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A look at the darker side of life

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

This is the fourth book in the series and the author has done well to keep the timeline straight so its easy to pick up on the previous action.

Fisher has his issues and this gives us a look at the darker side of life, the side many try to avoid. Its great how JD does his best to support Fisher even going to Donald for advice in how he can support Fisher better. JD's mother had me pulling my hair out at times wanting to slap her for her attitude! Talk about high-handedness!!

Its great to see how well these two characters gel and how they come from similar backgrounds - both faced prejudice from family, but given all that they didn't allow it to cast a shadow over their future.

Many of the characters from previous books make a guest appearance and its great to catch up on their stories - it does help make the books more rounded and less spotlighted on the main characters.

There is one tiny flaw and that is where the author gets a name wrong during a scene where there are multiple characters gathered at the diner. It had me re-listening to it.

Overall this is very much a great story which is worth perceiving with the less than stellar performance - there is a different narrator for the spin off series!

Layers and layers

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18


This is the third book in the series by Andrew Grey. It has a bit of a mystery feel to it as you learn more about Jos and Isaac. Also both Jos and Kip suffer from inability to communicate feelings so that adds to the events.
As the story progresses, it is nice to see how Jos starts to come out of his shell and learn to do for himself once he realises that he has help and that help is not going away.
I was left wondering if Kip’s ex had a hand in getting Jos’s aunt involved or if she did just hire a PI to find Jos and Isaac. From the minute she appeared, it was evident that she had ulterior motives to being there. It was great to see Kip pull the rug from under her!
Carter and Donald from book 2 make an appearance as does Red and Terry. The author is great at keeping timelines straight so this flows on from the other books in the series.
This book gave me a bit more insight into the workings of a gay relationship more than the previous books did. It was well written without being overly graphic at the naughty bits. Overall it is a great romance that happens to be between 2 men.

Background not for the faint of heart

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

This is the second of the series and has a darker tone to it due to the situation around Alex, the boy that Carter rescues, hence the title of this review.
Carter and Donald had a one nighter previously but one walked away not believing that he deserved more. Caring for Alex brings them back together. The facade that Donald puts up is not who he really is and we get to see the real person as the book progresses.
There is more about Red and Terry from the first book which is great. It is nice to have an author who knows how to keep timelines in order over several books.
The only issue that I have is that the narrator is not the best at separating the voices so they can get mixed up at times so it’s hard to follow.
Overall its worth persevering with the book to get the full story.

good story ruined

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-18

I didn't get to even 10% in this book as the narrator was so bad!

I had read the ebook so was interested to have this as an audio book but the narattor was so bad and grating that I have returned the book!

Its a good story - stick to ebook!

pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

I picked this up to try and was very pleasantly surprised by the well crafted story.

This is book 1 in the series of 6 books. It took a little bit of listening to fully get Red and his back story but then it was easy to see why he was the way he was and why he lacked self confidence off the job. Terry seems to go through something of a caterpillar to butterfly change when he meets Red. Red's aunt provides many funny moments and is a hoot!

Several characters are introduced in this book but that doesn't distract from the main story and I kind of guested at the twist but was 3/4 way through by then. This is a good solid romance story that happens to be between two guys. There is a good balance between the action and the romance, with the intimate bits not being flung in your face constantly.

The only issue i had was with the narrator. He just wasn't great at differentiating between the main voices so conversations got hard to follow at times. May be having 2 male narrators would be better.

Overall I would suggest if you like Abigail Roux's Cut and Run series then you should give this a try. It had the same kind of feel to it.

Will be getting the next book in the series!!!

AVOID

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This is an old DP when she wrote as Susan Kyle and it shows!! There is not just one couple but 3 so the story gets a bit confusing at times as to who is getting with whom and the stage of the relationship.

I got to about half way then gave up as I kept getting lost as to which couple the story was talking about. There is plenty of evidence in the story that this was written back in the 80's, and having read others from that time that DP wrote this does not match up. I also have to wonder if she recycled some of the story line into newer books as there are some similarities between this and more recent books.

Todd McLaren does his usual fair go at female voices and does put some emotion into the reading but he is not the greatest at creating an atmosphere. His voice is soothing to listen to and not grating but it does start to sound repetitive after a while so don't try to listen to one of his books in a single sitting - you will lose the plot!.

Overall this is one book that I will be returning for credit as it is just not up to par of an old DP book. Night Fever was way better!

bad narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

As a Scot I have heard many different attempts at a Scottish accent but this has to be the worst ever!!! this female narrator just demolishes what is a good story with her dismal attempts at trying to be a Scottish male.

The story is not the best in the series but it is a decent one, so I managed to listen to the full story but never again!

I have heard some half decent female narrators that can do male voices but Terry is not one of those.
Please stick with Antony for the series, while he can lack emotions on occasions he at least can do a half decent Scottish accent!

A gem of a listen

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

I got this as I was interested to learn more about Adam Harrison as I am a Krewe fan.

This turned out to be a gem of a book which was performed by the narrators more like a radio play so it flowed well.

It is part of a series so I think if you have read the previous books you may get more out of this than reading it as a stand alone but it is still very enjoyable.

If you are a Krewe fan then this is very much in the same idea, but maybe slightly less structured. The book flowed well and I was impressed with the characters.

Overall a great listen!!!

Classic Feehan

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

This follows on from "Power Game" with the same baddies involved. We learn more about Gino and his relationship to Joe, including childhood. Nonny is around dishing out wisdom as usual, and there is updates on a few of the others about.

The fate of the girls held with Bella is cleared up a bit. The girls night out with Nonny to the Hurican club was a hoot!!! Zara's abilities are going to make for some interesting reading in coming books especially if she joins up with Jamie from team 3 and Flame from team 1 as all 3 are computer geniuses.

This book is back to being classic Feehan with more story and action than bedroom action. It sets up an interesting "What if" for future with what Zara brings back from Cheung and that he is still about.

Overall this was a great read and had me up all night unable to put it down!!!

The Narrator has done a few Feehan books now and I think he is improving but he is a bit flat at times with no emotion in his voice when there should be. He is still very easy to listen to but his female voices tend to be very off. Overall a decent narrator.

ENJOY!!

Worst yet

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This has to be the worst one yet in this series. I'm open minded but even I was taken aback with both foul language and the bdsm nature to the sex scenes. There is being alpha male then there is outright dominance. This was pure dominance.

Returned didn't even get half way through!