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  • Bloomington Boys: Brandon

  • By: Mark Roeder
  • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

So many beautiful and intelligent young women surround Brandon, he's overwhelmed, but he's truly shocked when he finds himself attracted to another guy for the first time in his life! Brandon has always been secure in his sexuality, but is he secure enough to test his boundaries with a guy? Can he learn to live side by side in a tiny dorm room with his classical-music-playing, opera-loving roommate? Can he help his closeted teammate come out into the light of day?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many plotlines none of which felt developed

  • By Silup on 02-06-18

Too many plotlines none of which felt developed

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

What aspect of Joe DiNozzi’s performance would you have changed?

There were some really strange places where his voice was multiplied trying to make him sound like more people speaking at once, that really threw me out of the mood.
All in all the performance was okay, but not a favorite - but then I don’t really think he had the best material to work with.

Any additional comments?

I found this as part of my romance package, so I was expecting romance, which might have affected my experience adding to my disappointment. I was expecting the main character to enter a relationship but that never really happened.
This story turned out to be more of a starting college stream of consciousness thing, but even as such I was not really impressed. There were far too many themes for such a short story, I never really managed to get invested in any of the storylines. I have a feeling this is not the first story in this series, and perhaps it would help if I already knew this world and the characters, but as is it was a strangely uninteresting experience.
I am also baffled by the choice to have so many characters share names, that seems very odd and helped confuse me a few times.
All in all I didn’t really care about any of the characters and listening to this left me feeling distinctly meh.

  • His for the Holidays

  • By: Josh Lanyon, Z. A. Maxfield, L. B. Gregg, and others
  • Narrated by: Alec McKellen, Max Tatch, Max Bellmore, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Hope brightens a bleak Edinburgh December. A man gets a second chance with his high school crush. A decade-long game of cat and mouse comes to a passionate conclusion. And Santa Claus drives a red muscle car. Heat up your holidays with this collection of four festive tales from some of the top talent in the male/male genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Holiday Treat...

  • By Donald on 03-16-12

Nice little collection

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Any additional comments?

I listened to this because I really liked the Men Under the Mistletoe collection. I would recommend this one too, but I prefered the stories of that other collection.
I don’t think I have a particular favorite this time around, all 4 stories were decent.

  • From Afar

  • By: Ava March
  • Narrated by: Alex Moorecock
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Loneliness. A concept with which Raphael Laurent is very familiar. He's lived a solitary life for 36 years, shunning the excesses of the local vampire clan - until he spots Lord Aleric Vane, the handsome and dissolute third son of a duke. For three years Raphael has watched from a distance, for only when he is near Aleric does the hollow, empty ache in his chest ease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Riva on 01-15-17

Okay but not very fleshed out

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Any additional comments?

A nice little story, but for some reason it left me feeling like there was a lot left out that I would have liked to learned.
Sometimes a little snapshot of a story works well, but this time it did kind of leave me a little disappointed.
I liked the characters and would have loved to get to know them better.

  • Men Under the Mistletoe

  • By: Ava March, Harper Fox, Josh Lanyon, and others
  • Narrated by: Max Tatch, James de Grassi, Jack LeFleur, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd mix

  • By nicole on 09-13-15

Great collection, especially loved Winter Knights

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Any additional comments?

I’m surprised how much I liked these 4 stories. Since the description was rather thin I went into this just figuring I’d give it a go hoping 1 or 2 of the stories would be okay, but I really liked them all.
The weakest for me personally was most definitely the first one. I found it hard to get into the story and to be honest I did skip like half an hour or so. But then it picked up and was okay, though still my least favorite.
To me the most intriguing story was Winter Knights by Harper Fox. It had a lovely mix of very real and somewhat magical. This story on it’s own might well have gotten 5 stars from me. I’m definitely going to check out a few other Harper Fox stories after listening to this one.
Lone Star and The Christmas Proposition where both lovely kind of low key stories. I like these kind of stories everything does not have to be pumped up to the max all the time. Both had strengths and weaknesses, but I will definitely be looking at more stories by these authors too.

