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Steamroller Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Joshua Macrae

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About the last thing Vincent Wade expected was for Carson Cress to ask him out. Vince is a dedicated biology student and a bit of a loner. Superstar quarterback Carson is larger than life, and he lives under a public microscope. There’s no way they should work. But Vince is learning that sometimes people just come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. If their relationship can survive the fallout when an injury derails Carson’s future plans, maybe Vince can finally find something to believe in.

Review

(from previously on this site)

Vincent is that snarky, obviously gay guy who kind of “reverse snobs” the “cool kids” before they can hurt him.

Carson is the golden boy. Never can do any wrong. Living the lie of being straight and playing football for his parents.

Carson wants Vincent, but Vincent isn’t going to make anything easy. He’s distrustful, and not eager to be anybody’s secret.

It takes an epic change in Carson’s life for Vincent to realize that Carson means it when he says that he and Vincent will be together forever… and like a steamroller, he always gets what he wants.

**Steamroller - Mary Calmes

This is one of my first m/m books ever and it pleased me so much I’ve kept going and never looked back! It hits every single one of my buttons. Geek and jock. GFY. A very, very HEA. Humor. Passion. It’s so much fun to watch Carson court Vincent and for bitter and cynical Vincent to become putty in his hands.

Of course – it’s Mary – it’s gotta be amazing!

Audio

Joshua Macrae is a new narrator to me, so I was worried – this is one of my favorite Mary books and I really wanted to love the narration – and, well…. It was GREAT!

A great narrator will have the ability to translate the story well by changing his inflection and “acting” out the parts where appropriate. I like it when there is a distinct difference between character voices – either with an accent or even in the way they pace their speech. A great narrator knows how to time certain passages for effect and has to have a voice that’s easy to listen to. Joshua passes ALL these tests! He has a very “sensual” voice that really fits this book and he sounds “young enough” to be a college age MC. I really liked the “smoky” quality of the voice he gives to Carson – Delicious! He does a great job with the humor and I think doing dialog is his best feature.

(The only thing I didn’t love was the music in between chapters – it didn’t fit the story and was very distracting.)

I highly recommend this book and it’s narration.

6 of 5 stars

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Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

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The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other’s lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon’s support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan’s homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.

Review

Simon is an “arty wanker” who works for a magazine (in Australia), he goes to a party one night and is shocked as hell that the hot guy who hit on him is a famous football player. What’s even more shocking is that Declan (the football player) wants to keep seeing him!

What happens next are a series of really funny inner and outer dialog, mildly hot sex scenes, really touching emotional scenes and a very moving OFY story.

This is book one and we get to watch the evolution of these guys’ relationship as it proceeds through the years, so if you haven’t read this one, be prepared to read the whole series because you’ll love it and want to see what happens.

The secondary characters are just as rich as the MCs and the writing is excellent.

I highly support the idea that this is one of Dreamspinner’s first 5 hardback books they’re publishing as it is one of the best in the genre.

So… if you like laughing, sweet and tender romance, Australia, sports, and an engaging series over many years, this is your book/series!

(The audiobook is good too, it’s by Paul Morey so I was disappointed no one had an accent, but it’s still a good listen.)

5 of 5 stars

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Promises (Book 1 Coda Series) by Marie Sexton

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Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can’t imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone. Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they’ll never find a way to be together-if he can even convince Matt to try.

Review

So this is one of those “iconic” series in the m/m genre (in my opinion). It ranks up with Amy Lane’s “Promise Rock series, Mary Calmes “Matter of Time” series, and Tere Michael’s “Love and Devotion” series. So you probably have an idea about this, but maybe haven’t read it? I don’t know why you wouldn’t – it’s frickin’ awesome!- but I’ve never formally reviewed it and it’s coming out in Hard Back so… here goes!

Jared is a small town guy and happy (for the most part) to be there, but he gets lonely. He has some friends with benefits arrangements, but he longs for a more permanent thing.

Matt comes to town, hired by the local Police Department, and right away he and Jared become friends. They both love the outdoors, football and beer. Two best buds, right? Well…. Jared is gay and Matt is straight – so… why is Matt having “feelings” for Jared? And what’s a guy supposed to do with those feelings?

Eventually – as you can imagine – they hook up as more than friends – but the story doesn’t merely end there – that’s part of the magic of this series. Matt struggles with the physicality of loving Jared. He has a hard time “penetrating or being penetrated” by Jared and this causes the couple some stress. Matt also has to worry about being out in a small police force in a bigoted town. He is also crazy jealous of Jared’s exes.

So… lots of drama and angst. But also lots and lots of steamy sex scenes, really tender and wonderful emotional moments, sometimes gritty and real issues and most of all a very sweet and sentimental love story that starts the series off right.

**

I love this series. Love, love, love it! I love all the characters and the following books in the series add on to their relationship and show us the depth of the love these guys have for one another. Marie Sexton is a fantastic writer and it shows. She’s not afraid to tackle difficult questions and she doesn’t always give the “typical” responses one would expect.

Kudos for her bravery and her excellent story – I highly recommend this and the entire series!

5 of 5 stars

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Dance with me Audiobook by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

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Ed Maurer’s life would be fine if he could just get Laurie Parker off his back. He’s bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, and he volunteers now at a local community center. It’s just that every time he turns around, that damn professional dancer is in his way, hating Ed right back. But when a bargain Ed strikes at the center lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Both Ed and Laurie have heartbreak in their pasts, but somehow dancing together eases their individual pain. For Ed, dancing with Laurie becomes a way to reconnect with his body after losing football. For Laurie, partnering with Ed has erased some of his fear of performing and brought back joy to a sport he wasn’t sure he could ever truly love again.

