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  • Snow Falling

  • By: Davidson King
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces, Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets. Tell nobody your name. Tell nobody your secrets. Trust nobody! These are the rules of the streets. His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country. Don't ask anyone to do something you aren't willing to do yourself. Secrets can get you killed. Trust nobody! These are the rules he lives by. When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy's savior to end up being his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don’t want to miss out

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Falling for Snow

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I have to admit to only giving this book a chance based on Joel Leslie being the narrator. I will however, be looking for more from this author if this is any indication of their stellar writing ability.

This book had it all, romance, intrigue, murder and mayhem. The dual narration brought the words to life in a way that made a full Peter Jackson film play in my mind while listening.

I loved Snow from the beginning his courage in the face of such overwhelming odds when you everything to loose and nothing to gain and doing it because you know it's the right thing to do is truly heroic. Conversely watching the boss of a renown crime family was beautiful.

Christopher and Snow the price and cost of secrets. Those kept to protect yourself and those kept to protect the ones you love and cannot do without. Christopher's beloved nephew, Simon or "8" is kidnapped and Snow comes to his rescue. There is no hesitancy to do so and it sets the stage for all the life altering, scary as heck stuff that follows.

I will advise anyone who wants to listen to this to do so when they have time to listen to it all at one time. I made the mistake of starting this 2 hours before "bedtime" and I ended up staying up until almost 2 am before I had to force myself to turn it off because there's this thing called work that I had to go to the next morning.

I base whether or not a book is worth buying on whether or not I see myself reading it or in this case listening to it again. In this way I can tell you that I very definitely will so if you are wondering if this is worth a chance, a credit or your cash it is. It really is.

The story and narration are stellar, the passion and beauty of the story is phenomenal and the character, development and pacing are all incredible. So go click buy and then let Joel and Phillip woo you with the power of their voices :)

  • Hudson's Luck

  • A Forever Wilde Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 242

Don't ever accidentally fall for the straight guy. Especially when he's trying to pry your family's business right out from under you. I should know. Because when Hudson Wilde walks into my family's pub and begins babbling so adorably, I can't help but fall just a little bit in love. But I'm looking for Forever Man, and the sexy American is certainly not him. He's so confused about what he wants, even choosing something from the dinner menu throws him into a fuddle. But those eyes...how can I resist? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this family

  • By Annika on 07-18-18

I need a Wilde Child

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Where do I even start with this one Hudson is the oldest Wilde child who has helped raise 9 of his siblings and has forgone his own heart's desires for security and safety. This need doesn't just go for his job but also for his heart and the rest of his life. He is charming, handsome, slightly OCD and utterly convinced of his heterosexuality.

Enter Charlie. The man who throws the entirety of Hudson's safe, orderly and sedate life into utter and complete chaos.

Each of these beautiful men have secrets and play things so close to the cuff that it causes problems that threaten to tear the foundations of their risky relationship asunder before it has a chance to get good footing.

You will love the play between Hudson and Charlie and the passion between the two of them may have you reaching for ice and a fan because the heat between these two is more intense than the Texas summers (which is pretty intense if you don't live her and now it for the truth..lol) Michael Pauley's narration is stellar as always and his irish accent makes me smile.

Lucy and Michael are a heavenly match of words and performance give it a listen and I promise you'll think so too.

  • The Solstice Prince

  • Realms of Love series, Book 1
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Rescued from slavers, healer novice Jaime Buchanan finds himself alone and free in Pyrderi, a kingdom of magic, mythical creatures, and a culture as open and kind as his homeland was cruel and close-minded. Despite his rescue, Jaime is not left without scars, both mental and physical. Traumatized by his experience and hiding his gift, Jaime struggles to earn his place in the kitchens of Angharad Palace, the heart of Taliesin City. His former life as a student of the healing arts leaves him at a disadvantage in the kitchens, and his damaged state is becoming more apparent by the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Fluff

  • By DKauffman on 05-07-18

Love's Healing Touch

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

It is a rare and beautiful thing when you come across a work so full of love and passion. Once discovered it burrows and takes residence in your heart.

As a reader I have a few books that no matter how many times I read them still have and retain always the power to move me. When my life gets dark I fall on them to strengthen me. I have added this beautifully told story to that list.

