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  • Bad to the Bone (Dreamspun Desires)

  • By: Nicki Bennett
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Alex can’t think of himself as anything but a failure. In high school, he was on the fast track to a career in pro football when he forged an unlikely friendship with a half-Comanche boy from the wrong part of town, Ricky Lee Jennings. Their shared love of books could have grown into more—but a homophobic teammate attacked Ricky Lee, and Alex wouldn’t risk his scholarship to defend him. Ricky Lee was kicked out of school, and Alex never heard from him again. Now Alex’s glory days are nothing but a memory. An injury ended his football aspirations, his marriage fell apart, and his dreams of making a difference as an environmental lobbyist are as dead as his fantasies of sports stardom. But all that could change in one magical night, when Ricky Lee shows up at their high-school reunion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good "the one that got away" story

  • By Morgan A Skye on 11-01-18

A good "the one that got away" story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

While I don’t usually like “second chance” books, I really enjoyed this one.

This was very heart-felt, with a real-ish type setting but enough “fantasy” elements to make it feel a bit like Cinderella.

I loved the added touches of making Ricky Native American, as well as rich. The “bad guys” were super bad and I definitely felt like I was reading an old timey romance – with a gay twist!

I thought Alex and Ricky Lee had great chemistry and their story was mostly sweet and little hot. I loved Sam – especially the end scene!

Overall this was exactly what you’d expect for the genre, well-written and a quick sweet read.



Audiobook

I found the narrator, Colin Darcy, to be good but not great. He definitely makes the attempt to give everyone a unique voice and does his best to "act" out the emotions. However, there are times when his narration is rather sing-song and while I appreciate his attempts, he doesn't always give a good match in terms of tone or tenor to the emotions that he is reading.
Those are definitely "icing of the cake" type issues and the main body of his narration is good and solid and easily a perfectly fine way to enjoy this story.
Overall 3.75 of 5 stars



  • Crocus

  • Bonfires Series, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

High school principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he’d hit the jackpot when Deputy Sheriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow. But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in danger, their tentative beginning comes crashing down around their ears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want more please

  • By Shea on 09-13-18

wonderful sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

In my opinion you really do need to read or listen to book 1, Bonfires, before starting Crocus. Bonfires is the story of how Aaron and Larx meet and fall in love with all the complications of joining two families. It ends when Larx’s eldest daughter Olivia comes home from college and tells them she is pregnant. This book takes off from that point. We learn that not only is she pregnant she also has Depression. Amy Lane handles this very difficult subject very well. There is no miraculous recovery just because it suited the storyline. We go through Olivia’s struggles to move out of the dark place she is in and Larx’s struggles as a parent to help her. At the same time his rock, Aaron is injured whilst on duty, one of his students is suffering from domestic abuse and is missing in a snowstorm. In amongst this two brothers need his support. There is so much to keep you on edge desperate to know more and wanting everything to work out. I love the dose of reality and practically Amy Lane has in these stories. By the way the book ended I am certain there will be a third book, can’t wait.

I absolutely agree with Mary. Even though the HEA for our guys happens in book 1, we don’t really see them interacting a whole lot together because – in typical Amy fashion – they are BOMBARDED with drama. Though the drama is still in heavy doses in book 2 – our guys handle it TOGETHER and that makes all the difference.

I was glad to see Amy confront the depression issues head on and not shy away from the less than perfect side of pregnancy, etc.

Highly recommended and can’t wait for book 3!

Audio

I just love Nick J Russo. I can’t say that enough. He makes every listening experience a joy and I always know I can depend on him to provide a quality character choice and interpretation. I love how he manages to give Aaron the laid back and stolid voice while in the next breath giving us the hyper and sometimes frenetic Larx.

Well done and highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars for both

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  • Evolved

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise and mess, and he's uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN. Shaun is compatible to Lloyd's every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realizes Shaun's not like other A-Class androids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely story

  • By Denise on 09-06-18

6 stars aren't enough....

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I am literally blown away by this story.

When I saw the blurb I pretty much said to myself – yeah – NO – and wanted to pass it on. I was a bit intrigued but mostly really put off by the robot in the future part of the story. That’s just not me.

Wellll…. Let me tell you. This story gripped me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. NR Walker managed to do it AGAIN. She keeps coming out of left field with these books that are so DIFFERENT from what I’ve seen from her and she keeps hitting home runs! (See all the Spring Baseball references…. And I don’t like baseball! But they fit ;) )


First, let’s look at this story. It has a fairly timely subject matter – we are probably on the cusp of artificial intelligence and as this story suggests we are in no way ready for it.

