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  • P.S. I Spook You

  • By: S.E. Harmon
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency's golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one tiny paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden, he's the agency's embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself - go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him. Cold-case Detective Daniel McKenna's latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Paranormal Suspense

  • By Alesacat on 01-11-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

This is a highly entertaining murder/mystery, paranormal story and romance combined. I particularly enjoyed the banter and snark that spilled from the lips of Rain, the POV character, and Ethan, the friendly ghost who popped up frequently throughout the story. It took me a chapter or two but once I sussed out their humour and the tone of the story they had me bursting out laughing many times.

Rain is a great character—an FBI profiler, who is still learning how to deal with the ghosts he sees. He’s already received psychiatric counselling at work and he’s determined to prove he is capable of doing his job in a professional manner. His new partner on a cold case is Danny, his ex-lover of four years, who for some reason was not privy to the fact that Rain was talking to ghosts. The lack of trust went both ways as Danny kept certain information about his own sister and father from Rain. But now they’re back together working on a case to find a girl who has been missing for five years. Rain and Danny are friends and it’s clear they still harbour feelings for each other. Danny had been hurt the first time Rain left and is reluctant to start anything in case Rain disappears back to Washington DC again. The chemistry between these guys is sizzling and Rain’s inner comments are hilarious as he tries to resist his ex. The sex scenes when they do come are hot and dirty. They need to learn to talk and trust each other this time around and as they work the cold case together, they gradually learn to do that.

The writing is superb, the story-telling skilfully done and the characters are well-developed. There are a few wobbly plot points but nothing major to spoil the overall story for me. I certainly hope we’ll be getting more stories in this series and more of these two guys.

Noah Michael Levine is a new to me narrator. His voice suits Rain’s character and he delivered those snarky lines well. Noah made it enjoyable and easy to follow the story—so much so, I listened to it all over again straight away. Highly recommended.

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  • Love Happens Anyway

  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke. Luke is 20,000 dollars short for the renovations on Halligans, his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A heart-warming fake boyfriend Christmas tale

  • By Lily G Blunt on 01-12-18

A heart-warming fake boyfriend Christmas tale

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

This is a heart-warming contemporary Christmas tale set in New York that centres around the fake boyfriend/boyfriend for hire trope. You know from the start they will fall for each other, but it's the journey the guys take to get there that is the main focus of the story.

Derek needs a date for the holiday season to add substance to the imaginary boyfriend he has created to ward off interference from his loving yet very controlling parents. At first, Derek comes across as insecure, isolated and somewhat arrogant. He has family and work issues to deal with and his confidence has floundered in the romance department. As a result he feels shut off and alone.

Luke is a nice guy. He needs money for the renovation of the bar his family runs and so agrees to be a companion for hire on four dates over the three weeks before Christmas.

The story is told in first person with alternating POV so we get the background and insight into both the main characters from the start. We witness a nicer side to Derek as the story progresses and as he falls for Luke on the various family and social gatherings. It's cute, romantic and a little steamy at times. It is also poignant considering the location and history of Luke's bar.

Even though it was a relatively short story, the relationship develops and Derek's confidence and self-esteem grows. He is a better person for being with Luke and that's uplifting for the reader/listener.

In case you are wondering, the cover picture aptly ties in with the sub-plot at the advertising agency where Derek works.

Sean narrates all of RJ Scott's stories and he portrays voices to match the personalities each time. He creates the right emotions for the various scenes and always makes listening enjoyable. Luke's first chapter was speedily narrated and I struggled to keep up. It subsequently slowed down after that and for the rest of the story there wasn't an issue.

  • Alpha Heat

  • Heat of Love, Book 2
  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Urho Chase is a middle-aged alpha with a heartbreaking past. Careful, controlled, and steadfast, his friends dub him old-fashioned and staid. When Urho discovers a dangerous side to Xan’s life that he never imagined, his world is rocked, and he’s consumed by desire. The carefully sewn seams that held him together after the loss of his omega and son come apart - and so does he. But to love each other and make a life together, Xan and Urho risk utter ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid story with fantastic narration

  • By ReaderLoves on 03-12-18

An emotional and intense sequel. Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I thoroughly enjoyed reading/listening to Slow Heat last year and was eager for more of these characters. Xan was an important secondary character in this non-shifter omegaverse story. My heart went out to him, not only because Jason, his best friend and lover, found his erosgape (true mate) in Vale, but also because Xan truly felt he was an omega confined in an alpha’s body.

I would certainly recommend reading or listening to Slow Heat first so you are familiar with the background to these characters, the various complex relationships and the world they live in.

There was so much I liked about this well-written sequel. The many characters are varied and well-developed, and the lengthy and very real conversations help exhibit their personalities. The non-romantic bond between Xan and his contracted omega, Caleb, was already established at the start of the story, having occurred in the intervening years since book one. I loved how selfless and supportive these two are of each other, with no jealousy and only concern for their happiness. The main romance is between Xan and Urho, as they fall in lust and gradually in love, and how they deal with the forbidden nature of their attraction. I particularly liked the unique three-way relationship that develops between Xan, Caleb and Urho over the course of the story. They gelled together to make one lovely new unit. It was great that Jason and Vale are part of the plot and to see how their relationship has progressed too.

