Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.
By the end, the only character I liked was the crime reporter, husband and father, Ben Morrison, and he's a bit of a mystery. And I would've preferred not being given info that resulted in me hoping for more of a love connection between private I, Jessie Cole, and Detective Colin Grayson. That info seemed to serve no purpose in this story, just thrown in for nothing really. Finally, Jessie made 1 too many big mistakes IMO to be in the job she was in, a private investigator.
The best part of the book was the title which resonates in multiple ways throughout the story.
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head. Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart.
I found the opening narration of Bianca offensive. I don't believe it was meant to be. But the directors of that part of the narration should've thought better about who they chose to narrate that part and how it was done. It has left a permanent stain in my head and heart for those who put this work together so senselessly. Then there was the macaw named Savage who supposedly knows how to say statements that are sexual advances. The bad-mouth macaw wasn't funny nor believable. In less than 15 min. into the book, I was seriously disliking it and regretting my purchase. And it didn't get much better as I slogged through the entire thing.
The set up was weird in that this tale is broken into 2 stories. The first one setting up the murder mystery and was short in comparison to the 2nd story. After all of that, I thought there would be more investigating than actually occurred. Overall, there was little. But maybe I should've recognized that, since it's listed only as a romance and not a mystery, I think. This story tells us about Josh (aka Jazz) Roman, a less masculine, age 28, hairdresser and business owner getting together with Detective Gabe Wyatt who is age 35. This occurs in a small town in OH. The basis of the conflict between the 2 was believable but not the players (Josh and Gabe) in it. I don't think Gabe and Josh ever communicated except through sex and arguing. The story didn't pull me in, and I didn't care about either of them separately or together. Part of the conflict ignorance was Josh's alibi the night of the 2nd murder (1 murder is solved earlier). It was ludicrous and just added to my dislike of the story. Another yuck aspect was how the author wrote about being able to read folk so accurately just by their eyes. A degree of this makes sense and his plausible, occasionally. But Gabe being able to read fear & the reason for it in Josh's eyes though nothing had been or was being said. And the reason or what Gabe "saw" had never been verbalized, yet it was definitely right on point. Give me a break. And what a great coincidence that Gabe's partner detective easily accepts him being gay, even jokes with him about it and never has the slightest problem with gay folk at all or any aspect of it. This, in a small OH town, in a police department, no less, after knowing each other a short period of time. Yeah, right. The last straw was the narrator. As I stated earlier, he did a horrible and offensive job at the opening of the story. And his male character voices throughout the tale likely had a lot to do with my disinterest in the book.
There wasn't much positive in the story for me. But at least the F/F fight at the hair salon was entertaining. So was the housekeeper, Mrs. Honeycutt. She said, "Pecker tracks don't lie" (pecker as in penis).
Ten years ago Sheriff's Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He's gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron - who thought life began and ended with his kids - is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.
Larks and Aaron have known each other for 7 years. Both are nearing age 50 (Larks, 47; Aaron 49). Larks is a divorcee from an undesirable and resentful woman/mom Alicia, a bisexual, a high school principal and science teacher, and a single parent of high school daughter, Kristiana (aka Kristy), and college freshman, Olivia. His last name is Larks. His lover, Aaron, and book listeners/readers don't learn his first name until the story is almost over; it's said only once in the story. Aaron George is a police deputy, a bisexual, a 10-yr widower from a great love, and a single parent of high school son, Kirby, and 2 older daughters who live elsewhere. We were given very little info, including names, of Aaron's daughters. It was implied that they lived elsewhere. I didn't learn their names were Maureen and Tiffany until the book was almost over.
The story was an adult tale that deals with school bullying, teen struggles and adults' response to their struggle, family issues, and, of course, an adult romance while being single parents and older professional adults, having been married, and recognizing some ongoing conflicting realities that come with being gay in the U.S. There were many failed attempt at cuteness, but others may like them. And there was a bit of sentimentality.
