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  • An Unsuitable Heir

  • Sins of the Cities, Book 3
  • By: K.J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

On the trail of an aristocrat's secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark's ever met - and everything he's ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to claim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a climax!

  • By Imagine Reviews on 11-25-17

Love IS Love!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This was my favorite book in the series! I had no idea how the crimes were going to be solved, or how things were going to work out for Mark and Pen, but it all came together so well! I'm sure everyone had their own ideas of "whodunit" like I did, but I was second guessing myself up until the very end, and I still got it wrong. Bravo to Ms. Charles for a well thought out, well plotted storyline.
I didn't expect all the emotions I'd feel in this book. To be honest, I never read the blurb for this one- I knew it was Mark's story, but I didn't know what was coming when it came to Pen's character.
I'm not well versed at all in the trans/non-binary world so I'm not going to even try to delve into those aspects of the story for fear of offending someone, but I felt so much for Pen and all he was having to deal with- wanting to live life on his own terms, and scared of not being able to if he had to take his position in the family he never knew.
I didn't think there was any way that Ms. Charles could make it so that Pen could live a happy life, one where he didn't have to hide who he was, but I really liked how everything worked out for all involved.

Matthew Lloyd Davis was a fantastic narrator. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed these stories as much as I did if I had read them instead of listened- he really brought these stories to life.



***Borrowed through the RP.


  • An Unnatural Vice

  • Sins of the Cities, Book 2
  • By: K.J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret. Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fraud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • K. J. Charles does it again

  • By BR on 08-03-17

Opposites Attract

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

4.5*

An Unnatural Vice is a great continuation of the Sins of the Cities series. The suspense and mystery had me wanting to take a nice long road trip so I could just sit and listen until the end! I'm loving the way this story is playing out- the who, what, where, when, why, and how, I need answers! Oh what a tangled web Ms. Charles has weaved- one that has me guessing and second guessing myself with each page.
Nathaniel and Justin are such complete opposites. we're talking enemies-to-lovers to the extreme! And I was feeling all the anger and the animosity and I was there for it!
Then there were the moments of reflection from Nathaniel, when he was remembering the times with Tony, and I could just feel his pain and sorrow. So sad. But it was wonderful to see him open himself up to Justin, and accept that there was more life out there for him to live.

I really enjoy the way the overall story arc runs through the 3 books- we get "complete" stories for the main couples, but the mystery itself continues on, with each couple playing their part in moving the story along.
I'm glad I discovered this after all books were out, so I didn't have to wait to know what happens!

Once again another fantastic job by Matthew Lloyd Davis! With his narration I could imagine myself transported to London, feeling the fog closing in around me, feeling the anticipation and anxiousness of the characters.

  • A Seditious Affair

  • Society of Gentlemen, Book 2
  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He's not lovable or even likable. He's an overbearing idealist, a radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution...and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But, unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged - or spare his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adults falling in love!

  • By Hank C. on 01-06-16

Completely unexpected how much I loved this story!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I loved this story!
It was really uncomfortable to listen to at times, as I'm not the biggest fan of D/s, but it was done so well in this book.
Silas kind of crept into my heart and wouldn't let go. He's rough and gruff and so not your typical hero. But he's such a wonderful character!
He and Dominic are the epitome of the odd couple- 2 people you would never, ever expect to work, yet they are the puzzle piece the other was missing.
This story was really compelling, as Silas and Dominic's relationship is so complicated! How could these two men ever have the happily ever after that they so deserve? KJ Charles did a wonderful job of giving us a wholly statisfying and believable resolution to a love story that really shouldn't have stood a chance.

Matthew Lloyd Davies narration was outstanding. He really seems to live and breath these characters. He's not just reading the book, he's giving us a one-man performance, and I am here for it!


*Borrowed through the Romance Package.

  • An Unseen Attraction

  • Sins of the Cities, Book 1
  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He's happy with his hobbies, his work - and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. Rowley just wants to be left alone - at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding...it could be perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • K J Charles is amazing

  • By BR on 02-25-17

Mystery, romance, and suspense.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This was a really enjoyable romantic suspense. I loved the mystery and how things will continue on into the next book (which I've already downloaded!).
Clem was a sweetie. I don't want to say I felt sorry for him, because I really didn't, but I did feel bad and sad for him, for the situation he was in through no fault of his own. However, he's someone that makes the best of things and he's made a simple, happy life for himself, even if it's been a little lonely. That is, until tea time between he and Rowley becomes something more, and they finally give into the attraction between them. Theirs was a sweet romance. I liked that Rowley was so patient with Clem, even when he was frustrating him.
I thought the mystery played out well in this book. I like how parts of the story weren't wrapped up, although I'm anxious to find out all the answers!

