Audiobook: Artistic Pursuits by Andrew Grey Narrated by John Solo


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Frank Jennings is an FBI agent looking for redemption. Leslie Carlton is an Interpol agent looking for a thief. Attraction flares from the moment they meet on a case searching for a stolen triptych of unique Tiffany windows, but after a single night of stunning passion, Leslie is called back to London to continue his search there. When the case heats up again, Leslie returns to the States-and to Frank-but their investigation is complicated by their tumultuous feelings. Is it possible for two dedicated detectives to pursue each other while they’re tracking down stolen art and the unscrupulous man who steals it?


This story takes a different turn from the first two and in my opinion stands alone. Brian, Nicolai and Zoe from book two only make a small cameo appearance in the story. Artistic Pursuits is a crime drama with romance added. I liked the suspense of whether they were going to find the Tiffany windows and the way Frank and Leslie worked together. On the romance side Frank and Leslie were hot. They took what they thought was a chance to be together just one time but they couldn’t forget each other. They get a second chance both for love and to solve the crime. I also like liked the way Frank had to come to terms with being gay in the FBI. His colleague Karl is a great character and really came into his own.

John Solo’s narration is good. The only problem I have is with the characterisation for Leslie. I’m not sure if it was the dialogue combined with the upper class British accent or the quality of the accent but it didn’t sit right with me. I’m not saying it detracted from my enjoyment though. I liked the way Frank was portrayed, the angry FBI agent who mellows. Overall an enjoyable story.

4 of 5 stars


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The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2) by E.J. Russell

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Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?

Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree-hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.

All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.

Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.

Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.


This is a great series!
I’m gonna admit that I don’t really love long books. I like to dive in and get my happy and move on. That’s just how I am. (I love short stories for that reason, too!) So… when I see long(ish) books I tend to be leery… but… this totally pays out!

While this can definitely be a standalone, I recommend reading book one first: because it sets up a lot of the very important backstory for the main conflict found here.
However, the author does explain the history, so if you start with this, you’ll be fine.

Being from Oregon I had to laugh at all the “eco consciousness” that Mal fights against. It’s pretty funny! There are several other “inside” jokes about the PNW but really, anyone who understands how liberalism can go to extremes will appreciate them.

Mal is vain and from another generation and it was so gratifying to see him paired with someone like Bryce. Bryce, who seems mild mannered, has a backbone of steel and when it comes to what he cares about he won’t be pushed around. The two get magically linked and from there the two find they also share a powerful sexual connection as well. (This was really interesting – I won’t spoil it- but there’s more here than meets the eye!)

We get to see a lot of David and a bit of Alun in this story, as well – which was fun. There’s the overarching “mystery” of a curse which is tied to David’s story and a somewhat hysterical and daunting list of “tasks” to break the curse – which ties back numerous times to David’s story as well.

This book was even funnier than book one and had lots of magic and was maybe even a bit more steamy than Cutie as well.

I’m giving this 4.5 instead of 5 because there were a few times when the curse/mystery/etc seemed to drag a bit and some of Bryce’s inner waffling got a bit repetitive. However, it was a page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really hope we get this series on audio because I think it will be even better in the hands of a great narrator!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars


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Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna #5) by Tara Lain

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Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?



Tom is sooooo freakin’ adorable and Merle is (almost) perfect for him!

There were so many times that I was absolutely BAWLING while I read this. Poor Tom had such a low opinion of himself and I was HATING Merle for not seeing how fabulous he was for such a long time! I was also furious with Tom’s sister and – the fact that I felt all those emotions so strongly goes to show just what a great job Tara Lain did!

I have to admit, it was a close call – Merle ALMOST didn’t make me love him. He’s pretty self-involved and I wasn’t ever as attached to him as I was to Tom – BUT – he does manage to see the light and make me believe that he’s good enough for Tom by the end. (However, if he’d done a bit more groveling this might have been a 6 star book 😉 )

This book had me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. I was totally invested in Tom’s happiness and I wanted to see him find his true love so badly! It was great seeing some of the previous MCs from the series – but this was Tom’s story (more than Merle’s) and for that it was perfect!

