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  • Obey

  • His Command, Book 1
  • By: Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In the dim lights of Aurora’s premier kink club waits an alpha eager to take control. Billionaire Crawford Daniels has bedded submissives before, but he’s never given one his collar. That privilege is reserved for the man who’s strong-willed enough to tell him no, but whose pretty lips always say yes. Crawford wants more than a pet - he wants a partner. Someone to pamper and spoil or punish.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable listen!

  • By Crystal on 02-08-19

Obey

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This book was fantastic all the way through. The only thing I felt disappointed about was that the ending was a little abrupt for my taste. I just wanted more of these guys. This book was the perfect amount of Sweet and Hot with a bit dirty added in. The scenes between Owen and Crawford were Hot and I loved that Crawford was able to get Owen to open up and be himself and let loose after the trauma of his past. Loved this book and I hope we get the rest of this series in Audio

Audio - Once again Micheal Pauley did an amazing job with these characters. I have yet to come across anything I haven’t liked from Michael he’s such a solid well rounded narrator. Loved this book and along with hoping we get the next books in Audio I really hope that This Author sticks with Michael as the narrator.

  • How Not to Blend

  • Lovestrong Book, 1
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

 

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his 15-year-old son Grayson being bullied, right? And what the heck is nonbinary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud! Best book in a long time!

  • By ILoveBooksSue on 01-31-19

How Not to Blend

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

4.5 Stars

I absolutely Adored this book. It was fun and quirky and funny.. Everything about it was great. This Author knows exactly how to pace a book perfectly so you get all the details and character interactions and personalities blended into the storyline to keep you fully engaged and entertained. These characters were all awesome with the best personalities even the secondary ones. It’s great when you have main characters who also have fabulous friends. Oh, and Michael Pauley knows exactly how to narrate every book to perfection. He’s such a great narrator. I loved him for this book. Fantastic all around.

  • Home in Austin

  • Lone Star Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

After accidentally getting pregnant by his best friend and occasional hookup buddy, Owen Grant finds himself on his own...again. After being abandoned at birth and growing up in the foster system, he’s used to having to say good-bye. If he's learned one lesson in life, it's this: People don't stay. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this family

  • By save our wildlife on 02-16-19

Home in Austin

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

4.5 Stars

I know I’m becoming a bit predictable when I say this is my new favorite book from Susi. Lol. Especially since Almost every one of Susi’s books is my new favorite when I get around to reading and/or listening to it. But. This one was just really cute and I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book.

I liked how Austin and Owen had such an easy friendship right from the start and it wasn’t just insta-love and that their friendship grew to more over time. Owen had to deal with the loss of his friend and being pregnant and stressed and not knowing where to turn and what to do next and Austin was right there helping guide him through all that. I’m glad that Owen found a family that has his back and he fit right into. I just loved these characters and their story.

John did great narrating every book in this series and I’m really sad it’s come to an end. But I look forward to whatever he’s got coming out next. He’s always a solid insta-buy Narrator for me.

  • Savior

  • 415 Ink Series, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A savior lies in the heart of every good man, but sometimes only love can awaken the man inside the savior. The world’s had it out for San Francisco firefighter Mace Crawford from the moment he was born. Rescued from a horrific home life and dragged through an uncaring foster system, he’s dedicated his life to saving people, including the men he calls his brothers. As second in command of their knitted-together clan, Mace guides his younger siblings, helps out at 415 Ink, the family tattoo shop, and most of all, makes sure the brothers don’t discover his darkest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay Rhys Ford...Okay

  • By Kiana on 02-10-19

Savior, 415 Ink book 2

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Starting this book, I didn’t think there was any way it could be better than book one. But, boy was I wrong. Every part of this book was Awesome. I loved the characters and the plot, storyline. It had conflict and drama and angst, but just the right amount of everything, nothing was too drawn out or overdone. We get the perfect amount of character development and communication between the two main characters Mace and Rob. And the chemistry and heat is off the charts HOT. The two men fit perfectly together and I loved that Mace was able to find the other half of himself in Rob. With every horrible thing Mace has gone through in life leading up to the point in the story, he fully deserves every moment of happiness he gets in life. Rob is awesome, I really liked getting to know his character and background. Knowing and seeing that he was willing to do whatever was needed to look past Mace’s rough edges, to see all his insecurities and still try to help Mace overcome them, just shows how perfect Rob was for Mace. I totally connected with Mace and his need to run. Knowing his thoughts and feelings behind it and his reasoning, really made me fall in love with him. I just wanted him to be happy. He’s one of those characters you wish you could just jump into the book and hug to try and make everything they have to deal with in life better. And make him realized that he is really a lot stronger as a person than he thinks and believes he is. Mace’s dad needs to rot in Hell, he is a horrible human being who deserves worse than death for what he put Mace and others through.

I LOVE this whole entire family, how they bond together and stick by each other no matter what happens. I need more of this series ASAP. Like, I will be holding my breath waiting on book three. I really hope its Ivo’s book and that he ends up with the cop… Ivo has the best personality and we’ve only gotten snippets of him so far. I really can’t wait for more.

