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  • After the Fire

  • Through Hell and Back, Volume 2
  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker's mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he'd thought lost forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this story!

  • By Christina Wade on 08-11-17

4.5 > Love this man's voice!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Two men in an intimate pose, somewhat faded and vague. Bold title. Strong author print. Synopsis sounded interesting, emotional.

POV ~> Third-person

Reeling from the sudden and senseless loss of his fiance, Jordan is on a downward spiral. It takes the threat of being replaced as President of his deceased lover's charitable organization to push him back into the land of the living (sort of). His friends see he's struggling, but he's in denial and hiding the depth of it from everyone (or so he thinks).
Lucas (Luke) is the financial advisor and CFO of the organization. He sees Jordan as a waste of time at first, but slowly sees the pained and troubled man hiding behind the crass and crappy behavior. Both Jordan and Lucas had been through hell. Neither are flawless and perfect, but they are good for one another. Add a stray dog, a cast of friends and some bad guys, and there's plenty of dramatic elements to keep the story moving along nicely.
While it is not imperative to read the first book, A WALK THROUGH FIRE, prior to this one, key players were introduced and a deeply emotional backstory played out in it that could benefit the reading/listening experience now. As with book one, this one provides an implied HEA for our lead guys, catches us up on the latest between Drew and Asher (from book 1) and leaves enough of an opening for the next book in series.
Kale Williams has a crisp articulation and easy speaking pace that allows the story to flow smoothly. His voice is pleasant to listen to and he gives Felice Stevens' cast of characters each a unique sound so as to not be confused easily. It made for an enjoyable, pleasurable listening experience.
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Book Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.175 ~ Stars: 4
Narration: 4.5 ~> Overall: 4.34
Triggers: Mention of past sexual abuse of a minor, rape and prostitution. Current timeline struggle with drug addiction and a home invasion resulting in injury.

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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

  • How to Deal

  • All Cocks Stories, Book 3
  • By: T.M. Smith
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn't need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn't much time for dating, much less finding a guy who can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD detective.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By K.S. on 12-09-16

4.8 > Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

My first thought was, "Strange... neither look as I imagined them." Cover composition makes it seem as though it's a dark and suspenseful plot. Synopsis does not support the cover, not fully. I guess we'll see!
Third-person pov.
Prologue kicks us off with the scene from Club Berlin when Mattie drank one that was not meant for him [no spoilers, but full scene is covered in FAME AND FORTUNE] and Jon first encounters Kory.
Jon is a multi-generation, Irish-Italian NYPD detective. He's had a crush on Hayden, Kory's online persona, for quite a while now and is dumbstruck coming face-to-face with him at the nightclub one night when responding to a 911 call. While he may lust over Hayden, Jon really wants the opportunity to get to know Kory. He's strong, patient, and stubborn to a fault.
Kory's a mess and hides it behind a pain in the ass, cocky, grouchy attitude. Afraid to ever get close enough to love again in fear of it being taken away from him, dating has never been on his agenda, let alone dating a person with a high-risk job like Jon's. The real Kory is sweet, somewhat shy and uncertain, but loyal. His insecurities tend to be his biggest undoing. Both men have their admitted strengths and weaknesses, which makes them all the more developed as characters. Their chemistry is natural and a joy to watch build up. The secondary cast are an equal blend of All Cocks members and Brennan family - oh my gawd, grandma cracked me UP! She and Grandma Mazur (Stephanie Plum's grandma) could take on the world, I think. The dialogue and interaction between the characters is believable and natural. The plot is dynamic and has plenty if dimensions. I think this was the most exciting one so far . The story was fluid and was easy to read and follow. There were some minor conflicts that were resolved easy enough. Predictability was leaning towards moderate. The conclusion is solid and contains a great epilogue. I look forward to seeing who will be next to receive a book in this series. Can't wait. It's a very good series and I would recommend it to fans of the m/m world, BUT - for maximum benefit and comprehension - I'd suggest reading GAY FOR PAY then FAME AND FORTUNE prior to HOW TO DEAL although this * * can * * stand on it's own.

