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Unexpectedly not a hit

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-17

I generally eat up every single audio book Jordan Castillo Price releases, especially when partnered with Gomez Pugh, but god, this was one hell of a struggle.

I'm not a fan of Crash as a character, I can take or leave him, but I thought that maybe I could get some insights and get my fix of Vic and Jacob in this story somewhere, but what I found didn't satisfy me at all.

The first 35k - that's nearly 4 hrs of audio- could have been cut. I had ZERO interest in the comings and goings at the salon Crash worked at. It all seemed completely irrelevant and pointless.

And where was the plot?

What we have here are some of the events we have covered in the Psycop books, yet from Crash's perspective. It just did not work for me and I actually got really bored, even though Gomez Pugh's narration was solid, the content became interminable at times.

This 'Red' character that Crash was so nuts about was like a cardboard cut out with no personality. I was not convinced at all.

Sadly, I just didn't feel any feels with this book.

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Such a wonderful series. I want MORE!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-17

This was the darkest book in the trilogy, and many of Henry's ghosts came back to haunt him. It was sad, fun, thrilling and hot. The mystery was well plotted and played out brilliantly. I do hope Lisa Henry and JA Rock give us more Mac and Cheese. They are a couple with so much potential.

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Entertaining but went nowhere

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-17

I was entertained by this Josh Lanyon story but i didn't love it. The story arc was very formulaic and just when the romance aspect started to get going, the story was over. I wasn't convinced by the romance either. The narration was very good.

What a wonderful surprise.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-17

This was such a fun fantasy M/M book, and a wonderful debut for Mason Thomas.
The narration was a bit cringy at times when the narrator tried British regional accents that were not actually mentioned in the text or character descriptions. Most of the time it worked, but a few times it took me out of the story because the accent was not the best. My rule of thumb is that if a narrator is going to attempt an accent they have to be great at it or just use a standard reading voice.
The story is well-written fantasy with a nice M/M instalove romance thrown in. I enjoyed it and would recommend.

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Well narrated thriller

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-17

3.5 stars
I was really looking forward to this final outing for Elliot and Lance, but in the end, it was a mixed bag for me. The narration was solid, but I found there was a nasty hiss with the 's' sound at the end of sentences for the first few hours of the book. I'm not sure if it got better as the book went on or if I just tuned out and got into the story more.

The first half of the book dragged, and the plot meandered all over the place with red - herrings a plenty. I found it really frustrating at times, especially the way Lanyon had written Elliot's internal monologs. Some of his thought processes were repetitive and nonsensical like she was dragging things out to hit a specific word count. (I really hate it when authors do that.) I wondered at times how the hell Elliot ever became an agent if that is how his mind works.

Suffice to say that when a major plot point occurred and Elliot didn't act straight away I was completely aghast. I'm not in law enforcement, and I have zero crime training but any fool knows that the fact they were investigating a serial killer who had a thing for Elliot meant they needed to be on guard 24/7.

I was expecting a more explosive ending but it was kind of taken out of Elliot and Lance's hands much too easily and ends were tied without either actually being involved. Anyway. I'm sure Lanyon mega fans will eat this up no matter what.

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Good mystery

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This was a good murder mystery, well plotted and well narrated, however I never really connected with Jason and Sam, and wasn't convinced about their romance.

Good narration, dark and suspenseful story

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

This book is not for the faint-hearted. There are some VERY grisly descriptions of murders and murder scenes that really took the edge off the romance aspects in this story. The story arc in general was really engaging, but sadly formulaic - just like the first book, a skinny musician who has childhood abuse trauma is helped through current trauma by another big Irishman with a heart made from marshmallow ... These Morgan men... there's not a bad egg among them!

Don't get me wrong I did like the character of Damien and how he found his way back to his best friend/band mate Miki St John while trying to hide from a murderer, its just that there were issues...

