On Point (Out of Uniform #3) Audiobook by Annabeth Albert Narrated by JF Harding

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Blurb

Never fall for your best friend…

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.

Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.

Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.

Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously.)

I. LOVED. This. Book!

First, I love the series and it’s original spinoff. Though each book is absolutely a stand alone, you get a little bit “more” if you read them in order – first the #gaymers series then the Out of Uniform series.

Ben, we’ve met before, and he isn’t as loveable as some of the other characters. He sleeps around a lot and doesn’t seem to catch a clue that Maddox is so obviously in love with him.

(Little warning, there is a ménage scene in this that involves Maddox and Ben and someone else who doesn’t seem to mean anything later – just in case you hate that stuff.)

Maddox is so, so, so wonderful. He’s sweet, sensitive, caring – and built like a linebacker! I love that! I loved how torn he was between doing what was right for himself versus what was right for his family or for Ben.

The smexy times are – as always- smokin’. Annabeth can seriously write some hot chemistry and these two sizzle! Maddox opens up and Ben gets downright naughty with the dirty talk!

I was almost near tears when our two MCs are injured – and that is what finally drew them together, I think. So, most of the story is really these two guys learning how to really be in a relationship together after years of friendship. There is still relationship angst and other issues to overcome, but a lot of this is these two guys – being adults – and dealing with a new “reality”.

This is hands down my favorite in the Out of Uniform series – these two guys just really touched me, Maddox especially. I can’t wait for the next one!

I can’t recommend the series or this book enough – highly recommended! 6 of 5 stars

Audio

JF Harding is a relatively new to me narrator. I’ve listened to the Kage series and of course the Cut and Run series but I couldn’t have told you who narrated those audiobooks. (They’re not my favorite series and I guess I just wasn’t paying attention 😉 He did a FANTASTIC job with this! He’s got excellent timing and an understanding the material. He uses great voice differentiation and accents and I was really taken in by his interpretation of the writing.

I loved reading this but I think listening is the even better way to experience this!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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Men In Uniform: Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3) by Charlie Cochet

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Blurb

New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

Review

First let me say I would be a very grumpy reader if I didn’t have the next book already downloaded and ready to go. I really despise cliffhangers, even though we know this is a continuing story line. Okay now for the good stuff.

Dex and Sloane are so much closer to figuring out what they want from each other but not quite there. Ash has suddenly become standoffish and even ruder than he was. Other pairs of the team are dealing with issues and the retrospect looks into the past give a lot of insight. We learn more about Sloan and Ash’s past and how it influences present decisions.

The bad guys are multiplying and coming at all fronts. The Coalition and The Order are both making life difficult. Lives are being lost including civilians caught in the cross fire. The whole team is starting to unravel, nothing is working the way it should.

As always there is humor, shock at the use of the L word, party planning and mystery. I was completely entertained and look forward to reading the whole series!
4.5 of 5 stars

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Men In Uniform: Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale

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Blurb

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds out the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks have Troy thinking inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if he’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon, and with a team that doesn’t trust him, Troy, or each other. Despite his determination not to get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.

Review

Avon Gale is one of my favorite authors – ever! She is very gifted at writing humor and romance – together – which isn’t easy. But – in addition- she really knows how to pull at your heartstrings, too. And then you’re laughing through tears which is an amazing feeling.

 

I love her hockey series best (so far). Her love of the sport is evident and it comes through in her writing.  Since I’m such a fan, it’s hard not to compare one book to the other – though each book is very different. So, I distance myself from my fangirl-love and try to look at each story on it’s own merits.

 

So, if I’m not comparing this story to others in the series, and I’m looking at this as a book on its own – there is absolutely no question that it was EXCELLENT! There’s a lot of humor and the hockey is good. The general storyline is also solid.

 

My favorite aspect of this particular couple is their need to bicker with one another. It’s pretty hysterical – and then – all of a sudden – they’re having some really hot sex! The chemistry between these guys is phenomenal. (There is a particular scene where some tender things get expressed in the middle of fight – EPIC – so funny!)

 

I’ll only say that the lack of a character like Lane or Max is really the only thing that makes this “not my favorite in the series”. Neither of these guys is nerdish or terribly awkward and I ADORE those types of characters, so… But that’s about it. This is wonderful and everyone who loves this series MUST read it and yet it stands alone beautifully as well.

 

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Dee

Another excellent addition to the Scoring Chances series!

Shane is a closeted player who is playing his last season with a team that has had a troubled past year, particularly with a homophobic coach. Troy is the new head coach trying to turn said team around. Shane does not make a good first impression with Troy (he’s late to the first practice), but despite that, there is an instant attraction between the two men. The book is humourous, (the team mates provide some comic relief, especially Evans), and the storyline is interesting and fun. There is light suspense and a bit of a twist –all which serve to make an excellent book. The banter and chemistry between Shane and Troy is great.

I liked that both MC’s were slightly older; mid 30’s (Shane) and mid 40’s (Troy). They both sounded like they were mature …for the most part … except when they decide to blow each other in public areas (not that I’m complaining, LOL!)

