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  • Acceptance

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

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

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

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-09-18

Acceptance, Forbes Mates 3

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

4.5 Stars

This book was interesting. Not my favorite of the series (book two still holds that spot), but I really liked the characters in this one. I would like to say this is a standalone, but I really think you do need the first two books in order to follow the storyline, as they have a lot of plot and characters you need to know before this book comes into play.

Quincy was interesting as a jaguar shifter not used to being so close to people, since jaguars are solitary creatures. And then we have Miles who is the complete opposite as a wolf shifter in a large and close-knit pack. These two were great to see together, and I really liked the storyline for this book; it was fun, action packed, drama filled, and a bit suspenseful. I really wasn’t expecting the way it all turned out in the end with who was behind it all; that was totally crazy. I really felt bad for Miles a few times, when he thought that Quincy was going to reject him, but loved that once Quincy got past the fact that they were fated mates, he was all-in and needed to be near Miles at all times.

Audio – I thought Christopher Boucher did a great job. I really loved the inflection, tone and the odd accent he used for Quincy’s jaguar character; it was fantastic to hear and totally different and unique compared to a lot of other character voices I’ve heard before. I enjoyed this audiobook a lot. I think the narrator really does a good job at capturing the correct voices for each of the characters in the handful of narrations I’ve heard from him so far.

  • Love You So Hard

  • The Love You So Stories, Book 1
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Ry Forest / Stephen Kurpis (Vitruvian Sound)
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car...and a plain, depressing life. Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard”. The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful romance story with great narration

  • By Meph666 on 09-06-18

Love You so Hard

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

3.5 Stars overall

This book is on the shorter side, super light and cute, with no angst. It’s also pretty funny and interesting. The storyline and character personalities are a little over the top ridiculous at times, but I think that makes this book worth the time to read and/or listen to, since it will get you out of your head and keep you amused for a few hours.

Craig is a dork - I mean he’s smart and awesome in his own way, but he’s just not confident in anything he does and tends to let people walk all over him. He just doesn’t know what to do in life to move past his depressing/negative attributes. He is totally clueless about everything that happens to him that I simply don’t know how he has survived up to this point in life.

That’s where Jessie comes in. Jessie is confident and outgoing and knows exactly what to do in order to get what he wants in life. Since he’s had a crush on Craig from the moment he sees him, he offers to “tutor” Craig to help him become more confident in going after everything he wants. Jessie is basically a force of nature that Craig never sees coming. And I really do like how they have an instant connection but neither of them seem to know quite what to do with it. They are just kind of adorably awkward about the entire situation they get themselves into.

Audio - I really did appreciate the narration of this book in audio too. The narrator, Ry Forrest, does a great job with the voices of both characters, making them unique and making it easy to follow the storyline. I think he did a great job getting us into this audiobook for such a short story and I would be happy to listen to more of his narrations in the future.

  • Fire Balls

  • Balls to the Wall Series, Book 2
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands 5-foot-6, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate - and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe - humiliating Hunter in front of his dad! Hunter lives a dream life - his father’s dream. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fire Balls

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-09-18

Fire Balls

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

3.5 Stars

This book is on the shorter side but still cute and pretty light and fun to read and listen to. The romance is a little fluffy, but the storyline is pretty straightforward and flows well. The timeline in this book is really fast, taking place over the course of like a week or so.

The characters meet. Go on dates with others. Go on dates with each other. Have sex with others. Have sex with each other. It’s all a little messy, but still on the fun side. You really cannot take this book seriously, since it’s a little over the top ridiculous in the romance department, but it is still cute.

Rodney is an artist who paints portraits of naked men. He is outgoing, outrageous and a little over the top in everything he does, and also has a little twist to his personality and character that you wouldn’t really expect till you get to that part of the story. He’s a great friend to the people he is close to. One of his close friends is Jerry. Jerry and Rodney both see the same guy, “Hunter”, and instantly fall into lust with him. But Jerry scores a date with the hunky firefighter first…

It all gets really messy and complicated from that point on… There’s quite a bit of hot sex in the book. There’s some homophobic and family drama. There’s a fire. There’s some other stuff thrown in as well. Overall I have to say it’s another good addition to this series.

