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  • The Shuddering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: Something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting.... Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight - tooth and nail, bullet and blade - for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.

    coreybeth says: "Holy Cow! AWESOME! Get it NOW!"
    "This was some scarey shit!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend to any horror fans, it was really scarey and suspenseful.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From start to finish, because it never got predictable or boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The couple skiing.


    Any additional comments?

    Twins Ryan and Jane Adler are heading to their family cabin in the Colorado mountains, trying to escape for a few days from life and their parents impending divorce. The cabin had been put up for sale, but Ryan hopes for one last hurrah with his sister and some friends to revel in all the happy memories they had at the cabin, as a family.
    But something is lurking in the mountains, hiding in the shadows, and unbeknownst to the twins, someone has gone missing.
    The tension in the cabin is stifling. Ryan is enamoured with his sister’s best friend, Lauren. And Jane who was hoping to reconcile with her ex, Ryan’s best friend, is devastated when he shows up with his fiancé in tow. Tempers are flaring and everyone is hyper aware of what’s going on around them. Except for what’s going on right under their noses, outside, in the woods.
    A woman goes searching for her husband who never came home, following his trail what she finds just might kill her.
    Ryan and Jane are starting to take notice to something that’s just not right in the woods that surround the cabin. As well, two of their guests see shadows outside their bedroom window at night, and hear strange noises. The tension in the house is almost to the breaking point. Snowed in and running out of food and patience, they have to decide to wait out the storm, or try to get back down the mountain.
    A couple get into an arguement on the ski slopes, and take a dangerously wrong turn that has deadly consequences.
    What the HELL are these things?! When Ryan, Jane and their group of friends attempts to make it down the mountain they are finally confronted with the danger they didn’t fully comprehend they were in. The monsters aren’t hiding anymore, and if they can’t make it back to the safety of the cabin, they are all as good as dead.
    Two roommates who work the snow plow are up in the wee hours of the morning, getting coffee and getting ready for work. Let’s just say, the roads shant be plowed today!
    I absolutely loved this story! The mystery and suspense at the start with the random side stories of people going missing, then tying those stories into to Ryan and Janes story. The tension building in the cabin all the while they are clueless to what’s happening outside, I was standing on my head screaming, “LOOK OUT THE WINDOW!” and, “ DON’T GO OUT THERE!” Yes, on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
    And you never do quite fully recognize the creatures, or monsters or what they truly are. But that is just one more thing that adds to the suspense. And the narrator was fantastic, capturing the perfect voice and shriek for a teenage girl scared out of her mind, watching her friends fall around her.
    This is a must read for hard core horror fans. I have a friend that doesn’t do audio, she got a paperback copy and thoroughly enjoyed reading it as well.

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  • Feels Like Home

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Rowan McAllister
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's only three days 'til Christmas. Jeremy Porter is still grieving over his mother's death, and Paul McClellan is a lonely divorcee just trying to make it home even though the only one waiting for him is his cat. It may seem like a miserable combination, but when Jeremy saves Paul from being hit by a car during a nasty snowstorm, their connection and chemistry are undeniable. It's easy to cuddle up with a stranger when you're snowed in but can a holiday affair turn into more if being together feels like home?

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "Short, sweet story for the season"
    "Short, sweet story for the season"
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    What did you love best about Feels Like Home?

    The Holiday theme


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Holiday theme


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

    This was my first, but I'd listen to him again


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

    Yes, and I did


    Any additional comments?

    Jeremy Porter is on his way home just a few days before Christmas when a sexy stranger catches his eye. Paul McClellan is stranded with a flat tire just outside Jeremy’s apartment when a would be hit and run driver comes dangerously close to ruining Paul’s Christmas. After pulling Paul to safety, Jeremy invites him up to his apartment to warm up and wait out the snow before they can safely change the tire.

    There is a connection between them that cannot be denied and almost as soon as they are inside and in wrapped up in warm clothes, they are out of them and wrapped up in each other. They spend the next two days wrapped in a world wind romance getting to know more about each other. They are both single but Jeremy is still mourning the loss of his mother and his ex-boyfriend while Paul has been divorced for close to six years, but his ex-wife can still make him feel like a petulant child.

