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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 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

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

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I'm usually leery of sequels featuring an established couple, mostly because I'm afraid the author will mess with the happy ending I've already enjoyed.

Add Amy Lane, who's notorious for putting characters through emotional and angst-filled trauma, and I worried for Larx and Aaron.

But I'm happy to report that even though Larx and Aaron are put through the ringer with multiple crazy and scary things happening (Larx's daughter coming home pregnant, her baby daddy showing up, different kids needing to be saved, Aaron being hurt)...Larx and Aaron never lose sight of each other and how much they mean to one another.

I love all of these characters - they're not perfect - but they communicate and support each other.

Nick J. Russo did a fantastic job with the narration. He captures all of the emotions throughout the book without ever going over the top, provides clear, distinguishable character voices, and a terrific pace.

I know I'm loving an audiobook when I get mad every time I have to pause it!

Established couple, multiple POV, contemporary romance with medium angst, sexy times, suspense, and a very happy ending.

Recommended! ❤️

  • Ever After

  • A Gay Fairy Tale
  • By: Christina Lee, Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before - a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ever After: Adorable and Infuriating

  • By Paula on 09-21-18

3.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

So I started out a bit confused because the blurb on Audible clearly states: Please be sure to listen to the Dear Reader letter at the beginning of the book before you begin. The problem is there’s no “Dear Reader” letter at the beginning of the audio. So…was it important? Was it something I really needed to know? I don’t know!

Anyway, Ever After is a fantasy without the magic, a sweet fairytale, slow burn romance about the forbidden love between a prince and his valet that takes place in an interesting amalgam of traditional and modern (with formal language and some modern conveniences like cars).

Joel Leslie uses his best accents to bring the characters and the world to life. His pacing is good, his character voices distinct, and he provides emotional context to Merrick and Cassius’s plight.

I enjoyed the narration, but found myself frustrated with the story’s pace at times. Though, the last couple of hours really grabbed my attention and kept me riveted.

Recommended for those looking for an escape with great character and relationship development, a slow burn, and a very happy ending.

  • Acceptance

  • Forbes Mates, Book Three
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily, he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely - a cat! Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male...or a wolf. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong story and so well conveyed.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 10-04-18

4.5 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I've really been enjoying revisiting the Forbes Mates series, through the audiobooks. 

So, I hope you won't mind if I gush for a moment over how much I loved Chistopher Boucher's narration ofAcceptance? Boucher offers great character voices (I adored the purr in the accent Chistopher Boucher uses for Quincy!), he interjects just the right amount of emotional nuance, his pacing and timing are terrific, and he has a great flow. This was, quite simply, a fun and pleasurable listen for me.

I love this series as it focuses on destined mates and have been looking forward to hearing Miles and Quincy's story ever since the epilogue of Patience.

I loved the rapport between Quincy and Miles and how their relationship unfolds. I especially loved seeing Quincy's interactions with the other wolves from the series and getting to spend more time with Finley, Tanner, Jamie, and Chad.

Acceptance focuses on the mystery of who is behind the attacks on Quincy and Miles and I really liked how information from both of the previous stories was woven throughout, and that it has a good mystery with plenty of action. I thoroughly enjoyed this and feel like this series just keeps getting better. 

This is a sweet and sexy series that's really enjoyable to immerse myself in. I like the world-building and the characters - but Chistopher Boucher definitely knocks everything up a notch. 

Recommended.

  • Patience

  • Forbes Mates Series, Book 2
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with, and same-sex versions are downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end-of-semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it is so good!

  • By Keith b miller on 08-04-18

4.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried when I realized the original narrator for Devotion wasn’t returning to voice Patience. But I needn’t have worried because I am in love with the narration for this novel!

WOW. Chistopher Boucher’s narration of Patience was phenomenal! He knocks this out of the park with great character voices, emotional nuance, fantastic pacing and timing, and a great flow. This was such an absolute pleasure to listen to.

