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  • The Spirit Key

  • By: Parker Williams
  • Narrated by: Collin Carcy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could. He ran - leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee. Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him. He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home - a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spirited narration

  • By MaryD on 19-08-19

spirited narration

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

Reviewed: 19-08-19

I love Parker William’s writing. There is always a bitter sweet element that draws me to the characters. In Spirit Key we have Scott and Tim who with a little nudge find each other again. Together they try to understand why they have been chosen and how to cope with their roles. So many feels for both of them for different reasons.
Colin Carcy is a new narrator to me and I think he knocked it out of the park. Great characterisation and he kept the pace up in the story. He added depth and personality to make the characters easily identifiable. I will certainly look out for more by him.

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  • Murder House

  • PsyCop, Book 10
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Few people would willingly spend the night in a murder house, but Victor Bayne is up for the challenge. He’ll do whatever it takes to get a look at his permanent record, including going undercover in a townhouse where a recent death took place. Why not? There was no foul play involved, and as a psychic medium, he’d know if a ghost was creeping up on him. The whole “murder house” claim is just a product of a kid’s overactive imagination, and he’s confident he has the situation under control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By MaryD on 16-08-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 16-08-19

Excellent story and narration as always. I was hooked despite having read the book it still felt fresh and exciting listening to Gomez Pugh as Victor. Worth more than 5 stars.

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  • Rules to Follow

  • Davey's Rules, Book 1
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Davey’s rule number 86: A good Daddy will never lie to his boy...even by omission. Travis Miller has a pretty solid life in the small California beach town he calls home. He’s working his way up in the district attorney’s office, he owns a home with an ocean view, and he has close ties with his family. Life is good. If only he could find a sweet boy to call his own, life would be...perfect. Adam Nichols’ life has never been easy. Growing up in foster care taught him to be strong, so finding himself in a violent relationship was a shock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boy finds out Daddy

  • By Emma Burbidge on 18-08-19

The Rules every boy needs

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

This book is fun. There are serious issues of domestic abuse which has been handled with sensitivity. At the start I was a little confused why Davey seems to be the focus when the story was about Travis and Adam. But I figured that Davey (and his numerous rules) is possibly going to be the lynchpin of the series. He certainly is one sassy character. I enjoyed Daddy Travis as the saviour and his complete misjudgment which meant he had to make it up to Adam. Of course Davey is there to help get Adam and Travis together. I really want to know more about bratty Preston. There are so many great characters I think this has the makings of a great series.
Michael Pauley is an excellent narrator. He draws out the character traits of Daddy Travis’s firm gentleness and Adam’s tough yet fragility so well. All the personalities are portrayed with such depth. And Davey is larger than life. Such an enjoyable audiobook.

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  • Antidote

  • Don't..., Book 2
  • By: Jack L. Pyke
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Video footage of Jack sleeping with Cutter, a man who mutilated teenagers for his own sadistic streak, should have stayed dead and buried with the man who had filmed it. Yet when footage of Jack’s past starts appearing on internet porn sites, Jack’s whole world is again turned on its head...As brutally as possible, Jack’s sex life is now a live webcam feed for a whole new audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👀😯😬😣😤😵😍 just a snippet of my emotions whilst listening

  • By caroline on 17-08-19

Mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

Get ready for your heart to be squeezed so hard. Between Jack L Pyke’s mesmerising story and Dan Calley’s smooth narration I was caught. I had to keep listening to find out what was happening to Jack and Jan. More importantly why were they targeted and abused. The depictions of the psychological games are very well crafted. I just had to stop and listen whilst I inwardly railed against those harming Jack and Jan. Excellent book that is perfectly narrated.

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  • No Fear

  • No Shame Series, Book 3
  • By: Nora Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Aaron is drowning. After coming out as gay, he lost his parents’ approval, his job, and his sense of identity. He feels like a freak who doesn’t fit in anywhere. His last hope was his brother, Josh, but Josh can’t seem to forgive him for how Aaron treated him when they were teens. All Aaron wants is for someone to accept him, guide him, because he doesn’t have a clue. When sexy jiujitsu teacher Blake takes him in and starts mentoring him, Aaron has hope for the first time, even though he can’t understand what Blake sees in him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting series

  • By MaryD on 26-07-19

Exciting series

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

Reviewed: 26-07-19

Love the developing relationship between Aaron and Blake. Blake helps Aaron explore who he is without fear of judgment.
Along side their story is the continuation of Indie's struggle to get away from his past. Can’t wait to listen to the next book and find out how that part ends.
Great narration by Kenneth Obi had me gripped.