    Jeremy is amazed at how quickly he acclimates to having Paul around, thinking being with Paul feels like home, feels natural. And yet, he won’t tell Paul, or ask him to stay. When the storm clears and they replace Paul’s tire, will he go? Or will he stay and make a home with Jeremy.

    This was a cute story about finding the one in the oddest of ways. My only complaint would be I wanted the author to decide between adult and YA. Words used were definitely descriptive, but then it was more of a fade to black than actual details of what these guys were doing. I would have rather had one, or the other, instead of teetering between the two. My first audible with Michael Stellman and I’d listen to him again, he held his own with voice changes and had the ability to carry the story with his voice.

    If you are looking for something short and festive for the season, give this one a go.

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  • A Lion in Tails: Heartwarming

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Larry Kincaid isn't ready to be a parent, but when his sister dies in an accident, he takes his nephew, Angus, into his home. The change throws Larry’s life into limbo until he meets Joshua Langdon. To Joshua, Larry is a lion: growly and strong, but too proud to ask for help. Joshua gets past his defenses and finds a place in Larry and Angus’ family, but Larry's pride gets in the way. Can they turn their holiday romance into a relationship that lasts into the New Year?

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "The perfect companion to the written version."
    "The perfect companion to the written version."
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    Where does A Lion in Tails rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top, I think I'll listen to this one again, regardless of the season.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Larry and Josh's first time. What Larry says to him, AhMazing!


    Who was the most memorable character of A Lion in Tails and why?

    Little Angus, he is just so adorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Original e-book review December 2013…

    Short, Sexy and Steamy wrapped up in a pretty red bow! My three favorite colors, oh how I’ve missed you!!

    Larry Kincaid inherited the responsibilities of being a father to his young nephew, Angus, when his sister passed away. Every day is about going through the motions with Larry thinking of what is best for Angus. All that changes when he takes Angus to a local shop to get a tux for their annual Christmas party. Angus is immediately enamoured with the shop worker, Joshua Langdon, as is uncle Larry.

    Circumstance leads Larry to invite Josh to the Christmas party, and the two share a very heated, very passionate night for an after party. But when Josh leaves in the night without so much as a word or a note, Larry is hurt. A past relationship that went bad left a sour taste in Larry’s mouth and he jumps to conclusions about why Josh left, then refuses to hear his explanation. As fate would have it the two meet again by chance, shopping for Christmas trees. Can Larry let go of the past, be a father to Angus and have a relationship with Josh?

    Trademark Andrew Grey with the perfect plot and precise character development. The flow from start to finish was steady and graceful. Larry is a lion when it comes to his role as a father figure and his business, but when it becomes more personal with Josh, he acts like an unsteady kitten. Until Josh calls him out on it, and then it’s on! What he has to do is find a balance between being Angus’s father and Josh’s lover. This book seriously made me laugh, cry and swoon.

    If you’re looking for a fun Holiday read that is equal parts sexy and sweet, then this is the book for you.

    Updated Audio review December 2014…

    I do love when a narrator can take a story I’ve already read and enjoyed and add just that little something more to it. There were actually little things in the story that I either missed or just didn’t quite catch when I read it, or perhaps Kelly’s rendition of the written word just brought something new to it. Larry lost his sister and became the sole guardian to his young nephew and he constantly worries that he can’t give little Angus what he needs. Josh sees the man that Larry truly is. A fiercely loyal, strong single father, and the perfect partner for him.

    Through Christmas parties, fancy suits and decorating trees these two men fall in love and show a promise of becoming a family. Kelly took Grey’s words and told them in a way that expanded an already fantastic story. Like I said before… Short, Sexy and Steamy! The perfect companion to the written work.

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  • His Undoing: A Gay For You Erotic Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Aria Grace
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Mike found out he would be sharing a dorm with a former football star, he was terrified. He'd been bullied by jocks all his life for being scrawny and weak and didn't have high expectations of how it would go. To his surprise, Brett was a great guy that was easy to get along with and seemed to enjoy his company. When Mike learned that Brett was gay, it was a shock but it also explained the threatening letters that Mike had been receiving. Was Mike really at risk because of a jealous ex?