Audio - Tristan James did great. I really liked his take on these guys and I’m glad the Author stuck with him narrating this book as well as the first one. I enjoyed listening to this book almost as much as I loved reading it the first time around. There were however, a few words that might have just been a different regional pronunciation from what I am used to, but to me they sounded a little odd compared to how they were written into the book. But, that was easily overlooked by how much I loved this story. I’m still really looking forward to Ivo’s book too.

  • Master Wanted

  • Rent-a-Dom, Book 2
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Troy Sullivan is the current owner of The Palisade, one of the most popular casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. With more money in the bank than he could spend in a lifetime, and surrounded by yes-men more interested in staying in his good graces than helping him improve his business, Troy craves what he can’t have - someone to tell him “no”. When he discovers Rent-a-Dom, he’s convinced he’s found his solution: a master decades his junior who specializes in financial domination and who won’t so much as let Troy see his face.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Master Wanted

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 02-13-19

Master Wanted

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

OK, So… I have to admit I was a little worried as I got into the beginning of this book that I might actually not like it. *Gasp* I mean I don’t think I have ever NOT liked a book from either of these authors and they are absolutely amazing when they collaborate together.

But, once I read about a chapter or so, learned some of the backstory and figured out the dynamic between these two men; Alpha Troy and Omega Robin this story totally sucked me in. I absolutely loved that The Dom in this book was an Omega and their roles were pretty much reversed from the usual Alpha/Omega pairings. The Financial domination of the story was extremely interesting and really unexpected, I’ve never read a book with this premise before. Troy was fascinating… I think that Troy being in charge of a huge company and having so much money, but being so fully submissive in every part of the relationship with Robin was a nice twist to see in the story. I loved seeing that Troy was able to be himself and wasn’t worried what anyone else thought of him, besides his master. Omg. And learning about the past the two men had was hilarious, poor Troy, he did not even see Robin coming and was completely blindsided by him. Robin is adorable and brilliant and I loved his no nonsense personality.

This book was a great addition to the Rent-a-Dom series. I am happy to say that my doubts in this book were completely unfounded, and I ended up loving it. I fully enjoyed every part of this book and I look forward to reading the next one in this series.

Audio - Nick J. Russo did a fantastic job capturing these characters just as much as he did with the first book in the series. I think he was a great pick to narrate this whole set of books. He made sure that his vocal tone and emotions were all spot on whenever different situations called for it especially with this specific Alpha/Omega pairing. His voice for Troy was my favorite. I really think he did his personality justice with this audiobook.

  • Chocolate Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 5
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Kent crumpled the lame flyer in his hand and looked across the street at the Salty Stix bakery and thought to himself...this is war. Single father Pierre Duchamp has recently returned to Hollydale with plans to open Salty Stix, an authentic French bakery like the one he apprenticed at in Paris. The omega doesn’t have, need, or even want an alpha in his life - especially a provincial small town rube that doesn’t understand the concept of a little healthy competition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition

  • By Bookobessed on 02-18-19

Chocolate Spiced Omega

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

This book was super cute, basically like all the others in the series; being an Extra sugary sweet short book. Nothing but fluffy goodness with some snarky sass thrown in.

Omg. And let me just mention Drew Bacca’s Singing in the Audio narration. Cause that is totally note worthy. It’s pretty great and definitely made me smile. Wasn’t expecting that at all. Lol. He did such a good job with this book.

I liked the dynamic of these two characters especially being in such a shorter book at only around 2hrs or so long. Susi really knows how to set the storyline and pacing perfectly in each book she writes.

Kent and Pierre are at odds with each other right from the very beginning. And it just gets worse before it gets better with them being at competing bakery’s. I totally understood both sides and where they were coming from. I think though, that I’m happiest knowing that Kent finally got his ready made family, of all the Alphas in this series, he definitely deserves some happy.

  • Tracker Hacker

  • By: Jeff Adams
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

At 16, Theo Reese is the youngest agent for Tactical Operational Support. His way with computers makes him invaluable. He designs new gadgets, helps agents in the field, and works to keep the TOS network safe. But when a hacker breaches the system TOS uses to track agents, Theo is put to the test like never before. Thrust from behind the safety of his desk, Theo must go into the field to put a stop to the hack. He’s scared but resolved because one of the missing agents is his father. And just to make it more interesting, he has to keep everything a secret from his boyfriend and teammates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Eddie T on 01-20-19

Tracker Hacker

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This book was interesting. I didn't understand much of the technology lingo throughout the entirety of the book, though not knowing what the characters were talking about didn't take anything away from the story for me. This was kind of like listening to a Spy Kids movie as a book, but with a gay main character, making it so much better in my opinion.

Theo, the main character, is basically the IT mind behind a secret agency. A few times I was a little confused about his age and how he knew so much about hacking and IT-related things. I mean he was only 16 but sometimes when they talked about his experience and schooling and how early he started out it made him seem older to me. I almost wish he was more like 17-18yrs starting out. It would have made it seem a little more realistic (even though this is a YA fiction story).