I love the destined mate trope, and it’s done so well here. There’s a bit of the comedy in that when Jamie Ryan initially meets his destined mate, it’s when he’s literally stuck in his wolf form. Chad Sutton, to his credit, takes it all in stride, helps out a clearly not-just-a-dog, and winds up finding everything he ever wanted.

I love that Chad is so chill about the whole thing and is just immediately on board and there isn’t any teeth gnashing or putting it off because “werewolves” don’t exist. Chad accepts the proof in front of his eyes and settles in to their relationship quickly.

Told in a dual POV, this is a sweet and sexy series that’s really enjoyable to immerse myself in. I like the world-building and the characters – but Chistopher Boucher definitely knocked this up a notch.

While Patience is my favorite book in the Forbes Mates series, I really enjoyed reading the whole series and I’m looking forward to revisiting the Forbes pack through the audiobooks.

I am desperately hoping Chistopher Boucher will return to narrate Acceptance – because his character voice for Quincy is awesome with that sexy purr!

Recommended.

  • His Leading Man

  • Dreamspun Desires
  • By: Ashlyn Kane
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man. Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now, one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing - and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable - on and offscreen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable romance

  • By Belen on 09-10-18

Thoroughly enjoyable romance

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

His Leading Man is a thoroughly enjoyable romance. It’s just so sweet, adorable, cute, fluffy, low angst, and easy to lose yourself in.

Told in a dual POV this had a lot of opportunities to devolve into cliche, but it didn’t. Kane keeps the writing tight and the characters are well fleshed out and I spent the entire time rooting for them.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the HEA ending, and Kenneth Obi’s narration was really well done with easily discernible character voices, good timing and pacing, and an easy delivery that made this a pleasure to listen to.

It did take me a bit to get into the narration, because I didn’t personally like the character voice for Drew as it seemed too effeminate and breathy for the character, but that’s just a personal preference, and I eventually was able to sit back and just enjoy.

Looking for some fluffy romance with likable characters, low angst, and a very happy ending? Check this out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shipwreck

  • Lavender Shores, Book 4
  • By: Rosalind Abel
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name.... Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series! Wonderfully narrated

  • By Karen on 09-30-18

Love the ending!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I love returning to Lavender Shores with it's interesting characters, but I've been particularly interested in Lamont's story since listening to him agree to hiring Tyler as his fake boyfriend at a family gathering rather than face his family's awkward, but well-meaning, attempts to get him matched up from the excerpt at the end of The Veranda.

From the moment I heard the plot I was sold. I love a good fake boyfriends turning to something real trope and I just had to know how quiet, almost-melts-into-the-background Lamont dealt with trying to fool not only all of Lavender Shores, but his father, Robert, especially. I thought Tyler and Lamont fit well together and was really interested in seeing how it all played out.

The Shipwreck does not disappoint. It's got a strong cast of characters, and interesting premise, a bit of a twist, and a very happy ending.

I liked both Tyler and Lamont, together and as characters. I figured out Tyler's secret after a few very heavy clues were dropped and I thought it was interesting (good interesting, not bad) the way their romance plays out. Added to how much I love getting to visit with past favorites from the previous books, and The Shipwreck definitely ranks in my top favorites of the series.

Kirt Graves performs well, delivering a narrative style that's easy to listen to without being over the top and featuring easy to follow character voices and a good pace.

Recommended for those who love the fake boyfriend trope and are looking for a romance with hot sex, not too much angst, and a truly lovely happy ending.

P.S.: I'm really looking forward to listening to Connor's story!

  • Cowboy in the Crosshairs

  • Dreamspun Desires, Book 53
  • By: BA Tortuga
  • Narrated by: Dorian Bane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday, he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son. When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there - if it wasn’t for some bastard trying to kill Wacey. The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 09-05-18

3.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The Benes are cowboy rodeo royalty (Hold on - I need a moment to wonder at the kind of person who would actually name their children Wacey, Lacey, Macey, and Kacey. Okay, moment over.) who usually handle their own problems without involving local police, but when it becomes apparent that oldest son Wacey is the target of increasingly more dangerous attacks the chief of police gets involved.

