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  • The Lightning-Struck Heart

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the king's wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Rain on 12-23-15

Brillliant

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this audiobook? This has to be the best production I have ever listened to. I know my library of audiobooks is limited compared to some, but I still feel confident in saying this is one of the best out there. It was truly brilliant.
I'm kind of blown away by the mind of TJ Klune. This was hands down one of the funniest, if not the funniest, books I've ever had the pleasure of reading (listening). I can't tell you the number of times I found myself laughing out loud with this book. I want to live in the land of Lockes and be friends with Sam, Gary, Tiggy, Ryan, Morgan- all of them. To say I loved this book is putting it mildly.
Michael Lesley is beyond incredible. Every character was unique and perfect.
I don't know what else to say, brilliant is really the only word that comes to mind to describe The Lightning-Struck Heart. I want to start it all over again, but I've moved on to A Destiny of Dragons because I can't wait to see what this gang gets into next!

  • Hot Head

  • By: Damon Suede
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damon Suede is a hit!

  • By Miss ReadsALot on 10-25-12

Hot head, or hard headed?

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

3.5*
I liked the premise of this book. I thought the story was interesting and it kept me engaged enough that I wanted to see Griff and Dante finally find their hea. This was a definite slow burn, considering these two didn't really get together until pretty much the last couple of chapters. I love a best friend's to lovers story and when Griff and Dante actually acknowledged their feelings for each other, it was sweet. Although the green-eyed jealousy monster hit Dante pretty hard, which wasn't quite like him.
And yes, the sex scenes were definitely hot!

It's possible this would have been a better book to have read instead of listened to, though, because the audiobook wasn't up to the quality I'm used to. I enjoyed Charlie David's narration for the most part- he did a good job with the different voices and giving each character their own "feel". There were times he paused, unnecessarily, in between sentences, making me think we were moving onto a different scene, but no- it was just a break for no reason. This happened enough that it was really noticable, and quite frankly irritating. I'm not sure if it was from the editing process or he was actually pausing as he read.
The quality of the audio overall wasn't that great and that took me out of the story at times, sadly. The volume kept changing and it was frsutrating trying to keep up. One chapter I'd have to have it turned all the way up, then the next chapter it would be blaring. I'd miss sentences because they were said so softly compared to the rest.

From all the great reviews on GR I do think I probably would have appreciated Hot Head better as a read instead of as an audio. I may go back one day to read it.

  • Brooklynaire

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Virginia Rose, Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong. For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging.

  • By ReadingMad100 on 08-04-18

My favorite of the series so far!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

4.5*

Loved Nate and Becca's love story! I loved the way their relationship grew- it evolved how it needed to evolve, without a lot of unnecessary drama or interference. They had a real friendship that made their coming together that much more special.

I really enjoyed how the first few chapters were interspersed with flashbacks, showing how Becca and Nate met- I wouldn't have minded if that had happened throughout. It was a fun addition, like we were watching a story of their life, especially with the way it was narrated! And I will be checking for other books Joe Hempel has narrated. Virginia was great as Becca, and of course Mr. Webber can do no wrong.

  • Kage Unmasked

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

Sexy college senior Jamie Atwood has fallen hard for MMA dark horse Michael "the Machine" Kage. With his hot, muscled body, intoxicating green eyes, and proclivity for rough sex, Kage is a potent aphrodisiac to the innocent boy next door. The danger, the intrigue, the feel of his strong hand around his throat, the knowledge that his fighter would kill or die for him. From the moment Kage grabbed on to his hips and channeled all that masculine aggression into claiming his body, Jamie was ruined for anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I MUST SAY THIS IS A GREAT SERIS. TRUE ❤️ 💌💌💌💌❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 01-28-17

I need more!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

Why, oh why does this series have to be over??? I loved it so much more than I ever expected! Ms. Black brought out the big guns in this final book- I was laughing out loud and then crying all the tears. What a terrific story.
Kage is his same intense self, but we finally get to see a more light-hearted side to him, which I loved. But then my heart broke for him when things all came to a head.
The ending was perfect!
Really, just a terrific trilogy, including the outstanding narration by J.F. Harding!


***Borrowed through RP.

  • Kage Unleashed

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

In a battle of the heart, who will be the first to submit? My name is Jamie Atwood, and I am an idiot. Against all odds, I got the attention of Michael Kage, the hottest MMA fighter on the planet. To say he rocked my world would be an understatement. He transformed me completely, made me depend on him, and made me love him. And the sex? Let me put it this way: I'd never been with a guy before I met Kage, but I'd gladly spend the rest of my life on my knees for him. He is my obsession and my addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Trilogy and Great Narration!

  • By Cyndi on 12-18-16

I AM ADDICTED!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Gah, I am so addicted to Jamie and Kage, their story has me completely hooked! LIke I said in my review for Kage, thank goodness all books are out, because OMG, that ending?!? Now, I don't normally mind cliffhangers, but sweet lord!
Kage is such a contradiction, even more so in this story- I want to shake him but I also want to hug him!
And let me just say, Dr. Tanner is a straight up pos! I don't know if we'll find out more about her in the last book, which I have now started, but I can safely say I do not like her, at all!
But boy, do I love Kage and Jamie.


