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  • The Best Laid Plans

  • By: Lauren Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo, Lia Langola
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn't far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple is just one strike too many for the powers that be. When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surprise!

  • By karina Larson on 06-29-18

Heartfelt and emotional

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The Best Laid Plans is emotional, heartfelt, and absolutely scorching hot. It's a rare thing to find a story like this one with so much chemistry between the characters, but Lauren Gallagher pulls it off perfectly. Gabe and Kendra are great together from the start, but that spark seemed to be missing between Kendra and Shahid in the beginning. That said, watching that spark flicker and grow slowly as the story progressed was one of my favorite things about this romance. And make no mistake, this is a romance. Everything may start with an arrangement, but little by little, this trio builds a bond of trust, friendship, and finally, love. The story does have its share of angst, but it's not overdone, yet certainly pulls at the heartstrings. Between the author's superb writing and the narrator's equally wonderful delivery, this one's a must listen. It's a fan yourself sexy story of hope lost and found, friendship, faith, and love.

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Belen on 08-06-18

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

From the title and cover, I expected this one to be funny, and I certainly found that. What I didn't expect was the level of emotion and the complete sweetness of Robby and Trace together. The whole story is just absolutely brilliant. Some things, like the Crabtree family's table manners, may have been over the top, but somehow they were just right for this story. And the characters! Each and every one felt real enough to reach out and touch. Eli Easton has taken handfuls of humor, drama, emotion, scorching hot sexy, and a bit of danger, mixed them all up, and created a charming story that is absolutely unputdownable. Then she put it in the very capable hands of narrator, Matthew Shaw, who did a wonderful job conveying all the emotion and excitement this one deserved. This may be my first experience with this author, but it certainly won't be my last.

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  • The Master Will Appear

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins. Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees. What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration peeve

  • By SassiKassi on 08-01-18

Emotional, engaging, and sexy

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I read this one when it released and thoroughly enjoyed it. Given its length, I was impressed with how truly compelling the whole story is in addition to being absolutely scorching hot. I also love age-gap romance, so that was a huge plus for me. Misha and Ryan are both likable and they have great chemistry even with the difference in their ages. It is an emotional read, and I was interested to see if that emotion came across as well with the audio and if it would be as engaging as I remembered. Happily, those elements were all still present and I quite enjoyed the listen. The only drawback on the audio was the way Misha was read. The chapters go back and forth between Misha and Ryan, and while Ryan sounded the same throughout his chapters, Misha's were a bit disconcerting for me. He speaks with a Russian accent, but that accent is missing from his chapters other than when he actually says something. It kind of felt like he spoke with one accent and thought in another. It did take some getting used to, but other than that, this one is a thoroughly entertaining read with lots of emotion and boatloads of steam.

  • Zen Alpha

  • By: Sionnach Wintergreen
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bradley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

More than anything, struggling tech support specialist Bradley Evans wants an alpha male lover. He thinks he's found his perfect match, but when his domineering stockbroker boyfriend goes too far, Bradley wonders if his flexible, mindful neighbor might be just what he needs. Ward Linden teaches autistic middle schoolers and is sexy and kind; but he isn't quite the alpha Bradley's been looking for. Do nice guys always have to finish last? Bradley explores what it means to be alpha male in this steamy, humor-laced gay romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First by this author

  • By GiniSue on 07-24-18

Sweet, sexy, and engaging

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Zen Alpha is perfectly titled. Ward is about as zen as it gets. The story starts off a bit slow as Ward and Bradley meet and get to know each other, but it does pick up and even those slower parts of the story are interesting. Bradley is something of a contradiction - high-strung and quick to lose his cool in most things, but timid and submissive in relationships. Ward is calm and easy-going, even when he's taking charge, so these two make for quite the pair when they do finally admit their attraction. And once they do come together, it is nothing short of scorching hot. There is some angst and Bradley gets a much needed eye-opener by way of tragedy, but there is also humor and sweetness between this sexy duo. Hugh Bradley does a wonderful job with the narration, making this one an entertaining and enjoyable listen.

