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  • A Few Good Fish

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit. But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town, so they can meet the snake in its den. Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom, and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a team

  • By Vicki on 02-10-19

A brilliant action packed thriller/romance.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

A Few Good Fish is the third audiobook in the Fish Out of Water series by Amy Lane. It continues on from the previous novels in the series which should really be listened to in order. Amy Lane does smoothly include relevant snippets of events from the previous novels to make sure new listeners aren’t confused, however these stories are so riveting and well written that it would do this one an injustice to listen to it as a stand-alone.

Ellery Cramer is criminal defence attorney in one of the top law firms in Sacramento. On the advice of his high flying, slightly controlling, corporate lawyer mother he is forging a career that will pay very well and set him up for life. Coming from a happy, well-to-do, family Ellery has never had to deal with life’s harsher realities. Some of his clients and a very special co-worker have, however, introduced Ellery to a whole other, much darker world. In the period since he first formed a relationship with Jackson, the firm’s P.I., Ellery’s life has been a constant struggle to keep him, and their relationship, safe. Falling in Love was easy, surviving to enjoy their future together, not so much.

With a drug addicted mother and an absent father Jackson Rivers barely survived his childhood or his first career as a police officer. Life as a P.I. at a top tier law firm should be a piece of cake, but with the new job comes new enemies, some of whom haunt him from his past, and surviving adulthood is looking just as dicey.

In A Few Good Fish we find Jackson and Ellery recovering from a run in with a particularly evil and suspiciously well trained serial killer. A new threat in the form of a psychopathic naval officer with secrets he’ll kill to keep has emerged and the rest and recreation these incredible young men deserve is looking more and more like a pipe dream. This time it’s not just Jackson under the gun and it will take the help of some very unlikely characters, and all of their family and friends, if Ellery and Jackson are to make it out alive.

Amy Lane has written some of my favourite novels in the MM genre. This incredibly fast paced. and riveting, edge of your seat thriller/romance is among her best. I adore the MC’s and the extraordinary cast of characters surrounding them. Ellery’s mother is intelligent, witty, feisty and fabulous and a particular favourite of mine, but the loyalty and fierceness of Jackson’s made family is a joy to observe as well. Amy Lane is masterful at writing novels with fully fleshed out characters and A Few Good Fish is no exception.

Greg Tremblay is one of my favourite narrators. He is a voice actor at the very top of his game and in A Few Good Fish he gifts the listener with an impeccable performance that completely immerses you in the story. Greg’s voice characterisations; male, female, young, old, accents, personality, emotions; the works; are so pitch perfect that you’ll completely forget that there isn’t a large, brilliantly cast, group of actors performing. When you disappear into the world he creates it’s like living inside the lives of the characters. As a listener the real world just fell away, which is exactly what I want from an audiobook.

The combination of Amy Lane’s storytelling and Greg Tremblay’s performance made for a sublime listening experience.

Highly recommended.

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  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-18

One of Koontz’s best.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This story touched me on so many levels. It is a beautiful story of love and redemption, the wonder and beauty of animals, particularly our dog friends, the morality of putting the individual over those with power, true friendship and so much more.
The narration, like the book, was superb.

  • Fire Balls

  • Balls to the Wall Series, Book 2
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands 5-foot-6, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate - and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe - humiliating Hunter in front of his dad! Hunter lives a dream life - his father’s dream. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • contrast to content

  • By Joey Xavier on 01-04-19

Two worlds collide.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Fire Balls is the second novel in the Balls to the Wall series but can definitely be listened to as a stand-alone. Characters from the first novel make an appearance but knowing their back stories isn’t necessary to fully enjoy this one.

Rodney Mansfield is a gifted artist who paints under the pseudonym Roman. His magnificent artwork features beautiful nude men, and with his paintings selling like hot cakes at the Laguna beach Art Festival, Rodney should be on cloud nine. His secret crush on a stunning local fireman leaves Rodney feeling like something is missing, however. Being a sassy flamboyant young man with dyed white hair with bright pink or blue streaks, multiple ear piercings and brightly coloured clothing make him a hard man to overlook. That fact alone is enough to make the stunning fireman wary, and Rodney’s unrequited crush could be permanent; much to his chagrin. Rodney has a black belt in Karate but it’s his inner strength that has the potential to break down his crush’s walls, particularly if he can accept Rodney for the amazing man he is and ignore his preconceived ideas, and the opinion of others.

