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  • Kindred Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (94)

    Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, and a lovely wife. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can’t do, whether it’s seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father’s hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he’s dancing on the edge...until his wife’s brother comes home from the wars.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing writing and narration"
    "Well read historical gay romance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kindred Hearts to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio version to go by, which was fantastic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The accuracy of the history, and the details of the time.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Morey – was your favorite?

    Tristan


    Who was the most memorable character of Kindred Hearts and why?

    Tristan. He's very insecure and immature at the start, but he grows so much throughout the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Tristan Northwood is a deviant by the standards of his time. He drinks like a fish, parties like a rock star, takes any dare that is thrown his way and sleeps with any woman that blinks in his direction. It’s all just a façade that he presents as his public persona. He lost his mother and baby sister when he was just a boy, and he’s felt his father’s disdain for him every day since. Now a grown man, his father continues to control him as he is the one that holds the purse strings.

    An arranged marriage is set as the Baron no longer wants his son and only heir ramshackling his way across the countryside. Charlotte Mountjoy and Tristan are married and being their otherwise unconventional marriage as mere strangers. Over the next several years though they develop a bond that is unwavering, becoming best friends and parents to a little boy with another child on the way. But Tris is even more restless all these years later. Until Lottie’s twin brother Charles comes for a visit.

    Tris is attracted to Charles from the start, which only adds to his uncertainty as of late. He’s always had an odd attraction to the same sex, but never acted on it due to the negative and damning effects of homosexuality at the time. Charles as well hides his attraction to Tris, until he learns that the attraction is mutual. But Tristan’s self loathing and dangerous plans threaten to destroy any chance these two would have at happiness.

    I loved the history that was woven into the story. From the costumes of the period down to Napoleon and the war. The book was set in the late 1800’s, a time in which homosexuality was considered sodomy and punishable by incarceration, possibly death. It was interesting how Speedwell painted this aspect of the storyline without weighing down the overall story. I was fascinated as I listened to Tristan’s exploits and followed him as he went from insecure and immature to a strong, fierce and loyal doctor. Charles and Lottie play a huge role in his growth throughout the story. They both love him unconditionally, but it’s Charles that is IN love with him, and it’s that love that gives Tris the strength to become the man he is at the end.

    This book was narrated by Paul Morey, and Morey is a fantastic story teller. You can hear the emotions in his voice from changes in octave to slight nuances within the different characters. He expertly nails the sensuality and passion of the more intimate scenes between Charles and Tris as well. I know they say an audio book is a different experience from reading the story, but I would recommend this book regardless of the final delivery.

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  • After the Sunset

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Two years after riding off into the sunset with ranch owner Rand Holloway, Stefan Joss has made a tentative peace with his new life, teaching at a community college. But the course of true love never does run smooth. Rand wants him home on the ranch; Stef wants an exit strategy in case Rand ever decides to throw him out. Finally, after recognizing how unfair he's being, Stef makes a commitment, and Rand is over the moon.

    Heather says: "Finally! :-)"
    "Fun, fast paced story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes! It was just so much fun, I laughed out loud more than once, and Sean Crisden did a fantastic job telling this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stefan! He is unapologetic and fierce and loyal and really enjoyed following his antics throughout the story.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    Rand. His cave man mentality might have been off putting were I reading the story, but Crisden gave him this gruff, domineering tone with that sexy southern drawl, and that coupled with his attitude made him a very endearing character.


    If you could rename After the Sunset, what would you call it?

    Why mess with perfection?


    Any additional comments?

    Stefan and Rand are adjusting well to their life on the ranch now that Stef has taken a job closer to home so that he can spend his nights at the ranch with Rand. But Rand’s more traditional family is still having reservations about the relationship, so when several of them show up at the ranch, with a leggy lady in tow to “temp” Rand, it doesn’t end well. Then Stef gets a call from an annual rodeo and learns that if the ranch doesn’t participate, they loose part of their land rights. Not wanting to put anything else on Rand’s plate right then, Stef rounds up some of the hands and heads off to the rodeo to try and save the day, Prada boots and all!