Theo's boyfriend really annoyed me with his thoughts and actions during the entire book. I kind of wanted him to be associated with the "bad guys" so Theo and the team could take him out of the equation. Lol. But darn it, that wasn't part of the story. This book was good overall though. I'm really interested to see where the next few books of this story are headed and if Theo sticks with the agency or splits to do his own thing. I could read books like this all day; the story keeps you interested with the action, drama and mystery behind the plot, with just the tiniest smidge of younger romance, which still keeps the characters on the more sweet and cute side. Well done with the plot lines and keeping us interested in how everything plays out.

Audio - John Solo did a great job with this one. His voicing was perfect for Theo's character, as well as everyone else and he really added an extra level to this book with his narration. I hope they stick with him as the narrator if the next few books are produced. He is definitely the voice of Theo; no one else will do him justice now. Lol.

  • The Palisade

  • Lavender Shores
  • By: Rosalind Abel
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he's been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun. Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Romance

  • By Theatre Misfit on 09-16-17

The Palisade

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This book was really cute. Like sometimes too much over the top sweet. We get all the small town quirks. And adorable characters and absolutely zero angst with a smidge of drama to give the story that little extra it needs to keep you from a sugar overdose.

Insta-Love... The book happens over the course of a few days / week which doesn't really bother me.. I mean when you know.. You know. Right?!? And then whether it works out in the long run is a completely different subject after the lust of the new relationship wears off. Joel and Andrew were super hot together and I was impressed with the Authors writing and the storyline they gave us for this book. I appreciated Andrew's bone deep love for the town he was raised in, that was awesome to see in this book. I loved his determination to stay and live and hope to grow a family in the same town, the way he was raised. I'm going to be watching where this series is headed. It was everything I needed for a lighter fun filled angst free Listen(read) with an interesting cast of characters so I am hoping the rest of the series will follow that path.

Audio - Kirt Graves did a good job, his narration and pacing and tone was all perfect for this book. There were a few times I did get a little lost figuring out who was talking and having to rewind a bit, but I'm chalking that down to me being distracted at the time, and not the book/narration. I've already gotten the next few audiobooks in the series and will be getting to those soon.

  • Remembering You

  • A Second Chance Romance
  • By: Crystal Lacy
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

“Careful there, Robbie.” My sweater obscured part of my sight, and my fogged-up glasses managed to take care of the rest of it, but I’d recognize that voice anywhere, even after eight long years. It was deeper now, a bit more gravelly, but it most definitely belonged to the guy I’d spent most of my early teenage years pining after. My first - and unrequited - love. “Troy?” I exclaimed, blinking my confusion as he helped pull my sweater the rest of the way off. Troy Jacobs' gorgeous lips twitched in amusement. “You remember me. Didn’t know if you would."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet moment in time

  • By Annika on 02-10-19

Remembering You

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This book was cute.
It was on the shorter side at just around an hour long if your listening to the audio.

Two characters Robbie and Troy grow up together and then grow apart as they get older only to reconnect and form a relationship when Troy comes back.

I wasn’t impressed with how Troy left and didn’t really explain his reasoning for not having contact with Robbie for the almost decade afterwards. I kinda Hated how Robbie just let the relationship happen with limited communication. But. It’s a super short story. If we got too much more detail it would have added too much as well. So overall I think this book was nicely done as a novella.

Kenneth Obi did a good job at capturing these guys. Robbie sounded like an adorable character and Troy had a complete different voice so it was easy to keep track of who was talking and what was happening in the story. Cute book and narration.

  • The Carpenter's Secret

  • Family Secrets, Volume 1
  • By: Noah Harris
  • Narrated by: Nic Lazar
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Dean Mathews leads a normal, if boring life. His career, his home, his social life, none of it is really what he wanted for himself, but it's the life he has nonetheless. A small coincidence brings him the opportunity to take ownership of his grandfather's old farm, to bring the place under his wing and careful hand. This choice will lead him from his old life to face a host of new challenges, most of which he expected. The unforeseen comes in the form of Mikael Reed, a simple carpenter - with a few secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow moving, but interesting

  • By kestergayle on 12-12-17

The Carpenter's Secret

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

3 Stars All Around

This book was a Wolf shifter (Mikael) and Human (Dean) pairing set in a paranormal universe that ends in a HFN which will continue following the same characters storyline into the next books.

I thought the writing was okay. There was a lot of dialogue and background on Dean compared to the actual storyline happening around these guys. I am hoping that in book two we get some more intense plot since we learned so much about these characters in this first book. I need a lot more action and drama and a little less talking and details. However, the things that we learned about Dean's grandpa and the surrounding towns were pretty interesting and I wouldn't mind hearing just a little bit more about it in the next book. This book kind of felt like it was more of an introduction that could have been reduced by a few pages, since it was a slower build up to the full story I am assuming we will get in the next book.

Audio - I think the narrator Nic Lazar did ok. Not great, but just ok. There were a few words that stood out to me during the story as mispronounced and a few times he ran on a little more monotone without enough emotion when times called for that. But overall for a newer narrator starting out he really didn't do bad. I would still be interested to see how he improves as a narrator as time goes on.