Any of the books can be read as a standalone and this is no exception – I loved it!

 4.5 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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Men In Uniform: Blood & Thunder (THIRDS: Book Two) By Charlie Cochet


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Blurb
Sequel to Hell & High Water

When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

 

Review

I love book series, especially ones that continue a story line and characters. It gives the author more opportunities to develop and expand personalities and the alternative world the story is taking place.

Sloane is dealing with several issues. The loss of his partner, and who and what he was when he first changed over into a shifter. Guilt rides high on both accounts to the point it is starting to interfere with his job and his sex life.

Dex is good at watching and understanding what is going on around him. He sees things that people don’t know they are showing. He deals with stressful situations with humor. Yet he is also that knight in shining armor who will risk life and limb to rescue a fallen teammate.

We get more of the story on how the shifters came to be as well as the story behind the development of THIRDS. We learn more about the other members of the team and how they work with each other.

Entertaining, with some mystery, some back story some great sex scenes and the promise of more. I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

4.5 of 5 stars
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Men In Uniform: The Tinder Chronicles- Oceanside Fire Series by Tory Temple


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Blurb

Return to Oceanside Fire, where the sizzling passion between men scorches everything they touch—especially each other. For firefighter Chris Matthews and instructor Morgan Daniels, it’s dislike at first sight—but that doesn’t mean there’s any relief from the heat building between them, and it only takes a spark to set the tinder ablaze.
Will Chris and Morgan go from enemies to lovers, or will they remain enemies with healthy libidos who stoke each other’s flames? Morgan is no fan of firefighters in general, and he finds Chris especially grating. But when they’re together, the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife—and there’s only one way to work it off. A battle of wills is sure to follow. Add in an age difference, and finding common ground will be an uphill battle. Even if they succeed in building a relationship, secrets and suspicion could reduce everything to ash.

Review

This book consists of 3 novellas. In the first one, Chris and Morgan start a relationship consisting of initial dislike, lust/sex, arguments and angry make-up – rinse and repeat.

Morgan dislikes firefighters because of a past experience, yet he continues to work with them as a trainer and hooks up with one. I found Morgan hard to like – he seemed to dole out affection when he felt like it. Chris, on the other hand seemed content to accept whatever Morgan dished out, although there were times that he called Morgan on his bullshit.

Within a very short time, Morgan decides they are in a relationship – Chris was blind-sided (as I was) because just a few pages before, they were still behaving as if this was a casual hook-up.

The second novella takes up 2 years later – Morgan and Chris are still doing the same things – arguing, loving, making up with sex and arguing again. However, Morgan has an issue involving his ex-lover that could threaten his and Chris’s relationship. It gets resolved nicely without any protracted misunderstandings.

The third story is a nice continuation of their life together.

Although there are some funny moments, especially when they argued back and forth, I could not get into the stories. I think I would have liked a little more backstory development, especially for Morgan. And, (I never thought I would say this), I got a little tired of all the sex scenes (gasp!).

Even though this book was not for me, it was a good read.

3 of 5 stars

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Men In Uniform: Playing With Fate (Admirals Hockey #1) by Ava Thorpe

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Blurb
“My future’s been planned for me for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never felt this alive until I met you.”

“I shouldn’t want Carter, but I can’t get him out of my mind.”

Luke Bailey doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Between dog-walking, law school applications, and trying to get his music career off the ground, love doesn’t stand a chance. Besides, his new customer’s straight as they come, right? So why can’t he stop thinking about Carter?

“I’ve never been with a guy. Why do I want Luke so bad?”

Carter Welling just needs a dog-walker. Big league hockey takes him away from home, and he can’t take Puck everywhere he goes. What he doesn’t need is a hot dog-walker who makes him think weird things about guys that he’s never felt before.

“Fate brought us together. Can I afford to take the risk?”

Something just keeps pulling them back together, though, and it’s not just the cuteness of Carter’s dog. When Luke’s dreams and Carter’s hockey career seem to be splitting them apart, can they admit that what they want—no, need—is each other?

Playing With Fate is a standalone gay romance novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a HEA.

Review

This is a new author for me, which is always exciting! I love hockey and books about hockey players so… I think all in all this was a great intro for me to the author, though I wasn’t blown away.

We start with a guy who’s never had (or acknowledged to himself) an attraction to men who works as a professional hockey player. Suddenly he finds himself attracted to his dog walker and inexplicably they begin a friendship that deepens.

Over time our two MCs struggle with “Defining their relationship” and deciding whether or not to be “out”. There was a lot of time with our guys separated as Carter’s team was on the road, this was also a hurdle to their budding relationship. However, there is a LOT of really cute dog/cute guy interaction and that totally aided these guys in coming together.

On the one hand I felt like Carter’s introspection about “am I gay” was both not deep enough and at the same time it felt drawn out. He was quick to dive in and explore and didn’t seem as bewildered by this new attraction as I’d imagine someone would be. However, once involved he waffled – a lot – about what to do now that he was involved with a man. That seemed backward to me.