Hunter Fallon is a 6’2” hunk of a man who has spent his life trying to meet his father’s expectations. Hunter believes that his father’s acceptance of him is conditional on him being a man’s man. Living out his father’s dream of being a firefighter and dating masculine me, like Rodney’s surfer friend Jerry, might make his father happy, but Hunter is not living authentically and it’s making him question his choices. When Hunter follows Jerry’s urging to become a model for Rodney, unexpected longing takes root and try as he might Hunter can’t seem to resist Rodney’s charm. Getting bullied at the station, and talking to Rodney about poetry as he poses, sets Hunter to thinking about his long held desire to put his Masters in Literature to use teaching. Other unexpected desires are surfacing too and it all comes to a head when his family visits and Rodney confronts the firehouse bully with some skilful karate moves. A house fire that endangers Rodney’s life is the final straw, and Hunter is finally forced to face up to what he really needs to be happy moving forward.

Fire Balls is an audiobook you can enjoy, and finish, over one relaxing afternoon.
Nick J. Russo provides a flawless voice performance, perfectly capturing the character’s voices and personalities. I was very absorbed in Tara Lain’s storytelling but there were moments that felt rushed and I would have preferred Jerry and Hunter’s arc to be resolved before the relationship with Rodney progressed. This may not be an issue for other readers however and I still found Fire Balls to be a highly enjoyable listening experience.

  • Glitterland

  • Spires, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Ash Winters is barely holding on, near drowning in his own darkness and fear. He lives a gray shadow of a life, sullen and cynical, unable to remember hope or happiness - much less the distant, fading glitterball of love. It has to be a sick joke of the universe that he finds himself hooked up with good-humored Essex boy Darian Taylor, a wannabe model in a sparkly jacket and a fake tan. Darian may not be an intellectual giant, but he's hysterically funny, and he's got the courage to challenge Ash to live again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why did I wait so long to read this?!!

  • By Toni H on 02-20-16

A wonderfully surprising love story.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I adored everything about this audiobook. It was a beautiful heartwarming story of finding love in the most unexpected places. The MC’s were flawed but all the more perfect because of this.
The voice acting was sublime and perfectly showcased the authors superb prose.
Highly recommended!

  • Sin and Tonic

  • Sinners Series, Book 6
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Miki St. John's best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan - an inspector with the SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own - and his dog, Dude, at his side. It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ford hits it out of the park again

  • By bad canary on 12-21-18

The perfect ending to a superb series.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Sin and Tonic is the sixth, and final novel in Rhys Ford’s superb Sinners series and can not be listened to as a stand-alone. This series is one of my all time favourites, showcasing Rhys Ford’s masterful writing skills and Tristan James’ pitch perfect narration.

Miki St. John was abandoned as a very young child and went through hell on earth growing up in and around San Fransisco’s Chinatown. He had to learn how to defend his body, and protect his soul, to survive. Meeting Damie, his brother in all but blood, saved Miki and put him on a path to the highest level of stardom with their band Sinner’s Gin. Tragic circumstances left Miki alone and barely hanging on thanks to an irascible dog named Dude.

Enter Kane Morgan, the last person Miki should be prepared to trust. A cop, coming from a large Irish family of cops, Kane seems like the last person Miki would allow into his life. All these years later, not only are Kane and his family firmly entrenched, but Damien is back and they’ve formed a new band, Crossroads Gin. The story of Miki’s tragic past has been gradually revealed over the course of this series but questions still remain. Where did Miki come from? Why was he abandoned? Who are his parents? Are they still alive? In order for Miki to truely heal and move on with his life he needs closure on the past. Sin and Tonic provides Miki and the listener with all the answers, and Rhys Ford certainly doesn’t let us down in providing that closure.

