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Audiobook: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin #2) by NR Walker Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

Sometimes it’s not the two people in a relationship who fight falling in love, sometimes it’s those who love us that fight against it the most.

Finally together, forty-four year old Tom, and twenty-two year old Cooper, are ready to show the world they’re together. They’ve established their relationship is worth it, and want to share it with their families.

Both men thought accepting the age difference was their adversity to overcome, and theirs alone.

Their loved ones, however, will prove them wrong.

For their families, lines are drawn and start blur. Through a series of events, life shakes Tom’s foundations, the lines for him have never been clearer.

Review

(Book reviewed previously)

In book two Tom and Cooper are established as a couple, but there are obstacles to overcome.

Tom and his ex-wife and son. Cooper and his friends and his family.

Tom and Cooper also have to work out living arrangements. Tom just can’t quite find the words to convince Cooper to move into his apartment.

**

In a lovely extension we get to move into the meat and potatoes of their relationship. Beyond the heat of attraction into the seriousness and the emotion.

I really love how NR Walker allows us to see her characters grow and change as the relationship changes. In this case using Tom’s asking Cooper to move in with him as a way to guage where he’s at emotionally is a very clever tool that both illustrates that Tom may still have some reservations about opening his heart and Cooper might also still be craving some independence.

The smexy times are super hot, too!

This is a wonderful sequel and the new cover is beautiful!

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Nick – as usual – is amazing. He has a fantastic ability to grab the listener without being obtrusive. He does a terrific job making all the characters unique.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Want Me (Extracurricular Activities #1-7)

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45470330-want-me?from_search=true

Blurb
Two roommates. One calculus exam. A whole lot of extracurricular activity.

Nate:
Living with four other guys, it’s bound to happen.
Every guy’s been caught taking care of business at least once, right?
It shouldn’t be a big deal.

But I don’t know Eric as well as my other roommates, and things are a little awkward now.
He’s a loner. A mystery. Quietly confident. Smart.
Sexy as hell.

I’ve been happily subsisting on the typical frat guy diet of booze and sorority girls.
But the way Eric looked at me that night?
There was something there.
Something that’s got me curious.
Something that’s stirring up feelings I thought I’d left behind for good.

Something that’s making me think I’m not as straight as I thought I was.

I can’t get him off of my mind.
I don’t think I want to.

So when he offers to help me study for a midterm, I take him up on it.

It’s innocent.
Probably. Maybe.

There’s no way I could’ve known what it’d start…

Review
The combination of heat and angst is absolutely deliciously done. The pull between Eric and Nate is of epic proportions and it seems as if every time they give into it, the flames roar even higher. This is without a doubt one of the steamiest, hottest stories I’ve ever read.

Eric and Nate fight the impossible fight, trying to resist their mutual attraction and the softer feelings growing alongside it. Matters between them are complicated even further because Nate’s not out and doesn’t seem to want to be, putting Eric in a difficult, vulnerable position. This continuous battle, and the underlying potential for more, are at the heart of what makes this story so enthralling. When they fall and chose to be together, all the emotions and heat are amplified to new heights. It’s so incredibly satisfying to finally see them reach that happy place together though. What a wonderful story!

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Coming Soon! Fox Hunt (Shifter U #4) by J. Leigh Bailey

July 2!

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fox-hunt-by-j-leigh-bailey-10590-b

Blurb

Outfoxing their enemies will be a bear of a task.

Aspiring journalist and fox shifter David ends up with a target on his back after hacking the Moreau Initiative, the shifter world’s greatest enemy. But he won’t let that stop him from the campus tour road trip that’ll help him become the next Anderson Cooper… even if his family insists he travel with a grumpy grizzly bear bodyguard.

Buddy Brady is older, sexy, and too damn distracting for David, and as the sexual tension builds, so does the suspicion around the repeated attacks–first in Chicago, then in New York. Someone is tracking them, and all clues point to a traitor in the shifter ranks. Worst of all, they could be after David’s family….