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Rating: 4.5 [R+] ~ Score: 4.3 ~ Stars: 4
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* Audible version *
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TM Smith hit the jackpot upon selecting Joel Leslie to narrate. This was my favorite book in the written series so far and listening to Mr. Leslie portray Kory and Jon's story was a true joy. Jon's voice did NOT sound like it did in my head when I'd read it, but it grew on me. The coaster conversation between Kory and Mattie had me in tear-induced giggle fits. The sex scenes were hot enough to get the heart beating just a little harder and faster, no lie! Gran Brennan... man, he nailed it! The post-Monster Bar scenes were heartbreaking and so very perfectly conveyed. Annunciation, intonation, clarity and speed were perfect for each and every scene spoken.
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Rating 4.5 [R+] ~ Score: 4.8 ~ Stars: 5
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Overall: 4.5 [R+] ~ Score: 4.6 ~ Stars: 4.5

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  • Waking the Bear

  • Broken Chains, Book 1
  • By: Kerry Adrienne
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Overprotective bear shifter, Griff Martin, reluctantly rents his mountain cabin to an artist, Amy Francis. He quickly realizes the plucky artist is his mate. But danger is brewing in the forest, and Griff has to be ready to safeguard both his female and his den, at the risk of losing both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.7 > Not a fan of this narration.

  • By Happily Ever Chapter on 05-26-19

3.7 > Not a fan of this narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I'm having a hard deciding if he's cuter in human or bear form!

First impression: the narrator sounds like he is suffering from a sinus infection. The character voices were a bit humorous, Griff sound more like a angry Eeyore while Amy sounds like Pooh. The character voices are not always consistent either, I noticed (Evers, in particular). My review is based on the characters and story as portrayed by the narrator. Perhaps reading the book would offer a different score. Griff was gruff and sort of caveman-ish. Amy seemed awful naive and perpetually simpering. I honestly could not say that I felt the chemistry between them, not really in a mature and intimate manner. There are a scarce few secondary characters. The dialogue and interaction are not terrible; I had more problems with the intonation and inflections. The plot was good. There was just enough dynamics to make this novella feel richer and fuller, the flow seems as though it is smooth and easy. Only in the last ten to fifteen percent does the heat level go from zero to sixty in one paragraph. There's barely a conflict since what was supposed to be a big deal really wasn't. Predictability was low. The conclusion was solid enough, yet left a bit of wiggle room for the series to continue.
I don't think I'd recommend the audiobook, but I would suggest interested parties to check out the ebook. I truly believe if I'd have read the book, I would have interpreted the dialogue, comments, and moods differently and probably would have enjoyed it more.

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Heat Level: R ~ Score: 3.7 ~ Stars: 4

  • Snowed In

  • By: Teodora Kostova
  • Narrated by: Dan Rider
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother's best friend, for as long as he can remember. Quinn doesn't believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won't be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor. In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn's very own Christmas miracle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, passionate and intriguing.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 11-28-16

3.75 > Clear narration, Annoying character voices

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Back view of a shirtless man holding a santa cap behind him. Dramatic. Synopsis sounds good.
This is the first Teodora Kostova book that I've read or listened to as well as the first narration by Dan Rider that I've experienced.
The story as a whole, was good.
Narration - pronunciation is clear and the pacing is well-timed.
Storytelling was very good.
However, I had an issue with the characters' voices. Mr. Rider gave Nate a very child-like and whiny voice and it was not appealing, to me, at all. The emotions did not necessarily match the dialogue, it was strange. Brandon's voice was nails-on-a-chalkboard annoying.
As far as stories go, it was good. Both Nate and Quinn had flaws. Poor decisions and worse discussions were made on both ends. Minor conflicts were present, but self inflicted / self-imposed. Predictability was low. The ending is rather abrupt, leaving an implied possibility for a HEA.
One bone to pick, though, was the occasional use of UK English terminology when the story revolves around L.A., Chicago, Las Vegas, and Denver ~ All quite American.
I honestly believe I would have enjoyed this story better on my ereader.
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Story ~> Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.9 ~ Stars: 4
Narration ~> 3.75
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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an audible copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I will leave my Unbiased Opinion. I was not required nor asked to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

