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Audiobook Month: Stage Two (Lexington Lovers #3) Audiobook by Ariel Tachna Narrated by John Solo

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/stage-two-by-ariel-tachna-8603-b

Blurb

Love has a steep learning curve.

Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.

Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.

Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)
I don’t know what the name would be – but I think everyone has that fantasy – the boy/girl you crushed on in high school who was so unattainable but triggered all your young lust… now, you’re an adult and lonely and lo and behold – said person is still around and just as hot and now… he/she can be yours!

This hit all those notes. Thane didn’t know Blake when they were kids, but Blake sure crushed hard on Thane. Now Thane is an uncle and all bossy and protective and though he and Blake clash at first – that spark ignites between them.

I thought the chemistry was wonderful – very hot and yet it wasn’t the main focus of the story. The boys – Thanes nephews –were adorable and very charming. Blake’s role as principal was portrayed fairly accurately and his dilemmas with procedure felt authentic.

I didn’t like that even at the end Thane was a dick to Blake and Blake didn’t make him grovel enough when he really should have.

It was a sweet ending with a solid HFN/HEA and very hopeful. I enjoyed this and while I had some niggles – for the most part that it was really engaging.

4 of 5 stars

Audio

I really liked this! I can take or leave John Solo’s narrations, he always does a solid job but I’m not always “wowed”. This time, however, he really impressed me! I thought he did Thane’s accent and personality perfectly and even the kids with their cadence felt really authentic.
I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Delivering Dante: Made Marian Series, Book 6 Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by: Michael Pauley

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Delivering-Dante-Audiobook/B072QBF13B?qid=1497811390&sr=1-1

Blurb

AJ: I know Dante’s story better than anyone. After all, I was the one who rescued him from his homophobic, abusive father eight years ago. Since then, I’ve kept my distance, but when I run into him at the Marian House gala and he doesn’t recognize me, I can’t resist the incredible, sensitive man he’s become.
I would do anything to protect Dante Marian, but what if his past keeps me from being part of his future?
Dante: Every new relationship has obstacles, it just turns out that ours involves my bumbling inexperience (ugh), an octogenarian naughty toy party (don’t ask), and being on the run in an RV with Aunt Tilly (it involves the Secret Service – no, really, don’t ask).
When my biological father takes his homophobic views on a national platform, the only way to stand up for what I believe in is to claim my past and confront him. So now it’s time to decide: Do I put the past behind me and walk away from AJ for good? Or face my biggest fear and fight for what’s mine?
Fair warning: Dante and AJ’s story contains frequent detailed scenes of man parts touching, little old ladies being inappropriate (this time with, ah, props), and two hearts finding their HEA when they least expect it.
While it can also be listened to on its own, Delivering Dante is the sixth in the Made Marian series. Each audiobook tells the story of one of the Marian brothers’ search for true love.
Trigger Warning: Delivering Dante includes references to domestic violence and conversion therapy.

Review

This is a series that I only listen to because the narration is so good! As a result I think it affects my “interpretation” in that I’ve usually read a book before I listen and thus sort of made my own opinions of things. With listening, some of that is given to the narrator whose voice choice and pacing can influence how a listener “hears” the story and the narrator can thus almost change some of the story’s “meaning”.

Pauley does the entire series and I’ve been very pleased by his voice choices and his pacing. I don’t think he “interpreted” the story incorrectly, but I do think the pacing was way off.

When we start the story we are given a dark, hurtful moment in Dante’s life and then shown how it has effected him over the last eight years. I was surprised at how quickly the story jumped from his dark depths to him running away with (to him) a stranger and hoping to get into bed when he’s a virgin and has been that way by choice.

I was also surprised that AJ – who for eight years kept his identity a secret (I won’t tell you why, but I will say I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY!) suddenly feels comfortable enough to risk the discovery.

I was also surprised at the interspersing of a totally random and strange side trip to Vegas that our MCs take and the flip flopping from emo-driven exploration of inner feelings to hot sex to goofy slap-stick comedy made my head spin.

I couldn’t catch my breath with this story. It felt very different from the others in the series in that way and I’ve previously enjoyed the others in this series (to varying degrees but mostly a lot.) One minute Dante was dark and introspective, the next he was a horny teenager hot to rid himself of his virginity, then he was a devoted family member caring about Tilly until he was lost in sex again, then he is dedicated to his LGBT cause one minute and hiding his head in the sand about his father the next. He and AJ also flip flopped back and forth between “he loves me he loves me not” so many times I wasn’t always aware if they were dating or “broken up” half the time.

