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  • Shattered Pieces

  • Heathens Ink, Book 4
  • By: K.M. Neuhold
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Years ago, I fell in love with my best friend's little brother. Then, he took his own life, leaving me shattered and unable to piece my heart back together. I've been a zombie for nine long years. Until a crazy, gorgeous man walked into Heathens Ink and injected color back into my world of gray. No matter how hard I try to resist Beck, he just won't give up on me. I would need steel willpower to withstand his gorgeous long legs in those high heels and his drawer full of lacy lingerie. But is this just a kinky hook up, or does it have the possibility for more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By TINA~BOOKALICIOUSBABES on 03-24-18

Gage is My “One” in this Series

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Gage is my “one” in this series. I loved his character with every appearance in the Hunter’s Ink series. All the characters move through all the books effortlessly. Gage is a broken, lonely, tender man. He lost the love of his life at such a young age in such a tragic way that while he survived it physically, he did not survive it in any other way. His life simply stopped when Johnny died. His friends have stayed by his side and loved him as much as he would allow. But, he held so much of himself back not believing he deserved happiness and they could not reach him. When his roommate, Johnny’s straight brother, Adam finds love, with a man Gage’s journey begins. He is angry that Adam hid the fact that he might be gay. He is angry that Adam did not tell him about Nox. He stumbled up on that little secret and it hurt. He was angry when he met a man who started to splintered the wall he built around his heart and his life when Johnny died. Enter Beck, a butterfly, a dancer in high heels and pink gauze who has suffered a profound loss of his own, his sister, Brianna. She was his other half, his twin, and the guiding voice still showing him the way. These are to men with similar stories of loss and grief and pain. Beck is in many ways the stronger of the two and Brianna is in part the reason why. She never let him settle even, no especially, after her death. Beck sees Gage as a bird with a broken wing and sets about to mend that wing knowing that he will have to set him free when he is healed. Johnny speaks to Gage throughout the story giving him the hope and strength to let go and fall in love. There were parts of this story that made me ugly cry, full on sobbing. It touched some of the losses in my past in a sweet and gentle way, we all have them. Loss is universal to the human spirit, the lesson here for me. The sex in this book is just as hot as I the rest of the books in this series, ain’t that why we’re here? The life lessons are more subtle, the love, the, loss, the pain, the joy that love can bring. Seeing the “colors” return to Gage’s life was like watching a curtain being lifted on a darkened stage and having the spotlights come up, magic. So, yes Gage is my one in this series and now just writing this review brings a tear to my eye, and I do love a good cry. Kenneth Obi, voice actor, does a great job with this story. Each character is given a distinct voice whether Johnny from the grave or Beck urging Gage to let go and live. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out on audiobook, my drug of choice.

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  • From Ashes

  • Heathens Ink, Book 3
  • By: K.M. Neuhold
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

It started with an anonymous post by someone who didn't want to live anymore. I read it over and over again, unable to get it out of my mind. What if my brother Johnny had posted something like this before he'd taken his own life? Would someone have been able to save him? I've been living a lie for 16 long years, and I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep it up. And when a beautiful, broken man walks into my tattoo shop asking for a second chance at life, I know I'll never be able to turn him away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm in love!!

  • By armywifewith2 on 04-06-18

A Wonderful Series Continues

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

So, this is another great book in this great series. Adam and Nox are one of my favorite romance couples. Their attraction and their fates were intertwined before they ever met face to face. So many similar interests, experiences and heartbreaks seem to lure them to each other. Adam wants to save every stray that he can find to ease his guilt and heal the loss of his brother, Johnny who drifts through this series as a benevolent ghost shaping and changing lives. Nox is as broken as a stray can be having made it through a horrible past but not really living. They spark each other in a new and special way each saving the other. This is another book where K. M. Neuhold deals with difficult issues such as domestic abuse, suicide and drug addiction and the social and political climate that fosters them in America today. The kind of introspection it takes to change your life in a major way is never easy. When you finally find it in your life it opens you up to every possibility waiting for you. That and some great sex... I would be lying if I let you think I read m/m romance for it’s sociological importance. I don’t, it’s the love, the sex and the ever after I am looking for. In this series I get them all. Each story intertwines the characters and relationships and builds on them, they are stepping stones and each gets better. We get to see how our “families of choice” rather than our families of birth move into the forefront in our adult lives. I rejoice in the role my family of choice has played throughout my life and it is celebrated throughout the Hunter’s Ink series. I had not listened to this voice actor, Kenneth Obi, and was sad at first the Cooper North did not finish the series. Cooper North would be a hard act for anyone to follow, but Kenneth Obi did and he did it well. I am planning to listen to as much of his work as I can find.