  • Saving Silas

  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Haunted by his years at war, Boston paramedic Gael Dominic spends his time saving other people's lives. An empty house, a single friend, and living at work, Gael is not content with his existence, but he's close. Gael was expecting his overnight shift on Thanksgiving to be the same as always - manic crowds, heart attacks...until catastrophe strikes, and Boston's streets run with blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a sweet story - great narration!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 12-18-16

4.4 > Complete Ear Candy!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

One large, shirtless and tattooed guy, and another man, fully dressed. Ambulance in the foreground. Synopsis sounds great.
Third-person POV.
This was the first book by SJ Himes that I've ever read or listened to and was very pleased. Likewise, I've not listened to Derrick McLain prior to this, but will be looking for more from both of them.
Gael was a strong lead. A combat medic veteran, now paramedic, he still suffered PTSD episodes a decade after returning stateside after becoming injured in the line of duty.
Silas suffered an abusive upbringing at the hands of an influential city figurehead, which only became worse when he came out to his parents. Fearing for his life, he ran with only the clothes on his back, despite it being late November in Boston.
An event of terrible violence brought the two men together, but something deeper connected them immediately, which was a good thing, because Silas was going to need a protector!
Great story, plenty of dynamics. The characters interacted well, dialogue was good. The conflicts were multi-tiered, but nothing was left unresolved. Predictability was little to none. The conclusion is solid enough, with an implied HEA.
Although the story did take place during the holidays, I would not necessarily bill it as a Holiday Novella. It had a dose of Romantic Suspense, plus a heaping of Sweet and Sexy.
STORY -
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4
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AUDIO -
Narrator has a warm, inviting vocal quality that is extremely easy and pleasant to listen to. It's simply ear candy. His character voices made the cast easy to distinguish. The speech was clean and well-paced, providing a smooth flow.
Overall Narration Score: 4.4
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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from Embrace the Rainbow and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I will leave my Unbiased Opinion. I was not required nor asked to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

  • What's in a Name?

  • Foothills Pride Stories, Book 1
  • By: Pat Henshaw
  • Narrated by: David Ross
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it's a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he's dumped by his boyfriend. When a burly bar owner rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up. Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender's first name. "Guy" Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date. While Jimmy's trying to come up with his name, he's distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet romance

