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  • Live Wire

  • Brooklyn Boys, Book 2
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

I might be into guys. Do you have any idea how terrifying that is? I've already run halfway across the country to get away from my abusive parents, and I really want to experiment, but I can't even hook up without scaring myself away. I might look confident on the outside, but this is tearing me apart. Then my new roomie wins a trip for two to a gay resort in Hawaii. Darren wants to show his clueless ex that he's moved on, and I want to help out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing one!

  • By Stephanie VO on 02-12-19

Something Real

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Sometimes the fairytale starts in a storm and this is one of those stories. The storm of doubt that clouds the mind and makes men doubt their worth.

Darren is coming out of a bad relationship that leaves him wondering if he can ever be more than a hookup. Adam is a man fearful of a dawning truth that will upset the balance of his world and all of it makes these men gravitate and be repelled by each other.

They deny a truth evident to both of them despite the denial and the push me pull me of their attraction could have been an annoying thing but instead is an understandable one.

Adam is coming into his own. In his mind, in his heart and ultimately he knows that to have what he wants sacrifices will have to be made. But is he strong enough to put aside the shouted, hateful words of what being a man really is to be the man he always wanted to be and now see's he can become?

Darren is scarred by past burns and his soul has been scorched by self doubt and recrimination that have shamed him to his core but he is strong. Stronger than even he knows he can be and what starts out as trying to prove something to someone else instead shows himself all that he has ever wanted is there right in front of him. But is it smart to get your heart involved in something that seems to be built on shifting sand or do you trust that they will be there to catch you when you fall?

This book is up and down and sideways in the very best possible way. The struggle to define a new self is not something unknown to us all. We live many lives in our lifetimes and we are many people in them all. The struggle is in defining the new self you see and the new life unfolding before you like the blossoming of spring flowers. There is courage in the struggle and bravery in defying those who would try to define and bind you forever in a form not of your own making. When you read or in this case hear characters who find that strength you wanna fist pump the air and cheer their victory. Because you've seen the struggle and felt the fear and pain that has proceeded it.

Nick J. Russo does an excellent job in conveying this and E. Davies writes words as only he can. So good I listened to it twice before posting this review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Listening my friends!

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  • Grasp

  • Significant Brothers, Book 2
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Zoo vet Blane Winters' grumpy attitude and muscles hide a romantic heart. He only relaxes when he's around animals, since he likes them more than people. He has some friends, a good job, and a place of his own, and he's sure that's all he needs. Until he meets a certain incessantly cheerful artist. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lovely story

  • By JD on 02-10-19

Wanted Romantic at Heart

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

"It's hard to be patient but you'll bloom too" Falcon.

What's not to love about a story that delivers lines like that to a reader who doesn't even realize that they need to hear it? But if you've ever read any of E. Davies' books you come to expect these sometimes hidden gems mixed in with all the other beautifully cultivated words he uses to weave his tales of love and hope. To hear these words brought to life by Greg Boudreaux is a treat and then some. I admit to being a huge admirer of his narration skills because he excels in delivering sweet and heat with a skill that will wow you.

Blane is a heart weary vet, tired of the hookup scene but not totally comfortable with what he knows in his heart that he wants for himself. Falcon is an artist who hasn't come out but is now faced with seeing a secret ex at the wedding of his sister. Bringing Blane along as his +1 starts out as a motion of convenience but quickly becomes more.

Fear though and past woes weigh down both of these hopeful men. They want, they long, they dare to believe but they keep all of those so close to their hearts for fear that to voice them would drive off the other or be more than the other is willing to give. But once those floodgates open miracles can happen.

Believe in love patiently and you'll bloom too :)

  • Electric Sunshine

  • Brooklyn Boys, Book 1
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

They say time heals all wounds, but it's been five years since my boyfriend died, and I haven't dated since. I threw myself into architecture, and thankfully, there's just no time to wallow or look for love. My friends push me to get back out there, but I'm not ready to be vulnerable again. Then I meet Kev. He dresses like a catalog model, but he talks like he's got an old soul. He shows me what I'm missing but holds his own heart just out of reach. I can't stop falling for him, and he might be worth taking a risk for. Can I believe in myself enough to win his trust and his heart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love hearing Charlie and Kev brought to life.

  • By Lisa Neal on 01-14-19

Fall Like Someone Will Always Catch You

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

E. Davies has done it again. this beautiful story about a heart weary architect and a sex worker trying to find his way is rendered amazingly well.

This line sums up so much about both characters. The philosophy was beautiful to me: an object that had been put back together was seen as more beautiful than something shiny and new. I’d always hoped someone would see me the same way.

We all want to be seen as beautiful for all our flaws and these incredible men find that in each other. Not without misunderstanding or challenge but when they break faith in each other is what puts them back together. Such a lovely story beautifully performed by Nick J. Russo.

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  • Flaunt

  • F-Word, Book 1
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Moving to the suburbs of L.A. was supposed to give Nic Montero a fresh start. After escaping his family, coming out as a gay trans man, and excelling in computer programming out of desperation to get financially stable or die, everything should be easy. But joining gay culture now, post-transition, feels impossible...until he runs into the force of nature that is Kyle. Everything Nic isn't, Kyle embodies. Green hair, garters and cut-off shorts, sports jerseys, and all, brash Kyle is the most gorgeous man he's ever laid eyes on, and he pulls Nic headlong into the center of his world. If only Nic felt like enough for a man like Kyle.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By Susan R on 12-18-18

Differences Make Us Better

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I have come to expect wonderful things from E. Davies in terms of storytelling. His characters are always well developed, the story pacing is spot on and the siren call that hooks you happens from nearly page one. This book was no different. It was amazing and handles what could be a very clunky and confusing subject matter in a way that is delicate, honest and respectful to the characters.

