Audiobook Month: Complete Faith by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

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Blurb
For Tommy Bradley, a hand working on the Lost Cow Ranch in rural Texas, admitting his sexuality is impossible, even if his bosses, Luke and Simon, are gay—Tommy has spent his entire life hiding the truth from his homophobic parents. Then Tommy meets pastor Noah Taylor in Luke’s father’s hospital room, and his difficult secret becomes that much harder to keep.

Noah is unlike any man of God—or any man—Tommy’s ever met. For one thing, his congregation is made up primarily of GLBT individuals and their families. For another, he isn’t afraid of the attraction he feels toward Tommy, and he makes his intentions very clear. But Noah won’t hide his sexuality or his love from the world, and he won’t start a relationship with Tommy while Tommy hides his, either. Faced with the choice of losing Noah or coming out to his parents, Tommy takes his first steps out of the closet.

But Tommy isn’t the only one facing challenges. Thanks to an outpouring of hatred from Pastor Jackson and a group of ranch owners, Noah must cope with the possible loss of his church and his livelihood

Review
In the first book we met a young ranch hand, Tommy, who had to hide his sexuality before of his parents homophobic attitudes and religious beliefs. We also met another Pastor, Noah. He is also Gay and welcomes everyone who wants to worship in love to his Church. His congregation increased as people moved away from the hate the other Pastor was spouting. This is where he meets Tommy. I love the world Sue Brown has built around the Lost Cow Ranch. They are a wonderful family supporting each other through their troubles. Tommy gets a lot of support. Luke’s known Tommy was gay but never betrayed his confidence. It’s only when Noah comes into the picture that Tommy decides to come out completely. Together and with the support of the Ranch and some of the Town, Noah deals with the hatred directed at him to start anew.

On this second book I was more used to Aaron Pickering’s style of narration. The characterisation for Noah worked for me and so did Tommy. Tommy came across as young and insecure to Noah’s maturity and confidence. Both styles complimenting each other. The characterisation for Luke and Simon also seems to have settled down.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Audiobook Month: Spencer Cohen Series Book Three by NR Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie

Audible Link
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Blurb

Learning to be in a committed relationship has been easy for Spencer. In fact, too easy. Andrew has fit into his life seamlessly. Spencer’s let go of his insecurities and hang-ups, and he and Andrew are enjoying where things are headed. For the first time in years, Spencer’s life is unbelievably perfect.
Andrew overthinks everything. So when Spencer gets a phone call from Australia, he’s certain Spencer will push him away. But instead of driving them apart, maybe it will solidify what they already have. Maybe Spencer will depend on Andrew more than ever. Maybe the Spencer Cohen story will come full circle, and maybe, just maybe, Spencer will have the happily ever after he never thought possible. Contains mature themes.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

Oh man. It’s always so sad to see a great series end isn’t it?

In this we see the culmination of the love between Spencer and Andrew. There is some very heavy family drama on Spencer’s end – more than I can share without spoiling things – but it’s enough to make you cry.

Andrew is his most wonderful self and it was great seeing him in the support role.

I loved the melding of family and friends in this book. It showed just how important the family you create can be.

Peter and Yannis were super cute and I was glad to see that chapter closed for them both.

This is another amazing addition to the series and I recommend it highly!

Audio

Joel, as always, is amazing and makes this book/series come alive. He’s solid gold when it comes to performing and drawing a listener into the world he creates so magically with his voice.

He and NR are the dream team and I can’t wait to see more from them in the future!

5 of 5 stars

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Release Day Review: Words by John Inman

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/words-by-john-inman-9662-

Blurb
The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.

But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.

What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.

