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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

Love the play on words in this story

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Donnie has been smitten with William since the first day he walked into the coffee shop Donnie works at. What he doesn't know is that the feeling just might be mutual. The two of them are thrust into each other's worlds by bad circumstance and Donnie tries to make lemonaid out of lemons, but William doesn't make it easy. He's domineering by nature and has a protective nature that comes across more like a warden. One can only hope they figure out the schematics of their volatile relationship before William's past settles the deal for them.

Loved the story, a different twist on the classic shifter tale that is so worn out as of late. I really do hope that there are more books in the 'Shifter U' universe. The story is intriguing and the narration definitely did the book and the characters justice. I loved the deep, sexy, baritone Finn Sterling used for William while giving Donnie an occasionally manic tone that totally fit his disposition.

If you're a fan of Shifter stories you have to check this one out, it's really good.

  • Bobby Green

  • Johnnies, Book 5
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn 18 and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex, from Johnnies, spots him bussing tables. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts, but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The grass isn't always greener

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 05-17-18

The grass isn't always greener

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Five books in and the author still manages to bring something new to the story. I was so drawn to both these guys right away, to their struggles and their differences that wrapped them together in a messy, tattered and knotted bow from that first scene. Bobby might have been young, but he was far from naive. Reg, ten years his senior, was forced to grow up far too soon being the only person to care for his schizophrenic older sister. And though he's a little slow and (in my opinion) autistic and never diagnosed, he manages to tread water at the very least. Drawn to each other from the start, Bobby dismisses his feelings while Reg honest to god doesn't even realize why he gets so nervous around the new guy with the great body and stunning green eyes. One day at a time they go from co-workers to friends then lovers, but a relationship? Out of the question. That would me they'd have to tell someone else and neither are ready for that.... yet.

I loved the push and pull in this story, the way Bobby slowly circled Reg, knowing he was like a scared rabbit that wanted to be chased, to be loved, but would run like hell the second Bobby released his grip. The way Lane described Reg's thoughts and feelings when Bobby made love to him, like the only thing that ever made him feel whole, feel truly safe was Bobby. It was almost like Bobby touched his soul from the inside. It was a thing of beauty.

I tell you what though, the chapter where the guys from Johnnies go to Dogpatch to help Bobby get his mom packed made me laugh so hard. But then there needed to be some lightheartedness in the story as it's very intense and emotional. Pugh did a really great job coming in on book 5 and still managing to stay true to the original characters while bringing Bobby and Reg to life and giving each and every person their own unique tone in the story.

Definitely a must for fans of the Author or series.

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  • Shared Revelations

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: J.J. Boyer
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

It’s the 60s, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to be different. Eddie Baronski spent his high school years looking out for his partially deaf friend, Jack Emmons. Now that they’ve graduated, they spend their free time at Green Bay’s newly renamed Lambeau Field, taking in the practices. When Eddie’s crush, Johnny Grant, a new Packers team member, offers him a ride home, Eddie thinks it’s the start of a grand romance. But Johnny and Eddie may not be on the same page, and love - true love - sometimes comes from an unexpected quarter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A coming of age story that will make you smile

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 04-24-18

A coming of age story that will make you smile

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Shared Revelations to be better than the print version?

Didn't read this one, only listened and I quite enjoyed it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shared Revelations?

Eddie and Johnny and the blanket.

What about J.J. Boyer’s performance did you like?

How he was able to change his tone just enough to voice different characters.

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

A coming of age story that will make you smile.

  • Fall Down the Mountain (The Mountains)

  • By: P. D. Singer
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Every night ski patrol Mark McAvoy relives the avalanche that took a life on his watch. Emotionally fragile and single by choice, he's aghast at his friends' taking charge of his social life. Hosting a potluck will at least provide him with a good meal. Invited to the potluck on a whim, Allan Tengerdie catches Mark's eye - and taste buds. This cuddly chef could be perfect for a lonely, too-thin skier; too bad Allan falls better than he skis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely more of a sequel than standalone

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 04-24-18

Definitely more of a sequel than standalone

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you listen to Fall Down the Mountain (The Mountains) again? Why?

Maybe. I do listen to many of my audios multiple times.
I enjoyed the way these two men came together, how they helped each other to grow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Underwood. He was devious and smart and I loved the way he figured things out and the results of that awareness.

