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  • Deliverance

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Once a renowned tournament fighter known as the "Lion of Kent", William Raven joined the Templars in the Holy Land to escape his past and the political machinations of his enemies. Called to protect travelling pilgrims bound for Jerusalem, William comes face to face with Guy de Metz, his lover from the past. But Guy is no longer the foppish young noble William knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some vows can never be foresaken

  • By mel on 10-20-15

Some vows can never be foresaken

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-15

For those of you who have read Aleksandr Voinov's works, you will not be disappointed with this novella. I'm consistently impressed with how Voinov weaves a tale by evoking emotion through a character's thoughts, feelings, and actions. It's no easy feat to make a character both flawed and yet persevering. I think that's why I find myself enjoying this tale. It's the common tale of trying to conform oneself to the ideals of society, but in doing so, abandon the essence of your being. We all can relate to feeling that 'pressure' to be like everyone else, and sometimes you need to be reminded that even though you're not the 'ideal', you're still loved by someone, just because you're you. William finally comes to terms with his desires and needs. He just needed some gentle prodding by Guy... a little rough sex never hurt anyone. *wink* I have to admit, I'm a sucker for any type of 'hot and heavy' in a barn. ha.

  • His Roommate's Pleasure

  • By: Lana McGregor
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Desperate to turn in a paper, Adam borrows his roommate's computer and mistakenly opens a folder that contains Josh's collection of porn. Adam had no idea that his jock roommate was gay - and into leashes, paddles and domination. And Adam, an inexperienced virgin who's only ever kissed one guy, is surprised to find himself curious about submitting...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not My Pleasure

  • By Libros Lover on 07-08-13

totally for my pleasure too!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-15

I love this audio book. Shannon is amazing and the story, is both entertaining, amusing and erotic. College... losing your virginity... English papers... pulling all nighters... Falling in love... Enjoy.

  • Alpha's Tutor: A Gay Romance, Book One

  • By: Fel Fern
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Intrigued by the quiet and reserved tutor he hired for his daughter, Ethan finds that his wolf wants to mate Remy badly, regardless of the consequences. Barriers come down during a single unforgettable night of pleasure, especially when Ethan discovers Remy's natural gift of submission. He knows his dark brand of love is what Remy has been searching for all his life, but Ethan has secrets of his own. Can Remy trust him with ultimate surrender?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • OH GOOD GOD...the narrator gave me a migraine!

  • By mel on 09-16-15

OH GOOD GOD...the narrator gave me a migraine!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-15

This is a cautionary review.

As a fellow audio book lover, I implore you, DO NOT pay for this audio. Do not even THINK about listening to this audio. You need to RUN away from this audio. In fact, Audible needs to REMOVE this audio... immediately.

Lets be clear, the book wasn't fantastic to begin with, but listening to Trevor Clinger was excruciating.He gave me a migraine. I couldn't even finish the book. It was awful, and I mean awful. I would rather go to the dentist for three root canals, than be forced to listen to anything else he narrates.

I listen to a LOT of audio books, and some narrators drone on and on in a monotone, but this narrator wasn't just flat, he made every scene more painful than the last!The narrator pauses after EACH word. EACH word!! I don't know how he didn't hyperventilate!! I'm starting to have a panic attack just thinking about what I endured while trying to finish this audio.

Here's a sample of the narrator's style:
"Ethan *pause* knew *pause* Remy *pause* was *pause* special *pause* as *pause* soon *pause* as *pause* he *pause* met *pause* him *pause*."

It was probably painful just reading his words. Trust me, his audio is a thousand times worse.Honestly, it's low price is not worth the pain you will suffer while listening. I think his narrating will haunt me for the rest of my life.My goal is to spare you the pain.

RUN...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger on the Shore

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Twenty years ago little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family's Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story - much more. When the Arlingtons' patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can't say no. It's the story of a lifetime. But not everyone is happy about Griff's presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons' attractive lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the most enjoyable mystery romance I've ever read! Quintessential Lanyon!

  • By Christopher P. on 09-19-15

Stranger no more...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-15

I love Josh Lanyon!!