I really like Matthew Lloyd Davies narration. He does such a terrific job giving everyone different and distinct voices. Although Rowley kind of morphed into Silas from A Seditious Affair a few times, and that threw me off a little!

***Borrowed through the Romance Package

  • Some Sort of Happy

  • Happy Crazy Love, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Harlow
  • Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs, Lucy Malone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

I almost didn't believe it was him. In high school, Sebastian Pryce had been an aloof outsider who kept to himself. But now, 10 years later, he's back and unusually attractive. With muscles in all the right places and hands that know exactly what they're doing, Sebastian is everything I didn't know I needed. And while he isn't exactly friendly, he has a magnetism that draws me in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expertly read, great story

  • By KathyD on 02-24-16

8 "2 is better than 1" Stars!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I love this book so much! I was worried a little that my memory of loving it wouldn't live up to a second go-round, but I'm happy to say it did! I just adore Sebastian and hearing his voice, getting to listen to his fears and worries, ugh it just did me in. He is so endearing and such a compelling character, I just wanted to wrap him up in a hug.
It's funny, Sky irritated me a little this time around, maybe because of hearing her say certain things instead of reading them. It was nothing major, just every once in awhile I wanted her to give Sebastian a break. But I loved that she didn't give up on him, or let him give up on himself.
I don't know, after listening to this it may have finally knocked Frenched out of the top spot of my Melanie Harlow favorites.
Speaking of Frenched- I guess no one told Nelson that Mia didn't have a French accent, or told Lucy that Lucas did! Other than those 2 little blips I really enjoyed the narration. They both really brought Sebastian and Sky to life. It was especially wonderful hearing Sebastian- I think Nelson did a wonderful job bringing out all the emotions and feelings to his character. It made me fall even harder for Sebastian than the first time around, and I didn't think that was possible.


Borrowed through the Audible Romance Package.

  • Brant's Return

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

Brant Talbot runs a glitzy network of high-end bars in New York City, enjoying all the benefits of the lavish lifestyle he's worked so hard to achieve. When he learns that his estranged father is dying, he must return to his family’s Kentucky horse farm - and to a past he thought he left behind. While facing long-buried truths, he collides with his father’s secretary, Isabelle Farris. Despite his undeniable attraction to the beautiful, independent young woman, he sees secrets in her eyes and believes she has designs on Graystone Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit by Mia Sheridan!

  • By Ashley D on 08-16-18

Emotional second chance at life.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I really enjoyed the audiobook of Brant’s Return. I mean, you can’t ever go wrong with Jacob Morgan as a narrator! This was my first listen to a book narrated by Virginia Rose and I’m a new fan! She brought such feeling to Isabelle’s character, I found myself tearing up more than once.

This was a very touching story, full of heartache and loss, and ultimately healing. There was a lot of emotions brought up in this book, as both Isabelle and Brant have to come to terms with what's happened in the past, as well as dealing with some very unexpected issues currently facing them. When all is said and done this was a lovely story about two people getting a second chance at life.

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  • Bedfellows

  • By: Lola Leighton
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Jacob Morgan, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

Sullivan and Will are as close as two friends can be. Growing up in the system forced them to rely on each other, and they've become accustomed to sharing everything - including women. Now they're ready for more. To find love. To start a family. To see the dreams they've shared since childhood come true. Apparently I tick off every box on their list - brains, beauty, and sass. I never hesitate to put both men in their places - which they find sexy as hell. One problem, I'm a traditional girl, with traditional values - one man, one woman, till death do us part - kind of values.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great book, with superb narration.

  • By Readers Together on 08-04-18

Enjoyable Guilty Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I don't read/listen to a lot of menage stories and when I do I usually prefer mmf, or mmm, rather than mfm. But there was a lot of buzz for this book in some of the audio groups I'm in on FB, and one of my favorite authors mentioned how good the narration was so I thought I'd check it out. Plus it's in the Romance Package so why not!

The story was entertaining. Let me just say Adrienne was a lucky, lucky woman. To have the attention of either Sullivan or Will would have been something, but to have both of them wanting you??? Yeah, I don't think lucky is the right word. Jealousy inducing maybe? They were so attentive and caring, but not pushy or overbearing. I really liked the 2 of them and the connection and history they shared- I wanted all the good things to happen for Sullivan and Will, they deserved it after their tough upbringing.

There was quite a bit of time-hopping in the book which made it a little difficult to feel that the relationship between the 3 of them grew realistically. I would have liked to have spent more time with the 3 of them at the beginning, after Adrienne moved in with Sullivan and Will- it seemed things had moved just a little quickly and they settled in too comfortably for this have been all new to Adrienne.

