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  • Dirty Little Promise

  • Forbidden Desires, Book 2
  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Megan Tusing
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 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

Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he's all wrong for her - yet the heart wants what it wants. But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires, will she lose herself completely? Passion, drama, and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell's love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-08-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes as it is part of the DUET.

Was Dirty Little Promise worth the listening time?

YES, Always nice to listen to Zach

Any additional comments?

In my opinion this book could have been made in one part. I was left on a cliffy from book one but really this one felt a bit flat to my liking, there was just not much going forward the plot became fairly predictable and felt in a way that it was an unnecessary sequel. I would have finished the story in book one and then move to the other brother and so on and so on. Regardless, Kendall is one of my fav's and I will like to read/listen more from the author.

  • Dirty Little Secret

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Megan Tusing
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Gavin Kingsley burst into my life in a sharp and unexpected twist of fate. You know his type - arrogant, dangerously handsome and impossible to ignore. Something dark within him calls to the shadows inside me. I long for the kind of heart-wrenching passion I've only read about, and his tragic past reads like one of my favorite literary classics. Raw. Visceral. Captivating. Together, we're a perfect mess. The deeper I fall into his world, the more I crave him like a drug - he pushes every boundary I have and challenges everything I thought I wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I NEED PART TWO NOW!

  • By Jo&Isalovebooks on 28-02-18

I NEED PART TWO NOW!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

What made the experience of listening to Dirty Little Secret the most enjoyable?

The voice actors, INCREDIBLE JOB!

Any additional comments?



I listened to this book in one sitting, and I can't wait to start the concluding part.

Loved Zachary Webber, he provided voices for the Kingsley brothers and did needed to fan myself few times whilst listening to it, it was pure gold.

Who hasn't fantasised about a mysterious person, someone you get to see on a daily basis, maybe in your local coffee shop, that is exactly what Emma Belle would do every time she would see Gavin. Lost in her fantasy world never in a million years expected one morning to have her world upside down after one "look" and a business card. Once that little piece of information was in Emma's hands, there was no going back and the story begins to enfold. Gavin's world is as mysterious as the man in question, but a glimpse into it has Emma wondering his intentions. At first he is standoffish and literally pushes her into the arms of his brother, Cooper, who by the way is not only sexy but has a heart of gold, you can't help but fall for him instantly. The heart wants what the heart wants however and Emma is fixated with getting through to Gavin, who's harbouring a dark secret from his past and therefore has never acted on his emotions.

Super HOT, SEXY AND THOROUGHLY ENGROSSING, part one of this story will leave you panting for more.

5 DESIRABLE STARS ! Jo&Isalovebooks Blog.

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  • Salvation

  • The Protectors, Book 2
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn't that fateful day...take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he's forced to confront the one link to his past that he can't sever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Narrated

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 10-05-17

EMOTIONAL TO THE CORE AND FLAWLESSLY NARRATED.

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

Where does Salvation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Salvation has been one of my favourite books in The Protector series. I don't know if it's the vulnerability behind the characters, the build up passion between the leads or just the incredible storyline and magnificent writing from Sloane Kennedy. All I know is that this Audio just brought to life a story which I already loved and made it even more special.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is hard to choose a favourite character, is like having to pick between your kids! Both Seth and Ronan are beautiful characters, they each have endured so much suffering and loss and it is gratifying to see the story allowing them to get their HEA. In perfect Sloane way we are privy to a beautiful romance that is slowly been crafted through the pages of the book.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

When I finished the Audio I was ready to message Joel and asked him if I could have his babies LOL but I refrain for the embarrassment and in order to avoid looking like a deranged stalker decided to just put my feelings into words.
Joel Leslie was MAGNIFICENT. He made me cried, he made me sigh, I was completely and utterly dumbfounded. He has bewitched me and I think he was born to play these roles. His voice is so beautiful and carries so much emotion is impossible not to get lost in it. The transitions between dialogues and between so many different characters was done with perfection and in a masterful way. BRAVO!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A compelling story that will steal your heart!!

