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  • Leaning into Forever

  • Leaning into Series, Book 7
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Geordie De La Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordie’s aspiration but he likes the niche he’s made for himself. He won’t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving On is never Easy

  • By Nadine Bookaholic on 09-08-18

An uplifting and beautifully written romance

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I adore this series, the characters, the set-up, the audiobooks. In fact, it is one of my favourite series.

This is the last book in the series. I would advise reading/listening to Nick and Wes’s story (Leaning Into the Fall, #3) to gain an insight into Geordie’s backstory and his current situation.

I’ve had a soft spot for Geordie ever since he shared his tragic past with Nick at the end of book 3. He had me in tears then and he did many times during this story.

Geordie is such a wonderfully portrayed character; from his lip gloss, eyeliner, and floaty chemises to his penchant for belting out show tunes for the vineyard’s visitors. He comes across as a diva at times and I could picture him being Mike’s ‘queen of the castle’. Geordie swings from his grief to his flamboyant nature. After four years, he’s still heartbroken by the loss of the love of his life. Lane Hayes certainly knows how to wring out all the tears in this one. And yet somehow, it’s not a sombre, downhearted story. Yes, it’s a tearjerker in places, but it’s also uplifting, amusing and full of hope. It’s beautifully written by Lane as always, and is a delightful romance involving two more mature men.

And that’s mostly down to Levi. Geordie finds a new love in Levi and, although it takes time for Geordie to accept this, he eventually feels he is ready to move on and no longer has to face a bleak future alone. Levi is patient and caring, a thoughtful friend and lover. He gives Geordie the space and time he needs as their relationship develops. Because of him, Geordie finds the strength to move on with his life without erasing his memory of Mike.

The story is mostly set in the winery, with familiar names and faces from the previous stories. It’s great to see more of Wes and Nick and cameos from the other couples.

Nick as usual narrates the story superbly. His voice as well as his storytelling style draws you into each scene and holds your attention. You feel Geordie’s heartache in his voice and the full range of emotions experienced by the characters. Great job.

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  • Texas Wedding

  • Texas Series, Book 7
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

With the life-changing prospect of a yes vote from SCOTUS on the issue of same-sex marriage, Riley and Jack realize they have decisions to make. Add in some distressing family news and the very real possibility that old secrets may resurface, and this audiobook in the Texas series pulls together as many threads as the boys can manage to handle. But through all the ups and the downs, children, family events, laughter, and tears, there is nothing as special as the forever love between these two men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally

  • By Zac Chupe on 10-09-18

Love and Marriage...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

And so the series draws to a close with all the various storylines being wrapped up and resulting in a happy ending for everyone in the Campbell-Hayes household. Of course, there’s some angst and drama along the way, including new medical issues and more hospital visits.

Jack is still pursuing the young ranch hands who were abused along with Liam and wanting to improve their lives and future prospects.

Weddings are not the sole focus of this story, but the SCOTUS ruling allowing same-sex marriages in the US impacts on the various couples at the Double D. They get their chance to air their opinions and discuss their reaction to the ruling. Partly due to this, Jack and Riley want to put their family affairs in order with regard to their children. They each wish to be acknowledged as the rightful parent in case anything unthinkable should happen to the other.

Overall, this is another enjoyable story with an uplifting ending. It was great to follow the relationship development between the various couples, but most of all witnessing Jack and Riley’s journey over the seven stories. They emerge as caring, selfless individuals with a great love for each other, their family and work colleagues.

Sean Crisden is a talented narrator, perfectly suited to performing this type of story. His voice is spot on for each character, and he portrays the various personalities and emotions superbly. He keeps a steady pace and makes each story easy to listen to and follow.

Recommended but you do need to start at book 1 and follow the series in order.

  • Texas Fall

  • Texas Series, Book 6
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

Jack is focusing on building an equine therapy school for children with special needs and works hard alongside his normal horse training and breeding program. He and Riley have settled into a quieter kind of family life, but that doesn't stop them using the barn with the door to the fullest!  But the lull comes before the storm. Riley and his new assistant travel to Laredo, and across the border into Neuvo Laredo as part of an exploratory team and things very quickly go to hell. Riley is caught in some serious Cartel problems and suddenly everything Jack holds dear is threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get the tissues ready

  • By Zac Chupe on 10-09-18

More love and drama on the Double D ranch

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Life carries on at the Double D ranch and in the Campbell-Hayes household, and we are treated to plenty of glimpses of Max, Hayley and the twins in this instalment.

In fact, there’s a lot going on in this story with many of the various storylines continuing. Plus there’s a touch of the soap opera style drama that featured earlier in the series.

