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  • Rule Breaker

  • By: Lily Morton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss? Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards. Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything. However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Headinabook on 24-04-19

Listened in 1 day, couldn't stop!

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

Wow! This book gives us so much and Joel Leslie does a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life. Dylan and Gabe have a somewhat complex relationship, especially as we get further into the story. Dylan is hilarious with his snark and attitude that shines in his interactions with Gabe, the cold, hard boss who he has lusted after since first meeting two years ago.
Listening to their evolving relationship was full of emotion as we experience the highs and lows that Dylan goes through in both his professional and personal relationship with Gabe. There were many moments of me laughing out loud, having to fan my face or cringing in commiseration with Dylan. The progression of the personal relationship between the MC's grips you and I just had to keep listening to find out how it was all going for them. This has to be in my top five audios and will be a definite re-listen!
A big reason for wanting to listen to this book again is Joel Leslie and the way he has really brought these characters out, as though I could imagine as real people. All emotions were clear and characters had their individual voices. I adore Dylan's character and the way he spoke, it really endeared him to me.
Cannot recommend enough and I am so looking forward to the audio release of book 2!

  • How Not to Break

  • LOVESTRONG, Book 4
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Take one former SEAL with a healthy dose of regret.... Nick St. Cloud is living with shame from the one time he let his lust override his sense of honor. He’s haunted by the memory of when he made love to his best friend’s 18-year-old son. The tragic accident that happened that same night has only compounded his guilt. A decade later, he’s doing his best to be there for Charlie’s son, but anything more than that just wouldn’t be right...would it? Plus, the younger guy who he’s tried to forget.... It’s been 10 years. Ten long years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By Lisa Hughes on 08-04-19

Amazing narration for a brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This series has gone from strength to strength and it's hard to pick out a favourite book or character. How Not To Break brings us back around to the two men from the prequel, How Not To Wait - Shaw and Nick.
They had an amazing night together but were kept separated by the death of Shaw's parents and Nick's guilt at his treatment of Shaw, allowing what happened between them when he was only 18.
This story gives us a great plot line in that Shaw has a stalker who quickly escalates his communications. Nick's ingrained sense of protection towards Shaw initially doesn't go down too well and their meetings tend to end up with an argument. Both men have great friends that are all known from the previous books and their support and friendship is great to read as there is obvious affection, fun and love among the group. Susan has down a great job at building up the tension between Nick and Shaw but keeping a simmer on it, giving Shaw the chance to make demands and Nick to actually think on his words and actions. Hearing them giving friendship a chance was good as they learn each other as the men they have grown into in the ten years since their story in the prequel.
This was a great book to read but getting to listen to Michael Pauley voice these characters is such an enjoyable experience. He always knows the best ways in which to voice them and how to bring the story to life. Emotions are clear as is the tension when this get close between the MCs or as the stalker is getting closer to Shaw.

  • Northern Pines Den Alphas Books 1-3

  • Northern Pines Den Bundle, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

This three audiobook bundle contains the first three books in the best-selling Northern Pines Den series and is guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels. When the wolf pack and the bear den initiate an exchange program to help shifters find their fated mates, adventurous omega Taylor is the first to volunteer, drawing the attention of the den’s lonely alpha, Mikael. Mikael knows the tiny, colorful omega will either breathe new life into their stilted bear community or cause an outrage. Either way, it won't be boring to have him around.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great value bundle to start this great series

  • By Lisa Hughes on 08-04-19

A fun, enjoyable series with great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This is my first time with this series and I really enjoyed listening to these first three books.
The basis of the series is bears and wolves from different packs coming together to give the chance at meeting their fated mates. There is a different couple focused on in each book but there is also a plot line that spans the series and keeps you interested.
There are really interesting characters included throughout the series and written well. I only struggled to connect with one, in book three and found him to be hard to listen to. Friendship and love is prominent among the group across all books and I was drawn into each relationship right from the start. It was easy to hear the attraction that each felt and John has done a wonderful job at voicing so many individual characters. I found myself laughing and sad right along with the characters and enjoyed the feelings that came across. John's narration pulls you into the story and the interaction between the mates and friends in the Den.
Definitely recommend, another great series from Susie Hawke and looking forward to hearing the next in the series.

