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  • Broken Build

  • Chance for Love, Book 1
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Charley Ongel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Jen Jones hides a horrible secret behind her new degree, toned body, and exciting job at Silicon Valley’s hottest startup - until a man linked to her past is killed in a hit-and-run. CEO and founder Dave Jewell is about to land a huge deal. He doesn't need blood on his car, threatening phone calls, and Jen wrapped in broken code and blackmail. A gang of thugs hunts Jen, and she takes refuge in Dave’s protective arms. Together, they must thwart a killer and rescue an innocent victim from their past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twisted web!

  • By Jan M on 03-10-18

Wow an amazing suspense!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Jen Jones is a programer that has a secret,other than the secret that she is in love with her boss David Jewell. Wen murder and mayhem nearly cost her her job and land her in jail who will rescue her?
David Jewell is working on a big build that will net him enough money to look for his missing daughter that he thinks his deceased wife's parents have in the Phillipines. When the build keeps breaking and there is a murder on his lot and many more things keep happening will he be able to accomplish this task?
Broken build is a very different story than I am used to from Rachelle Ayala. I have to say I loved this side of her. I am a big fan of mystery/ suspense with a dash of romance. Throw in lots of twists and turns and you have me hooked.
I liked all of the characters, The storyline and the love hate aspect of the romance.
There are twists and turns everywhere and I never dreamed of how it would end.
(Warning: There is some violence.)
Charlie Ongel is one of my favorite female narrators. She does a great job of giving a voice to each character, even the men and adds excitement and drama to the already good book making it even greater.
So, if you like, drama, mystery, suspense,chaos, dont mind some violence, love twists and turns, interoffice romance, love/hate relationships, this is for you!

  • All the Way to Shore

  • Stories from the Shore, Book 1
  • By: CJane Elliott
  • Narrated by: Tim McKiernan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and 40 pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good cruise romance

  • By Cat on 10-11-18

Good cruise romance

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Jonathan wanted to be a musician and garden. But after his mother's death, his father wanted to groom him to take over the family business. He brings in big shot Marco to save the company and teach Jonathan all he knows.
Jonathan finally stands up to his father with the help of his cousin Anthony and moves to the shore in the house his mother left. A year later after a major makeover and loss of 40 pounds, Anthony convinces him to go on a gay cruise where he runs into Marco. Anthony gives the name Jonah and Jonathon goes along with it, but things get out of hand.

This is a cute story. It's flirty and fun. It is also very formulaic Boss/coworker, gay cruise type romance There's a lot going on. I never really connected to Marco or Jonathan but I loved Anthony! I hope he gets a story next!

  • Valentine Wedding Hound

  • The Hart Family (Have a Hart, Book 5)
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Fashion designer Jenna Hart's wedding turns into a media circus when her wedding planner signs her up for a reality show. Each week, the producers challenge her to keep her wedding on track while performing an unpleasant task or working with difficult people. When the show digs too deep into Larry Davison's past, he has second thoughts about both the wedding and Jenna's celebrity lifestyle. Will their ring bearer, Harley the basset hound, bring Jenna and Larry together to tie the knot in the season finale?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valentine Wedding Hound

  • By Catrina P on 07-31-18

Wedding Reality Check

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I love the Have a Hart series and Larry is one of my favorites. He is a good heart man, been through so much and does everything Jenna wants. He wants her to have the wedding of her dreams so he goes along with them being n a wedding reality show where they have to take dares each week and they can be very humiliating.
Jenna, I love to hate her. She is spoiled rotten and at times I think Larry deserves better. However, I think that makes the book all the better. There is a lot going on, it will make you laugh at times and sigh.
Harley is always cute and adds a bit more lightheartedness to the story,
Jennifer Groberg does a great job with the narration.
If you are looking for a sweet, fun, sometimes funny, and all over good romance, this is for you.

  • Truth in the Dark

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Knife's entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars!