Review

This was awesome! So much fun! I love the subtle body image discussion as well as the “living up to expectations” story line in addition to the fun with shifters and running around the country.

It was good to see some of our previous friends from Shifter U – though I really wanted to see more of the Thunderbird in action!

The romance flowed really smoothly and felt authentic and the action was just the right mix of funny and exciting.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars


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Review
I enjoy the Shifter U series but this story didn’t quite live up to the others for me. I found David to be a whiny character at first who seemed to mature as the story went on. This was possibly due to the positive calming influence of Buddy (Theo). Unfortunately the story didn’t quite meld the romance and switch from enemies to lovers story from the mystery of who was after David together. It felt on times to be two stories. The mystery was a little obvious and Buddy was not a very effective body guard. His affection for David shines through. Overall Fox Hunt is a fun read.

3 of stars out of 5



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Audiobook: Dare to Hope (All Coks #4) by T.M. Smith

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Blurb
Tristan is the second oldest of the Brennan brothers and the odd man out. Most of the Brennan men have careers in law enforcement, but as a psychiatrist, Tristan chooses to help people in a different way. Quiet and restrained, he is content to hover in the background of his more gregarious brothers. Then he meets two men, each broken and damaged from losses beyond their control.

Gabriel Simenson is mourning his lover’s death. The random act of violence that took Gio’s life has left everyone at All Cocks reeling. The only thing keeping Gabe from drowning in misery is the friendship he’s forged with Micah, the newest model at All Cocks. He continues to struggle, and at the urging of his All Cocks family Gabe agrees to counseling with Tristan under one condition: Micah must go with him.

Micah Solo can relate to unbearable loss, having lost his leg and so much more in Iraq. The past two years he has been alone, adrift and vulnerable — the memories of war haunting his dreams, spilling over into his daily life. At All Cocks, Micah has found the acceptance he craves and the family he lost, but still he yearns for happiness and peace within.

The friendship between the three is instant, the mutual attraction evident. They circle each other, wanting more, yet unsure if it is truly possible. Is life the mundane reality they’ve each come to accept for themselves or do they dare to hope?

The All Cocks Stories is a series set within the world of online gay porn.

Review

Story:
This was a very convincing, heartwarming m/m/m romance with enough love to go around for all three MC’s. I really liked that it built very slowly from friendship to love and that none of the MC’s issues, Micah’s PTSD and Gabe’s mourning of his partner Gio, were quickly swept under the rug but instead were handled with care and sensitivity, laying the groundwork for an enduring, loving relationship.

Throughout the story, we get a good feel for who Tristan, Micah and Gabe are and how they fit together. There’s some angst and insecurities to overcome and the potential of their bond dawns on all of them at different speeds, which to me made everything seem even more realistic. I loved that Gabe got to have a moment of closure, of sorts, with Gio, and that it helped him move forward with Micah and Tristan.

I always love books with a strong supporting cast and this book definitely has that, thanks to all the friends from All Cocks and Tristan’s family.

Narration:
Joel Leslie’s narration was amazing as always. He truly is incredible with accents and I loved his interpretation of the voices of all three MC’s. The emotion he brings to his performance is pure and so convincing, really bringing these three men to life. I was especially moved by his performance of Micah and Gabe’s anguish at certain points in the story, when dealing with the tragic events in their past.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4.5


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Recent Releases: Keeping Them Unseen (Reclaiming Hope #3) and Finding Our Home: A Reclaiming Hope Story (Reclaiming Hope #3.5) by Michele Notaro

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43969580-keeping-them-unseen

and

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43980659-finding-our-home

Blurb
Chris~
I used to think vampires were extinct, but it turns out, they’re merely hiding. When my pack stayed with some vamps a while back, I couldn’t believe how prickly and rude they all were… all but one: Dregan. I met him and my wolf went crazy, wanting to be close, wanting to rub up on him, wanting to bite him. It makes no sense. Vampire blood and shifter blood don’t mix. In fact, I’d never survive if I ever get a taste of what I so desperately desire. But I can’t get that vampire out of my head, even weeks and months after we left him.