Sin and Tonic is everything you could hope for in the conclusion of a series that has became one of my all time favourites. I’ve loved snarky, smart, warrior/survivor Miki from the very beginning. Kane, with his calm sweet loving manner, combined with his kick ass cop persona, is the perfect foil for Miki’s drama. The magnificent Morgan clan add so many layers to this story, from fabulous fiery matriarch Brigid, to the siblings and their partners who are intricate to the ongoing journey. I adored every single member of this made and blood family but my personal favourite has to be patriarch Donal. The relationship he forms with Miki is everything a son could hope for, and bought me to happy tears on more than one occasion. I adore strong male characters who aren’t afraid to show their feelings and the Sinners series has them in spades.

Sin and Tonic, and the whole Sinners series, is a superbly crafted story about a beautiful soul’s journey from the very worst life can throw at him to a realistic, hard fought for, HEA. The journey is fraught with murder and mayhem, but also found family, acceptance and so much love.
In the hands of Tristan James’ superlative voice acting Rhys Ford’s words come alive in the best way imaginable. His accents, emotion, pace, everything really, are flawless.
I can not recommend this Audiobook highly enough and having listened to the whole series more than once it will remain on my tbl list permanently.


  • Twisted and Tied

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 231

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He's head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he's doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely, until they're not. Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he's come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian's individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he's pretty certain everything just went up in smoke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Mary Calmes and Tristan James!

  • By Buscatlady on 07-19-18

An action packed thriller/romance.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Twisted and Tied is the fourth book in the Marshal Series by Mary Calmes. Having waited until it was released in audiobook format before obtaining the whole series I had the pleasure of listening to the entire series over the course of a week. Every time I thought these novels couldn’t get any better Mary Calmes’ words, combined with superb narration by Tristan James, proved me wrong.

In Twisted and Tied we find Deputy US Marshal’s Miro Jones and his partner, Ian Doyle, newly married and navigating the boundaries between work and home. Ian’s protective instincts are very strong when it comes to Miro, and learning to trust his husband to take care of himself on and off the job is hard. There are so many dangers lurking in the shadows and it’s not just serial killers and terrorists Ian is worried about. Ian needs Miro to protect his soft heart when dealing with victims of crime as well, and Miro’s habit of gathering strays in the course of his duties is causing him concern. Ian has happily absorbed Cabot, Drake, Josue and possibly Josue’s boyfriend, into their family but he fears for Miro’s heart when it looks like he’ll be working more extensively with children under the Marshal’s care. Compromise and communication will be needed for them to protect their happiness moving forward.

Supervisory Deputy Darren Mills took over Sam Kage’s job when he was promoted. Picked by a committee with no input from Kage or his boss Tom Kenward, Mills has proven to be a poor fit and his decisions have put both the Marshal’s and their witnesses in mortal danger. After the death of a young witness under their care, and the exposure of Mills’ underling Director of Custodial WITSEC Mrs Cullen, as not simply incompetent but wilfully negligent, Kage moves Mills, arrests Cullen and rearranges the entire department. It’s a great deal for them all to take in but the genius of Kage’s decisions soon becomes apparent. Ian and Miro take on significant new roles, no longer directly partnered at work, and they soon see the benefits for all concerned. Their made family isn’t going anywhere, despite the new division of jobs, and the love they share will give them the strength they both need to perform at their best.

Naturally life has a way of throwing obstacles in the path of all these men, and working together to protect not only witnesses, but each other, will quickly prove vital. There’s a new killer in town, and an old adversary returns to Chicago, calling on all the skill and intelligence the Marshals can muster. Throw in some children in danger within the WITSEC program, and one of Miro’s ‘girls’ attacked from the least likely source, and Miro and Ian, as well as their friends, are in for a very busy, stressful, and dangerous time. Twisted and Tied is non stop action from start to finish and will keep you riveted from the opening chase to the highly satisfying conclusion.

There is so much to love about this audiobook. Mary Calmes knows how to write action packed thrillers and her inclusion of beloved characters such as Sam Kage from her Matter of Time series, and a tiny cameo featuring Efrem and Darius from The Vault series, add even more layers to an already fabulous cast. I love all the men and women in The Marshals series and I know I’ll be revisiting them again and again in future. They will retain pride of place in my audiobook library, along with the other two series mentioned here.
Tristan James is the perfect narrator for a series with so many strong characters needing their own unique voices. His Alpha males are sizzling hot and growly, and other supporting characters perfectly voiced for their personality.
Highly recommended audiobook and series.