One other main issue I had with this was AJ and his reason for keeping himself from Dante for so long and then when they meet again, his reluctance to reveal his past. I just didn’t get it and wasn’t compelled by his explanation.

While I wanted to love this – and parts really did touch me – it was too frenetic and had too many strange plot deviations for me to really feel good about recommending it. Fans of the series will probably want to read it and many will like it. I couldn’t connect with the pacing and it just felt too disconnected for my taste.

2.5 for the story

5 of 5 for the narration

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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Mascara & Bandages (Mary’s Boys #3) by Brandon Witt

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/mascara-bandages-by-brandon-witt-8652-b

Blurb

Ariel Merman is a new drag queen who’s already finding a family at Hamburger Mary’s. After a performance as Ariel, Zachary Cooper walks home in his makeup and is assaulted by homophobes. Zachary’s worry that the attack has thrown a wrench in his good fortune is eased when he looks into the eyes of his doctor.

Dr. Teegan Chau is a little lost after divorcing his wife and coming out of the closet, but he can’t deny the pull he feels toward the young man he patches up. Luckily, Zachary takes the initiative and asks Teegan out. But attraction is the easy part of their blossoming relationship—as they deal with an ex-wife and child, being a drag queen in a heteronormative culture, Zachary’s lingering trauma from his attack, and Teegan acclimating to life as part of an out-and-proud gay couple.

The challenges seem daunting at the start of a romance. Can Zachary and Teegan make it through the rough patches and take a chance on the love that’s been missing from both their lives?

Review
Continuing the theme of this series, we have Zachary – a drag queen – who gets HORRIBLY attacked on the way home one night while still in drag. He meets a recently out of the closet doctor and the two fairly easily fall for one another.

There isn’t a lot of relationship angst and the ex wife is a dear! – but there is a lot of emotional trauma for Zachary to work through.

While I think the entire issue of masculinity could have really been delved into in a deeper fashion, I appreciated that there wasn’t a lot of hang wringing and tears. The cultural issues Teegan felt could have been expanded upon, but I was actually glad it was dealt with so matter-of-factly.
(It was a little light on steam and I wanted to see more of these guys physically since that was such an important thing for Zachary.)

I thought this was a very romantic and sweet story with a nice amount of kick to give it some depth.

(I loved all the mermaid mentions and I pictured Brandon’s Christmas tree the entire time!)

Recommended!

4 of 5 stars

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FAST Balls (Balls to the Wall #5) Second Edition by Tara Lain

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fast-balls-by-tara-lain-8651-b

Blurb
Second Edition

F.A.S.T. — Firefighter Assist and Search Team

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

Review

(Original edition reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/fast-balls-balls-to-the-wall-5-by-tara-lain/ )

I couldn’t really detect any changes from the first edition and this one, other than the cover which I like a lot better!

Upon re-reading I was reminded how much I love Jerry and how really awful Mick was.

I still think this is the best book in the series and I enjoyed reading it again!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Loving Jay by Renae Kay Narrated by Dave Gillies

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Loving-Jay-Audiobook/B00RM40KMK?qid=1498180146&sr=1-1

Blurb

 

One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay – after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay – from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he’s known in life has been a convenient lie. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears – and his father – before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.

 

Review

 

The characters were interesting and compelling. So often I don’t get why
the characters fall in love, but these two very different men felt made
for each other. This is the kind of book that makes you want to fall in
love. Dave Gillies brought the characters to life.

 

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Bonfires Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated By Nick J Russo

I think it’s appropriate to start out our Audiobook Month with two of my favs!  Amy Lane is one of my all time favorite authors and her audiobooks rank among the books I can listen to over and over and over.  Some of my favorite are: Clear Water, Bolt Hole and Beneath the Stain.  Narrating two of those is Nick J Russo – he ranks as one of my top three favorite narrators and it’s Amy’s works that help him hold that position.  So, with no further ado…. let’s start off our month of great listens with Bonfire!

 

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bonfires-by-amy-lane-8682-b

Blurb

Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)
I’m going to divide this review into two parts because it was amazingly emotional and really brought so many thoughts and feelings to the surface for me and I think it will for others as well.

