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  • Out in the Offense

  • Out in College, Book 3
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Christian Rafferty is a talented quarterback with a big secret. He’s determined to make the most of his final season on the football field and, if possible, avoid any confrontations with his conservative parents about his future. It shouldn’t be difficult; he’s become adept at keeping his public and private lives separate. However, when a math class threatens to derail his plans to graduate on time, he realizes he may need outside help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LIked it better as an audio

  • By V. Rundell of V's Reads on 03-01-19

My favorite of the series.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Ms. Hayes is on the very short list of closeted character authors I’ll read. This is another single POV, quick read in this series. I would have loved to have Rory’s POV…I bet it would have been awesome!

I clearly didn’t think much of Rory as I didn’t remember him from the last book until he mentioned he was Mitch’s ex. Then when I remembered that whole scene I couldn’t reconcile him with the Rory in this book…because I love this Rory. He’s gone through quite the growing up in the year since we last saw him. He’s smart, sexy, funny and amazing with kids (and cats). I love that he’s embracing his sexuality now but doesn’t force Christian to come out sooner than he’s ready.

Christian goes through some major changes in this book. He reminds me a little of Evan in that once he was ready to make changes and live his life as he wants, he was all in. He only wavered in the self-pitying angst for a minute before pulling on his big boy britches.

Their banter is adorable, their sexual chemistry is off the charts and I loved them together!

I would love to see a book in the future with a where are they now kind of thing…maybe a holiday book or something. I really loved these two!

The vocal performance is good. I like it when the performer is kept throughout a series and he maintains the same voices for characters which Mr. Pauley does. This is my favorite of the series and hearing it performed after reading it made it even better.

  • Misfits

  • By: Garrett Leigh
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Craig Beck is an amazing narrator!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 09-08-16

Amazing story, amazing performance

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

This book has been on my kindle for a while and as I’m going back to play catch up and I’m limited on time, I decided to get the audiobook so I could listen when I couldn’t read. BEST.DECISION.EVER.

I don’t know that I would have loved the book as much if I had just read it as I did listening to it because (in the words of my future wife P!NK) Craig Beck is f*ckin’ perfect in his performance of this story. Even if you’ve already read this book, you should listen to it. I can’t imagine you felt the same reading it as you would if you listened to it. The emotions and characterizations, the accents, Jake’s TS…every part of this book was performed PERFECTLY.

As for the story, I’m usually not a huge fan of an established couple adding a third…I typically prefer triad’s that start together but this one just worked. Tom and Jake had an instant attraction while Tom and Cass are more friends to lovers who bonded initially because of Tom’s importance to each of them. Their friendship solidified their relationship for the long term and these guys truly have something special to last a lifetime. The slow, natural conversion of the couple into a triad is beautifully believable and hands down the best I’ve read (listened to).

This is such a complex beautiful story. I loved how Tom and Cass treated Jake…neither of them minimizing him or attempting to limit him because of his TS. Jake seamlessly fits into their business and fills not only the missing role in their personal relationship but their professional one as well. Tom and Cass have put so much into their careers…what they do for a living is as much a part of them as any other part of their personalities. Jake balances that; Jake is the missing piece that completes them. All three of them have large personalities so it takes a lot of work to get where they need to be, but it is a fantastic and sometimes messy journey getting there.

Book two is about Nero who we meet in this book a couple of times and has an air of mystery about him. It doesn’t appear to be on audiobook yet, so I may wait and see if it releases on audio because I’d love to hear more from this vocal performer!

Definite must listen!

  • Out in the End Zone

  • Out in College, Book 2
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Evan di Angelo is an upbeat, good-natured goofball who loves his friends and family…and football. A traumatic accident may have ended his hopes of playing professionally, but he’s made the most of his four years on the field at a small Southern California college. He’s learned the hard way to embrace change, take chances and try things outside of his comfort zone…like agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Out in College #2

  • By Belen on 02-05-19

Cute story

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This is a cute, sweet, quick listen. I originally read it as a standalone but did feel like I missed some of the history between Mitch and Evan by not reading book one so I listened to book one before listening to this one. While you do meet these guys in book one, I think this can be listened to as a standalone.

I really liked both characters. Their banter is entertaining and they have great chemistry. I was glad to see Evan embrace and admit his feelings for Mitch. I typically shy away from stories with characters in the closet but Evan had a unique reason hiding his sexuality and when he realized he could/would lose Mitch if he continued hiding he made the right choice.

My only wishes are for Mitch’s POV and the story to have been longer with a little more development…that would have made this a 5 star read for me.

The vocal performance is good. There was great emotion in both characters and he nailed Mitch's attitude!

  • Out in the Deep

  • Out in College, Book 1
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type-A controlling personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team...also known as his nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Balance

  • By SHARON on 01-25-19

Not my favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19


I didn’t read this story when it was originally released because one closeted character is usually more than I can handle but two was definitely too much. I decided to dive in (ha, sometimes I amuse myself) with the audio because sometimes the performance helps me get through books I usually wouldn’t read.