Who would ever suspect than an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder

Review
This story is set in the world of writers and reviewers. It’s a story of finding love and companionship and at the same time of someone, as the saying goes ‘losing the plot’ and becoming a killer. They see themselves as righting a wrong by getting rid of the trolls in the reviewing world. Those who denigrate an author’s work with little justification. I thoroughly enjoyed this well crafted story. One of John Inman’s characters said “After all, in a really good book, the killer would be the last person you’d ever expect.” and he absolutely lived up to this. The murderer was the very last person I thought it would be. Every time I suspected someone a turn of events proved me wrong.
Milo and Logan have both been hurt by relationships in the past, Logan through the untimely death of his husband and Milo through a bad breakup. Both examine their hearts to decide if they are ready to start again and take it slow. Such a sweet loving relationship. The murders don’t really touch them until near the end when they realise who it is. The two threads run parallel until the last few characters. The pace of the story is slow and that absolutely suits the mood of the blossoming relationship and building the tension as the number of murders increase. For me this was not a story that kept me up reading eager to know what happened next but I was keen to come back as soon as I was able.

4 of stars out of 5


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Guest Post: KA Mitchell for Bad Influence

Blurb

Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?

Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.

No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….

OS: Welcome to KA Mitchell!

LA:
Hi. Thanks so much for letting me stop by to talk about Bad Influence. Let me tell you one thing, Zeb and Silver have history. I hinted at it in Bad Attitude when Silver flees his own birthday party to avoid Zeb. Now, in the first chapter, a simple meeting on the street leads to them both getting arrested. Talk about issues. I had to get them in handcuffs so they’d have to talk to each other! Fortunately, the rest of the characters in the Bad in Baltimore series are around to make sure things turn out okay.
For a little taste of how not okay things are at the beginning of the story, check out this excerpt.

As soon as they were off the phones, the guards put Silver and Zeb into one of the bigger holding cells. There were more benches in this one. Silver could only manage a halfhearted warning glare when Zeb followed him to the bench farthest from the toilet. Zeb might have been the cause of every miserable thing that had happened tonight, but at least he didn’t reek like some of the guys in the other cell.
Silver had always managed to do what he had to to survive. Tolerating Zeb’s ridiculous idea that he was somehow saving them both with his presence was cake compared to breathing the air around that meth addict or the puking drunk.
“Are you ever going to say anything, Jordan?”
Silver tried to put one foot up onto the bench to rest his head on a bent knee, but the chains wouldn’t let him. He braced his feet against the cement floor and stared at the crack between them. “Like what?”
“Like what happened. I don’t mean tonight. How—I mean—what were you doing with those—?”
“Hustlers? Streetwalkers? Prostitutes?” Silver looked over to see Zeb flinch at the words. “Maybe I was doing the Lord’s work. Spreading the gospel to Christ’s favorite professionals.”
Zeb glanced away.
“What do you think I was doing?” Silver prodded. “Exactly what do you think happens to gay kids who have no place else to go?”
Zeb’s cheeks turned patchy red. “Your parents didn’t turn you out.”
“No. They sent me away. Someplace much worse.”
“I’d heard it was a camp.”
“Camps are supposed to have tents and marshmallows and swimming. Not cinder block cells with bars on the windows and forced labor.” Not to mention the Reflection Room. But Silver wouldn’t. Because now wasn’t the time to let that memory in.
Zeb reared back, like Silver’s spat-out description was something he could escape from. Good.
Silver hadn’t planned to answer Zeb, wanted Zeb to know what it was like to be shut out in the cold, alone, with no explanations. But that wasn’t enough. Anger burned up Silver’s spine. He wanted to slam all that pain and fear into Zeb.
Silver turned toward Zeb as much as the shackles would let him. “You want to know what you were telling me to go back to when you sent me off that night? Did you think conversion camp would fix me too?” Trapped in the dark, no sense of time, no sound but his own shaky breathing, waiting for them to switch on that light. Craving that moment when he knew they were watching him. For his moment to read his Bible verse and tell them he had learned his lesson.
“Conversion?” Zeb’s brow furrowed.
“Yes, to convert me straight. What the fuck do you think they sent me to? Bible camp to put on an all-new production of Joseph?”
“I’d heard”—Zeb placed a lot of emphasis on that word, like it excused him somehow—“that it was a place for teenagers who had made bad choices, to keep them safe.”
“Jesus fucking Christ.” Silver watched Zeb’s wince with satisfaction. “A bad choice? Is that all it was? You and me, fucking for over a year? Just a bad choice?”
“You lied to me from the day we met.” Zeb had some of his cool back now, the self-righteous idiocy Silver had always been able to chase away, first with a joke, then with his hands and mouth. “I wouldn’t call that good.”
Silver would use a different tactic to throw Zeb off his game now. “You know how fast everything happened when Tina opened her big fucking mouth about you being my boyfriend? Normally my parents might have kept me under house arrest for a bit, but a spot opened at Path to Glory. Guess how? Kid killed himself. In the dorm room they put me in. Killed himself because of how much fucking fun he was having at the camp to keep him safe from making bad choices.”
Silver drank in the emotions so plain on Zeb’s face. Shock and then sweet, sweet anger.
“Yeah, from the first day I was there, I slept in a dead kid’s bed. The other kids weren’t supposed to talk to me because I was on entry-level, but they let me know just the same. Told me how he’d taped plastic over his head and hands. I swore I could still smell puke and shit in that room every night.”
Lines tightened around Zeb’s mouth. Silver didn’t remember them being there before, but he liked being the cause of the emotion that made them surface.
He rammed another point home. “Some of the kids were addicts, but most of us were there because our breeders didn’t like what we were doing. Having sex. With the wrong people or wrong gender. Couple kids bought into it, really thought Path to Glory would fix them. Make them straight.”
“Did they have counselors or—?”
“Fuck, didn’t you read that letter I smuggled out?”
Zeb shook his head. “If you sent something to me, I didn’t get it.”
“If, right. Because everything Jordan says is a lie. Does thinking that make it easier? Especially knowing what you told me to go back to?”
Score one for Silver. A shot right to the nuts, because Zeb dropped his gaze and glanced away. Silver had never managed to make Zeb flinch before, always those changeable hazel eyes stayed focused and earnest on Silver’s face, like everything he said mattered. The flash of triumph didn’t do anything to clear the ache in muscles held tight enough to snap. He pushed harder.
“Would you have bothered to read it if you had?”
That backfired. Zeb looked back at him, all emotion smoothed away, covered with a calm Silver knew was fake. He knew everything about Zeb, had studied every expression, shared his body and his breath until they were living in each other’s skin, they felt so close. If they were ranking lies, Zeb’s was bigger. Because you don’t love someone like that and then walk away because of some stupid rule.