Thing is, Wacey and police chief TJ Cook are already well acquainted. Ten or so years ago, Wacey and TJ were hot and heavy, but TJ, being young and dumb, ruined the best thing in his life because he was afraid of coming out and he wanted a family and thought being with Wacey meant he couldn't have that. Wacey, heartbroken, left town and they haven't seen or spoken to each other since. TJ eventually married, had two kids, then came out, and divorced but he and his ex, Monica, are still close and have an easy time co-parenting.

Cowboy in the Crosshairs begins with TJ getting the news of an accident that nearly killed Wacey and that he is returning home to recuperate. The two are still mad at each other, even after all these years (hello pent up sexual frustration!), and sparks fly the first time they're in the same space together.

You see, TJ never got over the love of his life, and is mad at Wacey for leaving and staying away so long. Wacey never got over TJ, and is mad because TJ ruined their relationship. But after more things happen to Wacey that keep bringing them together, it's not long before their relationship reignites and progresses quickly back to love.

The plots of the story (the romance and the mystery) are not really explored deeply, which on the bright side means there's not a lot of unnecessary angst, but on the other hand, it means we really don't get to delve into their original relationship, or really even their new relationship, or the mystery/suspense focusing on who is after Wacey and why. I would have liked a little more background and depth to all the moving parts and people because it felt like this only skimmed the surface. I personally felt like the mystery and suspense of waiting to see who was behind it all was well paced, but the how and why was a bit of a weak point.

Dorian Bane does a good job with the narration, his performance includes easily discernible character voices and an easy pace. Bane conveys the frustration of TJ and Wacey not being able to figure out who's behind the attacks on Wacey well, and I loved his narration voice and the female character voices. My only complaint about the audio is I wish Bane had given Wacey a deeper voice, but that's a personal preference because I love Dorian Bane's deeper character voices.

Cowboy in the Crosshairs is a second chance romance, that's surprisingly low angst considering the subject matter, with a dual POV, some suspense, light steam, a happy ending, and good narration. If you're looking for a light, fun, second chance romance, with some mystery, and you love cowboys and men with those fabulous drawls - check it out!

  • On Davis Row

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible. Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-26-18

4.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

One of the things I love about listening to Joel Leslie narrate is the way he draws the emotions out and really makes the listener feel invested in what's happening.

He provides clear and distinguishable character voices, and he performs the text in a way that had me completely sucked into the story and anxious for what happens next, which is a real gift because I've already read this book, but Joel made it seem like I was meeting Noah and CJ for the first time and the way he performed this made me fall even more in love with the characters and story.

The narration by Joel Leslie took a story I'd liked and transformed it into one I loved. Such a great job on this performance.

On Davis Row is a quiet, slower paced love story about second chances and finding your strength from within and from the people who support you. Told from both Noah and CJ's first person points of view there's a lovely thread of hurt/comfort throughout this story, both because of Noah's past and CJ's entire life.

On Davis Row is a quiet romance with medium angst, a bit of a slow burn, an absolutely wonderful happy ending, and great narration.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! So good!

  • By SassiKassi on 01-26-18

Nice Hurt/Comfort

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I really liked the emotional nuance of the story, which was portrayed really well by narrator Michael Pauley.

Dual POV, hurt/comfort romance with medium angst, two main characters with pasts, and a very happy ending. Pauley provides distinctive character voices and brings all the emotion out so well.

I've already bought book two, Maddox's story: "Sanctuary Found", and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to it soon!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Belen on 08-06-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is Eli Easton at her best! Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a historical western with plenty of wit, humor, and romance. Full of interesting characters, a terrific plot, and suspense - this book has it all.

Marry the story with Matthew Shaw's fantastic narration and you have a fabulous listen that's so entertaining I went back and listened to it all over again! I loved the way Shaw performs the dialogue and brings the locales and settings to life. This listen is a perfect example of how an audiobook can absolutely feel like a complete experience.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a truly fantastic audiobook - clever, fun, funny, sexy, suspenseful, and absolutely recommended!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful