Audiobook: Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Hemovore-Audiobook/B075XSR8GL

Blurb
Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous,
especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee,
gracing the pages of the local style section. Didn’t happen. Not even
once.

Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously
polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or
photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

Why supermarket blood won’t suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a
loss for words – he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick
as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy
eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.

So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his
studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults
while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them
avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in
America unleashes a chain of harrowing events neither of them could
foresee.

As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear
that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

Review

I’ve read many of Jordan Castillo Price’s novels and they’ve never failed
to thrill and this is no exception.
I love that this doesn’t follow the predictable conventions, with a middle
aged and not gorgeous protagonist. He’s very human and all the more
appealing because of it.
The world building is fascinating with a unique take on vampirism as a
blood born virus. It has a high mortality rate, but if you survive you
look like a Michaelangelo sculpture for eternity as well as drinking
blood. I love the vampire culture that’s built up throughout the book.
With vampire soap operas and mention of an influential vampire movie
starring Demi Moore and John Travolta released years back, you can see how
the vampire virus not only changed the world but created a subculture that
is both foreign and familiar.
There is a strong subtext of vampire’s treatment in society comparable to
how HIV+ people are treated with fear and prejudice. Moments where our
vampire hero Jonathon tries to pass as “V negative” resonated with me with
how LGBT people also sometimes have to pass as straight for their own
safety.
Our protagonist Mark has been Jonathon’s personal assistant for years,
crushing on the reclusive eccentric vampire artist seemingly without hope.
When a murderous vampire ex lover from Jonathon’s past goes on a
destructive cross country rampage the two men go on the run. The truth of
Jonathon’s past and his feelings for Mark are revealed.

5 of 5 stars

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Holidays: Kid Christmas Rides Again by Eric Arvin

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7338284-kid-christmas-rides-again?from_search=true

Blurb

These are the epic adventures of Kid Christmas! The unthinkable has
happened: the Jolly Old Elf himself keeled over, and the Committee to
Oversee the Christening of Kringle (COCK) had to find a replacement. Enter
the Kid: a lot more fit, a little less clumsy, and quite a sight in that
tight red uniform. His mission to deliver Christmas around the world is
threatened as he fights the evil Snow Globes, but all is not lost as he
escapes traps, finds love (and more love, and more love) with Johnny
Longjohns, and stops at a disco on his quest to reclaim his magic sled,
the Claus 3000. Hold on tight: this humorous romp may have you spitting
your eggnog!

Review

A Christmas story like no other, Kid Christmas Rides Again is an erotic
comedy with a decidedly Christmas theme. After the sudden death of Santa
Claus, a hunky young Gingerbread house guard is appointed the new Claus.
Kid is soon kidnapped by the wicked Snow Globes (a well hung snowman) who
plans to replace Kid and destroy Christmas.
Kid then sets out on a quest to foil Snow Globe’s evil plans but finds
himself aided and distracted by numerous unusual sexual adventures from an
attack by an army of ice dildos, abominable snowmen, sexy love interest
Johnny Longjohns and a entire disco full of horny men. The story is full
of hilarious Christmas themed atmosphere and enhanced by sexy X-rated full
color illustrations peppered through the story.

5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! Infected Books 1 and 2 by Andrea Speed

Amazon Link

https://smile.amazon.com/Infected-Prey-Andrea-Speed-ebook/dp/B01HLOS37E/ref=sr_1_3_twi_kin_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508113781&sr=1-3&keywords=Infected+Andrea+Speed

Blurbs

Book 1

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them. 

Book 2

Sequel to Infected: Prey
Infected: Book Two

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a
born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve
crimes involving other infecteds.

The newly married Roan is struggling to balance his work with his home
life as he grows increasingly distracted by his husband Paris’s declining
health. One case with strong emotions attached takes up most of his time:
finding the murderer of a missing little rich girl. It’s a family with
secrets so toxic they’d rather no one investigate, and there’s no shortage
of suspects. But despite the dangers and obstructions involved, Roan won’t
stop… until he loses something infinitely precious as well.