    While the hands at the ranch have not only accepted the relationship between their former ornery boss and his outgoing boyfriend, they welcome it, not everyone at the rodeo has the same outlook on things. Animosity and ignorance run deep, and Stef is about to get a crash course in wranglers, ropers and bull riding. The issues isn’t whether or not Stef and the guys can save the ranch. It’s whether or not Stef can keep his activities a secret from Rand, and make it home in one piece.

    I had not read or listened to the first book in this series, but I assure you, I never felt like I was missing anything. Calmes did a great job of making sure that the history I missed was still conveyed throughout this story. While this is a fun love story at heart, it is also a story about family and determination that is told with the author’s usual dry, witty sense of humour and three dimensional characters. It’s hysterically funny while still having an element of seriousness, but more than once I found myself laughing out loud at the shenanigans Stef was bound to unearth no matter where he was. Just a fun, light hearted, fast paced story.

    Narrated by Sean Crisden and let me tell you, this was probably his best performance to date, and I have listened to a lot of his narrations. There are dozens of characters in this story and Crisden made sure that every character, no matter how inconsequential they were, had their own unique voice. Rayland was gruff and stubborn… Stefan was personable, fun and light hearted while being unapologetically gay and fiercely loyal to his new family… and Rand, he has this cave man mentality that kind of makes him endearing. All he wants is for his ranch to be successful so he can take care of his family, to come home to Stef every night and wake up to him every morning. There are a couple times in the story when a question is put to Rand, a choice if you will, between Stef and the land or Stef and some other materialistic thing, and each time Rand chose Stef without hesitation. So while he is big and loud and domineering to an extent, he is unabashedly in love with Stef, and it shows.

    Fans of Calmes Matter of Time series will surely love this story, as Rand and Stef have a lot of the same characteristics of Sam and Jory, but without all the life threatening I forgot to breath for a minute seriousness of that world. Definitely a must read, and if you are looking for something that will be like juicy fruit for your ears, grab the audio!

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  • Let Love Live: Love, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melissa Collins
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden, Marc Bachmann
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    For 26-year-old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He's become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left, as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he has yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.

    HaloLove says: "-Trembling sigh- Oh Shane."
    "My new favorite book!"
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    What did you love best about Let Love Live?

    The dual narration. Having two different narrators voice these characters that are completely different mind sets, it was genius.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let Love Live?

    All of it! I really liked part 3 though, seeing the possibility of Connor and Dylan finding their happy ever after.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden and Marc Bachmann ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, and I always enjoy their abilities to tell stories and capture an authors words with their voices.


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

    It was but it took me a few days. I will say, I was so enthralled with this story that I had my head phones in every moment I had the chance.


    Any additional comments?

    Dylan Hopkins found love at an early age with his best friend Shane. But the path to happiness is far from paved for these two young lovers. Shane's father is verbally, emotionally and physically abusive and Shane carries those marks daily. Eventually they graduate and Dylan goes off to college, leaving Shane at home and under his controlling father's thumb. Though they try to find a way to be together, Shane finally reaches a breaking point and takes his own life while in the bowels of a deep depression.

    Eight years later and Dylan has reconnected with Shane's younger brother Reed, and they work together as counselors for an LGBT advocacy agency. Dylan also volunteers as a big brother of sorts for a local boy's home, teaching them how to play baseball. He's dated and had a few partners here and there, but a piece of his heart was broken the night Shane died, and Dylan has come to terms with the fact that he will never find anyone to love that much again.

