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  • My Dark Knight

  • Kings of Hell MC, Book 2
  • By: K.A. Merikan
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Newly single Knight is done with relationships. All he's interested in is bringing down the Count, an internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind the Count, he no longer knows what to do with him. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot's alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can't help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing performance by Joel Leslie

  • By Amanda L. on 07-12-19

Amazing performance by Joel Leslie

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

This is one of my 5 stars read and listening to this in audio added a whole new dimension. Joel Leslie is undeniably one of the best narrator around! I have a feeling I might just re-listen to this instead of rereading in future.

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  • Laurent and the Beast

  • Kings of Hell MC, Book 1
  • By: K.A. Merikan
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he's covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he's wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him. Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast's heartstrings.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous performance of a thrilling book

  • By Nica Flor on 02-04-19

Excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

this release is the reason I dived into the world of audiobook and I regret I didn't try it earlier. The book itself is an amazing read. great characters with paranormal suspense/time traveling elements. Listening to this make everything feel much more intense. I actually wish I have more down time to listen to this faster. Joel Leslie is crazy talented and have the ability to make such distinct difference voice for all the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of the Steal

  • By: Roan Parrish, Avon Gale
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma, Kirt Graves
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice - the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn. As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning made me stop.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-02-18

I'm disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I recently discovered the awesomeness of audiobooks and went on a listening binge on all my 5 stars read. unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one at all. Vaughn sounds too creepy for my liking.

  • Rule Breaker

  • By: Lily Morton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss? Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards. Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything. However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~ " Love must be as much light as ...

  • By Waleska Floyd on 04-18-19

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I rated this ebook 5 stars when I read it a long time ago. The audiobook is excellent and I actually forgotten how the story turn from funny to angst as it progress. There are parts that I was brought to tears by the heartache between the two heroes. This is Lily Morton first audiobook and she hit the jackpot with Joel Leslie!

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  • Wake Up Married Serial, Episodes 1-3

  • By: Leta Blake, Alice Griffiths
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out - unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing story

  • By ELSA on 05-29-19

I love this romantic comedy

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I read a few drunken marriage in Vegas story, but this is my first for a m/m romance, so I'm pretty intrigued. Patrick is a neurosurgeon, an obnoxious, rude and undeniably sexy man. Oh, how I fantasize tapping his mouth, sp@nking him and tied him up. He makes me wanted to hit him and smoother him with the nearest pillow. On the other hand, Will is a ball of nerves and a total mess.

After their drunken mishap that lead to marriage, they both wanted to get an instant divorce, but due to Will's circumstances he can't divorce. I thought the whole mafia background was pretty wicked. However, Will's being a total love sick fool towards his despicable ex is a bit tiresome. I hope Patrick will sort him out soon.

In Episode 2, Patrick have to meet Will's dysfunctional family and try to settle down in the Podunk town. Patrick is as infuriating as ever and I love him. Will one the other hand is such a poor thing, in fact he is a total doormat. Whenever his beloved ex, Ryan showed up, I just turned murderous. If this is really a mafia story, I would want someone to just settle him. What the fuck is wrong with the guy? I can't imagine Will spent so many years with that jerk of the century.

Anyway, despite all my hatred for the ex, he is absolutely a great fodder for this series. I just can't wait for Will to realize that Patrick is much more awesome that his ex. As for Will and Patrick's relationship progression, things are moving slow. But they are getting to know each other better and some sexual tension is definitely present.

Episode 3: This might just turned into one of my favorite series. Will and Patrick is definitely worming their ways into my heart. Will finally manage to get Patrick to open up about his past and we get a little glimpse into his childhood. In fact, I'm bracing myself for more to come. It seems like Patrick is hiding a closet full of skeleton.

Marriage life seems agreeable to Will and Patrick and they settle down to a comfortable routine. The closer they got, the harder it is to fight the feelings. Well mostly, lustful feelings. But I think I can the see light at the end of the tunnel already. We are due for some sexy times!

I actually read the ebook first and I absolutely adore this series. After I listened to it, I can say I love it even more. The narration is fantastic and I can wait to listen to the rest.

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  • Falling Down

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Josh finds himself homeless at 18, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting. Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Angsty, HEA.

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 05-03-19

Heartfelt romance between two lost individuals

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

Falling Down is quite a heartfelt romance between two lost individuals, pretty low in drama except for some sensitive thoughts. I love the style of the narrator, which sounds pretty mellow throughout, which really suit the tone of the story.

Josh is a homeless young guy. Just turned 18 with no one and nowhere to go. He had a very close relationship with his mum and thus decided to head to Hampshire, the place she long to go, but didn't manage to. Josh is a very pessimist guy, understandably due to his childhood situation.

We usually see homeless people around, they seems so inconsequential, like their are just the background among the busy metropolitan. But the author really makes me see homeless people in a new light.

