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Brian Kyle

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  • Carry On

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I stumbled into this

  • By JM on 10-11-15

My favorite gay fantasy romance

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

I simply love this story. I love Simon, I love Baz, I love Penny, I love everyone in this story—even poor Agatha. Most of all I love Euan Morton's vibrant, clever, funny, nuanced, and basically brilliant performance. I've already listened to 'Carry On' twice and I already know that twice won't even begin to be enough for me. The combination of story, character, and performance makes me happy from beginning to end. If the combination of gay love and magic appeals to you at all, you must buy this book.

  • Top Secret

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Christian Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Best-selling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male/Male romance in 3 years. LobsterShorts, 21. Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF. SinnerThree, 21. Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF. LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome. SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app. LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy? SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You? LobsterShorts: [crickets!] 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 05-31-19

A great book made special by the narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

'Top Secret' is my new favorite nonparanormal gay romantic novel (because the top spot in gay paranormal still goes to 'Carry On' by Rainbow Rowell), and that's thanks to a top-notch audiobook. Teddy Hamilton and Christian Fox take these well-drawn characters and bring them alive with interesting and considered performances. As a result Keaton and Luke, already layered and well written, became a couple of guys I thoroughly enjoyed spending 9 hours and 25 minutes getting to know.

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  • Dead Speak

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 1
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Demoted to the cold case squad after shooting a suspect in the line of duty, Detective Ronan O'Mara knows that his career with the Boston Police Department is hanging by a thread. His first assignment is the case of Michael Frye, a five-year-old boy who has been missing for seven years. With no new leads or witnesses to interview, Ronan has to start from scratch to solve this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he's got nothing to lose in enlisting the man's help to find Michael.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Premise Squandered

  • By Brian Kyle on 09-06-18

A Great Premise Squandered

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

'Dead Speak' has a promising setup that should offer a lot of fertile drama and escalation of character interaction, but the characters are not written with the depth this context demands. There's little curiosity about either the police detective work or, even worse, what it really feels like to for Tennyson and his barely sketched friends to be exposed to the world of the other side, even in the chapters told from Tennyson's point of view. Both of those are mortal wounds, but what really killed it for me is the way Ronan blows up at absolutely everything, rather than letting his anger bank through the progression of the story and only exploding at moments of real crisis. The effect of Tennyson on his temper, hinted at early on, is also unexplored as a means of developing his character. The two leads develop affection for each other because the plot requires it, not because the narrative sells their connection, a major cardinal error for an action romance; and Ronan's ex is so awful that the recurring "I don't know what you ever saw in that guy" comments function as valid internal criticism of the novel's own backstory.

The dissonance between this story and what it could have been is highlighted by another book that covers similar ground, 'The Long Way Home' by Z.A. Maxfield. It, too, has a psychic drawn into a police case involving the abduction of kids, skepticism and difficult, piecemeal acceptance from the cops, backstories for both the psychic and the detective that bear on how they approach the case, and so on; and Maxfield shows how it's done, diving deep into the experience of psychic forensic investigation. It's also narrated very well by J.F. Harding. My advice: get that one instead, and if you already have it, listen to it again.

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  • Lovers Like Us

  • Like Us
  • By: Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, J.F. Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he's the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can't be bent: Keep your relationship secret from the public. Farrow is confident he's the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff's fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients. On the road. In a sleeper tour bus. For four rocky months.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough of this series and characters! <3

  • By Brenna on 01-28-18

Could not put it down

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The expression works for audios, too—in this case, it was my headphones I could not put down. The Ritchies, Cendese, and Harding made me care about these guys even more than I already did coming out of the first one. Normally the dual-performer approach feels unnecessary, but here, as with the first book, the tactic helped to emphasize how these two powerful personalities were coming from very different places and were finding it amazing how close and compatible they'd become. I'm going to be coming back not just to this series but to this installment, a second book that deepens the affection and connections made with the first.

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  • Rebel

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After Gus spends years running from his past, present, and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, karma delivers the one thing Gus could never - would never - turn his back on: a son from a one-night stand he'd had after a devastating breakup a few years ago. Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family's tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together...until the firefighter who'd broken him walked back into Gus's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration!

  • By Belen on 04-21-18

A little too much Rhys

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Normally I love Rhys Ford, author of several of my favorite series (Sinner's Gin was my first and still one of my favorites). But 'Rebel' goes too far with the Rhys Ford mannerism of making every description a metaphor. It can be effective to hear of a young man's heart beating against chains of his own forging, or blood burning with the fires of his past--but not when it's Every Paragraph on Every Page. Tristan James is a great and skilled narrator, but he responds to this flowery, mannered language with a languorous reading.

