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The Library Audiobook (Review) by TM Smith Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!

Want to know what happened that night in the library?

Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library, and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian’s mercy.

Want to know how far things went with ice cream?

A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.

Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?

Traveling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then traveling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!

A note from the author: I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give listeners a chance to know them and their inner workings better.
Review

This is a not a standalone, as it is “missing scenes” or “expanded scenes” from TM Smith’s Opposites.

As such, fans of that story will really love this because it gives insight into the characters by showing us vignettes from their past and future. There is no real angst or any problems, but there is a lot of hot sex!

Greg Boudreaux does such an AMAZING job with this. There are all those delicious Scottish accents and Irish, too and he ROCKS THEM!

This was a fun and sexy listen and highly recommended to fans of the series. (It won’t make a whole lot of sense if you haven’t read Opposites, but you can mostly figure things out if you work at it.)

4.5 of 5 stars

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Taylor Maid Audiobook by Tara Lain Narrated by John Solo

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He’ll marry the maid to get $50 million but a secret could queer the deal.

Taylor Fitzgerald needs a last-minute bride.

On the eve of his twenty-fifth birthday, the billionaire’s son discovers that despite being gay, he must marry a woman before midnight or lose a fifty-million-dollar inheritance. So he hightails it to Las Vegas… where he meets the beautiful maid Ally May.

There’s just one rather significant problem: Ally is actually Alessandro Macias, son of a tough Brazilian hotel magnate. But if Ally keeps pretending to be a girl for a little while longer, is there a chance they might discover this marriage is tailor-made?

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Okay – put on your “suspend your disbelief glasses”- because this story is absolutely wonderful if absolutely unbelievable J

Taylor finds out at the very last second that in order to inherit $50 million he needs to be married before his 25th birthday – which is tomorrow!

He scrambles to find an answer, but when that answer ends up with a broken leg, he’s left to find a miracle. The miracle shows up in the form of the hotel maid who happens to need an escape from “her” father and marriage will do the trick.

The two agree to be married right away and run back to California to perpetuate the image of a happily married het couple. Until… well… stuff happens and then other things are revealed… and feelings … and hot smexy times… and lots of really fun story telling!

I loved this version of the “shot gun marriage” trope and I highly recommend it to fans of guys in drag, evil fathers, nefarious lawyers, sweet but clueless guys with big hearts and millionaires.

Audio

John Solo is a good narrator and has a good sense of pacing and “emoting”. He does a lot to try to differentiate the characters, but he makes no real attempt to do a Spanish accent for Ally so I was a bit disappointed and then when he did one for Ally’s father it wasn’t super great. However, I enjoyed listening to this and still really love this fun, light story with a bright, happy ending.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Happy by Chris Scully

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Growing up Greek-Canadian, Peter Georgiou always knew his duty was to his family, for whom twenty-first century rules don’t apply. In his early thirties, Peter still lives at home, dates who his parents tell him to, and works at the family restaurant. But watching his two best friends find happiness in each other’s arms has made him worry over his destiny.

When Louie Papadakis returns home to nurse his broken heart and start a new life, he can’t believe his sister is dating his high school crush, Peter. There’s a sadness behind Peter’s eyes that draws him in, and a chemistry he wishes he could ignore. After his closeted ex broke his heart, Louie is afraid to fall in love again, especially with a man who’s keeping secrets.

As Peter finds himself drawn to Louie in unexpected ways, old and new worlds collide. Then a family crisis forces Peter’s hand, and he must decide if he’s willing to sacrifice his happiness for family duty.

Review

Peter considers himself bi-sexual, and though he’s never really “hidden” the fact, he hasn’t really pursued the part of him attracted to men, for fear of retribution from his family. So he decided to take the “easier” route and date women – mostly.

In order to please his family – again – he agrees to “date” another Greek woman his family approves of, though neither of them are interested in the other. They agree to a sham relationship to appease both their families and it seems to work out well enough until his “girlfriend’s” brother, Louie gets involved.

Louie is out and proud and hurt from a past relationship with a closeted lover. He had had a crush on Peter in high school and some of those feelings linger. The three end up spending a bit of time together and those feelings rise up even stronger than before. Peter sends a bunch of mixed signals and Louie can’t help but feel he’s in the middle of another “experimentation”.

Peter has some tough decisions to make, both surrounding his life with a man and his career. Both involve potentially hurting his family. But is Louie worth it? Will Louie even give him a chance to prove himself?

**

I have really enjoyed Chris Scully’s work in the past. Her books are easy to delve into and have likable, engaging characters. I loved the two book series Inseperable and these guys are in this story, so that was great, seeing them again and so, so in love!

