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  • His Boy

  • By: Bink Cummings
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo, Dorian Bane
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

For years, I lived with him as roommates. Then, one fateful night, things changed. We became more. So much more. The sex was out of this world. Being his boy was the highlight of my day. Until feelings started to creep in and sex wasn't enough for me. Afraid of losing him, I kept quiet and hoped for a miracle. Could my Daddy love me, too? Or would I continue to be his boy, his play toy?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All was fine until the epilogue

  • By Mary on 13-03-19

All was fine until the epilogue

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

The dual narration on this boom was such fun. I enjoyed the story until the epilogue. What the hell was that all about? Most of the book was about a sexual relationship described in graphic detail. The epilogue sounded like it belonged to another story. It didn't fit at all with the erotic tone of the book and going from no holes barred erotica to a cutsie ending was just unsettling.

  • Power Bottom?

  • By: Rowan McAllister
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself? Adrian wouldn't have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he's willing to try just about anything to repair the damage...even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awful title for a good book!

  • By Mary on 10-03-19

Awful title for a good book!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

I really would not have chosen this book based on the awful title that had nothing to do with the story, but a friend recommended so I gave it a go. What a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this mm romance with a crime sub-plot and the narration by Nick j Russo was great.

  • Five Minutes Longer

  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency. Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration for lacklustre story

  • By Mary on 08-03-19

Good narration for lacklustre story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I've listened to many stories in the mm genre that have the same tropes of law enforcement officers with super powers. This story was along the same lines - regular guy recruited into unit with men who had super powers.

There was a serious lack of women in this story- the only memorable female was Betty who ran the diner!

When it comes to the nitty gritty the writing just wasn't that good- and neither was the editing of the manuscript.


For example, Finn and Talon went to Talons apartment the same day Finn joined H.E.R.O, and Finn stayed overnight yet, later in the story when they went back to Talons apartment it was written like we had never been there, and Talon suddenly had a dog!


The over description of gestures became really annoying too e.g 'he took a breath, blinked, then blinked again and his shoulders dropped' -this is not a word-for-word quote, just an example. There was a lot of this kind of padding in the final third of the book which took away any credibility the book had gained.

The two mc's were in love within a week, and this topped things for me. if your looking for fluff this book might be for you, but as a paranormal police procedural with romance it wasn't to my standards.

  • Men of Smithfield: Max and Finn

  • By: L. B. Gregg, Shannon Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When I walked out of his office after the hottest sex of my life, I thought I'd left Max Douglas behind me forever - along with my favorite argyle socks and my self-respect. The last thing I need is the too-serious, too-sexy former Marine living across the hall from me while he acts as a bodyguard for one of my students. Especially since he fired me from my job tutoring his brother... after we hooked up. I shouldn't want him. I should despise him after the way he treated me. But he's exactly my type: older, experienced, in control...and it's obvious the lust is still mutual.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not the best in the series

  • By Mary on 24-02-19

not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

Good narration again but the story was not up to the same standard as the other books. the story ended abruptly too and felt unfinished.

  • Men of Smithfield: Seth and David

  • By: L. B. Gregg, Shannon Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

He's everything I've never wanted—too young, too weird, too wild. I wasn't impressed that I had to get my weekly massage from a guy with a toe ring. But when I discovered David Cooke's skills as a masseur were literally orgasmic, I couldn't stop thinking about him and his amazing hands, day and night. Especially at night. He's full of surprises. And despite my bad behavior, David's just as eager to explore this chemistry between us. Turns out, there's a lot more to him than hemp pants and tattoos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulously entertaining

  • By Mary on 17-02-19

Fabulously entertaining

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I love how L.B Gregg was able to pack a huge story into a short novel. These characters were so good I wish there was more. Great narration by Shannon Gunn.

  • Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden

  • By: L. B. Gregg
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time - an interest in the world outside his window. Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden - and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By choccygrl on 03-03-16

Hilarious narration, great murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I so enjoyed Shannon Gunn's characterisations of Holden and the sultry gardener Adam. This was a well-written, and plotted murder mystery. I'm downloading the other books in this series now.

