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  • Significant Brothers, Book 4
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Forensic investigator Dustin Reed stopped believing in fairytale romance in high school. Ever since his best friends scared off his loser ex, he's been a chronically single scrawny geek, afraid of being used. Love blossoms around him, while his family wants him to get hitched to the right class of man. All he can seem to find is hookup app encounters, but Dustin wishes someone would sweep him off his feet for love, too. After his tour of duty, now-forensic photographer Leo Sanderson is glad to be home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great additon to series

  • By Susan R on 04-21-19

Absolutely fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

E. Davies is back at it again, and I am so grateful! I just love these Significant Brothers. They are such a strong family, and I love how they support and accept each other and their loves.

In this book 4, quiet Dustin finally meets someone to make him take a risk of falling in love. Leo has never considered being with a man, but when he meets Dustin, pieces just click and fall into place for him. He never really questions his feelings, and is very open to all his relationship with Dustin can bring. There are little bumps in the road for them, but it is nothing that can not be overcome with communication and love. I really enjoyed sharing their journey with them.

I listened to this in audio format as a re-read, and Greg Boudreaux did a fantastic job. Revisiting this series has made me remember why I fell in love with these characters, and I feel like I loved Dustin and Leo even more after reading this again. They were so great together, and my heart was so full listening to them fall in love.

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by the author

  • Slam

  • The Riley Brothers, Volume 5
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Hockey player Kevin Shaw, fresh out of university, just signed onto a Toronto team for a year. He knows he isn't innately gifted, but he works damn hard to make up for it. The last thing he needs during his first season of pro hockey is a distraction...but he can't say no when he's asked to train with a sexy friend of a friend. He wants to get better, grab a spot on the third or fourth line, and not let slip any hint of attraction to his new buddy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Work, Love or Both

  • By Irish on 04-15-19

Michael Pauley's voice is like liquid gold!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Athletes: check
Hockey players: double check
Both MC's are hockey players: triple check
Riley Brothers series: oh yeah.

I have loved this whole series, and I am so glad there is another one, especially one that is focused on my favorite sport/sub-genre: hockey. Kevin and Matty are both trying to play hockey in the big leagues, and that doesn't really allow for a relationship, let alone a truly out one. They form a friendship before considering attraction which made their chemistry even stronger. All of Matty's friends were awesome, and the drama that did occur wasn't overdone or too angst worthy. This is more of an HFN because the story ended before everything was figured out, but I am hopeful that I will see their how their HEA is working for them when we get the next book (which I am THRILLED to know there is another coming).

The story takes place in Toronto, so we don't get a lot of interaction from the characters from the first 4 books, but they do make an appearance which made me happy. This story could be read as a standalone, but the other 4 were so wonderful that they should be read anyway. :-)

Michael Pauley has a voice like liquid gold. He did these characters so well, and I loved them in this version even more than on paper. Highly recommend the audio version of this series!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

  • How Not to Break

  • LOVESTRONG, Book 4
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Take one former SEAL with a healthy dose of regret.... Nick St. Cloud is living with shame from the one time he let his lust override his sense of honor. He’s haunted by the memory of when he made love to his best friend’s 18-year-old son. The tragic accident that happened that same night has only compounded his guilt. A decade later, he’s doing his best to be there for Charlie’s son, but anything more than that just wouldn’t be right...would it? Plus, the younger guy who he’s tried to forget.... It’s been 10 years. Ten long years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Anne-Marie Mogensen on 04-18-19

Great story with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Nick was a character in the first book, and we met Shaw in other books. There were hints that there was something going on with these two, and I am so glad that we finally got their story and ultimate HEA. Nick was the best friend of Shaw's father, and they had one earth moving night together 10 years prior. Unfortunately, that was also the night that Shaw's parents were killed in a car accident, and Nick and Shaw were separated by guilt, sadness, and so many other emotions and situations. Shaw ends up getting a creepy stalker, and Nick rides to the rescue again. Luckily, Nick gets out of his head long enough to realize that he is allowed to be happy and that Shaw is what can do that for him. It isn't an easy road overall, but when they finally start talking and really gelling together, they come together solidly and quickly. I liked these two, and I am so glad to see them be happy. There were moments that made me tear up when they dreamed or talked about his parents, and those scenes were so beautifully done. I never read the prequel to know what really happened in the past, but I didn't need to read that to enjoy this story.

