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Time to get scared: Ascendent by Tal Bauer

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Sasha Andreyev grew up on the wrong side of nowhere, dreaming of starlight as he strangled a secret. He fled, enlisting in the Russian Army, and worked his way up the ranks. Years later, after surviving a beating and being left for dead, he found a new life in Moscow, working with President Sergey Puchkov.

And then, he fell in love.

Desperate to avoid his runaway heart, crippled with a shame that infected his soul, and ravaged by demons haunting his memories, Sasha ran.

But he could never escape Sergey, or the gravitational pull of their love.

Nightmares trail behind his every step and weary ghosts live in the hollow chambers of his soul. He’s spent a lifetime brutally eviscerating the parts of himself he despises, and he’s an empty, shattered shell, struggling to be the man worthy of Sergey’s love.

The pieces of his soul he cut out are the very ones he needs in order to become the man he yearns to be. He’ll need to face himself, and his past, on a journey into the frozen heart of Russia, and into the midnight depths of the dead lands.

Only then can he ascend from the darkness, and be the man Sergey needs at his side.


I will admit that Tal Bauer is my favourite author out there writing at this time. His books have the research and attention to detail that, in my opinion, put them above most other offerings. It is standard practice for me to have my Kindle in one hand and Google fired up and ready in the other, so I can look for myself at the places he describes.

With Ascendent, it was no different. Following straight on from where we left them at the end of Enemies Within, this story follows Sasha and Sergey and how they start to build a life together in Russia.

We spend most of our time in this book with Sasha as he battles his ingrown demons and self-loathing at being gay and how this feeling is slowly killing him. But we also get spend time with Sergey as he fights for his country as well as his love. With a horror twist that had me peering at the words from between my fingers, this is once again a superb offering by Tal Bauer.

These were the characters I took the least amount of interest in during the Executive Office series, so I was unsure how I would take to this book, but I needn’t have worried. Tal, once again with his clever, descriptive use of language drew me into the story and back into the Executive world. Possibly even out doing even himself with his beautiful phrasing and painful emotion.

I would not recommend this as a stand-alone book, as it references events in the Executive Office series more than once, but it is a wonderful look into the world of Sasha and Sergey and a fabulous gateway to what I am sure are more nail biting adventures to come.

Number of stars out of 5: 5

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Holidays: A Holiday Crush (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by CJane Elliott

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San Francisco lawyer Brad Halberstam is in a rut. At forty-one, he’s successful but alone. Even his holidays are predictable—he spends every Christmas golfing in Napa with his ex-boyfriend. Then attractive but oh-so-young filmmaker Michael Blair invites him out. Brad joins Michael and his housemates in their holiday celebrations and learns that life can be joyful. He hesitates to saddle Michael with a much-older boyfriend but as their attraction ignites, Brad’s tempted to let Michael sweep him into a bright new future.

Michael lives in a group house in Berkeley. He loves making life into a celebration, especially during the holidays. Michael longs for a partner, and he hopes serious but sweet Brad Halberstam is the one. Michael’s infatuation grows over caroling and cookies, but his housemate reminds him that Michael always latches on to someone during the holidays, so he won’t be alone. After a misunderstanding, Michael loses heart, no longer sure if his relationship with Brad is real or just another Christmas crush.


This definitely stands out as one of my favorites in this bunch! I loved it!!! It was sweet, sentimental, and really hit all the right notes – even though it was short.

The (very mild) political statement is well-received and I appreciated how little angst was spent on Brad’s career change.

All in all highly recommended – if only it were a full length story!

5 of 5 stars


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The Gryphon King’s Consort by Jenn Burke

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Love takes flight.

The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.

Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love

I did like this take on the arranged marriage. Known to be opposites in outlook they are to be married to give a sense of balance. They both know this going into the arrangement. I did struggle with this book. I felt my attention drifting away to other things that wouldn’t normally distract me from reading. It is roughly halfway through when they consummate their marriage and mark each other. I liked that they started to bond over romance books and other things but this common ground was short lived. I empathised with Eirian’s frustration at not being valued as a person. All Luca seems to worry about is position. I found it hard to connect with either character. Their mood switched too frequently and the relationship seemed too tempestuous to survive. It felt like if it wasn’t for the mating bond they wouldn’t choose to be together. From early on I had an inkling who was behind the disruption between Luca and Eirien but the surprise was another character being the main driving force. Stirring up Luca to be discontent with his choice in Eirien. The story picks up in the last quarter which redeemed it for me. Although the ending did seem a forced happy ever after. Overall I found the story to be mediocre.

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Unexpected By Sloane Kennedy

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Protectors Book 10

I finally had the chance at a perfect life when I met the man I was supposed to be with. But he’s gone and chances like that don’t come along twice in one lifetime. Right?
Former president Everett Shaw had his whole life laid out for him from the time he was a child and he lived out every expectation to complete and utter perfection… until he met the one man who changed everything. With plans to leave public life behind after finishing his term in office, Everett was looking forward to a quiet life with the man of his dreams at his side. But one brutal act of violence stole that bright future away, leaving Everett struggling just to get through each day.

A decade later finds Everett nearing the age of sixty and living a shell of a life. Haunted by his loss, he finds solace in his roses and evenings sitting in front of the television. But when his estranged son is horribly injured while saving the life of another, Everett leaves everything behind in the hopes of mending the broken relationship and helping his son heal in more ways than one.

My job is to protect and there are rules that have to be followed. Even if there weren’t, I wouldn’t risk letting anyone close… not again.
Special Agent Jonathan Nash’s job is to keep the former president safe, not be his friend. Even if something about the lonely older man draws him in, he’s not about to risk what’s left of his career for anything. And it’s not like a guy like Everett Shaw would really see him anyway. Nor would he want him to, considering the ugly past Nash left behind to pursue his dream. No, he’s better off following protocol and doing his job. Let someone else deal with the broken man. It’s not his problem… it can’t be.

I learned a long time ago to live life on my terms and that sometimes you have to take that leap of faith to get what you want. But wanting two men at the same time? That’s new, even for me.
At forty-five years old, former Navy SEAL Gage Fortier has experienced success and loss in equal measure, and while his life has taken a direction he never planned, he wouldn’t have it any other way. When Reese, the young man he’s partnered with in the underground vigilante group they both work for, is injured on the job, he sees an opportunity to build on the friendship with the bitter former soldier while giving him a place to recover. But when he discovers that the young man is actually the estranged son of a former U.S. president, Gage realizes he has the chance to give both father and son so much more. There’s only one problem with his plan… how to ignore his growing attraction for the devishly handsome Everett Shaw.

And Everett’s perpetual shadow, Agent Nash.

Three men on very separate courses. Until something unexpected happens and three become one…

*TRIGGER WARNING: This book as a couple of triggers. You can check out what they are by downloading the sample or using the “Look Inside” feature and scrolling to the appropriate page. Note that reading the trigger warnings could cause spoilers.

Can be read as a standalone novel.

The Protectors series crosses over with some of my other series, so for the most enjoyment, they should be read in order, but it is not required. You can find the correct reading order at the beginning of each book. I’ve also bundled all my series in the correct reading order under the title of A Family Chosen: The Protectors and Barrettis.


Sloane Kennedy’s ability to take a broken man and build a heartwarming, enticing and deeply moving story makes her one of my favorite authors. Although broken these men still have strength and unusually strong wills.

This time she has 2 broken men, Everett who has never come to terms of his grief for his dead lover and the loss of his son in his life. Nash from growing up as a foster kid and then a malicious lie that derailed his career. The third man, Gage, in this ménage, is actually well adjusted, calm and level headed. We also have 2 children involved, although one is a grown man, as do many of Sloane’s stories.

Sloane Kennedy takes us through a roller coaster of emotions and has us surprised with twists and turns throughout. I loved how she really had two stories twisted together and held us in suspense until the very end. The Story moves at a good pace yet there are times you should have a tissue handy.

The sex scenes are HOT, HOT, HOTTER! As only Sloane can do, it’s like you are sitting in a darkened corner watching it all happen. Did I say HOT!

5 of 5 stars


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Kink Month: The Master (Free Men book 3) by Kate Aaron

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Otiz lies in ruins. As underlord of the region, Lysander knows where his responsibilities lie. He has an obligation to the survivors to rebuild their homes and their lives. But what about his home, his life?

Kai needs help. The damage inflicted on him goes beyond the marks left when he was tortured, but healing him might require more from Lysander than he’s capable of giving. Of one thing he’s certain: Tam and Kai will never be endangered again because of who he is, even if saving them means setting them free.

All Lysander wants is to be left in peace. To recover from the horrors of his experience at the hands of his enemies. But with pressure piling up from every angle, peace is the last thing he’s likely to find. Suffocated by guilt, Lysander begins to spiral. How can he hold everything together, when inside he’s falling apart?


This is the third and final book in this series. We have a cast of caracheters that has grown. With the Master/Lysander following his plan to have Tam and Kai learn to love and depend on each other as he slowly moves out of the picture.
5 of 5 stars


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Kink Month: More by Sloan Parker

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After a series of explosive encounters with two men, a heartbroken loner breaks all of his rules for love. If you’re going to break the rules, might as well break them big. An M/M/M gay romance.

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father’s radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking every one of his rules. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father. He’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man. He’s falling for two. If you’re going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his old way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer?

This is one of the best ménage romances I’ve read in the sense that this is a group of men who I think actually function well (and better) as a triad than a couple.

First, they each meet one another on the same night so there is no previous couple dynamic to interfere. They’re looking – at first – only for a threesome, not coupledom, so when everything just clicks, it clicks for them as a unit.

Also, each man is very different from the other and totally brings something unique to the group. This is important because I think, on their own, they’d be missing something.

As I was re-reading this, my only complaint was (and don’t laugh) but alllllll the sex. Literally every chapter (it seems) is a fairly long sex scene. Now, understandably, that’s how these guys relate best to one another – however – I’m not sure we really needed all the sex scenes to see the growth of our triad.

I’m a bit leery of book 2 for that reason and haven’t read it as a result –but! – for the sake of Kink Month I’m going to read it and see how our triad is doing these days ;).

I still highly recommend this but I do warn about all the sex 😉

4.5 of 5 stars



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Audiobook Month: Delivering Dante: Made Marian Series, Book 6 Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by: Michael Pauley

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AJ: I know Dante’s story better than anyone. After all, I was the one who rescued him from his homophobic, abusive father eight years ago. Since then, I’ve kept my distance, but when I run into him at the Marian House gala and he doesn’t recognize me, I can’t resist the incredible, sensitive man he’s become.
I would do anything to protect Dante Marian, but what if his past keeps me from being part of his future?
Dante: Every new relationship has obstacles, it just turns out that ours involves my bumbling inexperience (ugh), an octogenarian naughty toy party (don’t ask), and being on the run in an RV with Aunt Tilly (it involves the Secret Service – no, really, don’t ask).
When my biological father takes his homophobic views on a national platform, the only way to stand up for what I believe in is to claim my past and confront him. So now it’s time to decide: Do I put the past behind me and walk away from AJ for good? Or face my biggest fear and fight for what’s mine?
Fair warning: Dante and AJ’s story contains frequent detailed scenes of man parts touching, little old ladies being inappropriate (this time with, ah, props), and two hearts finding their HEA when they least expect it.
While it can also be listened to on its own, Delivering Dante is the sixth in the Made Marian series. Each audiobook tells the story of one of the Marian brothers’ search for true love.
Trigger Warning: Delivering Dante includes references to domestic violence and conversion therapy.


This is a series that I only listen to because the narration is so good! As a result I think it affects my “interpretation” in that I’ve usually read a book before I listen and thus sort of made my own opinions of things. With listening, some of that is given to the narrator whose voice choice and pacing can influence how a listener “hears” the story and the narrator can thus almost change some of the story’s “meaning”.

Pauley does the entire series and I’ve been very pleased by his voice choices and his pacing. I don’t think he “interpreted” the story incorrectly, but I do think the pacing was way off.

When we start the story we are given a dark, hurtful moment in Dante’s life and then shown how it has effected him over the last eight years. I was surprised at how quickly the story jumped from his dark depths to him running away with (to him) a stranger and hoping to get into bed when he’s a virgin and has been that way by choice.

I was also surprised that AJ – who for eight years kept his identity a secret (I won’t tell you why, but I will say I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY!) suddenly feels comfortable enough to risk the discovery.

I was also surprised at the interspersing of a totally random and strange side trip to Vegas that our MCs take and the flip flopping from emo-driven exploration of inner feelings to hot sex to goofy slap-stick comedy made my head spin.

I couldn’t catch my breath with this story. It felt very different from the others in the series in that way and I’ve previously enjoyed the others in this series (to varying degrees but mostly a lot.) One minute Dante was dark and introspective, the next he was a horny teenager hot to rid himself of his virginity, then he was a devoted family member caring about Tilly until he was lost in sex again, then he is dedicated to his LGBT cause one minute and hiding his head in the sand about his father the next. He and AJ also flip flopped back and forth between “he loves me he loves me not” so many times I wasn’t always aware if they were dating or “broken up” half the time.

One other main issue I had with this was AJ and his reason for keeping himself from Dante for so long and then when they meet again, his reluctance to reveal his past. I just didn’t get it and wasn’t compelled by his explanation.

While I wanted to love this – and parts really did touch me – it was too frenetic and had too many strange plot deviations for me to really feel good about recommending it. Fans of the series will probably want to read it and many will like it. I couldn’t connect with the pacing and it just felt too disconnected for my taste.

2.5 for the story

5 of 5 for the narration

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars


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Audiobook Month: Shelter the Sea (The Roosevelt #2) by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma


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Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.

Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.

In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.

He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.


Carry the Ocean is on my short list of favorite m/m books ever. So when I saw this sequel I was both crazy psyched and a little scared – because how can a book so awesome have a sequel without messing up my couple? Well – don’t worry. There is tiny bit of relationship angst – yes – but most of this is about our dear, dear boys working together against a common enemy and – for me at least – this is a story about Jeremey and his continued struggle with depression.

I cried several times while reading/listening to this – Jeremey’s struggle is still so very real and Emmet’s support is unwavering and so amazing. In addition we also have David and Darren and all the other people who come out to support our guys – it’s just so hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time!

Emmet’s solution for Jeremey’s depression was heaven sent and absolutely brightened my entire day. I was so pleased for them both – Heidi has made me invested in these guys – like family.

I also cried because the political struggle these guys face is our new reality and it hurts my heart so, so much. I HATE that we now live in a world where ignorance and hate and selfishness take precedence over love and compassion and understanding. I won’t point fingers – I think we all know what/who I’m talking about. I love that Emmet and Jeremey collaborated again to find another solution to the bigger problem of their funding and how – by overcoming some of their own issues – they are able to help others as well.

Heidi Cullinan is a gifted writer, who obviously spent time researching and understanding these characters. This is a wonderful book with both hopeful and painful messages that will surely inspire. For fans of the first book this is a must and if you haven’t read the first book you are seriously missing out – it is an amazing series and I can’t give it enough stars.


Iggy Toma does another amazing job with this. I think Emmet is spot on and I LOVED Darren’s computer voice! I was so pleased to see these books on audio with such a gifted narrator.

Though Emmet and Jeremey’s romance is solid, the nature of their situation means they’ll have to continually “work” at their relationship in ways that some might take for granted. I was pleased to see that the wedding itself wasn’t the main cause of angst. However, the scary health care system isn’t really fiction, is it?

What I liked most, is the sense of hope that Heidi’s story gives us and the idea that anyone can do anything if they put enough love and faith and support into it. I would love to see David’s story or Darren’s but I don’t know if Heidi has other stories planned.

This is absolutely on the list of my top favorite books/audiobooks/series ever. Highly recommeneded.

6 of 5 stars


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Dreamspinner Year 9, Greatest Hits by: Anna Martin, Kim Fielding, Grace R. Duncan, Sean Michael, Michael Murphy

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Enjoy a selection of the greatest hits of gay romance published by Dreamspinner Press combined into one exclusive volume: by Anna Martin: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, a story of a boy who he wanted to marry his best friend at age six, and the journey that finally gets them there; by Sean Michael: The New Boy, a romance between a shy photographer new to the scene and an experienced model and Dom; by Grace R. Duncan: Beautiful boy, about a Dom with a hurtful past and the sub who shows him love again; by Kim Fielding: Rattlesnake, where a drifter on a quest finds hope and a home; and by Michael Murphy: The President’s Husband, in which the first openly gay president and first husband of the United States must deal with the pressures of their demanding new jobs.

This is a great collection of Dreamspinner titles, which I would warmly recommend. It contains something for everyone and I very much enjoyed reading it. It contains 5 full length novels by different authors.

Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, Anna Martin – 3.5 stars
Sweet friends to lovers story about Scott and Evan, who grew up together. We see the boys in different stages of their lives from around 8 years old and up to they are approaching 30. The story is told through 5 time jumps, each containing the story of a kiss. Super sweet story, but a bit too slow for my liking. Still recommendable though.

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The New Boy, Sean Michael – 2 stars
This one wasn’t for me. The plot is basically a porn movie. A photographer has to take some pictures of fetish models, the models arrive and everyone starts having sex. The photographer is hesitant, but end up being coerced to join.
Sean Michael and I, rarely mesh, so it wasn’t a surprise that this one didn’t really work for me. The sex to plot ratio is too high, and although the sex is hot, and I have no issue with porn, neither in written or movie variety, I appreciate a bit more plot in my romance novels. Also, there’s a big difference between being a Dominant and being an arrogant asshat who believes he knows better than everyone, including his submissive, and Tide is the last type, not the first.

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Beautiful Boy, Grace R. Duncan – 4 stars
Hot BDSM sex and internal angsting are the two main ingredients in this story about Mal, who lost his sub to a serial killer and thereby lost his confidence as a Dom, and Kyle, the closeted submissive who is never good enough for anyone. The story is steamy and sweet and I would definitely pick up other books by Ms. Duncan based on this one.

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Rattlesnake, Kim Fielding – 5 stars
Brilliant slow moving, character driven love story about two middle aged scarred men. If you do not fall in love with Jimmy and Shane, your heart is a hell of a lot harder than mine! I loved this story and will warmly recommend it to everyone.

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The President’s Husband, Michael Murphy – 3 stars
This started out interesting, but ended up feeling a bit too trite. The characters were to stereotypical “good” or “bad” and there wasn’t enough communication between the two MCs. They had been married for ten years, I expected more from them as a couple. Also I couldn’t really get on board with the idea that a first spouse could actually continue his work just as before. I would have thought it would have been too much of a security risk. The conflict was a bit over the top and the resolution and ending too rushed. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the writing though, and would try something from this author again.

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Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars (each story has separate ratings)


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Suddenly Yours Audiobook by Jacob Z Flores Narrated by John Solo


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What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.

His apparent marriage is a different story.

Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a Senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.

Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.


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What fun this was! Jacob Flores knows how to give us fun characters and even in this situation, a believable and compelling romance.

What I loved about this story was the explanation behind the two staying married felt really “real” to me. Sure, the marriage started as a Very Bad Idea, but when examined in the light of day, it was actually plausible. It made swallowing the whole thing more palatable.

The Dreamspun Desires line is a “light steam” when it comes to smexy times, so I think that influenced how the sex was handled between the two MCs. If I could change anything, I’d have changed that. It was the only thing that felt a little forced. To me, I couldn’t see these two denying themselves for any fake time table when their chemistry was so clearly OTT.

I loved Julian’s optimism and Cody’s realism. The two really balanced the other out, and kept them working on their relationship when others would have bailed.

The dialog/banter between the two was fun, and the relative angst felt appropriate and not too much.

I really enjoyed this and think it’s one of the best in this series so far!

Highly recommended!

4.75 of 5 stars


John Solo is a good, solid narrator. He does a little bit with the Hispanic accents but they aren’t quite “good”. But it’s a nice attempt. Cody is a hillbilly in terms of accents, but it mostly works. In general, this is a nice way to enjoy this story, though it doesn’t do much to add to the overall experience, it doesn’t detract either.

4 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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