  • Gay: The Arresting Billionaire

  • By: Kathleen Hope
  • Narrated by: Eddie Leonard Jr.
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

"And you want me to sleep with him? Are you out of your freaking mind? I'm not gay, you know." "Yeah I know. All you gotta do is pretend to be gay. Since he already likes you, you can get in close to him and see what's going on back there." He held up a hand. "In the back room I mean," he said quickly when I opened my mouth to protest. "Look, all reports say that he's doing something illegal. There's no way in hell that he's made all that money clean."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a mess

  • By Silup on 01-26-18

A bit of a mess

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Any additional comments?

Given the description I was kind of just expecting some smut, sadly it was wrapped in a thin and to me completely unbelievable love story spiced up with some completely unbelievable cop investigation thrown in. This short story seemed to want to be about 5 different things at once, and as a result delivered on nothing.
The conflicts seemed forced and unbelievable, I never really understood the reactions from any of the characters.
I feel there could have been an interesting story if the whole cop plot was let go. Focusing on a man discovering new sides of himself under the attention of the owner of a club might have had some potential.

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  • Out of Frame

  • In Focus Series, Book 3
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Perpetually shy Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend, Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise. And it won't be just any cruise. Onboard are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young 20-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show's beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Out of Frame

  • By Stacy Thompson on 02-22-18

Cute and funny

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Any additional comments?

This series just gets better with each book. These characters were my favorite by far. I felt this book had a lovely warm and funny feel that I greatly enjoyed.

  • Focus on Me

  • In Focus Series #2
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert and can't help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes that Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride. Riley intended only to take a short ride in Colin's Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was a 'NO-GO' for me

  • By HaloLove on 07-02-16

Nice road trip story

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Any additional comments?

I was very pleased with the second installment in the focus series. This time I was much more connected with the main characters.
It was interesting how this road trip kind of organically developed rather than being planned.
And I’m not sure if the narrator improved or if I just got used to his style, either way I was pretty satisfied with the narration this time around.

  • Trust the Focus

  • In Focus, Book 1
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend, Landry, and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother's controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too long and the Justin is a jerk

  • By L. Campos on 02-23-18

okay but I was not too keen on the mc

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Any additional comments?

I sort of enjoyed this, but was also annoyed by a few things. Since it’s in the romance package I’m going to give the series another chance, but I would probably not if I was to pay a credit for the next book.
The mc annoyed me somewhat. I didn’t really get his over the top explosions. I know there were some explanations, but perhaps he is just too different from me, I just did not get him at all.
I’m sorry to say that the narrations grated my nerves a bit too. It felt like the words were drawn out and pronounced too carefully. Not sure I’m making sense.
But in conclusion there were good parts and annoying parts.

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  • First Time, Forever

  • By: KC Burn
  • Narrated by: Charlie Belmont
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

Derrick and Trevor used to have an incredibly passionate relationship, full of spontaneity and sizzle. Now that their son is off to college, they want to put their days of routine, vanilla sex behind them and bring back some of that spark. But Trevor begins to notice their age difference. He suddenly feels old and unsure of himself, and isn't confident Derrick still desires him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First time...

  • By Stacy Thompson on 11-28-17

short cute little angsty story

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

A bit short for my liking, but otherwise a cute little story mostly focused on sex and insecurities about growing older.

  • Candy Man

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Finn Stewart takes one look at Adam as he's applying to Candy Heaven and decides he's much too fascinating to leave alone. Finn is bright and shiny - and has never been hurt. Adam is wary of his attention from the very beginning - Finn is dangerous to every sort of peace Adam is forging, and Adam may just be too damaged to let him in at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet 🍭🍬🍫

  • By Libros Lover on 09-07-15

Cute funny and full of life

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

I feel this is a very promising start to a series. It definitely made me want to read the following books.
It was a lovely and light hearted story with a lot of interesting characters.