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

Yes, I've listened to all of these books and enjoyed the series immensely. I also recently listened to The Hockey Players' Heart that Sterling narrated and loved that as well. His voice changes tones and inflections for different characters subtly, but you always know there's a POV change.

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

Stay of the Mountain!

Any additional comments?

The only hiccup I had with this story that brought it down to 4 stars was the insta-love aspect. Other than that I really enjoyed listening to this one. Mark and Allan's story begins shortly after the events in the previous book with the death and the avalanche. There's so much more to the story, so many things going on in the background that added some suspense and intrigue to this book.

If you're a fan of the Author, series or the Narrator then you'll enjoy this one as well.

  • Shying Away

  • By: Kate Sherwood
  • Narrated by: Robert Nieman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Quinn Donahue will do anyone once, so when Aaron Miller spots Quinn making his moves in a Vancouver gay bar, Aaron thinks he's found just the guy to relieve him of his unwanted virginity. Quinn, however, has apparently decided to make an exception to his usual open-bed policy. He may be an unrepentant connoisseur of one-night stands, but he's not going to disappoint a sweet kid like Aaron by giving him a hot night and then leaving while the sheets are still warm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Voice for Characters

  • By Meredith on 05-20-13

More like running away

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Perhaps. The story itself was what I didn't care much for, but the narration was excellent which actually made the book sound better.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Rebel by Rhys Ford

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

I have, a few, yes. I like the emotion he captures with tones and nuances, it feeds into the characters and makes them seem real.

Was Shying Away worth the listening time?

Yes, it was.

Any additional comments?

The story fell flat for me. Quinn came was not a likeable character in my mind and though he made a turn for the better toward the end, it felt forced in a way. I felt bad for Aaron, the way Quinn constantly rebuffed him but the romance that ensued was good and I finally started to understand the mechanics of their relationship, but then the story ended.

Not my favorite audio, sadly, but the narration was great.

  • Late in the Day

  • The Vault, Book 2
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name - and the people associated with it - behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his 40-plus years...but that’s now changing. The newest chapter of his life brings a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 03-14-18

Holy hotness Batman!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

If you could sum up Late in the Day in three words, what would they be?

Short, Sexy and Steamy... my three favorite colors.

What did you like best about this story?

Darius and the way he is always so cool, calm and collect.

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

I've listened to just about everything he's voiced and I've absolutely loved them all. Boudreaux is one of those narrators that could read the phone book and keep you on the edge of your seat he has so many different tones and nuances in his voice.

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

Short, Sexy and Steamy.

Any additional comments?

I really liked Darius in the first book in this series, his completely calm regard no matter the situation. It was fun to get to see everything from his POV and get to meet the one person that can make him raise his voice.

The dialogue is long, intense and witty much like most of Calmes stories. The characters completely flushed out to spite the shortness of the story. The chemistry is electric, intense and amazing! Nice to read/listen to a story with a prominent person of color in the storyline.

  • Kairos

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together. Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Listen

  • By S Wilgus on 03-26-18

Forever Friends?

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

If you could sum up Kairos in three words, what would they be?

Intense, Emotional, Sexy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe's mother! I swear, for as little page time as she had I loved that damn woman. She's feisty and fierce.

Which character – as performed by Michael Fell – was your favorite?

Joe. He's head over heels in love with his best friend, estranged from his family and though he's smart, dedicated and loyal, there's something missing and you can hear that in the way he's written.

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

It was and I did.

Any additional comments?

Holy.... wow, just wow. There's only one sex scene in this book but it is one of the most intense, sexy, passionate sex scenes every written. Oh, there's a great story here too. *insert evil laugh* I enjoyed the friends to lovers aspect of the story and just how strong the bond between Joe and Kade is because of that friendship. Some people may read or listen to this and think it's insta-love, I assure you, it's not. It's two long years of Joe pining and Kade wearing his silence like a badge slow burning foreplay.

Loved the narration, loved the writing, loved the story. The men remind me a bit of Sam and Jory, the way Jory deliberately challenges Sam's then reaps the benefits, if you get my meaning.

  • The Hockey Player's Heart

  • Dreamspun Desires, Book 50
  • By: Jeff Adams, Will Knauss
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R&R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser. Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Home is where the Heart is

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 04-14-18

Home is where the Heart is

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Where does The Hockey Player's Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top for sure. I loved everything about this book. The writing, the narration, the slow burning love story rooted in decades of friendship.