The plot was mainly about the backstory--there's very little conflict in the present--which might be what lent itself to the touch of excess style. And the backstory is powerful, but I would have liked for it to be mirrored by trouble in the present of corresponding magnitude, something Ford normally does extremely effectively. The characters have a lot of potential and my loyalty to Ford got me to stick it out to the end, but it was a little heartbreaking to have to 1.25x Rhys Ford and Tristan James.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Widdershins

  • Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he's ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Erotic Suspense, Seductive Narrator!

  • By R. Wilson on 06-17-13

An intriguing start to a great series

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Percival Whyborne, scorned younger son of a railroad magnate, wants nothing more than to hole up in his office immersed in ancient writings; but a small book of arcane spells sets him on a dangerous path filled with magic and monsters. His unlooked-for partner is private detective Griffin Flaherty—handsome, enterprising, and traumatized by an encounter with these same monsters during his time with the Pinkertons.

The first book, compelling on its own, is still only the beginning of what Whyborne becomes and of his deepening love with Griffin, as the hidden world of sorcery and unhuman beings is revealed to have potent and dangerous sway over the mundane. The series is an excellent example of mystical/historical world building, in the service of interesting characters you want to adventure with.

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  • Something Like Summer

  • Something Like..., Book 1
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it.

  • By Orlando on 06-26-13

Involved, up-close intertwining of relationships

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

The lives of Benjamin Bentley, Tim Wyman, and Jace Holden—all outsiders in their own ways and all struggling with the unwanted ramifications of being gay—are drawn together over and over, despite setbacks, conflict, and tragedy.

Something Like Summer tells Ben’s story, as he experiences passion with closeted jock Tim and love with steady flight attendant Jace, and how these emotions and connections change them all and keep changing them; then the second book tells Tim’s story, revealing all the things Ben didn’t know, and the third book tells who Jace was before, and after, he met Ben. Further books expand on characters around them, but the core is the funny, amazing, heartbreaking story of Ben, Jace, and Tim.

Brilliantly and evocatively written from start to finish, and another triumph for master narrator Kevin R. Free.

  • 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 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 618

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

Wry counterpart to Adrien English

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

The fact that this series covers some of the same ground as the Adrien English mysteries, and yet comes off as both completely different and equally lovable, is a tribute to the storytelling prowess of Josh Lanyon.

Christopher Holmes is a mystery writer who, yes, keeps getting caught up in bizarre murders through a mix of curiosity and very bad luck. But Holmes is just that bit more frantic and at odds with himself, and his uncertain connection with the sexier (and better-selling) J.X. Moriarity is both sweetly engaging and a lot of fun.

As with Adrien and Jake, the presence of J.X. serves to help Holmes understand himself, but the trip they take is a little stranger (though just as bloody). The very talented Kevin R. Free has a grand time conveying Holmes’s put-upon stream of consciousness and biting humor.

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  • Sinner's Gin

  • Sinners, Book 1
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

There's a dead man in Miki St. John's vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there. After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner's Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki's car, Miki fears death isn't done with him yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tristan James Brings This Book To Life

  • By Reece on 01-13-14

Transformation through danger and healing

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Rhys Ford likes the uke/seme dynamic—big tough guy meets smaller, beautiful guy—but Ford also likes to play with it, building up nuanced evocations of the contrasting lovers trope and then hurling them into a death-and-danger adventure plot, building an intricate love story between men transformed by bloodshed and mayhem.

In the first story of the Sinners series, Miki St. John, orphan, rock star, survivor of a fatal accident that destroyed his band Sinner’s Gin, encounters tough, tender-hearted SFPD inspector Kane Morgan, and the instinct that draws the two stubborn men together only intensifies as the bodies start to drop.

The series keeps up the fascinating bonding of the Morgan clan with strong, scrappy survivors, and Tristan James is the ideal voice for it.

  • Kage

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

My name is Jamie Atwood, and I'm an addict. I never thought I'd say such a thing. Never had a problem being overly attached to anything in my life. I came from a perfectly middle-class family, made good grades, and had a hot cheerleader girlfriend...but the truth is, nothing ever really moved me. So how did a guy like me become an addict? I met Michael Kage. Kage is an MMA fighter. A famous one. I like to think I helped him get that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Warned

  • By Sweet Pea on 06-20-16

The fighter and the man who fought for him

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Maris Black has a knack for developing rich characters through point-of-view perspective, and in Kage we become intimately familiar not only with the narrator, straight college jock Jamie Atwood, but also with the object of his instant obsession, aspiring mixed-martial-arts star Michael Kage. The first book stays with Jamie’s narrative, and yet it allows us to really get to know not only the relentless fighter Kage shows the world but the vulnerable young man only Jamie sees.

The trilogy is driven by the irresistible gravitational pull between the two athletes, and how their connection is twisted, broken, and reforged by their own demons, both internal and, in Kage’s case, external. The pacing, story, characterization, and narration are all top-notch, and you even learn a bit about MMA fighting to boot.

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