    Harold S. says: "Sweet and stimulating"
    "Love the story itself, the narrator, not so much."
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    What did you like best about His Undoing: A Gay For You Erotic Short Story? What did you like least?

    I loved the relationship between the two male leads and the way it played out. Sadly, the narrator was not a good choice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd have to say Mike. He went through a lot both physically and emotionally throughout the story.


    What didn’t you like about Fred Wolinsky’s performance?

    Everything! If I hadn't already read this book I wouldn't have known which character or when, he was so monotone and he would stress his voice at times and places that he didn't need to then be very matter of fact when perhaps he should have shown some enthusiasm.


    Do you think His Undoing: A Gay For You Erotic Short Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh yes, I'd love to see where Mike and Brett are ten years after college. Just please god, a different narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Mike is in his first year of college in a foreign state, away from his family and friends. Having spent much of his young life being picked on and bullied, the scrawny more academic than athletic type, is justifiably anxious to meet his new roommate.

    Brett is the typical jock, the same kind of person that had picked on and bullied him in the past. Imagine his surprise when he meets Brett and he’s not only friendly and easy to get along with, but he’s gay.

    His Undoing is the story of Brett’s hidden attraction to Mike, who is none the wiser in the beginning. As the story progresses Mike makes friends and even grabs himself a “girlfriend”, sadly, he also becomes the unwitting victim of a stalker that results in him being brutalized as the result of a hate crime. Brett and Maggie both are there for him through the ordeal and the aftermath and as his relationship with Maggie progresses to the next level, Mike realizes that he’s not quite as attracted to her as he thinks he should be.

    Grace does a phenomenal job of squeezing a lot of content into this short story, as well as conveying Mike’s emotional journey while adding depth and realism to it. I loved the reality of the conversation he and Brett have when Mike is telling him how he feels. This is the first book I’ve read where one page had me saying “Awwww, they are just so damn cute!” then the next had me fanning myself from the steam radiating off the pages when Brett and Mike finally get together.

    My only complaint was the way the situation was handled when they discovered who it was that had attacked Mike. I thought there could have been a better outcome, aside from that this was a well written, coming of age, gay love story with some Fantastic guy on guy action!

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  • Christmas Cole

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By B.G. Thomas
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Javier Torres was a sweet, plump, and very unpopular child. But over the years, he turned himself into a gorgeous gym god. The problem is he's also become an egotistical snob. But one day his arrogance pisses off the wrong little old lady, and he wakes up to find that, like the Prince in Beauty and the Beast, he's been transformed into something from his personal nightmares.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "I want Cole in MY Stocking!"
    "I want Cole in MY Stocking!"
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    Where does Christmas Cole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Short, sweet and perfect for the season.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Javier, he grows and learns so much in just a few hours of content.


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

    I think this audible was the first time I've heard Morey actually whine, but it was perfect for this story.


    If you could take any character from Christmas Cole out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Cole! Duh.


    Any additional comments?

    Javier Torres went from an isolated, over weight and insecure teenager to a conceited, self absorbed and condescending adult. Somewhere along the way, Javier forgot what it was like to be the one who was picked on, ridiculed and ostracized because of his appearance and sexual preference. Enter one lovely little old woman with silver hair and a stunning smile to remind him.

    When Javier wakes up in the body he thought he left behind and his partner jets off to vacation without him, he is left alone and confused just days before Christmas. A cup of coffee in the mall and a random message scrawled on the table send Javier back to the place he couldn’t get away from fast enough a decade ago, home.

    In a twist on the It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Carol stories, Thomas takes a man that lost sight of what’s important, and shows him that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. In an effort to hide the pain of his past Javier re made himself only to turn into the type of person that sent him away in the first place. When the tables are once again turned and he heads back home, he is embraced, to spite his appearance.

    I really enjoyed the moral of this story and how Thomas explored such a wide array of emotions in such a short amount of time. Add to that the voice of Paul Morey and his ability to stretch himself into a multitude of characters from one breath to the next. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him actually whine before though, and it was so perfect for Javier when he is at his lowest point. Javier learns through pain and disappointment what is truly important. The good thing is, it’s not too late for him to have a chance at happiness. And for the first time ever, someone WANTS Cole in their stocking!

