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adult - 18+ Audiobook Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Gay Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Time to go Dark: Verified Kill Audiobook by Patricia Logan narrated by Rusty Topsfield

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Verified-Kill-Audiobook/B00ZSYA7TM?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_19&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=35SRNT8TCC9854SQMTG9&

Blurb:

Walker Easton has chosen a life of solitude, and it’s always suited him well. When a young lover is viciously taken from him, he begins to reevaluate his connection with Emilio. Could he have saved the young man had he resisted the deep-seated desire to belong to someone? Lost and uncertain for the first time in his life, his bravado is slipping away.

When he’s given his next filthy assignment, he remembers Emilio’s final words to him…”Who will grieve for you when you are gone, Walker?” His next choices set him on a dangerous path where there is no turning back, and when an old friend gets in the way, he has an impossible decision to make.

Callum Tryst is a dangerous man in his own right. Young and cocky and undeniably one of the finest assassins alive, he goes after a target not knowing that there is one painted on his own back. When he crosses paths with a career sniper, he finally meets his match…or does he? Callum learns the hard way that perhaps the best weapon against his enemy is another enemy. He finds himself asking the question, “If I’ve never ever cared about anyone, did I ever really matter?”

Join the pair as they mete out justice as only they know how, in a desperate fight to the finish…and the discovery that the fight is not as they always assumed it to be. Assumptions get you killed…and dead men cannot love.

Review: I had listened to one of Rusty Topsfield’s narration a while ago and was not overly impressed with the performance, at least where he tried to sound English. But, I couldn’t find the time to read the ebook, so I took a chance and got the audiobook. I am so glad I did!
The story is about an assassin bent on revenge for his dead lover who meets another assassin. Unbeknownst to either of them, they have the same target in their sights. The story is a little convoluted, with a target that may be innocent, a hateful parent and characters from the Silver (BDSM) series, (although not necessary to have read said series). There is some D/D (not a lot); however I’m not a BDSM fan, so the story was just OK for me.
Rusty Topsfield was better (to me) this time around. I never had a problem knowing who was talking and he made both MC’s sound like the alpha men that they were. My only gripe is that during the non-narrative bits, he sort of had little to no inflection, so it sounded like some of the sentences ran without punctuation. But honestly, his narration definitely made it easier to enjoy the story, (sorry Ms. Logan!).
Based on his narration, I will probably get the rest of the series in audio format ☺

4 stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Book DA Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Gay High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Mary D Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Part of a Series PTSD Purchased Stalker/Abusive Ex

Time to go Dark: Ash by Jack L. Pyke

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38719560-ash?from_search=true

Blurb

 

“You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”

Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake.

Review
Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t series is a wonderfully dark psychological series. All the characters have so many facets, complex lives. I would say that to enjoy the series it’s best to start at the beginning. This book, Ash, brings in new players. Ash comes across as cruel and thoughtless. Only after his own enjoyment as does his mate Chase. As the story progresses we learn another side to Ash which explains his behaviour. I’m still not sure if I like him though. Raif is where the story starts to link into the series. He is a MI5 operative (as is Grey one of the central characters to the Series). He decides to teach Ash a lesson but gets drawn to him as well. At the same time he is made aware of some gruesome murders and is on surveillance for another case. BDSM is an important aspect to all the characters, so if that’s not your cup of tea steer clear.
This book does give you a taste of the nature of the series and Jack L. Pyke’s style. And on the face of it you don’t need to know the details of the previous stories to enjoy this one. However, it is a prequel to book 5 where all the previous characters have a part and I anticipate it would be difficult to follow if you haven’t. Also nothing is resolved in this story, it is just setting the scenes. Book 5 continue from the end of this one.
To be honest if this is your kind of book you probably already know about this series, if it’s got you intrigued don’t wait bring the series to the top of your tbr list.

4 of stars out of 5

 

 

 

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Dee Gay m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Standalone

Time to go Dark: The Making of Matt by Nicola Haken

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25882570-the-making-of-matt?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb:

Matt Carter, self-proclaimed sex-god and drummer for world renowned Souls of the Knight, didn’t have the time or inclination for planning his future, preferring to fill his days with music, women and alcohol. He didn’t want or need anything else in his life.