Dregan~
When a little wolf caught my attention, I was surprised but intrigued. The more time he spent in my den, the more I wanted him to stay close. This little innocent wolf was driving me mad, making me want a little taste. But there’s a reason my den has been hiding for hundreds of years, and no matter how badly I crave that little wolf, I can’t have him. I couldn’t risk him getting hurt just to satisfy my needs, so I let him go. Though, nothing I do will make me forget how good he smelled, how delicious I know his blood would taste.

With something cruel and dark hunting Dregan and with Chris’s pack hiding from an evil force, will they ever be able to come together and help one another? Or will they let the evils of the world overtake them and let fear overshadow their desires?

***Keeping Them Unseen is the third book in the Reclaiming Hope series. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but it’s recommended that you read the books in order because you will get more enjoyment out of the story. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men and is intended for Adults Only.***

Blurb
Neo~ The first time I saw him, he took my breath away. He’d looked across the courtyard and made eye contact with me, and I hadn’t been able to look away. The only way I knew how to find him again was by becoming a bestower—a human that allowed vampires to feed from them. Dorian~ His blood was more alluring than any other I’d encountered before, which was saying something. I’d seen, and tasted, my fair share of bestowers. But I’d never smelled one that made me want to forget the rules, forget the consequences. I wanted his blood—and his body. What will happen when human and vampire come together? Will one night of passion be it for the couple or is it possible that there’s more than only lust at play?

Review

Just like with book 2, I had to do a bit of skimming for book 3, not nearly as much, but a little, because the first quarter is all about pain and separation, and I just can’t handle that much angst.

However, I loved this story and the evolution of our characters even further. Without giving away too much, there’s some boats involved and a really lovely new option for our little pack and it’s new set of friends in the vampire coven.

There is a super lot of lovey dovey smexy times in this one as well, but for the most part, I thought it fit in well with the story.

I am excited by the little cliff hanger we’re given at the end of book 3.5 and can’t wait for our story to continue.

The magic and powers and shifter-ness in these books is what keeps me hooked on this series. Usually I’d stay clear of dystopian stories but all the wonderful world building and really well developed characters and relationships has absolutely got me enthralled!

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: The Athlete and the Aristocrat by Louisa Masters; narrated by Seb Yarrick

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Blurb:
Sometimes love takes balls.

Newly retired championship footballer Simon Wood is taking on his next challenge. His plan for a charity to provide funding for underprivileged children to pursue football as a career has passed its first hurdle: he has backers and an executive consultant. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling.
Lucien Morel, heir to the multibillion-euro Morel Corporation, is shocked—and thrilled—to learn his father has volunteered him as consultant to a fledgling football charity. Better yet, the brains behind it all is heartthrob Simon Wood, his teenage idol and crush.
Although Simon and Lucien get off on the wrong foot, it’s not long before they’re getting along like a house on fire—sparks included. But with the charity under public scrutiny, can their romance thrive?

Review: It’s an OK story –I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read The Bunny and the Billionaire (the MC’s of that book popped up a bit in this story). I liked Simon and Lucien, they were very good together. The relationship between both men developed from a friendship that very soon evolved into mutual attraction. However, Simon, while bisexual, has never been out in public with a man.

I liked the premise of the story, (establishing a charity for underserved kids), allowing one to see the inner (good) qualities of both men.

Seb Yarrick is a solid narrator – he doesn’t have a whole lot of range, though he did a passable job with Lucien’s (French) accent. I liked listening to him, (definitely made the book more enjoyable for me). To me, he’s more of a ‘comfy’ reader, one I would listen to again.