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  • Snow Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By LE Franks
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn't as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette's flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson - a beautiful blond giant of a man - Kris is ready to chuck it all.

    Heather K says: "Cute but I had issues"
    "Short Holiday themed story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. It's short and romantic and quite descriptive for so few pages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Kris kind of communicated through his Tourettes. Saying things he otherwise wouldn't have said out loud.


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

    I have not, but I want more!


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

    It made me smile!


    Any additional comments?

    Kris Hamilton turned his online snow globe making business into something full time, buying into a store in Minnesota and moving his life across country. Only to be ceremoniously ostracized by his neighbors because he is different. Kris is tall, thin and has the appearance of an Anime character come to life, he’s gay and he has Tourettes. Any one of these characteristics would be frowned upon in this straight laced Midwestern town, but Kris seems to have nailed the trifecta.

    When Tyr Tollefson and his niece stumble into Kris’s store and are witness to a full on episode, Tyr gets the wrong impression. But Kris’s personality shines when he starts to get to know Try and Bun, and Tyr learns the real reason behind Kris’s outbursts. While Kris is unable to control what comes out of his mouth most of the time, his outbursts serve to bring him and Tyr closer together as an odd form of communication. But inexperience and a town full of judgemental people threatens to drive a wedge between them.

    This was a super short Christmas themed story. I was surprised at just how much content was given for a book just shy of an hour in length. I loved the detailed descriptive of the town, Kris’s work and Kris and Tyr’s appearance overall. I seriously had a visual of these two men and where they lived just by the words used for them. This was my first LE Franks book as well as my first Dave Gillies audible, it will not be the last for either of the afore mentioned! What a great collaboration of written word and the translation of them.

    Definitely a must read for any fans of the genre that are looking for a heartfelt, romantic read for the Holiday. Again, it is very reasonably priced in both Audio and E-book, cheap enough in fact, this would be a great option for gifting as well.

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  • A Gentleman's Agreement

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. Roman
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Thomas Derrik is about to have the worst Christmas of his life. Three days before the holiday, he finds out the father he doesn't get along with is arriving on Christmas Eve, his ex-lover and new brother-in-law will be staying at his estate until the New Year, and his beloved brother, Edmund, has died. , Edmund's last holiday scheme may well save Thomas's Christmas: Henry Appleby, a young lord fresh from the Continent, has arranged to court Thomas.

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

    Definitely. Short, sweet and Romantic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gentleman's Agreement?

    When Thomas learns that something he thought, wasn't true.


    What about Paul Morey’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING. He is the best narrator there is right now, and I loved the aristocratic air he brought to this story in particular.


    If you could rename A Gentleman's Agreement, what would you call it?

    Why mess with perfection?


    Any additional comments?

    Thomas is considered a miscreant in his era, a place and time where attraction to the same sex is punishable by death. Not long ago he ended a relationship with his best friend of many years after learning the man had a man in every port, Thomas wasn’t as special to him as Thomas had been led to believe. Now with the Holiday fast approaching Thomas is alone, surrounded by family he doesn’t much care for and to make matters worse, he has just learned of his beloved brother’s death.

    Edmond, Thomas’s younger brother, was a true friend and ally, very understanding about Thomas’s choice in partners. So much so that it would seem even in death he is still looking out for his brother. A gift, of sorts, arrives along with Thomas’s father in the form of one Lord Henry Appleby and his sister. It would seem that Henry and Thomas have many things in common, including the same best friend, Edmond, and a proclivity for other men.

    A deal brokered by Edmond and Henry to ensure Thomas both happiness and stability is set in motion, but Edmonds untimely death and Thomas’s clingy ex could destroy even the most intricately detailed plan.

    For such a short story there was a lot of attention paid to even the finite details of descriptives and characters. Set in a time where a Gentleman’s word was his bond and an agreement carried as much weight as a contract. But the relationship between Thomas and Henry becomes much more than just a means to an end, they truly care for one another. The narration was the perfect compliment to the characters and the storyline, Morey is so well spoken and has sort of this aristocratic air to his voice that blended perfectly with the written words of this novella.

