, irrevocably. Gabe Richards is always paying it forward, so much so that he's had his heart demolished in the past because he is so kind. But he can't resist wanting to help the scared, frozen young man he finds outside his building. When Gabe offers him a meal and a place to sleep for the night that is safe and warm, Todd immediately gets the wrong idea and not only insults Gabe, but hurt's his feelings. None the less, when Todd realizes he has nowhere else to go, but out in the cold, he decides to take Gabe up on his offer.

    Todd spent the better part of his life ignoring his sexuality. There have always been hints, little clues, like the heated make out session with his best friend Austin, the mens fitness magazines he horded as a teenager, oh and the underwear model ads, all male models. But a verbally, mentally and sometimes physical abusive homophobic step father made him deny ny and every inclination he had toward the same sex. But now that Todd is staying with Gabe, he's finding it hard to ignore the attraction to him. There is also a familiarity and a trust with Gabe that Todd has never experienced with another human being.

    Gabe was rescued himself by his boss, mentor and friend Peter when he wasn't much older than Todd is now. It made his very aware of just how precious life is and how some people just need a helping hand sometimes. Gabe also wears his heart on his sleeve, which some people will take advantage of, which is how he got his heart broken by a young man he helped once a few years ago. Though Gabe still does anything and everything he can to help someone that is down and out on their luck, he's safeguarded his heart. Fear of being taken advantage of and hurt again make him deny his increasingly growing feelings for Todd.

    Love at first sight and all that are at the core of this story, that and coming to terms with who you are and how you want to live your life. Todd will have to set aside all the ingrained hatred that is stuck on repeat in his brain and Gabe will have to open himself up for possible heartbreak again, if they are going to stand a chance at any kind of happy ever after.

    I was hooked on this story from the first words uttered by Charlie David. The scenario of a young man that is battling his own mindset in order to be who he really is was seriously fascinating. Thomas did a great job of writing the inner turmoil that Todd goes through with his step father's barage of insults constantly repeating themselves inside his confused mind. It's not until he finds a way to turn that off that he finally opens himself up to Gabe. The narration was splendid, with David giving that southern twang to Todd's accent while Gabe had the more mature and commanding tones to his voice. But my personal favorite voice would have to have been Peter, Gabe boss and friend. David really captured the maturity and British nuances to Peter's proud voice.

    If you are a fan of coming of age and being true to yourself stores with a sexy edge, Charlie David narrating and just overall a fun, romantic read then you really should give this one a go. I recommend it!

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  • The Devil's Brew: Sinners Series, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Miki St. John's life has been turned upside down, but it's the best thing that's ever happened to him. His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan now share Miki's converted warehouse.

    Tams says: "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
    "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Brew to be better than the print version?

    Yes, only because you get to actually hear the Irish and Gaelic accent's of the Morgan men.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the relationship between Kane and Miki.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kane and Miki "exchanging" their gifts.


    If you could rename The Devil's Brew, what would you call it?

    Why mess with perfection??


    Any additional comments?

    Short, Sexy, Steamy and down right hysterical!

    Miki St. John and his partner, SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan have settled into a comfortable lifestyle. Miki, Kane, Miki's best friend Damie and Dude the dog have their own definition of family in the warehouse they all live in. First Damie drags Miki out shopping for Sionn, Damie's boyfriend who is also Kane's cousin, at a jewlery store. Then the two friends settle in for fish & chips for lunch. At a place they used to haunt with their deceased band mates. So the holiday, the certainty that he's going to screw it up with Kane and missing his 2 fallen friends all have Miki in a slightly sore mood. Can the promise of an evening at home alone with Kane brighten the young rockers otherwise dreary mood?

    Things are definitely looking up until Kane gets called in to work. The working doesn't bother Miki, he can understand and loves Kane all the more for what he does. It's the, dare I say, wrapping of Kane's gift that get's Miki all in a tizzy! At the end of the day the guys exchange their gifts and solidfy their love for each other that ends with Miki underneath Kane... hot, sweaty, sticky and completely debauched.

    This was the perfect addition to the Sinner's Gin series, just to give all us hard core fans a little update with the goings on in the lives of our two favorite couples. Miki is one of the most messed up, comical, endearing and lovable characters of any series I've read to date. The way that he and Kane communicate is equal parts baffling and beautiful. They crack me up! And the love letter that Kane wrote to Miki, but he has it shoved inside his guitar, like a little morsel just waiting for Miki to find it in like twenty years.

    ** Updated review to include audio review 9-11-14 **

    Tristan James returns to continue telling the story of the Morgan clan and their men. It's amazing to me how James manages to maintiain a different tone and inflection for each of the Morgan men, so much so that the listener always knows exactly which character they are following. His voice and narration adds an extra edge to this already amazing series. Whether it's the big, bad cop Kane whose patience and love for Miki is neverending. The unwavering best friend Damie. Or young, insecure and slightly psychotic Miki St. John himself. James gives each and every one of them their own distinct personality and voice that only compliments Ford's written characters.

    This audio version is the perfect addition to an already stellar series of books, I've both read and listened to all the books and while they are highly similar, each version gives you a different persepctive to the characters and the stories. I'm anxiously awaiting for Tequila Sunrise to release on audio, and for book 4 to release on Amazon, write faster Rhys!!

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