Now I'm interested in seeing Rick find love. It sucked for him to watch Shaw find love with someone else, so he needs to be happy now.

Michael Pauley is so dang amazing. Love him so much. He narrates these books so beautifully.

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  • How Not to Sin

  • Lovestrong, Book 3
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

One regular guy who happens to be a preacher. Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity - in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Gabe and Seth!

  • By Bookobessed on 04-06-19

Great story with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I absolutely loved Gabe and Seth. Gabe is a bisexual pastor who meets Seth after getting stuck in the snow. They've seen each other from a distance, but they never actually met until then. They had such great chemistry, and their personalities were very well suited for each other. Gabe was hired with the church knowing he was bisexual, but members of the church freak out when they actually see him on a date with a man. We see the horrible Harold Danvers from the first book, and I never thought I would actually say I feel bad for his son, Clark, after the events from book one. I loved how these two characters weathered the storm of homophobia together and how they (and the parish) fought back against hate. It was great to reconnect with Andy, Corbin, Grey, Gams, and Larry. I'm looking forward to more of this series.

Michael Pauley is a freakin' dream. He did such a great job with this narration, and I loved the book just as much when I listened to it as a re-read. Wonderful.

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  • Slick

  • Significant Brothers, Book 3
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Life's a party, and Roman White is determined to have a good time. As the youngest captain at his airline, he has to endure a little good-natured ribbing, but at least he has the perks of being a pilot: constant travel and four gold bars on his shoulder that help him find men in every town. When he tries commitment, he always overcommits and scares off boyfriends. Why bother settling down?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so good

  • By Amy B-D on 04-09-19

Excellent connection between characters

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Yet another amazing E. Davies book! I was really looking forward to Roman and Oscar getting together, because we could feel the attraction in the last book (Grasp). I was not disappointed. Both guys are free spirits and love-em-and-leave-em kind of guys, but we really see that deep down, Roman has always wanted more and Oscar has to come to terms with his dance life changing. Seeing the guys come together and finally communicate what they want was very satisfying. They both had a lot of growing up and soul searching to do, and it was nice to see that it wasn't rushed. Great book! Can't wait to read about the next brothers! Dustin needs some happiness in his life!

I listened to the audiobook version of this as a re-read and absolutely loved it. The narrator does such a great job with these characters, and I loved reliving their story. I would relisten and reread this series again.

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  • Freak

  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Five years ago, Zeph met River. The timing couldn’t have been worse. An orphan with something to prove and the ghosts of his past breathing down his neck, Zeph took the offer from a pro MMA gym to live and train in the Midwest. River let him go easily. If it was a convenient excuse to escape emotional intimacy, neither of them had to admit it. Until now. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Second Chance Romance

  • By Esther A on 03-04-19

Very sweet story!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Another fabulous book in the F Word series. This book stars Nic's best friend, River. River is a drag queen who identifies as non-binary. it is really refreshing to see another book where the gender identity is not the usual depicted in an MC. Zeph is an MMA fighter, and has a past full of trauma and abuse. He struggles with relationships and letting people close. Both of these guys had stumbling blocks in their path, but they were able to overcome them with patience and support.

I am a big fan of E. Davies' writing style, and he does not disappoint with this book.
Like in book 1 (Flaunt), I love how the characters are not the stereotypical MC's that are in most other books. The exploration of transgender and non-binary is nice to see. The chemistry between Zeph and River was electric. Loved this book.

Edited to add audiobook review--So I listened to this, and the book remains amazing, even after almost 2 years have passed. I loved the characters and their journey together. The narration was good and fit with the characters. Joel Leslie did a nice job.