  • Tied up in Knots

  • Marshals, Book 3
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Miro Jones is living the life; he's got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn't just his partner at work - Ian's a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it's casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just keeps getting better!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-15-17

An action packed, romantic thriller.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Tied Up in Knots is the third novel in Mary Calmes’ four novel Marshal series and should not be listened to as a stand-alone. There are too many characters and vital backstory that would interfere with the full appreciation of this novel. This series makes for a superb listening experience so having four audiobooks to anticipate and enjoy is no hardship.

In Tied Up in Knots, Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finds himself left alone for four months and struggling with loneliness as his partner Deputy US Marshal and Green Beret, Ian Doyle, leaves for his longest deployment yet. While he’s away Miro is sent to San Francisco to assist the DEA and finds himself entangled with a corrupt officer. A cameo by Kane Connor from Rhys Ford’s superb Sinner’s Gin series makes for plenty of action and laughter as they work together to bring down the bad guys.

Ian is home barely a day when he is called in to discuss a former team mate in special ops who appears to be murdering his old team one by one. Alone again, Miro is sent to Las Vegas to pick up a young man who has made himself known whilst in the WITSEC program and needs relocation to Chicago. Enter Josue, a young man alone and needing Miro’s help. Of course Miro ‘adopts’ him and introduces him to Cabot and Drake and they all become fast friends. Miro also returns home to some terrifying news. Dr Craig Hartly, the vile serial killer with an obsession with all things Miro, has escaped and will no doubt be in a hurry to pay him a visit.

As the tension rises, Ian returns home again, and it’s not a moment too soon. New neighbour Barrett has been providing Miro some much needed friendship and company during Ian’s absence, but Barrett’s reaction to Ian’s return seems off, and we’re left to wonder if Barrett had hoped for more from Miro. Time will tell. The next few days are packed with all their friends arriving for thanksgiving and serial killer worries go on the back burner. Two FBI agents outside and their protective dog inside seem deterrent enough. Naturally everything goes sideways from there...

Tied Up in Knots is one heck of a ride. There’s action aplenty, some sizzling reunions and lots of interaction with all the people in both Ian and Miro’s lives. This novel gives the listener so much more than just Ian and Miro. We learn more about both of their past lives and the reason why Ian has been unwilling to leave the green berets. The secondary characters add humour and depth to the story and all things Ian and Miro. It’s a fast paced and riveting listen.

As usual Tristan James takes Mary Calmes’ extremely well written story and makes it something more. Great characterisations add to the humour and drama and I was so engrossed I didn’t want the story to end. If you haven’t tried audiobooks before then I highly recommend you do. It’s a completely different experience from reading a book and, with a narrator like Tristan, I actually think it’s even better. I’m thrilled to be able to go immediately to the last audiobook in the series and can’t wait to see where Mary takes us next.
Highly recommended.

  • 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 548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

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

Non stop action and a sizzling love story.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Fit to Be Tied is the second book in the Marshals series by Mary Calmes. The books in this series must be listened to in order and, as good as they are, this is no hardship. The combination of this author and narrator Tristan James makes for a superb listening experience, with an edge of your seat storyline perfectly told.

In Fit to Be Tied we revisit Deputy US Marshal’s Miro Jones and Ian Doyle, with Ian now living openly with Miro and both men adjusting to their knew dynamic. As young hotshot Marshals these men are known for their ability to work brilliantly together to take down the worst kind of fugitives, but with Ian still being deployed to special ops, and Miro left behind to continue on with a different partner, all is not perfect between them. Fear and jealousy can make for powerful feelings and they’ll need to remember who they’re fighting for if this relationship is to work. Trusting each other will be paramount, both on and off the job.

When a psychopath from Miro’s past returns both men are sent to Arizona to keep them out of harms way. This results in some very funny scenes with their new temporary boss. These guys are like superheroes to me and I loved that they refused to change their MO regardless of the consequences! I love all the kickass save the day moments, and I really love how their real boss, the delectable Sam Kage, is always there to back them up, no matter what. When the psychopath finds them, and uses an insider against Miro, it will take all his strength and skill to survive. Having the love of his life to fight for might just give Miro the strength he needs.