Story: 3 stars
Narration: 3.5 stars

Overall 3.25 stars rounded to 3 stars


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Release Day Review: Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford

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Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ramen-assassin-by-rhys-ford-10582-b

Blurb:
When life gives Kuro Jenkins lemons, he wants to make ponzu to serve at his Los Angeles ramen shop.
Instead he’s dodging bullets and wondering how the hell he ended up back in the Black Ops lifestyle he left behind him. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of thugs in the middle of the night, he knows it’s time to pick up his gun again. But it seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go… of either the gun or Trey Bishop.

Trey Bishop never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After a few stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle but not his reputation. The destruction of his acting career and his relationships goes deep, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run and try to murder him, Trey is grateful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner he lusts over—not just for rescuing him, but also for believing him.
Now caught in a web of murders and lies, Trey knows someone wants him dead, and the only one on his side is a man with deep, dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro Jenkins will stick around to see what the future holds for them once the dust settles, but from the looks of things, neither of them may survive to find out.

Review: I really enjoy the way Ms. Ford weaves the character of a city, a piece of furniture or other everyday things like birds, smells, tastes into the story. This latest story is no exception. The city of LA, even the seagulls were featured characters ☺
Trey is a washed up child actor. He’s gone through rehab a few times and this time aims to keep on the straight and narrow. However, fate has other plans for him.
Kuro is ex-covert ops (not assassin). Forced to ‘retire’, he’s opened a ramen shop. When he rescues Trey from a violent situation, Kuro finds himself falling back into his old way of life.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but it didn’t feel as tight or as well put together as some of Ms. Ford’s other stories (rushed maybe?). A few things didn’t work for me – the continued hostility of Trey’s family, esp. Kimber; the arc of Kuro’s former mentor coming out of retirement, (possibly continued in the next book?). I felt that the feelings between Kuro and Trey developed a little too quickly – yes they had been eyeing each other prior to them actually meeting – but I really didn’t buy their chemistry. Since this is the first of the series, I hope to see their relationship get more attention and really feel their connection. And I’d like to see Trey’s family situation improve, at least a little.

Story: 4 stars


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Recent Releases: Rescuing His Heart (Reclaiming Hope #2) and First Moon Festival: A Reclaiming Hope Story (Reclaiming Hope #2.5) by Michele Notaro

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39209542-rescuing-his-heart and
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42952889-first-moon-festival

Blurb
Kai~
I’ve been dreaming of him for about a year, but I don’t know why. I have no clue who he is. But when a crazed shifter captures me and starts torturing me for information about the blond-haired stranger, I start to realize that he might be the only one that can save me… and I have no clue how to reach him from the prison I’m trapped in.

Patty~
I can’t get that green-eyed stranger out of my head. I’m drawn to him… I know what he is to me… but he works for the enemy, for the Ministry, so he’s off-limits. Or at least he was until my worst nightmare started using him as bait. But what can I do? I can’t let him die just because he’s connected to me. I can’t let him die just because that bastard Edward has gotten his claws into him… but what can I do to protect him?

Will Patty be able to save Kai from Edward’s clutches? Will they be able to move past their differences and come together to save not only themselves, but their loved ones as well?

***Rescuing His Heart is the second book in the Reclaiming Hope series. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but it is recommended that you read the books in order because you will get more enjoyment out of the story. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men and is intended for Adults Only.***

 

Blurb
Being stuck in wolf form for over four years has been difficult for the youngest member of the Arlin pack. And it seems to be getting to Felix. The pack is on a mission to find a cure, but it will take some time, especially since they’re on the run and trying to stay out of the Dark Witch’s sight. But the others see how sad Felix is, so they want to cheer him up, and what better way to do that then to celebrate the First Moon Festival?

Meet the Arlin pack or catch up with them as they celebrate the First Moon Festival in the Reclaiming Hope world.

Review

I am including the novella that follows book 2, because it’s really sweet and you should absolutely read it if you’re a fan of the series. It gives some more back story and helps move the series along, though it’s not required I do think it helps.