***Borrowed through RP.

  • Kage

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875

My name is Jamie Atwood, and I'm an addict. I never thought I'd say such a thing. Never had a problem being overly attached to anything in my life. I came from a perfectly middle-class family, made good grades, and had a hot cheerleader girlfriend...but the truth is, nothing ever really moved me. So how did a guy like me become an addict? I met Michael Kage. Kage is an MMA fighter. A famous one. I like to think I helped him get that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Warned

  • By Sweet Pea on 06-20-16

Thank God all books in this trilogy are out!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

This was an intense little journey, but one I enjoyed.
I'm not sure if I would have liked it as much if I had read instead of listened, though, as Kage is one of those characters that works best for me when I can"hear" them, instead of just reading them. He ran hot and cold for much of the book and I think if JF Harding hadn't been there to give him life I would have been pretty turned off. As it was, I actually found him quite endearing. And my heart broke a little for him there at the end. Although, to be honest, there was part of me that thought he was expecting a little too much from Jamie, considering this was all so new to him (Jamie).
If you can't tell I had some conflicting feelings while listening to this story, although overall I really did like it. Kage and Jamie were both compelling characters who fit well together, even with, and maybe because of, their differences.

Thank goodness I had the next book to jump right into, because I really need these guys to work things out!

***Borrowed through RP.

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Creepy, sweet, and overall really enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I really enjoyed the previous series I've listened to by KJ Charles so I was excited to dive into this one, especially after seeing all the recommendations in the different audio groups I'm in on FB. The book definitely lived up to the hype.
It was a little hard for me to connect with the story in the beginning, but then all of sudden things clicked and I didn't want to take my earbuds out! This story was creepy and mysterious, and at times it made me a little uncomfortable. But it had its fun and sexy moments as well.

The connection/chemistry between Crane and Stephen was quite fascinating, and undeniably appealing. I wasn't sure what to think at first, when it came to them being together, but I couldn't seem to not want them to be with each other. I found Stephen to be absolutely endearing, while Crane started off as that quintessential aristocrat but really, there was so much more to him.

The Magpie Lord was an entertaining listen, thanks to the narration by Cornell Collins. He was able to give each character such distinct voices, you always knew who it was speaking. I thought he was really great at showcasing the differences in social status as well, through the voices he gave the characters.

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than I expected...

  • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

Perfection in audio form!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I loved everything about this story! The audiobook was amazing and I wish I hadn't waited to long to listen! Monty is adorable, Percy is wonderful, and Felicity is awesome. I'm so glad I bought this in hardback, it's a book I definitely need on my shelf.

This was such a fun read, but there were a few moments that really pulled at my heart, too.

Christian Coulson's narration was perfection! I could have listened to him as Monty all day long.

A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was such a delight!

  • Evolved

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise and mess, and he's uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN. Shaun is compatible to Lloyd's every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realizes Shaun's not like other A-Class androids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely story

  • By Denise on 09-06-18

So endearing!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

4.5*

I found this book so endearing, in a hard to wrap my head around it kind of way.
This was one I jumped between listening to and reading. When I first finished it I had given it a 4* rating, but now that I'm getting back to it, I've decided to round it up to 5* instead of down to 4* like I did originally, because the more I think about it, the more I love it. Yes, it's quite odd, having an android as a love interest, but it was a truly engaging story.
Lloyd is such a compelling character. I haven't wanted to jump into my Kindle, or my phone, in awhile to hug someone, but I did with him. And like it says in the blurb, Shaun really is special. And together these two were pluperfect.

I adored the audio of this story. I know I've probably said it before, but I'm just amazed how wonderfully Joel Leslie brings ALL THE EMOTIONS to his narrations. He is so perfect with the more vulnerable characters, I really love listening to him.

  • How to Bang a Billionaire

  • Arden St. Ives, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful...oh yeah, and a billionaire. It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me. But now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning performance of an amazing book

  • By Mo Sytsma on 02-01-18

All the stars for Arden St. Ives!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Gah, I love Arden St. Ives!
But let me tell you, I'm glad I didn't read any of the reviews beforehand, just went by my girl Mo's recommendation. Because if I had seen the references to this book being the gay FSoG I would have skipped right over it. And that would have sucked for me, because I have fallen so hard for Ardie! He's adorable and funny and sarcastic and speaks before he thinks and I just adore him.
Now Caspian, he's quite another story. He's got some issues, but unfortunately we don't learn a lot about him in this book. Just enough that, like Arden, I don't know if I want to smack him or hug him. Hug might not be exactly what Arden said, but I'll stick with hugging!
I will say this book was quite intriguing- I want to learn more about Caspian and find out why he is the way he is. And I just want to spend more time with Arden! But from reading a few of the reviews for book 2 I'm going to hold off on that one until book 3 comes out- sounds like How to Blow it with a Billionaire leaves you needing more!

Joel Leslie knocks it out of the park once again. I don't know how he does it, but he brings out the vulnerability in characters so perfectly. His portayal of Arden was wonderful, he had me cracking up with the silly things Arden said and did, and tearing up at times, too. He gave Caspian that bit of high and mighty air without making him too pretentious, just perfect!