    Connor Michelson has lost someone dear to him as well, his parents. An ex MMA fighter forced to leave the profession after a life threatening injury at the hands of, get this, his sisters abusive boyfriend. After he recovered, Connor packed up his sister and their lives and moved them away from all those painful memories, also fullfilling a dream to open his own gym. When Dylan and Reed wander into the gym one day, Dylan definitely notices the large, brooding, tatted up owner and soon enough there is a little innocent flirting flying around. And for the first time in a long time, Connor wants more than just a casual romance, he wants the white picket fence and the happy ever after. Dylan, however, doesn't know how to move past his love for Shane, or the fact that he blames himself for Shane's death. Can Connor show him how to let love live again?

    This book was broken up into two parts, Dylan's past with Shane and that heartbreaking situation and then Dylan's present with Connor. The narration as well is told both from Dylan and Shane's perspectives, then Dylan and Connor's perspective, and it was this aspect to the story that was most intriguing for me. You are introduced to Dylan when he's a teenager and you take the journey of self awareness with him. Discovering he is gay, realizing he is in love with his best friend, going to college and then having to loose the love of his life in such a horrific way. While Sean Crisden voicing Dylan was my favorite character and narration, I was so taken with young Shane and his broken soul. That poor boy fought tooth and nail to try and be true to himself and his love for Dylan, and his father was just a horrible kind of evil that went out of his way to break down every fiber of his own son's being, until the poor kid felt his only out was suicide. I was balling like a baby, full on snot slinging blubbering!

    Fast forward eight years and Dylan has turned his pain into something good. He and Reed found their way back to each other and are now best friends, they counsel troubled and bullied LGBT teens and try to make some kind of sense out of what happened to Shane. Sort of karmic payback for not being able to save Shane in a way. Enter Connor Michaelson, the one man that has more in common with Dylan than they realize at the start, and the one man that will not be ignored. Connor even tells Dylan the first time they kiss, it won't go any further with us unless you give me your time. That was one of the best lines taken in context I've ever read, or in this case heard.

    I could sit here all night and praise this book. I absolutely loved it! Collins made me laugh, made me cry, tore my heart into shreds then glued it back together, and I thought only Amy Lane could do that. This story is heavy, it deals with bullying, parental abuse, suicide and the darker side of being an LGBT teenager. But then there is so much passion, love, courage and strength in the story as well, I was completely immersed in this story from the first chapter. So well written and woven together with the past, present and possible future of these three guys. And it was pure genius to use two different narrators to tell the different characters stories throughout. If you like slightly angsty stories fueled by strong characters and well written descriptives that truly bring the story to life, then you have to get a copy of this book!

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  • Duck Duck Ghost: Hellsinger, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan's medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.

    katelyn says: "Another Surprisingly enjoyable RF series"
    "Scary, but Sexy!"
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    If you could sum up Duck Duck Ghost in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, Sexy and Funny!


    What other book might you compare Duck Duck Ghost to and why?

    Fish and Ghosts, the first book in the series. Same dry, whitty remarks and unapologetic characters.


    What about Tristan James’s performance did you like?

    Oh hell yes! He has the baritone to his voice that drips off the earbuds like honey.


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

    Yes and I tried hard, listening at work, in the car and while I was doing laundry.


    Any additional comments?

    Not long after Wolf Kincaid convinced his then client, Tristan Pryce a medium and ghost whisperer, that he truly loved him and wanted to be with him, he stepped in it good by accusing Tristan of drugging him. While Tristan is a talented medium, he is a bit naive and sometimes hears only the words he wants to hear during a conversation. Having been haunted and considered insane by most of his family for the majority of his life, Tristan understandably has trust issues. Once Wolf clears his head and shows up on Tristan's door step, apologetic and begging for forgiveness, he thinks Tristan will welcome him with open arms, not quite. Tristan thought evicting the poltergeist from Hoxne Grange would set everything back to business as usual, but there is a lingering affect that is messing with Tristan's abilities. And Wolf thinks a trip to his cousin Sey's supposed haunted home will help Tristan regain a hold of his abilities. But where there is trouble, these two will find it.

