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Two Cowboys and a Baby Audiobook by BA Tortuga Narrated by Dorian Bane

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Blurb

A little bundle of joy means big changes.
Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.
Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep. Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do – he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.
In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.

Review

A fun cast of characters brought to life by the narration! This is a funny, heart-warming story of love, acceptance and family. Hoss, a cowboy and sometimes rodeo performer, finds a baby on his doorstep. What follows is a funny journey into family, fatherhood, love and all the problems the different relationships can bring. Bradley, Momma, Pooter make up the wonderful cast of love interest, family and friend, respectively. Unravelling the mystery of the baby is fun and the resolution has an unexpected twist.
The narrator, Dorian Bane was great – he’s new to me. He gave each character a distinct voice. His Texan? accent seemed authentic (to me), without sounding clichéd. I almost choked when he cursed as Momma, it was so unexpected and funny! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and highly recommend the audiobook to anyone who loves a good, humourous love story.

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Off Stage: Beyond the Footlights (Off Stage book 3) 
by Jaime Samms


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Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship has been foundering for a long time. With the end in sight and despairing that he might never find a Dom who suits him, Kilmer heads to a local bar to drown his sorrows—and meets country singer Tanner.

Tanner feels oddly protective of the broken man and eventually convinces Kilmer to hire him to help remodel the small, sad house Kilmer once shared with Jacko. As Tanner and Kilmer get to know each other, Kilmer regains his lost independence and Tanner’s dominant streak rises to the surface. But will it be a help or a hindrance to the trust they’re trying to build?

The answer might lie in the music Kilmer gave up not long after he met Jacko. Music always granted him solace, clarity, and an outlet for his emotions, and with Tanner’s encouragement, he picks up where he left off. Playing together eases them into honest communication, and though a happily ever after will still take patience and work, taking a chance on each other sounds sweeter with every note

Review by Mary

?This is book three of the Off Stage series and in my view can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first two books before starting this one. There is enough of the backstory provided that I didn’t feel I was missing anything. Having said that I will go back and read the others because I liked this one so much.

Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship ends at the start of the story and good riddance I say Jacko is self-centred and doesn’t look after Kilmer at all. My heart goes out to Kilmer. He has got away from the bad relationship but there are still echoes of Jacko around and he is adrift. Vance (Kilmer’s friend, boss and former lover) tries to help but it’s not what he needs. Is Tanner who he needs or is it just rebound? A way to claim a freedom he doesn’t really want. Kilmer is lost without a Dom but he can’t cope with the type of controlling relationship he had with Jacko. Tanner helps Kilmer go back to find himself, not a someone’s boy or pet but who he is. The push and pull of the relationship is terrific. Both are carrying baggage and whilst Kilmer’s is the main driver of the story Tanner’s has a big part to play as well. The BDSM is fairly minimal but it isn’t on sexy websites like porn-hd.xxx. There is one scene at the beginning and a few very light scenes but the story is mainly about the nature of the D/S relationships. Where Kilmer and Tanner do get together it is so hot and intimate just like you’d see on the Hottest clips streaming for free at Tubev Sex. Great happy ever after ending not only for Kilmer and Tanner but also Len from the first book and Trevor from the second book. Rounds the series off nicely.

5 of 5 stars!

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Review by Beth

What a great story! Jamie Simms has brought to life both the BDSM lifestyle and the healing from misplaced affections. She has shown us that people do not always do what you think they will and this has given us a great story with many thoughtful and touching scenes.

The start of the story leads us through both the trust and the need for contact that Kilmer has with Jacko. We totally see where Kilmer’s headspace is throughout the scene. We also see that there are definitely problems with the couple and as the story is told come to understand this has been going on for a long time.

The story shows that so much of a BDSM relationship is the mental spaces than it is the physical acts. We also see the interaction of all the key characters on individual scenes (not BDSM) with Kilmer that show him that everything is not just black and white.
I also liked that this story took time to develop and happen. I liked how the time line played out, it showed both the evolution of the different relationships as well the growth and healing that needed to take place before a new relationship could solidify.

Definitely can rate this a 4.5 stars!