Despite the robot nature of Shaun, I loved his existential crisis and that whole “why am I here” thing is something all of us experience and the author was able to really capture this in simple ways that can be felt in us all.

The “Big Brother” aspect of this story is so accurate it’s frightening. We know “they” are listening – but what can you do that doesn’t involve living off grid in Montana?


And the romance. Ahhhhhh. So good. I totally cried at the end even though I knew it would be a HEA – NR doesn’t let us down. It’s a very touching ending and I was really pleased with her result.

Second, can we talk about NR Walker’s amazing brain? If you look at her title list we have things all over the map: from the outback, to Africa, to contemporary Australia, body image, butterflies, switched at birth, blindness, ménage, cops, vampires, architecture… and she’s like an expert on ALL these things! I totally want to have access to her time and resources – she must spend 50% of her time researching and the rest writing! I love it! (And am jealous of her beautiful brain ;) ) Now we can add this futuristic techno drama to her list. Truly awe inspiring and wonderful.

So… from one non-sci-fi person to another – this is a sci-fi book you’ll want to read. It’s wonderful and touching and it will absolutely inspire all your neurotransmitters to fire!

Audio:

What a challenge! How to sound like a robot who doesn’t sound robotic while still being non-human???? Well – Joel Leslie is up to the challenge and manages to find a way to do just that!

Shaun “evolves” in this book from a plain android to virtually a human and over the course of his narration Joel has to continually demonstrate this evolution vocally. He owns it! He does an absolutely brilliant job of making these subtle changes and helping us –the listeners – keep Shaun in that place that’s just a little unique. He also gives us the other characters in the story – android and human – distinct voices and personalities.

Well done and highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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  • Archie's Accidental Kidnapping

  • Hounds of the Hunt, Book 1
  • By: Toni Griffin
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

 

Long nights hunting supernatural beings means little time for love in Adze's life. He and his pack mates are what protects Melbourne and Australia, from the things that go bump in the night - very real spirits and demons who prey on humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Texan2 on 09-07-18

Just a bunch of fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This is a re-print and re-edited (longer) version of the story published years earlier.

It’s really cute, with some sweet moments as well as a lot of humor

I enjoyed the world Toni gives us with Hellhounds on patrol and crazy nephilim going after humans.

If you’re in the mood to laugh – give this a go!

Audio

Joel Leslie takes this fun and steamy story to the next level and gives it more weight than I’d even thought possible. It’s still a hoot and tons of fun, but he gives it a bit more polish than even the original had.
Highly recommended!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

  • Acceptance

  • Forbes Mates, Book Three
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily, he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely - a cat! Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male...or a wolf. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Acceptance, Forbes Mates 3

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-09-18

So much love for this series!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This is book three in a series and it must be read in order for it to be truly appreciated. I think you – might- be able to understand it if you read this as a standalone but you’d lose SO MUCH!


We met Quincy as Miles’ mate in book two. Shockingly, the wolves never knew there were other shifters out there – and Quincy is a jaguar shifter. Jaguars don’t have mates and Miles feared that he’d never be able to claim and live with his reclusive jaguar mate.

Quincy is not only a reclusive jaguar shifter, but the heir to the leadership of his group. He’s estranged from his father, though, and has no desire to take over leadership. He just wants to do his own thing – art and information brokering – and be left alone. In addition, he doesn’t want a mate (first because he’s not sure he believes in fate or destined mates – and second because his father is doing everything he can to bring him into the fold and he fears any “mate” of his would be in danger.)

We meet up with Miles – an ER doctor – and Quincy after Quincy has been badly beaten by some jaguar goons Quincy believes were hired by his father. At last, Quincy can’t deny the pull and he agrees to try to be with Miles, but only after he settles things with his father.

What proceeds is a very dramatic and involved game of cat and mouse (or wolf and cat!) wherein the goons chase after Quincy, then Miles, then Chad and Jamie after they’re roped in to helping.

**

I adore this series! The characters are multi-faceted and real, but still have their “animal” qualities close at hand. Just EXACTLY what a shifter story should have.

It was so great seeing so much of Chad and Jamie after Chad had been converted to his wolf. He was so adorable! I loved seeing how he evolved his control of his senses.

The mystery in this story connects the previous book through the Alpha Prime but has it’s own evolution by including Quincy’s father. The jaguar culture is just as fascinating as learning about the wolf culture we did in book two.

