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  • Sanctuary Found

  • Pelican Bay, Book 2
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

When his stellar military career comes to an abrupt and terrible end, 32-year-old Maddox Kent returns to the town he never planned to step foot into again, hoping to mend the rift he himself caused with the brother he left behind. But coming home means facing some hard truths about himself and his actions. When he has the chance to start making amends by helping his brother with the wildlife sanctuary he runs, Maddox is thrown another curveball when a stranger appears....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • solid story with a kinky twist <br />

  • By TNI on 04-27-18

Just as good as Book 1. Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

What a great follow up to Book 1; I loved it just as much. This is the story of Maddox (Dallas' brother) and Isaac, who was introduced in Book 1. Although in theory this is a stand alone, I think you will get so much more if you read them in order. I'm happy that Dallas and Nolan are still prominent in this story. And Isaac's little brother Newt really steals the show. He has all these big men eating out of his precious hand. Like book 1, the couple has demons to deal with and it is a slow burn initially. But once they allow themselves to love each other, it is smoking hot. The author inserts a little kink that really heats up the action. I love the introduction of so many other potential couples and really look forward to the next book. Although I think that I will have to wait for the audiobook version because Michael Pauley really just hit this out of the park. A wonderful listen and romance.

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! So good!

  • By SassiKassi on 01-26-18

Great story, great performance, more please

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I absolutely loved this sweet romance. Nolan is forced to return to a small town he hates to assist the parents that never supported him. He is having financial troubles, his ex ruined his career and to top it off, his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Life sucks for him right now. Then he is reunited with Dallas. The one time town golden boy who has had a tough time of his own. Both men have demons to deal with and their love story really touched me. No small measure goes to Micheal Pauley who does a masterful job. He really brought these men to life for me. I picked this book up because it was in the Romance Package, but I must buy book 2 immediately. I don't want to let go of this couple or their family.

  • Dragon's Hoard

  • Dreamspun Beyond, Book 5
  • By: M. A. Church
  • Narrated by: Dorian Bane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured. 100 years ago, werewolf alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation - he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget - or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved,it. an great narrator

  • By Blackwindstar on 12-13-17

Great performance; sweet story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This is a very fun, sweet listen. Not much drama, angst or conflict, almost none. Just a sweet romance between a dragon and wolf shifter. I bought it because I love Dorian Bane and he certainly delivers in elevating this story. His performance is spot on. I would love to hear more from Warwick and Avery.

  • Timber Lake

  • Snowy Range Series, Book 2
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Michael Brooks is a loner, and with good reason. A short fuse and a tendency to shoot from the hip, sometimes quite literally, mean he's all the company he's got most of the time, and he likes it that way just fine. It suits his job as warden for Wyoming's Fish and Game Department. Being alone sounds good to the researcher for the USDA Forest Service, Dr. Seamus Rydell, especially since it means time away from the pressures to follow his family's political traditions. He'll need a guide to Timber Lake to set up his testing equipment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By Starwarslover on 03-02-18

Great performance; good story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

In general I liked this very angsty romance. This is the 2nd in this series, but is a stand alone story. I listened to the first book and really didn’t see any relation to this one. This is the story of Michael and Seamus; although he goes by a variety of names in the story. Michael is a complex character who runs hot and cold to the point he gave me whiplash. Sometimes he is a jerk, but later you realize it is a defensive mechanism. Seamus comes from wealth and privileged but is trying to “be his own person” through his work. They met at a rodeo and have a hot (what they think) one night stand; only to find they are thrust together for a wilderness trek. Each doesn’t want to show vulnerability which results in a “I want you, I want you not” scenario that left me want to smack both of them. However, being stalked by a psycho tends to clear the mind. There is some drama and yet another misunderstanding, and in the end I got a satisfying HFN. Nick Russo does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life.

  • As You Wish

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration

  • By Belen on 12-31-17

Wonderful Story, Excellent Performance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This is a new author and series for me and I really enjoyed this first book. At this time this in the Audible Romance Package, so I took a chance. At first I was a little disappointed because there is a lot of sex in the first half of the book and I thought there was no story. But after that it got really good. This is a continuous story of DeClan and Sam and this first one is the "how they met and fell in love" story and ends with them about to embark on some intrigue. The title is in reference to the movie The Princess Bride, which plays an important role in the couple's courtship; I thought it was very clever. I am thoroughly drawn into the story and look forward to the next book which is also in the Romance Package!! Gary Furlong does a great job and is quickly becoming one of my favorite British voice performers.

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Excellent story and Performance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What a great listen. I loved this book when I read it and loved it even more in audiobook format. This my first time listening to this very British narrator and he really gives an A++ performance. He brought Stephen and Lucien to life. I have read the entire series, so I can't wait to hear more of the MCs adventures with this narrator. As an extra special treat, Book 1.5 is is also included in this audiobook for free. Highly recommend.