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by L A Merrill

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David Marks is looking for the perfect place to film his new web series and recover from his latest failed relationship. When reclusive writer Michael Sharp opens his Montana ranch to paying guests, David knows he’s found the right place—but he doesn’t expect to find Mr. Right too.

Forty years ago Michael Sharp’s father was murdered in front of him. No one believed a six-year-old boy’s testimony against the powerful Carver brothers. For years Michael has lived in self-imposed exile, the only living witness who can bring down the Carver criminal empire. But now the money is running out, and he’s forced to play host to a troupe of temperamental web actors and their energetically attractive director in order to stay alive.

The Carvers aren’t about to stand for rebellion. Michael has outlived his usefulness. Now Michael and David have to find a way to end this fight once and for all, finding justice for Michael’s father and meeting David’s funding deadline—all before one or both of them ends up dead.

Review by Beth

There were some interesting concepts and twists in this story. Film crew going to a location they have only viewed online, ranch opening as a resort to help pay a debt, and little to no internet signal lead to a comedy in errors for the first half of this short story.
David has great ideas for stories, he just sucks at dialog. Michael wrote a book 20 years ago that was so popular it was made into a movie. I just don’t think spending 5 nights writing together inspires the insta love the story presents. I would look at this story more as a how do we survive instead of a romance.
Like I said there are a couple twists you don’t see coming so the story will keep your interest, but as a romance or love story it’s just too unbelievable.

3 of 5 stars

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Review by Mary

I have not read anything by L.A. Merrill before and I found this story interesting. David comes across as a klutzy character. He has had a difficult life and his heart is in the right place but life doesn’t go well for him. Michael is stoic. He knows he has to face the Carvers but doesn’t want to get any one else involved. It was a gentle romance over a short period of time. The romance sort of happens in the background while the focus is on the filming and then the Carvers. All of which is fine by me. I really liked that Ronni and Jen also found love, it was a nice touch.

I didn’t really get a sense of Montana in the story. The description of the scenery wasn’t very detailed so I found it hard to picture the setting or get a feel for the beauty of Montana. But that is just my assumption of the series, to showcase the State the book is about, it doesn’t really detract from the story at all. It still works quite well. The story itself is intriguing and pretty well encapsulated within the novella.

I would have liked more in the conclusion. It is happy for now for Ronni and Jen with a hint of happy ever after for Michael and David.

 

3 of 5 stars

 
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Catch and Release (The Release #3) Audiobook by BA Tortuga Narrated by Lou Lambert

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Blurb

Dakota Landry just got out of prison after twelve years. If anyone can understand how that feels, it’s his new friend, Sage, who is determined to help him get used to life on the outside—and believes Dakota didn’t commit the crime he was in for.

Jayden Wilson is a former prosecutor who agrees to look into the case at the request of Sage’s lover, Adam. He sets out to prove Dakota is just another “innocent” ex-con, but once they meet, Jayden is more and more convinced Dakota just didn’t do what everyone thinks he did.

Trouble follows Dakota, and nothing is easy as he struggles to figure out how to live, now that he has choices. And Jayden isn’t sure how Dakota, or any lover for that matter, fits into his life. Their path from friendship to romance is a slow one, but Dakota begins to believe he deserves a chance at life, and Jayden falls a little more for Dakota every day. Now they just need to tell each other how they feel.

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This is book three in a series and it’s a heartbreaking group of men BA Tortuga has given us.

We met Sage and Adam in book one – and the hard, hard life Sage led, inspires him to help others, in this case, Dakota.

Dakota is a character that thoroughly smashed my heart to pieces. GAH! I cannot imagine living his life and yet he’s still persevering and trying to live his life when I think many others would have given up. He’s an amazing character.

Jayden is a bit more difficult to pin down. He’s a lawyer, and in the beginning, he’s only interested in Dakota’s case because he’s bored. Later, he admits to maintaining the research into the case because he’s attracted to Dakota. At some point these feelings deepen, but I honestly think it was his “lawyerly” interest that drove this primarily.