Reviews

Book 1

While this review is only for the first book, the first six books are
available at a bargain priced set that I thought was worth mentioning.

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This is one of my favorite series. There’s great world building that feels
similar to True Blood or Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, werecats live openly
in society, the ability spread by a disease, with a complicated and
interesting world building on how society reacts to them. They are envied,
feared, even worshiped by some.

Our hero Roan is a likable intriguing character. He’s a rare werelion,
even more rare that he was born with the virus and thus has greater
control and power than most shifters. The realities of the fantastic
situation play out in interesting ways, with the strain of shifting taking
the toll on the health of most shifters causing them to die young.

Roan is a private detective and former cop, putting him in an uneasy
position with local police in his investigations into the disappearance of
a teenage boy who had a fascination with werecats and a series of murdered
werecats.

A great element of the novel was Roan’s relationship with his boyfriend
Paris. They’re an established couple at the beginning although I believe a
novella released later tells how they met. Paris is infected with a rare
werecat strain that is more taxing than most other strains and thus his
health and very life are in a precarious state. This felt very much like a
metaphor for any normal terminal illness, although joined with the men
being gay/bi (specifically Roan is gay and Paris is bi) and the stigma of
them being werecats definitely brought to mind HIV, and the way they get
on with living their lives with this hanging over their heads was touching
and thought provoking. Despite their problems of illness and prejudice
they have a real passion for life and love for each other.

Paris is a great love interest. He’s very very attractive, something he
uses to his advantage with a self aware sense of humor. Roan has very
human pangs of jealousy but it’s not really a problem for them either.
Their relationship is mature and there’s an element of friendship to it
beyond sex and romance that I found refreshing. They’re still very hot for
each other but that doesn’t get in the way of the plot or their
investigations.

The book has a strong ending, but not necessarily a happy one. I do think
it works well as a stand alone although I could see where the ending could
be interpreted as a cliffhanger. It’s a series, and the lives of Roan and
Paris continue into the next book.

5 of 5 stars

Book 2

Bloodlines picks up a bit after the first book, with Roan and Paris having
married in Canada between books (at a time when same sex marriage is still
illegal in the USA where they live). Paris’s health continues to decline
and the two men are coming to terms with the reality that he’s not likely
to live much longer. It does bring a darker tone to the book, but it’s not
overwhelmingly oppressive. The two men are both emotionally strong and
still living life to the fullest. The parallels of the werecat virus and
HIV continues and brings a deeper tone to the story.

In the middle of this very personal crisis Roan is persuaded to take on
the case of a missing woman from a wealthy and powerful family who are
strangely opposed to the investigation.

There’s no happy ending to be found here, and it’s a stronger story for
it. It’s still the ending the story demanded and leaves me anxious to get
to the next book.

5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! Stich by Tommy Kovac

Amazon Link

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Blurb

In an eerie attic filled with living toys and dolls, one rag doll named
Stitch begins to awaken from his cotton-filled amnesia. Why does Granny
Pairley keep Stitch and his rag doll cousins captive in the playroom? Did
they once have lives outside the attic walls? Taunted by a pair of nasty
fairies called the Benders, and menaced by the very stinky Yum-Tum Bear,
Stitch finds comfort with Simon, the handsomest of the rag doll boys.
Along come the ghastly puppets Voodoo Dolly and Tinybones, leading Stitch
through hidden passageways to a dreadful secret room.
This digest-size re-issue of Stitch collects the entire story, plus
all-new extras exclusive to this edition.

Review

This is an old favorite, and a rather unusual book. It’s actually a
graphic novel (aka comic) and it doesn’t follow any expected rules or
structure. The black and white art is cute yet creepy and perfectly
compliments the prose.

The story begins with Stitch, his sister and cousins already transformed
into rag dolls by their lonely and disturbed grandmother. Their memories
of the past lives are fuzzy at best and they spend their time exploring
the vast mysterious world of the old playroom where they live. The other
toys are alive and often are strange and menacing. This reads something
like an adult horror version of Raggedy Ann meets Toy Story. Despite being
very much not a children’s story, this still captures something of the
nearly forgotten essence of childhood, the power of make believe and
wonder and yes, fear.

What you might not expect is that this strangely sweet and macabre story
is also a gay love story. Stitch is somewhat in denial but coming to
accept that he is in love with his cute cousin Simon, who is also a rag
doll, and faces childish teasing from the other toys. Simon loves him back
and seems more at peace with his feelings. The two girl dolls are spunky
and likable. The grandmother is a distant presence but I feel her
personality strongly through the story. Her madness and loneliness sets
everything in motion.

I’ve given a lot of thought to the ending over the years, not quite sure
if it’s a happy ending or not, and I think it’s a stronger ending in it’s
ambiguity. Part of me wants a sequel just because I love the story so much
and want more, while I also think it’s perfect exactly as it is.

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Back to School Month: Something Like Spring Book 4 Audiobook by Jay Bell narrated by Kevin R Free

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Something-Like-Spring-Audiobook/B00UO03PZ8/ref=a_search_c4_1_6_srTtl?qid=1505922174&sr=1-6

Blurb

Nothing in this world is permanent. Friends, lovers, even family can all
disappear in the blink of an eye. Without these anchors, it’s all too easy
to find oneself drifting.

Jason Grant doesn’t have much, aside from a beat-up old guitar and knack
for getting kicked out of foster homes. His latest placement is set to be
just another in a long line of failures. Then he meets Caesar Hubbard, a
handsome guy who lives down the hall. For the first time in his life,
Jason wants to stay, which means learning to be part of a family, and not
letting his feelings – or his actions – ruin his first real chance of
falling in love.

Something Like Spring introduces a new character to the Seasons story, one
with a troubled past and an equally turbulent future. Jason must traverse
a winding road fraught with emotional conflicts and tough decisions – a
road that might just lead to a certain couple in Austin.

Review

The Something Like series continues, taking the story into new territory
with a new generation of young men looking for love and happiness.
The original three books were all telling one big story of the love
triangle between Ben, Tim and Jace, so I was curious how the series would
continue with a new protagonist. It works great with a new supporting cast
expanding with close ties to the original cast, so it’s a new direction
with lovingly familiar characters now stepping back from lead to
supporting roles.
Jason Grant has bounced from foster home to foster home ever since his
troubled mother lost custody of him as a young child. Jason refuses to
accept any of his new foster families, finding creative ways to make sure
they reject him sooner rather than later. Things change though with his
newest foster home when he meets his sexy bad boy new foster brother
Caeser Hubbard.
The Hubbard family have an interesting dynamic. Caesar is the only
biological child of the conservative family, who’ve taken in many other
foster kids over the years. They’ve adopted two other children, and while
they provide a good life, they’re also demanding high standards. Jason,
who’s wanting to stay in a home for the first time since he lost his first
home, struggles to fit in without losing his identity. Falling in love
with his conservative Christian foster parents’ darling son is a recipe
for disaster, especially when Jason discovers Caesar’s surprising secret
past.
Like all of Jay Bell’s books, there’s a real journey that takes the story
through years of love and loss. Jason’s situation changes and he meets
other young men whose lives will intertwine with his -hunky, sweet
William, fierce, difficult Kelly, muscle boy Nathaniel who refuses to love
or be hurt again – and they all get their own books to come.
Kevin R. Free’s youthful enthusiastic narration continues to bring the
story to life and makes the experience more enjoyable.

5 of 5 stars

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Back To School Month: Something Like Autumn, Book 3 Audiobook by Jay Bell narrated by Kevin R Free

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Something-Like-Autumn-Audiobook/B00MPUO9AU/ref=a_search_c4_1_8_srTtl?qid=1505922174&sr=1-8

Blurb

Love can appear unexpectedly: a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding, the
arrival of a handsome new co-worker…or while being robbed at a
convenience store.