The major conflict in the story was fixed too easily for my liking. It basically happened off page and we never really got to know how the resolution came about, which was disappointing. It was a pretty important matter and I think we were just kind of left hanging and expected to just accept all was well.

There's one spoilerish issue that I guess I won't mention here but will put in my GR review. It's just a personal thing that irritates me when it happens in books. And in this particular book I feel like it deserved more attention than it received. Although it worked out well in the end, and I was happy for Will and Sully.

The narration was outstanding! I mean, Jacob Morgan can do no wrong. This was my first Jason Clarke book but I'm here to tell you it won't be my last, that's for sure. I wish he had had more air time! I thoroughly enjoyed Ava's portrayal as well.

Overall this was a sweet, sexy, easy listen.

  • A Fashionable Indulgence

  • Society of Gentlemen, Book 1
  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation. When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really really really good!

  • By Paola on 08-16-15

I need more historical m/m in my life!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

But seriously, why haven't I read or listened to more historical m/m books? I so enjoyed this story. I loved the story and the characters, I especially loved the prose! I got such a kick out of some of the sayings and the way they phrased things- so entertaining! I adored Harry adn thought Julius was wonderful. They had their ups and downs and bumps along the road, but everything worked out as it should.
The audiobook was awesome, but I definitely want to go back and read this as well. And I can't wait to move on to the next book.
Matthew Lloyd Davies narration was really outstanding.

***Borrowed through Audible Romance Package

  • Thrust Under

  • By: Michelle A. Valentine, Emily Snow
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Gabriel Carter is the biggest, cockiest asshole I've ever met. He's a six-foot-three ex-baseball player with sexy muscles and smoldering looks that turn my body into a traitorous mess. Did I mention he's also the reason business at my family's hotel is quickly going down the drain? I shouldn't want him, but try explaining that to my body. Especially after he proposes a business deal to me that will be mutually rewarding - both financially and sexually. Sleep with the enemy? Nah, I'll just marry the bastard instead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted pleasure!

  • By Darcy on 06-20-18

Quick, easy listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

3.5*

Thrust Under is a quick, easy, sexy little story.
I liked the enemies-to-lovers aspect, as well as the fake relationship that was mutually beneficial for both Maggie and Gabe. There was some fun back and forth as they got to know each other, and an undeniable chemistry between them. Maggie fought the attraction, on principle alone, but as hard as she tried, Gabe was just too irresistible.
Things were a little predictable but didn't detract from me enjoying the story. I was very surpised, though, with Gabe at one point- I found his reaction a little out of charcter and it disappointed me, to be honest. But at least things weren't dragged out, although with a novella there's not much dragging you can do!

I enjoyed Meghan's narration. I liked how she was able to give each of the characters their own distinctive voices, without any of them being over the top. Her male voice/s were very well done. Although you could tell a female speaking the parts, she didn't try to make her voice crazy deep, which can sometimes sound ridiculous. As you listened, especially during chapters in Gabe's pov, you kind of forgot it was a woman doing the narrating and just got lost in the story.
I look forward to finding more books she's narrated.

***I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Confessions: Julien

  • Confessions Series, Book 2
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 119

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about. To the outside world, he has it all. A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life. But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It's a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like the Tumblers of a Lock Falling Into Place

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-18

Hold onto your heart!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Oh what a ride of emotions Ms. Frank takes us on, as we delve deeper into just who Mr. Julien Thornton is and what/who it is that molded him into the person he is today. There’s a lot of pain and guilt that he’s been holding onto.
Not only do we discover the cause of Julien’s heartache, we’re starting to get a better understanding of Mr. Joel Priestly as well.

Confessions: Julien is more complex, more emotional than Robbie’s book, as the bond between Robbie, Julien, and Priest deepens. They’re really beginning to learn how to navigate this new relationship, especially Robbie, and the part each one of them plays in it becomes more apparent.

I love how comfortable Robbie has become- he’s truly found exactly where he’s supposed to be. Julien and Priest just make my heart melt when it comes to their feelings for Robbie. They are so caring and patient with him, I cannot even handle it. The way they show him, and not just tell him, how important he is to them is so touching.

Not to say there aren’t any bumps in the road, because there definitely are. There’s still a lot that these men have to handle, have to deal with, still so much to discover about themselves and each other. This book definitely brought the feels. As anxious as I am for Priest’s book I’m already sad thinking about having to say good-bye the these three.

Charlie David did another wonderful job bringing these 3 incredible characters to life! He really brought out all the emotions in this book, and it was a bit of an emotional overload at times. Really well done.

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