My biggest issue with this book was the writing style. Rhys Ford really does stretch out what could be said in a sentence to a whole paragraph or page. It gets frustrating when the simplest thing is dragged out or repeated. Some may say this is just the authors style of writing, and yes, that could be correct, but cutting all the unnecessary stuff it would leave a wonderfully tight story. I saw what this story could have been and felt sorry that i had all of the distractions of repetitions and over description.

The Irishism's were starting to get to me in this story too. Sionn was pronounced as "Shoon" by the narrator, where as Sionn is Gaelic for 'Sean or Shaun'. Sionn kept calling Damien 'Boyo' as if it was an Irish thing to say, but 'Boyo' is culturally attributed to the Welsh, not Irish. I also still don't understand how the whole Morgan family came to be in San Francisco with Irish accents when the parents moved over from Ireland to the US and all 8 kids were US born, so should have US accents. Playing off the sentimentality of the large, loving, perfect family and Irishness got to be a bit too much for me (as an Irish woman)

I did enjoy the narrators range of accents, and the pacing was much better in this recording. I like Miki and Damien and am invested enough in them to want to know what happens next, but as i go forward to the next book I can already see where this is going. Lets see if i am correct.

Challenging story, fast narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Sinners Gin was a really challenging story, especially with the dark subject matter being of Miki being a victim of sexual abuse as a child. There were a lot of things about the way this was handled that made me distinctly uncomfortable though. The story as a whole was dark, gritty and suspenseful. Despite my reservations with the subject matter, it was well on the way to being a five star book, but then we got to the first sex scene and two stars were blown away. Rhys Ford is a good writer but MY GOD, the sex scenes were interminable. Therefore, the story suffered badly from gratuitous sex. The scenes were over descriptive, not necessarily even erotic and went on far too long. There was so much head hopping when they made love that I had no idea who was doing what to whom. If i'd have been reading this book, not listening, I'd have done a lot of skimming on the sex scenes.

The audio narrator had a good mix of accents, but my one issue with him was that he spoke too fast. It was hard to keep up with the narrative sometimes.

Also, just a final observation. Kane Morgan and his brothers were from an Irish family. His parents moved to the US from Ireland, and Kane and his brothers were all US born. So.... why did they have Irish accents?

Anyway, this is a good listen... the cliffhanger was intriguing so I will continue with this series.

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Flawless narration and spooktacular stories

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-16

Psycop Briefs is really a book for the fans. If you haven’t read the series, go now, buy it, read it or listen to the sexy, husky tones of Gomez Pugh narrating the audio books. Believe me. You won’t be disappointed.

But if you have read/listened to the seven books in the Psycop series, these 21 short stories in this anthology will be a delight. Jordan explains at the front of the book that some of the stories can be fitted in-between the timelines of the books, whereas others are tangents in the timeline. Each vignette is a snapshot into a world that I know and love, where Psycop Victor Bayne see’s dead people and his hunky lover Jacob Marks provides safe harbor and strong loving arms to anchor him to this world.

My favorite story was the final one, Witness. This is set after 'Spook Squad' and if, like me you are desperate for new Psycop, this will whet your appetite and make you ache even more for a new full length novel.

Once again the narration is flawless, and Jordan's words with Gomez Pugh's narration are audio book heaven.

Super narration for an entertaining book

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-16

This was my least favourite Z.A Maxfield book so far.
I don't know what it was about the characterizations of Jae and Kelly but it took me at least the first three hours of this audio book to get into it. Still i never connected with either MC and found their messed up communication rather tiresome at times. Even though this book was released only 5 years ago in 2011, there were several references that have dated very quickly - like the fact that they were communicating on MY SPACE chat!!! This really could be changed easily to Facebook and it wouldn't jar as much as it did to me.
Over all the narration was very good but the story was tired and didn't have the same magic that Z.A's books usually have. I would recommend her books "Gasp!", "Drawn Together" and "Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost"

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