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Gritty 80's Investigations

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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: 22-06-20

I'm enjoying listening to the gritty PI stories in this series and following Nick Nowak's personal life. The narrator's voice and style matches the main character's personality and his narration is easy to follow.

I liked that these stories are set in the early eighties and that there's an overall romance ARC to the series. We witness the smoking, the homophobia shown by the cops, as well as Nick's frequent unprotected sexual encounters with strangers. You get a snap shot of life in Chicago nearly forty years ago. I have my guesses where this story is leading for one or two secondary characters.

Nick comes across as a likeable and hard-working character, whose heart is in the right place much of the time. I'm rooting for him to get his happy ever after later in the series.

Three gritty and steamy stories

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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: 22-06-20

I really enjoyed listening to these gritty PI stories and the introduction to Nick Nowak 's life. The narrator's voice and style seemed to match the main character's personality. His narration is easy to follow.

I liked that these stories are set in the early eighties and that there's an overall romance ARC to the series. We witness the smoking, the homophobia shown by the cops, as well as Nick's frequent unprotected sexual encounters with strangers. You get a snap shot of life in Chicago nearly forty years ago. I have my guesses where this story is leading for one or two secondary characters.

Nick comes across as a likeable and hard-working character, whose heart is in the right place much of the time. I'm rooting for him to get his happy ever after later in the series.

That's what friends are for...

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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: 12-06-20

I enjoyed Jay’s third story set in and around the cafe. Better Place is an everyday romance, and even though there is some drama between Joe and his long-term selfish partner, there’s nothing OTT about this tale. There’s plenty of eating, drinking, working, and watching TV in this slow-burn, low-angst romance.

Dylan works in the Rainbow Place cafe and that’s where he meets Joe, who’s attempting to write his first novel. I liked how they gradually get to know each other and how their tentative conversations blossom into a supportive friendship. As readers/listeners, we hope this will turn into something more.

I don’t think Joe cheated on Harry, his current partner. We know (and Joe came to realise) that particular controlling/mentally abusive relationship was all but over. Kudos to Dylan for respecting Joe's feelings and situation, remaining his friend and offering him advice. I liked how they move from friends to lovers, but didn’t want to rush their relationship. This is a gentle, sweet romance. My only issue is that Joe comes across as a lot younger than his 42 years at times.

It was great to see more of Seb and Alex and other familiar characters offering Dylan and Joe their support. Plus, we get our first glimpse of the fabulous Lady Gogo!

The narration was spot on. Hamish matched his voice to the various characters’ personalities and their emotions. Clear and enjoyable from start to finish. Great job!

A delightful friends to lovers story

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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: 04-06-20

This is a short but lovely NA friends to lovers tale. We hear both points of view as West and Adam practise dating in a delightful ploy designed by West to prepare him for dating Adam’s sister. There’s a nice mix of banter and more serious moments as the romance develops between the guys.

Darcy Stark is a new narrator for me. I thought he did a great job with this story and in presenting the two main characters. His narration is clear and steady, with plenty of expression, making it a pleasure to listen.

A lovely second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 30-04-20

This is book 2 in the Marital Bliss series, but you don’t need to have listened to book 1.

Wrangling a Groom is a lovely slow-burn, second chance romance with plenty of angst resulting from past actions with some hot, passionate, angry sex scenes. There’s a lot the two main characters, Diego and Wyatt, have to sort out and it takes time for them to work through their past, to forgive, and move forward. My heart hurt for these guys and what they’d been through.

Caleb and Justin from book 1 have a cameo chapter or two, making me want to go back and listen to their story.

Wyatt Baker provides clear and passionate narration, making it an enjoyable listen. I like the author’s writing style and the way the story is structured.

Superb story and narration

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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: 11-04-20

Amazing story within a superb trilogy.
Wonderful writing. Cleverly plotted and woven together.
Outstanding narration by Jeremy Arthur.

Amazing story - loved it!

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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: 11-04-20

Amazing story within a superb trilogy.
Wonderful writing. Cleverly plotted and woven together.
Outstanding narration by Jeremy Arthur.
10/10 - One of my favourites :)

Loved this!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-20

Loved this story and the wonderful narration by Kale Williams.
Great writing and romance from this 'new-to-me author'. I guessed who the murderer was early on but that didn't detract from the overall story.

Great story and superb narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-19

I enjoyed reading all the books in this series. This story is definitely my favourite—it was a real page turner and the audiobook is excellent too. I will definitely listen again.

I loved the overall storyline, the contrasting main characters, the writing, and the ‘kinky’ sex between ‘straight’ hunky rugby player, Simon, and Charlie, who is in the process of exploring his feminine side and dresses accordingly.

Their relationship development is well-paced. The initial sexual attraction and steamy encounters are hot, but gradually this moves beyond the physical as the two men fall in love and at the same time learn more about themselves. Bravo, Jay. This is a wonderful addition to the series.

The narration by Hamish Long is superb and makes for a great listen. He creates a diverse range of character voices and his story-telling style is easy to follow. I especially loved how he distinguished between Lady Gogo and Charlie.

Loved the characters and their story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-19

This is the sort of romance I love—ex best friends to lovers who have to bridge the gap of being apart for eight years, plus one of them is supposedly straight. Add in the friction of dealing with an unsupportive father, the appearance of a couple of ex’s to spark some jealousy, and the fact that Eli was only supposed to be visiting over the holidays before returning to California to leave the reader wondering what direction the story will take. It’s still a sweet, relatively low angst re-kindling of a friendship that you’re wanting to become more. There’s a delightful HEA epilogue. I would have loved more scenes with them as a couple, but that’s me being greedy.

Lovely narration from Wyatt Baker that matched the mood and tone of the story. Easy to listen to and follow, making it a very enjoyable listen.