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  • Hacked

  • Team A.L.P.H.A., Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Pax is the mysterious, faceless hacker the team turns to when their usual sources fail - and he likes to keep it that way. But when one of their information requests ends up with his bunker being raided by the cartel, they’re the only ones to whom he can turn. Zeke Dempsey is raw, rough, and utterly unprepared for the lipstick-clad spitfire who suddenly bursts into his life, claiming both his heart and his dull knife. He always thought finding your true mate made the whole falling in love thing easy - he couldn’t have been more wrong.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Fiesty Omega

  • By FHR on 03-25-19

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Very enjoyable audiobook. I really enjoyed Pax, whose omega status, like his sexual identity, is not defined by typical societal roles. He is strong, independent, and knows what he wants. He also thinks he is broken because of an abusive upbringing and a lack of decent role models. Zeke is a no holds barred, kick butts and ask questions later (maybe), kind of alpha, but he immediately recognizes the prickly Pax as his omega. I loved the love and patience he showed toward Pax, and how he wasn't afraid to ask his friends for help in dealing with his moods. Most of the story is focused on their relationship and just a little on the accompanying tale of rescuing captive omegas. It's a fun story and I love the ribbing the A.L.P.H.A. teammates give each other. I wish there was more actual story of the A.L.P.H.A. team missions, but this is a light-hearted, low drama story, and that's okay.

The narration is good, and the delivery is well-paced. The narrator seemed very familiar with the story and not like he was reading it. Very nicely done.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook, and this is my honest, voluntary review.

  • Unscripted Hearts

  • By: Peter Styles
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

I never imagined I'd get this kind of news. Suddenly, I have a nephew that is an orphan. I can't understand what happened and I still half-expect my sister to walk through the door at any moment. He's never leaving my arms again. Yet here comes Mr. Big Shot, ready to steal the last bit of my sister that I have away from me. I'll do anything to keep him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By G C on 03-13-19

Building a family

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This is an enjoyable, at times heart-breaking, story. Ben takes it hard when his twin sister and her wife are killed in a car accident, leaving behind an orphaned son. Then he finds out the biological father/sperm donor, an aspiring actor in L.A. who has never even met the child, was made the legal guardian. Ben is trying desperately to hold onto his nephew, the last piece he has of his sister, and he doesn’t trust Micah’s intentions. Though both men want to do right by the child, they face issues of trust, grief, and logistic distance. There are conflicts and misunderstandings, and hard decisions to be made related to careers and the challenges of parenting a young boy who has lost both his mothers. The attraction both men have long felt for each other resurfaces, but is it enough for them to forge a family? This is a good story with likable characters and a strong plot.

The narration was good. Mr. Johnson provided easily distinguished, individualized voices for the different characters, and his delivery was even and well-paced, He sounded natural, and not like he was reading a script.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author or narrator, and this is my honest, voluntary review.

  • Dead Ringer

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 6
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Cold case detective and newlywed, Ronan O’Mara, is sitting on top of the world. When he returns to work after his honeymoon, he finds more waiting for him than a stack of dusty cold-case files. Hidden in the mail on Ronan’s desk is a letter from Tank Hutchins, aka The Riverside Ripper. Convicted of murdering a woman three years ago, Tank claims he is innocent and asks Ronan and Tennyson for their help in proving who really committed the crime: his twin brother, Tim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book with amazing narration!!

  • By SarahH on 03-26-19

Absolutely Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I cannot express how much I absolutely loved this audiobook! I would give it ten stars if I could. Aside from a great mystery, the personal relationships and exchanges were fantastic. I loved the snark of Tennyson, Ronin, Jude, and the others, and the snide comments about the Dragon Lady (Ten's mother) were hilarious. Along with this light-hearted repartee were some truly heart-felt exchanges, healing, and growing. I have to say that I didn't know all the characters and relationships at the start because this was my first read/listen in the series, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of this story. I do want to go back now and read or listen to the first 5 books, so I get the whole story, and I can't wait for the next one.

The narration was great. I loved the personality and variety Mr. Pauley put into his characterizations. Great job!