The first part will be the review for people who don’t want any spoilers or any discussion about politics – because I know that can really set people off. The second part will be a bit more personal with some very biased opinions and a bit of spoiler action that you all can totally skip ☺

As you all know, I am a huge Amy fan. I’ve read nearly everything the woman has written and I not only admire her writing but think she’s pretty awesome as a person. From knowing a bit about her backstory, I can tell she wrote this book with her own experiences in mind. Larx is a high school principal – reluctantly – and a single parent. He was married before, but after exposing his bi-sexuality his wife left him and the kids. He’s moved from the city (other bad stuff happened there) to a small town to start over. Now, seven years later, he’s still single and thinking it will stay that way til his kids are graduated.

Aaron is the small town deputy, slated for Sherriff in the upcoming years. His wife died in a car accident and though he’s always considered himself bi-sexual he’s never acted on it and really never thought to do anything about it until his kids graduated. When he sees Larx – the man he’s known for years- running down the highway without a shirt a light switches on in his head and suddenly all those plans he had, change.

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Part of what I absolutely love about this book is that the characters are closer to 50 than 40 and they feel so very REAL. They aren’t in perfect shape – Aaron struggles with his diet – they aren’t sleeping with everything that they see – neither has had any sort of significant anything for years – and they’re parents and their jobs first – not slaves to their lust! They live real lives and have real concerns and yet… Amy manages to find the romance in their lives and bring it out for all to see. It’s magnificent!

In addition to being real people, they have real kids. Neither of them was/is a perfect parent and their kids aren’t perfect either – well – Kirby and Christi might be but…. ☺ …. The kids fight, do dumb things and make mistakes. But – they aren’t evil incarnate either.

I did not see the ending coming… I mean I kinda did… but not exactly. Amy played the mystery out perfectly with just enough hints that you could see how we got there by the end, but it wasn’t hitting me in the face the entire time making me wonder how the MCs couldn’t see the obvious answer.

The good news/ bad news is the “bad guy” in the story is unfortunately very real and very possible. Maybe there were some exaggerations for impact sake, but, unfortunately the people like this exist and that’s up for discussion later.

As for the romance. Ahhhhhhh. Man, I loved these two guys together – so much! If I had any complaints at all it was that we didn’t get to see them together outside of a tense situation for very long. I wanted to see these two settled down and living life – quietly! – for a bit – just because they worked so hard for it (and so did I)!

We also get a bit of a secondary romance (or two!) and I really hope those characters get their own book in the future!

I can’t recommend this enough. It was sweet, exciting, romantic, touching, and also really, really relevant and thought provoking. For fans of the author this is a must, and for any parents, people from small towns, people with brains, or people with hearts – this is a must read!

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Following, in the spoiler section, is stuff more political and opinionated and it might give away some parts of the story – so skip this or read it after you’ve read the book if you don’t want to be “spoiled”.

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

Audio

Well, you know I love Am[/spoiler]y and you know I love Nick so together – Oh Yeah!

Nick is just amazingly well suited to Amy’s language. I love how his voice gives life to her characters. I absolutely fell in LOVE with Aaron’s voice and thought Larx’s voice suited him as well. Nick does the younger voices well, including the females. While it was different than I’d imagined, I loved his choice for Yoshi, too.

All in all a great way to enjoy this and a perfect choice!

6 of 5 stars
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See Me: Lightning Tales, Volume 3 Audiobook by K.C. Wells, Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/See-Me-Audiobook/B071ZJG6GV?qid=1496853339&sr=1-4

Blurb

Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.
Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She’s fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there’s only one thing on her mind – revenge.
Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that’s as far as it goes. He won’t admit to himself what’s under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin…
Warning – Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.

Review by Morgan

I really enjoyed book one in this series, and I haven’t (yet) read/listened to book two, so I believe this is totally fine as a standalone.

I love the different levels of complexity explored here. We get a lot of “gay guilt” but also this weird hybrid that allows Marty to feel “okay” as long as it’s a drag queen which is kind of the reverse when some gay guys feel drag queens aren’t “manly” enough for their “gayness”… or whatever. There’s a lot of crossing over sexual identity lines that are fascinating to explore.

Adrian/Adrienne is awesome! What a great character! I wish he/she’d have made Marty earn his way back with a bit more groveling, but I was pleased to see that hurdle crossed without a lot of angst.

I thought Marty’s self evaluations and movement toward self appreciation and forgiveness was authentic and moved at a good pace, but I do wish he and Adrian had spent more time together on page getting to know one another again as adults. There’s a big (6 week) time leap that frustrated me a bit and I wish we’d seen some of what happened during that time.

The birthday “gifts” were funny and sweet and though I wish we’d had more work up on page towards these events, they themselves were well done.