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  • With a Kick: Collection No. 1

  • By: Clare London
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This collection includes the charming London-based novellas of the With a Kick series - A Twist and Two Balls and Slap and Tickle. Also included are two short stories featuring the characters in these titles.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories, amazing narration!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 07-13-18

Delightful romances

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The stories in this collection are charming, lighthearted romances. The angst level is low and they're a good mix of sweet and sexy as we go through the beginning stages of romance with these couples. The characters are engaging and likable and we get the added bonus of witty dialogue and chuckle-worthy situations. I would've enjoyed this one in eBook format as well, but I have to say that the narrator, Joel Leslie, really sets this one apart with his accents and individual cadences for each character. All in all, this collection is a delightful listen and I thoroughly enjoyed the stories.

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  • Marshal's Law

  • By: Maddie Taylor
  • Narrated by: Gideon Welles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

When Janelle Prescott is thrown from her car as it careens off a slippery road, she expects to wake up in a hospital. Instead, to her utter disbelief, she wakes up in a jail cell that looks like something from an old Western movie set. It is there, hurt and alone, with no idea what happened or how she will get back home, that Janelle first meets Aaron Jackson. As she regains her wits, however, Janelle realizes something is terribly amiss, and her worst fears are confirmed when she learns Aaron is the marshal of Cheyenne County, Wyoming...and the year is 1878.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance through Time Travel.

  • By cosmitron on 06-10-18

Time Travel and a sexy cowboy

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Wow! This book had my emotions in a whirlwind. I really wasn't sure what I would be getting into with the whole domestic discipline theme, but I did try to go into it with an open mind. My feelings about Aaron and his discipline were quite mixed. In truth, it almost felt like two different people at times. On the one hand, he's all alpha male with his protective streak and big, sexy cowboy persona. He's so open-minded about Janelle, where she's from, and her education, and he's unusually insightful at times. On the other hand, when he feels that Janelle needs to learn to "behave," he's overbearing and what I would consider abusive. I realize that domestic discipline is a real thing that some couples enjoy, but I can't say that it did anything for me. So, with that in mind, I put my focus on the rest of the story. I will say that when Janelle and Aaron were in sync, the chemistry was off the charts with lots of steamy goodness.

As far as Janelle's time travel, I don't read much with that theme either because they so often get bogged down in the explanations, so I wasn't at all bothered by the lack of that here. We never get the reason for Janelle's leap into the past, so if you're looking for a magical, mystical, or scientific plot, you won't find that here.

The story here, at least for me, was about Janelle and her assimilation into a time without the modern day comforts. Her frustration with learning everything expected of a woman in 1878 and finding not only love, but a whole family willing to accept her with open arms. On that, the author certainly did a wonderful job of conveying her confusion, her longing, and finally her contentment. We also get a bit of wit and humor as she and Aaron pick up the phrasings and their different meanings from one time period to the next. I also loved the way things were wrapped up in the epilogue with Janelle's parents in modern day.

Since I did listen to the audio version of Marshal's Law, I have to mention our narrator, Gideon Welles. If I were going to pick a voice for this one, he would be it. That drawl and bit of gruff in his voice was absolutely perfect. In fact, I'm pretty sure his wonderful narration played a big part in my falling a bit for Aaron in spite of my feelings for his discipline.