Audio – Nick J. Russo does a great job with this one and keeping his voice on point with Rodney’s character. I think he really captured everyone’s voices and personalities well in this audiobook. I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Patience

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

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

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

  • By Keith b miller on 08-04-18

Patience, Forbes Mates 2

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This is my new favorite shifter series. I just love this pack of wolves and all of their shenanigans. This book shouldn’t be read as a standalone, though - I mean you will get the gist of the storyline, but I think you firstly need to read and/or listen to book one, "Devotion", to get the full impact of the wolf pack and the beginning of Jamie’s story, since we see him a decent amount in that book too. I really loved book one and didn’t think it could get any better than that, but with this book it definitely did, and I loved all parts of this story and how well it all came together.

It was really fun getting to know Jamie and Chad as characters and seeing their personalities come out. Not only did they have great chemistry but they were hilarious together as well. Jamie pretending to be a dog and Chad playing off of that - I was laughing at their antics for a large portion of this book. And we did get some insta-lust/love, but I think it was warranted since they were very obviously fated mates and they were bound to have a quick-forming bond together.

One part I thought was really interesting was the fact that the pack as a whole was as un-informed about their pasts as Jamie and Chad were, and about the entire “human mate” aspect. I really hope to see some more follow-up and conclusion to that in the next books, since they obviously have a lot to more to learn about their species. I was a little confused as we went through this book regarding the guy Chad was trying to find, but ended up happy with that aspect since we got a conclusion and more information and it led us perfectly into what we will obviously be seeing in book three. I really liked this book just as much, and maybe just a little bit more, than book one. I will be adding these to my re-read and re-listen list.

Audio – OK, first time listening to a book narrated by Christopher Boucher, but it will NOT be my last. He did such a great job. I was completely entertained by his voices for all of these characters. He really got into the roles and made them come to life, even when they were in wolf form and the characters were in Rome with their accents. I am really impressed with how well he did and really do look forward to hearing more from him. I will be keeping an eye out for more of his narrated books in the future.

  • A Courageous Ride

  • The Bullriders, Book 3
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend Terry recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt. Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, leaving him with a huge dilemma.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Courageous Ride

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-07-18

A Courageous Ride

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I really liked the first two books in the Bullriders series by Andrew Grey, but for me personally this one just fell a little flat. It was a solidly and well-written book, so I’m not quite sure where the disconnect was for me exactly, and if it was just the book itself, storyline, or the characters and their personality traits. I simply didn’t really enjoy this reading or listening to this book as much as I did the first two.

Marshall is a symphony conductor who needs a break from life and decides to vacation on Indigo’s dude ranch. I just kind of felt like these characters’ lives were completely opposite, and just way too different to mesh as well as they did. They’d only met and had one week together on the ranch, and while I don’t really mind insta-love, they just seemed to move a little too fast for me, especially when you add in their personalities and background.

Marshall is a bit high maintenance, a little spoiled and made a huge deal about not being able to stay on the ranch and live off the land like Indigo does. And after being a cowboy and bull rider his whole life Indigo is for sure not giving up his way of life for anyone or anything.

So to me it felt like they were trying to force a relationship where there shouldn’t be one. There was communication and character development, and some decently hot sex, but it still didn’t feel right to me. And when Marshall’s ex shows up halfway through that one week they have together as well, and basically demands Marshall’s attention, I just didn’t get it. I mean great, your ex shows up out of nowhere, and he’s sick, that does not instantly mean you have to drop everything give him all or even most of your attention and take care of him, especially with how your relationship ended - that part really irritated me.

In the end Marshall and Indigo are able to push through all of their doubts and everything that tries to stand in their way to make it work out and I did appreciate the effort they both put into their final relationship in order be happy together in the end.

Audio – I think John did great with the book and content he was given here. I did enjoy his take on this book and the characters especially the more rugged cowboys, those parts are always fun to hear. He always puts 100% effort into the audiobooks he produces for us. I really liked his vocal performance in all three of these books so far and look forward to hearing the next audiobook he has to give us.

  • Devotion

  • Forbes Mates, Book 1
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Finley Cooper is tired of waiting for his destined mate to be ready to claim him. In deference to human laws, he's already agreed to wait until he's 18. But now his birthday has come and gone-and his mate has a new set of excuses. Finley doesn't understand it any more than his wolf does, and he's beginning to wonder if fate made a mistake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By Belen on 07-02-17

Devotion, Forbes Mates 1

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

#TeamFinley

This author is such a fantastic storyteller. The characters always have great development and depth to them. We always get to see them evolve as people; no matter how small or large, there is always something they improve on in their lives separately and also when they finally do end up together as couples.

I really liked this book. It was interesting and the storyline was great with the perfect (not too much) amount of angst and drama. I would enjoy getting even more from these two guys in the future.

