Audiobook Month: Kidnapped by the Pirate By: Keira Andrews Narrated by: Cornell Collins

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Kidnapped-by-the-Pirate-Audiobook/B07C9ZD3DQ

Blurb

Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate’s sinful touch?
Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it’s concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he’s sailing to the fledging colony, where he’ll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family’s financial gain. Then pirates strike and he’s kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World.
Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don’t deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel’s father – the very man whose treachery forced him into piracy – and he’s sure Nathaniel is just as contemptible.
Yet as days pass in close quarters, Nathaniel’s feisty spirit and alluring innocence beguile and bewitch. Although Hawk knows he must keep his distance, the desire to teach Nathaniel the pleasure men can share grows uncontrollable. It’s not as though Hawk would ever feel anything for him besides lust….
Nathaniel realizes the fearsome Sea Hawk’s reputation is largely invented, and he sees the lonely man beneath the myth, willingly surrendering to his captor body and soul. As a pirate’s prisoner, he is finally free to be his true self. The crew has been promised the ransom Nathaniel will bring, yet as danger mounts and the time nears to give him up, Hawk’s biggest battle could be with his own heart.
Contains mature themes.

Review

This was so much fun! Leave it to Keira Andrews to put an m/m spin on the “Kidnapped” theme.

I really loved the self-actualization and personal growth as well as the smexy times and SUPER romantic story lines.

This felt time appropriate and seemed to be something that – given the high seas- could happen.

Cornell Collins is the perfect narrator for this and he did a tremendous job – as always. Definitely the best way to appreciate this story. He gives everyone unique voices and managed to be convincing even for the women!

 

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Time to go Dark: Dax’s Desire (Avanti Chronicles Book 5) by Hannah Walker

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29873466-dax-s-desire?from_search=true

Blurb
The Avanti have made their way to Berinias, the capital and heart of Landran society. Not only is it King Kastain’s home ground, but it’s the seat of the Conclave’s power.
Dax finally gets to see Kastain in all his glory— regal, confident, powerful and downright sexy. As events unfold, Dax and Kastain realize everything happening with the Derin, with Martellon, Nestor and Teriva, is linked. Their enemies draw closer and the plots and machinations of the Conclave deepen. They just need to work out who is behind it all and what they hope to gain.
Kastain finds himself turning to Dax, the one person he seems to be able to count on more than anything. The bond between the two leaders is stronger than they expected, and they long for rare times alone so they can explore it. Instead their time is taken up trying to work out which Chieftains they can count on and who is attempting to undermine them at every turn.
When plots and betrayals run deep within the heart of the capital, who will succeed and who will pay the ultimate price?

Review
And the storyline continues!

With each of the previous books we have seen the political posturing of all the groups and in this story it all centers around the King , the Capital and the Avanti. Some questions are answered and more are asked. And while all of this is going on another of the Avanti finds the love of his life.

King Kastain and Avanti leader Dax are both strong personalities yet when they get the chance to be alone they really are both soft and caring men. With all the political intrigue weaved through the story there is also comic relief and also truly hot sex scenes.

Many questions are answered but nothing is truly solved. The story does end in a HEA for the couple, but those of us who are following series are waiting impatiently for the next book and the next set of clues to the ongoing storyline.

5 of 5 stars

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Time to go Dark: Cut and Run Audiobook: By: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban Narrated by Sawyer Allerde

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Cut-and-Run-Audiobook/B003POLGU6?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=KVYFY2WFN8NQJBKMBC7Q&

Blurb

An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller….
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop – bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.
Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.


Review

This was one of the first books/series I read in this genre and it totally got me hooked! I remember being so glad that I’d found this series after the bulk of them had been written because the emotional cliff hangars at the ends of these are killer!

Our guys go though SO MUCH. There are times when they are apart, fearing for their lives, considering the end… this author (these authors) aren’t afraid of anything.

There are countless reviews for this series – so I’ll just add my own few words.

If you aren’t afraid of angst, like humor and seriously hot smexy times, aren’t afraid to wait A LONG time for the emotional pay out – this is for you. The emotional pay out is there and so satisfying – but not for several books.

Our guys clearly are in it together – but they have to WORK for it and it’s not easy.

The secondary characters and the drama keep the relationship stuff moving along and does – at times – eclipse the romance. However, given the entire series – the relationship is at the center in the end.

 

Audio

 

Unfortunately, this is one of those series where we get a few different narrators. I think each of them added their own twist to the characters and all of them – in their own way – did a great job. The narration definitely adds to the overall enjoyment and I’d definitely recommend it as a fantastic way to enjoy this series. Especially if you have a LONG time to listen J

 

 

5 of 5 stars


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Time to Go Dark: Axel’s Pup Audiobook by Kim Dare Narrated by Chris Clog

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mycart_vi_tseft?advsearchKeywords=axel+pup&filterby=field-keywords&x=0&y=0

Blurb
As the landlord of The Dragon’s Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He’s a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him any more, and nobody catches him off guard.