I’m not sure I’d have been as motivated to read this as I was to listen to it. Joel’s addition to the equation meant I was totally enthralled by all the flavor and color he adds with the addition of accents and other auditory pizazz which really brought these guys to light. Marty felt a lot more “flat” than did Adrian/Adrienne and I think listening to this helped him to “pop” more and feel more like a three-dimensional character.

Given that this is a relatively short story I think it met my expectations for feeling fully developed, but – as I said – if it’d been a bit longer I’d have felt more of a connection to our guys as a couple with staying power. Where it stands it still felt a bit like the main connection was their sexual chemistry and some lingering feelings from high school rather than a more mature and mapped out relationship between two adults.

All in all it was a fairly light read with a bit of emotional impact and a very good way to spend a few hours.

4 of 5 stars for the audiobook

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Review by Anna

 

Adrienne is a fierce drag queen, however her alter ego, Adrian, is not quite as confident. He is still haunted by his past, by the incessant bullying and loneliness in High School and when Adrienne spots one of her tormentors is the audience when she’s on stage, she can’t help giving Adrian the revenge he needs.

Marty, is not the same guy he was in High School, in fact he is one of the most lonely, sad and depressing characters I have read in a while, when we first meet him. He is a severe closet case, hiding so far back he can see Narnia. In his attempt at denying himself, he has developed a kink for drag queens. Men, but with all the outer trimmings of women.

This was a super sweet enemies-to-lovers story, with a long slow burn between the two main characters. I did however feel a bit let down, that we did not get to experience the first couple of weeks of their relationship. I felt cheated when the story suddenly jumped 6 weeks in time.

 

This is book 3 in the Lightning Tales series, and even if the story sort of works as a stand-alone I was a bit confused at the beginning as to Ric’s role in this. He plays quite a big part in this story, and I didn’t know him! I might have to go back and get his story too.

I listened to the audio version of this book and thought that Joel Leslie did a credible job with the narration, but I never warmed to his choice of voices for the two main characters, unfortunately. It was, however, not too bad, and the prose of the story flowed easily, the plot and the characters were engaging and interesting. I would recommend for an easy read with loads of queens!

 

 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Slim Chance 
by Jeff Erno


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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/slim-chance-by-jeff-erno-8613-b

Blurb
Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?

Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.

A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.

A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most

Review

This is very much a story of self awareness and self esteem. Oliver makes a firm decision to lose weight and Benjy supports him. At the beginning Oliver is so judgmental not only of himself but also of Benjy. He values fitting in with what he views as being socially acceptable, not being overweight and not having anxiety problems etc.

Oliver and Benjy’s friendship develops further to hesitant lovers and a relationship. It is disappointing that whilst Benjy tries to understand and help Oliver, Oliver doesn’t try to do the same about Benjy’s issues. At those times Oliver is not a likable character. Several times towards the end I exasperatedly thought ‘oh Oliver’ but he comes good in the end.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It’s a good moral story. Treat others as you want to be treated and not to judge others. I liked the blurb and the idea of the story but something was missing and I can’t put my finger on it.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Men In Uniform: Up in Flames
by S.C. Wynne

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Blurb

 
Avery Syracuse is a New York transplant with the Skeenville Fire Department. He’s a little rough around the edges, but loveable. Down on his luck in the romance department, he could use some help with the bills and is looking for a roommate when new transfer, Luke Turner arrives.

Luke is one of the best firemen Avery has ever seen, and it doesn’t make sense for Luke to be wasting his time in Skeenville. The two men have an instant connection, although Luke has never been into guys before. While Avery is very attracted to Luke, he knows there is something the guy is hiding, and he’s worried that if they get involved, this secret may come around and bite him in the ass one day.

 

 

Review

Two sexy firemen yum. Avery is a big straight talking gruff New York Italian who has just broken up with his cheating cop boyfriend. Luke is new to the Station and seems to bring a lot of baggage with him. That doesn’t put Avery off his attraction to Luke. I like the way this gay for you story has both of them talking through their feelings and doubts before giving in to lust rather than after. There is great chemistry between them driving the story along.

They both have issues. Avery is scared to commit to a relationship again an keeps pushing Luke to tell him what’s bothering him. Luke can’t bring himself to talk about it though and it strains their relationship before it gets a chance to begin. It all gets sorted out in the end and they get their happy every after but I had just got invested in the story when it ended. All in all it’s still a good afternoon read with hot hunky firemen, can’t go wrong with that.

4 of 5 stars

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