You could just tell the characters, Tanner and Finley, had a strong bond together right from the start even when they weren’t quite sure what to do with their feelings for each other and what needed to ultimately happen between them.

Tanner drove me crazy through the first half of this book - I just wanted to smack some sense into him! Along with pretty much everyone else, I just didn’t understand his thought process behind waiting to form the mating bond, beyond Finley coming of age. The entire time Finley felt that rejection from Tanner, I felt it right along with him and my heart hurt for him. When Finley left the pack for some much needed time away and met Jamie I was almost giddy hoping that they would hook up. And even if they didn’t end up getting together I hoped it would still push Tanner into getting his head out of his butt to FINALLY make Finley his. I needed to make sure that Finley got his HEA no matter who it ended up being with. In the end, when Tanner and Finley ended up together, it was beyond super-hot! I think that the chemistry and bond they had together made their connection feel just so much more intense. They were sweet and cute and totally perfect for each other and it was wonderful getting a chance to see them experience their mating connection, I loved how that part of the book was written in.

Audio – I think that Joel Leslie was a perfect choice for these two characters. I liked how he chose the inflections in his voice for each man and made them both fit seamlessly together. He did a great job, like always, and I really had fun listening to this audiobook.

  • Sweet Nothings

  • Dreamspun Desires, Book 55
  • By: T. Neilson
  • Narrated by: Simon Ferrar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Tristan Love is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own. Before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile...that is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Nothings

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-07-18

Sweet Nothings

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book was great and not what I was expecting at all. I thought for sure this would be another sugary sweet romance and we did get some cute details thrown in, but there’s a lot more than just that with this book. I was on the edge of my seat half the time trying to figure out what would happen next and was fully invested in this interesting story.

Tristan moves back home to open a bakery after leaving a bad relationship. Once he’s back in town he meets Jake, who is an ex-con from the “wrong” side of town. Everyone seems to be against their relationship from the very start and no one wants Tristan involved with Jake in any way. But since no one really knows what happened between Tristan and his horrible ex-bf, they really are focused on disliking the wrong person. I really just wish that Tristan was more open with his family about what happened, but that did add more intrigue and suspense to this book and what happens further along in the storyline.

I liked Jake and I really liked him in a relationship with Tristan and how they were together as a couple. You could tell that Jake really cared for him from the start, to the point he would do whatever it took to keep him safe. I just would have liked a little more communication between the two. They both seemed to have a hard time talking about their pasts and I would have liked it if they’d have been able to trust each other more.

I’ve never read this author, T. Neilson, before but I do hope we get more from them. I would definitely be interested in reading and listening to stories for Tristan’s brothers as well.

Audio – The narrator, Simon Ferrar, did great with this book. His voice for Tristan was a little annoying to me personally at times, but I do think that it fit Tristan’s personality perfectly, so it did not take away from the story at all, and Jake’s voice was wonderfully deep and matched him as well. Overall I think this book was a really good choice to listen to in audio format so I'm glad I gave this one a chance.

  • Bad Company

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

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

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

  • By Amocca on 04-14-18

Bad Company

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I really loved the writing and storyline for this book. It was fantastic. Definitely a book I will pull out to re-read and re-listen to over again, which is kind of crazy, liking a book so much you want to re-read it when you don’t even really like the characters themselves. I just wasn’t all that impressed their personalities and how they acted even though they grew on me after time. But that said, this book really worked for me overall.

This was especially fun to listen to in audio. I kept finding myself laughing out loud with some of the ridiculous things these main characters and their friends did. I would highly recommend everyone give this one a chance, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book of this series.

Kellan is kind of a selfish, self-involved “completely straight” jerk for the beginning portion of the book. I really didn’t like watching him walk over Nate, knowing how Nate felt about him. All just to get revenge on his dad for kicking him out. Kellen’s hare-brained scheme to “be gay” to rile his dad up was a really bad decision at first, but he does actually evolve as a person throughout this book and it was nice to see that happen as time went on.

If Kellan was selfish, then Nate was a little self-righteous. Nate was always right and everything had to be done his way or he wasn’t happy with it. He also didn’t really seem happy with the way his life has turned out at all, so I think the dynamic between the two worked out for the best. They didn’t really like each other all that much, but in the end with the help of their friends they totally made it work. And when they got together it made for some steamy scenes to read and hear about.

Audio - my first, but won’t be the last time listening to this narrator, Chet Daniels. He made this book even more entertaining to listen to than just reading it. He did a great job with the voices for all of the characters in this book and I felt he got all their personalities correct as well. I look forward to other books from him in the future.

