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Tamera J. Richards

Carrizo Springs, Texas
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  • On Point

  • Out of Uniform, Book 3
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Pushing 30, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn't smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but 10 years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can't ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever - heart and soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Amanda McCoy on 08-22-17

Starts Well and Then Fizzles

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Loved the first part of the book. The action and unknown of the beginning of the story. Unlike others I enjoyed the flashbacks. I thought the format and story line was excellent. Then the guys get back and it really became boring. I didn't enjoy the story line from there. I get it but it was like two different books put together. I didn't feel like the two parts flowed well together. Also the change in character for Ben was too much. It just didn't fit. The flow of the relationship just didn't work in this second part.

I am just not sure about this series at all. I haven't enjoyed it as much as I had hoped. Still, I'm trying to keep going with the series. I keep hoping each book will be the one that breaks the 3.5 barrier.

  • You Think You Know Me

  • The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In the fall of 1994, Erich Baumeister (13), was playing in a wooded area of his family’s estate, when he stumbled across a partially buried human skeleton. He presented the disturbing finding to his mother, Julie, who inquired about the skull to her husband, Herb. He told her that the skeleton belonged to his late father, an anesthesiologist. Astonishingly, Julie believed him. In You Think You Know Me, best-selling author Ryan Green assumes the role of Herb Baumeister and attempts to fill in the blanks on one of Indiana’s most mysterious serial killers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Problematic but Hard to Put Down

  • By JayJay on 07-25-18

A Different Twist on the True Crime Drama

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This is all about an killer that never went to trial. Technically that makes him a supposed killer but, let's face it, he made sure he couldn't be. Anyway, it was a good way to tell the story. I did find it a touch confusing. I wish that the timeline and characters were a little more defined.

This was still an interesting take on the story and told the tale of this mysterious killer.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Garrett

  • Bound & Controlled, Book 1
  • By: Shaw Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Garrett was at his breaking point. There were only so many times in a week you should have to see someone you were...attracted to...infatuated with...but certainly didn’t have a crush on. Doms didn’t have those. Especially on a customer who probably wasn’t even gay, much less a sub. Business 101 - do not flirt with a client. Wyatt was losing his mind. Hiding his obsession was getting harder and harder. All he wanted to do was kneel in front of Garrett and call him Master. But the sexy insurance agent never seemed to see him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic short, sweet and kinky

  • By Neta_BER on 02-01-18

Sweet and Easy

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This isn't a book for everyone. This is a sweet, light on the BDSM, romance book with no true conflict. It is fairly easy and simple book with little depth. But I quite enjoyed the characters and a peek into an aspect of BDSM and if it was more widely accepted.

I listened to the audio of this book and the narrator made for a nice listen. I loved his deep voice for Garrett. He had a sweet voice for Wyatt. Some of the other character voices were a little confusing but it was a short read so there was little time to get use to any of the other characters.

If you are looking for a sweet "comfort" read, this is a good book. Easy on the emotions and leaving you with a sweet little feeling.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

  • Talker

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: David Kaplan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being. Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet—in dramatic fashion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good High School Gay Story

  • By N. Houghton on 04-09-12

Liked it Better in Ebook

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I read this as an ebook several years ago and quite enjoyed it. This time listening to it didn't work for me. The narration made it hard to keep up with what was going on. Also I couldn't always tell if someone was talking or not. The narrator didn't really do much for the characters.

  • Mine

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Caleb Dickinson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Trevan Bean has a job that's going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend's estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry's going to have it if it kills him! It just might.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's all crazy - but SO good!

  • By Belen on 09-08-15

Narrator Wasn't for Me

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

I believe the writer did a wonderful job of setting up the plot lines and relationships in the story. This is a complex bit of work. I will also admit I really didn’t like the first half or so. Laurent was just unlikeable and yet the story seems to be set up to push him and Damen together. O_o Yeah….I couldn’t see that. I’m starting to glimpse that there is more going on with Laurent than appears. I really don’t believe that Laurent is that cold and cruel. I will have to read the next book to find out if I’m right about that. Damen seems convinced by everyone’s surface appearance yet that is what got him in trouble before!

The characters are well crafted. I could see the slow development of Laurent as a person in the story. Damen, as the story’s point of view, was a bit easier. He did fill out more and grow as the story continues. I am beginning to glimpse how these two men could fit together. This shows a true talent for storytelling in the author.
The book can be really detailed with parts of the story and not so much in others. Most of the sex/rape scenes are skimmed over which is good. I must admit the author did a good job in detailing this world and its people, bringing this world to life.

Overall it was a bit of a heavy book. I will say in parts I was just glad to get through. Yet I did enjoy the book and believe that these parts I had trouble with also set up for everything else in the story to come. The book is the foundation for the rest of the series. I just think some readers will be turned off by the detail and length in which not much seems to happen. It can get a bit dry but if the reader pushes through I believe they will enjoy the last half of the book more. The action starts to pick up and we start seeing little cracks in how the world is perceived by Damen. How, Damen, may be wrong about a lot of what he believes. Excellent writing and overall solid read.

Re-read: I actually did the "reading" via audio. I still believe in how I reviewed this as an overall story. I will add to it that the audio wasn't as good as I had hoped. The narrator's voices for each character weren't always the easiest to tell apart and so it made it difficult to always know who was speaking. I (personally) also thought the "dryness" of the narrator's voice didn't sit well with me. I was left kinda bored where I wasn't with the ebook.