Until the band parted ways and he found himself no longer living the dream.
Bored and lonely, with too much time and money on his hands, Matt turns to his best friend, Alex Clark, to help devise a new direction to take his life in. Together, they embrace their newfound venture, as owner and manager of one of L.A.’s hottest gay clubs – Kaleidoscope. For the first time, Matt has a plan. He knows where life is heading.
Until a devastating phone call turns his whole world upside down, sending him straight into the comforting arms of his best friend and leading him to doubt everything he’s ever known or believed about himself.
Alex had always been content with his unrequited feelings for his rockstar friend, but as Matt starts to question if he might actually feel the same, he runs as fast as his feet will allow.

Has Matt gone too far? Has his reputation as an irresponsible womanizer who refuses to take life seriously, finally managed to push his best friend away for good?
Or is Alex hiding secrets of his own?

Review: Even though this is the 3rd in the Souls of the Knight series, it can be read on its own – but the first 2 books are good, so give them a try.
Matt was the drummer for the Knights. Now that the band has split up, he’s at a loss for what to do. The one constant in his life is Alex, his best friend. Matt is a lady’s man who has lived up to his rocker rep (brash, no filter, spoilt). However, once he and Alex go into business together, he shows a more stable, sweet side.
Slowly, Matt finds himself falling for Alex, and in his typical way, owned his feelings. Funnily enough, Alex is the one who starts to back-pedal a bit.
When a sensitive issue is revealed, it is done very well and it made their relationship even stronger.
It has all the things I like for an entertaining read – humour, heart low angst and well developed characters.

4.5 stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Established Couple Gay Gay High but not hopeless m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series PTSD Purchased

Time to go Dark: Rare audiobook by Garrett Leigh Narrator: Michael Lesley

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rare-by-garrett-leigh-4459-

Blurb
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.

Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.

Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted

Review
Rare continues where Slide finishes. We learn more about Ash’s recovery from his breakdown and how he deals with his mental health. Pete is right there with him. But the road is never smooth for these two and boy it makes a compelling story to listen to. The dynamic between them works so well. There is more from Pete in this story. He is put through the wringer. But the changes and coincidences keep happening to Ash. He has to use the strength he has to get them through.
Michael Lesley’s narration is still excellent. He has breathed life into this series. It’s one I will listen to several times and probably get something new out of it each time. The only thing I found irritating, and this is more the dialogue, is the amount of sighing. Michael Lesley would say ‘Pete sighed’ and then he would actually sigh….so it was twice each time. Maybe because I was noticing it more but there was a lot of sighing going on in this book!

4 of stars out of 5

 

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adult - 18+ Book Bullying Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Fade to black/No Steam Gay Hurt/Abuse Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Standalone

Dark Romance: Creature (Bureau #3) by Kim Fielding

 

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39779972-creature?from_search=true

Blurb

Alone in a cell and lacking memories of his past, John has no idea who—or what—he is.

Alone on the streets of 1950s Los Angeles, Harry has far too many memories of his painful past and feels simply resignation in facing his empty future.

When Harry is given a chance to achieve his only dream—to become an agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs—all he has to do is prove his worth. Yet nothing has ever come easy for him. Now he must offer himself and John as bait, enticing a man who wants to conquer death. But first he and John must learn what distinguishes a monster from a man—and what a monster truly wants.

Review: This is a total departure from what I usually read, in a good way. The atmosphere is decidedly 1950’s noir which is fit the theme of the story.
John is a being that has been held in a cell for an unspecified length of time. He thinks he is a man, but knows he is not quite human. He also knows that people – the few that he has met – are scared of him.
Harry is a man down on his luck, unable to be the one thing he wants, a member of the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs. He is made an offer of a trial assignment with the organization – bait a criminal into custody – and he would be considered for a permanent job. Harry finds out that John is the bait and has to overcome his initial revulsion. As he interacts with John, his initial revulsion turns to pity and then to a sort of friendship. Al the while, we see John become more human and eventually, lovable.
It is an interesting story. I liked the setting, especially like the lack of technology (no mobile phones, GPS, internet), I felt I was watching a black and white film. Even though it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. I’ll likely check out the rest of the series.