  • Bonfires

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rating...

  • By Smitten with Reading on 07-26-17

Bonfires

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

4.5 Stars

I was not expecting this book to be so suspenseful. Really, from the cover I thought it would be more of a sappy romance, with some random family issues and drama thrown in, and WOW!! was I surprised when it wasn’t. Don't let the cover fool you, either, lol. This book was great. A good surprise that pulls you in right from the beginning and keeps you on the edge of your seat every step of the way in needing to know what happens next, and who it will happen to.

I loved that this book featured two later-in-life 40y/o men finding their second chance together. It was super sweet, and really fun to see them acting like teens in a new relationship at times. I know they were older and that sometimes it really didn't feel that way when they talked and interacted with others, but to me that made it all seem more real. They both had kids up to being teenagers/young adults so it was refreshing to see they weren't stuffy and older sounding (40s isn't really that old). I really appreciated the fact that both men made sure that their responsibilities in life (kids and families) were taken into consideration first over their feelings and any relationships they both might have had. It really showed their characters in a positive view.

I think that their jobs - Aaron as the sheriff and Larks as the school principal - really helped them form a deeper bond as well, especially when things started getting a little crazy in their town. They could lean on each other and stand together when it was really needed. These guys were seriously awesome characters.

I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. One of the main points of this story was the small-town thinking and the overwhelming hate that can come from it. I really believe these guys and their kids and all their friends dealt with the events that happened in an affirmative way. I was a little confused by some of the actions that happened during the conclusion to the mystery aspect and the people who were caught. There were just a few facts that weren’t explained well enough for my liking, but overall this book was a great way to spend some time.

My one hope after finishing this book is that Kellen gets a book too, so he can have his own HEA. He totally deserves it after everything he was put through, the poor boy - I felt so bad for him.

Audio – Nick J. Russo did a great job with the character voices for both men and their families and all the secondary characters we came into contact with. I really liked that I listened to this one in audio compared to just reading it, because I think the suspense and mystery aspect had a bigger impact with being able to listen to the story play out. Great job and I’m onto the next (audio)book in this series.

  • Crocus

  • Bonfires Series, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

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

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want more please

  • By Shea on 09-13-18

Crocus, Bonfires 2

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The second part of the Bonfires series by Amy Lane does not disappoint. I really liked the first book and wasn’t sure what we would get next in the follow up to that. That being said, you really have to read book one in order to follow this one, as if not, I think you will be missing a major part of their storyline and will probably be lost and a bit confused. Also, book one is really good too, so you should really read/listen to it just for that reason - you don’t want to miss out on a great book!

Larx and Aaron finally made a home with all their kids and patched-together family and are getting into the groove of being not just fathers but lovers as well. They always put their family and kids first and I really respect them for that. They have a real down-to-earth relationship that includes actual talking and sorting things out, all the awkward moments that two people can have together, disagreements and fights. We get to see it all with them.

These guys are seriously amazing characters that seem so dang real. Aaron is a sheriff and Larx is a principal/science teacher, so they have dedicated their lives to helping others. So naturally when something happens that puts more kids in danger they just can’t help themselves, which ultimately puts them right into the face of danger.

While book one was more suspenseful, this book isn’t lacking on that front either. However, I do feel like this book was more family focused. We get to see Aaron and Larx and more on how they interact together, with issues arising with their kids, and Aaron getting hurt in the line of duty, and Larx having to hold up the fort at home. Larx's daughter, Olivia, has some major issues to deal with and work out in this book and it’s great that both men take the time to make sure that she is OK and not just avoiding what really needs to be done.

Let me also add that every single time Wombat Willy was said I could not help but giggle out loud. It is hilarious when Elton is given that nickname. The guys reinforce with all the kids that family is forever and that they should all feel safe and secure at home, all while opening Aaron’s home up to others who need a place to stay. God, I loved this story and these men, two fantastic books with the best plot and storyline throughout them.

I really recommend getting both these stories in e-book format at least, but you really cannot go wrong picking up the audio for both books as well, since the narration is wonderful too.

Nick J Russo is brilliant when it comes to narrating. I just like listening to his voice more and more with each narration I’ve heard from him. He has a really pleasant rhythm and cadence to his voice that pulls you into each story. I think he really did a fabulous job with both Bonfires and Crocus, and all the characters involved. And, there were quite a few; he gave the two main characters their own voices along with all their children, and their extended families and friends. He really did well giving us the full picture of the story overall with so much going on in each book.