    A perfect story for the season, and very inexpensive for either the audible or the e-book version. I highly recommend for fans of historical romance, or just fans of romance in general.

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  • The Terms of Release

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By BA Tortuga
    • Narrated By Slate Anders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win's uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win's counting on it.

    Riva says: "Wonderful Cowboy Goodness"
    "Terrible Narration"
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    What would have made The Terms of Release better?

    A different Narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by BA Tortuga before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By trying to voice the characters as John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Carson Kressley.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Terms of Release?

    The pregnancy... the word babe and/or baby used more than 3 times each... Pocket Cowboy??????


    Any additional comments?

    2.5/5 stars...

    You can always go home, but why would you want to when almost everyone considers you responsible for the death of one of their own? Sage Redding is called home to help his family on their Ranch when his father falls too ill to continue working with the horses. No sooner than he steps off the plane in Texas, the local sheriff makes it clear he has Sage in his sights. A decade spent in prison has not lessened the hate that is simmering in the hearts of the family that feel Sage took something from them.

    Deputy Adam Winchester, Win, can understand the pain his family still holds on too, it was his cousin that died, but he doesn’t think Sage is as responsible as he was punished for. Win does his best to keep his family at bay, but Sage is hurt by some people ‘out for justice’ regardless. As the story progress’s so does the relationship between Win and Sage, Win becomes very protective of his lover, but his family doesn’t know when to quit. Add to that mother nature herself in the form of a very pissed off tornado, and the ability to keep Sage safe is literally jerked out of Win’s hands.

    I really enjoyed the storyline of the good boy gone bad, supposedly, but in actuality he is protecting the memory of his friend. Sage takes the blame for far more than he is responsible for and through it all, he keeps his dead friends memory clean. And I loved that Sage’s family stood up for him regardless, the controversy behind his conviction, his sexuality, the trouble that follows him everywhere, they just love him and support him.

    Alas, there was so much going on within the spines of this story that at times I was confused, and the story itself felt rushed. This could easily have been split into two books with more attention paid to specific details in each installment. There were situations and words used repetitively in abundance which took away from the overall feeling of the story as well.

    This was my first audio with Slate Anders and I won’t be rushing to grab another one from him. I don’t know if he thought he was bringing the characters to life by using likenesses of John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Carson Kressley but it did not do this story justice and came across as campy and generic.

    I’m torn on this one, I think perhaps I should have read this one and not listened to it, but the overuse of terms and words would still lower my rating. If you like Cowboy Romances though, this story may appeal to you.

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  • McFarland's Farm: Hope, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

    Mel says: "Rich boy from the city and his big,solid Farmer"
    "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to McFarland's Farm the most enjoyable?

    The relationship that developed between Jared and Lucas, and Paul Morey's fantastic narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again, the relationship between Jared and Lucas. So many things could have gone horribly wrong, but CC managed to blend everything together well.


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

    Jared. The lonely farmer that just wants to be loved, to have someone to come home to.


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

    Not extreme, no, but it was well worth the short time to listen to it. An oddly romantic little love story.


    Any additional comments?

    Jared McFarland lives a lonely life, secluded at his farm just outside of Hope Arizona, only venturing to town for groceries and an occasional meal at the local diner. While Jared longs for a companion, someone to share his life and heart with, he is content in the life he leads. When his ex-wife calls in a favor, asking Jared to take in her ungrateful little brother, Jared is wary but he can’t say no. After all, he has lusted after young Lucas from afar for years, at least now he will be able to lust after him up close and personal. You guessed it, very bad idea!

    Lucas Reika lives his life no holds barred on his Father’s dime. After being caught in one of father’s restaurants in a compromising position with the head chef, Lucas is cut off from his bank account and credit cards and exhiled to Hope Arizona with his sister’s ex husband, the man he has longed to love since he knew the meaning of the word. He does a fantastic job of masking the attraction behind a bad attitude and characteristics of a spoiled rotten brat. But living in close quarters with a man you want so bad he makes you quiver, and to learn the attraction is mutual, well that proves to be more powerful than Jared or Lucas and their combined efforts to not act on their attraction.

