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  • Pretty Pretty Boys

  • Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Gregory Ashe
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

After Emery Hazard loses his job as a detective in Saint Louis, he heads back to his hometown - and to the local police force there. Home, though, brings no happy memories. Hazard's new partner, John-Henry Somerset, had been one of the worst tormentors, and Hazard still wonders what Somerset's role was in the death of Jeff Langham, Hazard's first boyfriend. When a severely burned body is discovered, Hazard finds himself drawn deeper into the case than he expects. Determining the identity of the dead man proves impossible, and solving the murder grows more and more unlikely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen to whole series!!

  • By Riva on 08-16-18

Must listen to whole series!!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

The main takeaways I get with this wonderful book is 1) it is a really engaging mystery, 2) it has well written, well developed MCs that are flawed and have a lot of baggage, and 3) this is a romance over a series of books, a la Adrien English mysteries series. This first book is an intro to the characters and their background together. Hazard is a detective who left his small town because of the homophobic atmosphere and abuse he experienced as a kid. Somers was one of his childhood torturers who is seeking redemption and not going about it in a healthy way. They are thrust together as partners and have to navigate a minefield of the past, small town politic surrounding a murder, and secrets they have been keeping. But in reading the blurbs for the other books in the series, it seems that starting this series is an investment in completing the series to get to the HEA. Are the characters and writing worth the investment? I say YES!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sanctuary Found

  • Pelican Bay, Book 2
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When his stellar military career comes to an abrupt and terrible end, 32-year-old Maddox Kent returns to the town he never planned to step foot into again, hoping to mend the rift he himself caused with the brother he left behind. But coming home means facing some hard truths about himself and his actions. When he has the chance to start making amends by helping his brother with the wildlife sanctuary he runs, Maddox is thrown another curveball when a stranger appears....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • solid story with a kinky twist <br />

  • By TNI on 04-27-18

Just as good as Book 1. Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

What a great follow up to Book 1; I loved it just as much. This is the story of Maddox (Dallas' brother) and Isaac, who was introduced in Book 1. Although in theory this is a stand alone, I think you will get so much more if you read them in order. I'm happy that Dallas and Nolan are still prominent in this story. And Isaac's little brother Newt really steals the show. He has all these big men eating out of his precious hand. Like book 1, the couple has demons to deal with and it is a slow burn initially. But once they allow themselves to love each other, it is smoking hot. The author inserts a little kink that really heats up the action. I love the introduction of so many other potential couples and really look forward to the next book. Although I think that I will have to wait for the audiobook version because Michael Pauley really just hit this out of the park. A wonderful listen and romance.

  • 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 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

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

Great story, great performance, more please

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I absolutely loved this sweet romance. Nolan is forced to return to a small town he hates to assist the parents that never supported him. He is having financial troubles, his ex ruined his career and to top it off, his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Life sucks for him right now. Then he is reunited with Dallas. The one time town golden boy who has had a tough time of his own. Both men have demons to deal with and their love story really touched me. No small measure goes to Micheal Pauley who does a masterful job. He really brought these men to life for me. I picked this book up because it was in the Romance Package, but I must buy book 2 immediately. I don't want to let go of this couple or their family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon's Hoard

  • Dreamspun Beyond, Book 5
  • By: M. A. Church
  • Narrated by: Dorian Bane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured. 100 years ago, werewolf alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation - he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget - or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved,it. an great narrator

  • By Blackwindstar on 12-13-17

Great performance; sweet story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This is a very fun, sweet listen. Not much drama, angst or conflict, almost none. Just a sweet romance between a dragon and wolf shifter. I bought it because I love Dorian Bane and he certainly delivers in elevating this story. His performance is spot on. I would love to hear more from Warwick and Avery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Timber Lake

  • Snowy Range Series, Book 2
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Michael Brooks is a loner, and with good reason. A short fuse and a tendency to shoot from the hip, sometimes quite literally, mean he's all the company he's got most of the time, and he likes it that way just fine. It suits his job as warden for Wyoming's Fish and Game Department. Being alone sounds good to the researcher for the USDA Forest Service, Dr. Seamus Rydell, especially since it means time away from the pressures to follow his family's political traditions. He'll need a guide to Timber Lake to set up his testing equipment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By Starwarslover on 03-02-18

Great performance; good story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

In general I liked this very angsty romance. This is the 2nd in this series, but is a stand alone story. I listened to the first book and really didn’t see any relation to this one. This is the story of Michael and Seamus; although he goes by a variety of names in the story. Michael is a complex character who runs hot and cold to the point he gave me whiplash. Sometimes he is a jerk, but later you realize it is a defensive mechanism. Seamus comes from wealth and privileged but is trying to “be his own person” through his work. They met at a rodeo and have a hot (what they think) one night stand; only to find they are thrust together for a wilderness trek. Each doesn’t want to show vulnerability which results in a “I want you, I want you not” scenario that left me want to smack both of them. However, being stalked by a psycho tends to clear the mind. There is some drama and yet another misunderstanding, and in the end I got a satisfying HFN. Nick Russo does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life.