For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town
Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets
Victor – a wild soul and fellow outsider – his chances of finding love go
from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases
after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

Something Like Autumn tells the story of Jace’s life before the events of
Something Like Summer, while also revisiting his time with Benjamin
Bentley.

The Seasons Series: Book 1: Something like Summer, Book 2: Something like
Winter, Book 3: Something like Autumn, Book 4: Something like Spring.

Review

This is book three of Jay Bell’s Something Like series. While each book
stands well on it’s own, I recommend reading them in order. The overall
experience is enhanced as the overlapping narratives from different points
of view continue to paint a bigger picture.
If you’ve already read book one and/or two, you know where and how Jace’s
story ends, and going through it again was kind of hard, but it’s still a
beautiful story, and there’s a lot of new story that unfolds in Jace’s
past and his first love. Going into it, you should know this one isn’t
going to give you a traditional happy ever after.
Jace is one of my favorite characters in this series (which is also one of
my favorite series), but the younger Jace we get to know here is a little
different from the mature, steady dependable adult we know. We get to see
him grow into that wonderful man, but we first meet him here as an
insecure high school student, still struggling to accept his sexuality in
a less enlightened time.
He falls for a very quirky, unusual boy named Victor. Victor was a
fascinating character I fell a little bit in love with too. He’s a free
thinker but he has trouble fitting into society. Even as he helps Jace to
accept himself, Victor is deeply troubled, suffering from mental illness.
Victor is charismatic and bewitching but ultimately his troubles are more
than Jace can save him from and Jace has to live without him.
The later part of the book takes us through more familiar territory of
Jace’s second love with Ben, and the triangle with Ben’s first love Tim.
Retreading a familiar story may sound boring, but this is Bell’s signature
move, and he makes it work. Each new retelling brings a different
perspective that keeps the story compelling.
Narrator Kevin R. Free gives a youthful enthusiastic reading that makes
the book more fun to listen to. He’s a familiar voice, doing all of the
Something Like books so far, and I like his style.

5 of 5 stars

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Blood Divine Audiobook by Greg Howard Narrated by Gary Furlong

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Blood-Divine-Audiobook/B074CM2Y5V/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1505921935&sr=1-1

Blurb

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield, the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him, and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

Review

This was a really excellent urban fantasy story. Our hero Cooper Causey is
a really likable curmudgeon, hiding away from the world in a series of
meaningless sexual encounters, before he’s dragged into a supernatural war
and his own past.
Cooper is a refreshing protagonist, in that he feels very original and
well rounded, largely free of well worn tropes. It’s nice that he and his
love interest are both in their thirties, as the genre seems overpopulated
with innocent young things.
When his beloved grandmother goes missing he discovers his bloodline can
be traced back to angels and the special properties of his blood has made
his family a target for fallen angels that are basically vampires. The one
weakness of the story was a rather large and lengthy exposition on the
entangled histories of his family and the supernatural beings that left my
head spinning a bit, but I was still able to follow along.
At his side is his first and only love, his dead older brother’s best
friend, Randy. Cooper made a clumsy pass at Randy years ago after his
brother’s funeral and they haven’t spoken since then. Randy is now a cop
and recently divorced, and of course Cooper’s love isn’t nearly as
unrequited as he thought.
There’s minimal sex in the book but it’s more than made up for by the
powerful chemistry between the two men, and the strong plot and
characterization.
The last section of the book takes some unexpected twists and turns that
were pretty exciting and things end very satisfactorily but left me really
hoping for a sequel to see what happens next.

Gary Furlong does a warm, well rounded reading, bringing the different
characters to life and enhanced the experience.

5 of 5 stars!

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Audiobook: Necromancer’s Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2) by SJ Himes Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Necromancers-Dilemma-Audiobook/B0742JFP89/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srTtl?qid=1502389883&sr=1-3

Blurb
Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.

The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.

Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.

