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  • Lover

  • Survivor, Book 2
  • By: T.M. Smith
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside, he's carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past, he's evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just 15, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil. Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn't turn out as planned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!!

  • By Patricia Nelson on 09-03-18

Menage

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Love Nick Russo's narration, he truly gives all three guys a voice and conveys their story so well.

  • Survivor

  • By: T. M. Smith
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 years old - his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer the call in Devonshire. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really worth looking at - unique, sweet, touching

  • By Morgan A Skye on 02-15-18

May December romance with a murder mystery twist.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Love Nick Russo's narration, he truly brings Taylor and Frank to life and gives them a voice.

  • Making Promises

  • Keeping Promise Rock, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

All Shane Perkins ever wanted to be was a hero. But after a career-shattering decision to go down fighting, Shane comes home from the hospital to four empty walls, a pile of money, and a burning desire for someone to miss him the next time he gets hurt in the line of duty. He ends up an officer in the small town of Levee Oaks, and, addicted to the promise of family, he makes an effort to reconcile with his flighty, troubled sister. Kimmy makes her living as a dancer, and her partner steals Shane's breath at first sight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Journey to take...

  • By Donald on 05-30-13

Just as good as the first!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

If you're a fan of Amy Lane then you already know how well she writes love, pain, angst and redemption stories. This book is classic Amy Lane and it gave me all the feels! Shane is tall, deceptively imposing and has a heart of gold. Mikie is brash, outspoken and has this larger than life personality all wrapped up in a bite size package. The unlikely pair meet when Shane goes to visit his sister at a Ren Faire and the attraction is obvious, mutual, but Mikie fights it every step of the way. He's like one of the many cats Shane has adopted, but Mikie is most definitely feral. It takes a whole hell of a lot of cajoling, courting and everything shy of Shane using his handcuffs to cuff Mikie to the bed to get Mikie to stop long enough to realize that Shane is not like all those other guys. The big, generous cop that puts everyone he knows and loves before himself is Mikie's knight in a blue uniform with an almost constant set of broken ribs.

This was a long story but it kept my attention throughout. If I could have listened from start to finish without stopping, I definitely would have. Paul Morey is the most amazing narrator that ever lived. His voice is like honey slowly trickling down a rough, prickly tree branch, both scratching an itch and causing goosebumps. Every character had their own, distinct tone in the story and every iota of emotion that was written in the words pulled from Lane's brain was poured into the narration.

I'm sure you could start with this story as a stand alone, but listening to (or reading) the first book will give you the backstory of many of the secondary characters and, in my opinion, make this book that much better.

  • Acceptance

  • Forbes Mates, Book Three
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily, he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely - a cat! Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male...or a wolf. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong story and so well conveyed.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 10-04-18

Strong story and so well conveyed.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Tams eBook review...

Jaguar shifter Quincy Archer has been raised in a Pride that doesn't believe in destined mates. So when he met Miles Grant, Doctor for the Forbes wolf pack, Quincy pushes him away. The fates are never wrong though, and soon it becomes impossible for Quincy to fight the pull. The problem is, Quincy may have warmed to the idea of a destined mate, even if Miles is a Wolf shifter, his Pride though, not so much. When Quincy is injured by a couple of cats that make it seem like they were sent by his father, Miles and the Forbes wolves take him in while he heals. Fearing that he is painting a target on his mate's back, Quincy flees, only to have to return immediately when Miles is also injured, actually, almost killed by the same cats that attacked Quincy. His mates family, the Forbes shifters, stand behind Quincy and Miles as they scramble to find out exactly what's happening, who is out to see both of them dead.

When I read the previous story in this series, my heart broke for Miles when Quincy rebuffed him. So I was jumping for joy when he decided to stop fighting the pull. I loved the way the story played out in this book, the flow of the story was steady, things slowly revealed at the right moment perfectly timed to keep the reader engaged and intrigued. There was the added suspense in the form of these three cats that are literally hunting Quincy and Miles. While they stop at just seriously injuring Quincy, their intentions are made clear from the start, they are out to kill Miles. As these two mates uncover more secrets, expose more lies, the plot thickens and they start to doubt who they think is behind it all.

