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  • North on Drummond

  • By: KC Burn
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Drew Drummond might call himself a psychic tarot reader, but he doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The business was left to him by his grandmother, and seemed the best way to rise above the chronic criminal behavior of the Drummond family. Being gay only makes finding love more difficult. When Cliff Garcia, Drew’s crush from his teenage years, moves back to town and joins the police force, Drew doesn’t think he has a chance. After all, the skeptical cop considers Drew’s profession on par with professional con men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting for the next one

  • By Holly on 06-02-18

One cute story...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This novel was a nice, easygoing book with an endearing plotline and characters - and very little frustrating miscommunication, to which I'm grateful for.

I've only had this audiobook for a week and I think I've listened to it three or four times already. The main couple definitely have chemistry that a reader/listener can feel. I like that the cops (especially Northcliff) aren't stupid, but that their small town where nothing bad ever happens mindset is taken into account. Though I don't understand how Northcliff's chief couldn't know his full, legal name since it'd have to be on his official transfer documents...?

This was the first book by KC Burn I've listened to but not the last (I've already bought and listened to 'Tea or Consequences' and 'Cop Out' since finishing this book the first time, which are both worth listening to). I really enjoyed listening to Darcy Stark's narration, as well. There were a couple of times Cliff's voice went a bit too high to be able to immediately tell that it was Cliff talking, but otherwise did a great job - his narration is what prompted me to listen to 'Tea or Consequences' first.

The only things I could think of as a downside to the written part or the story are: Cliff calling himself a caveman or a barbarian a few to many times, and that the characters's body types are stereotypical within the worlds of KC Burn's books.

I'd like to eventually see a second book with these two as the main focus again, but the authors in this genre seem well against making any real series and instead opting for making get-together books for side characters. I thought those were called spinoffs not sequels. Oh well; I guess we'll see what does and doesn't happen.

  • Tea or Consequences

  • By: KC Burn
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Maybe Riley isn't living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. Life isn't perfect, but it's comfortable. It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley's high school obsession who never knew he was alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engaging mystery with a touch of romance

  • By Cat on 01-29-18

More plot, less pointless sex.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

If a reader/listener wants a book more about an actual mystery solving plot I think that this book is one to enjoy. The narrator, Darcy Stark, does a great job and the story (including romance) is cute. This novel has very little relationship drama and no stupid misunderstandings because someone intentionally didn't say something to the other... Oh, and the cops, MEs, and EMTs are not made to look incompetent.

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  • The Weight of It All

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 384

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of. He joins a gym. Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn't sure he'll ever be ready to date again. He's sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is. As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamors Reed with recipes and laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gales of laughter!

  • By SassiKassi on 10-05-17

Short and Sweet Review

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I thought I loved "Red Dirt Heart" (and I do) but this book was even better. The characters were well fleshed out and so much fun, and the progression felt natural - even when meeting the ex.

As for Joel Leslie - his narration was spot on and really added to my enjoyment. Can we get him to read "Tigers and Devils" too? Hey, I can dream, can't I?

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  • The Necromancer's Dance

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 1
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Belen on 04-01-17

The kind of book you can't wait to reread...

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

From the Himes' written words (and now) to Joel's narration you can't help but want to pick this book back up the minute you finish reading it, well now the minute finish reading book 2... even if he does call Simeon "Simon" in a pretty noticeable spot and pronounced a few things off...like geas.

The opening spell and it's execution was probably my favorite part of the series (which is saying something since I greatly enjoyed this whole book, reading or listening to it). The opening setting also has my favorite dialogue: (Angel:) "I'm gonna get you talking, so shut up." I can't get enough of smart-mouthed, powerful good guys like Dresden or Charming (I'm not comparing them or their stories), so reading through the eyes of Angel Salvatore was fun.

The one thing that was weird and kind of bothered me was the back and forth about Greg's status with Angel's brother at the beginning. Greg started as Isaac's boyfriend and he loved Greg (though with Angel's temper was most likely a sarcastic exaggeration), then Angel was only pretty sure Greg was gay and hoped his brother wasn't sleeping with the idiot, then his bestie, and then Angel walked in on them and didn't even miss a beat. Something missed its mark.

Also, I would've liked who the other vampires were that stayed in the room to have been brought up sometime after.

