Shades of Gray Audiobook by Brooke McKinley Narrated by Paul Morey

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Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years.
Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence. But he reluctantly agrees to cooperate, and as he suspects, it doesn’t take long for Hinestroza to figure out the betrayal.
Miller is surprised to discover Danny’s not the career-criminal lowlife he expected; at the same time, Danny finds himself helplessly attracted to Miller’s innate goodness. They barely begin to explore the sparking attraction between them when Hinestroza’s hitman tracks them down, and then they’re on the run, both for their lives and for any kind of love.

Review
Miller is placed in charge of a criminal informant, Danny. From the beginning, Danny challenges Miller’s strict “by the book” life and philosophies. In addition to making him wonder about his life in law enforcement, he also opens up cracks in his sexuality he’d thought long buried.
Eventually, the heat between them rises to the top and almost burns out of control. But life can’t just work out for these two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the law. When Danny is faced with the decision to protect himself or his lover who will he choose?
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I recently re-listened/re-read this after having read it originally over a year ago. I warn you now this is an intense book. It is full of emotion and pain and really, really hard decisions.
What I loved about this, is the connection between Danny and Miller. It’s intense and full of chemistry and angst and most of all a deep love that really does feel like Romeo and Juliet when faced with life and death decisions.
Another thing I loved is that the author didn’t tie things up in a pretty make-believe bow. There was ugliness and bloodshed and life changes that had to occur in order to get these guys together. They aren’t going to have it easy – but they are going to be together. That’s what’s important.
I will tell you that it’s a hard book no matter how you experience it – for me – reading it let me control the pacing and was easier for me – but, it’s a great audiobook and if you have what it takes to let the story just unfold over you and roll you in the waves – I’d recommend doing that.

Audio:
Paul Morey narrates this and he does a great job with Danny and Miller. I wish he’d done a bit more with the secondary characters, emphasizing their Hispanic accents, but it’s a great way to experience this book.
5 of 5 stars

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Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis

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Aaron has no idea what he’s walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn’t expect to end up working as Jake’s assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.

It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that’s threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.

Reprint: This short story was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters.

Review

Aaron shows up at Jake’s studio, desperate for a job. Jake’s a photographer in need of an assistant.

What ensues is two people who absolutely and totally get the other, but for some reason DO NOT get that they’re perfect for each other. (Oh, and lots of snark, sniping, and hilarity, mixed in with a bunch of super sweet feels.)
**

I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this. It’s not too long. It’s gotten great reviews and really – it’s wonderful!

Aaron is British so he infuses all that British snark into everything he says. He’s rude, childishly enthusiastic, funny and blunt.

Jake is pretty misanthropic, obsessive, selfish, and has a heart the size of Texas. Jake takes care of Aaron and vice versa. It’s amazingly sweet to watch.

I’d give this book perfect marks but for two things: One: I didn’t buy the time line that it took these guys 5 years to figure things out – the chemistry between them is absolutely combustible and I don’t see that lasting 5 years before someone acted on it. Two: When they do finally realize their attraction it still takes weeks for them to act on it. That got tedious, even though the writing was excellent and the being morose was pretty entertaining at times.

This is a “low steam” romance – just one very hot episode of non-stop fucking at the end, but it’s hot when it does happen.

I highly recommend this to fans of slow burn romance, friends to lovers, British snark and constant one-liners.

4.5 of 5 stars

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AT Weaver’s Old Spark Tour!

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By A T Weaver

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When Kevin loses his job and boyfriend, he has no option but to return home for the first time in over ten years. He packs up his cat Josie and heads for Kansas City. Once home he learns the subject of a teenage crush is single. 

Can a chance encounter in a bar ignite an old spark inside Kevin into a new flame between the two? 