I could've done w/o knowing about Larks and his daughter, Kristy, setting up a scenario where their cats and a group of field mice in his garden battle for survival with them giving their cats an advantage in chasing and destroying the mice. Larks and Kristy considered it entertainment. Kristy gleefully called 1 if her cats "sadistic pussy."
It was very realistic the way Larks and Aaron always kept in mind being parents and professionals in the small CA community thus risking aspects of their lives as a result of their romantic relationship. It was almost 5.5 hrs before 1st full intercourse. Before then there was 1 moment of groping and another of oral.
The narrator was ok, but I couldn't distinguish between the men's voices on sound alone.
Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he's in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client. Until a man named "John" starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck.
My expectations for funniness may have been too high, but I chose it based on the excerpt, which seemed funnier to me than most of the story actually was.
This is a story of college drop-out and PSO (phone sex operator), Zach (aka Wesley Darkling), and phone sex caller, John, a wealthy law student. Naturally, both were beautiful, buff white men in their 20s. Overall, my enjoyment of the story was quite minimal. But it was fun trying to figure out how and when they would meet. The story had cute dialogue a few times but not exactly funny. And Zach's group of friends, 2 fem & 1 straight guy, were fun. So much of it is M/M sex scenarios played out on the phone, which I tired of. They were quite sexy; the author has an adequate affinity for writing sex scenes. It's the rest of the writing.
After the sex moved off the phone, the trajectory of the story changed. And I liked that half of the story more, though it was never a story I was drawn too or sought out. I was ready to get it over. The conflict in the story was real and due to an unexpected reason, which was a good unexpected bend. And the story is not wrapped up too prettily, which was more realistic. I wish we heard other PSOs to get a real sense of Zach's workplace beyond encountering his boss. It just would've added to a wider view of Zach's life, since so much of the story centers on his job and workplace. Zach and John grow during the story, which was a plus. Still, I won't see out this author again.
The narrator seriously rocked especially all the sexual sounds and verbal expressions. He bounced well among all the male and female characters.
There are many rules a priest can't break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God. I've always been good at following rules. Until she came. Then I learned new rules.
This story focuses on Father Tyler Bell and Poppy Danforth and her renewed interest in religion. Of course, Tyler and Poppy are gorgeous and sexy. Both are highly educated. Poppy also comes from money.
As the title and book description indicates, Tyler is the story's focus. So it's told primarily from his viewpoint. As he struggles within himself, we get a good idea about the parts of his struggle. So we learn about his interest in feminism both academically and personally. I don't know for sure how I feel or what I think about the acknowledgement of some aspects of the story as anti-feminism. It might've been an attempt at insight that came across as trying too hard to be everything, both aware and fetishistic/hedonistic. Ultimately, these bits faded away in the tale. Too ease some of struggle and provide himself with a rationalization or self-justification, Tyler used the slippery slope excuse of "Since I've already done __, then I might as well do ____."
Ultimately, in between the sex, was the story of being tempted and falling for temptation, being torn and ambivalent, and struggling internally. But the way Tyler's struggle is enacted will certainly bother some due to the use of religious language/lingo, ritual and places during sex. For instance, having sex in the rectory, on the sanctuary floor, and church altar; using Lamb as Poppy's nickname; saying "Jesus help me" as an exclamatory phrase; calling the feeling of sex w/ Poppy Heaven; saying, "My cock is consecrating you"; and while having sex saying, "This is your body; this is your blood given up for me." After feeling a tad bit icky about it initially, a 2nd thought I had was that men think that and feel that way or hope for it all the time just with different words. And Poppy saying Amen at the close of their 1st sex together similarly mirrors many person's attitude of thanksgiving after great sex or sex w/ the right person. Eventually, as the relationship deepens, these acts and words decrease considerably. And I liked the message that God is not separate or outside consensual, adult intimate relationships that are loving.
The seriously explicit erotic sex overwhelmed the story resulting in the story coming off as superficial. After 3/4 of the story, I began to forward through some parts to get to the end. And ideas of love occurred too soon. Tyler was saying he loved Poppy w/in 6 weeks of having met, w/ no lighter feeling preceding that idea.