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  • Rescue Me

  • Heathens Ink, Book 1
  • By: K.M. Neuhold
  • Narrated by: Cooper North
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

I never thought a night out could change everything. All I wanted was to dance, drink, maybe take a cute guy home for a night of fun. I met the guy, but the night ended as a nightmare. Screams and blood and tragedy haunt my dreams. I'm alive and I owe it all to the gorgeous marine who refused to leave me for dead. But how can I start a new relationship when I'm not even sure who I am anymore?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rescue Me

  • By Stacy Thompson on 01-12-18

A New to Me Author Who Feels Like an Old Friend.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I stumbled on to the Heathens Ink series by accident as I do with many of my favorites. I believe it was a post on Facebook in the audiobook forum, Aural Fixation. Male/male has quickly become my favorite genre in it’s many manifestations. I don’t think I had read a m/m tattoo series that I can recall. The first book, Rescue Me, touched my heart in so many ways, gay male friends I have lost over the years from varied causes. The pain when the Pulse nightclub shootings happened though I did not know any of those men. My sister and her longtime life partner who I love more than my own life. This book brings all these painful, beautiful, broken and hopeful things home to my heart. There was a hate after the last presidential election that set so many events in motion, the Pulse shootings among them. It is these types of books that celebrate love in all it’s many forms that have given me hope in a time when I could shut down in despair. Enough about my politics and feelings as to why these books matter, on to the sexy, hot, inked guys and why I really love them. The men of Heathens Ink are devastatingly hot. They are also as zany as an adventure of Lucy and Ethel with their antics. The sex is amazing, oh, to be a fly on that wall. The character development of these men who are wounded, vulnerable, strong and devoted to one another are the icing on my hea cake. Now a word on the narration by Cooper North, perfection. Yes it is that simple and that good. He gives the men much more depth in his interpretation of who they are and how the love than many, most, narrators would. One of the things about the booming m/m genre in romance listening that I love is getting to “know” the voice actors. There are so many wonderful men at work in this field and I plan to discover them all, one hot sweaty love scene at a time.

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  • Sinner's Gin

  • Sinners, Book 1
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

There's a dead man in Miki St. John's vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there. After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner's Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki's car, Miki fears death isn't done with him yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tristan James Brings This Book To Life

  • By Reece on 01-13-14

In love with Rhys Ford books.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I love so many of Rhys Ford’s books and this book has moved to the top of the list. Her first work I listened to and fell in love with was Fish Stick Fridays, it was so good, but. The Sinners series combines all my favorites, m/m, rocker, mystery and, of course, hot love story. Miki and Kane are such lovable guys. One is a bad ass cop and one is a broken rock star. One is in a heap of trouble, no at various times they are both in a heap of trouble. One has a huge Irish Catholic family and the other has always been alone. When these unlikely lovers meet sparks fly between them, good, and around them, not so good. This story combines a great gritty cop story with a sweet love story with a giant HEA. A word to the narration, Tristan James is so good on this series that I am scouring the audiobook world for all his work. His Irish accents are spot on. I am off now to binge listen to the rest of this excellent series and I feel an all nighter coming on.

  • Cursed: Broken

  • A M/M Modern Retelling of Beauty & the Beast
  • By: X. Aratare
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Sensitive, aspiring photographer Nick Fairfax wants nothing to do with his family's corporate business, or their vicious, cold-blooded lifestyle. Intending to give up his inheritance and pursue his art, he arrives at his father's office, only to find that Fairfax Industries has fallen to a scarred man in a hooded cloak. The man is the reclusive billionaire Lord Bane Dunsaney, and he is bent on destroying the Fairfaxes. But when he sees Nick, *everything* changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Initially confused; now I understand...

  • By Donald on 08-03-16

I Have Fallen for the Beast

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I listened to book 2.5 in this series some time ago. I was intrigued by the fairytale theme “beauty and the beast” from the m/m perspective so I greedily snapped up books 1 and 2. When I realized there would be a third book I decided to wait to start at the beginning. I felt a binge coming on and was worth the wait. Since the final book is out I began. This is a very romantic reframing of the original fairytale. It ignites a slow burn, a tease, if you will. I know each book will burn a little stronger until, I hope, I get my happily ever after. It is beautifully written with lyrical prose brought to life by Michael Pauley. The leading man, antihero, Bane is voiced by Pauley with heartbreaking tenderness. Nick, the love interest, is barely more than a gentle boy who has not been treated kindly in the world. As their fates collide the magic begins and you are swept up into a classical story as old as time and fairytales and as modern as a rock opera. There is a cliffhanger, that’s why I waited till the final book came out to start the series, and have to go now to start book 2. If you enjoy a romantic read, a fairytale and a male/male love story do not miss this series.