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author. This is my honest, voluntary review.

  • With My Heart

  • Guarding My Heart, Book 2
  • By: Peter Styles, J. P. Oliver
  • Narrated by: Max Tone
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

You can’t make someone come to you before they’re ready. For two years, I’ve waited, and I’ve watched. Now Thom is ready to leave his abusive ex. An ex who thinks that if he can’t have Thom, no one can. But the ex hasn’t met me. I have a particular set of talents, and I’ll do anything to protect the man I love....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic resolution!

  • By Patricia Brost on 03-20-19

Suspenseful Romance

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I really enjoyed this quick, exciting, suspenseful romance full of action, desperation, protectiveness, and love. The characters were great, and the plot had me on the edge of my seat until the end.

The narration was very good, and I had no difficulty knowing which of the characters was speaking at any given time. The delivery was well-paced and the emotions suited the events of the story and the mind-set of the characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Teacher Wanted

  • Rent-a-Dom, Book 3
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

After Dakota's failed attempt to get his too-vanilla boyfriend to be more dominant and creative in the bedroom blows up in their faces, Asher suggests they contact Rent-a-Dom for an alpha who can teach him the skills he needs to fulfill Dakota's fantasies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and Sweet

  • By Georgiana on 03-16-19

Great together

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I loved this audiobook. It was funny, romantic, sweet, and emotional. From the start I was laughing at the cake spatula spanking, and there were plenty of funny moments from there. I enjoyed watching the development of the relationships and the characters themselves. I really can't decide who I loved most, but I felt so sorry for Asher at first. How hard it would be to be a romantic dating someone who wasn't. Guy was exactly the go-between they needed. I loved Dakota's nickname of Turtle and Guy's explanation for it. Wonderful, sweet story.

The narration was excellent! Each character had a distinctive voice, and I could easily tell who was speaking. The delivery was even and well-paced, and the tone matched the action of the moment and the character's emotions.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request, and this is my honest, voluntary review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Out to Get You

  • An MM Gay Romance
  • By: J. P. Oliver
  • Narrated by: Bump Turgeson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Whitt may have it all, but he’s missing one important detail - someone special. Too bad his current status makes it awkward to find someone who really understands him. Yet when his prospective employee interviews, he can’t take his eyes off of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the book!

  • By Tanrenhow on 03-13-19

Sweet story about what really matters

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This is a sweet story about two men learning to put love first. As a character, Whitt places too much reliance on what other people say about Reece instead of relying on his own observations. I was a bit surprised that a successful businessman would not have the confidence to trust himself more. That said, I loved the two main characters, and also the secondary characters like Quinn and Mary, and Reece's friend Steffi. The story conversations sometimes made me laugh, especially during the second meeting with Quinn. My favorite quote had to do with Whitt getting Reece back: "If you have to lick that boy's boots..then you do it." There is some moderate angst to the story, but overall it's a fun, sweet story.

The narration was good, well paced, and the narrator did a great job of providing different voices for the different characters, male and female.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request. This is my honest, voluntary review.

  • Pretend I'm Yours

  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Ben Prendergast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Desperate times call for desperate measures, like seeking a mail order groom. Saul McCormick isn't the kind of man who believes in fairy tales like love or trust. After a terrible breakup left him publicly on the ropes, Saul disappeared to the mountains to find himself again. He's just not ready to do people again, yet. Kyler Nielson thought he had it made at the Tall Oaks Country Club, until he was suddenly canned. Stuck trying to keep his father in a comfortable living facility for dementia patients, Kyler needs cash now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great love story

  • By alias11 on 03-11-19

Great love story

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I absolutely loved this audiobook! I loved the characters, including the secondary characters of Kyler's father and his friend Jess. I appreciated the slow, believable development of the love between Saul and Kyler and how they grew through the story. I was a little angry with Saul's parents for forcing Saul into marriage to get his inheritance, and thereby hurting Kyler in the process, but I understand they were trying to bring Saul back into the world after his horrible break-up. In the end, you can't put a price on love, and you can't force it, but sometimes it comes when and where you least expect it. This is a beautiful story, although it is heart-breaking sometimes. I actually cried during one of the hospital scenes (you'll know which one when you hear it.) The wedding vows between Saul and Kyler were beautiful and really touched the heart. There is mpreg, which isn't for everyone, but it's not really dwelt on or belabored. Don't skip this great story just because of that, or you'll miss out on a great romance book/audiobook.