 

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…He drove around town for about an hour looking at the changes made in the last ten years. There was the new Kauffman Center. Beautiful in a weird sort of way. He drove through the Power and Light District which was lit up for Christmas. The lights of the Marriot Hotel on 12th Street changed and rotated in various patterns. His stomach reminded him he hadn’t eaten lunch and he went to a restaurant on Broadway that he remembered as having good home-style food. He ordered a hamburger from the waiter and caught the eye of another diner. Maybe that’s what I need. Maybe I need to get laid.
He left the restaurant, drove around the Plaza, and watched the shoppers. Closer to Westport, he pulled into a parking lot next to a building with a rainbow flag. Inside, he walked to the bar, sat down, and ordered a beer. He turned with his back to the bar and looked around. A small dance floor occupied one end of the room with tables on two sides of it. About twenty men and women sat with drinks and cigarettes. An aroma of food and stale smoke hung heavy in the air. Another room held a pool table and two manly dressed women played. A sign on the wall advertised a drag show later that night.
A man rose from one of the tables, walked up to the bar and patted Kevin’s shoulder. “Well, well, well, if it isn’t little Kevin.”
Kevin grinned. “Watch it with the ‘little’. I’m not a kid anymore. How are you Chris? Would you believe we were just talking about you the other night?”
“That must have been why my ears were burning.” Chris motioned to the bartender. “Bring me another beer and one for my friend, Kevin, here.”
“Probably better not,” Kevin said.
“What? Are you too good to drink with me?” Chris raised an eyebrow.
“It isn’t that.” Kevin shrugged. “It’s just that my limit is one when I’m driving. If you insist, how about a Coke?”
Chris nodded. “Good rule.” He ordered the Coke. “I don’t have far to go to get home. In fact, I could walk if I had to.”
The bartender set the bottle of beer and glass of Coke on the bar.
Chris took a drink of his beer. “So what are you doing in here?”
Kevin grinned. “Probably the same thing you are.”
Chris tilted his head and raised an eyebrow. “And that is?”
“Having a beer and checking out the scenery.” Kevin let his gaze roam down Chris’ body and back up. “I must say, the scenery just got a lot better.”
Chris raised his eyebrow. “Careful there, Kid. I’m a bit old for you.”
“You’re closer to my age than Mark was to yours.” He grinned. His heart pounded at his not-so-subtle flirting. I can’t believe I’m talking to Chris like this. He probably thinks I’m crazy.
Chris shook his head. “Are you home for Christmas?”
“Not really. I’ve moved back temporarily.”
“Last I heard, you were in San Francisco working for some big interior design company.”
“Yeah. They went bankrupt due to the economy.”
“That sucks. No one to help you out out there?”
“No. When I lost my job, my boyfriend bailed also.” Kevin rubbed the back of his neck. “He went crying home to his mother.”
Chris frowned. “Must have been ‘true love’.”
Kevin chuckled. “Yeah. He was in love with my paycheck.”
“Didn’t he work?”
“Only part-time jobs. He was too busy with his ‘music career’ to work full-time.” Kevin formed air quotes.
“Ouch. So you were supporting you both?”
“Pretty much.”
“Did you love him?”
“I thought I did. In fact when the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in all fifty states, I almost asked him to marry me.” Kevin ran his fingers through the heavy, blond bangs and pushed them off his forehead. “I’m glad now I didn’t. Toward the end, I was beginning to see how egotistical and self-centered he is.” He chewed on his bottom lip. “He didn’t like to go places with me because his mother, who was also his ‘manager’, thought it would hurt his career if his few fans knew he’s gay.”
“That sucks.”
“Forget about me. I was sorry to hear about Mark. I didn’t know until Dad said something the other evening. It’s been several years since I’ve been home. I just assumed you still lived next door.”
“Yeah.” Chris rubbed the back of his neck. “It hurt like hell, but the pain is easing.”
A loud blast of music signaled the start of the drag show. A woman came out on the dance floor/stage and announced the first act.
Chris took the last drink of his beer. “How about we get out of here?”
“What do you have in mind?”

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Midwinter Night’s Dream(Unwrapping Hank Book 2) by Eli Easton

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Micah is the hippest, most chill guy on campus. But when he gets the hottest kiss of his life from a cute guy during a game of ‘spin the bottle’, Micah’s cool turns into a puddle of anxious goo. Sure, Micah’s always been a little bi-curious, but he never thought he’d pursue a guy, much less a guy who doesn’t seem to be interested in getting caught.