    The pained spirit of a little girl seems to be trapped in Sey's home after she received a shipment of porcelain dolls to log and date. A spirit that realizes straight away exactly what Tristan is. When push comes to shove and the spry young spirit becomes too much for Wolf, Tristan, his whimsical cousin Sey and bat shit crazy Aunt Gildie to handle, Wolf calls in his overbearing cousin Cin. At the same time a university exchange student shows up to assist Sey with logging the dolls, and unwittingly becomes a vessel for the now very angry spirit. What ensues is a comedy of errors as this motley crew tries to exorcise a very angry ten year old hell bent on destroying them, the house and anything or anyone else that gets in her way. Including a slobbering camel and a couple of clueless cows.

    Rhys Fords signature dry wit, sarcastic characters and insane one liners is on full display in this comedic horror story. It really reminded me a lot of that movie Annabelle with the haunted dolls and the angry spirit of the little girl. The story is richly detailed and very graphic when describing the transformation of this little girls spirit as she initially shows up seemingly trying to get Tristan's attention, and quickly goes into full on evil mode with black eyes and splitting lips. I was completely engrossed in the story from the story from the start with Wolf's obvious flub up and visit from his mom who seems to be forever stuck in woodstock mode, but when Ford started detailing what was happening with Tristan I was equal parts horrified and so intrigued I couldn't stop listening. I even listened to this book in the car while I drove, which I never do, the story was that compelling for me.

    Narrated by Tristan James who has this baritone voice that just drips off each word like honey. James voice and Fords words are the perfect marriage of sexy innuendos and sultry stated syllables that just bring the story, the characters and the world that Ford created to life. I especially liked crazy Aunt Gildie, she really stole the show for me with her shot gun full of rock salt and her midnight waltz downstairs to the liquor cabinet, only to be foiled by the pissed off spirit of a little girl hell bent on showing them all who is boss. And Ford set the stage beautifully for a naughty little union between one overbearing Hellsinger, Cin, and one prim and proper university student who is recovering nicely from his injuries and is quite good at staring, unabashedly at Cin's shirtless chest. That will be one fun ride, if Cin doesn't break him while spinning him on his...

    Definitely a must listen story. Fans of Fords books, James narration and a good murder mystery with a healthy dose of sweaty man sex rejoice, I just found you your next great read!

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  • Caller: The Merman, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By X. Aratare
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (21)

    As Gabriel struggles to cope with the three days he has left on land, a new complication arises. His grandmother’s lover, the enigmatic archaeology professor Johnson Tims seems to know more than he should about Gabriel’s transformation into a merman. Gabriel’s lifeline is his own lover, Casillus Nerion, prince of the ocean-dwelling, immortal Mer. Life on land is becoming more and more difficult, but their loving mental connection grows with Gabriel’s trust in what he is becoming.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "Short, Sexy and Intriguing."
    "Short, Sexy and Intriguing."
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    What made the experience of listening to Caller the most enjoyable?

    The connection that Gabriel and Casillus share, it grows stronger with each passing day.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel. I love how he continues to grow as he becomes more open minded to his true nature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like all the scenes when Gabriel and Casillus are connected through their minds. It's very interesting how they've basically courted through a mental connection.


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

    Just very intriguing, how everything is coming together and secrets are being revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Gabriel Braven's life on land is becoming increasingly difficult. He has already begun the transition to Mer, so the forced separation from the water is taking its toil on his body. His mind however, is becoming clearer the closer he and his Merman mate, prince Casillus become. It's the dreams Gabriel has that frighten him the most. He can't feel or hear Casillus through their ever growing connection when he is basically trapped in one. And Casillus has put himself in danger before to get to Gabriel when the connection has broken. Gabriel is about to be challenged even more though. Between his grandmother's eager new boyfriend and the increasingly disturbing visions, Gabriel's secret will be revealed and the consequences could be deadly.

