Audiobook: High Test by Elizabeth Noble Narrated by Colin Darcy

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/high-test-by-elizabeth-noble-9033-b

Blurb
The coffee is rich. Hayden isn’t. But Neal doesn’t need to know that—yet.

Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.

The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own

Review

This is a sweet Cinderfella May-December romance. Both Neal and Hayden are lovable genuine characters. The story is told from Hayden’s point of view. Hayden is coming to the end of his studies when he meets Neal at a college function. He enjoyed Neal’s company so much he nearly missed his bus. Neal never gets Hayden’s number. I really enjoyed this take on the fairytale. A slow building romance where they learn more about each other. Hayden never wants Neal’s money, just him. However there was a misunderstanding and Hayden never quite managed to correct Neal and feels guilty about it. I liked the way the age gap works between them, they are well suited in interests and outlook. I’m not sure that the vindictive woman was needed but I suppose there has to be some bumps in the road. Such a charming low angst story.
Colin Darcy is a new to me. I think he does very well portraying Neal’s Indian background without it sounding like a caricature. He also captures Hayden’s youth without making him sound too young. He has a pleasant voice making it very easy listening.

For the second time. This is where the misunderstanding begins

3 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Heart Unheard by Andrew Grey Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heart-unheard-by-andrew-grey-9023-b

Blurb
The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.

Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.

Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Andrew Grey never fails to deliver a sweet tale, add in Greg Tremblay and what more could you ask for. For me Andrew Grey’s characters are believable, they have all the normal worries and issues to overcome. Thee isn’t any melodrama, just people overcoming fears and obstacles with the help of friends and finding love along the way. Brent made me consider this because he lets his own insecurities rule over his feelings for Scott. It takes nearly losing Scott to spur him on. Even then some of those insecurities threaten their relationship. But Brent comes to see the reality of his fears. Scott is strong and with Brent’s support learns to adjust to his new world. The turn of events around the ‘accident’ was a good twist in the story.

I noticed in the introduction it is ‘performed by Grey Tremblay’ performed is much more apt description than narrated by. It raises the book to a whole new level. There is a lot of emotion in this story which Greg enhances in such a way that I couldn’t help but empathise with the characters. A great story draws you in and great performances bring you into the heart of the story.

4 of stars out of 5

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Valentine’s Review: Fifth Valentine’s Day by Casper Graham

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https://www.jms-books.com/erotic-romance-c-29_94/fifth-valentines-day-p-2003.html?zenid=rhJjTx4LNXoJr8ILi60b

Blurb
Matthew Singer loves his two boyfriends very much, he truly does. But he’s uncomfortable with all the extravagant gifts he receives on their fifth Valentine’s Day/anniversary together. Nothing he says or does seems to discourage them. The gifts, sweet as they may be, are getting more obnoxious every year. Then he comes up with the sweetest punishment to dole out to his stubborn lovers.

Aiden Eastwood simply wants his boyfriends to feel loved. Since he has the money, he can spoil them both to his heart’s content. Ironically, Edward Langston is an emotionally stunted psychiatrist, so to show his appreciation to his boyfriends, he buys them the most ridiculous gifts that he can think of.

Will Matthew’s punishment discourage his lovers from buying more insane gifts in the future? Or will it backfire on him spectacularly

Review
I’ve not read anything by Casper Graham before so this book was a very pleasant introduction to the authors work. For quite a short story it gave me a lovely picture of the relationship between Matt, Aiden and Edward. Their back story is included in between the ever increasing extravagant valentine gifts sent between each other. It’s not just Valentine’s Day for the trio it is also their fifth anniversary of being together which is why the reminiscing fits perfectly into the story. Casper Graham can certainly write hot scenes. There are only a couple of sex scenes in the story but Oh boy they are smoking. This is a hot romantic and amusing story perfect to fill a gap.

4 of stars out of 5

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Dominate by Bailey Bradford

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Pride Publishing
https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/dominat

Blurb
Forest is absent-minded, oblivious and so adorable, Dominant Quarry Light can’t help but to fall for him.

Quarry Light grew up tough—with a name like his, he didn’t have any other choice. Being a Dom came naturally to him, so when he got the chance to co-own a BDSM club with his friends, he leaped on the opportunity. If he thought he’d be able to find his soulmate sub easier, well, that was a side benefit.

The only problem is, that benefit had never appeared, and after having his heart and hopes crushed twice, Quar has decided he’ll stick to just scening with a sub now and then.

Fate has other things in mind, namely in the form of one Forest Tilden.