The smexy times were fairly low steam, and the focus on the MCs time together was definitely centered on developing their relationship. That felt very authentic to me, especially considering Carter’s newness to the whole situation.

Luke has some drama in his life and it gets some attention, but this was definitely more Carter’s story and I wish we’d spent more time with Luke and his music.

Overall this was an easy read, with a lot of great potential that met most of my expectations and will appeal to fans of dogs, hockey, GFY and low-steam romances.

3 of 5 stars

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Conduct Unbecoming Audiobook by L.A. Witt Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux

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Blurb

First class petty officer Eric Randall is less than thrilled about taking orders to Okinawa. Three long, lonely years on a crappy island that’s thousands of miles from his daughter? Oh. Yeah. Sign him up. But as long as he’s stuck here, he might as well make the best of it, so he discreetly checks out the local gay scene, where he meets Shane Connelly.
What starts as a one night stand leaves both of them wanting more, but then Eric finds out Shane doesn’t just outrank him, he’s an officer. DADT may be repealed, but an enlisted man getting involved with an officer falls under conduct unbecoming a gentleman and could cost both men their careers. They both have kids to take care of, future civilian careers to consider, and retirements on the line.
Still, they can’t resist each other. They discreetly spend nights together, and their mutual desire to explore the beautiful island of Okinawa is a perfect excuse to spend days together. As long as no one asks and they don’t tell, there’s no reason anyone has to find out.
But secrets like this tend to make themselves known…

Review

This was one of the books that made me an m/m convert! I absolutely loved the attention to detail the author, LA Witt puts into this story. It’s clear she’s spent time in Okinawa and in some capacity as part of the military.

I thought the romance was to die for! It was full of everything you could want. Hiding, passion, daring, and deep, deep feelings. And the smexy times – WOW – there are a LOT of them and they are HOT.

While our MCs do spend much of their time alone together in bed, they also go on dates and excursions and I really believed in them as a couple. In addition to the passion they held for one another, they really clicked and worked as a couple – outside the bedroom.

This is a book for true romantics, fans of military themed stories and fans of truly erotic sex!

Audio

When I saw that Greg Boudreaux (Tremblay) was narrating this, I couldn’t order it fast enough! He’s an amazing narrator and totally at ease with the erotic nature of this story. He’s also knowledgeable about accents and Japanese and able to pronounce the myriad of Japanese words sprinkled throughout.

This is a fantastic way to experience this story and he did an amazing job with it!

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars for the audiobook

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Men In Uniform: One Giant Leap by Kay Simone

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Blurb

Houston we have so many problems…
Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.
Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.
But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he’s never met, Curt’s mission takes on a new trajectory.

“CAPCOM to commander. Do you read?”
Patrick Harte’s life is turned upside down when he’s called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.
Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick — but it’s one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.
“The more I talk to you, the more I know that we understand each other.”

After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can’t imagine life on earth without the other man… Despite the fact that he’s never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won’t stop once he’s cleared for landing.
The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy — but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?

Review

This is a delightful older/younger m/m romance (there’s only a 5 or 6 year age difference). The premise was unusual – 2 men who are literally separated by space, fall in love. The story style was also interesting, switching between recent past (Curt’s interview prior to this space mission) and present, interacting with his crew and Patrick, his ground navigator (CAPCOM).
The story is unique, and for those interested in space travel (and even those who aren’t), the descriptions of the space station, the crew and the issues that can occur were woven seamlessly into the story. I won’t try to summarise the book- I wouldn’t be able to do it justice – but believe me when I say it’s a brilliant book.
There is a lot of humour and heart in this story, especially the way Curt comes to rely on Patrick and they both realise that they are falling slowly falling in love. The scene when Curtis finally lands on Earth and finally sees Patrick is funny and touching. This was one of the best books that I’ve read and I would recommend to anyone.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Men In Uniform: Hell and High Water (THIRDS book 1) by Charlie Cochet


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Blurb
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

(Who does this look like?  Hmmmmm 😉   )

Review
I have heard about this series for a long time and finally took the plunge. I love when an author creates an alternative world. The similarities and differences blended together to make it realistic yet different. Yet it isn’t your typical shifter story either. The shifters have been created by a byproduct of a vaccine.
Dex is the human character that makes this story. The first chapter shows he has integrity and a willingness to stand by his convictions. As the story progresses his humor and insight into how people interact and respond gives us some wonderful scenes throughout. His new partner is a shifter and is dark and brooding, and Dex just cannot resist poking the guy every chance he gets. The dialog between the two is entertaining and no nonsense at the same time. As they play off of each other you can see the bond building.
The rest of the team haven’t been developed as completely in the first book , yet I’m sure we will see and learn more about them as the story progresses. We are left with a HFN and if I didn’t know there were more books in the series I might have been disappointed. I look forward to reading the next book to discover all of the who, what and whys we are left with.

4.5 of 5 stars

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