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  • First Year

  • The Black Mage, Book 1
  • By: Rachel E. Carter
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

For 15-year-old Ryiah the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead - the realm's most notorious war school for those with magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great YA Novel And Promising Start To A Series

  • By Ashanti on 02-07-17

like a gritty army bootcamp version of hogwarts

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

The first 5 hours are one painful, long, boring struggle, and you have to suffer through the whole initial boot camp with her. I've never longed for an 80's montage so much! It would be so great if I could just have the sweetened, condensed version of this first year struggle. I kept thinking maybe something would happen that will be fun or enjoyable to listen to. I get that it is gritty and realistic to describe the whole cruel and tough love experience, but there wasn't much to keep me excited. The prince she likes sometimes seems to have potential as a hottie, but most of the time just seems like a jerk for most of the book. It's not until about 5 hours & 15 minutes in that things get even slightly less dreary and the interesting things pick up.

The narrator is actually really good, but I don't like the accents she chooses. For some reason the high born characters sound like they're old New Yorkers...that's not a sophisticated sounding accent, IMO.

  • Trickery

  • Curse of the Gods, Book 1
  • By: Jaymin Eve, Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods. At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won't ever be forced to present herself to them... Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world - a position that she definitely did not earn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT WAS THAT!!!!

  • By Sarah on 06-27-17

um, wow, that was surprising!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

jeez, this book surprised the heck out of me. i was ready to endure yet another sub par romance in my search for good lighthearted fare, but this one far surpassed my hopes. i wasn't sure during the first chapter whether i liked the tone or whether it seemed to be trying too hard to be cute, but after they got out of their hometown, it felt like the humor started to pick up or maybe i just started to understand the feel of it better. it is witty and cute, intelligent and fun. the world building is strong, inventive, original, and doesn't include long boring exposition paragraphs. everything is explained about the world and how it works seamlessly in a show vs tell style, as the main character learns and observes and experiences. despite the lighthearted and amusing quality to this story, it is some seriously well-written fiction. very much looking forward to continuing the series.

  • Ecstasy

  • The Shadowdwellers Series #1
  • By: Jacquelyn Frank
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 667

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-17-12

great idea but slow execution

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

i like the premise and the romance is fun. there are long, boring periods of exposition, sometimes interjected into exciting plot points and slowing them down to an uninteresting and excruciating reveal. i had to press the fast forward button a lot. The political stuff holds absolutely no interest for me so i just tried to skip those sections. The basic world building, such as the surroundings create lovely imagery. The characters are pretty likeable even though they're kind of dumb sometimes, and i like the protagonist girl's differences that isolate her and give her pain but also make her special. Definitely a big dependence on lack of communication as a major source of tension between the two MCs, which can be frustrating. Overall, a book worth trying out because it is set in a unique world.

  • The Iron King

  • The Iron Fey, Book 1
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,185

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Kristi Anderson on 02-24-10

Fun YA fantasy

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This book was fun and has some lovely imagery. It should have been edited a bit more imo, there are long slow descriptions of the surroundings sometimes that seem to go on and on and weigh down the flow of action and plot. The MC girl can be dumb sometimes but sometimes she is also surprisingly cool. i love characters that are loyal and loving and determined and brave, so it's ok that she's dumb and embarrassing sometimes.
Overall enjoyed this and am going to listen to the 2nd book. I'd give this book a 3.5 rating if i could. The lovely fantasy world and fun premise are keeping me addicted even though i have to fast forward through boring parts sometimes ( long fight scenes and long aforementioned descriptions). it's got enough going on that it's totally worth listening to tho!

  • Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly. For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of an amazing series!

  • By AAHickman on 04-03-17

struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

First let me say that Roan Parrish is one of my favorite m/m authors and I have loved the other books I've read! The Remaking of Corbin Wale is absolutely gorgeous, and the first one of this series was super (I haven't read the 2nd yet)! But this one left me a little disappointed. I was so excited to hear Leo and Will's story from the little I had gotten to know their characters before, but I felt that most of this book was spent with Leo moping and Will being a kind of boring and cold tsundere character. I didn't feel their chemistry until about 3/4 the way through the book, and it wasn't until the actual last hour of the 10 hour audio that they started to come to some sort of agreement or compromise and actually become a couple. While I think that Will's hard exterior made perfect sense with his history, and the story felt very realistic to me, it didn't make for the most dynamic romance story in my opinion.

