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Brentwood, CA, US
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  • Trusted Bond

  • Change of Heart, Book 2
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gelder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Jin Rayne is having trouble adjusting to the new life he’s supposed to love. Instead of adapting to being the mate of tribe leader Logan Church, Jin can't get past the fact that his lover was straight before they met. He's discovered the joy in belonging to Logan but fears his new life could disappear at a moment’s notice, despite Logan's insistence that they are forever, end of story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful 2nd book, less than stellar narrator.

  • By D on 12-04-12

Way too drawn out...

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Looking at the plot in theory sounds like it’s going to be a great read/listen. The kidnapping/mate separation just went on too long. IMO, the first book was far superior. The side stories were more developed, and you learned more about each person.

Also, even though Cain sounded rather like a muppet, by the end of the book it was kind of endearing, and it went with his personality. Sean Crisden is a much better narrator, and added humor when it was called for. This narrator spoke so fast, and pronounced all the key words completely differently, it was hard to follow, especially in the beginning. He raced through every scene, and there was little voice differentiation. I frequently had to stop to figure out who was speaking. It would have been a better read than listen. I think I’m going to pass on the third book.

  • Guns Blazing

  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

My name is Lloyd Ledbetter and I am the best lawyer New York criminals can buy. My obsession to detail is their saving grace. I'm focused, determined and one-track minded. Nursing my broken heart for the last few months, I've stayed away from anything that could resemble a relationship. Until Luke Gunner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book!

  • By Allison's Book Corner on 12-12-16

Can’t take the narration

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I just can’t do it. Luke’s voice is fine, but Lloyd’s voice, as well as the attitude given him in the story, we’re just annoying. I skipped ahead to see if it got any better, and it didn’t seem to. I give up. I gave the story a 3 because I wasn’t in it long enough to tell if it was good or not.

  • Owning It

  • Metropolis, Book 3
  • By: Devon McCormack, Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Just out of an 18-year marriage, the last thing Jackson expects the first time he visits a gay bar is for a sexy, drunk, 26-year-old twink to mistakenly climb into his Jeep. The twink part he's good with, the drunk part...not so much. As far as Jackson's concerned, the boy should come with a warning label. But Derek is not as flighty as Jackson thought...he's actually pretty incredible. Getting to know the wild, funny man is a breath of fresh air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Pauley nailed Owning It!! ;)

  • By Lynn Janet on 08-31-17

It didn’t work for me...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

I really like Riley Hart (Crossroads, Test Drive). But this one was a struggle to get through. I just couldn’t get into Derek and Jackson. I think the biggest problem was the narration. The voices of the MC’s were low, breathy, and monotone. The daddy kink was very weak, mainly limited to Derek calling Jackson daddy. I might have liked this one better had I read it rather than listened. I will listen to the samples carefully ahead of buying future books narrated by Michael Pauley.

  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271

Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is...just..wow...grab your tissues!

  • By BluBumbleB on 04-25-14

Intense and emotional...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This was a solid entry in the series. Not my favorite, but it has so much going on throughout, you learn quite a bit about all the Brothers and some new characters. I actually got more caught up in Zadist and Bella’s story than in some instances Rhage and Mary’s. I loved Rhage, but much of the early conflict is Mary misreading and jumping to incorrect conclusions about Rhage. I am not a fan of that type of conflict. He stuck with it though, and won her over eventually. The Beast - awesome! Every scene with the Beast, especially during and after the chains, were highlights of that book, and of just about any book. I want one!

The one issue I have with the book is all the activity of the Lessers. That did not interest me at all, and I ended up skipping over those parts.

Jim Frangione is one of my favorite narrators. He does such a good job pulling you into the story that I’m hard-pressed to tell you if he differentiates his voice at all! He makes it all about the story and that works for me.

  • Inside Out

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he's seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he's a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he's surprised when the guy giggles and squirms. Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn't intimidated by Bull. He's in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely done!!

  • By Vazzy on 02-10-15

A great start, a fair ending...

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

This book started out as a 5 star rating, with the angry, gruff Bull trying to deal with Tickle Boy. It was amusing and showed promise for a couple with such different personalities working out a relationship. Instead , Bull does a complete 180 and is instantly a super sweet marshmallow, calling Zach sweetheart and honey,and even says “you’re an angel, and I want to take you to heaven.” Really? Who wouldn’t roll their eyes and laugh out loud if someone said that to them? Also, long-standing conflicts were resolved by the briefest of conversations or improbable attacks by Zach. All in all, I will likely return the book.

  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! This was a re-read for me.

  • By Heather on 07-19-14

I absolutely love this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Oh, what a great story! The relationship between Bear and his little brother is so heartwarming, Otter is just perfect, and all the other characters, with a couple of hateful exceptions, are such an enviable group of friends that all look out for each other time after time. And the humor! I laughed, I even snorted as I drove down the road smacking the steering wheel I was laughing so hard.

Narration was outstanding! Sean Crisden does yet another great job! I’m off to find my next TJ Klune book!

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! So good!

  • By SassiKassi on 01-26-18

Good story! Maybe read rather than listen.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I really enjoyed the story. Besides the main two, there were several other characters, good and bad ones, that were portrayed in enough detail that they were believable. I look forward to the next book in this new series.

If the narrator is the same in following books, I will read them rather than listen to. The voice of Nolan was so overdramatic the whole way through. It also had a breathy quality that made it seem like everything was just too much for him.

  • St. Nacho's

  • St. Nacho's, Book 1
  • By: Z. A. Maxfield
  • Narrated by: Thomas Fawley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Cooper has spent the last three years running from a painful past. He's currently moving from town to town, working in restaurant kitchens, and playing his violin for tips. As soon as he starts to feel comfortable anywhere - with anyone - he moves on. He's aware that music may be the only human language he still knows. Ironically, the one man he's wanted to communicate with in all that time is deaf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • leave your baggage at the door

  • By Vicki on 01-10-17

Great story, Great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I loved this book. I’ve seen a couple of reviews that were positive but didn’t like the way Cooper treated Shawn in the beginning. It’s true that Cooper tried to avoid Shawn, but really, he had a lot of baggage, and actually gave in to Shawn in short time.

I am looking forward to the other books in this series, and am positive they all will be rereads.

  • Montana

  • Montana, Book 1
  • By: M. J. Roberts
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Life on a Montana ranch can be harsh. It's lonely for Noah, growing up with just his brother. When Noah's brother Clay hires Kevin, things immediately begin to change. Noah knows Kevin's straight. But that doesn't stop how Noah feels; the craving to touch and feel someone's skin against his for the first time. Can Noah get Kevin to fall in love with him, and get him to stay?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Story, But Just the Prequel

  • By HZ on 07-20-17

Speechless...

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I don’t know why the ending was such a shock to me. The relationship between Noah and Kevin was very one-sided, although it seemed to work for them. It was a bit difficult to get involved with the book, but by the last few chapters the emotion was so heartbreaking it is still lingering. There is something of a resolution in the epilogue, and you see how the relationship helped Noah. But make no mistake, this is not a typical HEA or HFN.

  • Werewolves of Singer Valley

  • A M-M Shifter Romance Collection
  • By: AJ Tipton
  • Narrated by: Audrey Lusk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

For the werewolf pack living in the small town of Singer Valley, family is everything. But when one of their own turns against the pack, they’ll have to use all of their bravery to survive. Follow the magical adventures of the Huntington family as they stand up against evil and find their true mates.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t finish

  • By Nice 0320 on 02-06-19

Couldn’t finish

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

The narrator was, IMO, inappropriate for this werewolf story. She was whiny and too nasal. I may try this as a read instead.