    Neither of them planned on falling in love, and it’s a shock to the system when they put a word with their feelings. The question is, can a young man of money and privilege truly be happy on a farm with a distinctly different older man?

    I am a huge fan of Cardeno C’s books and this latest story did not disappoint! Just the right balance of angst, romance and a love story that took a little effort on the part of both characters to succeed in the end. There is an age gap between Jared and Lucas, and the twist of Lucas being Jared’s ex brother in law, either of these things could have gone way wrong in the story, but CC managed to pull off all the details and descriptives flawlessly. And you will not find a better narrator than Paul Morey, he is the master of subtle nuances and tone inflections when re-telling a story.

    Short, Sexy and Steamy was the finished product with the marriage of CC’s writing and Morey’s story telling. I highly recommend this read for those that love a passionate love story. Can’t wait for the next book in this new series!

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  • The Snow Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Rice
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (64)
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    (26)

    Atherton University, freshman year. Kathryn, Randall, and Jesse come from different worlds, but find themselves drawn together in unexpected ways. For each of them, college promises a bright future and a way to disconnect from a dark, haunted past. But as winter sets in, their secret histories threaten to disrupt the layers of deceit that protect their fragile new lives.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "Murder, Mystery and Mayhem at it's best!"
    "Murder, Mystery and Mayhem at it's best!"
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    Where does The Snow Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10! Great storyline and characters with a mystery at the edge you won't figure out until the end.


    What other book might you compare The Snow Garden to and why?

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Both are very suspenseful and intriguing.


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

    I haven't read the book so I can only speak to the audible version, but I will say I loved how he was able to convey the story and the characters well.


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

    Murder, Mystery and Mayhem.


    Any additional comments?

    Atherton University, freshman year. Kathryn, Randall, and Jesse come from different worlds, but find themselves drawn together in unexpected ways. For each of them, college promises a bright future and a way to disconnect from a dark, haunted past. But as winter sets in, their secret histories threaten to disrupt the layers of deceit that protect their fragile new lives.

    Kathryn along with her roommate April, her openly gay best friend Randall, and his roommate Jesse who gives new meaning to the term promiscuous are just a few months into their freshman year at the prestigious Atherton University. The backdrop is a picturesque New England college town fraught with murder, mystery, mayhem, snow and random college hookups. The story opens twenty something years in the past with a chilling memory of lies, deceit and death that sets the stage for the series of events that about to unfold.

    Kathryn, Randall and Jesse… the troublesome trio, have all come to college in an attempt to escape their own individual realities. All three haunted by their pasts and all three determined to make a fresh start and own their futures. The secrets they don’t share are the ones that could get them all killed though. When their Art Professor’s wife dies under somewhat mysterious circumstances, leaving behind and broken trail of clues as to what may have happened that dark, snowy night, Randall sets out to discover the truth behind her death.

    What his friends don’t know is that Randall was having a torrid, secret affair with Eric Eberman, Art Professor and widower to the late Mrs. Eberman that just died in said crash. And he is just as determined to keep that secret under wraps. Kathryn and Jesse can sense the unease, the change in attitude and demeanor of their friend, they just can’t put their finger on the why. With the Holidays approaching, Kathryn’s parents are hounding her to fly home, the last place she wants to be. And Jesse’s dad, who is in rehab, is looking for money from the same person he always looks to for cash, his son.

    These three “friends” have to deal with normal, everyday college antics, studies, demanding families, a lover with a dead wife, their own psychotic tendencies and the discovery of another death that happened on campus over two decades ago that is directly linked to Eric. With danger around every corner there is a darkness lurking in the shadows that surround these three young adults, a darkness that could devour them all if they aren’t carefull.

    This book was a total mind f*ck! So many twists and turns with an ending that I didn’t see coming, not at all. The story started out a little slow, but once the pace picked up it didn’t stop. And regardless of the slow start, I was completely enthralled after that prologue, taking a look back to the past at Atherton University. That one chapter set the tone for the story and is directly linked to everything that is happening in the present. There are several stories slowly unfolding throughout this novel that converge in the last few chapters, and Rice did an amazing job of slowly weaving each thread together from one chapter to the next, that when it all explodes at the end it makes perfect sense.