  • How Not to Sin

  • Lovestrong, Book 3
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

One regular guy who happens to be a preacher. Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity - in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Allison's Book Corner on 09-04-19

Fun, flirty with a strong story line

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

I am loving this series from Susan Hawke, highly entertaining with a plot that holds your attention and characters that you feel a connection to.
The relationship between Seth and Gabe is wonderful to witness as two quite different men come together with an obvious attraction and connection between them. Whilst Gabe is a pastor at the local church, it is an LGBTQIA+ inclusive church and he is not one to push religion onto anyone. As someone non-religious, it made for easy reading, no turn off throughout as I enjoyed every aspect that Susan covered, with Seth promoting crystals and their healing powers in his yoga studio too.
The main story line of the book actually brings our MC's and the community together which is wonderful to read, as well as an important event for one of our previous couples. We get a lot from characters from previous books as well as introductions to new people. There's a lot of entertainment but also support and love that shines through in character interaction and the important moments.
Michael, yet again, knocks it out of the park with his narration. One of my favourite things is the variety of voices that Michael Pauley is able of creating and holding across a series. He's capable of bringing a smile to my face or a tear to my eye, perfectly conveying emotion regardless of the situation and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this outing. Cannot wait for the next one!!

  • Ben's Rainbow

  • Rainbow Key, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Benedict Keeler was one of America’s most popular models. Hot body, hot career, and super-hot boyfriend, until a devastating house fire destroyed his face and his dreams. After being told all his life that a pretty face is the measure of his worth, he can’t face another rejection and runs from his lover, eventually hiding out on Rainbow Key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book made me cry!

  • By Emma Jane Marie Vago on 06-03-19

Loneliness turns to happiness at Rainbow Key

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I love Ben's story. I've been waiting for the chance to find out his history as he's flitted in and out of the previous books and I was disappointed with the story he's been given.
Zach is his perfect match and the two, together and separately, have a lot to work through considering what they have both gone through in recent years. The story that they both have to tell pulls on your heartstrings and you can't help but become emotionally involved in their story, as well as that of a couple of new characters that are brought onto the island as it starts to take shape as somewhere safe for LGBT men and women.
Victoria has provided us with a beautiful backdrop of Rainbow Key as the perfect setting for these two men to reconnect. There's obviously a lot of emotion for both of them, positive and negative, and it's really a rollercoaster ride along with them as they sort things for themselves. I love the way that they are both cared for an about by the other residents of the island, especially Josh popping in to make sure things are ok for each of them.
Yet again, Darcy fully endears himself to me as a wonderful narrator, giving voice to two amazing men who are fighting for their chance at happiness in such a beautiful location. His voice is very easy to listen to and it helps you to just fall into the story, not wanting to press pause at any point, needing to know what was happening with the characters, their relationship and their possible future.
Another definite recommendation and I can't wait to see who has the next outing at Rainbow Key.

  • Charlie's Rainbow

  • Rainbow Key, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Eventually being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder as a child, "difficult" didn’t even begin to describe the nightmare of Charlie’s life. Escaping the drug-induced limbo he existed in and running from his alcoholic mother and despotic grandfather, he finally finds some peace and a home on Rainbow Key. Noah is also running, even if he doesn’t realize it, and the guilt he feels over his brother’s suicide chases him no matter where he goes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing book in this series!

  • By Emma Jane Marie Vago on 06-03-19

Lovable characters with an endearing romance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Victoria Sue's Rainbow Key series moves from strength to strength, this time giving Charlie his own story.
Noah is the man visiting the island though not under the happiest of circumstances and the very last thing he expects is to feel such a sudden connection ton another man, one so intriguing yet one he also struggles to figure out.
The time that Noah and Charlie spend together endears them both to us, a chance to understand their history and what they both hope for the future. The way that they connect doesn't feel rushed ever though everything seems to happen so quickly.
Victoria has written Charlie's character and tactile sensitivity very well. It gives the reader and other characters a chance to understand the man and his needs. Noah is delightful in the way he gives himself over to Charlie when he needs him most and the two have a chance to build something that both crave but didn't think they'd get.
There are some brilliant characters alongside the MC's and they just add to the enjoyment level offering support when needed as well as fun to bring enjoyment to all involved in the story.
Darcy has done another fantastic job of narrating this wonderful story. Each character has their personality shine through in the voice he provides, emotions are clearly heard and he keeps up with the array of characters that are involved throughout the book. A great narrator that I look forward to hearing again in book 3
A definite recommendation!