Review by Mary
What can I say to do justice to this story. I loved book and this sequel was just as great. Angel and Simeon are now in a relationship, Isaac (Angel’s brother) is living with them along with Daniel Angel’s apprentice. A lot is captured in this book. The bond between Angel and Simeon becomes clearer and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Daniel’s father comes back into the story as a side thread to the main mystery of the murders and catching the serial killer. So much to keep me entertained and left me wanting more. There is a cliffhanger at the end and I really want to know what happens next. My favourite character is Angel’s dragon familiar Eroch. It is brilliant the way he is sentient and is at war with the pigeons.

Joel Leslie’s narration is superb. Beautiful deep Irish tone for Simeon and the non nonsense Boston accent for Angel is wonderful. When Joel narrates I can close my eyes and be transported into the story. While the main characters are outstanding it’s the attention given to the side characters that makes Joel such an awesome narrator.

5 of 5 stars

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Review by Brian

A worthy sequel in the great Beacon Hill Necromancer series, the story
picks up where the last book left off. Angel, still scrappy and snarky, is
falling deeper in love with sexy, powerful vampire Simeon. He’s attempting
to rebuild his relationship with his troubled brother Isaac, while taking
on a more parental role with his promising young student Daniel. Daniel’s
family resents him for his gifts that outshine his favored older brother,
and fabulous, witty Millie, Angel’s business partner, is stalked by a
dangerous ex.

There’s a lot going on, and a strong supporting cast kept me engaged.
Angel in particular is a very appealing lead. He’s delightfully original;
he avoids the tropes of snarling alpha male or hapless twink. He’s
parental to his brother and student, a concerned friend, and a force to be
reckoned with.

The world building continues to be superb. It all feels very bright and
shiny and very fresh. Just enough is explained to show how the world works
without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.

Isaac is a character I find really interesting. I look forward to seeing
him develop more in future books. As much as I love Angel as our lead I’d
enjoy getting a novella or full length novel from Isaac’s point of view
someday.

Simeon comes across a little better this time around, maybe just because
he’s been around for two books and I’m used to him. He’s hot, commanding,
romantic, but I still feel like there’s a spark missing, some
understanding of him I’m just not getting, which is a shame as he’s such a
prominent character surrounding by other interesting characters. Maybe
what I’m interpreting as not understanding the character is supposed to be
an intriguing mysteriousness. He fulfills the role of hunky vampire
boyfriend well enough, and I am warming up to the character.

Joel Leslie is a great narrator as always. He gives distinct voices to the
cast creating a performance that goes beyond just a reading. I
particularly love his tough guy Jersey accent for Angel.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment in the series.

4 of 5 stars

 

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Kink Month: Chained in Darkness Season One Complete: The New Haven Series Book One by Nicholas Bella Narrated by Arthur Byrd

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Chained-in-Darkness-Season-One-Complete-Audiobook/B019S0LSJ4/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srTtl?qid=1501641657&sr=1-3

Blurb

Follow Noel, a captured rebel of the human Resistance, as he endures his
punishment at the hands of his supernatural enemies, the vampires. See
where his fate lies. Highly erotic and extremely dark and twisted. Prepare
yourself.

I’ve been betrayed by someone I trusted. Because of him, I was captured by
my loathed enemy: the vampires. Right now the sun is still high in the
sky, but I know when it sets, I’m as good as dead. They can’t wait to get
their fangs into me.

I guess some would say I have it coming. I did raise a lot of hell with my
Resistance crew, and I was planning on raising a hell of a lot more at
dawn before I was sold out by Jonah. The vampires, werewolves, and dragons
have been trying to track me down for months, and I’d always been two
steps ahead of them.

I guess my number is up. I just hope they make it quick. You see, the
vampires in my reality aren’t the romantic lot you read about in books.
They don’t sparkle or hang out at high schools with their teenage
girlfriends. Hell no. Vampires are brutal, calculating, sadistic, and
bloodthirsty. As a matter of fact, all of the monsters are! That’s how
they were able to take over the world so easily and change an entire
civilization to suit their needs. Whatever happens, I know it’s not going
to be pretty, so I’m preparing myself for the worst. May God help me.