I will ALWAYS have him on auto purchase. So let it be known, you can't go wrong when you see Josh's name behind a literary piece. That being said, I was waiting for this book to come out on audio, and I'm oh so glad that it did. Jeremy York's tone and inflection was spot on. I was easily lulled into the fantasy world that Lanyon always manages to create. I laughed more than I expected because I'm always pleased to hear/read Lanyon's character's witty charm and snarky commentary brought to life. The images and feelings he conjured up yet again allowed me to envision life among the Arlingtons. ( I will ALWAYS feel that excessively rich people are crazy! I said it.) That aside, I could easily identify with Pierce because I'm a bit of a control freak, and I could see why Pierce couldn't NOT find himself attracted to Griff and why Griff was drawn to Pierce.

As I've come to expect with Lanyon, there's always a good mystery to delve into with a smidge of romance and steamy scenes to curl your toes. I solved the mystery, well... part of it, a few chapters in, which allowed me to really focus on the developing relationship between Griff and Pierce. I think my favorite scene was when Griff says: "Your sister says you have trust issues. My ex says I have intimacy issues. I wonder if that's the same thing?" To which Pierce replies: " No. Intimacy issues' is code for ' I haven't met the right person." Which leads Griff to ask: " What is 'trust issues' code for?" And Pierce replies: " I'm afraid to believe I've met the right person."
*deep breath*
GOTTA LOVE LANYON.

He pierces right through my heart with scenes and words like these. I can't get enough, and will always be loyal to the literary genius I've come to adore.
Listen to the audio or read the book, you won't be disappointed.
BRAVO.

  • Stalker

  • By: R.D. Hero
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Eric Holden is the hottest football player at Las Juntas College - and the straightest, but Abel Epstein never got the memo. He's always one step behind his white knight, with camera in hand, and no one's ever gotten in his way until Eric's best friend, Pacer Daringer, cast a shadow over Abel's happily ever after.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-25-15

I want my own personal stalker

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-15

I flippin LOVED this book. LOVED IT!!! I mean, I loved it SO much that even though I just finished it, I'm going to listen to it AGAIN. And I just don't do that. Ever. I don't know who R.D. Hero is, but s/he is my m/m author hero!!! FANTASTIC LISTEN. Ok... enough fanfare.... This story is all about its title, and it is worth a credit, cash, whatever... JUST GET IT.

Michael Stellman is a great reader. I’ll be on the lookout for more of his stuff.

As for characters, meet Abel, Twinky Stalker/Photographer extraordinaire who is stalking Eric, the typical virile college football Hercules in the flesh. And last, but certainly not least, meet Pacer, Hercules' buff BFF and football teammate, who has unwavering high self-esteem, and a persistent, dominating personality complex to boot!! Oh and he has his sights set on Abel. WATCH OUT! LOLOL Can I just say how much I admire Pacer. I certainly wish I had been just as secure in who I was, and what I wanted when I was his age. (I need a time machine!)

Anyway, I won't give up all the details, but I will mention the things I appreciated most about this book. I love reading about personal growth, sexual exploration, messing up, but being an adult about it and actually apologizing! Then there’s the always heart-warming idea of finding someone-- friend or lover--who you can be 'more' honest and more like the 'real' you when around him.

In addition, it’s a delight to read stories where just as it is true in real life, 'story' life NEVER goes according to plan. How about the realization that love, or the possibility of love, can and probably will be a messy (but fun) adventure. Oh and of course, the notion that it really is OK to make mistakes -- I mean, look at me, I make a LOT of them!! Think about it, how else would you end up with a happy-ish ending?

Thanks R.D!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mating of Michael

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Equal parts sweet, funny, sexy, and touching.

  • By JC on 07-18-15

Thanks for reminding me that love can be beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-15

I loved this book. Compassion and communication are the keys to lasting love. Fantastic read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heart's Beat

  • Ugly Eternity, Volume 1
  • By: Charity Parkerson
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

By day, Cade works as a mechanic. By night, he's the drummer for a popular nightclub band. Music has always been his greatest love and biggest dream. That is, until Cade meets Dylan. For Dylan, working as head bartender for Club Khronos is the ultimate job opportunity. There's no way he could've foreseen how torturous the position would become.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Female narrator for MM book?

  • By Ben on 10-25-15

Well... I still like bands... with drummers...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-15

I'm nothing if not honest about my feelings so when I say that I was not really 'feeling' this book, I really mean it.

Oh Charity... I don't know if the other books in this series were this uneventful, but I can't imagine reading any more of them... although I do want to know how/when Hawk and Maddox end up together, I can't see myself spending $ on another of these books.