  • Secrets in the Dark

  • A M/M Age Play Romance
  • By: M.A. Innes
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Mason isn't looking for Mr. Right...he isn't even looking for Mr. Right-Now. What he wants in a man isn't going to be found on a blind date or at a singles mixer. Because he's looking for someone a little more unique...a little more take charge...a little more loving. Story contains M/M sexual content, age play, diapers, and ABDL themes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved listening to this book

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 02-07-17

A wonderful story with great narration

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

M.A. Innes and Kenneth Obi have become a wonderful team when it comes to narration of her stories.
Kenneth draws us into the meeting and development of a beautiful relationship between two men who find that the have the same interest in Age Play after meeting accidentally when both of their dates go sideways. Mason has known of his want to be little for a while and a daddy to care for him, and Edward, learning of Mason's needs and because of his want for the young man, learns to be what he needs and discovers a whole new side to himself.
It's a delightful story of growth, both separately and together. There are highs and lows for both men and there's quite a bit of emotion that you experience through Kenneth's narration. He brings the characters to life and draws you along on their journey.
A definite recommendation for the story and the narration.

  • Obey

  • His Command, Book 1
  • By: Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the dim lights of Aurora’s premier kink club waits an alpha eager to take control. Billionaire Crawford Daniels has bedded submissives before, but he’s never given one his collar. That privilege is reserved for the man who’s strong-willed enough to tell him no, but whose pretty lips always say yes. Crawford wants more than a pet - he wants a partner. Someone to pamper and spoil or punish.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start to a new series

  • By Pixiebell on 08-02-19

A great new series, wonderfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Obey is the first in the His Command series by Piper Scott. It's based on the story of Owen, an omega with a sad history that's come through stronger and is a counsellor for abused omegas and Crawford, an alpha born into money and the owner of the centre that Owen works at.
The two meet and their instant connection brings differing emotions out in each man but their attraction is undeniable. The story is very well written, each man willing to live and learn from those around them. Getting to read Owen's growth into accepting himself and his wants/needs allows you to feel a part of the story with the couple. The two grow closer but it feels like a natural development, nothing is rushed and Piper has everything so well written. Descriptions of situations and inner monologues bring you along on the journey of both men.
Michael Pauley does a fantastic job narrating the relationship and development of both men. He brings heat, heart and romance to what is already an engaging story and you can't help but fall in love with both men and their HEA as he narrates their tale.

  • How Not to Blend

  • Lovestrong Book, 1
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

 

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his 15-year-old son Grayson being bullied, right? And what the heck is nonbinary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect start

  • By MaryD on 29-03-19

What a fun, quirky and hot listen!

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Susan Hawke has given us the start to a fabulous series filled with incredible characters! There is love, angst, friendship, family and fun. When the main characters, Corbin and Andy, come together to help each other you can't help but feel a connection between the two and such wonderful support that they offer each other. Corbin's son Greyson shines as he grows more comfortable and confident in his skin.
Frome the first sentence, Michael Pauley is fantastic. The voice he gives to Andy is exactly as I imagined when I was reading and I fell right into the story listening to the whole thing within a couple of days. .ichael brings the characters to life and allows you to live through his voice through the highs and lows that the whole cast go through and I cannot recommend it enough!
AA+++ from author and narrator,

  • Home in Austin

  • Lone Star Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

After accidentally getting pregnant by his best friend and occasional hookup buddy, Owen Grant finds himself on his own...again. After being abandoned at birth and growing up in the foster system, he’s used to having to say good-bye. If he's learned one lesson in life, it's this: People don't stay. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super Cute!

  • By Emma Jane Marie Vago on 17-02-19

An amazing end to a highly enjoyable series

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I have loved every book so far in this series from Susi Hawke and Home in Austin lives up to expectations. We have a continued fun, family feel and a wonderful romance with Austin finally getting his story after seeing his brothers getting their HEA.
We meet Owen who has been left with a pregnancy and no home after his best friend dies in combat. He seeks refuge at the shelter that the Lone Star Brothers run for families of service men/women. Austin is the man he runs into and the alpha wants to do anything he can to help, including offer a marriage of convenience to ensure that Owen's pregnancy, birth and newborn will have insured care. The two men bring out new sides to each other and grow closer with the developing pregnancy.
As always the family pulls together and it's one of my favourite things about this series. They always have fun but are there offering support in any way for whatever is needed. Both MC's are endearing and it's lovely to listen to their shyness and developing attraction.
John, yet again, brings the characters to life and allows you to fall fully into the story line as we go through events with each character. Now that we've had stories for all the brothers, there's a lot of different voices and it's great hearing them all. No idea how he tracks them all!!
A definite must read/listen, especially if you've already consumed the previous books in this series. Though it's possible to read as a stand alone, I recommend reading in order as the ever growing family is a big part in each book.