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  • Fire Balls

  • Balls to the Wall Series, Book 2
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands 5-foot-6, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate - and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe - humiliating Hunter in front of his dad! Hunter lives a dream life - his father’s dream. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fire Balls

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-09-18

Strong sequel and so well conveyed.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I really enjoyed the role reversal in this story and how both the Author and the Narrator both added to and advance the story with their own portrayal of the words. Hunter has to be on his game at all times on the job and in public, but when he's alone with Rod, there's something in the air and about Rod's personality that allows Hunter to let down his guard, be himself and truly open up.

Nick Russo does a great job bringing these guys to life and I always enjoy the stories he tells. I liked this book and the characters more so than the ones in book one. Happy that I took a chance on this one!

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Short, but still scary

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This was a fast, fun listen. It was like listening to a play and I really enjoyed the various characters voices, background noises and the way each narrator really put their all into the story.

  • Duke's Baby Deal

  • Mercy Hills Pack, Book 3
  • By: Ann-Katrin Byrde
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Bram wants more. He wants adventure, excitement, romance, and something different than looking after pups for the rest of his life. He flirts and teases with all the alphas, but the one he wants, he can’t figure out how to get. Until one of his more dangerous suitors goes too far and Bram finds himself in a situation that could ruin him for life. Duke steps in with an offer of a respectable mating, and everything Bram wanted is somehow now within reach. But all gifts come with trials, and both Duke and Bram have difficult paths to tread on the way to happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it is so good

  • By Keith b miller on 11-25-18

I'd give it 10, but Audible won't let me!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This is the third book in a series that must be read or listened to in order.

Bram is an Omega in a pack that cherished and protected him from everything, which doesn't prepare him for the darkness in the world. Duke is an Alpha that knows exactly what he wants, but stays in the shadows, certain that Bram deserves more than just him. Once these two Shifters stop assuming and starting communicating they finally get what they've both desperately wanted... each other.

I've been anxiously awaiting this book since I finished the last one, it was definitely worth the wait. Russo does such an amazing job with all the characters, careful to give everyone their own voice in the story. I'm really enjoying each new layer of this universe that the Author has created with each book. She's really taken the Shifter lore and bent it, reshaped it enough to make it different and unique and I'm loving it.

Can someone tell Nick Russo I need book 4 now please?!?!

  • Family Man (Dreamspinner Press)

  • By: Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

At 40, Vincent “Vinnie” Fierro is still afraid to admit he might be gay - even to himself. Vinnie attempts some self-exploration in Chicago’s Boystown bars, far from anyone who knows him. Naturally, he runs smack into someone from the neighborhood. Trey Giles has little time for fun, let alone dating someone who swears he’s straight. Yet after one night of dancing cheek-to-cheek, Trey agrees to let Vinnie court him and see if he truly belongs on this side of the fence. It seems like a solid plan, but nothing is simple when family is involved. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Man

  • By Stacy Thompson on 06-07-18

If at first you don't succeed try, try again.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Thrice divorced, Vinnie is trying to figure out who he is when Trey dances his way under his skin. What starts out as exploration develops into something more like soul searching. And when push comes to shove, Vinnie is determined to go the distance. Now if he could only get Trey to agree with the plan.

This story was the perfect balance of intrigue, angst, romance and just enough humor to balance out the underlying seriousness within the story. It flowed really well from one chapter to the next and kept me completely engaged from start to finish. Narration stayed in line with the story and Darcy conveyed the characters exactly how I pictured them in my head.

  • BFF

  • By: K.C. Wells
  • Narrated by: Michael Mola
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

I met Matt in second grade, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We went to the same schools; studied at the same college. When we both got jobs in the same town, we shared an apartment. And when my life took an unexpected turn, Matt was there for me. Every milestone in my life, he was there to share it. And what’s really amazing? After all these years, we’re still the best of friends. And I want to tell him I love him, really love him, but I’m scared to death of what he’ll say.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best friends forever, with a twist!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 11-02-18

Best friends forever, with a twist!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I absolutely loved the premise for this book, told from David's perspective as he writes the story of his life with Matt. Childhood friends that grow together, day by day and year by year until the day they look at each other and see something different, something more. They literally fell in love with one another over two decades. The book explores their lives, two adolescents looking for turtles become teenagers that just don't understand what the big deal is when it comes to girls. High school graduates that, of course, travel to the same college and become roommates. Two young men that would do anything for the other, trust one another implicitly eventually come to the conclusion that the reason why they could never make any other relationship work is because they've already found... the one. It's the joy of walking in their footsteps on this journey that really made the story for me.

This is my first book from this narrator and I had a few issues. A few times throughout the character speaking obviously changed, but he kept the same tone which confused me. Also, he literally spoke what the Author wrote. If a character was laughing, he laughed, like, a lot, and every single time. You may think this is the narrator pulling the emotions from the characters but, not so much. At least, not for me. It didn't flow well for me in the end, actually pulled me out of the story after the fifth or so time.

Overall I enjoyed the story and would recommend.

  • Sin and Tonic

  • Sinners Series, Book 6
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Miki St. John's best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan - an inspector with the SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own - and his dog, Dude, at his side. It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!! Great Performance!! Great Writing

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-06-18

Miki's past refuses to stay in the past

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Miki St. John has been to hell and back, several times in fact. Just when he thinks all the skeletons have turned to ash, a trap door pops open and brings forth more murder, mayhem and madness. A mother he never knew, doesn't remember, turns up dead and rips a hole in the feeling of safety he's only recently grasped hold off. What's worse, the man he loves could be lost protecting him and the Morgan clan circle the wagons, digging their heels in, hell bent on keeping Miki safe.

As much as I will miss Miki, Damie and the loud ass, brash Morgan clan, this was definitely a fitting end to their story. Full of rich dialogue, disturbing situations and lot of love that's held together with barbed wire, nails and blood; Sin and Tonic finally answers the question readers have been asking since book 1... where Miki came from.

Tristan James is the all powerful God of narration. With a voice that oozes passion and sensuality like a lovely aged bottle of scotch, the rich liquid slowly seeping through the ice cubes in crystal glass, he brings every emotion every character is feeling to life with a plethora of voices and broad spectrum of tones, inflections and nuances.

Definitely a must read/listen story but you must start at the beginning. The journey that Rhys Ford takes this large, eclectic group of perfectly imperfect characters on is nothing less than spectacular.

  • 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 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

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
  • Lover

  • By Stacy Thompson on 09-23-18

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 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

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 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

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 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

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
  • Acceptance, Forbes Mates 3

  • By Stacy Thompson on 12-09-18

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.