I have been a lover of SJ Himes' ability to tell a beautiful story full of love and magic and Maxim and Jamie's story did not disappoint. Having this story performed by Joel Leslie whose power of narration has become the hallmark by which all other narration is judged brought such depth and feeling to a story I had already fallen in love with.

Jamie's quiet strength challenges a reader to look beyond the horrifying bleakness of circumstance and through the survival of things that would fell lesser find instead a means to soar above. Hounded and enslaved, beaten and heartbroken at the sudden loss of a beloved father, Jamie finds himself sold into slavery and headed for certain death. Not because he is a criminal but instead because his healing gift marks him for death.

Fate steps in and Jamie finds himself being rescued and fear keeps him quiet about his gift. A chance meeting with the stunning Prince Maxim forever alters the narrative of Jamie's story and together Prince and healer find a love magical and able to heal each other.

Such a beautifully done work and so glad for the chance to see it performed by such an amazing talent. All the thumbs up. All.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Splinter

  • Significant Brothers, Volume 1
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

After zero-gravity heroics left astronaut Nicolas Rogers injured, his new job as a park ranger seems perfect. Being a caretaker of his corner of the Smoky Mountains makes him almost okay with having to be on Earth. More importantly, this deep in the woods, Nico's practically a hermit at a remote ranger station. Sure, he has good friends in nearby Knoxville, but he's otherwise free from petty drama and broken hearts...until Deen enters his world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smoky Love

  • By Shandara Majere on 06-03-18

Smoky Love

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The first time I read this book I couldn't imagine how it could ever get better but when Ed announced that Greg was doing the narration I knew it had.

This beautiful story of love found between two men so dissimilar on the surface unfold in such a way you want to take it all in at one time.

Nico is astronaut whose time among the stars is cut short by an injury sustained in the process of saving one of his crew members. Deen is a world famous singer whose self destructive behavior finds him in a position so compromised that only a month removed from the ever watchful eyes of an adoring public will save him and it does. Beautifully so.

Finding love in the smoky mountains was not what Deen had sought when he ran but finding it doesn't just save him it saves Nico too.

This is a low angst story written by a master wordsmith and performed by one of the shining stars in the field of narration. I hope that he performs the other books in this amazing series. The Significant Brothers series is simply and honestly a joy to read and will leave your heart lightened and longing for the next book and Splinter is an excellent introduction. Enjoy!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Clang

  • The Riley Brothers, Book 2
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Summer barbecues and his brothers' renovations keep blacksmith Jackson Riley happy, but he's missing one thing: a relationship. Chase helps him with his dating profile and catches Jackson's eye instead. When they trade skills and time, the embers are stirred into a flame of passion. Jackson wants a family tattoo - something Chase's skilled hands can deliver. But Jackson worries when Chase asks him to forge a sword. What could he need protection from? Tattoo artist Chase MacLeod can't stop running from his past. When he thinks he's escaped, a letter arrives that throws everything off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Esther A on 09-12-18

I want a Riley Brother

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

These brothers are amazing and this second story covers Jackson and Chase. In the telling of this story the heartache of betrayal is interwoven with the realization of just how that betrayal has shaped behavior. Chase hides his secret self showing only parts of it to those he trusts and what starts out as friendship becomes more. Jackson is patient, strong and loving and so far from anything that Chase has ever experienced it throws him for a loop....at first....but when he accepts that this beautiful man could actually be his he pursues it with gusto, but some habits die hard and it only takes one to show him that he wants what is real for what is feigned. When Chase goes all in he's a force to be reckoned with and how is Jackson to supposed to fight him off when all he really wants is to be is the shelter from the storms that have tossed Chase around so much that his heart and soul are bruised and battered. Love doesn't always conquer all but when it does it is a joy to watch unfold.

  • Fit to Be Tied

  • Marshals, Book 2
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro's calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian's passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Octane Thrill Ride!

  • By Belen on 12-13-15

All the Love

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I wish I could accurately describe how much I love Moro and Ian but there's just so much.

In this second installment we are dragged through every facet of emotion. Love, fear, dread, desolation, horror, anger and pain. The villainous Craig Hartly kicks down our boy's happy life throwing it all into a tailspin that threatens not only their happily ever after but their lives as they have known it.

The journey is harrowing but so worth taking. Hop on, buckle up and enjoy!!