Warning: This novel contains hardcore sexual situations between men, not
meant for sensitive eyes. I’m talking crude, lewd, and full of attitude.
This series will most likely either offend you or get ya revved up. There
will be no punches being pulled whatsoever, so you’ve been warned. Mature
adult content meant for listeners looking for something dark, taboo, sexy,
and unapologetic in their paranormal erotica. This is not a romance.

Review

Take the warnings seriously; this is a dark book. There’s rape, torture,
violence, corruption, and there’s no redemption or a counterpoint to
lighten the mood.

Noel, our protagonist, is a resistance fighter against the vampire rulers
of his dystopian society, betrayed by one of his fellow rebels and made a
prisoner of the vampires.

The vampire ruler Theoden enacts a cruel revenge against him by making him
into a vampire. Theoden’s powers are vast, nearly godlike. He can read
Noel’s every thought, punishing him even for rebellious thoughts. He and
his vampire “sons”, other men he’s made into vampires, begin a methodical
process of breaking and corrupting Noel. He’s subjected to sadistic
torture beyond what a human could survive, sexually assaulted and his mind
tampered with to ensure he enjoys it and comes to crave it. That he does
enjoy the sex despite not consenting is problematic, but if that bothers
you, this really isn’t the book for you.

Some of the torture went a little far for me (a silver encasement to
destroy his tongue – which regenerates due to his vampire powers was
pretty disturbing to me) and some of the kink a little raunchy too (a
urine douche must do it for somebody but I didn’t find the concept
appealing), but there’s something not unlike the mindset of eating a hot
pepper you know will make you suffer but you just want to prove you can do
it in the challenge of a book like this. I feel like my kink bragging
rights went up a notch just for making it all the way through. Highlights
include forced cross dressing and feminization, double penetration, the
before mentioned urine douche, and lots and lots of hard, sloppy man on
man (and then some) action.

Master Theoden has a real son kink. His collection of lovers are all
expected to think of him as their father and brothers to each other. There
is no romance, instead Noel’s journey is accepting his new family and a
sexuality that’s evolving whether he likes it or not. Noel learns it’s
hopeless to rebel and that his only choices are to embrace his new life or
suffer horribly. This new life includes killing to satisfy his hunger, to
sometimes rape to satisfy his lusts. His corruption is disturbing. The
book is nearly non stop sex, and it’s often hot, but pretty much always a
little uncomfortable.

The strongest scene in the book for me was Theoden and Noel being hosted
by a mortal straight couple, and Theoden forces Noel to have sex with them
both(the only sex scene with a woman). The couple clearly don’t want to do
this but aren’t given a choice, any more than Noel is. It’s interesting to
see Noel forced into a position of an abuser after the whole book has been
him being victimized.

While I found a lot of the rape and torture disturbing, I still found a
lot of the book hot and I’m curious to see what happens next in Noel’s
journey. There are several sequels and I intend to listen to the next one.
Despite my squeamishness at parts of the story my interest is still
hooked.

Narrator Arthur Byrd does a good job of performing a role in nearly non
stop sexual situations. He often does a great job of enhancing the reading
with a sexually heightened performance.

4 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: Chuck’s Dinosaur Tingler’s Vol 1 by Chuck Tingler Narrated by Sam Rand

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Chucks-Dinosaur-Tinglers-Volume-1-Audiobook/B01EKI3V8A

Blurb

Chuck Tingle is a world-renowned master of the ‘tingler’; a story so
sensual, so erotic, and so powerfully gay that it will change the whole
way you look at erotic romance literature. Collected here are three such
tales of the dinosaur variety. Are you ready to depart on a depraved
journey of gay lust that will tingle you to your very core? If so, than
this explicit collection is for you.

My Billionaire Triceratops Craves Gay Ass

Jeremy was never quite sure about his feelings for Oliver, his gay pet
dinosaur, until Oliver scores big and leaves home to pursue his dreams of
being a dancer. Years later, the two of them reconnect for dinner in New
York City, and realize that there may have been more to their relationship
besides prehistoric pet and master. Now a wealthy socialite, Oliver the
triceratops is willing to take another chance on Jeremy, and soon the two
find themselves locked in a passionate evening of gay human-dino love.

