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  • A Wish Upon the Stars

  • Tales from Verania
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best series ever. Seriously.

  • By Jen on 11-29-18

Definite FAVORITE! A++

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This final book did not disappoint. Everything about this series is just so excellently done.

I read the other three books in the series via audiobook, but for this final book, I couldn't listen to it fast enough so switched between the audio and print book.

I have loved this series, but this final book was perfection. So, so, so good. TJ Klune is just one of the best story-tellers around and he's found the perfect narrator in Michael Lesley for this series. The characters are everything and the two partner to bring them to glorious life.

I've LOVED this series and highly, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it. But you have to read all four books. This is NOT a book that will stand on it's own.

Read the series...it's ridiculous and funny and is beyond anything I've ever read. But at the same time, it's heartfelt, sweet, and so romantic. Ryan and Sam...gah, I cannot love them anymore. In fact, there are so many characters in these books that I simply want to know in real life. I laughed out loud so many times and sobbed out loud a couple times, too. This series is just everything.

And I highly recommend it on audio. Michael Lesley is KING OF NARRATORS!!

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  • The Consumption of Magic

  • Tales From Verania, Book 3
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 410

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter perfection.

  • By Janice Birnie on 05-03-18

A+ rating...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Amazing, amazing, amazing...book 3 of 4 and ALL the books must be read to enjoy this series. Michael Lesley is incredible...perfect narration!!

  • If I Only Knew

  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake, Shane East
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

My life was perfect - until a shocking tragedy pulled the rug out from underneath me. My children were left without a father. I was without a husband and a provider. Instead of wallowing in my grief, I buried myself in my work at Dovetail Enterprises. Landing the promotion as the CEO’s right hand was exactly what I needed. Getting saddled with Milo Huxley as an assistant is exactly the opposite. I can’t stand him. He’s arrogant, irresponsible, and out for my job. As if that’s not bad enough, he has to be devastatingly sexy, and have a posh English accent that makes me squirm on top of it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narration....Amazing Story

  • By Dana Dunphy on 10-20-18

"A" rated...

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Typical Corinne Michaels book (totally broken heroine and swoon-worthy hero who adores and heals her) which I continue to love in audio...always a great read and the narrators were phenomenal on this one. LOVED the British accents.

  • Beard in Mind: Winston Brothers, Volume 4

  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

All is fair in love and auto maintenance. 

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually. 

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone's favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston's charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • all around a winner

  • By Deanna on 11-15-17

B+ rating...

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.0

Wow, Shelly is an unlikely heroine, but I loved that about her. Shelly has serious OCD...to the point that it affects all her interactions within the world, but she's working so hard to overcome them and to be a part of a functioning society when she doesn't have to (she's an artist who can support herself by staying home and doing her art...she chooses to do the difficult thing and go to a job everyday). I loved that about her.

And note: Angela Dawe didn't get to narrate a whole lot of the book because most of it is done in Beau's POV, but when she was inside Shelly's head, she did an amazing job inflecting Shelly's OCD ramblings. I loved how she narrated for Shelly...it really helped to make her a sympathetic character.

Beau is the other twin and he's dealing with a lot. He does not like Shelly (mainly because he doesn't understand her). He's a really outgoing and personable guy. Having an introvert who can't handle touch is completely foreign to him. He simply doesn't 'get' Shelly and the two clash because of that. But that's not all Beau is dealing with. His twin brother is getting ready to move away and Beau is definitely feeling the loss already. On top of a whole lot of other family drama.

Overall, it was an entertaining book. It seemed to move a little slower than the other books in the series, but that could easily be because this is book #4 in the series. After that many, they follow a very similar pattern and none of the characters are too much of a surprise...so it makes sense why it would feel that way. I still love the Winston Brothers and the dynamics between all these guys...and their sister/s.

  • Tempting Tristan: Tristan Brewer

  • Harborside Nights
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault - he leads with his heart, not his head - and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-17-18

B+ rating...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Overall, a fun listen. I enjoyed both narrators. My first book in this series, but was never lost.

  • Trust with a Chaser

  • Rainbow Cove Series, Book 1
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don't piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who's not so sure he's on board with Mason's big plans. Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He's not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason's troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series

  • By Morgan A Skye on 04-12-18

A- rating...

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.0
Story: 4.25

I really enjoyed this book. I haven't heard much about this series, but was anxious to get started. Yay...it was a great choice.

Nash is a deeply in the closet sheriff. He's grown up in Rainbow Cove where his dad was also the sheriff. As such, there have always been expectations for how he'll act...most especially...heterosexual. Nash doesn't think his life will survive ever coming out, so he plans to stay in the closet his entire life and get sex only on a very rare occasion.

Mason also grew up in Rainbow Cove, but his reputation as part of the Hanks clan is VERY different from Nash's. His family is always skirting the edge of what is legal and everyone condemns him purely by his familial ties. But Mason isn't like the rest of his family. In fact, he's a really nice, law-abiding guy. He figures if he keeps acting that way eventually someone will believe him...most especially Sheriff Sexy who doesn't trust Mason one inch.

This is a slow build romance simply because Nash is so far in the closet and he doesn't know who Mason really is as a person. They slowly become friends and then things progress from there.

And it's a sweet story. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't just the romance that drew me to the book, either. I liked the backstories and plots happening in the background of it all. Mason has his family drama, the difficulties of running a new restaurant, and convincing the locals that a gay bar isn't a bad thing for their small communities tourist trade. Nash is dealing with the difficulties of a mother who wants him to maintain the facade he's always had as well as dealing with Mason's trouble-making family and all the other demands of being the sheriff.

It was simply a good book. So good that I immediately downloaded book #2 before I finished. I hope there's a lot more to come in Rainbow Cove.