  • Depth of Field

  • Last Chance, Book 1
  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom's property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn't too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane's content to leave his past behind him...until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town. Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome 💕💕

  • By Kate M on 09-27-17

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This book is more than one of those enemies to lovers kind of books. It has so much heart and it has true depth (forgive the pun) it draws you in and shows you how hard this kind of relationship can be. But it doesn't shrink away from the elephant in the relationship. it shows the progression, the acceptance and the fear.

It also shows the truth of mental disease and how hugely that affects those who love someone with mental health issues.

It's beautifully told and the narration is amazing!!

  • Twelve for Two Hundred

  • Men of the Vault, Book 1
  • By: Aria Grace
  • Narrated by: Tim Todd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Coming to the vault used to be fun. An easy way to blow off steam...and get blown. But since a member of the Nicola crew showed up in a display case, I'm on alert. I can't just show up, get off, and go home. There's something about Liam Nicola that has me coming back for more. Now I want to linger. Watch. Protect. With everything else going on in my life, I don't have time for this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark mm contemporary story

  • By Kim on 02-19-18

Awesome Beginning

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Tim Todd brings this beautifully woven story of intrigue, sex and secrets. secrets that bind two very different men in a way that may destroy the burgeoning affection growing between them.

Enter the Vault and find a treasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Doves Cry

  • Mile High Romance, Book 10
  • By: Aria Grace
  • Narrated by: Tim Todd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In the final book of the Mile High Romance series, we lose someone we've come to love throughout the series. Simon is working at Stormy Nights Kennel to help Alex and Shane get through a hard time. But when tragedy strikes the family, the rebuilding comes from an unlikely source.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Have your wine handy, this one's so sad

  • By Trio on 07-13-18

Partings Suck

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

I have been with these characters since the beginning and while fitting to end the series where it began I was left wanting more.

Alex and Shane are my favorites of the series and when tragedy strikes this close-knit group of friends it's hard to bear witness to it.

I will not spoil anything in the book except to say that I cried more in this story than any of the others and some of those (think When You Were Mine) were just gut-wrenching to read this one left me reaching for my kleenex on multiple occasions.

I would have liked to see more of the development of the relationship between the MC's and there is a lot of understandable heartaches but all in all it was sweet and ended on a hopeful note.

It's hard sometimes for us as readers because we get emotionally invested in the lives and loves of the characters we read and when one of them is killed we feel like a part of us is being lost too and sometimes it feels like a betrayal because our boys are happy and settled and that should be how it remains but not every story ends that way. But the good stories leave you with hope and in that respect, this story gives that. It leaves you hopeful for the future even if we don't get to see it.

  • Into This River I Drown

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Matt Baca
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father Big Eddie when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he's buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie's convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water. But Roseland is no ordinary place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, heartbreakingly earnest narration!

  • By Steven on 08-29-14

For Love, Angels and Sometimes Both

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Of all the books I've read from TJ Klune this one was at times the hardest to read. At first, I was a little thrown by the back and forth between past and present but once I settled in and recognized the past voice with the present one it wasn't terrible.

There was also a lot of repetition which upon review in context actually makes sense for the character's viewpoint. It is not repetition for its sake alone but rather a repetition that becomes like an internal mantra connecting past and present in the mind of our MC, Benji.

Benji is a man who is stuck in a sort of loop of grief over the loss of his father, Big Eddie and that loss is so profound that it taints and colors everything in his life. He is unable to move past it and is indeed so haunted by it that it informs every moment of his life. This connection to his father is at once unhealthy and in circumspect understandable as it is this relationship that becomes a sort of metaphor for the father-son relationship between God and his angelic sons. Seen in that way it offers a much more profound understanding of what a son means to his father and vice versa.

Calliel (Cal) is the guardian angel of the town of Roseland, Oregon where Benji lives, and he has spent the better part of two centuries watching over and protecting its inhabitants. While this is at first a fulfilling job for him, over time the disconnect between him, his father and his other brothers offer little in the way of comfort. He is lonely and longs for the sense of belonging and family. He is drawn by the relationship between Big Eddie and Benji and when he is put to the test and has to offer a choice to one of them it puts him at odds with his own father. He begins to question his purpose, to question the why and for an angel that is never a good question to ask.

Ultimately this is a story of faith hidden in a romance and the profound relationship of father and son. You may get aggravated over the angst and the sheer stubbornness Benji exhibits and you will want to reach through your Kindle and smack him but stick it out cuz, in the end, it all makes sense.