    It’s hard to truly describe this story and not give anything away, I will say that it is one of the best books I’ve ever listened to. The writing was so intricate and personal, the spine was the suspense as it held the story up, the bones was the mystery as it flowed underneath the skin, a never ending current. And the skin was the storyline that was strengthened by flawed, literally f*cked up characters that will keep you on the edge of your seat long after the story ends. I recommend this read to fans of mystery, suspense, psychological thrillers and just a well written story that is anything but predictable.

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  • Ethan in Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants - comradeship and physical contact on trade -and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He's sure of it.

    Orlando says: "Another good book in a series"
    "Very emotional and intense read. Classic Amy Lane!"
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    If you could sum up Ethan in Gold in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, Intense, Sexy.


    What other book might you compare Ethan in Gold to and why?

    Chase in Shadow, book 1 in this series. Both books are difficult to get through in a way, subject matter and content is intense, but so well written and then conveyed by Sean Crisden that it is worth it in the end.


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

    Ethan/Evan... I love his vulnerability.


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

    Hide the razor blades


    Any additional comments?

    Evan Costa was a happy little boy with a loving mother, devoted father and way too many cranky sisters. Until a teacher violated his innocence and pushed his mother over the edge. Afraid to touch her own son or let anyone else, Evan became withdrawn and isolated. As he grew and matured he sought solace in his therapy sessions, a love of manga and a group of equally nerdy teenagers at school. Life continues to deal heavy blows to Evan as he navigates his way through bullying, being a gay teenager, a friends attempted suicide and a very unique need that was spawned by his Mother’s lack of empathy.

    Johnnies becomes the family that Evan longs for and he transforms himself into Ethan, the big, burly porn star that longs to be touched, and shines like gold when he is. His co-workers become his family and they share a kinship and a camaraderie that he has ached for since he was five years old. But a real life relationship with a real life boy is out of the question as far as Ethan is concerned. He feels he is too damaged and broken to bring anything good to anyone’s life long term.

    Jonah Stevens works a job he can’t see going anywhere and lives a life less ordinary in order to be there for his ailing sister. He meets Ethan at the pet store where he works and is enamored with the big guy’s confidence and swagger. Jonah is a very non-confrontational, laid back guy, but he finds himself taking chances and taking charge in an effort to turn his friendship with Ethan into something more. Ethan has dug in his heels, convinced that his past and his internal demons would be too much to ask Jonah to accept, so he continues to push Jonah away. Perseverance is not a trait Jonah thought he had but he quickly learns the only way he is going to win Ethan’s heart is persistence and tenacity.

    Ethan may have been with dozens of guys during his tour with Johnnies, but when it comes right down to the mechanics of a relationship, he is just as inexperienced as Jonah is, and they will have to learn how to be a couple and be in love together. The obstacles they have to overcome are many. Ethan is severely scared mentally from the incident when he was a child and the reaction of his family, mostly his mother, in the aftermath. He doesn’t think he deserves to be loved. And while Jonah knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Evan is what he wants, he will have to come to terms with the life Evan leads and learn how he fits into it.

    I swear to Jesus, Amy Lane is going to be the death of me! That woman takes my heart, rips it out, stomps up and down on it, then hands it back to me all bloody and bruised. This was an intense, emotional story and Lane really made me feel Evan’s pain in the words she used to describe it. It is such an insane journey following his thoughts, seeing how he coped with the madness that is his life on a daily basis. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for Jonah either, though he never doubted his parent’s love for him even with the stress of a terminally ill sibling, he had to deal with his own issues of self worth and loathing. They have to learn how to balance the confusion with confidence and take the good with the bad and find a way to keep moving forward in order to make a life together.

    Sean Crisden has narrated all the books in this series thus far, and I hope he continues to lead that charge. His voice has become another one of the brother’s in this motley crew of a family that is Johnnies! It’s all about the tone change, nuances and subtle inflections he uses from one character to another that gives Lane’s words a voice and makes these characters a reality inside my mind.

    This book left me wrung out and exhausted, but it was so worth it in the end. Dramatic, slightly dark, definitely sexy and just so well written. A must read for fans of Amy Lanes work, as well as those that like gritty romances with an edge.

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