If I have any complaints, it’s the romance between Quincy and Miles. It goes from zero to sixty then stalls out for chapters then ramps up to a climactic finish and it was not nearly as satisfying as the romance from the previous two books. (Which is unfair to compare, but I loved the romance in books one and two, so this was just a bit of a let down.)

In any case, I couldn’t put this story down and I loved, loved LOVED the epilogue! GAH I hope it doesn’t mean the end of the series!!!!!! ☹

I can’t recommend this series or this book any higher – it’s truly wonderful. Any fans of shifter romances should consider this a MUST READ.

5 of 5 stars

Audio

I am really loving this new(ish) narrator! He does such a lovely job with the growly and the accents and the pacing. I felt like the accent for Quincy was sometimes a bit OTT – I have no idea what an Egyptian accent would be – but this did sometimes feel a bit too cartoonish – but… I still loved it for the most part. I appreciate the effort to make everyone distinct and to really feel the story.

I super recommend this!

5 of 5 stars

  • On Davis Row

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible. Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-26-18

So, so, so Good!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This is such a wonderful, heartwarming story. It’s not Christmas themed, but it is absolutely something you’ll want to enjoy during the holiday season.

NR Walker is the MASTER at giving us characters who tug at your heartstrings, whom are prickly on the exterior and marshmallows on the interior. That’s CJ. Noah, of course, is undeterred by all the bluster and sees the man on the inside.

In addition to these guys really clicking in terms of personality, we’re also given an absolutely gorgeous chemistry that is also very sweet and tender.

If you’re a fan of the author, of underdog stories, or simply a person who wants a lovely happily ever after – this is the story for you!

5 of 5 stars


Audio

Joel Leslie does another fantastic job – not only giving us Australian accents but different variants of Australian accents! I can’t imagine the research he must do!

In any case, he gives us – again – a wonderful portrayal of both the fear of falling in love for the first time as well as the emotional freedom that comes from being true to yourself.

Highly, highly recommended.

5 of 5 stars

  • Patience

  • Forbes Mates Series, Book 2
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with, and same-sex versions are downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end-of-semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it is so good!

  • By Keith b miller on 08-04-18

Love this series and the new narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

We met Jamie in book one (not required to read, but highly recommended as it explains a lot and gives a much better background on Jamie.) Jamie was a short time love interest but never a fated mate. When Jamie ends up stuck in wolf form one night, he meets his actual fated mate, Chad, a human.

There are a lot of hurdles for these guys to jump: Jamie introducing himself as a human, Chad learning about shifters, both men concerned what happens when a shifter bites his human mate, travelling to find out more information, why the North American shifter leadership is hiding information, and more…

In the end, we get an absolutely amazing story that was as good as or better than book one!

**

I loved book one and this is a fantastic sequel!

From start to finish I was captivated by this story. Jamie and Chad are so adorable as a couple! Chad is easy going in a way that is totally believable. Jamie and Chad’s time together when Jamie was a wolf was hysterical and sweet. Then, while working out the kinks of their relationship Chad never let Jamie down. They are essentially together as a forever couple from the very first moment they meet and I LOVE THAT!

(Chad names the “dog” version of Jamie “Murray” after the dog in Mad About You – which I loved!)

Using the "shifted" side for crime solving is brilliant and I really hope we see more of that in future books.

The time spent in Italy was well done. It had moments of humor, sexiness, more back-story, and some local color. I really liked how the deities were brought in to fill out the origin story more for us.

It was great seeing Tanner and Finley again – the whole family/pack thing is a nice continuation of the story.

This is a book about these two building their relationship. There are a couple very small “mysteries” built in, but most of the page time is devoted to these guys and their relationship. I love that! It was intriguing from start to finish and I couldn’t put it down. I am absolutely in love with this series and I can’t wait for more and hope it comes to audio – Nick J Russo would be an excellent choice for this – hint hint!

5 of 5 stars


Audio


Well - Nick didn't narrate this but Christopher Boucher totally NAILED this! He did SUCH a great job! I loved the accents, the growly voice he chose for Chad, the Italians, the females... all of them! He also really did a great job with the emotions as well as the humor and smexy times! I am totally going to be looking for more from this guy! Highly Recommended!



  • Bad Company

  • Bad in Baltimore, Book 1
  • By: K. A. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Chet Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Hearing those words from his very straight, very ex-best friend doesn’t put Nate in a helpful mood. Not only did Kellan Brooks’s father destroy Nate’s family in his quest for power, but Kellan broke Nate’s heart back in high school. Nate thought he could trust his best friend with the revelation that he might be gay, only to find out he was horribly wrong and become the laughingstock of the whole school. Kellan must be truly desperate if he’s turning to Nate now. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An old favourite, now in audio!

