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The Persistence of Mnevermind Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan remembers. They’re both professionals in the recreational memory field, and Daniel has guided thousands of clients safely through hour-long virtual adventures. So why can’t he lead his father out of the persistent false memory that’s ruining their lives?

He thought he was holding it together, but the situation is sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, taunting him with flashes of a beguiling man in black who’s interacting not with the client, but with him.

Of course, that’s impossible, so it must be a glitch in the program—or at the very least, wishful thinking. But when the man shows up in yet another program, it leads Daniel to wonder…what if this mystery man isn’t pixels and circuitry, but flesh and blood?

The Mnevermind Trilogy
1: The Persistence of Memory
2: Forget Me Not
3: Life is Awesome

Review

So, I admit. I was absolutely NOT attracted to this series when I read the blurbs on the books. I’m not into dystopian stuff and though I can appreciate a good mind fuck, that’s not generally what I look for in a romance. It sounded like there was going to be some sort of robot or electrically created person… yeah. Not my thing. But… I like Seth Clayton as a narrator and I ADORE all the stuff I’ve ever read by Jordan Castillo Price so… I said – I’ll give it a try!

OMG.

It both is and isn’t what I expected. But it is friggin’ awesome!

So, yeah. It’s a bit dark. (Not nearly as dark as the Mary series or Meatworks, though.) Daniel is up against a wall both emotionally and financially, so he’s not super cheery and he’s really not even looking for a hook up much less a relationship.

I’m not going to go into much detail about the story – because what’s the fun in that? You’ll have to figure things out along with Daniel as far as what’s what. But… I will tell you that I was very surprised by the turn of events – pleasantly.

Besides a fascinating bit of science and philosophy (what is memory, experience, reality, etcetera) there is some moral dilemma thrown in here, a bit of hurt/comfort and disability type stuff as well.

The stuff about reality is really compelling. Everyone’s had that sensation of trying to figure out “am I dreaming” or waking up from a dream KNOWING it was real, but then eventually figuring out that it wasn’t. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s disappointing. With this “technology” that sense of memory goes one step further and blurs the definition of “reality”. Add to that when things go wrong… it makes for a very compelling story.

I found “the man in black” to be fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about him. Which leads me to how this is both awesome and sucky at the same time. On the one hand I’m psyched because I can at least read the next two books in the series – but I’m bummed because only one (so far) in audio format and the audio is awesome!

Seth Clayton did a lovely job with Lane Hayes’ books as well as Raine O’Tierney’s book, so I knew he would at least be acceptable. Well, he really seemed to fit this genre/story to a “T”. He adds in some “special effects” with his voice, he does the dry humor perfectly, and manages to give everyone a unique voice without making anyone (including aunt Pipsie) sound ridiculous. He definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story and really brought this to life. I loved how he handled “the man in black’s” character in addition to (of course) Daniel and Larry and his Dad and Carlotta- so good!.

(I can’t wait for the audio – I’m gonna read the next two books – but I’m gonna be excited for the audios when they come, too!)

Highly recommended. 5 of 5 stars

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4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Arranged Marriage Audiobook Author Provided Book Dystopian Dystopian f/f Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love m/f m/m Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Speculative Fiction

Opposites Audiobook by TM Smith Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Blurb

In the year 2081, our planet has survived global warming on an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded, Dr. Anthony Smith, along with the few survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the 21st century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene: the gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians.

A new society was born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the 24th century, having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins, Aiya and Aiyan, are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is love, it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions or boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi, whom he will eventually marry. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over 200 years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites

 

Review

I have a (perhaps) unique perspective on this in that I listened to the novellas before the original novel. This helped me in that there are a LOT of characters and a LOT of world building going on – especially in the beginning. I can’t say I always kept track of who was who – I’m a far more visual person than auditory so my mind would wander a bit – but having the wonderful Greg Boudreaux narrating means that each character was unique and easily identifiable.

I found the concept of this story captivating and the romance(s) both really sweet and super sexy!

Usually I shy away from anything remotely “dystopian” as I tend to find them terribly pessimistic and dour, but this was almost like an entire other world and far less “doom and gloom” than the typical.

If you’re looking for a somewhat complicated, but rewarding and unique look at the future – and you really like some steam in your romances – this is the story (series) for you.

I think that listening to this is an amazing experience because Greg is such a tremendous performer. He really adds to the overall enjoyment by giving depth and emotion to the characters and making the story really pop up and feel multi-dimensional.