Forest is absent-minded, oblivious and so adorable, Quar can’t help but ask for his number after he stops to help the poor guy. Forest’s car picked the right day to bite it. He’s going to get more than a little mechanical advice from Quar. Together, they might get the future they both long for

Review
Dominate is the third book in a series of short stories set in a BDSM club. In my view it can be read alone as any reference to characters from the other stories are fleeting. This is a snapshot story covering about two weeks and I would’ve liked more. I felt I had just got invested in where Quarry and Forest’s relationship was going when the story ended. Having said that I loved the story. Forest is a virgin but knows what he wants and is drawn to BDSM. To satisfy his curiosity he visits a club where he meets Quar. Quar takes Forest under his wing and rest as they say is history. I do like Bailey Bradford’s characters. They are always likeable, well the main characters are. The BDSM scenes in this book are not heavy mainly discussions about what both of them want, some spanking and exhibitionism. If you are unsure about BDSM this would be a good story to start with.

4 of stars out of 5

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Hearts and Hazelnuts by Kris T. Bethke

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hearts-and-hazelnuts-by-kris-t-bethke-9103-

Blurb
Mechanic Jordan Hart is down on his luck, so he gladly accepts a temporary job servicing tractors at a hazelnut farm in Newberg, Oregon. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to his boss, Beckett Shaw. Still working on embracing his bisexuality, he’s reluctant to start anything, but Beckett’s gentle coaxing convinces Jordan to take a risk.

Beckett has vowed not to get involved with anyone until he can restore the Shaw Farms name as a leader in hazelnuts. But there’s no denying his interest in the shy mechanic who shows up at his door. Just as they begin to find a balance, outside forces threaten to tear them apart. Job opportunities force Jordan out of the Portland area he loves so much. But when danger comes too close to Beckett, Jordan must decide if he can follow his heart to the Willamette Valley… and straight back to Beckett.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States

Review
What I like about the States of Love stories is that when they are done well they give me a sense of the beauty of the place. This story did that for me. The descriptions of the beautiful scenery and the pride locals take over their identity. Hazelnuts in this case. I loved the slow burn romance between Jordan and Beckett. Both of them are strong men who need to stand on their own but at the same time can’t resist the pull of attraction between them. The only thing is that I didn’t really get a good sense of the secondary characters, such as Cory who works for Beckett. It is difficult in a novella to give space for all the characters and I’m more than happy with the main characters. Maybe Cody’s time will come in another book later.
I liked the way Jordan and Beckett’s relationship develops. There isn’t insta love but a building of friendship and trust. This is a yummy (must be the hazelnuts on my mind) low angst love story with a little intrigue to move things along. Perfect for an afternoon escape.

4 of stars out of 5

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Heart Unheard by Andrew Grey

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Blurb:

A Hearts Entwined Novel
The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.
Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.
Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental.

 

Review

 A lovely addition to this new series! This standalone story features Brent and Scott (from Heart Unseen).
For 2 years, Brent has held off acting on his feelings for a younger Scott. Now 20 years old, Scott has all but given up on something happening between him and Brent, when he is badly injured in an accident. Brent realises that he has to do something about his feelings or he’ll lose Scott.
Both men are a little broken – Brent from a past personal tragedy and Scott, more recently, from becoming deaf due to the accident. I really liked how Scott’s disability was presented – there is no easy way to handle suddenly becoming deaf. Andrew Grey showed that it takes a lot of work to communicate and be understood in a world that relies on sound.
The romance between the 2 MC’s was not without some bumps, but not insurmountable. As an added bonus, there is a bit of a mystery as to who caused Scott’s accident and why – it added a nice twist to this really good romance. The next mystery is whether Dean (the 3rd friend) will get his act together and find love ☺
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series!

4 stars out of 5
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Audiobook: Depth of Field (Last Chance #1) by Riley Hart Narrated by Tristan James

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Blurb

Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him…until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.

Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.

Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.

It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

This is the Riley Hart I fell in love with the first time I read Collide!

Riley has an amazing ability to tell the story of two guys finding love where it really shouldn’t “be”. There’s no way Shane and “Van” should get along and there’s no way Shane could ever forgive Van and there’s no way Van would ever be willing to compromise… but somehow they do!

I really appreciate the fact that Riley has the writing chops to make the reader believe in these guys and their story. There are no gaping plot holes, no giant suspensions of disbelief, just a few well placed “human” moments where people bend and flex enough to allow for something that normally wouldn’t happened to happen.

In addition to giving us a really believable story, she has also given us an amazingly tender, thoughtful and SUPER SEXY story!

Shane’s mother’s struggle is so real and I found myself rooting for her just as much as for the boys.

While I couldn’t understand Van’s mother or her situation much, I appreciated the fact that there was no “miracle cure” to be found, and that sometimes you just get what you get.

I am including this review in my “kink” month because I think that Shane has a definite “voyeurism” kink. While he might not admit it (yet!) he likes to be watched and loves having his picture taken especially when having sex. I think this book had some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a Riley Hart book (writing alone).

This is a book you can’t put down and I loved it very, very much. Highly recommended!

Audio

WOW!

Just – WOW!

And. Yum!

Add Tristan James to this amazing book and you have an audio book to drool over.

