• Smash & Grab

  • Relic, Book 1
  • By: Maz Maddox
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Smash & Grab

By: Maz Maddox
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
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Publisher's summary

My standard issued lab badge reads "Simon", but it really should say "unexciting nerd with no social life". Don't get me wrong - I love what I do with a passion, but it doesn't leave a lot of time for much else. Especially romance.

While chipping away at my work, I'm suddenly the person between hired cartel muscle and the fossil that will define my career. Which isn't the most insane part of the story.

My savior is a chaotic, bat-wielding punk with a bubble-gum pink mohawk and a killer smile.

In a mad dash to escape the thieves, my knight in studded armor sweeps me across the country while hitting every tourist trap along the way. While smuggling a fossil, might I add.

Oh, and did I mention this pink punk can shift into a dinosaur?

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Maz Maddox (P)2021 Tantor
  • Series: Relic, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Fun Dinosaur Adventure

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but it was very fun and a great listen. Kirt Graves was wonderful as usual and was a perfect fit. It was great to find an original story with good writing and dialog. It seems like so many m/m books are the same story line (fake bfs/straight best friend, etc.), but this was different in the best way. Never a boring moment. I just wish it was longer! Looking forward to more in this series.

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Fresh & fun, nerdy shifter romance

If you like shifter romances and want a fresh take, this is a great start to what I hope will be a comprehensive series. Simon, the unsuspecting paleontologist, gets thrown into a world of adventure and fantasy when saved by a sassy punk rock dino shifter. Yep, a DINO shifter. There is a comic book feel to this story that's really fun. The narrator did a good job of keeping voices separate without over the top inflection. I hope more comes soon and that we get more of Simon, Dalton, and the rest of the RELIC team.

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Cute. Maybe a little too cute

Dalton: “I wanted to call it Fossil Assessment Recovery Team”
I love campy shifter romance, but this was a little too teenage squee for me. It’s nothing terrible, just awfully cute for a book also featuring two MM sex scenes. The dino-shifter thing at least gets us away from the whole alpha-wolf dom thing, which I appreciate.

Simon: “My inner child is a fatAss”
We can add geekdom to the feel, with paleontologist and movie nerd Simon, who Dalton fixates on during their forced proximity and the good ole’ “there’s only one bed” schtick.

Finally, the narration was solid except there wasn’t enough differentiation between Dalton and Simon’s voice. I occasionally had to recalibrate when I realized whose POV was actually on. I’m satisfied with the sale price. Maybe I’ll try another if I can get that on sale too.

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Fat rabbits for Pretty Simon!

I’ve had this audiobook since it came out. Maz Maddox is a new-to-me author and the premise sounded interesting. I mean...shifter dinosaurs? I can’t recall that being done before...at least outside of bargain basement erotica. I started listening, made it halfway thru, and then stopped. I don’t know why exactly....Simon was kind of a stick in the mud for most of the book, and a fairly weak character overall. I’m guessing his blandness combined with Kirt Graves sometimes monotone narrating just made me bored and uninterested in finishing it. I dusted the audiobook off this week and finally made it straight through....twice! I had to speed narration up to 1.2x, which greatly improved my experience. Final opinion? I’d recommend this book 100%. The lead up to Dalton and Simon actually getting together was a little slow (IMO) but the book started to get a lot better after that point. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of Book 2 in the series and starting to dabble in Maz Maddox’s other works (starting with Heartache & Hoofbeats, which I highly recommend as well). Overall: give it a chance if you are like me and struggled through the first part—it will be worth it!

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narration is so good

I adore this book, so fun and sexy. I am actually going to buy the second in the series because this one was so good. heck I might re listen to it asap I really love the characters. Dalton is the best and so is Simon he's so cute.

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Oddly cute

I didn't really think I would like this book and actually avoided it for a year (because dinosaur shifters sounds super weird). I'm really glad that I decided to give it a shot because I actually really like the dynamic between Dalton and Simon. My only problem with this book is that so much happens in such a relatively short time frame. It makes everything feel like it moving way too fast.

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Oh my, I love themmmm!!

This book made me LOL, squeal, and the like! Ugh, it was so cute, but the plot was also interesting. On the run, being hunted by bad guys, nerd and punk rock shifter, ugh, need I say more! I loved this world, so excited to continue! And Kirt Graves does an EXCELLENT job of bringing these wonderful characters to life! 😍😍😍😍

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Equal parts laughter and feels

I purchased the rest of the series barely an hour into this first book. Absolutely brilliant read/listen. In a world full of shifter romance novels, I thoroughly enjoy when I run across something a little different.

It’s not very often that I read something and feel like I would be genuine friends with the author irl, but their humor and writing style speaks to my soul.

I would give a 3.5/5 on the steam meter. Excellent quality, limited quantity. I think it suits the story well but I certainly wouldn’t be upset with more lol.

Kirt Graves is one of my favorite narrators. I actually found this because I was looking at their work. Very impressive voice acting.

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Fun

This was so much fun!!!!!! New comfort listen for sure. And I can’t wait to binge the rest.

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Definitely worth a listen

Charming little love story with a cutie queer curious paleontologist and a shifter that is actually… sweet read.

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