Any additional comments?

Sloane Kennedy has created the Protector series which now expand to almost 8 books. There is no surprise why fans have made each and every one of these stories a Bestseller. the books are so well written and have such emotional backdrops they provide readers with a very real scenario, they are passionate and completely addictive. I had read this book back in 2016 and I was glad to have been given the opportunity to now hear the Audio companion. For my full review of this book visit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A3RXI44FLRTL8K/ref=pdp_new_read_full_review_link?ie=UTF8&page=3&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R37PGKR98FP29Q

  • Drowning to Breathe

  • Bleeding Stars Series #2
  • By: A . L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about 10 miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he'd caused, not find more of it. The moment he met Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweetness and innocence something that went deeper. Darker. Their relationship was built on secrets, their love built on lies. Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN EPIC FINALE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY

  • By Jo&Isalovebooks on 24-04-17

AN EPIC FINALE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Where does Drowning to Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Is way up there with my top reads/audios. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt outdid themselves in this story, there were so many emotional parts but not once they faltered.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved this story. This is the concluding part to A Stone in the Sea which tells the story of Sebastian Stone, lead singer of Rock band Sunder and Southern belle, Shea Bentley.
In the first book we were taken on a journey through their relationship and the trials and tribulations of making it work. Sebastian has had a rough time growing up, adapting becoming a super star, loosing family and friends and never in his wildest dreams expected to meet someone who could truly SEE HIM for the beautiful, strong and loving man he was. At the end of the first book we were torn seeing them being ripped from someone who they both love by a mutual enemy just when they were ready to embark on their happily ever after, the realisation of not knowing much about each other and secrets coming to the surface threatens to tear them apart.
This book starts just were the first book ended and we are once again submerged on a passionate tale of love, loss, forgiveness and fighting for happiness.
The passion between them ignites the pages of this book, love between Shea and Sebastian has no parallel and together they must once again face the horror of loosing everything which is so close to their reach. The need to protect each other transcends all boundaries and Sebastian will stop at nothing until he sees his family free of all danger.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

LOVED the whole book but if I was to pick one scene or one chapter will be VEGAS! It was almost an hour long chapter but it had so much joy and every moment spent together between the leads was an added bonus to witness.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

GOD so many, Shea's daughter and her need for a family, the natural and immediate love love she has for Sebastian. Sebastian suffering with the horrific events which involved the loss of his best friend, and ultimately seeing his brother moving on.

Any additional comments?

Once again Amy has left me speechless with her beautiful and masterful writing. Her words are so full of soul and emotion. This story was pure perfection and I am sadden to have finished it but ready to embark in a new journey with a new boy from Sunder. The Bleeding Stars series have now been added to my favourite reads of all time and I will cherish them in my heart forever.

5 ROCKING STARS. Jo&Isalovebooks Blog

  • A Stone in the Sea

  • Bleeding Stars, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

He wanted nothing at all...until he found she had everything to give.... Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything - fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's not to love?

  • By Natalie on 14-06-17

IT GRIPPED ME FROM THE GET GO.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

If you could sum up A Stone in the Sea in three words, what would they be?

PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT

What did you like best about this story?

I can't pinpoint just one thing, I liked everything, every single chapter was as beautiful as was the next, there were so many emotions in this story, but boy things are far from over yet!

What about Andi Arndt and Sebastian York ’s performance did you like?

I love both of them, they are professional to a "T" and they always produce a flawless narration. A stone in the Sea was no exception and each poured their hearts and souls into the job at hand. Regardless of having listening to them in so many other stories, every time they take on the role of the ML or FL and played it as if it was the first time you are listening to them. And come on who doesn't love these two! I melt with Sebastian's voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sigh and cry and then scream at the end when I was left in shock and bewilderment at to where the story was taken me. I was desperate to know what was going to happen next so I have downloaded the next instalment.

Any additional comments?