Even though Will did open up to Leo over time, and become willing to have a romantic relationship, his character didn't really ever truly open up or catch my interest. We do get to see where the source of his pain and defensiveness come from over time, but we never truly see who he really is or get to experience anything about him that is particularly captivating. I like it that he cares about his sisters kids, but I guess I was wanting to see a little more about him and understand better what it is that makes Leo so obsessed with him. He didn't feel exactly flat to me as a character, but I never felt intrigued by him or felt a spark of excitement to get to know him better. One thing I can say about his character is that he seems very realistic to me and I have met a couple people with very similar interests, behavioral patterns and characteristics. They knew a lot about their fields, were very rigid and arrogant about their opinions, brutally honest, defensive and hardened. I guess that type just doesn't interest me. I know they, including Will, aren't really like that deep inside, but I find their exterior characters very off-putting.

The narrator took some getting used to for me, and I didn't feel the voices were right for the characters. However, he did a good job narrating and putting feeling into things.

Now for my favorite parts: Leo and his friends are all extremely likeable characters, and nothing in this book was super depressing or dark like a lot of m/m books I've read lately that were trying to be realistic and gritty. Leo's character truly grows throughout the book, and he learns to look at things with a more rounded and truthful acceptance, while still being himself.
There are some fun anecdotes and facts in it, and I always love that because it's great to learn things or be exposed to new information/concepts effortlessly while listening to fiction stories. Also, this book has a HEA ending that is very satisfying and flows logically from the nature of the characters in a realistic way, and also brought a smile to my face. Overall, this was a mostly relaxing romance read with some gentle angst, an everyday realistic (but not dark/gritty) feel, some nice college atmosphere, and some fun friend characters, in addition to a solid HEA, which is very important to me in a romance. Despite the things I didn't like, I would recommend this story because of the positive aspects and because it's a nice long listen and a fairly relaxing mm romance.

  • 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 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

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

Very dark and intense

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This story is very well written and i love the romantic story line. the main characters are super likeable. This is a mostly realistic, gritty story. Be warned that there are some very dark and intense themes in this of child abuse and detailed gory descriptions of stuff the murderer does and other violent and gross stuff. I had to hit the 30 sec skip button a lot, and the stuff i did hear was very disturbing. I just wanted the romantic parts but the other realistic parts are kind of integral and hard to avoid. The romantic story line is worth it though and I loved the way the two MCs interacted, their chemistry, and the gentle, understanding way that Kane treats Miki when they get to know each other.

  • Just Business

  • By: Anna Zabo
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Justin White may not look like an up-and-coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows that he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company's CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can't seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli, and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom. Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Business Great

  • By layla on 12-29-15

not perfect but definitely enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Okay first, just a minor criticism: for me, some of Justin's reactions to things came across as slightly melodramatic and unbelievable, especially toward the darkest moment of the book when him and Eli are dealing with their major lack of communication. He strikes me as singularly lacking in self-awareness and kind of dumb during that time, but I guess we all have our blind spots, so it can be argued that it was natural to his character and past traumas to so blindly blame Eli and label him with characteristics that he so obviously had never displayed; I guess it was part of his mental self-protection mechanisms.

As to the rest of the book: Eli's character seems spot-on to me throughout, and all of his actions and thoughts extend logically from his past. Both characters are very likeable and sympathetic in my opinion, and I really enjoy the feel of the writing and world portrayed.

Iggy Toma, as usual, did an excellent job narrating. If you like his voice then you'll like the narration for this.

I got this book through the romance package, otherwise I might not have found out about this author, and I was super impressed. This book was a quite enjoyable read! I loved the hurt/comfort themes, the sexy BDSM, and that they had tender sex as well as rough. Eli is a dom I can appreciate, which is always fun.

I thought that the MC's past traumas were handled well. We didn't have to wallow in dark pits of overly detailed misery for long swaths of the book. Instead, they were described in just enough detail that we knew the facts of what happened and why the MCs have the issues they have now.

This is the first book I've listened to in the series, since I didn't realize it's a series, so I'm going to find the others to listen to now.

  • Worth Waiting For

  • By: Kim Dare
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When Colby earned a swimming scholarship to the Falconer Institute of Training, he expected to spend all his time either training or studying, but that was before he looked out of his living room window and straight into the dance studio opposite. It's taken Noah years, but he's finally got his life in order. He teaches dance classes all day, hits the clubs every night, and he's not looking for complications - especially not in the form of overly-innocent swimmers who like to spy on him from across the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super steamy with a side of sweet

  • By Cassi on 01-29-18

Gorgeous

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I don't often think stories are pretty much perfect, but I thought this one was. I savored the whole thing, and wished for more at the end. I read another review that said they thought it was too long - wow, that was the opposite of my opinion. Every bit of the story was necessary in my opinion. The writing was tight, and well polished. It is well-edited and the writing style is very appealing to me, very concise and elegant.

Everything in this story felt realistic within the world the story built, and the plot progressed logically. Both of the MCs were very sympathetic and likeable characters, with relatable flaws, desires, and vulnerabilities. The dialogue was somewhat sparse but felt natural.