Derek played a big-ish role in book two, so I knew a bit about his and Gabe’s story. I wasn’t a fan of their fighting and juvenile behavior toward each other to hide their attraction. Their initial sexual encounter and their reactions to it didn’t endear me to them. Several times these boys reminded me why I tend to stay away from the younger characters because I do not like the immaturity.

I did like the way Derek decided to come out and the way Gage supported him when he made the statement.

The vocal performance was good, and I wouldn’t have made it through the book without it. The emotions he put into the characters helped make them more likeable.

  • Vanilla Clouds

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life. His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person. A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day - tall, shy, and charming. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Treat

  • By Karentwilson on 01-26-19

New to me author and vocal performer

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

4.5 Stars so rounding up to 5

This is my first book by this author and WOW what a surprise for me…I rarely love novellas, but this is just damn awesome (so I may be a bit gushy). There is so much emotion packed in this book. The writing is SO good. The pacing is perfect and because the MC’s have a history that is well explained though not fully witnessed by the reader, their love is grown organically and not rushed. The story is completely unique and new to me…the location, how the MC’s met – first virtually then in person, and the overall premise of the story. This book has the perfect balance of sweet romance and melt the pages, super-hot, sexual chemistry between Michal and Magnus.

While Michal is a good solid character, Magnus made me an absolute puddle of goo. I could tell, almost from the beginning, how much he FELT for Michal. I can honestly say it seems as if he lives for Michal…

I don’t want to give too much away as it’s short and this is definitely a story that should be experienced without any spoilers or additional information, so I’ll stop here.

Do yourself a favor and listen to the book even if you’ve already read it or want to read it. The vocal performance was amazing. His pronunciation of the foreign (to me) locations and the names was superb (and very appealing 😊). His voices for both Michal and Magnus were spot on for their personalities. He brought the emotions of the story to life!

  • Saddle Up

  • Clean Slate Ranch Series, Book 3
  • By: A.M. Arthur
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Reyes Caldero keeps his past buried deep and his emotions buried deeper. But what he doesn’t say, he always makes up for with his actions. When the hot chef he once saved from an abusive ex turns up at Clean Slate Ranch, the quiet cowboy is happy to act on their sizzling chemistry, even if he’s not ready to share his secrets - or his heart. Miles Arlington needs to get the hell out of San Francisco, and heading north for a job near Clean Slate Ranch seems like just the thing. It doesn’t hurt that his secret crush/one-time rescuer happens to work at the ranch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite of the series

  • By Christina Wade on 11-05-18

My favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This has been sitting on my Kindle for a while. Honestly, after the last book I was a little nervous about reading it. This has not been my favorite series by this author…and I’ve been surprised by that because I’m a big fan of hers. But with Greg Boudreaux performing, I decided to listen to the story and I’m glad I did. This book felt more like a typical A.M. Arthur story and I’m glad for it.

I like the friends-to-lovers angle taken with these two because neither of them needed to rush into anything. Their romance was more believable with the slow build. The story was a bit predictable but it didn’t detract from the story.

There is quite a bit of angst with Miles’ ex continuing to stalk and pursue him. Reyes’ past was shocking but thankfully these guys get their HEA.

Mack and Wes as well as Colt and Avery continue to be big players in this book. We get some hints about a posible future character which I would stick around for if we get another book in the series.

As always, Mr. Boudreaux’s performance was perfection.

  • Leaning into Forever

  • Leaning into Series, Book 7
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Geordie De La Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordie’s aspiration but he likes the niche he’s made for himself. He won’t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving On is never Easy

  • By Nadine Bookaholic on 09-08-18

Hands down, my favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The vocal performance is good. Mr. Russo also performed Nick and Wes' book and I found it interesting that I was able to recognize their voices in this book...I love the consistency with the characters' voices.

I feel like we’ve been waiting forever for Geordie’s story and honestly it was worth the wait. This story is damn near perfect.

Ms. Hayes could not have written a more authentically flawless match for Geordie than Levi. He is sweet, patient and kind. He doesn’t try to change Geordie or ‘tone down’ Geordie’s fabulous. He is over the top silly and entertaining. I absolutely loved how quickly Levi’s able to tune into and read Geordie and be exactly what he needs to start living again.

Geordie absolutely broke my heart…over and over again. His grief is a living, breathing thing…almost a separate character in the book and my heart physically ached for him. His history was sad at times but I loved learning about him moving to LA and everything that lead him to where he is now.

Levi and Geordie have off the chart sexual chemistry but the emotional chemistry is not to be discounted. Their banter is entertaining and their sweet moments are swoon worthy. Simply put, they are perfect together.

We get appearances from Wes and Nick of course, as well as Ryan and Danny. There is also a quick mention of the rest of the crew. We meet a couple of new characters we may see again.

This is probably my favorite series by Ms. Hayes and I’d venture to say this is my favorite of the series!

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  • On Davis Row

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible. Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-26-18

This duo is absolute perfection.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I read this ebook back in November when it was released and loved it. This is my review of the story from November as I wouldn't change a thing. My review of the vocal performance is added at the end.