Amy Amy Amy, you know exactly which strings to pull and how to drive the reader into the world of your characters. Each book is so well delivered so perfectly structured, what I love is that is not rushed, all the things are happening and developing at a perfect pace and corners aren't cut, its just magically crafted producing a solid story with the right amount of passion, obsession, angst and romance.

  • Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly. For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.

  • By T. Simms on 01-06-17

Simply Breathtaking!

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

What did you like most about Where We Left Off?

THE START THE MIDDLE AND THE END LOL. I loved everything,

Who was your favorite character and why?

LEO hands down 100%. He is just kind, honest to God happy go lucky person, he sees the best in people, he loves without limits and goes for what he wants.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

God there were so many, probably when Leo flies to see Will and they spend time together. Leo does this big gesture to come to Will's desperate side and you can see Will's defences start to crumble, you can start to understand the mystery he is, the person behind the facade.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry, oh God so many times. Leo suffered emotionally so much throughout the story, I think we have all had our share of disappointments and heart aches and I wanted to hug him and tell him all will be well LOL, but also made me angry, Will drove me bonkers!.

Any additional comments?

Spencer Goss. PLEASE NEVER STOP DOING THIS! You were born to act and these characters need you, the reader community needs you. You were MAGNIFICENT!.

  • Three, Two, One (321)

  • A Dark Suspense
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Ava Erickson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Battered, barefoot, and huddled under a bookstore awning in the pouring rain, Blue only knows one thing. After 15 months of captivity, finally she is free. Self-made millionaires JD and Ark are not out to save anyone when they stumble upon a wet and shivering girl one early Sunday morning. But when you sell sex for a living and salvation rings your bell, you answer the call. After years of searching, love lifts the veil of darkness, and three people - with three very big secrets - find themselves bound together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book and performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

MIND BOGGLING BEAUTIFUL

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

If you could sum up Three, Two, One (321) in three words, what would they be?

A.MUST. READ

What other book might you compare Three, Two, One (321) to, and why?

It has NO comparison to anything I had ever read or heard before.
After a couple of sleepless nights listening to both Sebastian York and Ava Erickson completely bring this story to life, I was desperate to reach the unexpected finale. I knew it wasn't going to be all fluffy clouds and pink unicorns but I was totally blown away!
This story is like nothing I have ever come across before, and I am delighted to have download it.

What about Sebastian York and Ava Erickson ’s performance did you like?

Sebastian and Eva were born to play this story. The narration was flawless, and it had so much energy, passion and conviction that for a moment you forget is all fiction. Both actors had to play the 3rd character and it never waver or faltered, momentum carried on till the last breath was spoken.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES YES OMG YES.

Any additional comments?

The story takes the listener into a journey of, deceit, lust, passion, sex, lies and ultimately love. But how can Love exist when it's based on lies?
From the moment Blue comes into the picture you realise this is going to be a very heavy and painful portrayal. Having been a prisoner for so long and experienced what can only be described as hell, she is finally free. But one thing is to be free from the ordeal, another is to be free from all the demons which have now taken residence in your body and your soul. Its almost like one of those movies where a person gets abducted and comes back seemingly normal but it is harbouring some evil specie which is slowly taken over ready to pounce and kill. It was like that for me, I was an spectator to this beautiful yet cataclysmic situation.
Blue literally stumbles upon Ark and JD, two men who contrary to their looks and personality have a unique bond. Ark "sees her first" and he is quick to understand that something is very wrong, JD not far behind may have "seen her after", but he is drawn to her immediately. Blue "sees them both" and can't help but feel safe for the first time in a very long time.
Lines are crossed, confessions are made, truths are hidden.

  • A Table for Three

  • New York Series, Book 1
  • By: Lainey Reese
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Riley Ramirez knew that moving to New York would change her life. She just didn't expect it to start on her very first night in town. Her attraction to nightclub owner Kincade Marshall is instant, mind-blowing - and mutual. When she finds he is a dom who requires her complete surrender, even when it comes to submitting to his best friend, Trevor Wellington, she finds herself willing and eager to embrace the sexual adventure. From their earliest days, Cade and Trevor have shared everything, including women. Yet it only takes one night with Riley to know she is their forever lady.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

  • By Jo&Isalovebooks on 18-11-16

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Table for Three to be better than the print version?