Possible spoilers below:

I absolutely loved the premise of this story and how unique it is. The situation of the boy, Colby, observing and caring about the man, Noah, from afar for so long was very different, and allowed for a believably intense level of dedication, love, empathy, and other strong emotions to grow in Colby before they even had their first date. Colby becomes determined to treat Noah with a respect and kindness he's never been shown before. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for that kind of story. It is wonderful and amazing when a person can understand another persons needs so well, and slip past their shell, surprising them by treating them better than they've ever been treated, and teach them that good things Can happen to them, and that they deserve love and respect and sweetness.

On top of that, the dynamic twist that takes place between the two MCs was unexpected and felt very right to me. Noah is a realistically complex character, and the combination of his vulnerabilities and his strengths is fascinating. The contrasts of Noah's damaged self, alternating between fear and recklessness when he's unsure, and domination when he feels safe, juxtaposed with Colby's more powerful frame and determined but also gentle, kind, submissive nature. The way Colby was leading the way emotionally and Noah physically was very interesting. I loved that their relationship's "power" dynamics, for lack of a better descriptor, was like a dance itself. Colby gifts Noah with his submission, and by doing so, helps heal him and return him to his more natural way of being.

For me, this story hit a sweet spot and I really appreciated every bit of it. I loved Kim Dare's Axel's Pup as well, which I read first, and this one has the same level of elegant and understated writing, with complex and unique relationship dynamics.

  • Bottled Up

  • A Gay Romance Story
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Klavens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Sean Bielecki has built a new life, leaving an infamous identity and painful past behind. Now Sommelier Wines is Sean’s dream. And after taking in Bobby, a homeless teenager who was attacked in the alley behind his store, parental instincts wake in him that he didn’t know he had, giving him new courage and direction. Officer Sam Davis has been watching Sean for a while—not because of his past—but because Sam wants to be a part of his life now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew Grey has done it again!

  • By Keith on 06-14-10

nice story

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This was a sweet story with some realism and some action drama thrown in to make things interesting. The main character's difficult past felt fairly real to me and gave an edge the story. The romance between the two adult MCs was really nice. Sam makes Sean feel safe and treats him well and their relationship has a satisfying progression that only feels the teeniest bit rushed to me.
The narrator wasn't the best, and his reading of the sexy scenes was awkward and weird.
Overall, this story was a solidly entertaining and romantic read!

  • Coming Home

  • Firsts and Forever, Book 9
  • By: Alexa Land
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

For 26-year-old rent boy, Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he'd expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story Awesome performance

  • By Riva on 02-27-16

Very good

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The narrator was really good at making it easy to discern the differences between the various characters' voices, and has a nice voice that's enjoyable to listen to. After listening to a run of lousy narrators recently i really appreciated the high quality narration of this one.

The story was well-written. It had lots of the things i like most in a story - lots of character development in the MCs and likeable but human /realistically and relatably flawed characters. A plot that had a realistic feel while also flowing from event to event at a decent pace, keeping things interesting. MCs that show empathy, kindness, and tenderness toward each other. MCs that grow throughout the story arc. Really nicely written sex scenes. Romance that had time to grow (vs insta-romance). I was never distracted by awkward writing or phrasing at any part of this book, as happens with many books in the audible romance package.
Overall, this is a very well done story and i enjoyed it a lot. The only parts i didn't find enjoyable were those detailing the tough situations Chance was in throughout his life, but i realize that if the story didn't include those it would not have the depth and realness that it has. Also, i liked the way these topics were dealt with in this book, with less of a victimized attitude and more of a strong will and determination to be a survivor. There was a matter of factness that made the topics of abuse, etc., easier to listen to, and that coupled with being part of a positive and gorgeous romantic story made those scenes tolerable.
i also appreciated very much that the author didn't go into graphic detail about the childhood abuse that Chance or Elijah had to endure.

OK some SPOILERS below:

The only other thing i would want in this book would be that Finn's reasons for falling in love with Chance initially be fleshed out a bit more. In the beginning when Finn falls for him, we already know Chance is sympathetic and worth loving, but the reasons given later by Finn seem sort of surface level to me. He says he sees Chances beauty, his shyness, and his selfless hard work while photographing the wedding. And granted, many people have fallen in love with less reason, but i would love to know more about how observing those qualities affected Finn at the time, and why those qualities made Chance the One while many others have those qualities but did not stand out to Finn. i want the juicy details about why, besides his looks, Chance stood out and captured Finn's heart almost immediately, enough for him to want to devote his savings for a dream home to him. If it was mostly a love at first sight kind of a thing, or an unexplainable gravity or chemistry, i can accept that. But it seemed like Finn was suggesting it was way more than that, so i wanted to hear more about that. But that is a really small detail and since these characters had time to really get to know and love each other over the course of the book, it made it a really believable and enjoyable relationship progression.
This is a book worth reading! I would give this book 4.5 stars.