Definitely a must read series, especially for anyone that likes PNR or Shifter stories. The books must be read in order though to fully appreciate the characters and the inner workings of the pack(s).

Tams Audiobook review...

I really enjoyed reading Quincy and Miles story, the audiobook took my enjoyment to another level. I love, love, loved the cat like tone Boucher gave Quincy, absolutely perfect. And I swear there were times I could hear a purr in his tone, sexy times, if you know what I mean.

Boucher made sure each character got their own unique tone and voice and added emphasis to words where needed, poured emotion into his voice as required. Definitely a must listen! As I stated above in my eBook review, you have to read this series in order or certain characters and aspects of the storyline won't make sense.

  • 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 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it is so good

  • By Keith b miller on 09-29-18

Save a horse, ride a cowboy!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Each new book in this series draws me further into the world Arthur has created at Clean Slate ranch. I love Reyes big, brooding, protective nature and how Miles brings out the best in him. Both men have darkness in their past but offer each other a safe place, a home.

Boudreaux does an amazing job making sure that each character is clearly definable and has their own voice in the story.

Fans of the author and narrator will surely already have this book in their library. But fans of sexy cowboys, hard fought happy ever afters and passionate romances will like this one as well.

  • Texas Fall

  • Texas Series, Book 6
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

Jack is focusing on building an equine therapy school for children with special needs and works hard alongside his normal horse training and breeding program. He and Riley have settled into a quieter kind of family life, but that doesn't stop them using the barn with the door to the fullest!  But the lull comes before the storm. Riley and his new assistant travel to Laredo, and across the border into Neuvo Laredo as part of an exploratory team and things very quickly go to hell. Riley is caught in some serious Cartel problems and suddenly everything Jack holds dear is threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get the tissues ready

  • By Zac Chupe on 10-09-18

Highly recommend.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

This next chapter in the story of Jack and Riley's life brings with it a threat that could tear their lives apart. A darkness that lingers, causing confusion, pain and doubt.

Struggling to pave his own road in the family business while juggling marriage and family obligations is a weight on Riley's shoulders that's threatening to drown him. Fortunately he has a very sexy, growling man that refuses to let his husband sink.
Jack is dealing with his own issues while trying to get the ranch ready for those that need therapy, but he remains an anchor for his husband and their ever growing family.

With each new installment in this series I fall a little bit more in love with these characters. RJ Scott manages to bring something new to each book, pulling me deeper into the world Jack and Riley covet. She paints a picture with vivid, raw strokes on a blank canvas with intricately woven storylines rounded out with slightly broken, imperfect characters full of life, love and determination. Sean Crisden wraps his voice around the rough edges with various tones and nuances, inflections that emphasis each character and their own individual voice in the story. I'm especially partial to the deep, gravelly tone I've come to associate with Jack.

Definitely a must listen!

  • Keeping Promise Rock (Gay Romance)

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story!

  • By Donald on 04-16-12

Raw and angsty, classic Amy Lane!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Oh, but this book was amazing! I don't know how I've missed this series until now as the Author and the Narrator are both favorites for me. Better late than never has never been more true!

Crick (Carrick) and Deacon are childhood friends, the closest thing to family either of them have aside from Deacon's father, Parish. As they grow from boys to teenagers and eventually become men their ever evolving relationship becomes something so much more than just friends, family, lovers. Through thick and thin, to hell and back, Crick and Deacon do the best they can to keep their heads above water and stay true to who they are as both individuals and a couple.

What I truly enjoyed most about this story was the fact that these two men are far from perfect and Lane captured that perfect imperfection beautifully. They don't always say the right thing or make the right choice but regardless, they are there for each other and they build their own fantastically flawed family that is stronger than super glue.