The narrators did the book justice. But the female narrator spoke very rarely. Almost the whole book is the male narrator, so it was strange when the female narrator spoke. I don't know why she was included really.
In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.
This is a boring story but with a thorough investigation. The author used common police procedural book tactics in an inept fashion. Sadly, the story, as a whole, was boring. Some aspects seemed nonsensical or should've been seen, known or suspected by Detective Maizer and FBI agent Kate ?. I did. There were 1 or 2 revelations by the end, but it was drudgery getting there.
There's barely a romance beyond Det Maizer silently expressing to himself his attraction to FBI agent Kate and, near the end of the book, Kate reciprocating his attraction to her and pushing it to create the 1 sex scene. Near the book's close there was 1 brief, mildly romantic but not raw or explicit sex scene. It would've been about the same if listeners/readers had just been told they had sex vs semi-showing us, though I didnt mind it. It just came across as thrown in since there was little to no action leading up to it. And they used no condom nor had a discussion about safe sex, which makes it more nonsensical or not thought through, just thrown in unnecessarily.
For what it's worth, the narrator was ok, but it made little difference.
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One secret could destroy a family. One lie could save them. The brilliant prequel to The Boy Who Saw, a gripping thriller from Sunday Times best seller Simon Toyne, featuring the enigmatic Solomon Creed. Solomon Creed is an outsider with an unknown past, travelling through a remote part of Texas. He doesn’t look for trouble - but trouble finds him. At a roadside diner, he runs into a worn-down family whose ancestral land and home is about to be auctioned. But when Solomon suspects it’s worth a lot more than they think, he decides to take things into his own hands.
This is bit of a paranormal tale, so you won't enjoy it unless you understand that. Solomon has extra sensory skills, so you have to believe that to enjoy the tale. Once you do that, enjoyment comes really easy. There's no physical violence just ugliness so common in our world. There's no extreme language, f-bombs or extreme acts. It's just a good story without any embellishment beyond Solomon's special senses. I don't have a problem with that sort of language, but I know some people do so…. People aren't described explicitly in great physical detail, so you're left to envision much of the stories happenings on your own. But you're given all you need to do that is less explicit means. That's part of the writing talent of this simple novel. And I don't mean simple in that it's lacking. I mean simple in the sense of no extraneous stuff and yet being everything that it needs to be.
The only bad thing is that this story left me wishing for people like him, with such consideration and unselfishness, actually existed in greater numbers and had more control and power in our society and world. Until that day, I'll look for more of his stories so that I can get lost in them. I look forward to being there as his journey unfolds.
I'm Miranda and I'm kind of a free spirit. I do my own thing and don't need anyone telling me how to live. My stepsister is the opposite of me - pure and innocent. Her father spoils her and gives her anything she wants. She's a brat. We decided to get our own apartment and get away from our parents. That's when things got exciting and I decided Annabelle needed to be taught a few lessons. I took action and made her want me. In the end, she had no choice but to enter into this taboo relationship.
Miranda and Annabel, age 20 and 19, are step sisters who become roommates in an apartment separate from their parents. Miranda had a boyfriend and didnt identify as a lesbian. Still, she wanted to push Annabel's buttons.
There was no dialogue until ch. 2 was almost over, and that was probably 10 words. Then there was 1 brief verbal encounter in ch. 3. In total, those were the times of dialogue. Everything else is Miranda's internal monologue or her telling us what happened. Almost the whole story is just telling it, not showing it.
The sex scene was 1min and 20 sec of practically nothing. Annabel could've done the exact same thing to herself. Seriously; save your $ and make a hard pass on this one.
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Genevieve, a Jinn, comes to Reverie Resort for one last vacation before she must go before the Afrit tribunal and formally declare that she has no powers. She hopes to enjoy one last taste of a luxury beyond even what she is used to before being cast out of her own dimension to live among humans. But something goes wrong. Instead of the spa weekend she's expecting, she finds herself on a remote, barren planet being auctioned off to the highest bidder and has no way to contact her hosts to correct the situation. Is there really a mix up?