 

Buy Link

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AUTHOR BIO
K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Ken and G.I. Joe made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was thrilled to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.
K.A. loves to hear from her readers. You can email her at ka@kamitchell.com. She is often found talking about her imaginary friends on Twitter @ka_mitchell.

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Audiobook Month: The Bone Orchard by Abigail Roux, narrated by Nick J Russo

 

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Bone-Orchard-Audiobook/B076HCC2S9?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_13&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=5DJ273RTFPQ44P0Q23A7&

Blurb: After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious “Missouri” Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal’s bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer’s trial.

When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he’s seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose. But if Ezra thinks that’s his biggest problem, he’s got plenty to learn about life – and the afterlife – in the spirited West.

Fortunately, Ambrose is there to assist, and more than happy to oblige Ezra – in the courtroom or the bedroom. He spent his life bringing justice to the Wild West, and if he has a say in it, that’s how he’ll be spending his death too.

Review: A romantic ghost story with a bit of a twist; very well narrated by Nick Russo.
I enjoyed listening to Nick Russo’s characterisation of Ambrose as a gruff, older lawman and Ezra, as the younger inspector. Mr. Russo has a way of making an ordinary person or scene seem larger than life – I really forgot that I was not actually watching a western on the telly. He brought the characters to life, making a short story very enjoyable.
The story itself is engaging and the link to the present day, with some members of the Sidewinder team, was a treat.

