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  • Round Two: An Alpha’s Fight for Love

  • By: Noah Harris
  • Narrated by: Jamie Garrett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The first thing most people notice about John Davies is his size. Bodies don’t ripple with muscles like his without having spent a lot of time in the gym. A fighter all his life, this shifter has always trained with a dedicated focus on becoming the best. Ten years ago, the dark-haired boxer left his sleepy hometown, willing to sacrifice whatever it took in pursuit of greatness. He left everything behind, including the greatest romance he had ever known. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance romance with mpreg

  • By HockeyfanT on 12-21-18

Second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

When John Davies goes back to his hometown to take a break from his successful career as a boxer. But he secretly expects to find his ex lover, and reignite the relationship he left behind to achieve his dream of becoming a professional fighter. Finding Matthew is not difficult, but convincing him that he is a new man and to give him another chance is a completely different story. Will Matthew believe John is a new man, committed to the relationship and the family they could create?
A cute story about second chances and learning to trust the ones you love. Both John and Matthew have issues they have to work about if they want their relationship to succeed. There is a lot of passion, some anguish and a very happy ending.
Jamie’s performance is good, he manages a wide variety of tones and pitches to portray the different characters of the story.
Entertaining

  • Fred and Ginger: A Christmas M/M Romantic Comedy Short Story

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Patisserie Chef Christopher Miller works for Big Boy Cupcakes, London’s only gay bakery. His boss had closed the bakery on the 23rd of December, and Chris was looking forward to some well needed time off, and Christmas alone. But then his boss calls him with a last minute order - the order of his dreams - to bake for his movie idol, actor Jason Beck. Just as he is about to deliver the order, Chris’s dreams are turned upside down by an explosive, fateful meeting with Fred, an errant Chocolate Labrador.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good

  • By wendy ballard on 12-05-18

Sweet and spicy

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Patisserie Chef Christopher Miller never expected that a caketastrophe when delivering the most important order of his life could find him find love…
A really sweet short story with just the right amount of spicy in it. It tells us about Christopher and Robin, who meet when Robin’s labrador crashes into Chris and destroy a ready-to-be delivered order of cupcakes. The catastrophe turns into an offer to help made by Robin, who is ashamed both by his dog’s attitude and by the fact that he cannot remember having had a hookup with Chris some time ago. Working side by side in the kitchen, their chemistry is as obvious as what a good team they make
If the story is cute and the characters likeable, the performance by Gary Furlong makes it really memorable, and utterly delightful way of spending an hour of your time
Very recommendable

  • Back Where He Belongs

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Back in Scotland after five years working in Australia, Kier Campbell finds himself stranded on a road in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. He needs to get to the next village urgently or freeze to death in his broken down hire car. Kier hikes down the icy road, and as he walks memories of the life he'd run from - and the love he'd abandoned in Scotland return to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and emotional..

  • By Sunday Barnaby on 12-13-18

A strange mixture of sweet and kinky

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Kier Campbell finds himself in trouble, when his car beaks down and he is forced to find his way home walking in the worse conditions the weather may offer in Scotland; Kier has come back for the first time, after five years working in Australia. Weather conditions get worse, and Kier is starting to lose confidence in his ability to reach a safe place when he is rescued by his childhood best friend, and first lover, Douglas. Stranded together at Douglas’ cottage in the snowstorm, these two men have to decide if they can give their relationship a second chance…
This is a curious mix between holiday romance, second chance in love and puppy kink. Both characters are likeable, and the intensity of their connection is easy to feel from the start. Puppy kink is not my thing, so I feel a bit weird reading about such blatant descriptions of the intercourse between the main characters, but I must recognise it is well written (even if I do not find it specially enticing).
As for the narration, it is really good. I loved the change in tone and intonation that accompanies every singe one of the characters in this story, even the minor ones. Gary Furlong turns the story into a very enjoyable experience, as always.
Entertaining.

  • Not so Vanilla

  • By: Morgan Noel
  • Narrated by: Piers Ryman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

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 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

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 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In love

  • By Dee Winston on 11-11-18

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorkable MM Romance!

  • By ABR-Penelope on 12-20-18

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 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

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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