I gotta be honest with you. I skimmed the entire first 50% of book 2 – it was just too dark/depressing/much for me right now. I had not been keeping track of this series and when the audio for book 1 came out it reminded me about how much I enjoyed it and I found 2 more full stories and 2 novellas I had missed! It was like Christmas in May! LOL

But… I’ve never been a fan of dystopian romances and this is that in spades. I simply could not read about all the dark times, the being separate, the evil bad guys doing evil bad things and so on. It was too much. But… I love these characters and I really wanted to make it to book 3 which was really calling to me – so I skimmed. It wasn’t that bad and when I got to (about) the 50% mark our MCs are finally back with one another and working together to solve their problems. Phew. That – at least – wasn’t too bad and I enjoyed reading it from there forward.

You have to be tenacious. These guys keep getting hit – over and over – by really bad things and it affects everything.

However, the author has done a really nice job of giving us a lot of happy to balance that. I will say that I super love the rumbling chests, the super over zealous “mine” possessiveness and the scenting, hugging, and other Wolfy type behavior. I could do with a bit less smexy times – they seem to happen a lot once our guys get together – but – like I said – it’s to balance the ugly so…

The little novella is a nice touch and helps to round out Felix a bit and I can’t wait for his story!

Highly enjoyable and recommended – with the caveat of “be warned – it’s dark and angsty as F.”

4.25 of 5 stars



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Audiobook: How We Survive (Reclaiming Hope #1) by Michele Notaro Narrated by Kenneth Obi

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Blurb
Nate~
With the world in chaos around us, the only thing I could do was try to keep Felix safe as we searched for our older brother. We’d been traveling for over two years, searching Ministry camp after Ministry camp and trying to steer clear of the Rebels. I didn’t know what to do when we ran into a whole group of shifters with guns. But then, the huge, gorgeous guy that found us did the unthinkable…

Tre~
At first I thought the two young shifters were trying to sneak up on me, but I soon realized they were only passing through. I was going to send them on their way until I heard the others coming. What was I supposed to do? How else was I supposed to save them? The delicious man and his brother would’ve been killed had I not claimed him.

Will Nate and Tre be able to work together to keep themselves and their packmates alive? Or will they let the cruelty of the outside world tear them apart?

***How We Survive is the first book in the Reclaiming Hope series, but is a standalone novel. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but the couples will show up throughout the series. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men with explicit language and graphic sex intended for Adults Only.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

This was so good!!!! It’s a dystopian/war type story which I usually avoid like the plague, but the romance is so sweet and the shifter world is really well-developed and captivating that when a friend recommended this I couldn’t put it down!

It’s dark and not super happy, but there are moments of light and I’m hopeful that book 2 will have some more happiness in it as well.

If you’re looking for a real shifter-centered romance where the MCs act like shifter and not just happen to shift now and then – this is for you.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Kenneth Obi does a nice job with this. He’s easy to listen to and does a nice job giving all the characters a unique voice. Definitely a good way to enjoy this story!

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall
4 of 5 stars


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Audiobook: Prophesy The King & Alpha Series Series, Book 1 By: A.E. Via Narrated by: Nathaniel Black

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Blurb

Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age 33, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice himself is sometimes able to control. His wolf howled long and hard, but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls, and the determined pacing inside him were overtaking him. Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.

Chadwick “Wick” Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over 100 years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.

“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.

Review
This was my first A.E. Via story and I found it pretty enjoyable. This was a sweet and sexy fated mate story with a twist. The two main characters of the story were Justice the mega alpha werewolf and Wick, the king of the vampires. I always like when fated mates must work for their HEA, there is a little drama between the two at the beginning, but they quickly move past their differences. I liked Wick more than Justice, mainly because in the beginning, Justice was kind of a jerk. There are plenty of sexy times and some good action scenes packed in this rather short story.

This was also the first audio I have heard narrated by Nathaniel Black. I enjoyed his narration for the most part. He did a good job with giving the vampires distinctive voices but the werewolf brothers all kind of sounded the same. He did a good job bringing this story to life.

4 stars for story and narration


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