However, I never really liked Peter much and didn’t feel much of a connection between him and Louie. This is a relatively short book and it takes until the 70% mark for the two to even kiss. So much of the story is Peter’s inner battles and other family drama and – to me – it got a bit stale.

I’m not sure if it was because Peter’s conflicting emotions were just so palpable that I, too, felt his angst or what, but I didn’t feel good about this – even with the HFN that we get.

Maybe this will have a sequel, too, and we’ll get to see the couple interact more than they did in this story and that will make me feel a deeper connection to them as a couple.  Some of this might be the fade to black sex scenes (there are a couple hot hand jobs, but no other real sex happens on page.), though sex is not required for me to feel a connection with a couple, but it helps 😉

The writing was good and I liked it, but it was sort of bland story for me, no real sparks.

3 of 5 stars

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Mending the Rift by Chris T Kat

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In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s vice president, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Review

I am a fan of Chris Kat and I love mpreg. I am not normally a fan of dystopian stories – but I figured I’d give this a shot because of the other two things going for this story.

Well… I think the dystopian part overrode my abilities to like this story. It was so depressing. I hate thinking about a future like that and it colored my enjoyment of this story.

Luca is a “breeder” which is a coarse way of saying he can become pregnant in a world where that is a commodity – bought and sold in the form of arranged marriages.

As a result he doesn’t get to choose who he loves, even though he’s fallen for his bodyguard. His fathers – who had a similarly arranged marriage – don’t see the problem but do (strangely) interfere in the process once it’s found that Luca is in love.

** Mild spoiler – I really didn’t like how Luca got pregnant and it really bothered me throughout the rest of the story.**

Since the story started out so rocky for me – it was definitely hard for me to push through.

In the end, I was never really enthralled with the relationship or the world in which Luca and Marcus live. I wasn’t sure what to make of the “intended”- Liam – and his role in the drama and I wasn’t even sure Luca’s father was “a good guy”.

I think that for fans of dystopian romances this will appeal but I’d stay away from it if you’re looking for shiny and happy.

3 of 5 stars for the writing and creativity

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Taylor Maid by Tara Lain

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He’ll marry the maid to get $50 million but a secret could queer the deal.

Taylor Fitzgerald needs a last-minute bride.

On the eve of his twenty-fifth birthday, the billionaire’s son discovers that despite being gay, he must marry a woman before midnight or lose a fifty-million-dollar inheritance. So he hightails it to Las Vegas… where he meets the beautiful maid Ally May.

There’s just one rather significant problem: Ally is actually Alessandro Macias, son of a tough Brazilian hotel magnate. But if Ally keeps pretending to be a girl for a little while longer, is there a chance they might discover this marriage is tailor-made?

Review

Okay – put on your “suspend your disbelief glasses”- because this story is absolutely wonderful if absolutely unbelievable J

Taylor finds out at the very last second that in order to inherit $50 million he needs to be married before his 25th birthday – which is tomorrow!

He scrambles to find an answer, but when that answer ends up with a broken leg, he’s left to find a miracle. The miracle shows up in the form of the hotel maid who happens to need an escape from “her” father and marriage will do the trick.

The two agree to be married right away and run back to California to perpetuate the image of a happily married het couple. Until… well… stuff happens and then other things are revealed… and feelings … and hot smexy times… and lots of really fun story telling!

I loved this version of the “shot gun marriage” trope and I highly recommend it to fans of guys in drag, evil fathers, nefarious lawyers, sweet but clueless guys with big hearts and millionaires.

4.5 of 5 stars

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First Comes Marriage Audiobook by Shira Anthony narrated by John Solo

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Their marriage was supposed to be all business….

When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!

Jesse’s in a pinch: to keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal. In exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?

A Dreamspun Desires title

Review
(Reviewed previously on this site)

Jesse is a billionaire in need of a marriage to save his inheritance from the “evil” step-grandmother who would sell his beloved business if she inherits. (Yay – I love this trope!)

Chris is a struggling novelist. He’s got a few titles under his belt and has high hopes his newest will gain him a heft advance, but living in New York is expensive and his part time job as a barista isn’t doing much for his savings account.

Jesse happens to be a fan of Chris’ and approaches him at a reading for a date to discuss what Jesse’s connections can do for Chris’ career. They have a good meeting, but Jesse is straight so…

Later, Jesse approaches Chris about a business arrangement wherein they’d be platonically married for the sake of getting the inheritance Jesse’s grandfather left him, and Chris could leave the marriage after a year with a million dollars for his efforts.