4 out of 5

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Recent Release: Lover (Survivor #2) by T.M. Smith

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36491235-lover

Blurb

Lover – A Survivor story

Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside he’s carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past he’s evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just fifteen, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil.

Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn’t turn out as planned. On the plus side, he meets free-spirited college senior Shannon Dupree.

Rand Davis finds himself fortysomething and single when his partner of more than a decade is unfaithful. Taking over the Cold Case Squad frees up some of his time, and Rand welcomes newfound friendships within the Langford-Moore family circle. He thinks relationships are not in the cards for him until he meets an agent with an attitude and a vivacious blond that make him want so much more.

Past, present, pain, and suffering collide, ushering in the possibility of a life and love worth fighting for. Although their personalities couldn’t be more different, their three hearts beat the same. Shannon, Rory, and Rand learn the definition of love, commitment, and strength and if they allow themselves, the trio will find all that and more—in each other.

Review

I definitely enjoy this series. I thought book 1 was amazing and really heart wrenching at times. This had some of that same emotional pull but didn’t feel as tightly presented as book 1.

I’m not always a big fan of ménage and it has to be done right for me to enjoy it versus think it’s ok as far as the romance goes. For me – the chemistry and the hurt/comfort was right on target for this throuple – however, I didn’t always feel they were equal partners and that Rand sort of felt like a addition rather than integral to the overall success.

Perhaps if the story had gone on longer or the throuple had developed sooner I might feel differently – but we get to see these guys acting as a unit for only a very short time and while it has huge potential – I can’t say it’s more than HFN for me.

The writing/editing/pacing seemed up to the author’s usual standards and I think fans of her work will be pleased.

Recommended.

4 of 5 stars

 

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Recent Release: Last Defense (Harrisburg Railers #5) by R.J. Scott, V.L. Locey

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38328255-last-defense?from_search=true

Blurb
Two men afraid to feel, have to make choices that could end up breaking down their defenses and leading them back to love.

Every time Max Van Hellren steps on the ice he knows it could be his last time. At thirty-two he’s past his prime but he’s also hiding a life-threatening injury that private doctors warn could kill him. This is his last season, and there’s a chance he could lift the Stanley Cup after fourteen years in the NHL. He just needs to stay safe and healthy; difficult when he’s known for his heavy hitting and with a propensity for dropping the gloves and putting his body in the way of pucks to keep his team safe. A one-night stand with a sexy man was just what he needed, dangerous and hot, but what if it turned into more? Would he have to share the secrets he so desperately tries to hide?

Ben Worthington had it all. A fulfilling job running the CrossRoads Shelter, his loving aunts, and a husband that understood his devotion to animals. Then, the love of his life left him, succumbing so quickly to an unexpected sickness that Ben never had time to say goodbye. The violent loss scarred him. Unable to move past his fears, he moves from lonely encounter to lonely encounter, slaking a desperate need that is eating away at him, but never making a connection that could lead him back into love. One night with Max makes him want more, but will giving into the temptation open the door to feelings he can’t contain?

Can these two broken man ever find a way to be together?

 

Review

I love this series!

The characters are great, fun and funny, but with a layer of real-ness to them that keeps them from being caricatures. The hockey is awesome – there felt like some “Vegas Golden Knights” threads to this that almost made me dislike it – but since the Knights are set to lose tonight… I’m ok with it again 😉

What kept this from being a 5 star read for me was the deception between the two MCS. I think that Ben was clear about his phobias and Max had no right keeping his condition from him for as long as he does. If I’d have been Ben, I think I’d have considered calling it quits… however, I was glad the two did manage to find a way around the big bad ugly between them and their HEA is going to be really sweet and covered in fur!

If you’re a fan of the authors’, hockey, hurt/comfort/widower romances – this is for you!

4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: The Sun Dragon’s Mate (Sun Dragon #1-2) by Liv Rider

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38461373-the-sun-dragon-s-mate?from_search=true

Blurb

Now available in one bundle – Dragon Sun and its companion short story The Sun Dragon’s Flight.