As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them into the arms of love, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.

Review
(book reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/dance-heidi-cullinan/)

Summarized:

Ed meets Laurie as a way to work through his chronic pain through dance – an alternate form of exercise that spares his neck.

At first the dancer and the jock clash, each thinking poorly of the other.

Over time they come to realize how lovely the contrast can be and how perfect they are for the other.

**

I love this book so much!

I love that it’s real and doesn’t shy away from the imperfections found in each of the lovers.

Laurie finds sex to be funny and messy but still wonderful.

Ed has a hard time even having sex sometimes, his pain is so great.

Both have to wrestle with their pride and re-define their dreams when their original plans go awry. Together they find the strength to do this.

Heidi is a magnificent writer and this is one of her best books IMHO.

Audio

Iggy Toma has narrated a lot for Heidi and he does another really excellent job here. I love the depth of emotion he puts in to his characters. His pacing is wonderful and his voice is so easy to listen to. I highly recommend both the book and this narration.

I give it 6 of 5 stars – Amazing!

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Organic Chemistry (Book 1) Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early 20s, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him. Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren’t particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don’t like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.

Review:
First, let me say that I am a fan of Andrew Grey and I am a huge fan of the Geek/Jock story, so this hit my buttons in a big way. I like that Andrew made Brendon a strong if very naïve geek and that the relationship between him and Josh wasn’t a typical “I am your hero since I am so big” type of relationship. It was very sweet, pretty short, and had a little hot sex to make it an all around good read.

Audio:

(This was one of my first audio books reviewed.  That site crashed so I’m re-posting it here  Funny how your opinion changes as time passes!  )

So, I don’t know how many of you read the book before the audio version or vice versa or one and not the other, but – so far in my experience – I have always read the book first. This is important to note, because it means that I had already formed pre-conceived notions about the “voice” of the MCs. That being said, I think that Nick J Russo did a good job. His voice is smooth and nice to listen to. He tries really hard to give all the characters a separate “voice” and though this can be distracting at times, it’s also a nice touch. It helps to keep clear who is doing the speaking.

Josh’s “character” as read by Nick wasn’t how I would have read him (at all) – but it wasn’t bad, just different. Brendon is done very well, and matches what I would have imagined.

(Now looking back on things – my hero worship of Nick makes me appreciate how awesome this narration is!)

Nick tries to add in appropriate emotion and (ahem) groans where appropriate and that’s also a nice touch.

As a staunch proponent of reading then listening – I will say again that this is a good interpretation, and certainly worth listening to, even if you haven’t read it first.

4 of 5 stars

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Taxes and Tardis by NR Walker

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Brent is a jock, Logan a geek, these men are a world apart. But if opposites attract, maybe it’s the differences between them that make it worth the fight.

Brent Kelly is a laid-back tradesman whose only concerns are drinks with friends and which man to bed next. In need of a new accountant to sort out his nightmarish shoebox of tax receipts, he’s referred to Logan Willis.

He doesn’t expect to be intrigued by the science fiction-loving, geeky guy with dark-rimmed glasses and a TARDIS blue shirt. So his fascination with the soft-spoken Englishman surprises him, and their mutual attraction is completely unexpected. He most certainly never expects to fall in love.

One a jock and the other a geek, both men know the differences between them are vast and could cause problems. But in this opposites-attract erotic drama, maybe it’s the differences between them that make staying together worth the fight.

Review

Brent is a self-made electrician, he plays football and is a fairly laid-back, jockish type guy. He goes in to do his taxes and find himself captivated by the nerdy accountant in the blue shirt, Logan.

Logan is an ex-pat from Britain. He’s slim and decidedly geeky. When the cute electrician starts showing an interest by drawing him in with questions about Dr Who he can’t help but be entranced.

**

This is a wonderful, almost no angst story about two men discovering just how opposites can attract.

I loved how open Brent was. He didn’t try to beat around the bush, but put himself out there. And though a little guarded, Logan reciprocated. The one moment of “Misunderstanding” was quickly laid to rest and we got our happily ever after.

The smexy times are hot and the ILYs are really sweet.

I absolutely adored this and I highly recommend it!

6 of 5 stars

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Steamroller by Mary Calmes (Book Review)

SteamrollerBlurb

About the last thing Vincent Wade expected was for Carson Cress to ask him out. Vince is a dedicated biology student and a bit of a loner. Superstar quarterback Carson is larger than life, and he lives under a public microscope. There’s no way they should work. But Vince is learning that sometimes people just come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. If their relationship can survive the fallout when an injury derails Carson’s future plans, maybe Vince can finally find something to believe in.

 

Review

Vincent is that snarky, obviously gay guy who kind of “reverse snobs” the “cool kids” before they can hurt him.

Carson is the golden boy. Never can do any wrong. Living the lie of being straight and playing football for his parents.

Carson wants Vincent, but Vincent isn’t going to make anything easy. He’s distrustful, and not eager to be anybody’s secret.

It takes an epic change in Carson’s life for Vincent to realize that Carson means it when he says that he and Vincent will be together forever… and like a steamroller, he always gets what he wants.

**

This is one of my first m/m books ever and it pleased me so much I’ve kept going and never looked back! It hits every single one of my buttons. Geek and jock. GFY. A very, very HEA. Humor. Passion. It’s so much fun to watch Carson court Vincent and for bitter and cynical Vincent to become putty in his hands.

Of course – it’s Mary – it’s gotta be amazing!

5 of 5 stars!

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