Mark is in his mid twenties, just finished 4 years as a Marine. Although is not a pleasant experience for him, the story didn't delved much into his psych. But Mark is as aimless as Josh. Still in the closet and refuse to stay close with his own family. He can't even make a concrete future plan for himself.

Mark came upon Josh when he found out Josh was a homeless kid sleeping under the bridge near his cabin. His inner kindness can't ignore Josh that obviously need a helping hand. Mark took it upon himself to invite Josh into his cabin, offering food, a job and friendship.

The romance development is slow burn, with Mark not wanting to take advantage and Josh too unfeeling and couldn't care less about the world around him. But once the trigger happened, it development quite fast into an easy companionship.

After the half way mark, things seems to mellow out, the pacing was slow down a little. But it was still quite enjoyable, with their little engagement with old Mrs Fischer and the sudden appearance of Mark's family. The story pick up again near the ending with Josh's reaction towards Mark's attitude.

All in all, a pretty decent and heartfelt read about a lonely guy who finally found someone to live for. I couldn't be happier for Josh.

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  • How to Howl at the Moon

  • Howl at the Moon, Book 1
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of "quickened" - dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, warm and a little bit silly at times

  • By Ryuhi on 04-16-15

A lighthearted and endearing dogshifter romance

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

As someone who have three dogs, I really enjoy the dog-shifter world in Mad Creed. They are a tight nit pack with their easy going and friendly demeanor. Well, most of them are man's best friend, except for Sheriff Lance. He took his job too seriously and paranoid of the new comer, Tim. He even go as far as to undercover as a dog to gain access to Tim's home.

Tim is such a poor soul. He is broke, alone and being harassed and bullied by his previous employer. He is shy and awkward and superbly adorable. His situation tuck at all my heart strings, especially when he unburden himself on his new dog, who we know is actually Lance. The situation does provide plenty of funny moments for me to laugh about.

While in his dog form, Lance start developing an attachment with Tim at his most vulnerable moment. I don't know how Lance is going to come clean about his deceive, but is enough to keep me awaiting the priceless moment when Tim will eventually either gotten angry or freak the fuck out. The make up sex is gonna be worth it, right?

This is a story with a fast moving plot with plenty of great supporting characters, especially Lance's meddling mum. Overall, is a romantic comedy that will make you smile big and laugh. The steam factor towards the end is very satisfying too.

I really like the narration, especially for Lance. He sounds firm and mature without sounding like a robot. Tim sounds like he is constantly doing the shy-laugh thing, but it does suit his personality. There was a scene when Lance's shift into his dog form, I thought the narrator did a great job in the howling!!

  • Leaning into Forever

  • Leaning into Series, Book 7
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Geordie De La Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordie’s aspiration but he likes the niche he’s made for himself. He won’t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving On is never Easy

  • By Nadine Bookaholic / Nadine's Obsessed with Books on 09-08-18

Awesome story, awesome performance

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This story is simply too precious. It soothe my soul. I love every single moment from the beginning till the end. I'm guilty to admit that I'm not a devoted follower of the series and I don't remember Geordie much, so I kinda went into this blind and treat it as a standalone. But what a remarkable and absolutely joyful read.

Geordie is a still living up to his diva lifestyle despite nearing middle age. He's 43 and showing me how to be young at heart. Geordie is fabulous, quirky, a goofball and the life of all parties. He can also be melodramatic and a total hot mess. Bottom line is Geordie is a rare unicorn that I need to protect at all cost. However, behind his bravado hid an empty soul that is still mourning for his dead lover. 

Levi is the new restaurateur in town that don't know much about setting up a restaurant, which led him to seek out help from Geordie and his partner, Wes. Levi is an ex-jock who can pass for a straight man, a total opposite from Geordie. Levi is the kind of understated hero that is just so chill no matter what happened. He's a total sweetheart. He's so kind and patient and funny and sexy. He's just perfect.

What I love most about this story is the comedy aspect of it. Geordie is very comical and provide much laugh out loud moment. Most of the time, I feel like I'm in Levi's shoe, unable to come up with a response to Geordie's antics. Levi is definitely the more relatable one here. In the midst of all the humor in the book, there is also the emotional aspect of it which came from Geordie's way of dealing with grief. I remember there was one scene in the beginning when Geordie reached home, which make me burst into tears. Even though I never read about his dead lover before, I can really feel the lost along with him. Anyway, this is not a pity party and I don't feel that the dead lover overshadowed the romance here, absolutely not. In fact, with everything Geordie went through, it makes his new budding relationship with Levi much more meaningful. They have so much fun together with Levi reminding Geordie how to live his life to the fullest again. I'm just so happy for Geordie in getting his own second chance at love.

The narration is awesome. Nick really did bring Geordie to life. Geordie sounds exactly like I imagined while reading it. A little melodramatic and all the sass. Nick's voice for Levi is deeper than I prefer, but after awhile I warmed up to it too.