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  • Not so Vanilla

  • By: Morgan Noel
  • Narrated by: Piers Ryman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Bartholomew's life is perfect. He's got a job he loves; he's in a committed relationship with his loving boyfriend who appreciates his neurotic tendencies, social anxiety, and general awkwardness. It's not "white picket fence and Golden Retriever" perfect, but their nice little apartment in the city and the cat they rescued from the shelter come pretty close. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Donut

  • By JEYCEE on 07-20-18

Cute and funny

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Bartholomew's perfect life comes to an end when his boyfriend Kyle brings home a former boyfriend to spend some time with them. Mew is shy and feels awkward around the stranger, who behaves too entitled and cocky for Mew's liking. But cheeky squatter living on their sofa soon grows on him, and Mew has problems dealing with the conflicting feelings Adam's presence is stirring on him...
I loved this little story. Basically told from Bartholomew's point of view, it is funny and very entertaining. Mew is really shy, and has issues because he considers himself too boring and vanilla for his more experienced boyfriend. The arrival of sexy Adam make his insecurities rise, but he also realises Adam is attracted to him, which is not completely unreciprocated and that conflicts him. It takes some time together and a night of sugar and alcohol to get them to solve their differences and reach a satisfactory agreement.
As I said, the story is funny, even hilarious sometimes, and Piers' narration does a lot towards that goal. His renditions of a flustered Mew, a teasing Kyle and a cocky Adam are just perfect. I loved every single minute of it!!!

  • Puppy

  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In a dark world where humans are little more than fodder for vampires, Caleb is looking for a break...even if that break means he has to become Liam's plaything. When he gives up his freedom, Caleb's training begins. Will obedience and pleasure go hand in hand in his new life as Liam's puppy?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bit short

  • By Zara on 09-25-18

A dark story

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

In a dark world where humans are no more than prey or slaves for the supernaturals who rule, Liam, a powerful vampire, is looking for somebody who excites his hunting instincts... And he finds the perfect target in Caleb, a young and rebellious human whose blood tastes like ambrosia... Decided to keep him and train him as his new pup, Liam will soon be surprised by Caleb's unexpected reactions...
I've enjoyed this dark universe quite a lot, the story is interesting, and JJ Jenness narration makes it even more entincing, working the characters' idiosincracies through clever changes in accents and intonations. I really enjoyed his performance
A short very intense and fascinating story!

  • Sweet Thing

  • Pretty Boy
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

French male model Simeon Duchamp has a lot of explaining to do. Two years after a breakdown, Simeon is off drugs and booze and wants to stay that way. On his road to reclaiming his life and modeling career, Sim first needs to apologize to the man he hurt the most - his ex-best friend and object of his unrequited affection Pieter Bayer. Pieter now has a long-term partner, artist Emily Raven, with whom he shares a baby son. Sim is amazed when Pieter accepts his apology, and invites him into his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration really adds to the story.

  • By DPiazzi on 05-02-18

An excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Simeon Duchamp’s personality disorders almost ended with him dead. Now he has to make up for the past mistakes, and try to live without the alcohol and drugs that helped him face reality. An old love, a new love, and his inability to cope with rejection, may be fatal for him…
Bastian Roth knows a lot about rejections, and about losing the person you love. Stranded in a haze of sorrow, Simeon becomes a beacon that may help him find his footing again. But a wrong reaction to a secret revealed threatens to send Simeon away from him forever….
This is a bittersweet love story, about a young male model who fell in love with his best friend, made a series of wrong decisions that almost ended with him killed. Simeon is a difficult man, and needs continuous support to be able to function. I could not bond with him, and that’s my only regret about this book. Simeon seems to me too spoiled and flighty to be able to relate to him. Enter Bastian Roth, a bit older, and heartbroken since the death of his lover. Bastian finds in Simeon the spark the needs to feel alive again. There is a lot of bedroom action between these two, and their chemistry is obvious. After a bit of anguish and some trouble, they get the sweet HEA they deserved.
The story is well-written, the plot engaging, the chemistry hot, but what makes it really special is the amazing performance by Gary Furlong. His ability to provide the characters not only with different accents, but also with a full variety of nuances makes listening to this story a really delightful experience.

  • Almost Easy

  • Plantain Series Novella 5.5
  • By: Kate Hastings, Amelia Oliver
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Nolan Frederickson has watched everyone around him fall in love. His younger siblings, his best friend; but love has always eluded him. He thought he’d found the possibility of it once, experiencing a connection during secret encounters so intense, that years later, it still fuels his fantasies. Content in every other aspect of his life, but tired of empty hook-ups and mediocre attraction, Nolan’s starting to think that maybe he’s just not meant to find "the one". However, as they say, timing is every thing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love is found when you least expect it

  • By B. Lane on 06-06-18

Good performance, plain story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