If you’re a fan of the series or new to it, you’re going to want to read this. For fans of hurt/comfort or books about people with disabilities I think this will absolutely make your day. I think Tara did a great job of not actually ever “labeling” Tom and yet it’s clear what his situation is.

Usually I’m not a “Hollywood/Actor” fan – and this was still amazing!

Highly recommended!

(I love the cover too!)

5 of 5 stars


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Audiobook: Plaid versus Paisley (Fabric Hearts #2) by K.C. Burn Narrated by David Ross


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Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?


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This is a great series! It’s full of geeks, hot smexy times and kilts! What’s not to love?

I thought the time spent waffling over who to tell and who might find out and what everyone’s motivations were to be a bit tiring, but I also really thought that the HEA was well-earned by the end as a result.

I didn’t always understand why the secrecy and if there was anything that detracted from this story it was that. I think if everyone had a simple conversation a lot of the angst could have been avoided and that type of angst makes me crazy.

However, the characters are unique and well-developed, the smexy times were scorching and overall I really enjoyed this as a standalone or as part of the series.


As with my previous encounters with this narrator, I hold the opinion that this is a fair way to listen to this story. David Ross doesn’t really add much to the “interpretation” of the story – no accents or extreme emotion – but he reads each part clearly and it’s always obvious which character is speaking.

He didn’t annoy me – which is HUGE – and didn’t distract me from the story. If you’re in the mood to listen rather than read, this is a nice alternative.

4 of 5 stars


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Boys Don’t Cry by J.K. Hogan

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Mackenzie Pratt is having the worst luck of his life. His apartment building is being torn down, and since he’s jobless and just weeks away from graduating college, he can’t find anywhere else he can afford to live that isn’t a critter-infested dump. As he’s lamenting the very real possibility of job hunting while couch-surfing, he gets an offer from the coworker of his best friend.

An in-demand mobile app developer and heir to his parents’ fortune, Laurent Beaudry is literally an eccentric billionaire. Even though Mackenzie realizes he’s basically living the plot of a cheesy romance novel, he takes the proffered room in Laurent’s Baltimore mansion. He finds his new housemate to be grumpy, brooding, and, at times, incredibly kind and endearing.

Raised by his brother after their father’s death, Mackenzie spent his formative years plowing headlong through school, focusing on little else beyond earning his teaching certification. He’s never taken the time to explore love and relationships, much less sexuality, so when he finds himself being courted by another man, he has no idea what to do. And when he realizes he might actually return those feelings, his life takes a whole new direction.


This was a very unique story and while I’m not sure that I “loved” it – I was glad I’d read it and I found it fascinating.

From what I’ve read this is like a novelized magna/anime story and I read that it’s got a classical theme from that genre.

It’s a bit odd because our MC declares his permanent declaration of love pretty much right from the start. Laurent is definitely eccentric and has that loveable dorkiness to him that appeals to the geek-lover in me. Mackenzie is also clueless in that he’s never really thought about himself in a sexual manner so Laurent’s advances take him by surprise.

There were some times when I felt like Laurent definitely pushed the limits of acceptable “no means no” when I really mean “yes” and I didn’t always like how the introduction of sex was handled – but in the end I thought the abundance of feels and I love yous balanced this out.

If you’re like me and not super familiar with magna/anime I’d read this and see what you think!

I really enjoyed this!

4 of 5 stars


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Kink Month: Satin by K. C. Wells

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 Can a touch of Satin bring a straight copper to his knees?