So…full disclosure: I’m a HUGE fan of Ms. Walker’s and am a bit gushy at times. While this book was very different from what she normally writes, I’d say it’s one of my favorites. The only thing that came to my mind when I read ‘The End’ (after sitting quietly for a few minutes) was ‘oh my God, oh my God Nic, what have you done to me?’ This book is heavy, at times hard to read, sweet, sometimes funny and honestly everything I love in a story. I felt EVERYTHING the characters felt right along with them.

I am a SUCKER for flawed (‘broken’) characters that have been shattered by their circumstances or the people in their life. I love the healing and redemption and watching that character FINALLY get what is deserved. And…just…Clinton. He ripped me to shreds. He has been knocked down - hard; kicked while he was down; crucified solely because of his lineage; and in case that wasn’t enough, spit on by life.

Normally, the ‘broken’ (I don’t like that term but can’t think of anything else to write) character is my favorite. And I loved Clinton but OH.MY.GOD. Noah. He is everything we all wish we could be. He is going to make a difference in the world; make it a better place to live. And he is absolutely perfect for Clinton and everything Clinton needs. I love them together. Their chemistry – both emotional and sexual – is palpable.

The supporting cast is great. Pops and Mr. Barese are amazing. I loved Gallen…and Terrell. Even the class instructor was pretty awesome for the 5 seconds we see him.

One of my favorite things about Ms. Walker’s writing is that at 90% of her books I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. And I know it’s coming but I usually can’t predict what’s going to happen. She doesn’t follow the ‘formula’ that so many other authors follow. It’s at 94% when it finally drops in this book. But everything that followed was GOLD and PERFECTION.

I didn't think this book could get any better but Joel Leslie proved me wrong. Again. Listening to his performance of this story just makes it so much better. This was such an emotional read for me and his performance amplified those feelings, so much so that I'm not sure when I'll be able to start another book. His performance is, as always, perfect.

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  • Starting Point

  • Turning Point Series, Book 3
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Matthew Elliott is a recovering man. As an ex-cop and ex-fighter, his new job teaching kids at the local community gym about drug awareness and self-defense, is a little bit of both. His new focus on helping street kids is helping him heal, and with Kira by his side, he's making strides. Brother and sister, Rueben and Claudia, are homeless kids and they're very much alone. As they strike a chord with Matt, he does everything in his power to help them. But when Ruby and Claude need more help than he bargained for, it stops being about work, and starts being about home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't want the series to end...

  • By ReadingMad100 on 10-08-18

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

As is the case with most NR Walker series, I couldn’t stop this series once I started so I listened to all 3 of these right in a row (and I was really mad when folks interrupted my listening).

Thankfully, Mr. Crisden is back for the vocal performance. As much as I love Ms. Walker’s writing and storytelling, I honestly can say this series wouldn’t be the same without his performance. He absolutely brings these characters and this story to life.

This book picks up where book 2 left off and therefore isn’t a standalone. There is (thankfully) some much needing healing for these guys in this book and while there is some sadness and a little bit of drama, this story is much easier and happier to read.

This is absolutely another must read/listen to series from Ms. Walker.

  • Breaking Point

  • Turning Point Series, Book 2
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Book two in the Turning Point Series. A fight for what's right becomes a fight for his life. As guilt plagues him, Matthew Elliott's world begins to spiral out of control. The harder he holds on, the more it slips through his fingers, and he's helpless to stop it. Entering into the underground cage-fighting scene, he starts out fighting for what's right. The deeper he gets, the more guilt consumes him - the more pain he takes for his penance - and he's soon fighting for more than justice. He's fighting for love. He's fighting for his life.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By Kate M on 05-03-18

Wow...this one hurt, a lot.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

As I stated in my review of book 1…I’m late to this series and I have no idea why. It’s VERY different from anything I’ve read by Ms. Walker but so damn good. I did not read the synopsis of any of the books before I listened to this series…I really had no idea what the series was about or what to expect from it. I didn’t read any reviews (I never do) because I don’t want my opinion skewed in any way going into a story. I almost wish I had at least read something so I was better prepared because this book HURT. A lot. I also wish I had read this book before listening to it because then I might have maybe a little bit (but probably not) been prepared to have my heart wrenched out of my body by Mr. Crisden’s performance. God, his performance was perfect. (Did I say that in my first review? Is that too repetitive if it’s true? Maybe I should use flawless or impeccable…) All the voices, all the EMOTION…I just…

After what happened to Kira in book one Matt is just…broken. I normally hate to use that description, leaning more toward bent or something similar but those words just aren’t strong enough to describe how far gone Matt has fallen. And it takes him hitting absolute rock bottom to stop the cycle. And what’s worse is he takes Kira down with him. And this is going to sound kind of crazy but I love that they aren’t 100% fixed at the end of the book…they’re on their way to healing but there isn’t a ‘OMG the book is about to be wrapped up so I need to fix everything and everyone even if it doesn’t make sense’ rush at the end.

There were a couple of nice little surprises in this one as well as some great new characters and I love where Matt ends up.
And here I go straight on to book 3!