At first Chris is offended and declines, but his friends and Jesse show him how silly that idea is and he eventually agrees.

From there is a whirlwind of change into Jesse’s decadent beach house and life as a writer exclusively. The only problem is Jesse keeps giving mixed signals to Chris about his sexuality and after a couple of scorching kisses, Chris has to wonder…

Eventually some truths are uncovered and both parties feel betrayed by the other. Will their burgeoning relationship have a chance at forever once the lies are dispelled or have they ruined it with their deceptions?

**

So this is totally what I was expecting when I read about this series. This trope – the Cinderfella trope (in this case) is a tried and true one. Shira Anthony played it off perfectly!

She gave us a believable scenario, with a fairly realistic approach to the arranged marriage and then gave us some sizzling chemistry and a confusing step-grandmother to keep us on our toes.

My only quibble was I wasn’t sure why Jesse kept the secrets he did… it seems to me he’d have been better off being honest from the start and I’m not sure what he thought he’d gain by lying… but… in the end it absolutely worked out and I loved it!

Highly recommended.

Audio
John Solo is a good narrator and he does a good job with this. I really liked the voice he uses for Jesse, Wenda and Val, but the pseudo-NYC accent he chooses for Chris is a bit awkward. He does a great job with the emotions and his pacing is also excellent. I think this is a nice way to experience the book.

Overall 4.25 of 5 stars

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Mate of the Tyger Prince by Shannon West

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Diplomatic marriages between two members of different planets certainly aren’t unheard of—but for Prince Mikos of Tygeria and Col. Ryan Donnelly of Earth, it might just be a fate worse than death. The union is meant to end a devastating war that has lasted for over a hundred and fifty years, but when the female bride intended for the fierce, sexy prince runs away, her handsome brother is substituted instead. Men are for mating as far as the Tygerian prince is concerned, but the colonel also happens to be Mikos’s sworn enemy, not to mention being completely irritating.

Ryan is horrified to learn that the Tygerians not only expect him to take the place of his sister, marry the Bloody Prince of Tygeria, and go to live with him on his mysterious planet, but they also expect him to undergo physical alteration to have the man’s baby! And nobody is taking hell no for an answer. Ryan’s being asked to turn his whole life upside down and the handsome Tygerian gets under his skin like nobody else. But with the fate of the universe at stake, how can he say no? Can the two enemies put aside their differences and focus on making love and not war—not to mention a baby? As a powerful love struggles to take root, can they learn to trust each other and stand together against the forces that are trying to tear them apart?

Review

Mikos is set to marry the daughter of the enemy in order to facilitate a peace agreement between Earth and his planet. Marriage and mating mean a lot more than just a ceremony and rings to him and his kind, however. When he is “dumped at the alter” by the runaway bride her father and his offer up a solution – her brother!

Ryan is NOT on board with the plan his father has concocted, as a general in the army who has fought and killed the Tygerians, he’s absolutely opposed to marrying and essentially joining forces with one. But… if he doesn’t it could be costly to the peace movement and many more people could die. So he bucks up an agrees to the marriage.

Meanwhile Mikos is quite pleased with the alternative choice, now it’s time to convince Ryan that theirs will be a match more than on paper.

**

I had not read any of the other books in this series, so I can’t say how this fits in to the grand scheme of things, but I wasn’t lost and I felt like I had a good understanding of the world building, etc.

In this case I think that I both loved and hated the insta-love that occurred because both characters acted sort of bi-polar in that one second they loved each other the other they hated each other. This resulted in lots of hot angry-sex but not a lot of believable emotional connections.

I was also super disappointed that I didn’t get to see any action with Mikos as a tiger – though I understand it’s not a typical sentient shifter thing, but I do love it when we get to experience their animal natures.

There was a lot of super smexy times and a very satisfying HEA and that fit my expectations and was lovely. But… there was also a lot of melodramatic sub-plot that absolutely set my teeth on edge. I love mpreg and thought the device by which this happens was really clever, but having Ryan get pregnant and then making Mikos throw him over because he thought he conspired against him when ALL THE EVIDENCE points away from that made me want to punch someone.

I loved the “my two dads” thing but I never really liked Ryan and Mikos as a couple. Ryan was a bit whiny and Mikos was a bit of a dick and though there were lots of pretty words there wasn’t much time for them to really get to know one another or even like one another.

In the end, I would look at others in the series, but this wasn’t my favorite and if it represents the series as a whole, I will probably not read much more of it.

(I love the cover, beautiful!)

3 of 5 stars

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