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  • Love Me Whole

  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Twenty-eight-year-old Oryn Patterson isn't like other people. Being an extremely shy social introvert is only part of the problem. Oryn has dissociative identity disorder. He may look like a normal man on the outside, but spend five minutes with him, and his daily struggles begin to show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook Ever!!

  • By Hanksgirl on 02-22-19

Remarkable!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

My review cannot possibly do this book justice, so I won’t even try.

Suffice it to say this was a story of pure and unconditional love of the kind I can’t even imagine.

Despite the subject matter, it’s not angsty. It’s a journey of discovery and healing for both (or all 7) MCs. A solid HEA awaits you at the end!

The narration by Adam Gold was superb.

Just do it and read it! This was my first book by this author and it won’t be my last.

  • Twice Bitten

  • By: Preston Walker
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When Alistair Hall lost his mate, he lost everything. To cope with the heartache, he’s thrown himself into supporting his pack. Finding strength in his work helps him forget, until he comes face-to-face with a complicated omega who could change his mind about everything. Matthew Norris sells fantasies - a jaded omega peddling shallow dreams at Hearts Connected. He doesn’t believe in love, but if it makes money, he can pretend. When a chance encounter puts him in the path of an irresistible alpha, Matthew begins to question his outlook on life...and on love.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winner!

  • By kp on 02-17-19

Well....my first by both author and narrator...disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I don’t know how many times I restarted this audiobook. Too many to really count, but I listened to the first 5 chapters at least as many times.

Why?

One: I couldn’t distinguish the voices. All the characters’ dialogue and the narration sounded exactly the same. I kept getting lost since it became a big wash of sound.

Two: the story. It didn’t grab me (as evidenced by my restarting it over and over). I tried to give it a chance on ebook to see if that would help. No dice. The story and the premise seemed just as flat. How can one person (alpha) expect one sole individual to completely demolish a grocery store all by himself? He kept berating him for not making progress. And the guy then felt bad for needing help.

I just didn’t get it—neither the story nor the narration. Sometimes a lackluster story benefits from a good narrator. Others, a narrator detracts fro a good story by poor vocal choices. Here neither helped the other out.

This was my first book by the author and my first listen by this narrator. I won’t be picking up any books by the writer. To the narrator, I suggest providing distinct vocal differentiation for each character and for the narrative sections as well. Good luck.

  • HIM

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wisecracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were 18? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where have these narrators been all my life?

  • By kindle customer on 03-09-16

Wow!!! Superb Narration & Sexy Story!!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

This is my third reading of this book, but my first listen. It’s one of the first MM books I read and it’s still one of my favorites!

Listening to it this time was a delight. It was fun, hot and sexy! I especially loved the narrator for Jaime’s POV—he truly got he character. Wes’ voice was less consistent—sometimes sounding flat when it should have been more emotional, but it portrayed his smart aleck personality really well.

I love GFY/OFY/BiFY stories—it’s one of my favorite tropes. I also love my hockey players—yummy!! This book/audiobook is a total winner!!

  • The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

I have been Simon Feximal's companion, assistant, and chronicler for 20 years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide. Here is how my association with Feximal came about. I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KJ Charles is magic

  • By BR on 11-24-17

Simply Amazing!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Could this possibly be my favorite KJC work?? It could, maybe maybe maybe!!

Where to start? At the beginning of the book? Well, the beginning is also the end. And that makes me a bit misty because this secret casebook was to be published after the death of Robert and Simon. To know that they had an HEA is lovely, but to know what comes after that HEA—what eventually comes for us all—was discomfiting.

But, let’s shake it off and talk about our wonderful lovers, our MCs: River and Simon. This is Robert’s story, you see. The real story behind the man Simon Feximal.

Each section moves us chronologically from their first encounter to Roberts last penned account, topped off at the end with a note from the publisher who speculated on Robert and Simon’s end after WWI.

Each section focuses on a ghostly case in which Simon, the ghost hunter frees the ghosts by finishing their stories. Some are funny, others ghastly and troubling. But they all focus on the pair of lovers, their ups and downs.

Robert ends up being Simon’s assistant and chronicler as well as his lover. There was acceptance, pain and love in their relationship, which moved me beyond words at times. The love these two men feel for each other is palpable, yet not in your face. It simply “is” as surely as the moon and the sun; and just as surely you cannot doubt their existence, as you can’t doubt this love.

This story stuck with me. Has stayed with me several days. I’m assuming it’ll stay for awhile longer still. I’m not sure why, really. Maybe because of that beginning that’s the end that makes me happy and sad at the same time. Regardless the reason, JCP has wrought an amazing tale.