I have to say that I’m a big fan of this series and I’d really, loved books one and two. I was looking forward to this once I’d read the blurb because I’ve seen how well BA Tortuga can handle “broken” men and turn them around.

Unfortunately, I was left a little bewildered by the end of this story.

What worked for me: Dakota’s story. It’s one of triumph, perseverance, strong-willed, growth, discovery and faith. If you read this as a story about a man leaving prison and re-discovering life – who happens to be gay – then I think this story “works” really well.

I also loved seeing the guys from books one and two. It’s always nice seeing old MCs and following up in their lives again.

What didn’t work for me was Jayden and the “romance”. Jayden never felt like he really connected with Dakota, or vice versa. I’m just not sure how well they fit. The chemistry wasn’t there nor was there more than just a friendship/lawyer connection. For the reasons given below and more, I just didn’t feel their love like I had with other couples by this author.

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I think that this would have been better listed as gay literature, because the bulk of this is Dakota’s life story. Jayden’s presence as his lawyer and friend were more important than as his lover. It was too platonic and didn’t feel authentic to me.

If you’re a fan of the author or this series you’ll probably want to at least give this a look. If you’re new to the author/series I wouldn’t start here.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

Lou Lambert is a new narrator to me and his voice is definitely “western” – which fits the characters, but he’s a bit older sounding than I thought the characters would be.  He does a fairly nice job as far as being clear and easy to understand.  He didn’t do a lot to differentiate characters and he wasn’t great with expressing different emotions.  He gives the listener that “country” feeling and is an acceptable way to listen to this, but it didn’t really add to my overall enjoyment, nor did it change my overall rating.

 

3 of 5 stars

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Jared’s Family by V.S. Morgan

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After witnessing his mother’s death, a once outgoing preschooler is now a quiet shadow of himself. The little boy suffers nightmares and rarely speaks, choosing to use the basic sign language he learned in daycare. Desperate to help his little nephew, Virge Stevens takes a leave of absence from the LAPD to bring Donovan, known as D to Montana for the therapy he needs.

A chance meeting at the library changes Virge and his nephew’s lives forever.

Jared Malone is one of five brothers, right smack damn in the middle. He is the peacemaker and the one who gets shit done. When his younger brother gets sick, Jared fills in reading to small children at the library. There he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger and his cute little boy. Jared is immediately drawn to Virge but is still dealing with the betrayal of an abusive ex.

As the Malone family welcomes them to the ranch and into their lives, Virge’s instant attraction for Jared grows, but the cowboy is fifteen years younger than him. Will he be rejected?

Both men have secrets. Secrets that could destroy the connection between them. Can they overcome the odds and find happiness together?

Review

This was a very sweet story about an Uncle, devoted to his nephew who finds help on a ranch in Montana.

Jared’s family is wonderful and so helpful – sweet if not 100% believable – and they serve as a terrific place for D to find a family to heal the one he lost. Virg is smart enough to recognize the help they offer and also unable to keep his eyes off Jared.

Jared’s past is a little dark- but it doesn’t take much for him to try again – with Virg.

There is a bit of a dance before the two MCs find themselves kissing and a few bumps as the evil ex tries to make their lives difficult – but most of this is really pretty angst free and smooth sailing.

There are some plot threads that got mentioned but not developed: their age gap, the Dom, Virg’s police job, Jared’s deaf friend… but what we do get is light, sweet and fun with a little bit of sexy thrown in!

Highly enjoyable!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Frog Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by KC Kelly

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Blurb:
Weber Yates’s dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming. Cyrus Benning is a successful neurosurgeon, so details are never lost on him. He spotted the prince in a broken-down bull rider’s clothing from day one. But watching Weber walk out on him keeps getting harder, and he’s not sure how much more his heart can take. Now Cyrus has one last chance to prove to Weber that it’s not Weber’s job that makes him Cyrus’s perfect man, it’s Weber himself. With the help of his sister’s newly broken family, he’s ready to show Weber that the home the man’s been searching for has always been right there, with him. Cyrus might have laid down an ultimatum once, but now it’s turned into a vow-he’s never going to let Weber out of his life again.

Review:
Frog is one of my all time favorite audiobooks EVER.