Leo is passionate about two things: gay rights activism and acting. He stays focused and in control, and he never, ever, dates straight guys. When a chance spin of a bottle at a party has him locking lips with Micah Springfield, president of the Delts, dread-headed, serial-dating, straight Micah, Leo is determined to forget about it, no matter how incendiary the sparks or how gorgeous Micah may be.

Leo has bigger problems. His senior project is directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream just before the Christmas break. When his venue cancels at the last minute, Micah offers the use of his parent’s barn in rural Pennsylvania. Leo’s play may be saved, but what about his heart? Between Micah’s sweet lips, his family’s welcoming arms, and a devious bulldog who is determined to play Puck, Leo may find himself falling under the spell of Christmas magic.

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NOTE: This novella can be read as a stand-alone.

Review

Micah is Hank’s super-chill, laid back brother from Unwrapping Hank. He’s not “gay” but open to the idea that he might be “bi”. When he meets theatre major Leo and kisses him as part of a game, that leaning, turns from being “open to” into “wanting badly”!

Leo has been burned in the past by straight boys experimenting, so when Micah seems like he might want to act on the kiss they shared, he’s not interested, despite how cute Micah might seem.

When Micah ends up saving Leo’s bacon by offering up his farm as a place to perform his play, the two end up discovering that Micah isn’t playing at anything and Leo needs to give love a chance.

**

Unwrapping Hank was such a great story! Hank’s family is fantastic and I was psyched to get Micah’s story after that tantalizing finish to Hank. Micah is a great character – he’s such a “guy”! He doesn’t chase girls, his version of women’s lib says they can chase him! He likes how his dreads look, but is tired of the work involved in keeping them up. He loves his brothers and his major and dating .. but he hasn’t felt passionate about anything like Leo in awhile.

Leo is pretty tightly wound and it was great seeing him flustered around the uber-chilled Micah.

Leo and Micah didn’t get to be a “couple” very long before the story was over, and that was disappointing. They don’t spend much on-page time together. I think they’re a great couple and I’d have enjoyed seeing them explore that together.

I did love seeing Helen and Yas’s story play out, I don’t begrudge them their page time, I just wish the story’d been longer.

The slow burn romance between Micah and Leo had a rather abrupt combustion at the end that didn’t seem to fit them as well as it could have. If we’d gotten just a few more days of them dancing around one another with some more making out sessions I think their final coming together would have felt more natural. (Not that it wasn’t hot! But it seemed kind of sudden.)

I still loved every bit of this story, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. Unwrapping Hank set a pretty high bar, as did Eli’s other Christmas stories, so in all fairness, even a less than perfect Eli story is still absolutely wonderful!

I recommend this to all fans of New Adult, Holiday and GFY romances, especially if you love hippies!

4 of 5 stars

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Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts Audiobook by Charlie Cochet Narrated by Michael Stellman

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Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.

Review

(From previously on this site)

Spencer is a socially awkward, comic-book-loving, computer nerd who works from home. He’s been secretly crushing on his super-hot SWAT team neighbor for the last year and now that the guy’s injured he figures it’s his chance to be “friendly”.

Quinn is a no-nonsense, kinda grumpy guy who isn’t really looking for a relationship. He’s never even noticed Spencer before and now the guy is showing up all over the place.

After a disastrous “first” meeting, they quickly become friends. When Quinn’s loving but meddlesome family butts in AND his sometimes dickish friends get involved things move from friends to “more”, but can it last and is it real or just a game to Quinn while he’s laid up?

**

First I have to say that I love, love, love, LOVE Charlie Cochet. I’m a huge fan. So I was psyched to see a contemporary short of hers coming out and devoured it right away.

I love the humor, the characters, and the set-up. Geek meets God. God’s a grumpy-ass and Geek is too-cute-for-words.

What I think was missing in this story is length. I know, I know. People always say they want more, more, more. But really, in this case I did think it was necessary.

I wanted the conversion from pesky neighbor to friend to be slower. As it stands, one big meal and Quinn is spilling all his feelings and Spencer is telling his life story. I wanted Quinn to be reticent for a longer period of time, forcing Spencer to really make the effort.