What can I say about Sean Crisden that hasn't already been said? The man is such a sensational narrator with an arsenal of tones, nuances and inflections at his disposal. It's not just his ability to voice so many characters and make sure everyone has their own tone, he puts the emotions the character is feeling into the words and takes the story to another level.

If you're a fan of the Author or Narrator this one is a no brainer. Such a great book!

  • Rank & File

  • Anchor Point, Book 4
  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he's had his eye on the prize - making master chief and retiring after 30 years of service. Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He's lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he's destined for great things - once he's done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hot Military story not to miss

  • By Cat on 09-18-18

Military men are so sexy.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

An enlisted Senior Chief set on retiring after 30 years and a Lieutenant disillusioned with the Navy meet very unexpectedly and soon come to realize they are a perfect fit. Too bad entertaining the idea of something more than friendship could mean the end of both their careers. Unable to resist the pull to one another they begin a secret affair and grow closer with each passing day. Will and Brent have to face the very real possibility that their love could destroy everything they've worked for. Is it worth it?

An Officer and a Gentlemen... just kidding! These two are downright dirty and sexy as hell. A slow burning relationship evolves into something that Will and Brent can't live with out. But are they willing to pay the price if their secret gets out? That is this story in a nutshell. There were hints of another book by this author in this story so it felt a little repetitive at times, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. Witt has always been good at writing scenes so descriptive that you can get lost in the story and truly see what she's describing in her mind. Two words... hot wings. I laughed so hard, it was amazing.

Russo continues to give the characters in this series a voice and does it seamlessly, carrying previous characters over into this book using the same tones and nuances from previous books. Definitely a must listen for those that like this Author, narrator or series. Who doesn't like a couple of sexy, naughty boys in uniform?

  • Crossroads

  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

After divorcing the woman he'd been with since he was 17, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams, and he's determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done - that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner. Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there's a connection between Nick and Bryce from the start - a spark they can't deny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double GFY - amazing narration

  • By Morgan A Skye on 11-22-15

Loved the story, the parents, not so much

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I really, really loved how the relationship between Nick and Bryce played out. Unexpected and rough around the edges but no less beautiful. They were pretty sexy too as they took their time getting to know each other in and out of the bedroom. Narration was stellar, of course, it's Sean Crisden!

What I did not enjoy were either one of the mothers. I wanted to climb into my Zune and slap the shit out of both of them. It's hard to say which was worse.... Nick's basically homophobic mother or Bryce's mother and father that responded to him telling them he was gay and in love with a man with... "will you ever take anything seriously?" Seriously?????

Still, overall I enjoyed the book and was thrilled that Nick and Bryce realized the only people they needed to please was each other.

  • Reunited

  • Rescued Hearts, Book 2
  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Ryder Daniels and Jason Mallory seem to have it all, but even the most loving marriage takes work. Ryder's past leads him to remain silent yet resentful in the face of conflict, while Jason strives to prove he can take care of his family without Ryder's wealth, even if it costs him precious time with his husband and daughter. When a devastating illness leaves them shaken and helpless, Ryder is forced to face the one person he never thought to see again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong sequel

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 09-05-18

Strong sequel

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Ryder and Jason have been through so much to create a life and a family together and their commitment is unbreakable. Or is it? Between work, conflicting schedules and an unexpected illness their foundation is beginning to shake. They'll have to lean on each other and their families to make it through.

I liked that there was a very realistic struggle for Ryder and Jason. Marriage is hard and takes a lot of work and encouragement from everyone involved. Communication isn't always easy and expectations aren't always agreed upon. But you keep at it, keep pushing through and find a way to make it work because at the end of the day, being able to fall asleep in the arms of the person you love makes it all worth it. And I couldn't imagine anyone other than Charlie David telling this story. Everyone has their own voice and that voice is clear.

This is a must listen for fans of the Author and Narrator, but if you're a hopeless romantic and a fan of hard fought happy ever afters then you'll love this book.