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  • A Midwinter Prince

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Rusty Coles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he's struggling to escape his father's suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At 19 years of age, bright and imaginative, he's no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor - bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he's gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it the second time around!

  • By Mickie B. Ashling, Author on 02-12-17

Amazing story and performance

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

What an amazing journey with Laurie and Sasha! I am writing this review after listening to both Books 1 &amp; 2 in the series. Both 5 stars for the story and the masterful performance by Rusty Coles. Mr Coles is a new narrator to me and he really hit it out of the park. Harper Fox is an amazing writer; it's almost like poetry. Her characters are so multi dimensional, yet completely relatable. In this story our couple is an abused aristocrat and a homeless Romanian &quot;gypsy&quot; also from an abusive background. So lots of hurt/comfort going round. The story is set in London and with their first meeting we are swept away into their epic struggles and romance. There is danger, misunderstandings and, in Book 2 some, &quot;WTF are you doing?&quot; moments. But through it all Harper Fox's words and Rusty Coles' performance is a amazing match which brings this story to the next level.

  • Two Cowboys and a Baby

  • By: BA Tortuga
  • Narrated by: Dorian Bane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he's been in love with since he can remember. He's a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life. Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep. Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do - he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Amanda on 05-11-17

Great Performance of a sweet story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I bought this book because one of my favorite narrators was performing it; and he did not disappoint. This is a very sweet, light and fun listen with a predictable but very enjoyable story. It is the story of two OTT gay &quot;rednecks&quot; (think Jeff Foxworthy) who find love and a baby. I really plays up the &quot;country&quot; aspect of these cowboys lives, but has a solid sweet romance in the middle of all the &quot;good deals&quot; and meddling family. Dorian Bane really elevated this story. He delivers a great performance of the various country characters, including the &quot;moms.&quot; If you are looking for a story that puts a smile on your face from beginning to end, look no farther.

  • Mahu

  • By: Neil Plakcy
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Mahu -- a generally negative Hawaiian term for homosexuals -- introduces a unique character to detective fiction. Kimo Kanapa'aka is a handsome, mixed-race surfer living in Honolulu, a police detective confronting his homosexuality in an atmosphere of macho bravado within the police force. A man of intelligence, strength, honesty, resourcefulness, and intense dedication to the people of Hawaii, Kimo is a hard-boiled hero you will never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Example of the Coming Out Experinence

  • By Jim Lee on 09-09-17

Didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I'm kind of struggling for what to say in this review. This is my first exposure to this author and although this book was well written, I just didn't like the story and couldn't connect with this character, Kimo. I was aware that this was not a &quot;romance&quot; novel. It is a gay fiction story about a Hawaiian detective struggling with his sexuality. It is also an ongoing story in a series. What I enjoyed about this book was the performance of Joel Leslie in bringing a ton of different characters to life; various accents and dialects. I also liked Kimo's friend Harry and his Mom, but that was about it.

I tried to enjoy Kimo's journey of self discovery but found myself constantly rolling my eyes at his decisions and wanting to smack him. I swear throughout the book if there was a decision to be made that would make his life harder, he made it. Then I was frustrated when his words had no relation to his actions. For example, if you proclaim throughout the story that you don't want to be known as the &quot;gay cop&quot; then you probably shouldn't suggest giving a suspect a BJ to get a confession, REALLY!!?? Or when his brother gay bashes someone to the point they are in the hospital and after his initial outrage, it is brushed off as no big deal. It bordered on TSTL actions. In addition the, IMHO, poor police procedures and OTT homophobia just turned me off. He just doesn't come off as a competent law enforcement officer. Maybe it gets better as the series progresses, but this just didn't work for me.

  • The Rebuilding Year

  • By: Kaje Harper
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

A few excruciating minutes pinned under a burning beam cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his current girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, wasn't an option. He fought and won the battle back to health, over a painful year. Now, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper should be simple. Until he realizes he's falling in love with his housemate and things take a turn for the complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rebuilding Years

  • By H. Martin on 11-07-17

Beautiful love story; wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

This was a treat to listen to. I really enjoyed this book when I read it and loved the audio version. This story hit all my happy places, older couple, hurt - comfort and a sweet romance that just gets better in Book 2. John and Ryan have been heterosexual all their lives. John was married for 20 years and has 2 kids. He thinks his attraction to Ryan is just friendship and asks him to be his roommate. Ryan is a disabled ex-firefighter with a reputation with the ladies. He is initially resistant to John, but when he goes deep into his feelings, he embraces it. The thing I have always loved about Kaje Harper books is the way her storytelling draws me into these characters and their feelings. This is no different. I could really empathize with the struggle Ryan has and continues to have in Book 2. John seems to accept his new sexuality easier, but his ex-wife, not so much. There is a bit of a mystery intertwined into the story that puts Ryan and John's son in serious danger. But at the heart of this book is a love story. Gomez Pugh gives a wonderful performance in bringing these characters, not just the MC, to life. Highly recommend.

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