As a teenager, Rupert had a crush on Nolan Frederickson, his girlfriend’s older brother. Years later, and out of the closet, Rupert comes back to Plantain to find out that Nolan is gay as well. Decided not to let his second chance slip away, Rupert sets to conquer the man he loves…
This story did not work for me, sorry. Maybe it is because it is my first book on the series, but I could not get invested on the romance. Both Rupert and Nolan are plain, one-dimensional characters, who seem to solve their differences with sex, whether angry, sweet, possessive or kinky… there is a lot of sex in this story, which does not seem to provide anything to the general development of the characters, to a point where it becomes boring. The story is told from a bouncing point of view, but none of the characters seem to be able to think through the haze of testosterone clouding their minds...
JJ Jeness’ narration is good, he manages to imbue the characters with a personality they lack in the plot through changes of pitch and tone. His performance manages to make an otherwise quite predictable plot entertaining.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • The Ghost Slept Over

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Jason Frazier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner, he discovers something he wasn't expecting - the ghost of his ex! And, worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. Now. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means, he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship, or will he be seduced into the ever after?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny Love Story

  • By Jessica on 02-07-18

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

When Cal Parsons receives the news that he has inherited all the estate from his former lover McCormack “Mac” Williams, he is convinced his luck has changed at last. But he begins to have doubts when he discovers that he wonderful house and millionaire inheritance come with ghost incorporated…. A very stubborn, very nosy Mac who is decided to spend eternity with Cal, whether he agrees or not. Add to the mix a very sexy lawyer and some eager amateur actors and you are in for a hell of a good time…
OMG! This book was simply hilarious. I fell in love with the characters from the start, all of them, including Max, who is the sort of whiny ex nobody expects to be haunted by…. Never! Cal and Dewey are a cute couple, the amateur company of players are eccentric and funny… There is a crescendo of absurd situations and extremely funny encounters that reach their climax when Max, Dewey and Cal discuss the terms of Max’ legal representation in the Beyond…. I was laughing out loud most of the time with this story.
As for the narration, it was simply superb. Jason Frazier simply managed to infuse each of the characters with a very characteristic personality using different pitch and accents. Cal’s is charming and elaborated, Dewey’s slow drawl is sexy and Max’… he is the best going from plaintive to petulant in the space of seconds…
I loved the story, and I’m sure I’ll re-listen to it in the near future.
So. Good.

  • Cabin Love

  • By: Hayden Hunt
  • Narrated by: J.J. Jenness
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Well, there it is, another failed relationship. And right before Christmas time, too. After breaking up with my boyfriend, the only thing I want to do is get out of town and have some time to myself. Thankfully, my best friend Jake has a cabin that I can go to for the weekend. Except that Jake forgot that the cabin already has been booked for the weekend. So I'm pretty surprised when I go up there and find Chris relaxing in the cabin. And I drove four hours to get here! Thankfully, Chris is nice enough to let me stay the night so I don't have to drive home in bad weather.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Holiday Romance

  • By B. Lane on 05-08-18

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

After an ugly breakup with his abusive boyfriend, James borrows his best friend cabin to spend a weekend relaxing in solitude… Only to find the cabin already occupied by Chris, who had rented it before. Chris suggests James should spend the night, but they are snowed in overnight, and the more time they spend together, the more they realise they are just perfect for each other…
This is a sweet story told from a bouncing point of view. There is not much depth to the characters, and the love story is fairly predictable, but it was really well narrated and the ending was pretty satisfactory as well. A bit on the shortish side, is recommended for lovers of love stories with a bit of anguish, insta-love relationships and very happy endings

  • Who We Truly Are

  • Enhanced, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life. Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone. Does Talon have one last fight in him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jessica on 02-03-18

A gripping story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Our actions will always define who we truly are...
The second book in the Enhanced series follows up where the first one finished. Talon and Finn are still trying to figure their relationship while working to make their team a success. When the turn of events makes it necessary for Finn to go undercover, it does not go well with Talon, who wants to keep Finn out of danger, which of course makes Finn angry because he feels demeaned. This summarizes Finn and Talon relationship. Talon needs to keep Finn safe, who in turn feels the need to prove himself. Likewise, Talon feels Finn would be safer without him, and that makes Finn question if Talon really cares about him. It seems so difficult to reach an agreement between these two stubborn characters!
As for the mystery, it is interesting and gripping, The pace is fast, and the intrigue gains momentum with every page. Nick J. Russo manages the narration perfectly, being able to masterfully balance feelings and actions. With a wide range of emotions on display, his voice becomes the ideal means to navigate a roller-coaster of events that move from grief-shaken teenagers to cold-blooded murderers with a surprising ease. It is an excellent performance, which makes this audio a fully enjoyable experience

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  • The Alpha Heir

  • Kingdom of Askara, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father's treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan. Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves - even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hurt/Comfort