    I have just fallen in love with this series and these characters. Each installment is a day in the life of Gabriel Braven as he learns he is Mer, he has a very special and highly rare gift among the Mer, and his mate is a prince no less. The suspense is killing me! I am almost certain that is more to Grandma's boyfriend that we've even learned to date, I don't trust him, and neither does anyone else except Grandma. Just one more installment to go before Gabriel will have to leave his life on land, leave behind his best friend and his grandma for a life under the sea with Casillus. And there is still the issue with Mr. Boyfriend and the monster that haunts Gabriel's thoughts, why did the creature that destroys save Gabriel from drowning when he was a boy? I cannot wait to find out!

    You really have to listen to these stories if you are a fan of Merman stories or paranormal romance. Chris Patton does such a good job of capturing the perfect voice for each character, their emotions at a given time in the story right down to being sad, happy or exsasperated. There is such energy and youth to his tone when he's voicing Gabriel, then there is that smooth as honey, sex on a stick voice he has for Casillus. It's the perfect blend of a highly imaginative story brought to life with the right voice.

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  • Acceptance: The Merman, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By X. Aratare
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (21)
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    (21)
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    (21)

    Gabriel should have drowned twice in his life, but he survived. Casillus Nerion, his beautiful merman savior, tells him the reason for this is simple: Gabriel is a merman. Long ago, a Braven ancestor fell in love and had a child with a powerful merman. This child did not inherit the Mer gifts, but Gabriel has. Despite seeing inexplicable physical changes to his body when he gets wet and having trouble breathing when there is plenty of air, Gabriel’s head tells him that Mer, like love, do not exist.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
    "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
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    Would you listen to Acceptance again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It's short enough to listen in one setting, the writing and descriptives are very precise and the dinner scene was greatly narrated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Acceptance?

    The bathtub!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above.. The Bathtub!


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

    It was and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Gabriel Braven is trying to convince himself that the sexy man he first saw in his dreams is just that, a dream, a figment of his overactive imagination. But now he finds himself sitting at dinner with his best friend, his grandmother and granma's new boyfriend, and all the while he's holding a conversation in his mind with one drop dead sexy Merman. After finding his ancestors journal in the attic and following the words to the cave, Gabriel almost drowned again, but Casillus was true to his word when he told Gabriel he would never leave him. Casillus even risks being seen when he rushes to Gabriel's side during a nightmare Gabriel seems to be trapped in. But Gabriel is still suspect to believe he, himself, is a Merman.

    I am loving this series of short stories. I believe the four books in the set are each a day in the life of Gabriel Braven, the four days he has from finding out he is Mer to having to give himself over to the ocean forever. There is a lot of content for so few words as you follow Gabe through all the changes in his life, how he is coping and coming to terms with his true nature. There is also a hint of trouble with Granma's new beau, he just doesn't sit right with me. And what is the mysterious darkness that is haunting both Gabe's past and his dreams. I'm very excited to start the next book and see where Aratare takes Gabe and Casillus, they are obviously mates, but I also think it's going to be an uphill battle for them to find happiness in the end.

    My first Mer series and my first books from this author, but I am hooked! It is an amazing world Casillus lives in under the water and Aratare spares no expense describing the ocean in vivid details, so much so I can actually see it my mind. And while the character development for Gabriel is a bit immature at times, he's barely a young adult, so it completely fits his personality. Narrated by Chris Patton who really showed his talents during the dinner scene, having to constantly switch his tones and inflections between five different characters in quick succession. Fans of fishy stories and paranormal romance with a slightly sexy edge to it will surely love this series.

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  • Wood, Screws, & Nails

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Piper Vaughn, Kade Boehme
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Aaron Costa's summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it - until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "May/December MM Romance"
    "May/December MM Romance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wood, Screws, & Nails the most enjoyable?

    Paul Morey! The man has this voice that just drips off the headphones like honey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malachi. He is so young but so sure of exactly what he wants.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hotel room. Chris, I needed a cigarette after that scene, and I don't even smoke!


    If you could take any character from Wood, Screws, & Nails out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Again, Malachi. I think he'd be the most entertaining of the three.