  • By Belen on 10-10-15

different, beautiful beauty and the beast tale

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Truth in the Dark is about a man born with a twisted leg and features. the village tortures and beats him. He has become tough and hardens to others. He hs a bad disposition with people. Yet he can carve the most beautiful things. His sister is a beautiful woman and protects him. When a suitor come for her she turns him down but he has a cousin that comes back with a deal. Aerie-Smith has been cursed and walks as a man in a Lion's body. The two men have a great understanding of each other and form a friendship. Aerie-smith needs a companion for a year and that companion to do a deed to break the curse on his island.
Knife agrees as long as his sister gets a great trousseau and nice place to live.
I loved Knife and his family looked after each other and loved each other so much. I loved that he had such great skill. This story was so well written and gripping. Lots of angst but so much love, warmth and the worldbuilding is amazing.
Now add in Nick J Russo. He is an amazing narrator and brings stories to life. n this he outdone himself. These two men had two sides and Nick J Russo brought out each side and blended them so well when needed. There were times in the story i literally dropped my jaw and covered my face. Even a tear fell. I loved how each man had such a distinct voice and accent and Nick J Russo always adds in emotion with sighs, and groans
I will definetly listen to this again!

  • Spirit of the Knight

  • By: Debbie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Renowned artist Mariah Jennings, hired to paint a 13th-century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks. But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago. As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just. Wow.

  • By Anonymous User on 07-04-18

enchanting

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Mariah is commisioned to paint a Scottish castle is has seen ghosts before but none as clearly or that speak to her as Cailin does. but to her shock, she has been painting him since she was a teen and thought he was just from her dreams. He is taken by her as well and they fall in love though. He thinks there could be a chance since he has a friend that is a ghost and has a human lover but he cannot travel out of his circle. So once her job is done she will have to leave and leave him behind, unless she finds out why he seems to be cursed and why another man is ting to bespell her as well.

There is a lot going on in this book. It is so well written it nearly casts a spell over you as you read or listen... wanting to find out more. I fell in love with Cailin and rooted for him and Mariah from the beginning.
Dawson McBride has such a sexy Scottish brogue that he really brought the characters to life. I was glued to my seat listening to this story and couldn't get enough!
There is magic, mischief and a beautiful romance that can stand the test of eternity! mix that with the sexy brogue and what more could you want!

  • Rank & File

  • Anchor Point, Book 4
  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he's had his eye on the prize - making master chief and retiring after 30 years of service. Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He's lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he's destined for great things - once he's done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hot Military story not to miss

  • By Cat on 09-18-18

Another Hot Military story not to miss

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is the fourth book in the Anchor Point series, but each book stands well on its own. The Base and town in the recurring factor and there are some instances of reappearing characters from the previous book, but there is enough backstory that you are never lost or feel you need to stop and go read the previous ones.
In this book, we have Will, a near forty enlisted that is wanting to stay and retire as a Master Chief runs into a sexy young officer when he is called to a domestic call. The attraction is there for both men and they run into each other again at a bar where though they know the rule of fraternization, they think if they have hot sex then it will get them out of their systems. The plan backfires and they end up seeing each other knowing what they have on the line. Their affair is smoking hot and Nick J Russo's narration makes it even hotter. If you have never heard Nick J Russo let me warn you, his voice, nuance and the way he acts out the scenes with, sigh grunts and moans are smoldering.
The storyline is pretty basic romance, with the rules on the line, careers on the line, lives that are changing and I love me a good May/December. I adored both of these men.
There are a few scenes here that are unforgettable. The guys go on a trip to Portland and the visit to the gardens is beautiful and steamy. The hot wing challenge is steamy in an entirely different way and I think one of my favorite scenes in the book. I had to wonder if Nick J Russo actually took this challenge to get the tastes, the sounds, and actions down the way he did. I couldn't help but laugh a few times. The trips home at Thanksgiiving where the guys were separated and we saw their personal lives n a different way was good too but still... That hot wing challenge!
If you like Military romance, May/December, hot man-sex and an allover enjoyable fun read and hot wings, this is for you! ( don't forget the first three just because they are awesome too!

  • Save a Horse...

  • By: G. A. Hauser
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When Sheriff Sky Hayden gets word of human remains behind the Indigo Diamond Ranch, he not only has to deal with the possibility of a murderer in their small town, but is haunted by a handsome cowboy - one he can't seem to get out of his mind. Cole Diamond, his father, and his two brothers work a horse ranch in a dying town in Montana. The downturn in the economy, the businesses leaving, has decimated the remaining town's folk, and the last thing they need for their livelihood is the publicity of a murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Save a Horse! Such a cute title!