Detective Joel Hunter is on surveillance when he first lays eyes on Satin, the singer with the amazing voice, which is as beautiful as she is. But when the stake-out comes to an end, he can’t resist going back to the bar. He gets a shock when he learns what lies beneath the satin dress, but an even bigger one when he realizes he’s attracted to the owner of that sultry voice – Ross Dauntry.
Ross can’t figure out why the cop keeps coming back, even after he’s learned the truth. Is Joel attracted to him, or to Satin? Because the answer is important, and one way or another, Ross needs to know…



 This book opened my eyes in many ways – learning the difference between a female impersonator vs drag queen, (I had erroneously thought the 2 were synonymous); leaning that not all female impersonators are cross-dressers. And most of all, I realised that I really like stories about female impersonators ☺

As Satin, Ross is an elegant lounge singer who sings of heartbreak; when he is Ross, he’s a young man who has experienced loss and heartbreak but is all the stronger for it. Joel is a solid policeman (DC) who finds himself attracted to Satin, but falls in love with Ross.

There is a bit of angst with the MC’s separating a couple of times – Joel is unsure of his feelings towards Ross, (after all he’s been ‘straight’ up to this time). But once he works out that what he feels for Ross is like nothing he’s felt for any of the women he’s dated in the past, he goes to get his man.

This is story about getting over misconceptions and opening one’s self to new experience, (I know I learnt from it).

I really enjoyed reading and plan on reading Lace, the first in the series (both are standalones).

4 of 5 stars

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The Betas (Werewolves of Manhattan Book 9) by AC Katt

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Frankie Ferone moves from the mob to an even more secretive group, the loup garou.

When attending a wedding, Frank Ferone is introduced to Rene DuBois, a violet eyed stranger. Rene has a secret to hide but can’t overlook that he’s met his mate. Rene starts to romance Frankie and soon Frankie falls in love. But how is he going to react when Rene tells Frankie he is loup garou. Werewolves? Really?





I’m so sad that this series is coming to an end. I hope that maybe someone else can pick up where this leaves off? – if that’s possible? – because this doesn’t feel “wrapped up” at all – though they did a nice job of trying to tie up loose ends.

I’ll admit that this wasn’t my favorite in the series and it was fairly predictable, but I do love seeing how these guys come in line with their newfound “shifter” lovers. Having Frankie involved was interesting because of all his previous mob ties and how similar the life and the structure is between the shifter world and the mob world.

If you’ve been following along the series you’ll want to pick this up as well, and though it’s probably an okay standalone there is a LOT you’ll miss if you haven’t been reading since the beginning.



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Mael (Council Enforcers Book 6) by Catherine Lievens



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When Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend Scott after he’s been dumped, he thinks it’ll be an easy in and out job. He knows it isn’t as soon as he sets eyes on Scott, because Scott is his mate.

Scott’s just been dumped by his boyfriend of several weeks, who went back to his ex. He’s surprised when he realizes Mael is his mate, then worried when Mael and the rest of his team are sent to work with Mael’s tribe—and Mael’s ex-boyfriend, Muirgeh, who is his tribe’s leader.

Though Mael and Muirgeh were together two years, that’s in the past. When Scott persuades Yerad to shimmer him to the tribe in the middle of the mission because he doesn’t trust Mael and Muirgeh, Mael is angry, but he understands. Besides, Scott is useful to the team, and he helps them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory.

Will Muirgeh’s presence influence Mael and Scott’s relationship? Will Scott be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh? And what will happen when Mael accidentally initiates the mating bond?


Jealousy is abundant in this story, as well as second guessing. Is Mael a rebound for Scott, and will mael and Muirgeh get back together after being apart for a year? Not quite a comedy of errors but some angst to keep the story moving.
I like that Ms Lievens keeps many of the characters from past stories intermingled in her current stories. We all have our favorites, as well as a few we would like to strangle (Not mentioning Lenny’s name).
The Enforcers manage to catch the pack they are hunting and with everyone back at the house we learn of the packs story.

4 of 5 stars


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Ebb and Flow by Andrew Grey Blog Post and Excerpt!


OS: Welcome to Andrew Grey!  He’s kind enough to stop by today and chat about his new book: Ebb and Flow!


Thanks for having me!  