Liam has to build up the courage so he can take the stand in his upcoming court case against his former employer and abuser. It's great that he has the support of Marcus and all the other guys on the ranch.

Jack has his sights set on an equine therapy school and he wants to help the other lads in the abuse case. Vaughan and Darren provide another love interest storyline as they sort out their relationship. Sean and Eden’s relationship also needs a helping hand from Riley and Jack.

Issues at work cause tension and drama for Riley, and subsequently for Jack. Thankfully the danger is resolved swiftly, but the incident once again reminds us how much the guys are in love and can’t even contemplate a future without the other. Jack provides Riley with comfort and support when he returns home.

Jack and Riley remain a favourite couple of mine. It’s good to visit them and see them deal with relationship, family, and other issues. They come out stronger and more in love, if that’s possible, and their characters are more mature and considerate of others.

Sean Crisden narrates this story and series so well. His voice is easy to listen to and his portrayal of each character—male and female—is superb and consistent.

  • Texas Christmas

  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Danger comes to the Double D from Liam's past and threatens everything Jack and Riley hold dear. Jack makes a decision that will affect the ranch, and Riley realizes peace comes at a price. Eli and Robbie have their home on Double D land, they weather as many storms as can be thrown at them. And Liam, a young man with a head full of dreams and sleep full of nightmares, finds that all things are possible when Marcus decides to interrupt his solitary existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Christmas time at the Campbell Hayes home!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 12-28-17

One of my favourite episodes in the series

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Another enjoyable installment in the Texas series and—despite the title—the Christmas season doesn’t feature heavily in the story. Yes, there are some lovely moments when the Campbell-Hayes family choose a tree and decorate it, as well as the giving of presents. The greatest early gift for Riley and Jack is that Max is now part of their family and they find the ideal nanny to look after the children. Jack and Riley’s relationship goes from strength to strength and they still manage to enjoy their special alone times. Robbie and Eli, the other romantic couple on the ranch, are also happily settled. Life seems to be very good.

The main focus this time around is on Liam, who was introduced in the previous story. The poor lad has a sad past of rejection by his family and sexual abuse from his previous employer. With the support of Jack, Riley, and Marcus, who is now gently pursuing him, Liam reveals all and faces up to this past. Liam gradually learns to trust other men again and takes a chance of Marcus. Ahh...

Sean Crisden continues with his superb narration and characterization of the multitude of personalities. Great job as always.

  • Texas Family

  • Volume 4
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Jack and Riley want to extend their small family of three. Their first choice is surrogacy with Jack as the father, and when all this begins smoothly both men can't help but contemplate at what point would things go wrong. After all, their lives are far from normal, and nothing is ever smooth. Add a small four-year-old boy in foster care into the mix, and suddenly things become a whole lot more complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family is everything

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 11-18-17

And then there were five...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

4.5*
This story follows on from the final scene in the previous book and as the title and cover indicate the guys are looking to extend their family. (I would suggest you listen to the previous three stories first to become familiar with the characters and their life on the ranch).

The surrogacy route Riley and Jack decide to take is covered in plenty of detail and—surprisingly for me—I found this story enthralling. There’s less of a soap opera drama feel to this one and more of a focus on the day-to-day life on the ranch, the worries facing the guys and their surrogate mother. For some reason, I was anticipating something bad happening for them all, but it got to the stage where I thought, ‘No, it can’t go wrong now!’ There are plenty of tense moments and some angst, but Jack and Riley face it together. In addition to this, the guys also become attached to their surrogate’s temporarily fostered autistic son. The men’s hearts are big enough to want to include him in their family as well. That’s easier said than done.

Other couples and storylines are interwoven within the main thread, so we get a glimpse at what’s happening with Eli and Robbie, and the other close family members. A new ranch hand with a troubled past is introduced to the cast of characters and his story will feature more in the next installment.

This story is not all about babies. Jack and Riley still manage to share some sizzling moments together and it’s great to see how their relationship has developed since book 1. They’re a strong couple and closer now than ever before.

Sean Crisden is synonymous with Jack and Riley (and all the others) in this series. He has consistently maintained the voices and personalities for these characters. His superb narration brings the story to life and I could picture each scene clearly as I listened. His voice is expressive and interesting, and I still love the deep gravelly voice for Jack.