  • By Cat on 09-15-18

Save a Horse! Such a cute title!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This is an audio review.
I love this cover! I have from the day I saw it all those years ago and yes this is also a retro review as this is not a new book but one I highly suggest anyone that likes a sexy suspense, cowboys and small-town sheriffs grab.
Sky is a small town sheriff. Cole is the son of the owner of the Diamond Ranch a failing ranch in their small town that has tours and horse riding classes and is struggling. Sky gets a call that bones have been found o the edge of the Diamond ranch and soon it is discovered it is the remains of a human girl missing form Billings.
Sky seeing Cole again brings back lots of feelings since both men have had feelings since high school and neither have really been dating much.
The murder brings the state police into town and the digging brings up more than just who killed the girl.
I loved both Sky and Cole and even all the other characters were fabulous too. The suspense is great and the stolen times between Sky and Cole super hot.
Now bring in the narration of Nick J Russo and an already great story just gets better. Russo adds that nuance to the narration only he can. and be careful listening to this in public... Nick's sexy times can make you sweat. He doesn't just read it, baby, his moans and groans are x rated!

  • Not Safe for Work

  • By: L. A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Bored senseless in a meeting, Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user... who’s six feet away. Suddenly, Jon finds himself on the same page as someone who’s way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, he finds himself tangled up in a much bigger mess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy and funny love story

  • By Jessica on 12-12-17

definitely not Safe For Work

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Jon is a model maker and his job is going the way of computers so its hard to find work in his field. His company was faltering until Rick's company hired them for all their work.
in a boring meeting, Jon logged onto his fetish hookup account to find someone to play with when it pinged that a match was in the room with him and online as well. I thought this was very funny and cool at the same time. I've been in those long boring meetings and could just imagine these men peeking at their phones and the shock on their faces that someone else in that room shared the same kinks.
I liked both characters but their backgrounds stayed too much in the background especially Rick's we really never got much on him. I found it strange that Jon still lived with his ex-wife as a roommate but also liked that too.
there is a lot of sex in the book. A lot so it is definitely not Safe for Work or public LOL
I loved Nick J Russ's narration. He has a sexy voice and the pacing is great. He puts lots of emotion such as sighs, moans, groans and other actions that make the book more three dimensional.
If you like older more mature men, real life, some kink, Ds, office affairs and an allover good romance you will like this. I suggest the audio.

  • Hide My Heart

  • Love and Trouble
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Amber McKay ran away from home to find adventure. She found Hunter instead. Now Amber’s on the run again and this time she isn’t alone. Nate Riley has always had big dreams - leave home, marry, raise a family. Family responsibility stole those dreams. Will fate return them? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration!

  • By Just My Opinion on 07-12-18

suspenseful romance.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

this is quite a bit different than most Rachele Ayala books. But I like a good suspense and Rachelle writes as good a suspense as she does romance.
Amber was raised but church-going parents and not let out much. She runs away at 18 get pregnant by the man she thinks loves her, then finds out life with him is worse than home. she escapes and runs back to her only friend Nate hoping for some help.

The story is suspenseful, gripping and a touch of romance.
As usual Tor Thom and Charlie Ongel do a great job of narrating. they bring the characters and story to life. I love duo reviews with both male and female characters.

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  • Mending Fences

  • A Crow Creek Novel
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Ben's and Matt's paths cross when they discover Matt's father has gone missing from a cattle drive in the high country of the Absaroka Range. What starts as a simple search and rescue turns into a race against time when rustlers and the forces of nature conspire against them. Both men discover the wilderness will test their mettle and their bravery, but the ultimate proving ground lies in overcoming the challenges to their minds and hearts. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Esther A on 07-27-18

Yay Ben gets a story of his own!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18


This is book 6 in the crow creek series and though you could probably read this one on its own it is best to read this series in order as most characters recur.
I am so happy Ben finally gets his story. In the last book I had kind of gotten to where I didn't like Ben as much as he was like everyone's friend with benefits but in this one, he finally shows his full potential.

Matt has been down on his luck. Now that he is out of the military on a dishonorable discharge, he feels like a failure in all aspects of life so he is coming home to talk to his dad.
They find out that there has been a rustling on the drive Tom, Matt's father and Ash's foreman was on and The guys all set out on search and rescue.

This book is emotional, action-packed and just plain good. I got a bit confused about the rustling when drug runners were mentioned but all in all, it was nail-biting suspense as the guy's team up to save Tom and Matt's dad from the rustlers and the oncoming storm.

I could listen to Nick J Russo all day. He has such a nice voice, good pacing never feels like he is just reading a story and the characters just come to life.