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  • Red Fish, Dead Fish

  • Fish out of Water, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Two months ago, Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the trigger-man remains at large - and the body count is mounting. Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens' time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Includes bonus audio!

  • By Belen on 03-18-18

Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This is the story I was missing when I read book one, Fish Out of Water. The characters were there and the action was there, but I was really missing the feels and the romance.

Amy gives us these things here. We finally get to really plumb the depths of Jackson and Ellery’s feelings for one another and get some of the ooey gooey romance that I crave so much!

There is certainly still a lot of mystery and action going on, and I was so pleased by the romantic elements, too!

If you’ve read book one you’ll want to read this – even if book one wasn’t your favorite – I think this does a lot to make book one come together.

Highly recommended! (Not as a standalone!)


5 of 5 stars

Audio

Woot! So Greg Tremblay is AWESOME and in addition to doing all the awesome he did for book 1, we get the bonus chapters Amy published in her blog and performed those too! While he won’t replace Nick for me as far as Ace and Sonny – I did appreciate his version
This was wonderful and definitely the best way to experience this story! (The ficlets are maybe the best part…;)

6 of 5 stars

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  • Freckles

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer - and he needs a little help. Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable Dog Brings a Christmas Romance

  • By Sophia Rose on 12-09-17

Amy lite does it again!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

If you’re a fan of Amy Lane, you know she has different “colors” to symbolize her levels of angst in the story. Yellow is her “light” or low-angst color.

This one, which is oh so very light, would be pale yellow because it’s so low-key. It’s
about a man whose entire life begins on the day a punk kid gives him his very own puppy the aspiring Veterinarian named Sandy.

This is just plain feel-good, sweet, no angst, lots of laughs fun. There’s a bit of smexy times, but really, even those run on the light side. Sandy knows what he wants and just goes for it and so does Carter. The story is more about Carter’s awakening as an individual than anything else.

Amy tells us this is based on real people she knows from her own pet-owning experience and it shows. (Personally I was cringing every time Carter left little Freckles alone – I kept picturing tragedy and mayhem upon return (since no crate!) but our Amy let little Freckles live on in relative peace ☺ )

This is a sweet vaguely Thanksgiving story that fans of the author or people just looking for something fun to read will absolutely adore.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Nick J Russo does his typical wonderful job with this. He’s always so good at handling the pacing and tone for the emotions, humor and romantic times. I just love his narrations and think he aced this one!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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  • Who We Truly Are

  • Enhanced, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life. Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone. Does Talon have one last fight in him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jessica on 02-03-18

Great sequel

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This is a continuation of book one and is NOT a standalone.

While Talon and Finn had come together in book one, this story helps to more deeply cement their bond. It’s not quite “forever” until the end because Talon has so many fears about commitment. In this book we get to seem him work through all those emotions that we only glimpsed in book one. (And some super hot smexy times!)

We also get to really meet the team and learn more about their program and how life as an Enhanced really is. This is where Victoria Sue really shines – IMHO – her world building is so complex and well drawn that you can’t help being sucked into the adventure!

There’s a great mix of action, hot smexy times and some deep emotional moments.

For fans of book one this is a must and if you’re a fantasy/shifter romance lover you’ll absolutely want to pick up this series from book one.

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars


Audio

I just love Nick J Russo. I think I’d probably be able to listen to almost anything he’s ever done and at the very least enjoy myself if not love it.
He’s great at handling the many voices in this series as well as the emotions and he has a great sense of timing.
Highly recommended!
4.5 of 5 stars

  • The Shape of You

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

All his life Eric Sontag has judged himself on his size, believing love and friendship aren't in the cards for someone like him. Tired of being alone and scared of his doctor’s warnings, he enrolls in a nutrition support group, determined to change his life. When a beautiful thin man sits next to him, he can’t believe they have anything in common, but conversation between the two soon proves first impressions aren’t always what they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By KimmyKimNYC on 09-17-17

Unique take on body image

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

There isn't a lot going on in this story - at it's heart it's two guys learning to love themselves and someone else. We do get to explore body dysmorphia from the standpoint of both(?) sides of the spectrum. I thought that was great! We don’t always realize that body image cuts both ways, and – maybe especially for men? – there is a lot of pressure to be big as well as fit.

Both MCs are fascinating and I enjoyed their chemistry as well as the time we spent with them by themselves.