  • Texas Heat

  • Texas Series, Book 3
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Jack hires Robbie, a man recovering from a great loss, to be his right hand man. Meanwhile, Riley's mischievous photographer friend, Eli, decides the DD is the perfect backdrop for a cowboy themed model shoot. Eli has secrets not even Riley knows about but despite what he is hiding he falls in lust with Robbie at first sight. Everyone except Robbie can see how perfect Eli would be for him. What happens when secrets spill and lies are discovered? And just how far will Riley and Jack go to play matchmaker?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excitement

  • By Zac Chupe on 10-09-18

Texas Heat - cowboys, gay rodeo and a new romance

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This is the third story in the soap opera styled series set in and around the Double D ranch. The story continues for Riley and Jack, but two new main characters arrive on the scene and this instalment features the blossoming of Robbie and Eli’s romance. Both men have a tragic story to tell. Of course, they’re attracted to each other, but Robbie is reluctant to start a new relationship because of his past and because he intends to move on. Eli pursues Robbie while arranging an underwear photoshoot at the ranch. Pity he didn't get Jack and Riley to pose with the other models!

Riley and Jack are still smoking hot together and managing to keep their sex life active. The story highlights the now established couple's way of life and their scenes together are entertaining. There’s some angst and conflict for these guys. Riley has to deal with a business issue that could ruin his standing in the ethical oil exploration world. Meeting an old flame of Jack’s at a local gay rodeo causes some minor jealousy and leads to a bar brawl that sort of just fizzles out. Nothing major, but Riley and Jack's characters shine through the events.

There’s a mix of storylines here, told from the four main points of view, and other family members pop up here and there. Although enjoyable, the story felt like an introduction to the next story in the series.

Sean Crisden continues to narrate, with the added challenge of Robbie’s Australian accent. I could picture every scene and each character clearly as I listened to his voice.

  • Texas Winter

  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Riley's past comes back to haunt him both professionally and personally. His dead brother left more than just bitter memories for Riley to deal with. The FBI get involved and suddenly it is more than his good name that is on the line. Jack is always there for him, but how much more can Riley's husband reasonably be able to understand? Especially when Riley finds out on his delayed honeymoon that he has an eight-year-old daughter he never knew existed....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration!

  • By Belen on 04-03-17

Heart-warming and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

The second story in the Texas series is not quite as OTT as book one, but there’s still plenty of drama for the couple to face. They have to deal with the fact that Riley has a daughter he wasn’t previously aware of, and an uncle who tries to stake a claim on her—or rather her fortune. His half-brother may be dead but Jeff's business dealings from years ago cause problems for Riley now.

It was great to catch up with Riley and Jack and see how they’re settling into married life. They are still hot and sexy together and very much in love. Jack is patient with Riley, but his temper flares a few times. Riley keeps one or two secrets from Jack and is worried that Jack still does not entirely trust him. I love how their attention is always drawn to the other and they manage to talk things through or deal with the issue in their own sizzling manner.

I’m not usually a fan of m/m romances that involve children, but Riley’s daughter is not a precocious child. She is sweet, well-adjusted and mature for her age. She brings the best out in these two alpha men and helps cement their already firm relationship. I liked how she told them to have some alone time in the bedroom. Despite refraining from making out at the DD when their daughter is nearby, there are plenty of steamy scenes in this story.

I was glad that other family members were involved in the story, with some also finding their own happy ending. The story is told from only the main two POV this time, which I prefered. This story is shorter and not quite as complex as book one. Even so, a lot is packed into this heart-warming story.

I like the continuity of having the same narrator and therefore the same voices for the series. Sean Crisden brings the story and the characters to life, making it a highly enjoyable listen.

  • The Heart of Texas

  • Texas Series, Book 1
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of HayesOil, passes control of the corporation to his two sons; but a stipulation is attached to Riley's portion. Concerned about Riley's lack of maturity, his father requires that Riley 'marry and stay married for one year to someone he loves'. Angered by the requirement, Riley seeks a means of bypassing his father's stipulation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irritable Cowboy + Hot Metrosexual = true love!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 03-01-17

Sizzling Romance and Family Drama

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

If you prepare yourself for a Dallas/Dynasty style soap opera and take all the family drama and secrets, the absurd marriage stipulations that led to the ‘fake’ marriage, and the murder-mystery plot all with a pinch of salt this is a fun and rather enthralling romance. In fact, as the story progressed I found it compelling and entirely believable in a TV drama sort of way.

There’s a host of characters here: from the gorgeous Riley and Jack, whose wonderful sizzling romance is the pivotal point of the story, to the OTT stereotypical ‘baddies’ and the sweet sisters and friends in between. The story is told via multiple points of view, which threw me a little at first as I tend to read romances with only one or two POV. Thankfully, Riley and Jack receive the most scene time, but it was good to be a part of what was occurring elsewhere.

The chapters are generally short, ranging from a couple of minutes to a maximum of twenty-one minutes. The plot moves swiftly and succinctly at times, with no added or unnecessary details. Many of the chapters end with a mini cliffhanger—just like TV soaps often do.