3.75 stars out of 5


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5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Contemporary Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Dreamspinner Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Homophobia Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Stalker/Abusive Ex

Time to go Dark: Acrobat Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Sean Crisden

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/acrobat-by-mary-calmes-1725-b

 

Blurb:

Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him.

Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner. He’s raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of—a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been looking for. Unfortunately for Dreo—and for Nate—the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo’s obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.

Review:

Acrobat is not technically (according to Goodreads) part of the Matter of Time series, but it has characters that will show up in the series, so I included it there. Nathan Qells dates Duncan Stiel in Acrobat who later marries Aaron Sutter in Parting Shot and Aaron Sutter dated Jory in Matter of Time. We also meet Dr. Sean Cooper in Acrobat, who along with Duncan Stiel show up in All Kinds of Tied Down. (Later – we see Dreo playing a MAJOR role in the issues that our guys deal with in the Marshall’s series as well as the Vault series – so it’s definitely important…Six Degrees of Mary ; ) .)

I absolutely loved this book. We get some amazing characters and a sticky-sweet romance with big heart, a fantastic family story to go along with it and some exciting action and adventure.
First there is Nathan Qells. He is the Mary character that can do no wrong. He got his high school BFF pregnant, married her, had an amazing son, and now divorced, they are still BFFs. He teaches at a university where all the hot young things want him, but he doesn’t even know it! Though he is always involved in a relationship he is never really involved in the relationship. Until Andreo.

Andreo Fiore. Mmmm. Delicious. He is a sweet, sexy mobster – going straight (legit is maybe a better word ) so that he can have a full life and family. He’s our “maybe not quite a good guy” who is turning into the good guy.  Dreo is the guardian for his dead sister’s son, Michael, and it is through Michael that Nathan and Dreo connect.

Between the family and the love there is the mob. Mobsters don’t like gay men apparently and it causes some pretty big problems. Like a stab to the gut problems. But, in the end, true love wins and happy is ever after.

Audio:

Just two words on the audio version of Acrobat – BUY IT! It’s great. Sean Crisden does an amazing job with the narration, giving Dreo such a sultry voice and making Nate all the more “cute and clueless but wonderful”.

Overall: both the book and the audiobook were Amazing! 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Bullying Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Dee Gay Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Stalker/Abusive Ex Standalone

Time to Go Dark: Snow Falling by Davidson King

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36515977-snow-falling?from_search=true

Blurb

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name.
Tell nobody your secrets.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules of the streets.
His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Secrets can get you killed.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules he lives by.
When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own. A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

Review

I loved this book! I was very surprised to find that it’s the authors 1st novel. It was so well done. The characters were well developed, and I even found myself rooting for Chris, a crime boss who doesn’t hide what he is. I loved Snow, he is strong, despite all that he’s gone through. I worried a bit that the story would be dark and depressing, especially with a crime boss that does not change … much. But my fears were groundless – while there is some crime, (hello crime boss!), it was in keeping with the story. Christopher does have a heart as evidenced by his love for Simon (his nephew) and Snow.
It’s a fun, well crafted book – highly recommend ☺

5 stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Dreamspinner Gay High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Mary D Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series PTSD Purchased

Time to go Dark: Slide audiobook by Garrett Leigh Narrator: Michael Lesley

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/slide-by-garrett-leigh-5714-

Blurb
Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength – things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.

Review
This is quite an intense story, quite dark and angst.To say Ash has had a hard life would be an understatement. We don’t know what has happened but from the anxiety and phobias Ash has it must’ve been bad. In a way it was better not to know, the focus was on the relationship developing between Pete and Ash and how they deal with them. In the past Ash turned to drugs to block out the overwhelming feelings but when we meet him he is clean and works as a tattoo artist. Pete is a wonderful character. He sees so much in his job as a paramedic but this never dulls his warm loving nature to those he cares about. There are twists and turns and I wondered when these two would ever get a break. Garrett Leigh has built an excellent world. I was drawn into their lives and never wanted to leave. I liked the sensitive way Ash’s mental health is handled.
Michael Lesley’s narration is excellent. He gave Ash and Pete their own voices and personalities. This is one of those that has been given a new dimension with talented narration.

4 of stars out of 5

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