  • By Riva on 12-19-16

4.1 > First-time Ross listener

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

The cover has a very Old West look and feel to it, from the landmarks to the sepia tone cover. Only if you look closely enough and see the motorcycle's handlebars and mirror are you convinced it's a modern story. Personally, the cover would not normally draw and keep my attention. The synopsis seems sort of vague and silly, in a "Rumpelstiltskin" kind of way. I opted to listen to this audiobook because I've read a few stories by this author before and have liked them, plus I've never listed to David Ross prior to this and was looking forward to the opportunity to hear a new, to me, narrator.
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POV ~> First-person, Jimmy's perspective.
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"A2 / Guy" is the bartender at Stonewall (a family heirloom bar he inherited from his grandfather), Jimmy is the co-owner of Penny's (a coffee shop). Guy is a little older, bigger; a "bear" with a shaved head and "Furry" elsewhere, rides a motorcycle. He's very protective of Jimmy. He has a penchant for wearing a different name tag each day at the bar, but no one had ever called him on it until Jimmy. Jimmy is smaller and seems quite naive and/or clueless to the world around him, which was so at odds with a small business owner. Their relationship was interesting and fun. It progressed naturally. A game played throughout, each night Jimmy was allowed one guess as to what Guy's real name was. If he got it right within 7 days, Guy would buy him a motorcycle.
There are a few secondary characters, likable and not. Dialogue was good - natural - and had several laugh out loud moments. The cast interactions were believable. The plot was good. It was dynamic and contained some layers. There were conflicts, but most were from external sources and effecting things other then them as a relationship. Some were addressed and resolved, others were left in the background, possibly as a "to be determined" as the series moves on.
Unfortunately, I had predicted the identity of the "whodunnit" as well as Guy's name, so those reveals were not as exciting as they could have been. The conclusion is fairly abrupt, leaving an implied HEA without any real confirmation or solidity. That said, there was no real cliffhanger, either.
The story was enjoyable. I'd continue reading the series based on this one.
Story Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.1 ~ Stars: 4
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Narration:
David Ross has a clean voice. His pronunciation and speech is clear and easy to understand. The tone of voice is pleasant to listen to. The story is narrated at a steady pace. The only issue I had with the character portrayal was that a few times he seemed to slip out of character or made one sound like the other during scenes containing dialogue. But overall, it was an entertaining audiobook. I'd willingly listen to more books narrated by Mr. Ross.
Narration Score: 4.1 ~ Stars: 4
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OVERALL: 4.1
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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an audiobook copy of this book from IndiGo Marketing and Design and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

  • Rescued

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he's gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. When Jason Mallory's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. Jason and Ryder build a friendship - until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they've been fighting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, sexy & a wonderful HEA!

  • By Belen on 03-25-17

4.45 > A truly pleasurable voice

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Two males, dressed warm and cozy, cuddled together. Below, a black pit bull puppy. Good composition. Strong font and color. Interesting synopsis.

POV ~> Third-person

This event provided me the unique opportunity to listen to the audiobook while following along with my kindle purchased copy.
Ryder works at a pit bull rescue and was a lawyer as well. Jason co-owns a construction company with his brother. A discovery of some pit bulls on site at one of the properties Jason was contracted to renovate brings the two men together. While Ryder only had his teen brother, which he had to secretly find ways to meet with, Jason had a large, loving family. Add to the families, there were a few friends and co-workers added as secondary cast members. Ryder is openly gay. Jason is a closeted bi-sexual that was living as a straight man up til now. There were plenty of conflicts, all the way up to the epilogue. Predictability was minimal to nil. The conclusion is solid, wrapping up in a short fast-forward style, providing the reader a glimpse of the near future.
I did find myself extremely curious about bartender John and have my suspicions about him.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.275 ~ Stars: 4

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While I could listed to Charlie David all day long and I really enjoyed the story, the book played out very long and felt too drawn out with scenes and elements that were not crucial to the plot.
Mr. David has a supremely enjoyable voice, his pronunciation is crisp and clean. Character portrayal is flawless. Overall performance is always stellar. The pace in which the story is narrated is comfortable.
4.45 for audiobook / narration.
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Overall score: 4.35

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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an audiobook copy of this book from the author's PA, after purchasing the eBook, with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

  • LOL: Laugh out Loud

  • An After Oscar Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox, Molly Maddox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

When a gorgeous cop comes racing out of a building on Fifth Avenue, hops in your horse-drawn carriage, and screams, “Go!” - you go. You don’t stop and ask for paperwork. Or a badge. Or an explanation of who you’re chasing. You simply follow his shouted orders and try not to kill anyone in the process...But then it turns out that the “cop” is none other than Roman Burke, Hollywood’s hottest star, and our little joyride gets me fired. Now I’m broke, my horse has been evicted from her barn, and I’ve got nowhere to turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have done with some judicious editing!

  • By Vetinari on 06-18-19

4.275 > Fun but Utterly Chaotic

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

POV ~> Alternating first-person

Major cutie on the cover, wearing only a grey knit scarf. A big cityscape (NYC) is seen in the background. If the cutie and big, bold title font didn’t grab me, the author name (Lennox) would have, for sure. However, it was the synopsis that practically demanded that I read this story.