  • Her

  • Him Series, Book 2
  • By: Carey Heywood
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

When Will Price was assigned a partner for a sixth-grade class project, he had no idea she would become his best friend. After years of friendship, she eventually became so much more. Then, one day she left with no explanation. Will's life shattered right before his eyes and he was left alone to pick up the pieces. Floundering, Will must figure out a way to carry on, to find a way to exist without her. Seven years later, a chance encounter leaves him desperate to get her back.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT

  • By Dawn on 12-16-14

His Side of the Story

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Carey Heywood was a new author for me when I read book one, Him. Both books, Him and Her had been sitting in my Audible library untouched for a while. I needed something new so I settled on this Duet and they were delightful. The writing is good and the narration was perfect for these stories. Her is Will’s story. It is definitely a coming of age story with lots of teenage angst dealing with a teen boy’s love and sexual awakening which had some charming and touching moments. Will is not just a teenage horn dog though there is a bit of that. He is the most popular boy in school who is falling in love its his best friend, Sarah. Sarah is a bit of a wallflower who has secretly loved Will since the moment they met. The book has many misunderstandings and lies as many romance novels are. Over the course of the story both Sarah and Will grow up, become decent humans and gain success in their careers. The characters are strong and interesting. The secondary characters are well written and add much to the main characters lives and stories. The women are a little bit stereotypical in the high school era but less so as they grew up. Now a word about the narration. In book two Christian Fox reminded me of why I think had has one of the sexiest voices in audiobook narration today. The subtle yet distinct changes in Will as he matures were perfect. By the end of the book I was ready for the cold shower. I am late to the game with this author but plan to read more of her work. She has too few books in audiobook format and I hope more of her work is recorded over time.

  • Him

  • Him Series, Book 1
  • By: Carey Heywood
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Sarah Miller hasn't been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn't for her big brother's wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It's not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him. That guy. The one she compared all others to. The one who set the bar so high no other guy after him could even compete. The one who made her feel like anything was possible. The one she thought she would never be good enough for. The one she spent the last seven years trying to forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this one!

  • By Estella Blessed on 12-20-17

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Carey Heywood was a new author for me. Him and Her had been sitting in my Audible library untouched for a while. I needed sometime new so settled on Him and it was delightful. The writing is good and the narration was perfect for the story. The story begins with Sarah, Miller Light, Miller and Will, her one. It is definitely a coming of age story with lots of teenage angst. He is the most popular boy in school and she is a bit of a wallflower, they have been best friends since they were children. They have secretly loved each other since day one. The book is full of misunderstandings and lies as many romance novels are. Over the course of the story both Sarah and Will grow up, become decent humans and gain success in their careers. The characters are strong and interesting. The secondary characters are well written and add much to the main characters lives and stories. The women are a little bit stereotypical in the high school era but less so as they grew up. Now a word about the narration. In book one Lucy Rivers shines giving each character a distinct voice that matures as the characters become adults. I am late to the game with this author but plan to read more of her work. She has too few books in audiobook format and I hope more of her work is recorded over time.

  • Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna)

  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet

  • By Belen on 11-12-17

Another Sweet Love Story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This sweet story. I loved this book. Tara Lain sets her sights on your heart and hits it time after time. This is a tale of two unlikely men who meet and fall in love. One is beautiful and famous, the other is handsome and simple, at first glance. Looks can be deceiving, though. Tom is the truly beautiful man on the inside as well as the outside. His simple approach to life and love hide the insightful, caring man at Tom’s core. Though the world looks at Merle and Tom and wonders what Merle sees in Tom, Merle wonders what Tom sees in him. There are other characters and dramas going on around Merle and Tom that keep pushing them back towards each other. Tara Lain writes a beautiful story of love and loss, sadness and happiness with heart and soul. I listened to the audiobook with narration by K. C. Kelly and it was perfect for this story. I am off now to listen to more books by Tara Lain.

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  • Fatal Shadows

  • The Adrien English Mysteries
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Mystery, Well Read

  • By Tony Squared on 11-26-12

Love a good m/m mystery thriller romance.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I love everything about this book. I listened to the audiobook and it was perfectly narrated by Chris Patton. It is a mystery, my first love, a gay romance, another love, about a mystery book seller, score!! All of Josh Lanyon’s books are excellent. He is a master story teller across several genres. This book introduces us to Adrien English who’s best friend has been murdered. He is a suspect and becomes an amateur sleuth in trying to solve the crime and clear his name. As the clues unfold Adrien seems to be the only one who can put them together properly. We meet a humorous cast of characters beautifully brought to life by Chris Patton. Patton gives distinctive voices to the secondary characters in addition to the leading men. The homicide detective, Jake Riordan, is as skeptical as any good copper should be and as homophobic as any “straight”copper could be. As the crime is solved each man begin to change his opinion of the other man and a series is born. Off to listen to the next book and I have a feeling this will be a Adrien English binge weekend.

  • Victorious

  • Quantum Series, Book 3
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Brooke Bloomingdale, Cooper North
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Flynn and Natalie’s exciting story, begun in Virtuous and Valorous, concludes in book 3, Victorious

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FRIED MY BRAIN & MELTED MY EAR BUDS.. ITS THAT HOT

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-29-15

I Love the Love Story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This wonderful book was the end and the beginning of a beautiful story. I loved the story, the characters and the narrators of this audiobook so much I hated seeing it come to an end. Marie Force weaves a wonderful hot, sweet and kinky love story and she has outdone herself with this one. The narration by Brooke Bloomingdale and Cooper North is the icing on this delicious cake.