I'm voluntarily reviewing a free advance reader copy I received from the author.

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  • Deliver Me: An Mpreg Romance

  • Silver Oak Medical Center, Book 1
  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Corey H. Bennson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Losing his brother at a young age sets Carter Idoni's future in motion. Dedicating his life to saving people, Dr. Carter will do anything for his patients. And when the medical center gets taken over by a national network of hospitals, Carter is instantly attracted to the new CEO. Finn Riley may be handsome and rugged, but his icy demeanor is a turnoff for a loving man like Carter. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good!

  • By Samantha Cato on 02-26-19

Overall good story

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

This was a really long audio listen, and while I really enjoyed it, the beginning dragged on a bit for me. I get that the author was trying to get us to really get a feel for who Finn and Carter were as people, but most of the first half I just hated Finn. He was such an arrogant jerk, and I couldn't see anything really redeeming about him. After a long while, Finn finally got a bit of a clue and started to act more human. Unfortunately, it took some time of poor Carter feeling like he had no choice to fall for Finn's charms, and he really struggled with acknowledging he was worth more than he felt. I loved the resolution and was glad to see Paul and Carter finally become friends. Overall, I thought the beginning was too frustrating and long, Carter was adorable and I loved him, Finn got better after a while and I ended up liking him after almost hating him. The narrator did a great job. Solid 4 stars.

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  • Live Wire

  • Brooklyn Boys, Book 2
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

I might be into guys. Do you have any idea how terrifying that is? I've already run halfway across the country to get away from my abusive parents, and I really want to experiment, but I can't even hook up without scaring myself away. I might look confident on the outside, but this is tearing me apart. Then my new roomie wins a trip for two to a gay resort in Hawaii. Darren wants to show his clueless ex that he's moved on, and I want to help out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing one!

  • By Stephanie VO on 02-12-19

Absolutely fantastic!!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

It was great to get Adam's story, and having it a fake boyfriend story bumped it up a million times for me. I love that trope. Adam and Kev were friends who worked with Josh from Tremble. Now in NY, Kev has his new boyfriend, and Adam needs a new roommate. He gets along well with Darren, but Adam is really struggling with being in the closet and being afraid to act on any feelings regarding guys. When Darren wins an all expenses paid vacation, and when he realizes his ex will be there with his new boyfriend, Darren asks Adam if he wants to go with him and be his fake boyfriend.

Fortunately, the guys have a ton of chemistry together and decide that there is nothing fake about how they feel. I loved watching Adam come to terms with his attraction toward Darren and how his family dynamics have affected him over the years. There is a lot of growth in Adam, and it was great to watch.

I got this in audio format and listened to it for a re-read. Darren and Adam were just as fabulous the second time around. I loved their connection and Adam's awakening. The narrator, Nick J. Russo, did an excellent job. He drew me right into the characters, and I loved every minute of it.

I loved this just like I love every other one of Ed's books.

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  • The Son of Neptune

  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,390

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let this be Swanson's Swan song

  • By Jim on 10-20-11

Excellent series

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This series is so good! I loved the original Percy Jackson series, but this follow up spin-off is just as amazing. I am loving it all.

  • How Not to Blend

  • Lovestrong Book, 1
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

 

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his 15-year-old son Grayson being bullied, right? And what the heck is nonbinary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud! Best book in a long time!

  • By ILoveBooksSue on 01-31-19

Enjoyable story, fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I liked this book. Corbin is Dr. Hottie who always gets coffee from Andy's stand. Andy has had a crush on him for ages, but Corbin is in his own little world. He has a super awesome son who is struggling with identity and bullying at school. Andy and Corb come together, initially as "fake" boyfriends, but they eventually realize that they click in a real way. I like how there was communication between the guys. I listened to this in audiobook format, and I really loved the narrator. Michael Pauley is one of my favorites, and he did a great job in this one as well. The characters had distinct voices and it flowed audibly.

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