When Bayden rides up to The Dragon’s Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it’s easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who’s about to get himself killed.

But, there’s more to Bayden than meets the eye. He’s no silly little boy, rich or otherwise, and werewolves aren’t easy to kill

Review
What can I say. Axel’s Pup is long but oh so worth it. A wonderful mix of erotic and romantic. Axel leads the Black Dragons Motorcycle Club from his pub The Dragons Lair. From the start we learn that humanity feared werewolves so much that they tried to suppress the species by putting them in camps and destroying packs. Werewolves have no rights and are maligned within society. This is a great twist on the usual shifter stories. Given examples throughout history I can certainly see humans treating another threatening species in this way. From the moment Bayden meets Axel he recognises him as an Alpha, albeit a human one. Axel as all the traits. Axel’s protective side is drawn to Bayden before he knows he is a werewolf. The story is long but it in my opinion it has to be. Especially if we are going to get the depth of trust building between a werewolf who has been brought up to mistrust humans and a Dom finding his way with a unique sub. There is a lot of self realisation, growth and understanding throughout the story which kept me listening. Two scenes that stood out for me was when Axel asked what a Werewolf Alpha would do and took on that role when Bayden had assumed he should be trying to be more human. The other was towards the end when Bayden and Axel showed the crowd what real wolf submission looked liked. It summed up the love and trust that had grown between them.

The narrator is spot on with these characters. Axel has a light Welsh accent gruff yet smooth, slightly older sounding whereas Bayden sound young but you get the feel of his hard life coming through. The secondary characters all have a sound that suited my impression of them. For example one of the dragons was always trying to get a rise out of Bayden he sounded nasally, which suited the impression I had of a scornful attitude.

5 of stars out of 5

Time to go Dark: Little (Trenton Security #2) by J.M. Dabney

Good reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39928008-little?from_search=true

Blurb

Insanity was in the eye of the beholder.

Harmon Little was a surveillance expert. He lived in the shadows, and he liked it there. There wasn’t a place he couldn’t get in and out of without detection. As usual with his mischievous nature, his current assignment went south, and he ran. He thought he was free and clear until he knocked someone over in a grocery store aisle.

Sanity wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Solomon “Solo” Poe was counting calories. Working out until he fell into bed hungry and exhausted. He was plain and pudgy, plus he couldn’t remember when he’d last gone on a date. He wanted more than the occasional, lights out, one-night stand. So, he was going to lose the weight and find himself a man. At least that was the plan, then a big man with a huge smile tried to kill him in a store aisle. There was one thing he was sure of, Harmon was his.

Review

 

Review

While I love Dabney’s series’ in general – I didn’t find anything new or gripping here. Twirled world was so captivating because it was unique. Though I love seeing all the crazy and the insta love and the slightly dumpy guy finding a hot lover – nothing in this gripped me as hard as some of the author’s previous works.

Little was fun but I didn’t see the connection between him and Poe and though I supported their unique take on courtship it didn’t always make sense.

I enjoyed it and will certainly still keep buying in this series – but so far in the Trenton series I’d call it two strikes…

 

3 of 5 stars

(Huge props to the new covers – GORGEOUS!)

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Time to Go Dark: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36046796-living-out-loud?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb: Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father’s rules most of his life. Born into an ultra-conservative church community, he’s finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco. Distancing himself certainly helps create a new mindset, but living as an openly gay man takes some getting used to. When he reaches out to Xavier, a childhood friend who lives in the city, Ben isn’t sure how he’ll respond given their thorny history. Ben hopes the familiar connection will help him right some wrongs as well as provide the solace he’s been craving.

Xavier Ramos is who he is, and he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. Whether it’s eyeliner, nail polish, tattoos or his love of hooking up, he uses his body as a form of self-expression but doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Ben reenters his life, Xavier helps him experience the city and feel comfortable in his own skin. Seeing the world through Ben’s eyes, he begins to wonder if he’s also not living as freely as he thought.
When Xavier challenges Ben’s beliefs about sex, it becomes explosive—for both of them. Xavier breaks apart Ben’s sheltered world and shows him what it’s like to live out loud. The more time they spend together, the more Xavier begins to long for Ben in a different way—one that both surprises and scares him. But real life doesn’t fade into the background, so when Ben’s past comes knocking, old habits are hard to break. Testing the foundation of their deepening connection will take a trust that will either bind them…or tear them apart.

Review: This story broke my heart a little. Ben endured a lot as a young teen. His religious parents (dad is a pastor), believed that conversion therapy could ‘cure the gay’ out of Ben. Xavier just wanted to belong, and when he showed his feelings by kissing Ben, Ben pushed him away.
Fast forward several years later. Ben has moved away from his family and wants to reconnect with Xavier. Xavier, is now living openly as a gay man. He has a bit of a bad boy persona, complete with tattoos. What starts out as a rebuilding of a friendship, turns into a slow, heat-building exploration of their attraction to each other.
The story is well written, especially the romance. Both men learn a lot about each other as their friendship moves to something more intimate. I think I was just as surprised, (in a good way) as they were, when they finally let their barriers fall and they fell in love ☺

4.5 stars out of 5

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Time to go Dark: Free Falling (Extreme Escapes, Ltd) By: SE Jakes Narrated by: Dorian Bane

Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Free-Falling-Audiobook/B07BB5H9MK?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=QDFAQKBHRAS0BXVV8Y7X&

Blurb

Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all.
Blue is a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. And when he meets Mick, a mercenary, he’s hit with a buzz of attraction like the rush of a high-rise job without a safety rope. But after making plans to get together, Mick leaves him hanging, and Blue vows never again.
A year later, Mick watches helplessly as Blue stumbles into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Risking his cover and their lives, Mick saves Blue and cares for him as he recuperates, but neither man has any idea how to handle the intimacy this forces them into.
Once Blue is safe, Mick redoubles his efforts to take down the drug lord responsible – and disappears. Blue goes after him, determined to return the favor and rescue the man he loves, no matter the cost.

 

Review

IMHO this is not a standalone novel.  If I hadn’t been reading along in the Hell or High Water Series I think I would have been very confused.  As it stands, this is a very cute, super funny and sexy side story about some characters that Tom and Proph run with.

I wish I knew if this was a series that is over, because I have a hard time recommending it to people as it is.  The author literally left us all hanging and – I don’t know why – so I don’t want to be mad at her – but… I kinda am mad at her.

She’s an amazing writer with fantastic characters and plot devices but she’s lousy at keeping her readership happy.

 

Dorian Bane did a nice job with the narration – these guys are gritty and his voice fits that blue collar feel.  

 

Hard to give this a recommendation – but… it is really good so…

 

4 of 5 stars

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Time to Go Dark: Tate’s Torment (Avanti Chronicles Book 2) by Hannah Walker

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28165780-tate-s-torment?from_search=true

Blurb

When a rare day out goes disastrously wrong, the men have to fight for the survival of one of their own. Their actions spark an appearance by the Conclave, leaving the Avanti’s future in the hands of those who choose to destroy them.
Tate will give up everything to save his friends, even if it means losing Dariux and a love he never imagined he would find.
With half the conclave determined to punish the Offworlders, they have to rely on new found friendships. The question is, will it be enough to overcome the trouble that seems determined to take them down?

May your journey be swift and uneventful, may you all get one step closer to your truemates and may good triumph over evil. Remember love conquers all.

Review

This is the second book in the series and it focuses on Tate, the jokester of the group. But he is also the most deadly in his fighting skills. The scene where he is eventually captured shows off his fighting skills, and leaves the reader in awe of his skills

The jokester side of Tate plays out whenever there isn’t a life or death scene playing out. Mostly directed towards Dariux. They are True Mates, which is similar to Fated Mates. But Tate’s jokester side hides a man who is fighting the demons of his past, a man who doesn’t believe he is worthy of love. When they finally get together the words almost steam off the page.

There are subplots weaved throughput this story, with all 6 of the Avanti settling into living on the planet they crashed on. Local politics, adjusting to living with a low tech environment and animals that have as much personality as the humans. This series is an ongoing story overall and each book focusing on a member of the Avanti finding their True mate

5 of 5 stars

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Time to go Dark: Vice Enforcer by S.A.Stovall

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37796640-vice-enforcer?from_search=true

Blurb

Holding on to a life worth living can be hard when the nightmares of the past come knocking.
Eight months ago, Nicholas Pierce, ex-mob enforcer, faked his death and assumed a new identity to escape sadistic mob boss Jeremy Vice. With no contacts outside the underworld, Pierce finds work with a washed-up PI. It’s an easy enough gig—until investigating a human trafficking ring drags him back to his old stomping grounds.

Miles Devonport, Pierce’s partner, is top of his class at the police academy while single-handedly holding his family together. But when one lieutenant questions Pierce’s past and his involvement in the investigation, Miles must put his future on the line to keep Pierce’s secrets.

