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Troubled boy and white knight

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

Reviewed: 03-04-20

If I am not mistaken, this sweet, heart-warming story is something of a companion to the His Command series, based on references to The White Lotus brothel. One major (and much appreciated) difference is the gentler tone of this book. The characters are less broken and it lacks the rougher bdsm/domination themes of that other series. I really appreciated this lighter approach. There is still drama, danger. and a little angst, but also good friends and old buddies, well-meaning (if over-bearing) family, snark, humor, and - of course - sweet love and Mpreg. Seth and Tad are great characters. I would have liked a little more background on both of them, but the story is well-developed for the length on the audiobook.

The narration was really great, with different character voices that matched the emotions and events going on. As far as I remember, this was my first listen by Dennis Adams, and I will definitely look for more narrated by him.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Sweet second-chance, GFY story

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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: 31-03-20

This is a very sweet, slow-burn, small-town, friends to lovers, gay-for-you love story. There is friendship, love, some geekiness, some awkwardness, some funny moments, and sweet emerging love. I loved Gabe and his funny dorkiness, and Clark and his selfless caring for his siblings. This story didn't have the level of angst and drama as the first in the series, just a little centered around incorrect assumptions of small-town bias and a near-kidnapping and pursuit of a teenager by an older man. This is only book 2, but so far I am really loving this series.

The narration was great, and it was easy to tell the various character voices apart.

I received an complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Sweet fake-boyfriend-with-royalty romance

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

Reviewed: 23-03-20

This is a sweet and tender romance that starts with an element of slow-burn, as the initial plan is for a fake romance to foil a cheater ex-boyfriend who is still in the closet. There are a lot of secondary characters I want to know more about, especially the ex-botfriends, Rory and Sergie. The MCs are very forgiving, but I'm not sure I would have been so charitable. I hope Cici learns to be a more empathetic person. I really can't help feeling sorry for Connor. I like that there wasn't a lot of heavy-duty angst. and the drama was pretty light and dealt with quickly.

The narration was very good and it was easy to tell different characters' voices.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 21-03-20

I really enjoyed this listen. Cort and Cam are both so easy to love. I loved the conflict they faced between loving the *enemy* and family loyalty. They were both stubborn in their own way and had their demons. They had to learn to trust themselves and each other. The story was sweet and hot and sometimes funny. I loved it, but I did still have some questions: Why the betrayal? How did the betrayer benefit from the deaths? What happened to the other parties in the end? I felt there were some loose ends with some of the side characters that weren't tied off for me. Still good overall.

The narration was great. Mr. Dean is one of my favorite narrators.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Sweet, Sexy 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: 10-03-20

This is a fun, sweet, sexy, low angst story. I am not usually into 'Daddy kink' but Hayden is just so sweet and lovable, and Daddy Thor (Kurt) is gentle and clueless in an adorable way. He may seem to be issuing orders sometimes, but he never does anything he doesn't know Hayden wants. This is just a really fun, quick listen. And I loved the way the town looked after their own, including Hayden by proxy. And the ex? Yeah, he got what he deserved...in a pretty funny way too.

Wonderful narration, especially the voice of Hayden. One of my favorite narrators! He never disappoints.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Highly emotional with lots of angst

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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: 08-03-20

Loved this story full of emotion, angst, drama, understanding, realization, thankfulness, friendship, and love. Love the characters.

Colin and Joshua have a great relationship, full of love, until tragedy strikes. Colin is shot and the pain and uncertainty of his injury cause him to push Joshua away. Joshua suffers greatly at the rejection, and their relationship is nearly destroyed.

The author does such an excellent job of painting realistic emotions and reactions, and the characters are so realistic that I couldn't help mourning with them through their pain, cheering for their victories, and rooting for an HEA future.

I loved the great friendship and support provided by David and Nate. It was great to see them play such an instrumental role.

The narration is good, although sometimes I couldn't tell which man was speaking. It didn't detract from my overall understanding and enjoyment of the story.

I received a complimentary copy and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Trials and Love

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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: 07-03-20

I loved this book and these characters, especially Nate, David, and Joshua. I had some personal dissatisfaction with Colin, but that is probably just me. I liked Nate’s conviction, and that he was willing to put what he thought was right above all else, including his career. At first, I couldn't understand David. He may have been doing what he thought was best for Nate, but he seemed focused on the material and not what was important to Nate. The difference almost broke them apart and it was heart-rending. David was so afraid that voicing his feelings would break them, so he stayed silent trying to keep them together. When he finally had his 'aha' moment and then poured his feelings out to Nate, it was cathartic and beautiful. I LOVED their story. It was so realistic in describing the challenges and angst that even devoted, established couples can face in their lives, and how it can tear them apart. I loved the way Nate and David came out stronger.