4 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Book Contemporary Demons Dystopian Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Magic Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter Speculative Fiction vampire

Beautiful Bela by Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen

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[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Futuristic Paranormal Romance, M/M, vampires, HEA]

Count Vladimir Dracul never suspected that the human he found hiding in his stables will change his life and the way he sees the world. But once he finds Bela, Vlad can’t give him up. Fighting prejudices against humans, a vampire Count wanting his blood donor back, and a threat from an old enemy seem like small battles compared to the one he has to fight to win Bela’s heart. Bela was terrified of the vampire that found him and decided to keep him. His experience with vampires has never been good so he has no reason to trust Vlad, even if he wanted to. But when his former owner comes looking for him, Bela has to find the courage to save the one man that has come to mean more to him than his freedom. With the help of a few crazy friends, a werewolf mob boss, and two insane brothers, Vlad and Bela just might have a chance at happiness…if the Ministry of Paranormal Affairs doesn’t get to them first. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

Review

This is a RETRO READ from 2014.

This is a tongue-in-cheek play on names romance. We have Vlad Dracul, Bela his lover, Igorian his assistant, Thyr a panther shifter, an enemy named Helpsing, two big bodyguards named Frank and Ken Stein… you get the idea! ☺

It is a super sweet case of insta-love for Vlad who brings in the helpless Bela who only knows his own name as Boy. Bela/Boy was held captive by another evil vampire as a pet and when Bela escaped he found Vlad to be a warm set of welcoming arms.

Now what I love about this story is Bela. Bela doesn’t apparently speak the language so Bela refers to Bela as Bela and has a stilted vocabulary and understanding of the world. (Some of this doesn’t make any sense given Bela’s time in captivity but it makes for a really hysterical set of dialog between Bela and everyone else.)

It’s very sweet and super funny and has some hot smexy times!

So if you’re looking for something ridiculously light and a fun read – give this one a go!

4.5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Arranged Marriage Audiobook Author Provided Book Dystopian Established Couple Gay Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Speculative Fiction

The Library Audiobook (Review) by TM Smith Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!

Want to know what happened that night in the library?

Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library, and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian’s mercy.

Want to know how far things went with ice cream?

A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.

Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?

Traveling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then traveling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!

A note from the author: I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give listeners a chance to know them and their inner workings better.
Review

This is a not a standalone, as it is “missing scenes” or “expanded scenes” from TM Smith’s Opposites.

As such, fans of that story will really love this because it gives insight into the characters by showing us vignettes from their past and future. There is no real angst or any problems, but there is a lot of hot sex!

Greg Boudreaux does such an AMAZING job with this. There are all those delicious Scottish accents and Irish, too and he ROCKS THEM!

This was a fun and sexy listen and highly recommended to fans of the series. (It won’t make a whole lot of sense if you haven’t read Opposites, but you can mostly figure things out if you work at it.)

4.5 of 5 stars

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3 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Arranged Marriage Bodyguard Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Dystopian Established Couple Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Hopelessly Crying m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan mpreg Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Speculative Fiction

Mending the Rift by Chris T Kat

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In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s vice president, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Review

I am a fan of Chris Kat and I love mpreg. I am not normally a fan of dystopian stories – but I figured I’d give this a shot because of the other two things going for this story.

Well… I think the dystopian part overrode my abilities to like this story. It was so depressing. I hate thinking about a future like that and it colored my enjoyment of this story.

Luca is a “breeder” which is a coarse way of saying he can become pregnant in a world where that is a commodity – bought and sold in the form of arranged marriages.

As a result he doesn’t get to choose who he loves, even though he’s fallen for his bodyguard. His fathers – who had a similarly arranged marriage – don’t see the problem but do (strangely) interfere in the process once it’s found that Luca is in love.

** Mild spoiler – I really didn’t like how Luca got pregnant and it really bothered me throughout the rest of the story.**

Since the story started out so rocky for me – it was definitely hard for me to push through.

In the end, I was never really enthralled with the relationship or the world in which Luca and Marcus live. I wasn’t sure what to make of the “intended”- Liam – and his role in the drama and I wasn’t even sure Luca’s father was “a good guy”.

I think that for fans of dystopian romances this will appeal but I’d stay away from it if you’re looking for shiny and happy.

3 of 5 stars for the writing and creativity

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