The situation becomes dire when it’s discovered the traffickers have connections to the Vice family. The lives of everyone Pierce cares about are in danger—not least of all his own, if Jeremy Vice learns he’s back from the dead. Pierce and Miles face a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels—one that will gladly destroy them to keep operating. As Pierce uses every dirty trick he learned from organized crime to protect the new life he’s building, he realizes that no matter how hard he tries, he might never escape his past.

But he’s not going down without a fight

Review

This book is about 8months on from the end of book 1 (Vice City) it probably could be read as a stand-alone. There are occasional references to incidents in book 1 but not anything you could not work out or detract from understanding this story. Pierce and Miles are now settling into domesticity. Well Pierce is trying Miles has succeeded. Pierce is training to be a PI and Miles is in the Police Academy. I was surprised at this considering Pierce’s background the last thing they would need is to be around cops, or is it clever having someone on the inside? It kept me wondering how this story was going to turn out. Through out book 1 I couldn’t decide if I liked Pierce, he certainly seemed like a good person caught up in the mob surviving the only way he could (being the Enforcer). Or maybe he was just realising he was getting too old for that life and needed to get out. Or maybe loving Miles gave him the push to change. Whatever it was Pierce is now trying to adapt, gardening with no success and getting use to Miles brother and sister being around. This all goes to nothing when the PI he works with gets him involved in his former life. The story heats up from here. I liked that this not a now they live happily ever after kind of story. There are so many ups and downs to their relationship. Mainly from Pierce (it is told mainly from his point of view) Miles is steadfast in his belief and devotion to Pierce. So much so that he risks his future career to support him.
I liked that there is not a cliffhanger ending. This story is wrapped up perfectly with a thread linking into a future story. If you like the idea of a bad (but not cruel) man turns good but with a touch of realism these could be the books for a you.

4 of stars out of 5

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Time to go Dark: Rebel Audiobook By: Rhys Ford Narrated by: Tristan James

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rebel-by-rhys-ford-9200-b

 

Blurb

The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something – it’s standing up for himself.

Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After Gus spends years running from his past, present, and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, karma delivers the one thing Gus could never – would never – turn his back on: a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating breakup a few years ago.

Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together…until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.

For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold on to. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt, but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.

When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.

Review by Dee

(Book reviewed here previously by Dee)

I am a big Rhys Ford fan; she has a way with words and she can make a murder scene seem like a work of art. However, I initially struggled with this book because it started off somewhat dark. As the brothers are introduced in the story, one gets a sense of the horrible childhood they all suffered through. This is a story about forging a brotherhood, giving/taking second chances and making a family, no matter how one is (or not) related.
After 3 years, Gus has returned to his brothers, after finding out that he is the father of a 3 year old boy. There are flashbacks to events happened to Gus as a child, while with his mum and in foster care; not for the faint of heart. The horrid childhood Gus suffered through is partly the reason that he couldn’t commit to his then boyfriend, Rey. As Gus and Rey dance around their strained relationship, (realising they never stopped loving each other), they have to navigate past histories, custody hearings for the child, a vengeful child protective service officer and family, to get their HEA.

I thoroughly enjoyed their journey.

It took me 2 tries to read this. I had been expecting something along the lines of the Dirty series – tongue-in-cheek humour, a bit of drama, some hurt/comfort. Instead, I got a story that took me apart emotionally, but put me back together in a cocoon of family, warmth and love. As an added bonus, there are little gems in the form of references to characters from other books, (hers and others).
Now to patiently wait for the next brother’s story.

 

4.5 stars out of 5

Review by Morgan

On the one hand I absolutely agree with Dee.  Rhys is so gifted at description and bringing emotion to her words – in my mind she paints a story for us more than almost anyone else I read on a regular basis.  The downside of that is the rhythm of the story is sometimes bogged down by these luscious descriptions.  Since she likes to write action/crime/mysteries the pacing is an important piece and I think it suffers sometimes for that.

That being said, she’s also so talented at giving us intriguing and big hearted characters that some of the above can certainly be forgiven.

I agree with Dee that I was expecting more of Cole’s humor or Damie’s irreverence and we don’t really get that here.  Honestly, I missed the release from tension that the humor offered.

As is the case with many great authors, though I try not to, I do compare one piece to their other works, and this isn’t my favorite by the author.  It’s amazing on it’s own, but I’ve enjoyed others by her better.

With that said, if an emotional journey is what you’re looking for this is the story for you!

 

4 of 5 stars

 

Audio

Tristan James and Rhys Ford are a terrific match.  Tristan knows just how to stretch out the drama and it really matches Rhys’ tone to perfection.  His voice is like candy to me and I’d pretty much listen to anything he narrates – so I’m a bit biased 🙂

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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