The narrator rocked this story! He really made it. I had to look more than once to see if there was more than 1 narrator b/c I couldn't believe there was only one. He was great.
The story was special too with the world created about gen/genies. The story is short, so it's not a great deal of world-building. But there's enough to get the gist of it. That's one of the good things about the story. What's there is what is needed, but no more or less than that. I also appreciated the small degree of diversity among the people. It's quite small, but it's significantly more than in most of the 2200 books I've listened to.
Genevieve struggled with a degree of elitism and entitlement due to her parentage. She came across as a spoiled brat. One example is her telling Colin to sleep on the floor and let her have the bed after he "purchased" her during trader Will's offering of willing women. Essentially, Colin saved Genevieve, and she didn't seem to understand or appreciate that. He told her that he wouldn't harm her and certainly didn't come across as though he would. Yet she belittled him and expected, almost insisted, on being treated in a royal fashion.
Colin came across immediately as very likable and with great integrity. He was a lead soil scientist on a mission in charge of an orchard and seeking to grow items where they have not grown before. In the past, he had scientific breakthroughs on other planets.
We get to see and understand why Genevieve is how she is.
The connection between Colin and Genevieve grew slowly. There was no romantic interaction in the first 3+ hrs of the 4hr 52min story. The most that happened, before the last 26 min of the book, was Colin having internal thoughts about Genevieve's attractiveness. Most of those thoughts—with the exception of maybe one—wasn't explicitly sexual.
The story had no explicit language or profanity. It was a lovely message about finding your inner strength and some other positives aspects of good people.
Still, I found the easy acceptance of Genevieve's difference a little implausible.
For almost a year, Talia has lived as a sex worker for the High Director of the Coalition Council, providing recreational sex and sensual pleasure for some of the most important and influential people in the explored universe. After a difficult and joyless childhood, she now has comfort and security, living and working in the center of power in Coalition space. She has everything she needs, and she doesn't know she has anything else to hope for - until she meets Desh.
Talia was 18 and the usual young female type in romance and erotica tales. She's described in common ways too with a "heart-shaped face" and rounded hips. She had some body issues not being what she called "slim," though she admits that she wasn't "fat" or "overweight." So this story sends a great message that women should be self-conscious about their body if they don't meet a certain standard. Sigh. Also common among romance novels, Talia is "inexperienced." There is a bit of world-building in the tale, but not a lot. In the background, we learn about struggles and battles with very little detail.
There was one developed planet in Talia's universe. She grew up on a poor, undeveloped planet in a poor family of miners with few options. Her dad signed her up to be chosen for the leisure suite on earth. She'd been chosen as an escort which benefitted her family. She didn't want to return to her old fashioned home planet that was unnamed. She believed her position gave her a better chance for a good life, one that was to be found if she, and others like her, convinced a man to provide her with security in exchange for access to her body at his will. So her mentor, Ginelle, a high-achieving escort, instructed Talia not to romanticize and to focus solely on "seeking donations."
Men were considered easily manipulated & all the same as takers. Women just wanted men to like them & give them material items. And men just wanted to be studs. So a stereotypical view of both men & women was common during the 1st half of the book.
While "seeking donations," without any disease protection at any time, Talia met Marshall, a commander, and Desh or Dash, a 28-yr-old combatant (aka fighter/gladiator). Talia tried to become Earth's next "Pretty Woman." That included finally having an orgasm during sex. I won't tell you how or with whom. Talia was too needy, wanting more than anything, at first, to be desired, chosen & considered pretty.
There was a slow reveal of the story's conflict. As it was revealed, the story got better. It started as slightly below average and, midway thru, rose to average. The narrator played a big part in the improvement. It's largely another story of love thru sex. But it was not insta-love, and they spent time sharing their life stories and confidences to a degree. So beginners' love seemed plausible. There's a nice surprise that I shoulda seen coming but didn't. And the ending was feasible as well.
Even w/ an escort as a main character, the tale isn't all sex nor gratuitous sex, but there's still enough sex thrown in. And some of it is very sexy w/ a degree of romance.