Gay T-Rex Law Firm: Executive Boner

When Donny lands a job at Jurassic Law, the world’s leading T-rex law
firm, he’s absolutely thrilled. Unfortunately, after just one day it
quickly becomes clear that Donny’s new position entails more than just
legal work. Soon Donny makes the deal of a lifetime and finds himself
contractually bound into a gay T-rex gangbang that gives new meaning to
the term, “dinosaur bones.”

Space Raptor Butt Invasion

Space can be a lonely place, especially when you’re stationed by yourself
on the distant planet Zorbus. In fact, Lance isn’t quite sure that can
last the whole year before his shuttle pod arrives, but when a mysterious
visitor appears at Lance’s terraforming station, he quickly realizes that
he might not be so alone after all. Soon enough, Lance becomes close with
this mysterious new astronaut, a velociraptor. Together, they form an
unlikely duo, which quickly begins to cross the boundaries of friendship
into something much, much more.

©2015 Chuck Tingle (P)2016 Chuck Tingle

Review

Chuck Tingler has risen from bizarre porn obscurity to a multi-media
sensation. He started out doing dinoaur, unicorn and Big Foot gay porn
(moving on to even more bizarre living items and concepts pounding the
butts of fictional bicurious bottoms) to a Hugo nomination and an upcoming
dating simulation video game that I’ve backed on Kickstarter (anybody want
to read a review on that when it’s released?) While this is the first of
his fiction I’ve gotten around to reading/listening to, I’ve been
following him for awhile on Facebook –
https://www.facebook.com/ChuckTingle/ , which is quite an experience in
itself. I’m not quite sure if Dr. Tingle (I’m not sure if the Doctorate is
legitimate, but he sometimes uses it)actually believes everything he’s
writing or if it’s all brilliantly orchestrated performance art, but he’s
highly entertaining and occasionally even a little heartwarming in his
brash, troubled enthusiasm.

That’s a pretty lengthy introduction to a review of an audiobook that
clocks in at just over an hour, but I feel like understanding the Tingler
phenomenon is important to understanding the work.

Three stories are collected here, so there’s not a whole lot of time to do
much else than get to the dinosaur sex.

The first story, My Billionaire Triceratops Craves Gay Ass, was my
favorite of the three. There’s a fair amount of world building and a wee
bit of actual relationship development, such as it is. Jeremy is reunited
with his former pet Triceratops, who left him after he became a
billionaire through betting on the Super Bowl, and has since gone on to
become a successful broadway dancer. The absurdities of the story just
pile up and there’s no sense getting caught up in trying to make sense of
how it. The sex isn’t nearly as interesting as reading lines like “he had
old world Jurassic charm.”

The second story, Gay T-Rex Law Firm: Executive Boner, is a little more
direct in getting to the sex, but the absurd situation was enough to hold
my interest for a short story. A young straight lawyer on his first day at
a prestigious dinosaur law firm signs a contract agreeing to a T-Rex gang
bang for ten million dollars thinking it’s just a joke, then enjoying
himself tremendously when he discovers his new bosses were serious about
the indecent proposal.

The third story, Space Raptor Butt Invasion, involves a lonely astronaut
who finds solace in a visiting velociraptor. There’s some back story about
dinosaur astronauts fleeing Earth before the giant meteor was supposed to
wipe them out. Our lead’s denial of his true feelings (“It’s not gay if
it’s a human dude and a dinosaur dude, right?) was a highlight of the
story.

Unless your kinks are a lot weirder than mine this may not get your engine
going (the sex is surprisingly straightforward for human/dinosaur banging)
but the comedy and outrageous imagination of the whole thing makes it well
worth checking out. I think everybody should read a Chuck Tingler story
just to say they did, and I was entertained enough that I’d like to read
more someday. I’m particularly curious to see how the concept works in
some of his longer novellas.

4 of 5 stars

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