There is so much depth to a Mary Calmes novel. All the background characters add layers to Miro and Ian’s story. From their adorable dog to Miro’s college girlfriends, Cabot and Drake, the other Marshals and did I mention Sam Kage. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, if you haven’t read or listened to the Matter of Time series you are seriously missing out. These other characters in the story add humour, back stories and more to the MC’s narrative making for an even more compelling listen.

Mary Calmes never disappoints and I found listening to book two in the series even better than the first, which is saying something because I loved All Kinds of Tied Down. Tristan James does a superb job of bringing all of the characters to life, completely drawing the listener into the story. His voice acting is flawless and you are never taken out of the scene by missteps or inappropriate voices, male or female. The combination of this author and her narrator is perfect to my ear.
I hated being forced (sleep and food are overrated) to take a break from listening to Fit to Be Tied until it’s highly satisfying (in more ways than one) conclusion.
Highly recommended.

  • All Kinds of Tied Down

  • Marshals (Book 1)
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UST, Action and HOTNESS

  • By Belen on 08-30-15

A riveting, action packed love story.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

All Kinds of Tied Down is the first of four novels in Mary Calmes’ Marshals series. Strong alpha males are the centre of this novel, and series, and there aren’t many authors who write them as well as Mary Calmes. A riveting plot line with MC’s and side characters you’ll love combined with superb narration by Tristan James and this story will have you seriously invested from the very beginning.

Miro Jones is a thirty-one year old Deputy US Marshal who dresses in designer clothes while taking down some of the toughest criminals in Chicago. He generally follows the rules but will go to any lengths to uphold the law, though its playing hell on his designer duds! If he keeps getting stabbed and shot he’s going to give his partner Deputy US Marshal, and some time soldier, Ian Doyle, a heart attack. Not that gruff Doyle can say anything, after all he’s known as a gung-ho officer with the diplomacy of a gnat. Together they give their boss, Sam Cage, far too many scares and headaches, even though they are two of his best men. Yes, that’s THE fabulous Sam Cage from the Matter of Time series, and it’s wonderful having hot as sin, gruff and scary Sam revisit the reader in this series, even in a cameo role.

When we first meet these two gorgeous men, we quickly discover that Miro has been crushing on Ian ever since they became partners three years previously. Ian presents as straight, but the boundaries between these two are unusually close. They spend a great deal of time together on and off the job and Ian seems to be more interested in Miro than his latest girlfriend. As events and criminals keep throwing them together a slow burn relationship begins. If they can survive all the action then perhaps they’ll both have the courage to admit their feelings to each other, and their friends.

All Kinds of Tied Down is an action packed novel sprinkled with humour that will have you chuckling one minute, and on the edge of your seat the next. There was never a moment when I wanted to fast forward. I adored the side characters, particularly Miro’s ‘girls’, and the utterly adorable Cabot and Drake. I wanted to steal Ian’s dog, and even though Sam’s role is relatively small he certainly makes an impact when he appears. Well, he’s Sam so of course he does! If you haven’t read or listened to the Matter of Time series then you really need to add it to you tbr list.

Tristan James does a superb job of voicing Mary’s characters in a way that makes them all too real and utterly relatable. Nobody does gruff sexy alpha men quite like Tristan and the side characters were also perfectly voiced. I lost myself in his story telling, listening to this audiobook in one sitting and then immediately one clicking the next three in the series.
In short, a riveting story perfectly voiced. Highly recommended.

  • Frog

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ah Weber, if only . . .

  • By Riva on 09-19-14

A truely beautiful love story.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I first came to Frog in audiobook format and I’m so glad I did. This novel is a truely beautiful love story that is superbly written but in the hands of K.C.Kelly’s extraordinary voice acting in becomes even more. This is not narration, it is a performance. The character voices are pitch perfect and you feel every emotion as though you’re in the room with these two extraordinary men and the people in their lives. I was touched to the point of tears and I fell in love with both MC’s, but Weber... Oh how Weber moved me.
Frog is now up there with my all time favourite audiobooks. Highly Recommended.