  • Trick Play

  • Fake Boyfriend Series, Book 2
  • By: Eden Finley
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Matt: Want to know the fastest way to get screwed out of a football career? Get photographed in a compromising position in a gay bar. Yep, welcome to my life. My agent says he can fix my image. He wants me to become the poster boy for gay football players. Me? I just want back on the field. I'll do anything to play for the NFL again, even pretend to have a steady boyfriend. If only my fake boyfriend wasn't Noah Huntington III - the most arrogant, entitled rich guy in the world. Noah: Pretend to be Matt Jackson's boyfriend, my best friend said. It'll be fun, he said.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Anonymous User on 11-11-18

"A" rating...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This series just gets better and better. I loved this one and the narration was spot on perfect. LOVED it and can't wait for more in the series.

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  • Saving Ren

  • Barretti Security Series, Volume 3
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59

Ren Barretti has finally come home after a year of being held captive by the terrorists who slaughtered his entire Special Forces team. But he can't escape the nightmares that torment him or the guilt that he was the only one to walk away. The life his older brothers have brought him home to doesn't exist for him anymore, and to keep them and their loved ones safe from the rage and pain that consume him, Ren needs to disappear.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love a Gppd MMM

  • By Angie on 11-22-18

B- rating...

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

My Review:
Overall: 3.25
Performance: 4.0
Story: 3.0

Totally honest opinion on this one...I should NOT have listened to it on audio and I sure as heck shouldn't have done that before reading the other FIVE books that preceded it. Listening to a book is harder because you don't have the visual cues of names that you're seeing to keep everyone straight. And there are SO MANY characters in this one. Not only are there three main characters, but there are also all the couples and relationships from the other five books. I had an awful time keeping people straight and was trying so hard to do that, that I think I must have missed details at the beginning of the story, because I have so many questions...like what the hell happened to Ren?

Did I just miss all that in the morass of characters in the beginning? I'll admit that's possible, but I don't understand what happened to him that he's so messed up. He was a soldier, his mission went wrong, and his team died. I couldn't tell if his trauma was from being held captive (that is what happened right?), or from the fact that his team died because of something he did with some girl that caused their deaths, or with something he did to another girl in another book. And he's somehow been missing because his brothers didn't know where he was...

Like I said, I think I missed a ton of information at the beginning of the book, just because so much was happening with so many freaking characters and all their complex past story lines that were thrown at the reader. It was impossible to keep track of all the details that mattered to THIS story line.

And the sad thing is...I think I would have loved the book if I knew all that history. But I haven't read those other five books, so instead listened to the entire book feeling pretty much lost...and I hate that. UGH.

  • Snow Falling

  • By: Davidson King
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces, Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets. Tell nobody your name. Tell nobody your secrets. Trust nobody! These are the rules of the streets. His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country. Don't ask anyone to do something you aren't willing to do yourself. Secrets can get you killed. Trust nobody! These are the rules he lives by. When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy's savior to end up being his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don’t want to miss out

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

"A" rated review...

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.5

Wow, what an amazing and creative debut novel. Huge kudos to Davidson King for knocking this one out of the ballpark. This book was incredible.

Snow lives on the streets. Everyone calls him Snow because of his pale-white complexion and hair. He comes upon a group of guys picking on a kid and steps in, offering whatever to get the guys to leave the kid alone. That kid just happens to be the nephew of one of the most notorious mob bosses around, Christopher. As a result, Snow is taken into Christopher's household.

I loved Snow. He's this great mix of streetwise, but maintains an incredible heart. He's kept his level of compassion and empathy even though he's had a hard, awful life the last few years, but isn't so naive as to ever wonder or doubt just how ruthless Christopher can be. Bravo to the author for maintaining that balance with both Christopher and Snow...without taking it too far in one direction or the other which could have really ruined the story.

The story was fantastic. While I wouldn't classify it as romantic suspense, it came darn close. There's always a threat hanging over Snow because the guy who had Christopher's nephew is pure evil and cannot sit by and let Snow go without paying.

Also, I really like this one in audio. There are two narrators which I tend not to like in m/m because their voices sound too different when they are reading the other character, but this one flowed perfectly. I loved these two narrators together.

All in all, I can definitely recommend this one. Now, I need to go read the other two books in the series, but the debate will be...read them now, or wait and hope they come out in audio.

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  • 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 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

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

A+ rating...

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

My Review:
Overall: 4.75
Performance: 4.75
Story: 5.0

I was so excited when I found out there was a second book in this series, because I adored the first book. And omg, it did not disappoint...at all. This book was just as good as the first, but better in the fact that the two guys are in such an amazing place together that although neither is in a good place mentally, they don't let it affect the strength within their relationship. That made it an amazingly fantastic read that just melts my heart. (And please, please, please...I'm begging that there's a third book in the series. I LOVE THESE TWO and their menagerie of family and strays.)

So, the basics...Larx is the high school principal. Aaron is a sheriff's deputy. They both care deeply about the people that they come in contact with which is where they get into trouble. At their hearts, both of these guys are HUGE PROTECTORS. They physically can't standby when someone's in danger of any sort. That's great except it puts both of them in the line of fire, over and over again. But neither one of them would be who they are without that fact.

I'm not going to say anymore about that though because...no spoilers.

Just know...this book was AMAZINGLY good! OMG, so, so good!! Because this isn't a story just about these two guys. This is also about their family...their tribe. They tend to take in the strays along with anyone they love who needs help. As a result, there are story lines all over the place in this book. But all of them are good...the brothers, the wombat, the girls. All of those stories had heartwarming points, ridiculous points, and points where I just wanted to cry. But in the end, it was all incredibly sweet and filled with love. The way it should be.

These characters...they know how to love with every part of their being and that makes reading these books...pure happiness. I loved it!