  • Mad Lizard Mambo

  • The Kai Gracen Series, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals, and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn't expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai's not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of fantasy!

  • By Belen on 11-08-16

Love this Series

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I absolutely fell in love with Kai in the first book. Not much has changed for me in regards to this character. I enjoyed the story now with a little more knowledge of the world around Kai. But just like the reader Kai and his compatriots are still learning about their world. This newest adventure sees Kai and Ryder get closer to that relationship that you could see developing in the first book. Also there was a glimpse into Kai's origins. Kai is a fascinating character as is Ryder. The two men are very different and fit so well. The author isn't concentrating on that relationship though in the books, it is a side plot. Kai is the story. He gives us a look into this messed up world in which he lives.

I commend the author in the descriptions of the world in the story. The wording used to give us a view is well scripted. It almost edges into a too wordy description but manages, for me at least, to hang just on the edge and give me a wonderful, awe-inspiring look into the imaged world that the author has created. The growth of the characters is evident and intriguing. The plot line though insane is really gripping.

I totally enjoyed this book and soooo look forward to the next adventure into Kai's world.

Re-read: Still the same. I listened to this on audio before but will now add thoughts on the narrator. He is AWESOME. I love how he puts in the slight accent to make Kai's speech slightly different and the same with Ryder. This narrator has always done an amazing job on the books he reads. He adds a lot of depth and richness to the characters.

  • Deviations: Submission

  • By: Chris Owen, Jodi Payne
  • Narrated by: Maxx Power
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Tobias is a skilled Dom, able to bring even the most hesitant submissive around. Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly but has yet to find someone he believes can take him where he needs to go. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, Noah reveals why he has trouble trusting, why he needs such a firm, steady hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding performance

  • By susana on 07-17-17

Wonerful Book with Good Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

I have read this book before I listened to the audio version. This is what I wrote on the book then:

"Took me a while to finish this but it was life:( Anyway the characters were well thought out and made you see them as real. The only trouble I had was the dom was a little too "perfect". I really enjoyed seeing them meet and finding their way through their own pasts to make a new relationship based on trust work. The humor in the "fantasy" scenes struck a very realistic cord and made the characters more approachable. I look forward to the rest of the series."

I gave it the full 5 stars then (2011). I still think that the author did a fantastic job with the characters in the story, I think as for the story itself I understood it a little more and appreciate it more now than then. I believe the author did wonders in giving the readers a look at one of the ways a D's relationship works. The author also lets it be know that it isn't the only way or the only "right" way. Each relationship works different. Also I think she shows that the relationship formed from this is an extremely tight and personal one when it exists.

Since this is a series the ending is left a little open but it could be the only book read in the series and it would leave the reader with the ability to feel like if this was the end it would be okay.

Now the narration...well this I feel I needed to take a little off for. The narrator did wonderfully with making distinct voices but the tonal quality came off as flat...the same cadence throughout. It made it sound a little bit monotone. It is really hard to describe but it made the story lack a bit of emotion that would have connected me more to the story.

Still this is worth the listen. I quite enjoyed it and even with the narration not being quite what I would have liked.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • As You Wish

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration

  • By Belen on 12-31-17

Needed More

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Would you try another book from Isobel Starling and/or Gary Furlong?

I would. I think the author needs to mature some though. The narrator did a wonderful job with the story.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't really like it. It felt abrupt and quickly done.

Do you think As You Wish needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, the ending left a lot undone.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story itself. I really felt this story had a good concept and plot but it felt so shallow. The author just didn't give us enough of the characters themselves. It left me with little connection to the characters. The ending was a bit abrupt. There are too many strands left hanging.

Even with all of that I quite enjoyed the build up in the story. I wanted more but I did love these characters together. I wanted to connected with them (even though I didn't). Now the narrator really added a level to this story. I don't know if I would have enjoyed the story so much as a written tale.

  • The Alpha King

  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn't been born in over a thousand years. Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his 25th birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best MPREG book I've read so far!

  • By Deanna Weatherstein on 06-17-17

Good MPreg Story

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Any additional comments?

I have never read any books by this author before. It was interesting to see what style of writing this contained. I have to say it is a light style. I didn't like the whole no communication/miscommunication issue that occurs. Also the whole deal with the crisis at the end of the story is a little too easy to see coming.

Still I do enjoy lighter stories on occasion and the overall story wasn't bad at all. I think it is a book that most will either really like or really hate. There seems to be little compromise on that. I thought the story was a fun read that will agree with people looking for a lighter, "sweet" romance. I am interested in where the author will go with the series.

The narrator was really good. He has always done a good job with bringing life to the story and voice to the characters. He is an enjoyable listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • A Clockwork Murder

  • The Night a Twisted Fantasy Became a Demented Reality
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well written, excellent narration

  • By Roberta on 07-08-17

A Respectful Approach to a Hard Subject

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt that the beginning of the book seemed to lead off in many directions and then jerk back to another point. I found myself lost due to that.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The way that the courts work murder cases, especially for that time in Colorado. I also got a glimpse into the victims' family and friends dealing with these cases and the aftermath of their loved ones death.

Any additional comments?

Although I had difficulty at the beginning of the book the whole book was not that way. I thought the author did a wonderful job of showing the family's grief and how that was compounded by the search for "justice". I may not share all of this author's beliefs but I was impressed with how he went about showing the good and bad of this case while being respectful of the beliefs of others. These cases are hard on anyone who tries to understand them and I can respect and admire his abilities in attempting to shine the light on this case.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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