    Any additional comments?

    What is supposed to be an easy summer, working with his best friend and roommates dad at their families cabin, turns in to both the best and the worst summer ever for Malachi. He has always been attracted to older men, and Julian's dad is no exception, even if he is off limits. But when Malachi and Aaron wind up spending much of their time alone, sweating, working on the remodeling by themselves while Aaron parties his socks off, their mutual attraction can't be ignored for long.

    It's just a summer thing, a fling, a chance for two guys that are extremely attracted to each other to use each other to their advantage. When the summer is over, so is their little romance. Both men argue with themselves over the growing attachment to the other, it was one of my favorite aspects of this story. I'd love to know some day if the actual person and their words was one author, while their inner monologue with no one but themselves was the other, that would be sheer genius! While Malachi is of the opinion that what happens between him and Aaron is no one elses business, Aaron struggles with the secret he is keeping from his son. The anticipation of that explosion was another aspect of the story I really enjoyed. And when Julian learns the truth, not only is his father gay and never told him, but he is screwing his best friend that is sixteen years his father's junior, well, it wasn't pretty.

    Three relationships hung in the balance at this point. Julian's relationship with his father who hasn't been honest with his son about who he really is. Julian's relationship with Malachi, his best friend who has been romancing his dad behind his back. And then there is the relationship between Aaron and Malachi. Once mind, body and soul have become attached to another, it's not easy to walk away, no matter what you tell yourself. Malachi showed maturity beyond his years when he chose to apologize to Julian and walk away from the situation, even if it did break his heart. Does Aaron follow?

    Narrated by the great Paul Morey who can make anything interesting to listen to. But having a well honed manuscript like this one certainly made his job that much easier. The story flowed well from start to finish, there were all these different moments of anticipation strategically placed perfectly throughout the book. That first kiss, their first time, the secret revealed and then that ending. Morey really captured the uniqueness of each character as they were written with tone inflections and attitude. There was passion, romance, intrigue, anticipation and a little bit of sadness as well.

    If you are a fan of May to December romance, hard fought happy ever afters and stories that at the core are about being true to who you are, then you will be a fan of this book. I must warn you, there is a scene in a hotel room that is absolutely filthy. Sweaty, limbs locked, head board banging the wall, no one else within a five mile radius of that damn room will be getting any sleep tonight for all the shouting and screaming that is taking place in that room, christ I need a cigarette filthy. I loved it!!!

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  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (9383)
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    (9416)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Dystopian super hero series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. The world building was phenomenonal and the character development was realistic and intriguing.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    The Pawn series. Both are Dystopian with fantastical worlds and characters as well as some amazing writing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end, in the stadium. Can't say more, don't want to give away any spoilers.


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

    Both! I laughed out loud sometimes at David's antics, how ensecure and unsure he was at the beginning. His relationship with a certain someone and how it played out made me tear up a bit at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

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  • Catch My Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Danny Bright was born to entertain. He just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon Records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn't turn out exactly as he imagined, though. Instead of getting solo contracts, Danny and four other guys are put into a boy band. Innocent, idealistic Elliot Price thinks he's headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. A bigwig producer happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot's life upside down.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Awesome O'shea book!"
    "Great coming of age story, rooted in music."
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    Would you listen to Catch My Breath again? Why?

    Yes I would, though I'd skim some parts, it's a bit long. But it was such a fun ride along with Elliot and Danny as they got to know each other, as well as themselves.


    What other book might you compare Catch My Breath to and why?

    American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane. Both are about two young men that are getting to know each other and themselves and share a mutual love of music.


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

    Yes. He's good, he has a youthful tone to his voice.


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

    I tried, it's just so long.


    Any additional comments?

    Elliot Price is shy, reserved and a bit naive. All that changes when his friend talks him into singing at a local talent show and Elliot becomes the fifth member of the hottest new boy band on the market, Static. From the first day in the studio, Elliot and Danny form a bond unlike the rest of the guys in the band. They all click and become fast friends, it's part of what makes Static so amazing, but Elliot and Danny are more flirtatious with each other. No one has ever made Elliot feel the way Danny does. Nervous yet comfortable all at the same time.

