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  • Hosed

  • By: Lili Valente, Pippa Grant
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

The world’s sexiest firefighter is about to get a second chance with the virgin next door.... He’s bossy, arrogant, and so ridiculously hot that he should come with a warning label and a pair of flame-retardant coveralls. He’s also the boy who broke my heart when we were in high school. I want to move in next door to Ryan O’Dell the way I want to be the virgin gamer geek suddenly in charge of running my sister’s sex-toy factory. Too bad both are written in my stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky, original, and fun!

  • By kestergayle on 01-19-19

Sex toys & George Cooney make for a must-listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Straight out-I LOVED Hosed! It was hot, hilarious and spit-your-coffee out funny. I am George Cooney's #1 fan, so please do not claim him as your next BBF. Pippa Grant and Lili Valente's writing was hysterical. The sexiness was great and the mystery just enough to keep my brain curious but not overwhelmed for a rom-com.

The narration by Jacob Morgan and Virginia Rose was sublime. Jacob Morgan always delivers and this is no exception. He consistently hits all the right emotional notes when needed and is always sexy in his delivery. Virginia Rose was exceptional and well cast. She brings the drama without being overly dramatic (which I find is a pitfall for some narrators) and has one of my most desired attributes in a narrator: authenticity.

The bonus epilogue will have you hooting with laughter and is the shiny cherry on top! I am now shopping for a pet raccoon and I blame Lili and Pippa. A definite must-listen that's going on my Best of 2019 list already. Definitely worth a credit! #auralfixation

  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook. EVER!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 01-14-19

Multicast Narration at its Finest!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

What can I say about Birthday Suit? Firstly, it's groundbreaking in romance audio with the cast of 12 all star narrators. If you're wondering if all of those voices get confusing or hard to determine, DON'T. It's written and narrated superbly and there's never an excess of characters in scenes to cause any issues with "who's talking?". Secondly, these narrators represent the pinnacle of romance audio. #kingofauralsex Sebastian York and the Always Amazing Andi Arndt are flawless. They both use their voice acting skills to precision, bringing these lead characters to life with comedy, emotion and tons of SEXY!

Lauren's written a great layered story that lends itself perfectly to this large cast. While in her usual style of low drama, sizzling sex scenes, and quirky hilarious flair, I found this story to be unique and special.

January Lavoy, Julia Whelan, R.C. Bray, Shane East, Joe Arden, Erin Mallon, Dion Graham, Savannah Peachwood, Jason Clarke, and Robin Miles all bring their "A" game for the balance of the cast, all to different degrees, but never in a way that made you question which character they were. Shane East, Joe Arden, Erin Mallon, Savannah Peachwood and Jason Clarke are all romance audio favorites. Jason Clarke's performance (particularly at the end) will squeeze your heart just long enough to get you misty and then make you smile. Erin Mallon's Australian accent was hysterical and so well performed and Joe Arden's character (a human chihuahua of a character) will make you grin. The addition of all the new to me narrators make me hope that they expand more into romance audio. We always are looking for the next great voice to melt our hearts and rev our engines.

Overall, Birthday Suit is a must-purchase for romance audio fans. It's a listening experience that beginners to audio will be amazed by and veterans will thoroughly devour.

Lydia @ Aural Fixation

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Tempting Tristan: Tristan Brewer

  • Harborside Nights
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault - he leads with his heart, not his head - and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-17-18

Two Fantastic Narrators and One Great M/M Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Tempting Tristan hit all the notes for me: low to mid-level drama, HOT love scenes and excellent narration. This is my first Melissa Foster, but won't be my last. Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan are a MUST LISTEN for me separately, but together? Fuggedaboutit. They're just incredible. If you haven't listened to M/M romance before, this is a great one. Definitely worth a credit and a relisten. #AuralFixation

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Borrowing Blue

  • A Made Marian Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Blue: When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me is more than willing to share a few kisses in the name of revenge. It gets even better when those scorching kisses turn into a night of fiery passion. The only problem? Turns out the stranger's brother is marrying my sister later this week.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introducing...The Marian Clan

  • By Corey on 03-17-17

Great M/M romance & Michael Pauley is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

This is my first M/M audio romance narrated by Michael Pauley and I'm always in awe of the different voices he performs. While a few can be considered "over the top", they give you a great cast of characters that bring out all your emotions. I love that he gives two distinct voices to the main characters, which doesn't always happen in M/M romance. I've honestly not finished M/M books when their voices aren't well defined, so this was a pleasure.