  • His Consort

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Scott Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: His quaint little store attracts a devoted staff, and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He's perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying and utterly mesmerizing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My opinion

  • By Anonymous User on 27-01-19

What a mess of a book!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

This was long winded, confusing with convoluted worldbuilding of the vampyre world.

Three hours in we are still getting over-the-top explanations of the Vampyre hierarchy and the ridiculous made up names for each class, vamp type and what they do. Maybe reading this and seeing those words would have made it easier to understand, but in audio I just became more and more confused trying to understand what the story was supposed to be about. The writing was not good- rushed, and not of the standard expected for Mary Calmes.

The narration was passable at most. Every male character other than jason had the whiney brat voice of a teenage boy...or a man desperately needing a bathroom break. I lasted 3hrs and couldn't take any more.

If you want to hear a fab alternative take on vampires try Jordan Castillo Price's books. Refreshing and great!

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  • The Farmer's Son

  • By: G. A. Hauser
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

After unsuccessfully trying to pull Wade's car out of the ditch, and getting himself stuck as well, the two strangers spend the night in Ayden's truck, keeping warm, talking, bonding, and sharing things with each other; personal things. Ayden and Wade, although they had nothing in common, got to know each other on a very deep level in the eight hours they were sitting in the dense fog, alone and completely isolated. What had begun as a frustrating trip for Wade, had turned into a gay erotic fantasy with a young stud.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I felt sorry for the narrator!

  • By Mary on 11-02-19

I felt sorry for the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

The writing for this story was, sad to say, terrible. Clunky, poorly constructed sentences and sex scenes that sounded like the were written by a fourteen year old- for example, there was talk of 'chewing his way down....' eh...nope!
The couple spent one night stuck in a truck and were 'in love' by morning and moved in together by lunchtime. The story was ridiculous. I felt sorry for Derrick McClain having to narrate such poor material.

  • Between Sinners and Saints

  • By: Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story. Loved it.

  • By Lily G Blunt on 12-11-16

All kinds of NOPE!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Anyone who has experience of working in Massage Therapy knows that they can find themselves in vulnerable positions and they need to stay safe. Working intimately with someone else's body in a therapeutic context can make some clients feel like the touch is sexual. Massage therapists have VERY strict boundaries. If a client starts to hit on them or touches them, they stop and leave the room. The client/therapist relationship is severed.

Massage Therapists are holistic professionals, not masseurs who offer happy endings! The observations of the therapeutic process in this story outraged me from the get-go.

Levi is a thirty-year-old. He is not just a promiscuous gay man with a pain in his back who decides to hit on his much younger massage therapist- he is a sexual predator.

I was disgusted that he tried to hit on his therapist from the start of their professional relationship and every time Jamie said NO Levi kept going. Levi is a disgusting character and I just wanted to slap him. He is exactly what the #metoo movement is all about- men not knowing- or caring about boundaries and abusing power so they can get off.

Jamie was a victim of childhood sexual abuse and this made the fact that Levi kept hitting on him in a therapeutic situation- and ignoring the rejection of his advances even worse. This was not a realistic, well-observed scenario, and I was appalled at Levi's behavior. I had to stop listening after an hour or so. I did not want to hear how these two got together because I would not want to know about how a promiscuous sexual predator seduced a young man recovering from sexual abuse.

I had to DNF.

  • Home the Hard Way

  • By: Z. A. Maxfield
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Dare Buckley has come home - or at least, he's come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that'll hire him. There's one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father's suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, complex story, good narration

  • By Mary on 03-02-19

Great, complex story, good narration

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I really enjoyed this story. It was very well plotted and surprisingly, I didn't realize 'whodunnit' until the reveal. Shannon Gunn can be really OTT with his narration, but he kept a measured pace on this book- until the sex scenes which were performed in a super-growly way that was not sexy, but instead made me laugh out loud. Entertaining no matter what, this was a great book.