    Danny Bright is confident, secure and enigmatic. But the way Elliot makes him feel strips away his cool guy facade and leaves him vulnerable. Their easy friendship slowly grows into a mutual attraction and then young love takes hold. The other guys in the band could care less that Elliot and Danny become a couple as long as they can all still focus on making Static the best band it can be. But the powers that be at Blue Horizon are less than pleased when they find out, so they add a clause to the guys contract, forcing Elliot and Danny to make a choice. They can be young and in love out in the open, or they can be the next big thing.

    I was drawn into this story by the innocence of the characters. Their love story is a shy, flirtatious outing told over stolen glances that become gentle touches, a caress here and there, then finally that first kiss and so much more. Only to be benched just about the time they really become comfortable with their new found status as a couple by their manager. This was very much being true to who you are type of story. Danny and Elliot face most challenges head on, together, until they are forced to pretend they aren't together and that is the strain on the relationship. Tyler Stevens gave the perfect voice to every guy in the band from Wes's southern charm to Elloitt's innocent naivete to Danny's confident charm. He even gave the homophobic manager this evil villain tone that grated my nerves, almost as much as his assanine views on public perception.

    My biggest issue with this audio was the length, it was very long. I almost lost interest a couple of times, but kudos to O'Shea for reeling back in every time, and I'm so happy I stuck it out until the end. O'Shea's trademark youthful view on love, sacrifice and what is important was ever present, as usual. The audio version was liken to an exodus even though it's a very well written story with flawless narration, perhaps if you aren't in it for the long haul, grab the e-book or print version.

    On a side note, I think O'Shea's chapter titles were genius, it's like a built in play list!

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  • Transformation: The Merman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By X. Aratare
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Gabriel Braven is destined for a great love, but he does not believe it. His parents had a storybook romance… until a freak ocean storm robbed them of their lives and left him alone to be raised by his grandmother. With their deaths, Gabriel’s adoration for the sea turned to fear, and his belief in happy-ever-afters turned to dust. Gabriel vowed to never set foot in the ocean again and to never believe in love.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
    "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. It's short, sexy and steamy but also well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel of course. I love how his mind and body are at war with one another, can't wait to see who wins that fight.


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

    No I haven't but I will listen to his work again.


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

    It was and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Review: ​
    ​When Gabriel Braven was just nine years old, he lost both his parents in a boating accident. A young, carefree boy that lived in the water became insanely frightened of it from that point on. Now he's twenty one, graduating college and finally moving back home to the beach that claimed his parents lives. The closer Gabe and his best friend Corey get to the beach the stronger to pull is, the voice that calls Gabriel to the water. As afraid of the ocean as he is, he can't deny how calming the water feels when he's in it. He's also having very vivid dreams of an exotic man that calls to Gabriel's soul, loves him in ways Gabriel has never known and promises Gabe that he will never be alone.

    After the accident that took Gabriel's parents, he's become a little cynical, he no longer believes in happiness or love, and he definitely doesn't swim. He is forced into the water to save a couple from drowning and his body literally comes alive under the waves. There there is the dream that is so vivid, so realistic, that Gabriel cannot stop thinking about the gorgeous man that took him in his sleep. Soon Gabriel realizes the water and the man are strongly linked as they are both linked to Gabriel. While Gabriel's body wants nothing more than to disappear into the depths of the ocean with his savior, his mind has other plans, the cynic in him refuses. But time on land is in short supply for Gabe, and the sooner he comes to terms with his destiny, the better.