The story about Blue and Tristan is great and it's always fascinating to watch different M/M relationships involve. I also loved the integration of the families and the story's setting. This is my first book by Lucy Lennox but won't be my last.

  • Man Hands

  • By: Tanya Eby, Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

At 34, I'm reeling from a divorce. I don't want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn's Dips and Balls. But my friends aren't having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I'm still taking a hard pass. Free designer cocktails, they say. And that's a game-changer. Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That's when I lose my mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Comedy Gold!

  • By bookbruin on 03-15-18

LOVED it! Hilarious, HOT and A+ performances!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

First things first-I'm biased where Sarina Bowen is concerned. I'll read anything she writes and YES I did say READ. That being said, her audios are some of my all time favs for many many reasons (HIM/US are MUST LISTENS) but their humor isn't usually the first reason on the list. All of her books have funny moments, but obviously the addition of Tanya Eby as co-writer inspired some seriously comedic moments.

This book is light on angst and drama, heavy on "I Love Lucy" style moments that will make you laugh out loud. The combination of the "gardener" Tom and aspiring food blogger and recently divorced Brynn are excellent. They're real people with real bodies, self-consciousness and life problems. Listening to them navigate their issues to find each other amongst all the noise is very satisfying and their foibles along the way are hysterical.

Erin Mallon is perfection as always. I'm not sure there's an audiobook by her that I wouldn't listen to. Her male voice is on point and always sexy. Luke Daniels is relatively new to me in romance and I loved his performance. His female voice wasn't falsetto, just a higher tone, which I really appreciate. Plus when "little Tom" is speaking-it's hilarious.

Get some Man Hands and you won't be disappointed. I'm really looking forward to the next book from the dynamic duo of authors!

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Sure Thing

  • By: Jana Aston
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger? No? I’m the only one? Just kidding, I would never. Ever. Not usually. But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been good and it’s gotten me nowhere. No job. No apartment. No boyfriend. I’m owed a little fun, aren’t I?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This audio is a Sure Thing for romance audio fans!

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 11-21-17

This audio is a Sure Thing for romance audio fans!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

I am a sucker for Jana Aston, her quirky humor and her dirty dirty sex scenes. If you haven't listened to her Wrong series, add them to your TBL now! Sure Thing is written in her same hysterical fashion that keeps you laughing throughout and identifying with every self-conscious and insecure moment the heroine has. Her audiobooks always can lift my spirits with their hilarity and man, are they ever HOT! They're never super angsty while still pulling your heartstrings, and unpredictable. I loved the main characters with their flaws and insecurities that make them human.

Erin Mallon is absolutely one of my all time favorite voice actors and her performances on Jana Aston's audiobooks are perfection. Perfect casting, excellent range with all her characters and her male voice remains the most realistic I've ever heard in romance audio. Jason Clarke is a new listen for me - in this accent at least! Holy British hotness! I've heard him with an American accent and his Brit accent had me fooled into checking that he was the same voice actor. He is smooth without being posh (a prerequisite for me with British accents) and brings Jennings to life.

Overall, I can't recommend this audio enough. It will keep you laughing, swooning, and, er excited in all the best ways! #auralfixation



20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • King of Code

  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge. The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth. The edge of utter humiliation. He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it gets hacked. His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that. Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor's code, and if he does not get it back, he is going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life. Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He is not a guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER WORTHY WINNER FROM Ms REISS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-18-17

Five HUGE stars for The King of Code

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

CD Reiss is a genius. She is NOT your average romance author. Be prepared to be riveted to this story because it draws you in and clamps down on your attention. You won't want to hit pause until the end. The story of the computer genius on the edge of super stardom, fame and fortune gets hacked and it's not at all who he expects, or why. CD Reiss is a story craftsman of the highest level and you'll feel every inch of that.