I think that if we’d spent more time – especially with Corey – on the emotions behind the men’s eating issues this story would have had more substance and been a little more complete. As it was, things are solved fairly easily and we get a lot of very sweet feelz, but not as much emotional depth.

I enjoyed this very much and thought it was a great, unique path for our MCs to explore.


Story 3 of 5 stars


I admit I picked this up because Nick J Russo narrated it. I just love him and since I’m a fan of the author, I figured it’d be good – at the very least.

What I like about Nick’s narrations is that he’s just so easy to listen to. I love the quality and tone of his voice and I know he always delivers when it comes to proper pronunciation, timing and emotional quality.

As usual he did a fantastic job and I think this is the best way to enjoy this story.

Audio 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

  • Trust with a Chaser

  • Rainbow Cove Series, Book 1
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don't piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who's not so sure he's on board with Mason's big plans. Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He's not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason's troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series

  • By Morgan A Skye on 04-12-18

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

If you’ve read anything by the author before, you know she’s amazing at giving us really flawless writing and superb characters. Normally I have no patience for the slow burn but it was expertly done here.

We get a lovely slow reveal of how poor, lonely Nash secretly wishes for rebellion in the form of “bad boy” Mason – who isn’t bad at all- and underneath all the grumpy lies the heart of true romantic! (See specifically one adorable picnic and fishing trip!)

There is very little angst and a bunch of really sweet build up to a super romantic finish with some hot, yet tender chemistry thrown in for good measure.

I couldn’t put this down and it literally made my week!

Highly Recommended!
(PS I loved the accuracy of the Portlandisms!)

5 of 5 stars

Audio

So. Amazing! First, I love duo narrations and I thought these two did a terrific job of being just enough different to make the individual characters really pop, but similar enough that it wasn’t jarring when the narrators switched up. I’d forgotten how wonderful Iggy Toma was and how good he is at making a listener feel really involved in a story. He’s really good with pacing and emotion and I loved the voice he chose for Nash – so growly and delicious!

Marc Bachman is no slouch either and does a terrific job with Mason as well! Together these two were really a great duo and I highly recommend this as a terrific way to experience this amazing story!

5 of 5 stars

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  • Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna)

  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet

  • By Belen on 11-12-17

I loved this!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I LOVED THIS!

Tom is sooooo freakin’ adorable and Merle is (almost) perfect for him!

There were so many times that I was absolutely BAWLING while I read this. Poor Tom had such a low opinion of himself and I was HATING Merle for not seeing how fabulous he was for such a long time! I was also furious with Tom’s sister and – the fact that I felt all those emotions so strongly goes to show just what a great job Tara Lain did!

I have to admit, it was a close call – Merle ALMOST didn’t make me love him. He’s pretty self-involved and I wasn’t ever as attached to him as I was to Tom – BUT – he does manage to see the light and make me believe that he’s good enough for Tom by the end. (However, if he’d done a bit more groveling this might have been a 6 star book ;) )

This book had me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. I was totally invested in Tom’s happiness and I wanted to see him find his true love so badly! It was great seeing some of the previous MCs from the series – but this was Tom’s story (more than Merle’s) and for that it was perfect!

If you’re a fan of the series or new to it, you’re going to want to read this. For fans of hurt/comfort or books about people with disabilities I think this will absolutely make your day. I think Tara did a great job of not actually ever “labeling” Tom and yet it’s clear what his situation is.

Usually I’m not a “Hollywood/Actor” fan – and this was still amazing!

Highly recommended!

(I love the cover too!)

Audio

What a great choice for narration!!! KC Kelly has narrated a few books where the main character has a unique speech pattern and I'm always impressed by his ability to do this. In this case he chose a perfect, subtle, wonderful voice for Tom and picked just a slightly more frenetic voice and not "lispy" at all - for Merle.
KC is not only great at choosing these voices but at carrying off the emotion, whether it's the passion, the humor, the anger - he's excellent!
Highly Recommended!


5 of 5 stars

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  • Stalking Buffalo Bill

  • Dreamspun Beyond
  • By: J. Leigh Bailey
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it's the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans. While William - don't call me Bill - is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won't stay away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 12-17-17

Great shifter story- funny and sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This was a really fun book with a fair amount of action and lots of humor and some nice chemistry as well! Donnie is a great character as is Buffalo Bill. I hope to see this as a series in the future.
This is a story that makes you laugh, has a bit of a mystery and a touch of angst. Very enjoyable.