The story was further sparked to life with the luscious narration of Gary Furlong. I think he’s my favorite narrator at this point in time. His accents, voices and emotions are so spot on.

If you’re a JCP fan, don’t put this one off. If you’re a Griffin and Whyborne (JLH) you should read this since Whyborne reads The Casebook in one of the books, and the two couples do meet in the short story Remnant co-written by both authors.

Last words....I loved it!!!!

  • PsyCop Briefs, Volume 1

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living...and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don't confine their appearances to a psychic medium's work hours. From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic's life with Jacob between cases, from both men's viewpoints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad to see more of these guys!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 01-11-17

A delightful and illuminating collection of shorts!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Want to get to know your favorite PsyCops a little bit better? Are you a PsyCop dan? If the answer is yes, then YOU NEED THIS COLLECTION!!!

I thought I was fine not digging in to these side stories, snippets, and moments. Was I ever wrong!!! I loved all of these shorts. Some were funny, others sexy, curious, gruesome. What they all had in common, though was Vic and Jacob, narrated by the incomparable Gomez Pugh!

  • Return to Zero

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 3
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Pulled into a world of secrets and lies for the man he loves, Declan Ramsay's life has changed immeasurably in the eight months since meeting, and falling for his boss's son, Sam Aiken. Declan journey of personal discovery is about to take a darker turn, and for Sam, the world becomes more treacherous than he could ever have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Snark and Dark!

  • By Imagine MM Reviews on 11-13-18

Snark and Dark!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Those two words come to mind when describing this third book in the fantastic Shatterproof Bond series!

Things are getting darker and serious for our lovers. Declan is now a full agent with ALL, but Sir James’ machinations and secrets drive a wedge between him and Sam. Declan and Sam are now partnered together, but Sam is having a difficult time being open with Declan after so many years of working alone. Sam keeps finding the mysterious red cords, not willing to accept what they may mean.

The spy action really spikes in this one and it’s fun to read, even when things turn quite dangerous. Declan and Sam struggle not only with the mission but with their relationship as well.

The banter and snark is still there—as is the love. These two are amazing and so hot together. I enjoy them when they play, love, and fight. Now we get to see them work together.

Again, no series conclusion here, just another mystery to uncover at the very end. And how do things stand for Declan and Sam? Well, let’s just say that Sam finally finds a place for that key he’s been carrying around his neck.

Like all the previous books in the series, Gary Furlong narrated the heck out of this!! His voice for Declan...swoon-worthy!!

I’m so looking forward to continuing this series and learning more about this great mystery. And of course, seeing the boys in action!

*I was provided a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Illuminate the Shadows

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 2
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love...after the most amazing week of his life. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay's life upside down. Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his boss's son Sam. The lovers cannot hide from the looming presence of Sir James Aiken for long! Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good, if not better then the 1st!

  • By TinkerMel on 09-03-17

OMG!! 😱😱 That Ending!! Just Divine!!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18


I’ve never, never, finished a book that ended quite like this one!!! To tell you how and where would totally spoil the surprise!!

It literally made me laugh out loud while yelling, “WTF?!” I loved it! 💕💕💕 Now I wonder if the third one picks up EXACTLY where this one stops...because not to do so would be brutally unfair!! 😉

This second book (audiobook) in the series picks up where the first one dropped off. Think of these as serial novels and you’ll realize that the ending of one book is simply TBC in the next. Just something to keep you wanting, and hungering for more!

The beginning of this one took a dark turn which surprised the heck out of me. Soon, though, things settled back into the delicious back and forth play between Sam and Declan. These two are scorching HOT 🔥🔥 together and Gary Furlong’s narration makes my toes curl. To be honest, my toes aren’t the only thing that are affected when he purrs out Declan’s delectable Scottish accent. His “Declan” voice is worth the price of this audiobook alone!!

Back to the plot...Sam and Declan start working together for James. Sam and Declan have loads of sex. Spy-like things happen. Family things happen: some good, some bad.
The two keep up their “Princess Bride” jokes. The two keep having hot sex. And the two continue to be funny, sweet and hot as hell.

I’ll leave you with with my two favorite frases of the book:

“Black fishnet mesh underwear.” (I won’t tell you who’s wearing them!)

Declan—“Have ye....ever edged with a lover?” (And what a scene this led to!!! 😱😱)

Sexy, funny and hot...you’ve got to meet these guys!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the author In exchange for an honest review.

  • Back Where He Belongs

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Back in Scotland after five years working in Australia, Kier Campbell finds himself stranded on a road in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. He needs to get to the next village urgently or freeze to death in his broken down hire car. Kier hikes down the icy road, and as he walks memories of the life he'd run from - and the love he'd abandoned in Scotland return to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and emotional..

  • By Sunday Barnaby on 12-13-18

Christmas, Collars and Second Chances!! 💕💕

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Gary Furlong again gave an incredible performance in this Christmas short!!!

Freckle, retuning home to Scotland after several years away, breaks down on the side of the road in the middle of a snowstorm. Who else stops for him but his ex-lover Douglas, his first love.

The two men have never stopped loving each other, but there are obstacles to an HEA for these two, not the least of all, Douglas’ mysterious submissive.

This was a very sweet rekindling of an old relationship, but one that took a turn from what both men expected. What once once a D/s relationship with Freckle as the Dom gets turned upside down as both men return to their once-loved puppy-play.

Yes, there is puppy role play in here. It’s on the mild side as puppy play goes. But let me tell you that the sex was SMOKING HOT 🔥🖤🔥🖤🔥!! I had to take an break *blushes.* I had to listen to it several times. Yes, HAD to. 😉😉

For a short, this was fun, but I would have loved their entire story from young lovers to where they are now. I’d have loved to have seen the development of their D/s relationship and their play.

*A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

  • As You Wish

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration

  • By Belen on 12-31-17

Sexy as Sin GFY Narration 🔥🔥in Loch Ness

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Damn, this was fun!!! This is one of my favorite tropes!! How can I possibly resist popping cherries and the new found joys of the magical p-spot. I can’t. Not at all.

So this lovely story sets up an Englishman and a Scotsman as co-best men at their siblings’ wedding at a castle on Loch Ness. How’s that for romantic.

Of course, Declan, the sexy, straight, brooding Scot (who Gary Furlong gives the SEXIEST SCOTCH BROGUE TO) and Sam, the gay, happy-go-lucky world traveler DON’T HIT IT OFF at all.

Well, things change. Things like Declan liking Sam. Things like Declan wanting to be around Sam. Things like Declan wanting to touch Sam. This is all fantastic.

Now here is where we come to the pivotal point in any GFY novel: how will the “straight” guy handle his attraction to another man? How this is handled is sooooo important. And here it was handled adequately.

See, my dears, Declan could give a shht about being attracted to Sam. He just knows he is and goes with it. Full steam ahead. SPOILER!!!! <spoiler>Absolutely NO freak out or regrets</spoiler>. So, that reaction is a little hard to swallow for me.

Buuuuut.....Dec goes on to explain this and his inner monologue makes sense. So, I give him a pass.

What I LOVED about this delicious booty cherry popping scene was that it wasn’t all Stars and rainbows for our Declan. Noooo... it freaking hurt!!! Thank you Ms Starling for honoring the pain of breaching here 👏👏👏👏. Of course, Dec soon succumbed to the magic of the prostate and he was a goner. Can’t be helped (although I’ll never know 😫 prostate envy is a terrible thing to live with).

I also ADORED all the references to one of the best movies of all times, The Princess Bride.....Sam and Declan has the thing memorized and they are hilarious with the dialogue using it during every single activity you can imagine.

While this was not love at first sight, it was close enough cause these two hotties fell in love over a wedding weekend.

So what happens to our lovers? Well, there’s a bit of a family secret and it means that we get to see more of these delicious men.

Major kudos 👏👏👏to Gary Furlong for NAILING The narration. Is there an accent the man cannot master? I think not!

I am totally digging my Starling/Furlong binge!! Feel free to join me, loves, it’s soooo worth it!

  • Sweet Thing

  • Pretty Boy
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

French male model Simeon Duchamp has a lot of explaining to do. Two years after a breakdown, Simeon is off drugs and booze and wants to stay that way. On his road to reclaiming his life and modeling career, Sim first needs to apologize to the man he hurt the most - his ex-best friend and object of his unrequited affection Pieter Bayer. Pieter now has a long-term partner, artist Emily Raven, with whom he shares a baby son. Sim is amazed when Pieter accepts his apology, and invites him into his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In love

  • By Dee Winston on 11-11-18

The love [...] filled him like a thirst quenched.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Omigod, omigod, omieffinggod!!!!! This! This book. Wait, THIS AUDIOBOOK, knocked me off my feet again and again!! 👏👏👏

Those knocks were emotional, I’m sure because looking at myself I don’t have any bruises. Yet those emotional knocks were soothed, balmed, and calmed by Isobel Starling and her magnificent writing.