Christian Fox brought his usual A game of narration, bringing all the characters to life. His voice acting skills are always stellar and The King of Code is another jewel in his crown. If you haven't listened to him narrate, you're missing out. His narration is transfixing, passionate, suspenseful, and flat out SEXY! Taylor Harden and his dominating spirit comes to life through him and will turn you on in every way.

The additional effects and chapter transitions make this a completely unique audio. See if you can pick up on the hidden meanings!

Well worth the credit and a story you won't be able to set down. Keep driving, walking your dog, doing your housework, and ignoring your family until this tale is complete. It's worth every moment.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Priest: A Love Story

  • By: Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

There are many rules a priest can't break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God. I've always been good at following rules. Until she came. Then I learned new rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Wow! Wow!

  • By Shanna on 07-12-17

Forgive me Father...No, please punish me! 5 STARS!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

This book, THIS BOOK! Admittedly, I'm about 99% audio when it comes to books but Sierra Simone is one of a very short list of authors for which I CANNOT WAIT for audio. So I read Priest and it's an amazing story. Sierra Simone never writes in the "usual" way and draws you in with a skillfully constructed story. She then adds some of the hottest scenes EVER, and then completes it with the taboo nature of the story. Hook, line, sinker - I'm caught.

The audio is all of that and more. Jacob Morgan's performance is stellar, bringing every character to life and conveying every emotion of the story with precision. You empathize with Father Bell and Poppy. You get angry and frustrated with them. And good Lord, this is one of the hottest audiobooks out there. This book will make you squirm for many reasons and have you begging for more from the insanely talented Sierrra Simone as well as narrator Jacob Morgan.

You'll never look at a priest the same way again! Five huge stars for this one! You won't want to pause this audio so be prepared.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Joy Ride

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Full Package and Big Rock comes a hot and hilarious new standalone romantic comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT A JOY THIS RIDE TURNED OUT TO BE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-12-17

Joy Ride will get your engine revving at MAX RPMs!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Joy Ride is definitely one of my very favorite Lauren Blakely audios, maybe even knocking out Big Rock from its top position, but I'll have to listen a few times to know for sure.

First, perfect casting. Sebastian York is amazing but like any actor, he has to be right for the part and he isn't right for every audiobook he's performed. *Gasp* (Put down the pitchforks. I am one of his biggest fans.) He is, however, IDEAL for Max Summers. Absolutely perfect. His gravelly voice hits all the points from comedic to cocky, snarky to sexy as sin.

Second, I love the enemies to lovers storyline. I loved the competition between Max and Henley, as it turned up the sexual chemistry in turn. I'm a car girl, so I loved all the fast, classic cars that spurred on their rivalry and let's face it, hot cars are SEXY. The fact that they're BOTH car builders sweetened the deal. Henley is a tough, skilled, get dirty and work woman with mad business skills and not to be outdone by anyone. I have a mad girl crush on her, obviously. In my next life, I want to be Henley.

Last, I love that Lauren creates characters with ideals. They're people you want to know in real life. Good people that are aware that the earth doesn't revolve around them and they need to do their part: volunteering, supporting causes, paying it forward. AND they have amazingly hot sex and beautiful loving relationships, so that's the cherry on top. You'll also hear appearances from other characters in these rom-coms by Lauren and if you haven't checked them out, I can't recommend them enough.

I LOVED Joy Ride hard. It will definitely get your motor running and your heart racing!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Good Boy

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Hosting her brother's wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning's life. Already the family screw-up, she can't afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blake Riley makes me smiley-and so does this audio

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 05-03-17

Blake Riley makes me smiley-and so does this audio

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Good Boy was fantastic-story, narration, the whole ball of wax. The Blake-isms by the huge puppy dog of a hockey player, Blake Riley, are sure to keep you smiling all day. That and his humongous...heart.

I love all the books of this series (technically, this is book 3 of the Him series) and get ready for the feelings because Jamie and Wes are prominent in the first few chapters. If you've listened to Us, you know why. Good luck keeping the tears at bay, in the best possible way. If you haven't listened to Him and Us, I can't recommend them enough-period. Him is my #1 all time listen because #wesmie.

Teddy Hamilton and Tanya Eby both turn in amazing performances and hit all the right notes with their voice acting skills. Loved this book and can't wait for the next parts of the WAGS series.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful