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Wake up call by JL Merrow Duo Review by Mary and Beth!

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Blurb

 South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour–including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy–a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality–the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easygoing acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional–and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

 

Review by Mary

Wake Up Call is the first book in a series based around a small Cornish town called Porthkennack. Riptide’s website gives a small synopsis if you would like to get a feel of the town or look up Port Isaac or Porthcurno, that would give you an idea of the landscape. The series is a mix of standalone contemporary and historical stories.

Wake Up Call is a contemporary story.

Devan is alone on a three week break in Porthkennack looking for his birth mother. There are a lot of threads running through this story. At the start of the story Devan seems a bit lost. He befriends Ceri, a local girl, who appears to be in trouble and wants to help her. This story thread peters out and is overtaken by his foster sister needing help. These all run alongside his developing relationship with Kyle Anthony.

Kyle is angry and bitter about his condition, narcolepsy. He is hiding in Cornwall not yet having come to terms with losing his career and way of life. The locals mistakenly assume he is an alcoholic because he has collapsed in town. Dev connects with him and they are drawn together. But they are both hesitant to get too deep for their own reasons.

This is a nice book. There is a lot going on around Dev and Kyle in the story but I can’t decide whether it detracts or just distracted me from them actually getting together. There is a running theme of assumptions in the story, class between Mechanic/Lawyer, sexuality, Kyle’s condition and the behaviour of Mal, Ceri and Tasha all of which are based on limited information and cause hurt and misunderstanding. It is a shame that Dev and Kyle moving in together happens off page but by that stage the story has moved away from Porthkennack.

Overall I think this is a really good book to start the series. It builds the scene and atmosphere of the place all the books are set in.

4 of 5 stars
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Review by Beth

This was a refreshing story. Sure Devan got angry sometimes. His age and situations made it happen, but in general he has such an upbeat personality. Not bubbly, or off the wall but a roll with the upsets, look for the positive no matter what. Sure there was the, does he like me? Am I good enough for him? That comes from him being adopted, put in the foster system and a blue collar job. When faced with someone he likes and they have a medical condition he just goes with the flow. No freakouts, no walking away in disgust or frustration, he truly is concerned and looks up both symptoms and appropriate actions.

Kyle has been broken and given up. Let’s face it, he’s lost his job, boyfriend and home. He allows himself no support from friends or family. He has come to Porthkennack to hide.

JL Merrow has done a wonderful job weaving a story about hurt/comfort. She has introduced plausible issues, plausible solutions and a love story, all tied together. Her characters catch your interest, and make you want to know how it will turn out.

4 of 5 stars

 
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Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey

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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

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.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Secrets of You (Sunshine and Happiness #4) by Skylar M. Cates

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/secrets-of-you-by-skylar-m-cates-8221-b

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It’s never easy to find redemption.

Carrying scars and regrets, River Darcourt avoids too much intimate contact. Among his friends, he is known as a quiet loner. Forget about love. It’s not something he will consider… until sweet, young, and tempting Morgan Hayes becomes his housemate. River closed his heart long ago, but the attraction is impossible to deny.

Morgan Hayes needs a change. He is moving out of his critical father’s home and in with his friends, including his secret/not-so-secret crush, River. Having feelings for River is a terrible idea. But what is a guy to do when the annoyingly sexy mechanic is just across the hall?

While Morgan has overcome ugliness and is ready for love, he’s just not sure River ever will be. They have both experienced pain in their lives. So Morgan dares River to take a chance, and love will either break their fractured hearts in more pieces or, just possibly, make them whole again.

Review

What a great name for a character! (ha ha) Morgan is such a sweetheart! Despite all that’s happened to him, he remains open and refreshingly honest and optimistic.

River was a bit more of a sad-sack. His life has definitely been hard and he doesn’t really deal well with any sort of adversity. Morgan definitely has his work cut out for him with River.

Of course I wanted River and Morgan to work out – River needed someone like Morgan so badly! – but, I was a bit bemused by the change of heart in River. He’s so determined to be alone then – suddenly – he’s willing to give things a try. I guess everyone has a tipping point – and faced with Morgan’s constant optimism even the most dour of people have to reconsider – right?

I was glad that River’s secrets got revealed, but I wish we’d gotten a bit more closure for River and a bit more of a solid take on where the future was headed for him and Morgan.

The smexy times were definitely hot and the feels were very sweet. It was great seeing all the other characters and while I think having read all the books in the series will help you to understand River a bit better, I think this would be fine as a stand-alone as well.

There looks like there might be more in store for this series – I’m hoping Logan’s up next – and that will make all the fans of the author and the series really happy!

While I definitely enjoyed this, it wasn’t my favorite in the series, but that’s a tough comparison – the series is just so good!

4 of 5 stars

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#REV (Gearshark Book 2) Audiobook Written by: Cambria Hebert Narrated by: Luke Itzvic , Guy Locke

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Blurb

A line has been drawn – Indie versus Pro.
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing. Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution. Drew Forrester was the spark, but his second-in-command, Trent Mask, is the revolution. What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition? Resolve of steel…. Stubborn will…. And a heart that refuses to give up.
Contains mature themes.

Review

So much drama! Well – okay – there’s a lot going on with these guys. They’ve just decided they’re in love. Drew is starting up his own indie racing division. Trent is dealing with graduating and his fraternity politics. And, at the end of book one, Trent got gay bashed and old Drew they had to break up!

This story picks up literally right from that point.

On the one hand, there is a lot of hang wringing and internal angsting. But…if you remember this is a New Adult story – the angst makes sense and feels totally appropriate.
I love that the couple doesn’t actually give up on one another at all. They stick together and make a plan and decide – when the time is right – to seek revenge and to come out all in one fell swoop.

I loved how tender and romantic these guys were with one another, while still feeling like “guys”. There were a few internal monologues that felt a bit OTT and inauthentic – but for the most part – this felt really true to the age and descriptions of these guys. They’re alpha males and not inclined to flowers and romance.

There’s a part where they are playing football that felt like the perfect juxtaposition of guys being guys but also a few hearts and flowers as Drew “defended” Trent from his attackers.
The smexy times were off the charts hot and the feels were plentiful.

I loved the dual narration – again – Drew’s voice is to DIE for – and I really thought that helped to cement the characters in my mind and really made this feel more like a movie and mutli-dimensional.

If you loved book one, this is a VERY satisfying book two and you’ll want to read it for sure. I enjoyed it and found it to be touching, sweet and hot (if a little too much drama and angst for my tastes – but consistent with the age group.)

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars for the audio and book

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#Junkie: Gearshark Book 1 by Cambria Hebert Narrated by Luke Itzvic and Guy Locke

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Blurb

Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie. His high of choice? Cars. The faster, the better. He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.
So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is that there are no rules? You gotta be hungry. You gotta have balls. And you can never back down.
Contains mature themes.

Review

I’ve had this on my kindle FOREVER it seems. I loved the premise and it’s gotten some good reviews and the whole double GFY is totally my thing. But… it’s long and it’s NA with a large dose of college melodrama thrown in and the romance is slow burn and and and…

What I loved: the dual narration was excellent! I especially loved Guy Locke (who I think voiced Drew’s parts) in this dual POV narrative. I loved the dual POV. We really get to know just what each guy is thinking and that’s wonderful. I loved all the car facts at the beginning of each chapter. Some are interesting some are really funny but they were a nice touch. I loved the secondary characters and the way the entire “family” felt really fleshed out. (This is a spin off from a NA M/F series so the people who’ve read the entire series will see people they recognize. I haven’t read it, but I still felt connected to the characters.) The smexy times are appropriate for an NA novel. They’re in there, but they aren’t the main focus and the “new to being gay” guys don’t just dive in, they are appropriately cautious about expanding their physicality.

What didn’t work for me: The writing. It felt a little too “dramatic”. Too many descriptions were similes and each “moment” was drawn out and there was very little action to keep my attention. Lots of internal dialogs and navel gazing and not much “doing”. (spoiler) It takes up to 62% for our MCs to even kiss! I was desperate by the time they finally connect! (end spoiler) This ends on a “cliff hanger” as there is a Part 2 where in our MCs get their HEAs. So, I was psyched I hadn’t read this and been waiting for the next installment or I’d have been pretty frustrated.
Who I think will like this: If you like cars and racing, or football and fraternities, New Adult romances, double GFY/OFY (I think both these guys are gay and in denial, but they call themselves bi in this book), slow burn romances and stories with a lot of “pondering”.
I really enjoyed listening to this, though I think the fact that I was listening to it made me “like” the book less, simply because if I’d been reading I’d have skimmed a bunch and that’s harder to do with an audio book. The narrators voices are great! They do the kids and female characters very well and I liked the way they handled the emotion and the dialog. The sound quality was excellent as well.

Overall, this was good – but not great – as an NA book and fun as an audiobook.

4 of 5 stars
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The Reluctant Wolf (Cloverleah Pack #1) by Lisa Oliver

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Kane Matthews, Alpha of his small wolf pack in Cloverleah has been raised to believe that mates are not possible for gay men and has lived his life accordingly. Kicked out of his home pack years before because of his sexual orientation Kane has built a solid and comfortable life for himself in the small town of Cloverleah.
Imagine his surprise when an unscheduled visit to the small town’s diner unleashes a flood of emotions in the man he didn’t think possible – not least of all, lust. But finding out it is possible for wolf shifters to have gay mates is just one of the things that Kane has to overcome if he is to have the forever future he has been hoping for.

Shawn Bailey never expected to find his mate. He is just too different – an “Other” who has the power to instill fear in any other shifter. After spending ten years on the run from his Alpha father he spends most days just trying to stay alive. When a
chance encounter brings him face to face with his mate Shawn has to decide if the man in front of him is worth staying for.

But with hunters, Alpha challenges, Kane’s parents and a smitten Alpha from another pack all interfering in Kane and Shawn’s budding romance, not to mention some surprising answers about Shawn’s own unique talents can these two true mates find the happily ever after they are looking for?

Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable. Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a short BDSM scene, strong language and shifter/magic themes.

Review

In my quest to give good books/authors/series more “press”, I’m reviewing books that I’ve loved and missed giving a formal review.

I’ve reviewed some of the later books in this series, but this is the book that started it all and this is a series you really need to read in order.

The over-arching premise is that Cloverleah (and it’s “sister pack” in San Antonio are special shifters (and others) who end up working together against common enemies. (I think something big is coming up but I’m not sure.)

It starts with Kane separating from his pack and joining with other gay wolves to make his own tiny pack. Even though, typically, we’d have one alpha, there are several in his pack and it somehow works.

Shawn is a Shifter Guardian (explained in the book) and that means he’s got some super extra special talents that get used A LOT (which is awesome!).

In addition to the over arching theme of banding together in a unique way, we get one (or several) enemy to be vanquished in each book as well as one couple (or triad) falling in love.

Shawn and Kane are two Alphas but they are equals to the core. Their love is sweet and fierce and tender all at the same time. I have to say that I don’t remember the other books in the series having nearly so much sex as this book – but Shawn and Kane have a LOT of sex. Most of it’s pretty hot, but I did skim it the second time around reading this.

For me, I love the magic and paranormal aspects in this series. Lisa Oliver remembers that these are unique beings and so they do unique things all the time. It’s wonderful! They also really love one another and are amazingly sweet to each other.

The BDSM stuff is hardly noticeable and is mostly a vehicle for people to meet in a gay club. Occasionally there will be reference to a Dom or a sub from the past, but none of the couples really do that on page.

I highly recommend this series to Paranormal Romance fans!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Block and Strike by Kelly Jensen

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/block-and-strike-by-kelly-jensen-7995-b

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Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track. Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn’t part of the plan. When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor… and that he could really use a friend. Keeping Max in the friend-zone would be easier if he wasn’t so damned cute.

Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years, and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue. Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support. Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little more than a project for the handsome Jake. When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities—and muster the courage to take a chance at love.

Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down. A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret. They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.

Review

This is the fourth full length novel I’ve read by this author and I am continually impressed by their work! I love the time dedicated to character development – giving us a really rich pair of MCs to enjoy.

This is a slow-burn romance, poor Max is no shape to fall into a relationship when we first meet him and Jake has his own secrets. But it works and when they do come together it’s not just sweet but it’s sexy too.

I like that the women in this book aren’t evil and are there as friends and family and are helpful and lovely and strong.

I also loved that when it came time to open up, our guys act like adults and don’t do the running away thing. They listened and worked through their issues. Thumbs up!

Things that are important to me: sentimentality, good characters, appropriate heat, and a good HEA. All of those are here. (Although I would have loved to see them a little further down the line, we end in a really nice place.) Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Wolfsong Audiobook by TJ Klune Narrated by Kirt Graves

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Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road. The little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the little boy’s secret and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Ox lives in a small town with his mother. His father, the drunk, leaves him as a 12 year old and tells him “he’s a man now” and Ox does his best to do right by his mother.

Years later a boy named Joe shows up in town and instantly becomes Ox’s best friend.

There is a lot of drama and eventually Ox learns that the town is not what it seems.

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I don’t want to give anything away so my summary is purposefully vague and non-committal.

I’m also going to keep my review fairly brief.

There are many 4 and 5 star reviews for this, so I’m clearly in the minority.

But… I calls em like I sees em… and I just didn’t care for this, at all.

It was full of angst, and lots and lots of words. Sometimes the words were in sentences – sometimes they were just words.

I know what effect the author was trying for but it was more confusing than anything else – to me.

I didn’t like it when Ox was with other people – I know that’s my own bias – but there it is.

I didn’t like the fact that there were repeated flash backs thrown in with the current story.

I didn’t like the angst.

I almost didn’t pick this up to review. I know that I love TJ when he’s funny and am not a fan of his more angsty stuff and this absolutely reeked of angst in the blurb alone – but I adore shifters and so I thought… let’s see what happens.

It was interesting and there was some really unique world-building going on, but I just didn’t care for the love story and that’s what I like most in the world – a good love story.

This was a story about Ox and his story more than anything and it involved the love he shared with Joe – to be sure – but they spent so much time apart that it didn’t meet my needs as far as a love story goes.

So there you have it. Not a bad story – I can’t say that at all. Just not to my taste.

I encourage you to read the other reviews and see if it matches your tastes more, it just wasn’t my thing.

Audio

I’ve had times when I read a book and thought one thing but changed my opinion after listening to it.  This is a book many, many people loved and when the audio came out, it got good reviews too. So I figured I’d give it a try.

I think I feel consistently about this book – including the audiobook. The narrator does a good job, but not a great job. There are times he’s as robotic as my computer-generated “text-to-speech” app. There are definitely folks out there who can murder a story dead and make your ears bleed or others who can make your heart sing. Kirt Graves does a fair job reading this and falls somewhere in the middle. He’s not hard to listen to and he tries to give everyone a unique voice, but he lacks the acting chops of some of his contemporaries. His female voices aren’t screechy and his accents aren’t over the top, but he doesn’t add a lot of emotion or do a lot with extra sound effects or timing.

All in all if you’ve got the time I think this is a fine way to experience this story.