OMG, I do not know when I have laughed and enjoyed a story so much!
Scotty lives check to check and just wants to feel safe, and even perhaps, loved.
Roman is a movie star craving just a bit of normalcy.
A scandalous ride through Central Park leaves Roman on a mandatory R&R getaway in rural Vermont and carriage driver Scotty jobless and homeless. His horse, Nugget, is also in dire need of a new home, too.
Scotty finds and confronts Roman. Roman tries to do the right thing. Scotty ultimately finds himself in Vermont, at the infamous Oscar’s house (though Oscar is still an unknown entity yet). Antics ensue with family and a few more x-Oscar guys.
There’s as much feel good as hilarity, sexy as sweet. I started out borrowing the book from Kindle Unlimited but bought it before I was finished. I have every intention of purchasing this series in paperback format (if available at GRL) and **HAVE TO** hear Michael Pauley narrate this one, too, so I will happily own it in every available format!
Cast was fantastic. Interactions and dialogue were entertaining. The plot was excellent and a true pleasure to read. Chemistry was fantastic. There were a few conflicts along the way, but these two guys were amazingly smart and mature. Resolutions were met before any major angst could be had. Predictability… who the hell could predict half of what was happening? The conclusion was solid enough and satisfying. I really hope this is not the last we see of them, I think Scotty had tied himself with Lennox’s Stevie (FLIRT) as an all-time favorite character.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series and am already recommending this series to friends!
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Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.625 ~ Stars: 5
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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon and am voluntarily leaving unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

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Audible purchased.
Narrator: Michael Pauley

Well paced and clear enunciation.
Large cast, each with a unique voice - even during the crazy group scenes.
Fun, but occasionally overly chaotic.
It was an enjoyable and entertaining audio version.

  • The Rainbow Clause

  • By: Beth Bolden
  • Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Heisman winner. Member of the national championship team. NFL rookie of the year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’s ever dreamed of but nobody with whom to share it. Too bad it’s not as simple as asking out the next girl who intrigues him - because the next girl to intrigue him probably won’t be a girl at all.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept zoning out

  • By James Camp on 10-02-18

3.79 > Lengthy, slow-burn. Well narrated.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

POV ~> Third person
=== Book ===
I think when reading a 300+ page book, one does not realize how many times Ms. Bolden uses certain words, particularly “wryly”. But in the audio narration, it became increasingly obvious as the story went on.
Nick’s a reporter with hang-ups. Colin is an NFL player ready to come out as bisexual. Colin’s PR team hire Nick’s agency (Nick specifically) to follow Colin and write the story.
I liked Colin, but was annoyed at times with Nick’s perspective of things. They had good chemistry, although it was a slow burn to get to the relationship point. Dialogue is good, the interactions are enjoyable. The plot was a little lengthy and slow to get rolling, but it flowed at a decent pace. Conflicts were mostly internal and on Nick’s end, but eventually he pulls it together. Predictability is low. The conclusion is fairly satisfying with and implied HEA.
Overall, it’s a lengthy book with a good concept and decent execution. Was not a strong favorite, but it was not bad.
Story as written: 3.825
=== Narration ===
Speed of narration was smooth and easy to follow. The pronunciation tripped me up on occasion.
The “voice” of a character seemed to chance once in a while and some emotional inflections did not match the scene.
Story as narrated: 3.75
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Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.79 ~ Stars: 4
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⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

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  • Lover

  • Survivor, Book 2
  • By: T.M. Smith
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside, he's carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past, he's evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just 15, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil. Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn't turn out as planned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lover

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 09-23-18

Solid Story and Strong Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

First, I'd read this story as a beta reader. Later, I read it once it was released. Now, I've had the opportunity to listen to the narrated version. Nick J Russo manages to bring a story to life with an enunciation and pace that is an auditory delight. I did note that in one part a character name was incorrectly used but that's an editing issue. Also, there were two spots where the narrator slipped his character. Other than that, I truly enjoyed the emotions portrayed.