One of the things that Dominic and I will be doing over the next few years will be to relocate to Florida.  We are both tired of the cold weather.  I had been talking about making this move for some time, but Dominic was resistant.  That is until we arrived in Orlando in March a few years ago for the Dreamspinner Conference.  We got on the plane with a dusting of snow on the ground and a cold wind blowing.  We got off the plane and it was 82 degrees.  Dominic turned to me and remarked how nice it was.  Then he shocked me and asked how long before we were going to move to Florida. 
“Eight to ten years,”  I answered him as he watched the airport pass by
Dominic nudged my arm.  “That long.”  Okay then I guess he was more on board than I thought. 
We are still deciding where we will live, but Ebb and Flow is part of that exploration of places to relocate. 


To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.
As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.
Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart. After all, his father has certain expectations, and one of them is not him staying in Florida.
Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.

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Skippy got up and stood in the center, watching out the back as he inhaled deeply. On the first of these trips, he’d been surprised. He’d expected the water to smell sort of fishy, but it hadn’t. The air hung with moisture but smelled clean and, in its own way, fresh, unspoiled. One of these times he was going to charter a sailboat and spend time on the water without an engine—just water and wind.

“Be careful,” Bubba cautioned him, and Skippy stood with his legs apart, balancing with the moving boat. He nodded and continued his mini-Zen moment. “Are you really okay?”

“Yes.” Skippy turned to Bubba. “He saved me from taking a swim.” He stood behind Bubba’s chair, looking out at what he was seeing.

“I was raised on the water. My dad said I learned to swim before I could walk.” Bubba continually scanned the horizon and watched the instruments and GPS navigator. “This is what I really love to do.”

“We should all do what we love.” Skippy smiled and continued watching while listening to the guys as they broke into the food again. Bubba turned, presumably to check on Billy Ray, and Skippy followed his gaze, unable to look away as Billy Ray got all the hooks baited in preparation for their first stop. What Skippy noticed most was the slight hitch in Billy Ray’s steps. He didn’t move as easily as he had before, and it became clear that while Skippy hadn’t been hurt, Billy Ray might have pulled or bruised his right leg or foot.

Bubba turned back and opened up the engines even further, sending them flying over the water in an exhilarating display of speed that Skippy felt up his feet and legs and right into his balls, which drew close as excitement rose. He needed to get his dick under control and his thoughts on fishing and off the hot deckhand.

Eventually Bubba pulled to a stop, and they each took their place at the poles. Finally Skippy was able to get his mind on a task. That was, until Billy Ray stood near him to check on their lines and rebait his hook. Then the low-watt zing started once again, and he nearly hooked himself getting his line in the water.

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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Audiobook: Broken by Nicola Haken Narrated by Joel Leslie


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When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan. Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House. James Holden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can’t seem to stop himself from pursuing him. Just a little fun – that’s what James tells himself. He can’t afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He’s a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding. Broken. Is Theodore strong enough to confront James’ demons? More importantly, is James?
M/M romance. Not suitable for listeners under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content.
Please note: This book contains scenes of self-harm, mental illness, and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some listeners.


I can see why this story appealed to so many readers. It’s MCs are really well developed and very complex. Neither is “perfect” – far from it! – and the issues involved in this story are hard and (I think) realistically managed.

It’s not an easy story to read/listen to by any stretch of the imagination and I think you definitely have to be in the mood for maudlin/angst for this to appeal.

I thought the emotions were well portrayed and the decisions and inner dialogs handled very well. There was some intense passion as well as pain.

I was glad I’d listened to this because Joel Leslie is able to differentiate the different “types” of British accents so well and the fact that Theo is from Manchester is reflected in his voice. Joel is also amazing at handling all the deep emotions and is capable of brining the listener to tears – right along with the characters.

In general, I’m not a huge “angst” fan – but I did find this to be an engaging story and full of depth and emotion.

I’d recommend the audiobook over reading (IMHO) and I’d recommend it to fans of angst, hurt/comfort, books about growth and pain.

4 of 5 stars


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