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  • His Consort

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Scott Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: His quaint little store attracts a devoted staff, and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He's perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying and utterly mesmerizing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Robert Jackson on 12-23-18

A Refreshing New Redefinition

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

His Consort is a refreshing new redefinition of the tried and true Vampire genre, in the model of Dracula, to one of co-evolution with humans of a different species called Vampyrs. Gown is the sleeping in coffins, bursting into flames in sunlight, garlic aversion, wood stakes, and the mindless blood lust to dink only human blood. Blood drinking remains but only as a civilized consensual act. Humans are genially off the menu by order of the Vampyr monarchy centered in Malta. The other tip of the hat to traditional vampire lore is the need for humans to give consent for a Vampyr to enter their home. Finally silver has been modified so it no longer burns Vampyr flesh but will weaken their powers so they may be bound.

With the above flexibility Mary Calmes has fashioned an action packed story that forms the background to a romance between the Prince of the Vampyrs and a human, ex-special forces military, with a recessive gene, bridging the gap between the human race and the Vampyr race; making them ideal mates. All this occurs in the middle of factions, conspiracies, and betrayals by Vampyrs motivated by greed and lust for power. This action makes a good read and a great listen.

This story is narrated well by Scott Smith. Mr. Smith provides multiple voices and accents for the different characters all with a pleasant tambour to the ear.

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  • The Mafia Heir's Baby: A Bad Boy Mpreg Romance

  • Frat Boys Baby Series, Book 4
  • By: Aiden Bates, Austin Bates
  • Narrated by: Steve Millikin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Getting knocked up mid mission isn’t the absolute worst way to torpedo your special forces career, I guess. But getting knocked up by my best friend - a mafia prince - makes for a special kind of FUBAR that military jargon can't quite handle. Life is about prioritizing what matters most and standing by those choices. I’ve never regretted mine. Parents said pick between being gay or being part of this family, I said see you later. My superiors said you can have a husband and kids or you can be the most badass omega special ops leader this army’s ever seen, I said sign me up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family Feud?

  • By Emma Burbidge on 12-01-18

Love the Performance; Hated the Editing.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I wanted to like this audio-book; however, the post production editing is abysmal. There are at least two dozen examples of repeated sentences, not to mention, the annoying decision to announce the title of the book at the start of each chapter. The narrator, Steve Millikin, has a great voice. However, the lack of post-production editing support is a real drag on the narration spoiling Mr. Millikin’s good performance.

The book’s plot is exciting and well worth enduring the poor editing support hampering Mr. Millikin otherwise able performance.

  • Slow Heat

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-30s, he's long since given up hope that he'll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He's fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends. When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can't be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time reading Omegavers and I am in LOVE!!!!!

  • By Neta_BER on 05-14-18

Slow Heat: Not a Typical Shifter Story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Letta Blake created and populated her world with genetically manipulated wolves into a wolf-human hybrid to explore a number of present day issues centering on religion attitudes, state power, society, procreation ‘M/M Mpreg genre’, abortion banning, birth control, outcasts ‘If two Alpha’s submit of one another in that way’, love and commitment in the young and mature characters.

What makes this not just a simple shifter tale is there are no actual sifting back and forth between human and wolf forms; there are no fur and fang battles; there are no running through the woods by the light of the full moon; no breaking and reforming bones. What remain are the divisions of Alphas, Batas and Omegas types interacting in romance situations in a future society made up of wolf-human hybrids after the great die off of the progenitor pure human. In this society the ideas of fated mate’s (the book calls it Erosgape two Greek words Eros {sexual love} Agape {spiritual love}) verses a practical contracted mate is exhaustively explored. This wolf society, mirroring our own, allows distance to explore social and romantic and sexual issues. The climax of the novel resolves all the plot and character issues with heart wrenching and warming self-sacrifice of ego for compassion for others. The whole thing is very well done.

The narration was wonderful. Well worth a read and or a listen.

This story captures that just as life and society can be unfair, violent, and heartbreaking that those events do not define who the individual is; that they can ultimately find happiness. Bad things can happen to good people-wolves.

Congratulations to Letta Blake for this bold imaginative and totally satisfying rethinking of the genre.

  • Hudson's Luck

  • A Forever Wilde Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 383

Don't ever accidentally fall for the straight guy. Especially when he's trying to pry your family's business right out from under you. I should know. Because when Hudson Wilde walks into my family's pub and begins babbling so adorably, I can't help but fall just a little bit in love. But I'm looking for Forever Man, and the sexy American is certainly not him. He's so confused about what he wants, even choosing something from the dinner menu throws him into a fuddle. But those eyes...how can I resist? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this family

  • By Annika on 07-18-18

Michael Pauley Redeemed in Hudson’s Luck

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

As a general impression Michael Pauley is not my favorite narrator as his pleasant voice, in my opinion, lacks enough distinction so one can easily differentiate which of the two main characters are speaking in the dialog situation. In this book one main character is Hudson Wilde with a Texas accent the other character Charlie Murray is Irish and has a distinct Irish accent. Mr. Pauley produced a satisfactory soft Texas accent and a not over the top Irish accent. The result was a pleasurable listening experience.