I soon became caught up in all the intrigue and the anticipation of what would happen between the two rival families. I guessed a few of the secrets, but some took me by surprise, which added to the angst I felt for the main characters.

I particularly enjoyed the interaction between Riley and Jack and the way their relationship progressed from ‘enemies’ to ‘fake’ husbands to lovers. The chemistry between them was sizzling from the start and their various sex scenes were hot and narrated with passion.

I always enjoy Sean Crisden’s narration and the distinct voices he creates for the assorted mix of characters. I especially loved the deep sexy drawl he gave to Jack. Great job.

  • Leaning Into the Look

  • Leaning Into Series, Book 6
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

Grant Kostas may not love his job, but he’s better at sales than he thought. And when he’s poised to bring in the biggest account of the company’s history, even his father is impressed. His parents accept he’s gay; they just wish he’d meet a nice Greek man. Between getting dumped by his long-term boyfriend and finding a new place to live in the city, Miles Harrison is nearing his wits end. He’s not sure why he thought rooming with his boss’s friend was a good idea. Miles has had a crush on Grant for years. However, he knows attractive people aren’t always pretty on the inside. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Renate on 07-10-18

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I simply adore this beautifully written series and the stories featuring this diverse group of friends. Each story is superb, with plenty of feels and humour woven into the storylines. Eric and Zane, Nick and Wes, and Josh and Finn are all loved up. Now it’s Grant’s turn to find his soulmate. Except he’s already met him. Miles is just fabulous, but Grant has been doing his best to avoid talking to Eric and Nick’s work colleague for months.

My heart went out to both Grant and Miles as we discover more about their pasts. We’d had glimpses of their characters in the previous stories. I always thought Grant was the quiet one, rather aloof at times, almost the odd one out in the group of friends. He’s a successful real estate agent and a former underwear model. He’s now dealing with an overbearing father and a business colleague who wants more than a working relationship. I loved how Grant rose to this challenge, asserted himself, and stood up to both of these men. I also loved the angst this caused along the way, not only for Grant, but also for Grant and Miles as a potential couple.

Grant and Miles have very different personalities and physical features, but they just clicked. Yes, it was a little awkward at first, but their exchanges were often humorous. They moved from acquaintances to roommates quite easily. Their friends with benefits routine was fooling no one apart from themselves. I love how Lane Hayes leads them down this path and shows them falling in love, even though the characters are reluctant to admit it to each other. Their wonderfully steamy bedroom sessions made it clear their connection was more than just physical.

It was great to see the other couples are still very much in love and leaning into each other, as well as taking part in this narrative.

Superb narration from Nick J Russo as always. He provided great character voices with a range of emotions, perfect pacing and great storytelling of this fabulous story.


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  • Bobby Green

  • Johnnies, Book 5
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn 18 and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex, from Johnnies, spots him bussing tables. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts, but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The grass isn't always greener

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 05-17-18

Love the angst and passion

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Chase in Shadow and Dex in Blue are two of my favorite audiobooks. Not only do I love their characters and the stories, but Amy’s writing and the angst they endure.

I haven’t read Ethan’s or Johnny’s story yet, and although events from their stories are alluded to (as they happen concurrently) I felt I could still follow Bobby Green and could piece together what was happening with these other characters.

This series shows Amy writing gritty, edgy storylines, with plenty of depth and detail as always. We are shown how these characters suffer before they attain their HEA.

In Bobby Green, we have depth of characters and storyline. And it’s another intense and emotional one. One of tragedy in several ways.  

Bobby manages to escape from a dead-end life in a small town where he is being blackmailed into giving bjs by a ‘straight’ friend. His goal is to earn enough money to support his put-upon mother. He enters porn as a way of providing a better home and life for them both.

Reg, although ten years older and a porn veteran, has his own difficulties and has taken on the responsibility of caring for his sister, who is not only a paranoid schizophrenic but also intensely homophobic. Looking after her is exhausting and impacts on his life and relationships in so many ways. 

Both men are lovely characters, helpful and supportive of others. I liked how they gradually move from ‘work colleagues’ to friends and eventually to lovers. It’s a long road for them with many traumas along the way. Gah! I love the trials Amy puts her boys through. We are also treated to some beautiful moments that show how much they have come to care for each other.

Gomez Pugh has admirably taken over from the previous narrator. Not an easy task coming in at book #5. It worked for me because it’s been awhile since I’ve listened to #1 and #2, so I had no fixed idea of how Dex and the other characters should sound. I always enjoy his performances and he made the fourteen hours of listening highly entertaining.