And I’m fully including Gary Furlong’s voice in helping to kiss and heal all scrapes and bruises I may have experienced because of the AMAZING FEELS in this book!!!

I’ll be upfront right now and say that I asked for and received a copy of this audiobook from Isobel Starling, herself, in exchange for an honest review.

Well, let me be honest: I loved, LOVED, ❤️❤️❤️❤️ this story. The audiobook made Isobel’s story fly!! 👏👏👏

So, here’s a funny thing....I didn’t like our MC, Simeon, at first. He appeared a petty, self-absorbed and spoiled young model. Yes, he was out of rehab. Yes, he was trying to make up amends for past wrongs; but his obsession with his ex-best friend and love obsession was enough to want to shake the pretty man with the pouty lips.

Yes, I felt bad that Pieter, his old bestie, had moved on and found the love of his life—a talented artist, Emily—and now had a baby son. Sure, Sim was in pain, but I wasn’t connecting with him. Yet. I wasn't connecting, YET.

Sim, himself, began to create a new relationship with Pieter and Emily and their son--one based on friendship instead of lust and envy. He GREW as a character. Thank you Ms. Starling for giving a character an arc in which they can CHANGE over the course of the story!!! So, Simeon soon wedges himself in my heart. Him, his new-found empathy and and his sexy as sin French accent—Gary Furlong is a narrating GOD!

I gotta admit that I can identify with Simeon and his addictive personality. That’s pretty much me except that I’m not a model. So, connection made. I'm 100% investes as Sim struggles with sobriety, low self-esteem, anxiety and the belief that his real self isn’t good enough for people to love. He breaks my heart 💔💔 and how I love this!!

So who’s the other half of this love story? Pieter, his unrequited love, is happily married, so it's not him. Who do we get, then since Starling isn't breaking up a marriage? We get a heartbroken Berliner, Bastian, who can’t get past losing the love of his life in an accident almost two years ago. We get plenty of flashbacks with Bastian and his ghost of a lover (no paranormal here). And I truly feel for the man, but I pity him, too. Bast can’t let go and he can’t move on. That is, until he meets Simeon. He sees in Sim something of his own sadness. I loved Bast...but he threw me for a loop, as well at the beginning and again near the end. But, boy, did he make an impression on me!

Sparks FLY between the older architect and the younger model. But are the sparks enough to banish Bast’s dead lover and Sim’s insecurities? You’ll have to read to find out!!

Gods! How I loved these two together! There was no insta-love. No insta-confessions. In fact, it wasn’t smooth sailing at the beginning and the pair hit plenty of speed bumps along the way.

And through this path I traveled with these men, a path that was not easy, yet not angsty, I saw how love can develop between two individuals who are less than perfect. It was their imperfections that made me connect with both of them, although Sim carved out a place in my heart for himself. It was his journey that faced the bravest challenges.

OK, enough of my emo feels for this story. It’s drama, but it’s good drama, real romance and the angst present isn’t shoved in the reader’s face. It’s just a fact. You have an addict and a grieving man: you can’t escape it when these men are working to heal themselves and each other. And....And....There’s a freaking amazing HEA!!! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

Some quotes that stood out to me (and please forgive any errors in quoting and punctuation since I transcribed this from the audiobook):

Simeon on sex: “When I was high it was like a sport, I guess. Sex is fun and I guess I’m pretty good at it [...] but without the drugs and drink it doesn’t feel the same.”

Simeon on his first relationship (this one): “Sleeping beside you, waking with you, things like that are so simple to everyone else but they’re not so simple to me.”

Bastian to Sim: “...but there’s no way in Hell I’m letting you walk away from me or let you drink yourself into oblivion to escape from me. I will hunt you down and hold on to you until you realize how special you are. I won’t lose you, Simeon. I won’t.”

Sim: That was the thing about love, no two loves were the same.

If you’ve made it to the bottom of this somewhat scattered and possibly typo-filled review (on a phone here), I want you to know that above all, this was a MAGICAL and HONEST LOVE STORY. Anddddd it was a romance NOT SET IN THE US OR THE UK!! Thank the gods for that injection of diversity in setting and culture!!

GET THE BOOK. GET THE AUDIOBOOK—-Furlong’s ability with European languages enthralled me. And damn those accents are sexy as f.....!! 💕💕

CODA: Since no book is perfect, I'll add my minor critique here: At times it was difficult to know whose head I was in when there was a change of POV. Sim's? Bast's? Pieter's? It was minor and my confusion never lasted more than a sentence or two, but it was there, nonetheless.