Ms. Lennox work remains reliable to the point of being predictable. In her books there seems to be a need for several (often to many) communication errors resulting in misunderstanding between the main characters driving them apart before they realize the error and reunite on the path to happiness. This tried and true plot device is all well and good, however, if it is used to often the story becomes a soap opera and personally I become annoyed and tune out. Happily, this book has some of this device but not too much of it to spoil the book.

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  • Logan's Need

  • The Escort Series, Book 3
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

After Logan Bradshaw's dreams go up in smoke, he's left broken and haunted by a cruel betrayal from his former business partner, a man he once thought of as a friend. His life as a professional escort helped pay for his future once, so maybe a few more jobs can give him back what he's lost. Dominic Barretti has everything money can buy, but it can't save his beautiful young wife as cancer steals her away from him. He also can't deny her one last request - a ménage encounter with another man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!

  • By H. Spanarella on 12-28-18

Bad Romance but an Exciting End

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I selected this story based on the plot description. The idea that a man’s dying wife would audition male escorts as a potential replacement for her sounded intriguing and very thoughtful on the wife’s part. The plot suggests that the wife was aware of her husband Dominic bisexual needs were being placed on hold out of his fidelity to her. An element of nobility is injected into the Logan character early on in that he is peddling his wares as a way of supporting his kid sister after their parent’s death. Alas the execution of this theme was badly handled. The escort, Logan, is introduced as heterosexual!?! He has a big scar down his chest from surgery to remove a bullet from an attempt to kill him. A scarred up body is not a big turn on for most women willing to pay for it. The back and forth mental struggle of am I or am I not gay / bisexual is confusing and ultimately boring in its unfolding as it is just too predictable. The only thing that saves this story from being labeled as romantic dreck is the subplot of a psychotic mass murder, torturer, and rapist that lurks in the background for three quarters of the story to emerge as an exciting finish at the last quarter of the book. This alone rescues the story from a one star rating.

The romantic leads Dom and Logan are so far-fetched as to be unrealistic and implausible. This makes their attraction preposterous and unbelievable. The twists and turns to get to a romantic oneness triggered so many, oh come on now, responses one just can’t believe it all. So as a romance this story fails.

However, the plot twist of Logan’s sister rapist being discovered to have survived a fire he had supposedly died in to rise as a mass murderer and continue to threaten the principals; now that was interesting and worth struggling through the implausible romance. That brings the ratting up from one star to three stars.

  • Touched Down

  • A Straight to Gay Stepbrother Romance
  • By: Jake Evans, Zoe Forrest, Em Covax
  • Narrated by: Gus Klondike
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Taylor was on his way to big things. He was the star quarterback in college at Michigan State, and as his last football season was tapering off, the offers were starting to stream in for him to play professionally in the year to come. Everything in his life was starting to fall into place, or at least that was how it appeared. In reality, Taylor felt empty. Taylor had it all, but there was something missing. On his quest to find out what that missing piece was, he found himself going down a dark path that he would never have imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Touch Down Fumbled the Ball

  • By James on 04-13-18

Touch Down Fumbled the Ball

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Oh perhaps if Taylor had one iota of remorse for how he treated others and was only remorseful for being caught being gay by his unknowing beard girlfriend. She was a real B too but Taylor was stringing her along and toying with her tiny heart. That might warrant 3 stars.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I would listen to anything by Gus Klondike. He did the best he could to put lipstick on on this pig.

Which character – as performed by Gus Klondike – was your favorite?

The step brother is emotionally stupid but has a good heart in even trying to turn this male unremorseful pig into a human being.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Gus Klondike's performance.

Any additional comments?

Taylor, the quarterback, was such a toughly unattractive egomaniacal character from a personality standpoint that one does not give a rat’s behind when he winds up on a lonely cliff, drunk and contemplating jumping to his death. There is nothing to recommend an intervention by the stepbrother to save his sorry behind either personally or professionally. There is no evidence to suggest that Taylor learned anything or would change his egocentric personality in any way shape or form to warrant picking his sorry behind out of the gutter. As soon as he gets a second chance there is nothing to suggest that he will not return to his, "it’s all about me" viewpoint other than the fact that he was forced out of the closet. Beauty is only skin deep and under his hyper-masculine skin Taylor is ugly to the bone.