Tristan James’ voice is like eating desert – luscious and mouth-watering. He’s so easy to listen to – so well suited to this genre – and absolutely adds to the overall erotic experience of this book.

Highly recommended.

6 of 5 stars

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Heart Unseen Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heart-unseen-by-andrew-grey-8795-b

Blurb

As a stunningly attractive man and the owner of a successful chain of auto repair garages, Trevor is used to attention, adoration, and getting what he wants. What he wants tends to be passionate, no-strings-attached flings with men he meets in clubs. He doesn’t expect anything different when he sets his sights on James. Imagine his surprise when the charm that normally brings men to their knees fails to impress. Trevor will need to drop the routine and connect with James on a meaningful level. He starts by offering to take James home instead of James riding home with his intoxicated friend.

For James, losing his sight at a young age meant limited opportunities for social interaction. Spending most of his time working at a school for the blind has left him unfamiliar with Trevor’s world, but James has fought hard for his independence, and he knows what he wants. Right now, that means stepping outside his comfort zone and into Trevor’s heart.

Trevor is also open to exploring real love and commitment for a change, but before he can be the man James needs him to be, he’ll have to deal with the pain of his past.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)
This is the reason I love Andrew Grey stories! Here we have a blind man, a “broken” man and a simple, relatively angst free romance where one of them is almost a virgin!

James is really, really sweet and despite his initial appearance, so is Trevor. There are some rocky moments with James’ family, but for the most part this is just two guys learning about one another and trying to make things work.

I really enjoyed this and think anyone looking for a nice, comforting read – especially if you like hurt/comfort reads – will enjoy this.

Audio

Greg does another fantastic job with this. He gives Trevor just the right amount of “swagger” and James just the right amount of “sweet”. He handles the emotions, the female voices and the timing all with ease. Highly recommended as the best way to enjoy this sweet, lovely story!

5 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: Depth of Field (Last Chance #1) by Riley Hart

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Blurb

Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him…until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.

Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.

Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.

It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.

Review

This is the Riley Hart I fell in love with the first time I read Collide!

Riley has an amazing ability to tell the story of two guys finding love where it really shouldn’t “be”. There’s no way Shane and “Van” should get along and there’s no way Shane could ever forgive Van and there’s no way Van would ever be willing to compromise… but somehow they do!

I really appreciate the fact that Riley has the writing chops to make the reader believe in these guys and their story. There are no gaping plot holes, no giant suspensions of disbelief, just a few well placed “human” moments where people bend and flex enough to allow for something that normally wouldn’t happened to happen.

In addition to giving us a really believable story, she has also given us an amazingly tender, thoughtful and SUPER SEXY story!

Shane’s mother’s struggle is so real and I found myself rooting for her just as much as for the boys.

While I couldn’t understand Van’s mother or her situation much, I appreciated the fact that there was no “miracle cure” to be found, and that sometimes you just get what you get.

I am including this review in my “kink” month because I think that Shane has a definite “exhibitionism” kink. While he might not admit it (yet!) he likes to be watched and loves having his picture taken especially when having sex. I think this book had some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a Riley Hart book (writing alone).

 

This is a book you can’t put down and I loved it very, very much. Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars
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Believe in the Wish by Christi Snow

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https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Wish-Christi-Snow-ebook/dp/B071R6PM6Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492919868&sr=1-1&keywords=believe+in+the+wish+snow

 

Blurb
I buried my twin sister six months after she found out she had cancer. Her funeral was three months ago. Today is our birthday and it started with delivery of letters from her.

It seems she didn’t trust me to move on after her death. She knows me too well. But how can I go on when my other half is just…gone? That’s not something I can recover from with a snap of my fingers. But I also can’t ignore her instructions even though I’d be perfectly content to cuddle up with my buddy, Johnnie Walker, and call it a year.

She has a list of things for me to do and there are rules attached.

There’s one major problem besides the fact it’s been three months since I left the house. I have to do all these things with her jerk of an ex, Hawk Simmons. He abandoned her shortly after she found out she was sick. If that wasn’t enough to make this a really bad idea, the fact that he makes an appearance in all my nighttime fantasies probably does.

I don’t think I can do this, but I owe it to my sister’s memory to try.

Review
I was looking forward to reading and reviewing this book. I loved the idea behind it, not so sure about the book itself.
Christi Snow is a wonderful author and I have read many of her books. This one starts out great. The connection between twins for most is strong and to lose what you consider your other half is devastating. Her descriptions of grief really brings you in with feeling empathy for Ethan. I just didn’t like how Ethan and Hawk are forced to spend time together or else…… And I really didn’t like that the author has Hawk hooking up with what I assumed was an escort in the middle of the story for no reason that I could see.
The supporting cast in this story is creative genius on the author’s part. I really think I connected more with them than the 2 MC’s. They bring such lighthearted moments to what could have been a very angst/woe is me story. I hope Ms Snow writes a book on some of the secondary characters, I for one would read them.

3 of 5 stars

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