I loved the Latin and then the English translation while performing spells. It was a shame the author strayed from the Latin after the opening spell and the flashback (I enjoyed the flashback greatly), especially at the gala, where things happened so fast the interesting details got skimmed over and nothing but bare bones made it to the final cut.

I hope this series stays with Angel for many more books and make a real series instead of jumping from couple to couple like most authors in gay fiction does, and I hope Angel does many more spells that make his audience stare dumbfounded and in awe.

  • The Necromancer's Dilemma

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 2
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Angel's brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-05-17

Great storyline and main characters...

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I really enjoy reading this series and listening to it again and again. Joel Leslie does an amazing job with all the different voices, accents, and level of emotion given throughout the characters' dialogue. His ability to make everything come alone through his narration went perfectly with Himes' writing ability. I really hope the story continues with Angel and Simeon as the lead and not his little brother, like so many authors in this genre tend to do.

I really hope there's a next Angel and Simeon centric story. I hope Angel and/or Simeon gets to knock Bridgerton down a peg. I'd like to see the Cu Faoil again. I wish the necromancer story told to Angel by his dad gets brought up in more detail. I'd like more magic users or supernats to interact with the main characters. I'd also like to see more growth of the bond and how it's unlike any other bond -what will Simeon get out of it I wonder? A small ability to use the ancient magic? I can't wait to see what happens if/when this story continues.

  • Cronin's Key III

  • By: N. R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he's left powerless in their presence. Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food For The Imagination.

  • By Le Mont Bennett on 09-21-17

I'm in love with this series. Love, I say!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Considering this is the third book in the series I'm sure all the readers/listeners know the quality of writing this series has. Before I was even done with the first book I ordered the second and third...and then devoured them all (and going to start all over again the second I'm done with this review).

The skill in which this series is written falls nothing short of creating a bone-deep satisfaction. And let's not forget Joel Leslie's narration, which really immerses the reader into the the story. It's really a match made in heaven (there really are not enough words to be able to fully expires how much I love this series and these characters.

Alec and Cronin as the continuing lead characters since book one is exactly what I was hoping for! I don't know how many - if any - will be written about this couple and their world again, but it would be an instant buy if there were. There may not be another threat like in this book for a while, but there's always more. This book is the worst case scenario in terms of enemy strength, so I hope the next (if there is) is the one facing a more emotional battle. I really hope to see more of everyone, including Alec's dad, who seems to keep getting worse and worse. I'd like to see Campbell again - maybe calling Alec for help. I'd also like to see Alec awaken our use more/different powers - I could see him and Eiji causing so much mischief, or giving everyone the power to walk in the sun for a short while like Osiris. Besides, they need their wedding and to renovate...and maybe bring the gang (at least Cronin) up to speed on some of his movie and cartoon references. I'd also love to see Alec teaching Cronin how to use all different kinds of powers just in case future battles call for it (and probably will). There's also Alec understanding where the words, "Yet I am still not alone," came from.

I hope a good, old-fashioned vampire vs. vampire fight is to come. Alec certainly gave himself a decent handicap...unless he just stops time.

  • Smoke & Mirrors

  • THIRDS, Book 7
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he's always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home and the arms of Sloane Brodie, his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he's secretly believed all along: his parents' death wasn't an accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i love this series

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-16

I'm a sucker for this series. I can't help it.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

This book is one of my favorites in the series, along with "Gummy Bears and Grenades" and then all the other Dex and Sloane centered books.

Like the rest of the series, the writing flows well and is a very entertaining read, though there are still some small plot holes (in book 4: what -biologically- makes a mate mark different than a normal, deep scratch besides intent, or does the intent itself change the body's chemical makeup at the time, or when was Sloane's blood added during the marking since he only mentioned smelling Dex's blood at the time, etc...), inconsistencies (as far as I know, a house and an apartment are two different structures and not interchangeable, but Dex's house is called Dex's apartment quite a few times. Or, another example: I thought earlier books said Dex got the My Pet Monster, not Cael, and no mention of them having two), and timeline arrangement questions (like, in "Thick and Thin" with Sloane's supposed first shift after Dex's change at Greenpoint and not with the frat boys. Since it was specifically noted that it was the first shift after it wasn't a time delay like the seizures, etc...). Either way, the series is worth reading or listening to - I know I still love reading/listening about Dex and Sloane while at work or in my car again and again.