I have read this entire series and each story is just wonderful but being able to hear the stellar performance of Joel Leslie bring these beautiful men to life is a treat not to be missed. Joel is a star performer and I can honestly say that there has never been a performance that I've listened to where his work was not incredible. So he certainly get's high marks for this performance for while Joel's voice is distinctive the nuances he infuses each character with unique and really such a gift for a listener. I hope he does the rest of this series *hint, hint Joel and E *

Nic is a trans man who has had to deal with more than his share of homophobia and it has made him gun shy about letting people in. He is a shadow unafraid to step into the light until him. He is vibrant, vivacious and all the things that Nic fears. But can a man who has built a life from nothing let in a man whose light will challenge him to embrace even the most secreted parts of who he is?

Kyle is unapologetic in who he is. He is proud of what he has accomplished in his life and that pride has come at a cost but it is one that he would pay again. His struggle has given him purpose and he uses his experience to help those still mired in the muck giving them tools to help themselves. To empower those who cannot always see their worth and there are those still afraid of those who dare to shine.

When tragedy strikes and throws them together can they trust enough to let the other in? To show the unblemished truth of who they are separately and find a way to meld them into a beautiful, shiny future? Can they believe that what they most want for themselves is standing before them waiting just for them to make their own?

Take the journey and find out. It's worth it. Soooo worth it!

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  • A Wish Upon the Stars

  • Tales from Verania
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 297

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best series ever. Seriously.

  • By Jen on 11-29-18

The Epic Awesomeness Continues

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

The first thing I must say is that if you haven't read or listened to the other books in this series shame on you, you don't get to start at the end are you crazy you wanna strap in for the long haul on this one not just jump to the end...so having said that this story has ingrained its being on my heart with its wonder and magic and yes all the shenanigans.

I at once couldn't wait for this book and audio and dreaded it at the same time because like a wise wizard once said a world without Sam is just not a world I wanna be a part of. But it delivered as it always does TJ and Michael weave their magic with effortless grace and carry us in turns of gentleness, fear and then laughter and tears. I cannot recommend this book or the entire series highly enough. In a world filled with crazy uncertainty its nice to lose yourself in a world of magic, love and hope and it offers all of those things in spades.

Sam returns from his training, having to face those he left behind and has to, for the first time, try to find his place in a new and changed world. A world that has continued without him. His questions are relatable and finding the answers is a journey in and of itself for what does one truly do when faced with the possibility that all that you loved has been turned upside down and inside out? How do you defeat a seemingly unbeatable foe? How do you restore all the wrongs to right? How do you embrace a Destiny you never wanted in the first place?

Well if your Sam of Dragons you do it with sass, class and a dash of bada$$ thrown in for good measure. Such a glorious tale and so with the journey.

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,877

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read this year.

  • By Jonathan Purcell on 10-15-17

A Surprisingly Emotional Tale of Death

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

My niece is the reason read this book and I could not be more pleased. In the pages of this book lays a haunting truth and begs a thousand questions whose answers are both terrifying and necessary. If a world has conquered death what then would motivate you to better yourself or the world? If our technology surpasses our humanity what then would it mean to be human?

This beautifully woven tale offers a glimpse into a horrifying future. Rowan and Citra take of the personifications of love, hope, faith and courage and through their strength the spark of rebellion and testifies to the indomitable spirit of the human being.

The journey of Rowan and Citra is worth taking and I cannot wait to see where it takes them.

  • A Knight in Shining Armor

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress.... Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, Jude Deveraux's dazzling best seller "will capture your heart - and hold it" ( Daily Herald, Chicago) with its breathtaking tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny heroine

  • By Kris on 04-22-16

The Best Book Ever

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I have read this book countless times over several years and weep at its beauty every single time. Now hearing this much beloved book so elegantly done brings all the emotion to the fore. I cannot reccomend this beautiful book highly enough so I had to give it all the stars..LOL..

It is a timeless story of a great and glorious love that dares a reader to believe that such love exists. A story that begs that the soul of the one you love will find you even when time and unimagined obstacles stand between you. Love will endure.

  • 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 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

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

Came for the Narrator Stayed for the Story

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This book was an utter surprise. I've read some of L.A's other works but I admit to giving this one a chance because Michael is one of my favorite narrators.

Having said that I will admit that this story was so engaging that as soon as I was done I wanted to listen to it all over again.

There is enough angst to make it interesting and enough heat to make you want to invest in ice and a fan.

In stories where there is a Dom/Sub age gap it can very quickly make the younger sub into a trite character but as the relationship it is the give and take between the MC's they learn from each other.

When Misha, a much older man agrees to teach a younger Ryan to fence the give and take becomes apparent. Both have to learn to trust that the other is what they need and rather than the insta relationship instead it builds a relationship and it's a joy to see.

The narration is amazing, the story unfolds like a dream with great pacing and slow reveals that will both engage and carry you to a building crescendo. So glad I gave this a chance.

  • 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 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

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 :)

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  • 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 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 383

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.