Dragon Sun:
Dragon shifter Griffith Rees finally meets the man who ignites his mating instinct—presumed human Noah Tine. But Noah has powers Griffith’s never seen, and Noah discovers he might not be so human after all. But is Griffith ready to open his heart to love? And does catching the man who killed his partner mean sacrificing Noah?

The Sun Dragon’s Flight:
When Griffith takes Noah to his family’s secluded lake house to learn how to shift for the first time, a flying lesson turns into a mating flight. But the Sun Dragon isn’t a force to play around with, and Noah may be deep over his head. Can he learn how to control his dragon with Griffith’s help?

Review

 

If you are a fan of fated mates, dragons, and paranormal love – you won’t want to miss this! I was so psyched to find this author I immediately went out and bought her other titles!

This is really a book one and epilogue billed as 2 books, but that’s ok – they’re wonderful together and I was glad to see them bundled this way.

There is a bit of personal growth, some hot smexy times, some very romantic feelz and the potential for this series to grow.

I hope it does!

 

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

 

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Audioboook Month: Breaking Point (Turning Point Series, Book 2) by N.R. Walker Narrated by Sean Crisden

Audible Link
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Blurb

Book two in the Turning Point Series.
A fight for what’s right becomes a fight for his life.
As guilt plagues him, Matthew Elliott’s world begins to spiral out of control. The harder he holds on, the more it slips through his fingers, and he’s helpless to stop it.
Entering into the underground cage-fighting scene, he starts out fighting for what’s right. The deeper he gets, the more guilt consumes him – the more pain he takes for his penance – and he’s soon fighting for more than justice.
He’s fighting for love.
He’s fighting for his life.
The third edition has a new cover and has been re-edited, though no new content has been added.

Review

 

I had forgotten the emotional toll this book takes. This is not a standalone, and takes place right where book 1 leaves off.

 

NR Walker is great at giving us these complex and somewhat broken but not completely broken characters. Matt is losing it but can’t tell Kira and it’s killing them both.

 

Luckily – we find out that love can conquer all – but… and here’s where NR Walker does something amazing – Kira and Matt agree that their relationship needs WORK and that it’s not just enough to say “I love you” and everything is sunshine and roses.

 

I really appreciated that nod to reality with this story.

 

The sexual chemistry is still there, but it is tempered by the emotions and does not preclude real discussions.

 

Highly recommended.

 

Audio

 

As usual Sean Crisden manages to continue to impress the hell out of me with his ability to show emotions and keep all the myriad characters separate and the action from dragging and …. Well everything! He absolutely adds to the overall experience and this is highly recommended!

 

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote Narrated by Lewis Carter

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Watching-and-Wanting-Audiobook/B07CNGM8N9?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=50BDYMC2WCRBWDJKGB8Z&

Blurb

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied… Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth – going nowhere.
Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction. Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated – and kinky – fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Review

This story finds us in sympathy with Shawn, he is in a dead end job and just dumped by his girlfriend. Everything is rubbing him wrong and that leads to him lashing out to his flat mates. Barging into Julian’s room and interrupting his cam show leaves Shawn not quite shocked enough to notice the website playing. He goes back to his room , pulls up the sight and watches. This leaves him questioning his sexuality and approaching Julian.

Julian is comfortable in his skin, and looks at what he does online as just a job, a way to help him pay for school and his room at the house. He is also out and proud and definitely doesn’t want to go back into the closet, even for someone he feels a strong connection to.

I like how some of the scenes they play out are talked out before hand, but I also like how even with planning they expand into something neither of the guys expected. I also liked how Shawn finally decided what he wanted and acted on it. Overall this is a great story of exploration and discovery

Narration
This is the first time listening to Lewis Clark and his timing and inflection were good. I thought the voices tended to get a little to effeminate, but that is my only complaint. Voices were distinguishable and applied where needed with narration and thoughts had the distinction needed.

Overall I would be willing to listen to something else he narrates.

4 of 5 stars


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