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  • The Gentleman's Madness

  • By: Summer Devon, Bonnie Dee
  • Narrated by: Mark James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Two men imprisoned. One in body, the other in mind. Caught in the throes of passion with another man, scholar John Gilliam agrees to asylum treatment for perversion at the request of his worried parents. He intends to fake a cure then return to his normal life, but an attack on his person leads him down a darker path. Transferred to another facility, he is denied any devices by which he might harm himself - even books and writing materials. Half crazed by isolation John finds an unexpected friend in his caretaker, Sam Tully. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A misfortune can be true love in disguise

  • By Shin Mon Thway on 04-14-19

A despairing story with a very happy end

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

<b>audiobook version</b>
When despair seems to be gaining the battle, a bit of kindness becomes a beacon of light to keep you alive….
Scholar John Gillian never thought he would find himself deprived of even paper and pencil for his own good… When he accepted to be send to an institution to be treated of his unnatural proclivities, after being caught by his father in such acts, he had no idea what he was signing for. After the demeaning treatments, the humiliation, and even an assault, John feel himself sliding into the madness he is being treated for. Until a kind touch from a rough man brings him back from despair, and helps him regain his balance…
Sam Tully sees the men behind the inmates, and he treats them with kindness and care. Despite being an uncultivated man, he knows every single one of them deserves respect. Specially John Gillian, a man who does not belong in Fairpark Asylum, the institution he’s been confined to by his loving family. When Tully starts looking after the distraught professor, a friendship begins to form between them. But as their bond deepens and changes, they realise there is something dark going on at Fairpark, something that can end up killing John if Tully does not manage to set him free…
This is a deeply moving story, the main romance following the lines of an opposites attract trope, with likeable characters and a slow burn relationship. But leaving the romance aside, I was deeply impressed by the scenes about the treatments and the humiliations that the inmates at the asylum were submitted to. John’s anguish is heartbreaking. I cannot stop thinking about how many men and women suffered torture and humiliation by the so called men of science who were trying to cure them from things which were never meant to be cured… So sad
Mark James’ performance in this audiobook is great, he easily conveys the social differences between Tully and John with masterful changes of intonation. His narration flows easily, and listening to it becomes a really enjoyable experience.
A very recommendable story for those who don’t mind quite a bit of anguish with their romance.

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  • Still Waters

  • Memoirs of the Human Wraiths, Book 3
  • By: F. E. Feeley Jr.
  • Narrated by: Marek Montoya
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Promise, Michigan, is very much like every other small town across the state. Built on the edge of a lake, the homes sit in neat little rows in cute little neighborhoods. During the summer Promise bustles with tourists who come to spend their vacation dollars and enjoy the lake's refreshingly cold water. But Promise holds a terrible secret. In the center of the lake is an abandoned island where a curse is rumored to wait for victims, unabated, and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once again a well written and told book

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-08-19

A creepy mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

When human justice fails, some powers will pursue revenge, no matter the cost...
Bret Williams and his fiancee Adam Woolsey want to leave the peaceful village Promise where they grew up, to move on with their lives and get rid of Bret’s parents rejection. In a romantic gesture, they make a promise to marry which they can never fulfil, as Adam is found dead in the lake near his house. Bret always refused to believe that his lover had committed suicide, but unable to prove anything, he moves on and follows their plans without Adam at his side… or is he? Five years after Adam’s unfortunate death, as the date they were supposed to marry approaches, some mysterious murders shatter the village of Promise, and special agent Jeff McAllister arrives to the place to find a murderer, but what he discovers will change his view of reality forever… if he can survive the wrath of those seeking fulfilment of a yet unbroken promise….
What a great story. As a lover of mystery and paranormal stories, this book appealed to me from the start. The smooth prose, the relentless rhythm of the narration, the undeniable chemistry of the characters… it all combines to create an intriguing story, one that is really difficult to put down once you’ve started it. Marek Montoya’s narration provides the right amount of creepy, and his masterful use of pitch and intonation provides a further dimension to an already compelling story. I’ve enjoyed it to the full

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  • The Gentleman and the Lamplighter: A Short Story

  • By: Summer Devon
  • Narrated by: Mark James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 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

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he's ever loved - until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything.... Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the gentleman he's admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love - if they can overcome social taboos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartwarming

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-21-19

Short but intense

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Since the death of his school friend and beloved, Giles Fullerton is a shadow of the man he was before. Unable to sleep, he wanders the streets at nights, like a haunted man, completely unaware of the fact that he has caught the eye and the imagination of a lamplighter, John Banks. Despite all odds, these two men meet and find they share much more than they expected. But there are as many things keeping them apart…
This short story manages to pack up many an interesting topic, such as difference between classes, the need to hide men’s “unnatural proclivities”, the role of women in a society designed for men…. All those topics are intertwined in the love story between Giles and John.. The prose flows easily, the love story is engaging, and despite not being very long, there is a sense of completion.
Mark James’ narration brings both characters to life, his performance reflects John bright and positive personality, and lets us see Giles more collected demeanour. I really enjoyed the secondary characters, they provide a lively background to the main characters’ love story.
In short, a very entertaining story, I would love to continue listening about these two.

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

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 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

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 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

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?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good beginning

  • By Kirstin Reviewer on 07-02-19

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 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

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
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • 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