    My three favorite colors... short, sexy and steamy. An erotic little tale of a boy that runs from his destiny only to be drawn back to the place he belongs by circumstance and his subconscious. ​The writing in this story was insane! The way Aratare used words and phrases, the world that was created for Gabriel, always knowing exactly what he was feeling because the author expertly conveyed every emotion. I wasn't sure about the narrator for the first few minutes but then Patton found his footing and the story really took off from there. Gabriel is young, insecure and emotionally scarred because of his parents death. His mind and body are at war with each other when it comes to the water and Patton made sure the listener always knew exactly how young Gabe was feeling. And then the man's quiet but forceful nature that was explored with a sort of monotone but melodic voice, it was perfect for his character.

    I'm excited to see where this series takes Gabriel. Will he learn to trust the man? Will he embrace his obvious destiny? I guess we will find out in the coming books. Definitely a must read for anyone that has a fascination with mermen or Paranormal Romance stories.

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  • Fish and Ghosts: Hellsinger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family's Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he's seen since childhood.

    Heather says: "Another hit for Rhys & Tristan"
    "A different kind of Ghost busters."
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    If you could sum up Fish and Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

    Spooky.. Sexy... Hysterical


    What other book might you compare Fish and Ghosts to and why?

    Definitely the Cole McGinnis series, Wolf and Cole both have the same dry, sarcastic, slap stick sense of humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book was my favorite scene! I did really laugh my ass off though when Wolf woke up after a drunk night with the dog stretched out over his chest, instead of a softer, sexier Tristan.


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

    Something slightly spooky this way comes.


    Any additional comments?

    Tristan Price has a keen eye for ghosts, he's been seeing and communicating with them since he was a child. The only place he ever felt comfortable in his own skin, found solace, was at Hoxne Grange with his uncle Mortimer. When Mortimer dies and leaves the estate to young Tristan, his beloved relatives make it their mission in life to prove Tristan is bat shit crazy. The task of proving Tristan's questionable state of mind falls on Wolf Kincaid, the owner and lead investigator of Hellsinger Investigations, paranormal researchers. It's not that Tristan doesn't believe in the concept of ghosts and hauntings, it's that he knows all too well that the majority of the time, the haunting is a hoax. Not so much this time around.

    ​After spending just a few hours at Hoxne Grange, Wolf is certain of two things. Tristan may be a bit eccentric, but he's not crazy, sexy as all get out, but not crazy. The attraction is mutual, immediate and almost magnetic in its intensity. While they both fight it for a while, Tristan far harder than Wolf, it gets to a point where it almost seems like the house is pushing them into each other's arms. Trying to figure out whether or not they should pursue said attraction is the least of this twosomes troubles. Hoxne Grange goes from a friendly ghost hotel to the haunted mansion in a matter of hours and the malevolent spirit that now roams the halls recognizes Tristan's unique ability, and she wants in.

    Rhys Ford's wicked sense of humor is present and accounted for in the hauntingly sexy, delightfully funny story. Wolf Kincaid is this larger than life presence that swoops into Tristan's world and really just turns it upside down. And while the attraction was intense and immediate, the connection took a little while to develop. Wolf is a skeptic by nature, knowing that there is the possibility of spirits and such, but being shown more often than not that what people claim to be, to see, is a farce. Tristan has never met anyone life Wolf Kincaid. The man is a force of nature, storming into Tristan's repetitive life and making him want things he never thought he was worthy of. They balance each other in the oddest way.

    Narrated by Tristan James who has one of the most amazing voices. The man could read me my grocery list and I swear I would hang off of every word. His voice is melodic and entrancing and he has this way of capturing the soul of a character right down to the odd little quirks and characteristics of that person and bringing them out in his narration. Add his voice to Ford's uniquely detailed storyline and what you have is a work of art for your senses. The writing as always is amazing, layered with rich characters and intermingling storylines full of passion, intrigue and an almost hysterical sense of humor that is trademark Rhys Ford.

    Fans of Fords books and James works will, of course, love this little gem. If you are new to either or both and you enjoy ghost stories with an edge, sexy guy on guy action, paranormal romance and a whole lot of wild, ruckus humor, you'll love this book!

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