It is amazingly beautiful and hits on all the right notes, no matter how many times I’ve listened to it. This, more than some, is a case where the audiobook transformed a good story – one I liked a lot – into one that I absolutely adore and listen to when I want a comfort, an old friend, my heart lifted, a smile put on my face.

Mary and KC have given us an amazingly beautiful, sometimes gritty, heart rending story full of hope and honor and most of all – love. I was so pleased to find out that Mary requested KC specifically for this book- he is perfect! KC’s rich, vaguely southern cadence as he slowly drawls out the words spoken by Web were perfect. His fast paced, sometimes frenetic version of Cy was equally spot on. His narration feels intimate and he draws the reader into the story along with the characters.

Both men are over forty, which I adore, and KC’s voice fits that age well. It’s so rare to see a story about older men and this one stands out among one of the best. The sex/chemistry between them is also scorching, but most of what stays with you, when you read Frog, is the love and the tenderness the two men share.
Web’s vision of himself is skewed, and when he finally comes around to seeing himself – first through the eyes of Micah, then Carolyn and finally Cyrus – it’s like he’s actually understanding who he is after all these years.
My heart literally breaks when Cy practically breaks down and thanks Web so much for coming back to him despite their fight the previous visit. I picture him, alone (in his busy world) wondering where and what Web is doing and kicking himself for not doing things differently. KC does the emotion here absolutely perfectly.
Another amazing part is when Cy is drunk and Web is “handling” him – OMG – hysterical, touching, sweet, sexy – absolutely perfect!
Because it’s Mary we get some standard Mary things: pea coats, eyebrow waggles, an MC who is totally unaware of how amazing he is, strong women secondary characters and a big, fierce but loving dog!
I’m including in this the pictures Mary has on her Pinterest of who she visioned as Cy and Web – they fit!

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If you haven’t read or listened to this you are truly missing out on something beautiful.

6 of 5 stars

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Two Cowboys and a Baby by B.A. Tortuga

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A little bundle of joy means big changes.

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.

Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.

Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.

Review

I think there are a few assumptions about this book you get to make before you even crack it open: It’s a Dreamspun – so it’s gonna have some fantastic old school trope – which means it’s gonna be fun and not too serious (usually). It’s BA Tortuga writing about cowboys – so it’s gonna have lots of twang and country speak and feel like we’ve stepped onto the set of Bonanza. It’s got a baby in it – so we’re bound to see lots of baby + clueless men hilarity.

Well, most of that is true and in spades. There were times I had no honest idea what these guys were saying their “accents” were so thick. The baby absolutely takes up a bunch of page time and most of it is sweet and/or funny. As for the trope – well there are a few of them in here – they just don’t get revealed right away.

I think that fans of the author will know what to expect and will find this is very similar to her other cowboy stories. For fans of the series – this is very “troptastic” and comes with a twist! For someone looking for an overload of sugary sweetness – this is probably a good book for you.

If you want something a bit more serious, more believable, and less “country” – this isn’t for you.

I enjoyed the friends to lovers / OFY aspect of this – but wished that’d played more of a role in the story. There was a lot of baby stuff that I could have skipped but I get the appeal. The “twists” were interesting if confusing and kept me on my toes.

Overall, I think this was a solid romance and about what I expected.

3 of 5 stars

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Rushing Love by Meg Bawden

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After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.

Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.

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Review

Gah! I was leery of this book because I’ve not been impressed with this series overly much, however – this is a unique part of the world and May/December and I really enjoyed Avon Gale’s contribution to the series … so I thought I’d give it a try.

Well, I’m just going to say it didn’t work for me.
There was a lot of “info dumping” about being in South Dakota, being a Native American from South Dakota, being a ranch operator etcetera that felt more educational than entertaining.

I didn’t care for the way Grayson talked to and about Flynn right from the start. It didn’t feel authentic or sincere and it bothered me a lot. Ie:

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. You’re gorgeous. Please tell me you’re the gay one.”

I didn’t like that Flynn referred to his BFF as a “fagstag” and their relationship felt awkward and strange as well.

