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  • Omega's Scent

  • Staunton Valley Pack, Book 2
  • By: Lance Briggs
  • Narrated by: Gus Klondike
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Taylor Harris was a Varsity football player at Hudson Gray College. With a ball player's hard body, blond hair, and blue eyes, he was the typical all-American. But Taylor had a secret and it was that he wasn't a man at all. He was a wolf shifter bent on playing football at least at a college level. The son of the Prime Alpha of Hudson Valley Pack and the next in line for that position, Taylor wanted to live in the wider world before he was pulled into the private community of his shifter pack. But when a new roommate, Austin Greene showed up at the beginning of the semester Taylor's life takes a dramatic turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • cute

  • By MossyFernForest on 12-06-18

cute

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The first book in this series was very amateurishly written, but this one shows a ton of improvement. It is an enjoyable story that is fairly solidly written, though there are still some cringey parts and a few parts where the names were mixed up. There isn't much of the two MCs getting to know each other, but that is typical for omegaverse/shifter stories, and I liked the way the Alpha in this one cares for the well-being of the omega. Both of the MCs are likeable, and their chemistry is sexy. I'm glad I got to listen to this as part of the Romance Package, because otherwise it would be too short to waste my credits on, but as part of the package it was a fun short mm romance to listen to in one morning.
Overall, highly recommend for those who enjoy cute mm shifter stories.

  • Found in Beaumont

  • Lone Star Brothers Series, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Two broken omegas and one hard-edged alpha…three men who are stronger than they think...especially when they trust each other enough to be vulnerable. A pair of omegas who are everything to each other...not only are they best friends, they’re also lovers. In all the years that they’ve been on the streets fighting to survive, they’ve had one end goal: to one day find an alpha strong enough to love both of them equally. Since his return to civilian life, Beaumont has yet to reconnect with society. Instead, he spends his nights running from nightmares and memories of war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Found in Beaumont

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 09-27-18

too much baby stuff too little relationship develo

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

i wanted more of the relationship development and less of the baby and marriage stuff. I loved the premise of the romance part, that the alpha finds them and protects them, that part was fun. The sex scenes weren't very romantic or sexy to me, i guess i wanted them to be more like making love, at least for the first times as they spent time getting to know each other. After the alpha saves them and takes them in, which was totally awesome, this book held little interest for me.

  • Breeding Rights: A Virgin Cinderfella Romance

  • By: Preston Walker, Liam Kingsley
  • Narrated by: Bishop King
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

OWEN - I learned early on to keep my expectations low. Somehow, I keep ending up disappointed anyway. Like now: I finally have an alpha, and I bet I could take him in a fight. I’m no expert, but I don’t think that’s how that’s supposed to work. Everything seemed good at first. Or as much as it was ever going to be, auctioned off to a strange alpha so I could pop out their litter. But hey, in this time of mysteriously low birth rates, we fertile omegas are a prized commodity - emphasis on the commodity. (No, I’m not bitter. Why do you ask?)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Werewolves...need I say more?

  • By Anonymous User on 10-06-18

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

The whole conflict between the two mc's depended on the alpha being a moron and never even asking the omega about the lies he had heard. Very frustrating and annoying. I also felt it was kind of lame that the alpha couldn't protect his omega from physical danger. He put his omega through emotional hell for so long and then couldn't make sure he was safe? This alpha seemed so cool in the beginning of the book and then turned out so lame.
In real life of course i can't expect that someone could keep their loved ones totally safe, or would be smart enough not to believe gossip, but i expect my guys to be cooler than that in romance stories. It is an ok book but not the type that really makes me feel satisfied.

  • 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 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

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 2,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708

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 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

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 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221

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 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

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
  • I want MORE

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-29-18

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 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

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 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

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.