There’s also plenty of other conflict and angst:

Xan’s relationship with his father and the risk to Xan's inheritance because of this rift and his 'unmanned' status,

Janus, the cousin who is challenging Xan’s position in the family company,

Xan’s former ‘lover’, the violent and nasty Monhundy,

the flu epidemic that could endanger Vale’s unborn child and could put Caleb at risk if he conceives during his heat.

Gah! So much threatens Xan, Caleb and Urho’s happiness. It’s such an emotional story.

There’s also the super-hot and passionate conversations/scenes between Xan and Urho. Phew! How they deal with Caleb’s heat is also intense!

Michael’s wonderful narration makes this excellent story even more enjoyable. He artfully creates distinct voices for each character to match their individual personalities, and as always, his pacing and delivery are spot on. A highly recommended fifteen hours!

  • The Eagle and the Fox

  • A Snowy Range Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family's spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit. Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn't help him get through the long, dark nights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So very good, Entertaining listening,

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 20-09-17

Intriguing mystery and a beautiful romance

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written story, so much so, I listened to it again straight away.

I love Nya’s prose and story-telling style. It was great to see a romance develop between two older, imperfect men. Both were lonely and suffering and their relationship was beautifully shown through their words and actions. I also enjoyed how they worked together in an unofficial investigation into Petilune’s mysterious boyfriend, her wayward brothers, and the strange yet violent goings-on in the town.

Great narration, appropriate voices and characterization from Nick J. Russon as always.

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Mary on 07-10-18

Fun, uplifting, and poignant!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I loved this western adventure and romantic comedy all rolled into one. It was such fun and uplifting too. Apparently, mail order brides were a real thing in the old west, but Eli Easton certainly turned this trope on its head by making the ‘bride’ male. Robby Riverton finds himself in such a predicament, the only way he can escape the ‘baddies’ is to take the place of a genuine mail order bride destined for Clovis Crabtree.

Robby falls for Trace Crabtree, the sheriff of Flat Bottom and brother to Clovis. He’s strong and sexy and smart, and he soon works out who Robby is. Their attraction and relationship builds steadily and, by the time they sneak some alone time together, they are seriously hot for each other. The chemistry between them is smokin’ and we are treated to some lovely sizzling scenes. No condoms or modern lube here, folks!

Being a skilled actor, Robby takes to the role of ‘Rowena’ and whips the uncouth Crabtree ‘hillbilly’ men into shape, improving their manners and showing them how to treat their womenfolk with respect and consideration. These scenes are delightful; well-written and with great characters.

Throughout, there’s the expectation that Robby’s disguise will be uncovered or the ‘baddies’ will catch up with him. Time is short for Robby and Trace, and this makes their romantic connection all the more poignant. And it’s not as if they could have been ‘out’ and seen together in the nineteenth century Wild West. Subtle but spot-on world-building permeates this story.

The story builds to an exciting and rather nerve-wracking climax. No spoilers, but I had tears in my eyes near to the end. There were also some touching moments and the epilogue is just perfect. I always love Eli’s stories and characters, and this heartwarming tale is one of my favourites.

I adored Matthew Shaw’s narration of the Howl at the Moon series and he is just as fabulous here. He created a wide range of identifiable voices—from the sassy Rowena to the sexy voice for Trace to Pa’s high-pitched almost squeal. Matthew characterized each person wonderfully, and there's a whole cast of characters here. He made the already amusing story such fun and so enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommended.

  • The Master Will Appear

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins. Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees. What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous

  • By MaryD on 26-08-18

Superb story and narration

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

This is an enthralling age-gap romance between a student and a fencing coach with the added benefit of a BDSM dynamic. It’s a slow burn story with Misha and Ryan getting to know each other and working out their relationship on various levels—as student/teacher, lovers, and Dom/sub.

Misha leads Ryan on a journey of discovery. At first Ryan is arrogant, thinking he knows all about fencing. Misha takes him back to square one and teaches him step-by-step how to improve his stance and his technique. He knows how to treat Ryan to draw the best out of him. He also teaches him more about himself and fulfills his personal, sexual, and submission needs as the story progresses. It’s not a one-way relationship. Misha realizes that Ryan could be the perfect submissive for him. And as both men work through various issues and get to know each other they fall in love. It has a wonderfully written storyline with well-developed characters and plenty of steamy scenes, many with kinky or BDSM elements. I’m glad the story is told via both character’s POV as this gives more insight into the two characters.

Michael is one of my favourite narrators and his performance here is outstanding. He perfectly gauges the emotions required for each scene and I love how he creates distinct and consistent voices for each character. I especially enjoyed Misha’s Russian accent.