Then there’s the ending. We got a very HEA but it was totally unbelievable – especially given the circumstances surrounding Flynn’s trip in the first place and didn’t feel real. Even the “misunderstanding” seemed unrealistic given who all was on the ranch – I think Flynn would have guess who Grayson was right from the start.

In any case – while I might read something from this author in the future, this just wasn’t for me.

2 of 5 stars

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Texas Winter (Texas Series Book 2) Audiobook by RJ Scott narrated by Sean Crisden

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Blurb

Riley’s past comes back to haunt him both professionally and personally.
His dead brother left more than just bitter memories for Riley to deal with. The FBI get involved and suddenly it is more than his good name that is on the line. Jack is always there for him, but how much more can Riley’s husband reasonably be able to understand?
Especially when Riley finds out on his delayed honeymoon that he has an eight-year-old daughter he never knew existed….

Review

And the drama continues!! Jack and Riley are back! They’re married and still in love but the hits keep comin’!

Without telling all the secrets, I can tell you that there are: marriages, babies, a shooting, the FBI, and even more – all in this relatively short story!

If you enjoyed book one, you’ll love seeing what these guys have gotten into now, and if you haven’t read book one, this will not make any sense ;)!

I love that the relationship is never in jeopardy, and that with each new dramatic event the two men grow closer. I also loved seeing the more “family” side of Riley. The smexy times are hot! I love how they keep score as to which person’s turn it is to top! Super funny and sexy, too.

I think I enjoyed this even more as an audiobook – Sean Crisden gives this that extra layer of emotion to really draw you into the story. His voices and characterizations are just as good as book one and I think this is the best way to enjoy this series!

For the book and the audiobook 4.5 of 5 stars

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When the Dust Settles (Timing Book 3) Audiobook by Mary Calmes narrated by Sean Crisden

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Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on, to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

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This is classic Mary. We get a very misunderstood Glenn who thinks everyone hates him when he is in fact this amazing guy who saves people left and right and makes his own new little family just to spite his “real” family.

There were some shockers in here, too. For one, Glenn is gay but a male virgin! That was awesome! He discloses some things about his past that explain the why of this as well as some pretty important other changes he’s made that kind of reinvent him – entirely. Which is good – because he was mostly a jerk in Timing and After the Sunset.

His love interest is another shocker – we had no idea that Mac was gay before this – but that wasn’t really made a thing and once Glenn found out things moved quickly. (So that was one of the hurdles, fairly easily crossed.)

This is pretty short and if I have a complaint it’s that. We’re going along and there’s all this delicious tension and misunderstandings abounding and Glenn’s getting all this excellent Karma built up and then – BAM – he flips his switch and suddenly all that tension is released without a legitimate explanation. While I loved what happened next I can’t really say it made any sense.

Another piece that Mary either blatantly planted a seed for a future story with Josie and her story or it was a really neglected plot string. We start Glenn’s story off with Josie in a very terrible situation and yes, Glenn comes off the hero, but I’m not sure what purposed the served beyond that. As it stands, it feels kind of like we’re missing something important.

I loved the near death situations and how close Glenn comes to danger – felt a bit like Jory again! I also loved the complete adoration Mac gives him and how easily he accepts his new role.

What I didn’t like was how little Mac was even in this story! Most of this about Glenn and I wish we could have seen more of the happy couple – either before or after they hooked up.

It was fantastic catching up with Rand and Stef and it was great to see their new little one, too.

All in all I loved this and thought it was a blast. I think fans of the series will also adore it. If you’re new to the series you will probably need to start at book one to really appreciate this, but it can be a standalone, though not a very good one.

As a part of the series 4 of 5 stars

Audio

Mmmmm. Sean Crisden is YUMMY! And so is his voice! 😉

I love that he did the entire Timing series, so all my favs can come out to play. Rand, Stef-awn, and now Glenn and Mac. He does such a nice job of conveying the emotion when Glenn is feeling sorry for himself, or Mac’s exasperation at Glenn’s pouting, or the real fear when Glenn gets injured. I think this absolutely elevated this story and gave it more depth than it had on it’s own. Highly Recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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