3 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Bi-Sexual Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Cop/Crime Dreamspinner Exploration Friends to lovers Friends to Lovers Gay Gay GFY/OFY Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Porn star Purchased reality tv Scorching/high heat Standalone Virgin

Friends to Lovers: Frat House Troupers (Brandt and Donnelly #1] Audiobook by Xavier Mayne Narrated by Peter B. Brooke

Dreamspinner Presents

State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn.

Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he’ll have to give a repeat performance, this time live on webcam opposite the highest bidder. Donnelly makes sure to win that auction for his partner’s sake, but their plan has a flaw: faking it is not an option.

In the aftermath, Brandt is a humiliated mess trying desperately to come to terms with what he’s had to do for the job and his own mixed feelings. But Donnelly has been on a journey of discovery of his own. Suddenly everything the two men thought they knew about themselves and each other gets turned inside out. Meanwhile, they still have a case to solve… but it may not be the case they thought it was

This is the kind of book that asks you to suspend reality and accept this is a work of fiction. Once I was in the right mindset I quite enjoyed it. There is a ridiculousness about it that just made it amusing. The whole reason for the case and the need for Brandt to go undercover were so spurious. It did however set up the amusing scenes in the boutiques. The live webcam as the way for getting Donnelly to ‘announce’ his attraction to Brant. As well as friends to lovers it’s also a Gay for you relationship. I can see why everything happens it just feels surreal, especially when everyone, with a couple of exceptions, seems to be straight! Would I read the next story, I’m not sure. I think it’s the narration by Peter B. Brooke that makes this book fo me. He puts a lot of feelings and excellent characterisation into it. I got a real feel for Donnelly, his family and Brandt, not to mention the wonderful assistants in the boutique.

3 of stars out of 5



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Lovers, Losers and You (Sunshine and Happiness Book 2) by Skylar M Cates


Dreamspinner Presents



How can you lose one dream and still find another?
Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.

Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.

When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.


Book one reviewed here

I loved that (in comparison to book one) this book is almost angst-free (relationship-wise). There is drama about the show and things in the house, but the guys fall for one another and trust that. They move from “just met” to “can’t live without one another” rapidly, but also in a way that seems really organic and authentic.

In the end this is a story of two men falling in love over a week and agreeing to take a chance on that love. It was simple and sweet and sometimes sexy, but low on angst.

We also see the seeds of the future books/couples here: Morgan and River; Tomas and Marc and we get to spend a bit more time with Ian and Cole being ridiculously cute and in love.

Skylar Cates’ writing is lovely, as always, flowing and without effort. She brings depth and emotion to her characters and really bring them alive for her readers.

Fans of the series and the author won’t be disappointed with this book, and I think it does well as a stand-alone, too.

I highly recommend this book, series and author. It’d be great to see these guys more on their own (stress free) and I hope we see that in future books.



Hugh Bradley is dear to me for his work on Behind the Curtain by Amy Lane.  In that he was exceptional as the young and naive Dawson.  I think that soft voice really suits him. He does a nice job with Tomas’ accent, though it isn’t perfect.  He doesn’t do a lot for the women’s voices, but it’s obvious who’s speaking at all times.  His Southern accent is nice, giving Owen a gentle drawl.  He’s great at the emotions, pacing and is easy to listen to.  This was an easy listen and I think this is a great way to enjoy this lovely story.

4.5 of 5 stars



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