4.5 of 5 stars
Audio
Finn Sterlin did a really nice job with this. He gives Bill a GREAT voice and Donnie’s voice was distinct and full of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and audio and highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

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  • Unquiet

  • Resilient Love
  • By: Melanie Hansen
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn't always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren's deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot's increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at 17, Loren is devastated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story gutted me...

  • By Belen on 09-30-17

Gripping story with great narration

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Wow. I’ve been really on a streak with my book choices lately. Talk about heart-wringers – this one will literally jerk it from your chest and pound it into the floor.

There’s something to be said about being on the inside of something like mental illness. If the author is good – it’s an uncomfortable ride – but worth it.

This – like the others I’ve read recently – had that same effect. From the blurb you get that Loren (who we met in book 2 as Kai’s love interest) and Eliot have been in each other’s hearts for years – since they were six in fact. The love story here is less about them “falling in love” and more about them working through that love.

Lord. Eliot has a tough road, and as a result so does Loren. It’s not something that will ever be “fixed” but it can be “managed”. His disease is so severe that there really is no cure. Loren – who has to be about the most saintly person out there – only knows that he loves Eliot like an extension of himself and he can do nothing more than be there for him – come hell or high water.

Melanie Hansen’s writing is beautiful and her story telling is heart breakingly touching.

I won’t say that this book is easy to read, because it’s really, really not. But – if you’ve got it in you to brave the Kleenex box – again!- you’ll find yourself in a truly remarkable story full of big, big hearts and people with faults and perfections.

The epilogue about did me in – be prepared – but it is a decidedly HEA – in as much as these guys get one.



Audio

Michael Stellman is probably the perfect narrator for this. His voice seemed to really suit the subject matter and all the deep emotions.
While I would have enjoyed some more accent variation, I think the overall tone really felt appropriate and this is an excellent way to enjoy this fascinating story.

4.5 of 5 stars

  • Out of the Ashes

  • Dreamspun Beyond
  • By: Ari McKay
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise - five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away. Except for one man. As they work together, Eli is stunned - and not especially thrilled - to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body - and his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fast paced fun paranormal.

  • By Cat on 11-29-17

Andrew McFerrin Rocked This!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

OMG this was so unexpected! I’m not sure what I thought this was going to be – exactly – but what it is is a “city boy meets country boy” mixed with a bit of “fated mate but, I can’t have him”. There’s a terrific mystery – it’s actually pretty sad at times- and I’m usually not that interested in the mystery!

I loved all the various fantasy elements like the dryads and the very spiritual qualities that overlaid the basic philosophy – especially of Arden.

The physical times are smokin’- definitely a hotter than usual story for this line of books!

(My only complaint was that Eli’s language got a bit tedious – it was a bit too “good ol boy for me.)

I’m super excited to see more from this series!

Highly Recommended!


4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Andrew McFerrin rocked this! He did a fantastic job matching characters with voices and providing an entire CAST with unique and appropriate accents. This was a delight to listen to and absolutely added to my overall enjoyment!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

  • Tender Mercies

  • Men of Lancaster County, Book 2
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Will Tulin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place. Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his clubfoot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 out of 5 stars for this one!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 04-12-18

6 out of 5 stars for this one!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Tender mercies, by Eli Easton is really wonderful! It is full of all the wonderful characters that Eli is so good at creating and it has a compelling animal conservation story moving it forward. In some ways the animal sanctuary part of the story was hard to read, depending on how you feel about animals and rescue organizations. The ending, however, is a very happy ending, and so totally worth any tears!

I really loved Samuel’s character. He was so sweet, and earnest, and his struggle felt very authentic. I enjoyed learning about his culture and how he adapted to the “new world” offered by Eddie.

The first book was really good, but I think this might even be better! I’m really looking forward to the audiobook I hope they choose a great narrator someone who can capitalize on Samuel’s characteristics - his speech patterns, etc.

Highly recommended!

Audiobook

I thought Will Tulin did an amazing job with this! He’s a new to me narrator and he really captured Samuel’s “voice” as well as the myriad of other characters in this unique setting.

I was NOT disappointed by this choice in narrator and I am looking forward to more from him on other works.

He did a great job with the emotions and timing and was easy to listen to.

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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