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  • Changing Plans

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

After being stood up at the altar, compulsive over-planner Elliott Chandler decides to turn his honeymoon on Oahu into a vacation for one. Fate puts a hitch in his plans, however, when the airport is snowed in and his flight is delayed. In the terminal, the jilted groom catches the eye of another stranded traveler: the laid back and very sexy Derek Windsor. Derek breaks the ice and strikes up a conversation, and as the temperature drops outside, the heat between them rises.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but goodie

  • By L. Antoine on 03-24-17

Lighthearted and engaging

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Rebound relationships rarely work out in the long run, but the romantic in us can't help but hope for the best. That's exactly how Elliott and Derek start. I'll admit that I was a little bothered in the beginning with how quickly Elliott seems to bounce back from altar, and I even had to wonder why he would have been getting married in the first place, but that aside, this pair is just so darn good together that you can't help but want to see them together. The story is instalust and pretty darn quick love, but it works for this couple. The chemistry is obvious from the start, even when they're both insisting that it's just a couple of weeks and on with their lives. There is a lot of steam, and I do mean a lot, but there's some witty conversation as well as some fun banter as Derek shows Elliott around Maui and introduces him to friends and acquaintances, who are some pretty interesting characters in their own right. The three books should be read in order as it is a continuing story, but each one does have at least a happy for now conclusion. We do a bit of angst in the third book, but it's not over the top and for the most part, all three books are lighthearted and engaging reads. I listened to the audio version and Charlie David did a wonderful job with the narration.

  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Virgil's Back

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Virgil's back for another investigation in Trippton, and while we know early on who the killer is, it's always fun to watch that Fu#!in' Flowers do his thing. Along with the murder case, Virgil gets pulled into another case that is more amusing than mysterious, but he soon finds out that the women of Trippton aren't to be trifled with. While this one doesn't have as much action as previous books in the series, we do get an engaging story full of Sandford's wit, especially with Virgil's pal, Johnson, on the scene. True to form, there are some twists along the way with one interesting twist in Virgil's personal life to close out the story. How that last one will go remains to be seen and I'm not sure how I feel about it given Virgil's history, but it should be entertaining to watch it play out in the next book. As always, Eric Conger does an excellent job on the narration with a style that is perfect for this series.

  • Golden Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396

Lucas Davenport's first case as a US marshal sends him into uncharted territory in the thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times best-selling series. Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension but for the US Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you're not a Davenport OG don't start with this

  • By Wayne on 04-29-17

New direction for Lucas

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Lucas Davenport is back and this time as a US Marshall. I've followed this series since the beginning, and Lucas has made a number of changes over the years with the one constant being his quick wit and love of the hunt. Those things haven't changed, but this time he doesn't have his usual group to depend on and he has to figure out how to navigate away from his home turf. While I certainly missed the usual crowd - Del, Jenkins, Shrake, etc - we get a couple of new additions to help with the hunt. Bob and Rae are a good fit for Lucas and it looks like we'll be seeing more of them in the series. Sandford has taken us inside the minds of his bad guys before, but we get a bit more of that here and this one does get violent and even gruesome as our bad guy has some even worse guys looking for him. In the end, this wasn't my favorite Davenport book, but it is good and Richard Ferrone narrated it wonderfully. I'll be interested to see what's next for this series and where this new direction leads.

  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

Virgil only gets the hard stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Virgil Flowers is back and as usual, he only gets the hard stuff. As if the hunt for a pair of rare tigers stolen from the zoo isn't enough, things are further complicated by murder. And then there's Virgil's personal life and his relationship with Frankie, who is not at all what you'd expect in a cop's girlfriend and neither is her family. One of my favorite things about Virgil is the way he goes about solving a case. It's not so much procedural as a series of conversations where he gets a feel for the people involved and some lucky breaks in unlikely places. The Virgil Flowers series ties in with Sandford's Prey series and many of the characters appear in both, including Jenkins and Shrake, two of my favorites. We also get a couple of peeks at Lucas, who pulled me in and got me started on this crazy journey all the way back in the first Prey novel. Any of the books can be read as standalones, but to get the full story of these characters, I would recommend reading the series in order. John Sandford has created some of the most colorful characters in crime fiction and thrown them into some wonderfully adventurous tales full of suspense, action, and even a bit of humor as they interact while solving their cases. As I did listen to this one, I should add that as a long time fan of the author who hasn't missed a book, I was quite impressed with Eric Conger's narration. He brings Virgil to life perfectly and kept me listening long past bedtime to hear what would happen next.