I have only heard the audio version, I might (time permitting) venture into the ebook. Loved the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Table for Three?

OH wow EVERYTHING!!! Probably Riley's trip to the Hospital, as horrible as the experience was I loved seeing both of her men panicking for her wellbeing and it was heartbreaking to see them struggle with what was happening to her.

Which character – as performed by Christian Fox – was your favourite?

Kade, totally HOT!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh at times it was bittersweet, mostly HOT it made me cried once so in overall a great book if it evoked all these feelings on a reader.

Any additional comments?

This is the first Audio I heard from Christian Fox and OMG he is totally brilliant, he did all those voices with ease and made sure to keep the listener entailed with the story.

  • Out of Nowhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 2
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90

The only thing in Colin Mulligan's life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he's gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spencer Goss, you're a star!!

  • By BevS on 22-07-16

So Emotional it reduced me to tears

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Would you listen to Out of Nowhere again? Why?

YES, over and over. It was a beautiful story, yet heartbreaking. But it was real and it had so many steamy moments you would never have enough!.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is a very difficult question, I found both male leads where as important as each other and although at times Colin can frustrate you (not in a bad way) as in the writer intended for this, you understand as you read on why he behaves the way he does and you can't help but feel for him in so many ways.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Well I loved seeing Daniel from the first book again, and loved the part when he comes to see Colin, their interaction is adorable and can I say Spencer did such an amazing job, in some parts there were 4/5 different characters in one room and he did all their voices brilliantly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry most of the times. I actually cried more in this book than with the first one, there were so many powerful moments, so many things that weren't spoken and yet you felt each and every emotion.

Any additional comments?

The Author of these series has blown my mind. I actually thought it was going to be impossible to top of her first book, and don't get me wrong it was an incredible story, but this book, was cathartic, was very raw, honest and real and I feel I went on a journey with Colin and Rafe. Also can I say being Mexican and named Gabriela almost made me feel like I was part of the story.
ANOTHER HEARTBREAKINGLY SPECTACULAR BOOK. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • In the Middle of Somewhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 1
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Robert Nieman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in - not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect voice for a brilliant book

  • By Meph666 on 16-09-16

Emotional and Hearfelt

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

What made the experience of listening to In the Middle of Somewhere the most enjoyable?

Robert, I love his narration, he did such an amazing job with a very powerful storyline, He brought all the characters to life and made this story even more real.

What other book might you compare In the Middle of Somewhere to, and why?

It is hard for me to compare this book to any other as really I haven't read anything like it before. Don't get me wrong I have read plenty of M/M material but I think is unfair and unrealistic to compare it anything else. I will just say the book was exceptional..

Which scene did you most enjoy?

OMG so many! I love the encounter in the forest between Daniel and Rex it was so well described I almost felt like a voyeur into their rendezvous, and I loved every minute. I love Rex showing his sensitive side, so the scene after the cinema date was very emotional, as with most of the chapters of the book, I think I can't pinpoint one in particular.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have seldom cry with books but with this one, I was a blubbering mess! I love Daniel, I love his quirky, crazy, monologue speaking self; but most of all I love how in spite of life throwing him lemons, he has made the perfect lemonade! He reduced me to tears. And not taking anything away from the Author because ultimately this is his story, Robert OMG he just gave me my perfect Daniel, I felt like he was there talking to me telling me his poignant story.

Any additional comments?

This book without all the heavy drama that some of the greatest tales of love and survival normally have, could be easily compared to an 1890 Dickens novella where the lead character has come from a poor background or has learnt to make the best of a precarious situation going through life in search of something of value.
I will recommend this book to all lovers of the M/M romance but also to those who appreciate a good solid story with the added benefit of steamy sensual scenes.

"We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life." PD James The Children Of Men.