I think I get caught purchasing these $4.86 audiobooks because the price is right, but 7 out of 10, the books are dead wrong, and I need to get my money back. Thank goodness the majority of them are only a couple of hours long, otherwise I would have to smack myself upside the head.

Anyway, the story is about a drummer, I forgot his name... Cade, I think and the bartender.. I think he's Will, anyway... let me sum this up in two sentences. The two dudes like one another, sleep together, but don't know how to communicate-- outside of the bedroom-- and have a mini fight, but end up together... forever. Oh wow. I did that in 1 sentence. I rock.
Sadly, this book did not. Save your credit and money.

Happy Reading!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sam and Aaron

  • Men of Smithfield
  • By: L. B. Gregg
  • Narrated by: Anthony Elmer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

With our family's legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister, Wynne, we're determined to revive the place. We've started a series of blind-date cooking classes and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave. Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who's distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can't quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for...something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love ALL of the glorious Men of Smithfield

  • By mel on 05-13-15

I love ALL of the glorious Men of Smithfield

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Oh L.B. Gregg, Let me count the ways in which I love thee....

I honestly cannot remember when I first stumbled onto the Men of Smithfield series. I do know that I have never read them in any particular order, and I am ALWAYS entertained. ALWAYS. This series is solid and I cannot praise Gregg enough for making what could be a dreary little town feel like home, with sexy, funny, unique gay men who have a knack for taking the 'scenic' route on that path of romance. (Gees, I sound cheesy, but seriously, this series is one of my favorites.

In regards to Sam and Aaron, it was a cute story. I liked Sam from the get-go. He entertained me with his constant snarky comments, and his knack for "getting caught" in the most delightful and amusing situations. Aaron was also very appealing, especially during the initial meeting scene. I couldn't have laughed harder, if I tried.

Throw in a 'mini' mystery, nosy friends, sassy 'not ready to retire' librarians, and a few other minor characters, all providing playful banter, and I'm pleased. I also appreciated the 'fleshing out" of Adam's brother Cole, one of the immature twins from Adam and Holden's story-- MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE of the Smithfield series-- and I was even happier.

Oh and let's not forget Sam's naughty bedroom talk. OMG!!! *fans self* I am not a fan of phone sex, but let me be clear... each and every time Sam whispered what he wanted to do to Aaron, I pressed rewind to hear it over again, and again. I still can't get enough! Seriously folks! I get hot just thinking about it... I may need another listen...

Happy Reading!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alpha's Mate

  • Silver Bullet, Book 1
  • By: Olivia Black
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Alpha Gideon Channing isn't just the leader of his pack in New Orleans. He's also the owner of Silver Bullet, a gay club that offers everything from a dance floor to a dungeon. The club caters to all of its customers from shifters to vampires and even humans. Josh Gordon is human. He's just graduated college and is ready to party. He knows that paranormals exist. In fact, everyone does. It's not a secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness for Nick J. Russo

  • By mel on 05-13-15

Thank goodness for Nick J. Russo

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-15

I have a thing about shifter romance novels.... I LOVE THEM. The whole mate connection, one and only true bonding love, and HEA always make me happy. This novella-- and yes, I'm calling it a novella because it's terribly short-- wasn't awful, but it certainly wasn't amazing. I liked the concept of the 'too young to be mated' theme, and I was excited to see where the storyline was going... unfortunately, it just didn't 'grab' me. I wanted more angst, more drama.... essentially more conflict. So, although I hate to admit it, the book ultimately bored me. HOWEVER, Nick J. Russo, is a damn good narrator, and so his voice saved the day. I did buy book 2. (I thought the series would amuse me like Marcy Jack's shifter series always do... so, I will write a review for that one also, but take it from me... one of these novellas is enough. Save your money, definitely do NOT use a credit, and find another shifter novel for your listening pleasure.

Happy Reading!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One Small Thing

  • By: Piper Vaughn, M.J. O'Shea
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

"Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he'd have sex with a woman either. Now he's the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn't have time for babies, but he can't give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he's running out of options. He's on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Finn Sterling's narration

  • By Belen on 11-14-15

pinwheels, panic attacks, and fishnet stockings

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-15

I loved it!! Eric and Rue really drew me into their world, and lives. That 'complete me' notion rang true for our couple. I love how there was a gradual process to their relationship. And it just reconfirmed my belief that we make our own family. we can only discover what were capable of thru practice and perseverence.