  • By Amocca on 04-14-18

Interesting best friends to lovers story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This was originally published in 2011 and I feel even though that’s only 7 years ago, it does “date” this. There’s something about the extreme closeted/denial nature of this story that feels “older” than the books I’m reading published more recently. I think there is plenty of “secret” gayness still going on, but how it’s presented here feels more secretive than necessary – but appropriate for the time. If that makes sense.

On the one hand I feel so blessed that our society is opening up more and more to “other” and letting people be whom they are inside – and stories like this remind me of how far we’ve come. Or at least how far it feels we’ve come.

Besides that… this is a GFY, best friends to lovers story with a bit of denial thrown in for good measure. The angst is fairly high, but so is the humor and the chemistry.

I’m not a big fan of either of these guys as characters so I can’t say that I really loved this – I never warmed to Nate – but I can appreciate the ability of KA Mitchell to write “real” people.

I remember liking this the first time I read it the narrator helps to maintain that admiration. He sometimes felt a little “dramatic” but that was slight. In general he was easy to listen to, made the characters feel unique and didn’t distract from the story.

All in all I’d give the story a 3.5 of 5 stars, the narrator a 4 and round the overall up to a 4 of 5 stars as well.

  • Color of You

  • By: C.S. Poe
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Bowen Merlin accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 07-25-18

super quick love story with quirky characters

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I’m going to be in the minority here. It took me awhile to figure it out and I had to really think on what about this story didn’t work for me. There’s so much about it to like/love. The music is what attracted me originally, the hurt/comfort aspect and the scarring, the big city meets country – all of these things really worked for me. I also loved the synesthesia –that was not only cool but really interesting, too. At first, I thought maybe it was the insta-love – and I think that wasn’t my favorite aspect, but it didn’t bother me that much EXCEPT…

I never liked Bowen. Ugh. I said it. I wanted to like him, but I never warmed to him. He was bossy and though he said he wanted an equal in his relationships, he was just too bossy/toppy and as I’ve said before I really shy away from anything even remotely BDSM and his relationship with Felix really bordered on D/s in the sense that he was so dominant.

Many people really enjoyed this and if you’re not as sensitive to that particular power dynamic it might not bother you either – but – for me – each time they were intimate and Bowen began to talk it just pushed all the wrong buttons for me and that influenced my feelings for the rest of the story.

In general, it was really sweet – with an OTT subplot about homophobia that sort of matched the super quick love story and large personalities of all the secondary characters.

I think people who are looking for something really sweet, holiday themed, super quick love story with some interesting/quirky characters will find this right up their alley.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

Greg B (Tremblay) does his typically wonderful job with this and it was his narration that attracted me to this story in the first place. I knew I could trust that he would be easy on the ears and really let me sink into the story. He did not disappoint!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

  • Stand by Your Manny

  • Dreamspun Desires
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Peter B. Brooke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Sammy Lowell has his hands full juggling his music, college, some pesky health problems, and making the uncles who raised him proud. He needs help fulfilling his after-school duties with his siblings. Nobody can be in two places at once - not even Sammy! An injury puts Cooper Hoskins in a tough spot - if he can’t work, the foster sister he’s raising can’t eat. But years in the foster system have left Cooper short on trust, and opening up to accept help isn’t easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun story

  • By Cat on 08-12-18

I love Amy's story but Peter was a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I absolutely loved these guys! The hurt/comfort between these two was off the charts in the sweet factor and I fell in love with them and their little extended family/ies.

I kinda wanted their “de-virgininzing” to be hotter – but I guess that’s more the Dreamspun thing than anything else. Book 2 was a bit steamier and so this was a bit of a let down.

The glimpses of previous MCs was appreciated and I’m looking forward to the next in the series very much.

I really hope Nick Russo gets to do the narration…. Just my hopeful hint!

For fans of the author and the series this is a must, if you’re new to the series this isn’t my favorite of the bunch but it’s Amy so it’s great!


4 of 5 stars

Audio


Sigh
Disappointed. It’s not Nick Russo.
Peter B Brooke is just did not live up to my expectations. His accents were good, but many times his voice lacked the emotional depth that this type of story really needs. This made it really frustrating to listen to.
While his voice overall is enjoyable at the end of it all, the frustration won out.
I’d give the narration 3 of 5 stars and overall 3.5 of 5 stars.