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Summary

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

Max fails everything - magic, relationships, life. So he works for DURPS (the DMV for supernatural creatures) as a sumage, cleaning up other mages' messes. The job sucks and he is in no mood to cope with redneck biker werewolves. Unfortunately, there is something oddly appealing about the huge, muscled Beta visiting his office for processing.

Bryan AKA Biff (yeah, he knows) is gay but he is not out. There is a good chance Max might be reason enough to leave the closet, if he can only get the man to go on a date. Everyone knows werewolves hate mages, but Bryan is determined to prove everyone wrong, even the mage in question.

©2017 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2017 Gail Carriger LLC

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not my usual thing

I don't usually read m-m books but this is an interesting story with great characters.

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Excellent

Really good story, I look forward to the next one. Soon hopefully. I have now read all of Gail’s books and enjoyed them all. Many thanks for writing them.

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I recommend all Gail’s books!

Love the San Andreas Shifters and that Gail has reused Biff from her Steampunk books. I recommended this book to a author friend who writes gay contemporary and fantasy stories, even before I’d listened to it! Please write more Gail!

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Magic, just magic!

A funny, moving, sometimes heartbreaking story with characters that feel alive and real. More please!

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Beautiful and heart wrenching

This is my first book by this author and I was hooked by chapter 2. The plethora of characters are unique and well formed.
Kirt Graves brings this story alive and makes it unique. I thoroughly recommend!

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loved it!

this is the first I've come across this auther and i can't wait for more :)

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I realy like this book!

I can't wait till then next one! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Gail has not written anything I have not loved wholeheartedly

I loved this book as much as all of her other works, the only thing I don't like, is when I run out, when they end & I have to wait for the next one... every single one has been a five star from me & I'd love to live in the world she has created, she is the Supernatural Steampunk Pratchett & LGBTQ- pansexual & pan-species to boot, all are welcome in this wonderful world & it's a beautiful all encompassing escape from the horror/mundanity of ours... Thank you so much & keep up the good work xxxxx

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More San Andreas Shifters, please!

A new author for me but I am so chuffed that I found her! I shall be gobbling up more of Gail Carriger's work from now on. I went straight to audiobook so our narrator, Kirt Graves, did an excellent job of sorting out some of those confusing niggles mentioned by other reviewers (about the back and forth, and in my opinion completely natural, conversations...if I remember correctly!) A great start to a new series. Love the characters, love the writing style and love the humour. More please!

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Sequels need to hurry up!! :))

Would you listen to The Sumage Solution again? Why?

Yes. The chemistry and interactions between Max and Brian is worth a thousand listens. I loved thier banter, their inner monologues and just thier conversations.

What other book might you compare The Sumage Solution to, and why?

Probably The Blood & Bone Series by Lia Cooper. Both series feature a wizard & werewolf in a m/m romance. Although The Blood & Bone series has a more darker theme as it is a detective series. The Sumage Solution was more mellow and grounded in plot. But I like both series and am looking forward to the sequels in the Saint Andreas Shifters series.

Have you listened to any of Kirt Graves’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. This was my first introduction to him. He did a good job. As it is the first series I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the sequels. I am particularly looking forward to his version of Colin or Lovejoy.

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

Yes if i could but alas sometimes work and sleep must be a priority.

Any additional comments?

Only knocked a star of for the story as the climax was a bit predictable but a good cliche with loveable characters done right = a faboulous listen! And also to those who enjoyed this story definitely check out Blood and Bone series by Lia Cooper.

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  • Kelly
  • 01-08-17

a joy to listen to

I read the book when it was released, then listened to it two weeks later because I loved the story that much.

Biff is a big, wonderful sweetie-pie of a werewolf. Max is TROUBLE, a failed mage with a huge attitude problem.

This book is great. There is a big cast of well-drawn characters, an interesting plot, snappy dialogue, hot sex, and love. Lots of love.

Also, if the author happens to see this review, there better be sequels! I want Colin's story. And Lovejoy's, too.

The narrator did a great job. The character voices are nicely distinct and pleasant to listen to. I hope he gets to narrate the next one (fingers crossed).

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  • Belen
  • 05-08-17

Missing some world building...

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Dual POV from sumage Max and werewolf Bryan, this is a paranormal romance with a lot of humor, banter, and sex.