I didn't like the story of Colin and Joshua as much. Although there is instant attraction, they want different things. Colin doesn't want a relationship, just friends with benefits, while Joshua wants something permanent. I liked the way Joshua stuck to his beliefs. To me Colin just seemed selfish. If he knew he wasn't willing to give Joshua what he needed, he should have just let him go instead of continuing to to try to get what HE wanted. Honestly, I was glad when Joshua moved away, and I felt it served Colin right. He seemed stunned that Joshua would actually leave. So full of himself! Then, he proceeded to sleep with a bunch of men to 'forget' Joshua. I don't want to give spoilers, but I hated the way Joshua ended up giving everything up for Colin. His job, his home, his family, all for Colin's love. Colin didn’t give up anything for Joshua, except his freedom to be with other men.

I liked the way the two stories intertwined and the two couples connected and became friends. Also the sex was steamy and intimately beautiful.

Overall, the narration was great. I loved the soft, smooth cadence, but there did seem to be a bit of shift and some unevenness around Chapter 12. It jarred me a little, but didn't detract from the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Wonderful, beautiful, emotional 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: 02-03-20

I absolutely loved the story of Travis and Alejandro! The story begins with a painful, emotional bang and then carries on from there. We finally get more on the horse theft story that ends up being so much more. I loved Travis and how honest he was about the roadlocks he faced and how accepting and patient Alejandro was. I also loved how strong Travis was in seeking assistance and therapy, and how very understanding his father and family were. For a while I found myself asking what was wrong with Jonathan that he didn't seem to care about the risk and pain he was putting his family and friends through, but the author provided a satisfactory explanation and closure to that story by the end. I can't wait for more on Kirk and Daniel!

The narration as always was fantastic, and so strong on expressing the emotions, especially for Travis's visit to Jay's gravesite.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Really enjoyed 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: 01-03-20

I really enjoyed this story and the characters of Leo and Zolt. Zolt starts out as a selfish, hedonistic bad-a$$ who revels in turning 'straight guys,' while Leo is trying to find the woman who can give him the family he craves. He has modeled his life on that of his parents and seeks that perfect life. I loved Leo's gentleness and caring, even when Zolt hurt him, and I loved watching Zolt grow and open up, realizing what he really wants in life. Although this is book 11, it totally stands alone. I have not read or listened to the other books, and I didn't feel I missed anything.

The narration was perfectly suited to the rough characters and environment of the story.

Warning, here is plenty of violence, blood, and beatings in this story, so be forewarned.

I received a review copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

Sweet Series about Four Brothers finding love

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

Reviewed: 25-02-20

Sweet series of books about four brothers finding their mates amidst hardship, drama, loss, and love. I really enjoyed the way the characters stories intertwined with each other.

Found in Beaumont (Beau, Lucas, Gideon) - ex- military Alpha finds love with two homeless omegas. This is probably the darkest, of the stories with themes of homelessness, danger, attempted rape, and a predatory employer. The trio of MCs are very sweet and find what they need in each other despite the odds.

Lost in Dallas (Dallas, Kyle) - 2nd hardest themes - includes abusive lover, betrayal, cheating by an ex. Kyle has been mentally and physically abused and belittled by his thieving, cheating partner. He finds support, understanding, and love with gym-owner Dallas Logan.

Secret in Houston (Houston and Cody) - Secret Romance/Baby, PTSD. Memory loss, Secrets, Sweet service animal. Houston and Cody had a secret relationship, but before they could tell their families, Cody went MIA, leaving Houston pregnant. Six months later Cody returns with no memory of his time with Houston.

Home in Austin (Austin and Owen) - White knight, fake marriage, OCD, strangers to friends to lovers, slow burn. Owen is carrying the baby of his military best friend, but when his friend dies, Owen is left pregnant, homeless, and alone. When he can't get help through military or charitable avenues, Austin offers Owen a fake marriage with no sex to get him health insurance.

Wonderful stories with humor, snark, strong Alphas, and sweet omegas. Every story has a little bit of drama, with the angst level running from mild to moderate depending on the story. These are Mpreg, so there are also plenty of heats and babies...lots of babies.

The narration is pretty good and it was fairly easy to distinguish the various characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.