  • Garrett

  • Bound & Controlled, Book 1
  • By: Shaw Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Garrett was at his breaking point. There were only so many times in a week you should have to see someone you were...attracted to...infatuated with...but certainly didn’t have a crush on. Doms didn’t have those. Especially on a customer who probably wasn’t even gay, much less a sub. Business 101 - do not flirt with a client. Wyatt was losing his mind. Hiding his obsession was getting harder and harder. All he wanted to do was kneel in front of Garrett and call him Master. But the sexy insurance agent never seemed to see him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this so very much

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 17-01-18

A promising start to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This is an enjoyable introduction to the series and the main characters involved. Garrett is one of four brothers who work together and also play together in the same BDSM club, although there are disappointingly no scenes set in the club this time around.

Wyatt is sweet yet annoying with all his worrying and fidgeting. I’m not really sure what Garrett saw in him to start with, apart from his desire to be his Dom and that he thought he was cute. He turns out to be a nice guy and a willing sub.

Garrett is controlled in his approach with Wyatt and in control of their relationship once he decides to pursue him. I loved the calm, sexy voice the narrator gave him.

The story focuses on setting up the characters and their situation with only a few explicit/spanking scenes. I was hoping they’d use one of the spanking benches that Wyatt had made. The BDSM content is mild in this story but hot nevertheless. I was disappointed we didn’t get the full conversation where Garrett and Wyatt discuss their limits/contract. The story just jumps past that. I would have liked more plot and to see Garrett and Wyatt's relationship in more detail. I assume this story sets up the next book in the series.

The narrator, Kenneth Obi, portrayed the characters to suit their personalities and made the story easy to listen to.

  • Breaking Out

  • By: Angharad Jones
  • Narrated by: Alex Alvarez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Thanks to Paul Sturgess, his long-time family friend and benefactor, Mike Sloan has lived a comfortable existence during college as a record-breaking swimmer. He's looking forward to finishing his senior year, followed by graduate school, then a high-powered career. That's what he thinks anyway, before he meets Hank Schechter, the awkward, shy, new-transfer student swimmer. Mike senses a sensitivity to the withdrawn young man, and makes it his personal goal to bring Hank into the fold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I have mixed feelings about this story.

  • By Lily G Blunt on 31-01-18

I have mixed feelings about this story.

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

It’s interesting to see this audiobook has currently been classified as Erotica/Fiction. I agreed to review because I thought it was an M/M title and, in many ways it is, but listeners ought to be aware there are M/F relationships and sex scenes within this story.

The first and last parts of the story I found interesting and enjoyable with the interaction and conflict between the three main male characters. There was the potential here for a love triangle and that was where I thought the story was heading, but I didn't think that wasn’t developed sufficiently. I was hoping the story would focus on Mike and Hank’s relationship after they hooked up, but that sort of fizzled out. Paul was generous with his financial support of Mike, but he was not a nice person. It was a two-way street—Mike used him too.

The competitive swimming and training scenes were well written and exciting, and the Olympic dreams of MIke and Hank remain a major part of the story.

But when the story goes along a completely different track quite early on I was bewildered. Mike starts thinking about being a ‘grown up’ and wanting to start a family rather than chasing his Olympic dream. Both Mike and Hank enter relationships with women and are tricked into getting them pregnant. Much of these M/F scenes are conversation heavy and domesticated. The conversation is repetitive and the sex scenes are perfunctory and not erotic in the slightest.

Mike is prepared to sacrifice his sexuality to support Rachel and her baby, and Hank happily considers that he might not be that gay after all! Hank might well have been bisexual, but I don’t think it was ever stated. There were a lot of issues dealt with in this book and not all of them entirely successfully. There were inconsistencies in the characters, as well as the timeline and events. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions at the end.

I enjoyed the sports-themed arc and the MM storyline the most, but was disappointed with how the story developed.

The narrator was new to me and easy to listen to. He matched his voice well to the various characters and he narrated the story at a clear and steady pace.

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  • Borrowing Blue

  • A Made Marian Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Blue: When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me is more than willing to share a few kisses in the name of revenge. It gets even better when those scorching kisses turn into a night of fiery passion. The only problem? Turns out the stranger's brother is marrying my sister later this week.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to listen to

  • By choccygrl on 22-01-18

Insta-love but it works for this story.

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

A fun and passionate tale with some angst. OTT at times and I anticipated some plot points, but it kept my attention.

Wonderfully narrated by Michael Pauley. He made a clear distinction between Blue and Tristan and matched his voices to the personalities of these two men.

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  • The Two Gentlemen of Altona

  • Playing the Fool, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Special Agent Ryan "Mac" McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he's also been tasked with keeping Henry Page - the world's most irritating witness - alive. Which is tough when Mac's a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn't really what Mac wants to do to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever writing

  • By Lily G Blunt on 11-09-17

Clever writing

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Loved the humorous dialogue and Henry's witty comments. I enjoyed the plot and the times these guys spent together, although a little frustrated that their make out times were always interrupted.

Great narration from Nick as always.

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