  • By Belen on 12-30-17

Great series, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Wolf hybrid Caleb knows about rejection, isolation and pain. That’s why death by the hand of a handsome human does not seem that bad…
Rebel leader Teagan thought he hated all wolves. But he cannot bring himself to kill this one… What is so different about Caleb?
Victoria Sue is constructing a fascinating world in this series. In this second book, we find out a bit more about the origin of the wolves in Ankara, and the history of the planet. The main characters are very different from Luca and Kit (the MCs of the first one). Where their relationship was insta-love and attraction, Caleb and Teagan’s is about care and protection. Teagan is protective of Caleb from the beginning, he is able to see the beauty in his battered body. Caleb, on his side, is a very sweet character, nurturing and kind. Their relationship builds slowly and carefully, giving both characters time realise they will have to choose between love and duty...
So the world building is interesting, the main characters likeable, the pace is steady and the plot engaging: there is black magic, kidnapped children, secret lovers, treason and battles, and a very HEA at the end… All the elements that make a book really enjoyable. The icing on the cake is Joel’s narration. His ability to convey nuances and details, to impersonate different characters with changes of pitch (I loved his Silas’ in this book) and his powerful dramatization of the events (which brought me to tears a couple of times)makes listening to the audiobook a really enjoyable and emotional experience. He manages to bring his characters alive in a way that makes sure they are going to remain with you for a long time...
Very recommendable

  • Borrowing Blue

  • A Made Marian Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Blue: When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me is more than willing to share a few kisses in the name of revenge. It gets even better when those scorching kisses turn into a night of fiery passion. The only problem? Turns out the stranger's brother is marrying my sister later this week.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but.....

  • By DCG on 02-06-17

Very sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Blue Marian knows he is bound to meet his ex-boyfriend at his sister’s wedding. But he does not expect to find Jeremy with a young and handsome twink who is also wearing a wedding ring… The abusive consumption of alcohol that follows that encounter ends up with him kissing sexy and irresistible Tristan Alexander, who happens to be his sister’s fiancé’s brother, and also straight. But Tristan’s reaction to Blue’s kisses seem to indicate he is not as straight as he thinks he is. Soon, Tristan and Blue find themselves exploring a blooming relationship, which starts as an experiment of sorts, but it turns into something intense and deep in no time at all. Can someone fall in love in less than a week? And is it enough to survive a long distance relationship? Blue and Tristan have to decide if they want to find out….
So. I have a couple of issues about this story. On the one hand, it is well written and the characters are likeable, all the Marian family are really great, specially old aunt Tilly who seems to find a perfect counterpart in Tristan’s granny. Feelings run deep in this story, and there is a lot of intercourse, a real lot… Scenes well written but a bit overwhelming for me (too much of a good thing can become tiresome). There is love and a very happy HEA, so the book should have been a hit. But. There are two things I couldn’t see in the book. First, the fact that somebody who has more than one gay brother can marry a homophobic prick. I just don’t get it. How can you fall in love with somebody who despises most of your family? The other thing I did not get was the insta-love between Tristan and Blue. This is a very difficult topic for me, because I find it very hard to believe. It takes suspension of disbelief, and sometimes it does not even work. It is what happened here. I could feel the attraction and the lust between Blue and Tristan, but moving from that to I-love-yous in a couple of days… Too much for me.
Leaving aside my issues with the plot, Michael Pauley’s narration was just great. His ability to provide each character with a very special idiosyncrasy is outstanding. I loved how he personalised all the characters, specially Tristan, his performance of Blue’s lover oozes confidence and kindness. He finds and provides all his characters with quirks and peculiarities, and his narration is smooth and really easy to follow. Listening to this story was a very enjoyable experience.
Recommendable for fans of insta-love and very sweet HEAs

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  • Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper

  • Dick and the Sidekick, Book 1
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Actor Tom Lewis’ world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid exposé outed him and put pay to his flourishing career. Now things are getting serious; money is running out, and Tom needs a job desperately. So when his agent offers him a seasonal acting job, he reluctantly agrees... and takes on the role of Santa for a top London department store. This decision changes Tom’s luck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration

  • By Belen on 12-10-17

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

When the bad guys run amuck, it’s time for Santa to take matters in his own hands..
Actor Tom Lewis is down on his luck. After being outed by a newspaper, he is having trouble finding work. Even the producers of his very successful character Detective Fox are thinking about replacing him. To make ends meet, he accepts a seasonal role playing Santa in one of London most exclusive department store. What seems a last resource becomes a career saving opportunity when he discovers a plot amongst the employees to rob at the store during the holidays. Instead of going to the police, Tom decides to investigate on his own, with the help of three very clever and resourceful fellow actors playing elves. The sundry team sets to prevent the felony, with hilarious results…
This was a great seasonal story, with endearing characters and an entertaining plot. I loved the budding relationship between Eli the elf and Tom. Although as a general rule I find it difficult to believe in romance based on insta-attraction, this was different, as Eli had had a crush on Tom for some time. They match each other needs perfectly, and their association both in the bedroom and out of it has very satisfactory results… The rest of the characters are likeable as well. The plot is simple but it works, all in all making for a very amusing story.
As for Gary Furlong’s narration, I enjoyed it a lot. His performance is smooth and the light tone which pervades makes it very easy to follow. He had me smiling most of the time, and even laughing out loud with Tom and Eli’s harebrained adventures…