Even though this is marketed as a standalone I felt the world building really lacked focus and explanation. I felt dropped inside a paranormal world with little to no explanation of how or why things worked. There are a lot of different types of shifters, magicians and humans, and a thing called quintessence that magical folk can manipulate, but I have to be honest that after ten hours listening I'm still not really sure what it actually is.

I honestly expected to find a far more complex story, but instead got one quite a bit lighter in tone.

I'm not going to lie...this took a few hours to get into and if I hadn't been reviewing it I might have put it down. Kirt Graves kept me going on this one.

Graves is good at providing clear character voices for all of the characters (and there are A LOT), and I was able to easily follow along with who was speaking. The narration is steadily paced and without a lot of over the top emotional inflection or performance.

I really liked that Graves put some extra touches into the audio like the vibration of a cell phone or text alert, which made it feel a little more interactive without being intrusive about it.

It did take me a bit of time to get used to the different audio sound Graves uses to denote the internal dialogue of the characters. There is a lot of internal dialogue. A lot. Which on one hand was good considering Bryan is the strong and silent type so we get a lot of his character development through his internal musings, but on the other hand, was also a lot.

Speaking of character development...the story lacks quite a bit in this area, in my opinion. I kept waiting for more, but it never came, which was really disappointing.

If you're okay with more of a True Mates sexy times kind of story with a lot of humor rather than one that has more complex world building and character development you should definitely check this out.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-11-17

Beyond Brilliant

Two days later, after having finished my first read/listen of this book and I'm still suffering book-hangover.... You know, that feeling where you really want to stay in the story; yes, that one. I'm actually kicking myself for waiting till it dropped on Audible, and then only because I needed a new listen, as, while I loved the early Parasol Protectorate novels the final one did a &quot;Tolkien&quot; on me with effectively the feeling that the magic went away.
So, I admit I was a bit wary starting a new Carriger series... but OMG... Next, please, now.

Kirt Graves, as a narrator, hit this one so far out the park that it's landed in the next country. The voices, the tone, the whole feel, was perfect. Though that may also have been in part because of the production values in the actual recording. Trick like making thoughts sound &quot;hollowish&quot; in comparison to things voiced aloud worked.

Just the right amount of angst. A pefect balance point of a Happy Ever After with a springboard to the next book (Yes, Gail, I am looking at you and hoping you are writing it as I type because I want more Max and Biff). Fantastic narration.... Yes, this wins my vote for best I've listened to this year and I've listed to some amazing stories.

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  • SassiKassi
  • 03-08-17

I loved it!

I'm a huge audiobook listener but I'd never listened to Kirt Graves before. His narration is fantastic! Every character had a distinct voice and there are many lovable characters in this story. But not so many active ones that you'll get confused or distracted from the story.
There's not a huge amount of character development in the main characters, but you can definitely get a feel for both of them and what their lives were like as youngsters.
I will look forward to reading more in this series.

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  • Surri
  • 07-04-18

Love this author!

And her sense of humor. It's impressive how she managed to combine wit and snark with romance in a way I've not seen anywhere else. Write more, Lovely!

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  • Alvin C. Ervin II
  • 11-03-18

Great book!

This book is one of the funniest and sexiest book I've listen to in a while. Please, please, please keep this going with a series!

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  • JSLRussell
  • 08-03-18

New Take

I really liked this take on magic and shifters in general. Some great and strong characters and I look forward to seeing what comes next in this quintessence filled world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-03-18

More

This story was great and I can not wait for more from the unusual San Andreas pack. There are so many little plot bunnies here and these outcast characters pluck St the heart strings.

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  • Sammy
  • 10-02-18

Delightfully poetic and profane by turns

What made the experience of listening to The Sumage Solution the most enjoyable?

I love how the story is both gritty and sweet at the same time. The characters are modern, with lots of emotional baggage. Being this or that kind of supernatural is basically like coming from any other kind of specific cultural background. Also, I feel a bit like I've had some real world insight into social customs that are outside of my experience. That was very cool.

What about Kirt Graves’s performance did you like?

Good, distinct voices. His narration does the characters, their emotions, and their experiences justice.

Any additional comments?

I do not read a lot of m/m romance. This book made me rethink that. I sincerely hope there is more where this came from! Also, nice world building! The depictions of bureaucracy are simultaneously hilarious and teeth grinding.

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  • Carter
  • 08-02-18

So interesting!

I really hope we see more of the SAS. I adore seeing the modern version of the Parasolverse. it's so different, but still very much the same world I've fallen in love with.