  • 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 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

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

Wonderful Story, Excellent Performance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This is a new author and series for me and I really enjoyed this first book. At this time this in the Audible Romance Package, so I took a chance. At first I was a little disappointed because there is a lot of sex in the first half of the book and I thought there was no story. But after that it got really good. This is a continuous story of DeClan and Sam and this first one is the "how they met and fell in love" story and ends with them about to embark on some intrigue. The title is in reference to the movie The Princess Bride, which plays an important role in the couple's courtship; I thought it was very clever. I am thoroughly drawn into the story and look forward to the next book which is also in the Romance Package!! Gary Furlong does a great job and is quickly becoming one of my favorite British voice performers.

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Excellent story and Performance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What a great listen. I loved this book when I read it and loved it even more in audiobook format. This my first time listening to this very British narrator and he really gives an A++ performance. He brought Stephen and Lucien to life. I have read the entire series, so I can't wait to hear more of the MCs adventures with this narrator. As an extra special treat, Book 1.5 is is also included in this audiobook for free. Highly recommend.

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  • A Midwinter Prince

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Rusty Coles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he's struggling to escape his father's suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At 19 years of age, bright and imaginative, he's no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor - bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he's gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime performance. Gritty, emotional story

  • By Dianne T. on 01-12-17

Amazing story and performance

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

What an amazing journey with Laurie and Sasha! I am writing this review after listening to both Books 1 &amp; 2 in the series. Both 5 stars for the story and the masterful performance by Rusty Coles. Mr Coles is a new narrator to me and he really hit it out of the park. Harper Fox is an amazing writer; it's almost like poetry. Her characters are so multi dimensional, yet completely relatable. In this story our couple is an abused aristocrat and a homeless Romanian &quot;gypsy&quot; also from an abusive background. So lots of hurt/comfort going round. The story is set in London and with their first meeting we are swept away into their epic struggles and romance. There is danger, misunderstandings and, in Book 2 some, &quot;WTF are you doing?&quot; moments. But through it all Harper Fox's words and Rusty Coles' performance is a amazing match which brings this story to the next level.

  • Two Cowboys and a Baby

  • By: BA Tortuga
  • Narrated by: Dorian Bane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he's been in love with since he can remember. He's a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life. Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep. Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do - he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Amanda on 05-11-17

Great Performance of a sweet story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I bought this book because one of my favorite narrators was performing it; and he did not disappoint. This is a very sweet, light and fun listen with a predictable but very enjoyable story. It is the story of two OTT gay &quot;rednecks&quot; (think Jeff Foxworthy) who find love and a baby. I really plays up the &quot;country&quot; aspect of these cowboys lives, but has a solid sweet romance in the middle of all the &quot;good deals&quot; and meddling family. Dorian Bane really elevated this story. He delivers a great performance of the various country characters, including the &quot;moms.&quot; If you are looking for a story that puts a smile on your face from beginning to end, look no farther.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mahu

  • By: Neil Plakcy
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Mahu -- a generally negative Hawaiian term for homosexuals -- introduces a unique character to detective fiction. Kimo Kanapa'aka is a handsome, mixed-race surfer living in Honolulu, a police detective confronting his homosexuality in an atmosphere of macho bravado within the police force. A man of intelligence, strength, honesty, resourcefulness, and intense dedication to the people of Hawaii, Kimo is a hard-boiled hero you will never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Example of the Coming Out Experinence

  • By Jim Lee on 09-09-17

Didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I'm kind of struggling for what to say in this review. This is my first exposure to this author and although this book was well written, I just didn't like the story and couldn't connect with this character, Kimo. I was aware that this was not a &quot;romance&quot; novel. It is a gay fiction story about a Hawaiian detective struggling with his sexuality. It is also an ongoing story in a series. What I enjoyed about this book was the performance of Joel Leslie in bringing a ton of different characters to life; various accents and dialects. I also liked Kimo's friend Harry and his Mom, but that was about it.

I tried to enjoy Kimo's journey of self discovery but found myself constantly rolling my eyes at his decisions and wanting to smack him. I swear throughout the book if there was a decision to be made that would make his life harder, he made it. Then I was frustrated when his words had no relation to his actions. For example, if you proclaim throughout the story that you don't want to be known as the &quot;gay cop&quot; then you probably shouldn't suggest giving a suspect a BJ to get a confession, REALLY!!?? Or when his brother gay bashes someone to the point they are in the hospital and after his initial outrage, it is brushed off as no big deal. It bordered on TSTL actions. In addition the, IMHO, poor police procedures and OTT homophobia just turned me off. He just doesn't come off as a competent law enforcement officer. Maybe it gets better as the series progresses, but this just didn't work for me.