What other book might you compare The Hockey Player's Heart to and why?

Wade Kelly's Jocks series, the writing styles and angst are similar.

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

He gives the characters a voice, each their own definable voice, makes them more than just words on paper.

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

Both, actually.

Any additional comments?

This book was a breath of fresh air for me, the perfect mixture of love, life and angst. Sterling did such a great job bringing Caleb and Aaron to life and giving each of them their own distinct personalty in addition to the differing characteristics already in place from the written version.

Caleb is the hot, openly gay, confident hockey star while Aaron, who is successful in his own right, lacks some of the confidence due to a past boyfriend that didn't appreciate the beautiful, smart man he had. That is a huge part of the story when going back and forth from each man's POV. Aaron knows what he wants, he has since he was a teenager, but there's the constant niggle in the back of his mind.... am I good enough? I think my favorite aspect of this book, aside from the smoking hot chemistry, was the fact that the story was built on a foundation of friendship and love long before anything else. It really does give the story roots that just continue to grow throughout.

This is the first book that husbands, Jeff Adams and Will Knauss, co-wrote and I seriously hope it is not the last. I could feel each one of them in the story while listening. There was a push and pull between Caleb and Aaron that gave the story depth and kept me intrigued throughout, little bread crumbs dropped here and there that came together at the end and made me smile. I highly recommend this one, especially if you're a hopeless romantic, like myself.

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  • Buried Passions

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

When Broadway actor Jonah receives word that his uncle has passed away and named him the heir to a property in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jonah’s plan is to settle the estate as quickly as possible and return to his life in New York City. Much to Jonah’s surprise, the inheritance includes the Ashford Cemetery—and its hunky groundskeeper, recent Bosnian immigrant Luka Pavelka.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet story of love vs career with humor & heart

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-17-18

Undeniable attraction

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

What did you love best about Buried Passions?

Joel Leslie's rendition of Jonah and Luka. He really pulled Jonah's uncertainty and need to be loved from the pages, as well as Luka's heart of gold that shown through his actions and words.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luka, cause he sounds like Victor!
Seriously though, I loved Luka almost as much as Jonah did. He's this big, imposing man on the outside, with the soul of a lover, provider and protector inside. And yes, all these attributes and characteristics come through in the narration.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Every-damn-thing. Joel is one of a handful of narrators that puts the emotions the characters feel into his narration. Through tones, inflections and subtle nuances he brings the Authors words to life.

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

Undeniable Attraction

Any additional comments?

The perfect marriage of writing and narration, Buried Passions will keep you engaged and enamored until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book when I read it and now with the addition of narration it really takes the story to another level. Grey is an amazing Author with an never ending mental dictionary of words to describe emotions like love, passion and understanding. Then Leslie takes those words and breaths life into them.

If you're a fan of the Author or the Narrator this is obviously already in your library. Everyone else just go ahead and click buy.

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  • Secrets of You

  • Sunshine and Happiness, Book 4
  • By: Skylar M. Cates
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Carrying scars and regrets, River Darcourt avoids too much intimate contact. Among his friends, he is known as a quiet loner. Forget about love. It’s not something he will consider...until sweet, young, and tempting Morgan Hayes becomes his housemate. River closed his heart long ago, but the attraction is impossible to deny. Morgan Hayes needs a change. He is moving out of his critical father's home and in with his friends, including his secret/not-so-secret crush, River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of Redemption

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 04-11-18

A story of Redemption

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of You?

When River and Morgan finally come together, in more ways than one, pun totally intended.

What about Michael Stellman’s performance did you like?

I liked that he has a youthful tone and exuberance that matches the characters perfectly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but it's a spoiler. I'll just say River finally lets down all his walls and completely lets Morgan in.

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a story of redemption, for both men. River's past is dark but he's fueled his self imposed misery for so long that the embers seem more like raging flames. Morgan has trust issues due to be abandoned by his mother, leaving him with his emotionally bereft, homophobic father. Add to that Brendan's death and all the issues that swirl around their close knit group of friends and these two seem doomed before they even get started.

One thing that I really like about this series on Audio that I normally do not care for is that a different narrator is used for each installment. It really works for this series because each couple is wildly different than the others and having a completely different voice and tone for each story adds to the overall feel of the books.