The narration was pretty good. The delivery on the male parts was fantastic, but the female voices still sounded rather masculine to me. That said, the pacing and emotion was great.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request, and this is my honest, voluntary review.

  • Fighting for Love

  • By: Aiden Bates, Austin Bates
  • Narrated by: Jamie Garrett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

MMA fighter Eric lives for each match because now there’s nothing else to live for. Though he once yearned for the steady, forever kind of love - though he craved domination - he was betrayed. Walking away from the man he would have married, Eric didn’t look back. And now his future is just as empty as his past. The day Samuel was fired for wanting to marry the love of his life wasn’t his blackest moment - his blackest moment was the night before when Eric left him without a word. But Samuel emerged stronger and learned that to survive heartbreak he had to be true to himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By alias11 on 03-09-19

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I really enjoyed this audiobook and the characters of Sam and Eric. Eric was an interesting mix of strength and softness, as an MMA fighter who was also an Omega. There were a couple of small things that felt like loose ends, things not fully explained. For example, what was the deal with the text messages that Sam got on two separate occasions that hurt the relationship. Were they just random wrong numbers? Despite that question that pulled me from the story a little, as I kept waiting for it to have something to do with Terrence or some other side plot, I loved the relationship and especially how patient and supportive Sam was of Eric.

I loved the narration. The narrator has a very nice voice, and his delivery was smooth and well-paced.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Struck: An MM Mpreg Romance

  • Team A.L.P.H.A. Series, Book 3
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

David Dempsey, the younger omega brother of Team ALPHA’s crazy twin duo, has gone missing after a camping trip with some human friends. He'd only planned to celebrate his upcoming college graduation - but somehow ended up taken captive by a sketchy group after catching them in a criminal act when he wandered too far away from his group. Simon "Boomer" Chiarelli is a laid-back alpha with a love for things of an incendiary nature - but nothing has ever been as explosive as the connection he feels when he catches the scent of his mate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family

  • By Violet Marshall on 03-09-19

I wanted more story action

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

The story was good on the insta-love/romance piece and dealing with the fallout with family and friends over the sudden mating; however, I wanted more of the story of the terrorist group and more action outside the bedroom.

The narration is very good. The different characters were easily distinguished, and the delivery was smooth and even.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

  • Antibody

  • Love and War, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Steffan
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

No, cyborgs are only good at three things: following orders, destroying whatever target you point them at, and walking calmly into the vaporization chamber when it’s time for them to be decommissioned. PX-12, better known to his friends as Pax, adequately performed two of those functions during his stint in the Ilarian military. D-8, his unit-sibling, performed all three exceptionally well. For that reason, when D-8’s unique distress beacon activates some seven years after Pax saw him destroyed, it would doubtless be quite surprising if Pax were still capable of being surprised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You just got to love this series

  • By Julie on 03-08-19

Exciting sci-fi adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I loved this addition to the Love and War series. I absolutely love all the damaged characters in this series and how they fight against the regime that destroyed their lives, families, and homes. It's wonderful how they help and heal each other in the midst of tragedy and struggle. I was impressed and intrigued by the way Ms. Steffan was able to make a cyborg one of the main characters here and develop his ability to experience emotions through a telepath, even though his own emotion centers had long since been destroyed. She made him relatable and believable. I felt sorry for his past loss of self due to a conversion process he obviously wasn't fully informed of when he agreed to be part of the project. I'm not usually a Sci-fi fan, but this series is as driven by the people, emotions, and clever intigues, as the technology and science. I love every book, and I eagerly await more of the story.

Ms. Druyor's narration is always fantastic. She is good with male and female (and cyborg) voices, and she is a master at expressing the emotions of the characters. Her tone, pacing, and delivery are always spot on.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author. This is my honest, voluntary review.