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  • Stay

  • His Command, Book 3
  • By: Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Sterling Holt, owner of kink club The Shepherd, has given all he has to keep his family together. But after years of hard work raising his much-younger sister, his nest is empty - and so is his heart...Beneath the weight of his own guilt aches an omega who can’t see salvation. Proud, cocky, and outspoken, on the surface it looks like Adrian Lowe has it all - but beneath his prickly facade lurks something darker. Something painful. Something he can only escape during weekends at The Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding family and home

  • By Emma Burbidge on 31-07-19

Fantastic emotional journey

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

Reviewed: 24-07-19

This is a great continuation of the series.
Adrian appears in the previous book and it’s in this story that we come to understand him better. I love the multifaceted way Piper Scott writes her characters. It would be easy to just see the surface presented by Adrian and Stirling. With Piper Scott’s writing and Michael Pauley’s excellent narration we get to understand what drives them and how lost both of them are. Together they are hot and each gives the other what they didn’t realise they needed.
Michael Pauley portrays them so well. He gives the emotional journey we go on real depth and is a joy to listen to.
I am looking forward to listening to Gabriel’s story.

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  • No Filter

  • No Shame Series, Book 1
  • By: Nora Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 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

Indy will do anything to prevent his mobster ex from finding him. Their last encounter left Indy recovering for months in the hospital, and, ever since, he's become an expert at hiding in plain sight.  Determined to stay under the radar, he takes on a new identity and moves from place to place, until he meets the man who breaks through all his defenses. Former Army Medic Noah came back damaged from his last tour in more than one way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Fee G on 03-02-19

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

Wow what a great start to the series. Noah, Indi and Josh’s entwined relationship is quite intense. There is so much going on. Especially as they are not really m/m/m. The relationship is too fluid and is just settling into what it’s meant to be.
As always Kenneth Obi shows his skills enlivening the story, making it captivating. Can’t wait to move on to book 2 and see what happens next.

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  • No Limits

  • No Shame Series, Book 2
  • By: Nora Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Josh is convinced he'll never find someone who'll love him the way he is. He's not exactly a catch with his PTSD and the submissive tendency he recently discovered and is dying to explore. His complicated relationship with Noah and Indy doesn't make it easy, either. When Connor shows interest in him, he can't believe the sexy cop would look at him twice, let alone make an effort to get to know him. When he does, Josh discovers they have more in common than he'd ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great second book

  • By MaryD on 21-07-19

Great second book

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

I confess I started this book not having listened to book 1. I soon found out that was a mistake. I was too confused about what the characters were referring to. I stopped after two chapters and listened to book 1. So much better, no limits is definitely not a stand alone but a continuation from the previous book. An what a fantastic story it is. I have become a fan of Nora Phoenix’s writing style. It’s to the point and pulls no punches. This second book is no exception. The emotions conveyed by Kenneth Obi between Josh and Connor, Noah and Indi are palpable. This story is more about Connor and Josh’s emerging relationship but their future is so wrapped up with Noah and Indi they have to play a big part. Can’t wait to continue with the series.

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  • A Daddy for the Billionaire

  • By: A. Little
  • Narrated by: Danny Cespedes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Cheswick Ludwig Fontaine IV was tired. Groomed to be a successful business from birth, he'd studied and worked hard his entire life. He'd even turned the millions left him by both sets of grandparents into his first billion while still in college. Unable to face the pressure of being urged to make even more money, he simply walked out of a meeting. Richard Neville knows a Little when he sees one. Cheswick might not know it yet, but he was made to be Richard's Little.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Daddy and Little story.

  • By MaryD on 11-07-19

Charming Daddy and Little story.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-19

I must admit the circumstances of how Cheswick and Richard meet was surprising, but as soon as they started talking I understood. Ches is tired and fed up of the way his life is and just wants to lay his burdens down. Having a Daddy to take care of him the way nobody has in the past is what he yearns for. Richard is ideal. For Richard in Ches he has found his ideal little baby boy. If you’re not interested in 24/7 Daddy/Little boy age play stories this might not be for you.
This is the first time I’ve listened to Danny Cespedes narration and I love his deep smooth voice.

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  • Safe Harbor

  • Pine Cove, Book 1
  • By: HJ Welch
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Robin Coal wonders if asking his straight housemate Dair to be his fake boyfriend for his high school reunion will be the worst thing he’s ever done…or the best. But there’s no way he’s going home to face his abusive ex alone, and former Marine Dair is just the protection he needs. So long as he doesn’t find out about Robin’s secret crush, everything will be fine. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh

  • By Danielle Allan on 17-08-19

Robin and Dair Adorable

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

Reviewed: 11-07-19

I loved this fake boyfriend story. There are a lot of issues both Alistair (Dair) and Robin have to face before they realise they are right for each other. It’s that wonderfully classic case of everyone else seeing it but them. Neither of them are completely happy in their current life. They are in a comfortable day to day existence. Until Robin needs to go home for a school reunion and his horrible ex will be there. A fake boyfriend is suggested and Dair steps up for the role. Bring in a loving family and a horrible ex to stir things up and you have a wonderful blossoming and eventful love story with a very satisfying happy ending.
Nick J Russo is a fantastic narrator who brings out the nuances of each character so well. I love the way he pays as much attention to the secondary characters, Robin’s friends and family are so charismatic.