If I have to give a rating to this: both audiobook and story: 3 of 5 stars

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The Distance: Firsts and Forever Series Book 11 Audiobook by Alexa Land Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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What if everything you think you know about someone is completely wrong?
Twenty-four-year-old Jessie thinks he has fellow street racer Kai all figured out. The tall, dark-haired Hawaiian might be gorgeous, but he’s also arrogant, angry, and a total menace when he gets behind the wheel. So why does an argument with Kai lead to the hottest sex of Jessie’s life?
As sex starts to give way to so much more, Jessie wants to trust Kai. But after a betrayal in his past cut Jessie to the core, that doesn’t come easily. Even if Kai proves to be far more than the gruff exterior he shows the world, Jessie’s sure he’ll screw up any chance at a relationship and get hurt all over again. He just needs to keep his distance, which would be a lot easier if the attraction between them wasn’t so strong.
This gay contemporary romance is approximately 100,000 words. Please note: contains graphic sex and is only intended for adult listeners.

Review

Finally! Jessie’s story!

Jessie is Nana’s chauffer and is about the single most sweet person you’ll ever meet! He’s like candy! He can literally do no wrong and he deserves happiness!

Kai is a little mood and broody and sexy and Hawaiian. Yum! It’s like Yin meets Yang. They both race but really this is about two young guys falling for each other and living out Nana’s antics.

It’s an almost zero angst book with tons of slapstick comedy (cock fest, Nana’s wedding, the dress shopping, the bachelor party…) and a lot of family love.

It also sets the scene for Zach and River’s stories. Zach’s is already written: Who I Used to Be (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31661030-who-i-used-to-be?from_search=true) and it looks GOOD!

Audio

Greg. Just perfection. Nana is friggin’ hysterical. He gives Kai’s family a subtle accent, all the Nannettes old lady voices and even Isabelle a lovely child’s voice. He’s just the master!

(This is what I listened to on November 9th– I needed some sunshine and it worked!)

For both the story and the narration 5 of 5 stars

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Running Wild (Havoc Book 1) Audiobook by SE Jakes Narrated by Dorian Bane

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Embrace the danger.

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

Review

(Book reviewed here previouslyhttp://kimichanexperience.com/running-wild-havoc-1-se-jakes/)

SE Jakes has done it AGAIN. This series may even top/tie with the Hell or High Water series for me. Ryker is absolutely on par with Prophet for hot, bad ass, awesomeness… but maybe I should compare him to Mal… or Cillian… he is so bad ass that he always knows what to say and when to say it and what he does is ALMOST always right. Almost. Ryker is a SEX GOD and yet so amazingly sweet that you just want to take him home with you. He. Sends. Flowers. (Insert swoon)

Sean is another great character. He is funny, and caring, and a little crazy and vulnerable, and tough… just like a good SE Jakes character should be. He is a great friend, a neurotic lover, an adrenaline junkie and an ex-soldier who suffers from PTSD. He also is Bad. Ass. He has ninja car skills and can steal a car with one hand tied behind his back. His relationship with Ryker is sweet and funny and very, very hot, and sometimes frustrating.

The story is completely amazing. It grabbed me, threw me on the back of the bike and told me to hang on! There was literally never a slow moment or place I felt I wanted (or even could) skim. It was all vital, wonderful and riveting.

The love story is so completely satisfying and … hot. Enough said.

Jakes has added some vaguely paranormal stuff to this story that added a distinct charm and mystique to Havoc and its compound. I hope for future stories from Casey, maybe Sweet, maybe Noah – you never know right?

I totally recommend this book (and all SE Jakes books) and give this book 6 out of 5 stars – it was that good. Really.

Audio

Dorian Bane does an AMAZING job with this!  He really hits the mark for gruff and gritty MC member!  He also really conveys Sean in just the right way, too!  He’s not the best when it comes to the non-dialog parts, but he very aptly conveys the emotions in a scene.  I found this highly entertaining and a great way to enjoy this wonderful story!

 

Overall 5 of 5 stars

Copy Purchased for Review

Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Running-Wild-Audiobook/B01LXLMCQD/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1475205962&sr=1-2