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  • Line in the Sand

  • Herc's Mercs
  • By: Ari McKay
  • Narrated by: Jacob Schaumburg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

In order to keep his skill in the field up to date, Alec "Red" Davis, Hercules Security's chief of operations, takes a job protecting Jon Baldwin, an actor thrown into the spotlight by sudden fame. Although he's attracted to Jon, who is modest about his success and genuinely appreciative of his fans, Alec knows he has to keep his distance. Even when Jon makes it obvious he returns Alec's interest, there is a professional line Alec knows he must never cross - no matter how great the temptation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't edited. Didn't make it past CH 1

  • By Patrick McDonald on 02-09-16

Reading TEN editing ZERO

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Better editing of the narration.

Any additional comments?

Jacob Schaumberg narration on this book must be rated on two factors in this audio-book. His vocal tambour and ability to do different voices for different characters is fine. However, the fact that this was released without the edits of misspeaks and pronunciation errors being removed fracture the rhythm and pacing of the story into a choppy mess. It is a shame that no other example of Mr. Schaumberg reading exists at the time of this review as I thought he had potential as a narrator.

  • An Erie Halloween

  • By: V.L. Locey
  • Narrated by: Ron Welch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child. Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is living in a secret community of mystical beings. It's the wolf shifters that cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses. Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei, at the Office for Transmogrification Registration (OTTER).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pepe Le Pew Meets the Wolf-man

  • By James on 12-16-16

Pepe Le Pew Meets the Wolf-man

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Any additional comments?

An Erie Halloween is an amusing re-imagination of the shifter genre of romance novel. The plot uses an illogical absurd coupling of wolf-shifter and a skunk-shifter that is reminiscent of the Pepe Le Pew cartoons of childhood. However, in this incarnation, Le Pew a sarcastic wise cracking character played off against a big powerful bad boy wolf shifter with a scholarly refined side to him.

It is a reductio-ad-absurdum of the genre. I smiled and chuckled my way through the entire book.

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  • Romanus

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight, and even the secret Luc protects won't be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining audio

  • By Belen on 06-05-16

It’s An Amuse-Bouche, - - - An Appetizer

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

Any additional comments?

This petite confection by Mary Calmes is a wonderful paranormal amalgamation of the Beauty and the Beast love story and a dollop of the midlevel in the form of French gargoyles among us in the back country of Kentucky; the gargoyles shapeshift between human and bestial form. It is perfectly prepared, garnished, and served by the narration voice of Greg Tremblay. In fact, the only flaw is it is an amuse-bouche, - - - an appetizer, to a main course second book named Chevalier; which is NOT AVAILABLE in audio format, at the time of this review. I am deeply disappointed because this fact.

How can Amazon, Audible, and Dreamspinner Press allow this obscenity of offering an audio appetizer without an audio main course to continue to exist? If they correct this, for heaven sake, please use the same narrator. Why mess with a good thing?

In the meantime the consumer must content themselves with listening to the amuse-bouche of this offering of Romanus while reading the ingredients in the second book and self-baking the main course in their own minds. This is not all bad. However this is the difference of whether one eats pot luck at home or dining out with a narration waiter to deliver the meal perfectly prepared to ones ear. It is a matter of preference.

  • The Most Important Game

  • M/M Gay Sports, Book 1
  • By: Noah Harris
  • Narrated by: Gus Klondike
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Jason McCaw is a young adult about to celebrate his 19th birthday. The past 19 years of his life have been mundane and, for the most part, lonely. After his stepfather insists that he joins the basketball team to make friends, Jason is shocked and surprised when he meets the most popular boy in school, Riley Peterson. After a standoff with longtime bully, Riley steps up to the plate to defend Jason, and since his heroic attempt, Jason has failed to think of anything but Riley.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Muddy Water

  • By James on 05-05-16

Muddy Water

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Any additional comments?

I am reviewing these two audiobooks together because they are books 1 and 2 of a series and meant to be considered as a single ongoing story. The publishers committed two related unforgivable sins in the audio production of these works. Sin one was to change narrator’s between books one and two. Sin two was to be so careless as to change genders of the narrator’s between books one and two. WTF was on their beady little minds.

The first book’s romance is set between two 18 year old seniors, Jason and Riley, on a high school basketball team. This is appropriate for a first love romance. Then the author throws in a weird twist of making the more masculine figure a werewolf. The werewolf after declaring what he is abandons his love interest to go run with his pack several states away; leaving a huge cliffhanger of an ending.

The second book is set after graduation from high school and has nothing to do with basketball other than a reference as playing it in the past. A new sweet non-shape-shiftier love story starts when boom, between heartbroken Jason and insecure but always faithful Rex. The story is interrupted when the werewolf Riley makes a sudden reappearance at the end bringing the story to a screeching halt. Is this a cliffhanger to a third book? WHO KNOWS? Based on the horrible change in narrators it is this reviewer’s opinion, who cares. The author obviously does not know whether she wants to write a sports teamed book or a shape shiftier book or a sweet and tender first true love book.

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