As much as I loved this book it's all kinds of frustrating the way Sparks manipulated them from start to finish. The guys didn't even ask the most obvious questions. For example, when Sparks admits to letting certain events happen, Sloane didn't even ask how long she was going to let it continue, accepting her answer of saying she wouldn't let Dex die. And that's far from the only thing/question/conversation/issue that was left out of the characters' dialogue.

Or how about Sloane not wanting to tell anyone about purring in human form and forgetting that there are a few people listening in on them 24/7?

I do enjoy Sloane's feral side's possessive streak and the little touches; it's an extra touch of sweetness that Dex never seems to get enough of.

I wish someone would've brought up the fact that Gina Daley still possibly saved Sloane and Ash by telling Tony about them, allowing him to submit their names to Sparks to find them before their deaths could be falsified, with or without another leak by TIN.

As for narration...Mark Westfield has a sexy voice (especially speaking as Sloane) and did a great job.

The weird/whiney lilt in Dex's speech in books 3 through 6 is practically gone, so thank you for that. Dex still doesn't sound as cool as he did in the first two books, but I still say 4.5 - 5 stars.

  • Between Loathing and Love

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate - and prospective client - Beckett Huntington, with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton's dreams of becoming a Broadway star. Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tristan James

  • By Kristina on 12-26-16

I really enjoyed listening to this one.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

I know Andrew Grey's books usually have a random old flame or some new guy sweeping in and out of the main characters' lives just to build drama, but there's none of that here. Beckett does bring a friend onto the scene out of nowhere but there was no time between Pay seeing him and meeting him for there to be any kind of angst over it. Since I'm tired of that kind of misunderstanding pushing the characters into an epiphany I appreciated that.

I've listened to a couple other books narrated by Tristan James and I think he does a great job and has a voice I could listen to for hours (funny that). The one gripe I have with his narration (and many others, like Wil Wheaton reading 'Ready Player One') is that the main characters sound the same. There were times Beckett did sound different, a bit deeper, than Payton but then drifted back to sounding the same, or close enough to not tell the difference. Val did have a different lilt to his voice, which was a plus.

As for the book's summary...you're going to have to read that elsewhere. All I'll say is that I really liked the main character, his best friend, and the guy he hated in high school. I wouldn't mind listening to this one again down the road.

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  • Fish Stick Fridays

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suits him just fine, until his baby sister dies and he finds himself raising her little girl. Staring down a family history of bad decisions and reaped consequences, Deacon cashes in everything he owns, purchases an auto shop in Half Moon Bay, and takes his niece, Zig, far away from the drug dens and murderous streets they grew up on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Gripping It Stole My Saturday

  • By Kris on 03-27-16

My favorite among the greats...

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Out of all the stories written by Rhys Ford - I enjoyed reading pretty much all of them - I loved this one the most. Sure, Deacon had to share the spotlight with his mess of a niece, Zig, but that's what made the book amazing. Well, that and the narration by Spencer Goss. The characters on paper were a great read and it felt like you got tip know them. Listening to the audiobook really brought the world to a whole new level as each character was given a constant, distinguished voice that fit them perfectly.

If you want to read another summary aside from the official one you'll have to read another reviewer's post. My suggestion: quit wasting time and start reading the actual book. Yeah, the conversations between Deacon and Zig (and even Lang) are that fun to read/listen to.

  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 616

Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • By Murphy Irene on 02-04-13

A story I can't help but to read again and again!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

If the summary is good enough for me (and it is) there's no need for me to reiterate. I know I'll get disagreeing scoffs and head movements, but the Holmes and Moriarity series is probably my favorite out of everything I've read. Sure, I've read every flavor novel, especially mysteries (my favorite genre), but I've never read/listened to another as many times as I've listened to this series (even the well known Adrien English series I could only bring myself to read once for some reason). I've actually lost count as to the number of times I've picked up any format of this series to read, and yes I have the paperback, kindle and audible versions. Besides having a personality so similar to Christopher Holmes it's almost like an untrained eye comparing a yoshino and akebono blossom, the story itself drew me in and didn't let go.

Having read the kindle version first and then listened to the audio I can say that Kevin R. Free did an amazing job and made a great book even better.

People may say not to wish your life away, and I would normally agree, except there's a release date for the next installment of Holmes and Moriarity (December 15, 2017 at present). Now I can't help but to hope myself into dotage just that much faster.