Second, there was so much wonderful detail that kind of got squished in the middle and left alone. Quinn’s family is hysterical! I love them! I wanted more time with the mother plotting to get Quinn and Spencer together. More inappropriate blurts from the father. More matchmaking from the brother-in-law.

Third, I was sort-of confused by the direction the sexual nature of the relationship went. Once there was kissing there was off page “making out” for days? Weeks? Then the final scene – definitely HOT – but the only time we see them in that way. It felt kinda disjointed and strange to not see the physical side of their relationship develop more organically.

Fourth, the climactic final scene. Ugh! I wanted to punch Javier square in his… well face is fine but really?!? What an a-hole! I was glad Quinn got him a good one, but I didn’t understand his motivation at all! I also didn’t think Spencer would have gone for the whole stripping thing to begin with and once he saw a room full of people – he’d have been out of there! But he stayed then there was the Misunderstanding (capital M) and a quick make up scene.

If we’re going to have a Big Misunderstanding, give it time to fester and have the boy do some real groveling. But since the whole stripper thing kind of felt like left field I’m not sure how that would have even worked out.

So… on the one hand I loved so much of the story and thought it was terribly cute and sweet but knowing how well Charlie can create full and well drawn out stories I was a bit let down. Maybe if I’d never read anything else by her I would have been satisfied, but even her Christmasy short stories seemed more well-rounded than this did.

I still liked it and would recommend it.

Audio

Michael Stellman did a nice enough job with this. He has a lovely reading voice, good cadence, and nice pacing. But… there was so much potential if there’d been a narrator who could do the many Cuban accents. Michael’s Spanish isn’t good and he makes no attempt at an accent. That was disappointing. (I love me a hot Spanish accent!)

As a way to enjoy this, it’s good but not fantastic. I enjoyed listening to it but wished for more…

3.5 of 5 stars

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Top Dog MPreg Complete Series by Angel Knots

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This is the COMPLETE TOP DOG MPREG SERIES and includes CHOOSING THE OMEGA, BETRAYING THE OMEGA, and AVENGING THE OMEGA as well as an EXCLUSIVE BONUS CHAPTER only available in this bundle!
Colin is scared. After a lifetime of having no sex drive whatsoever, he’s suddenly an Omega in heat. The problem is, he’s never heard of an Omega. No one has… outside of Colonel Black and the top secret military program he runs for the U.S. government.
Ben Hart is an Alpha who struggles with his temper… and control of his pack. He needs the calming influence of an Omega if he’s going to pull it together and be able to lead them on the dangerous missions they’re being trained for.
Colonel Black manages to bring the Alpha and Omega together, and it’s better — and hotter — than either of them could have imagined. But Black has more in mind than he’s telling them, and when they find out what he really wants, Colin doesn’t know if he has what it takes to hold hot-headed Ben back from putting both of them in real danger…
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This bundle includes adult content, including sexually explicit scenes between a demanding alpha and a compliant omega. It contains male impregnation, knotting, and soul-bonded mates.

Review

This is (what feels like) one book, broken up into parts, so it’s great that it comes as a bundle.
Colin suddenly feels sick one day, fevered, flushed, and amazingly horny. It passes, but he goes to the doctor to find out what it is when the symptoms return. That doctor suspects he’s an omega and gives him something to smell. The test confirms it and Colin is shipped off to join his Alpha.
His Alpha is Ben and he’s part of a special branch of the military led by the evil Colonel Black. When Ben gets his first sniff of Colin, it’s over for both of them. They know they’ve found their mate.
It should be easy from this point forward, but it’s not because Black has an evil plan that involves breeding Omegas – including Colin.
Besides worrying about being an Omega, worrying about Ben and if he really loves him, worrying about being PREGNANT now he has to worry about Black’s evil plot.
**
This was a well-written, exciting, and sometimes very kinky mpreg, shifter romance.
If you like your Alphas very, very tough and your Omegas very submissive and your romances full of very smutty sex – this is the story for you. It was fun and I recommend it!

4 of 5 stars

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A snowstorm in the South – on New Year’s Eve – is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay, even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters – and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

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Dolf picked out the saw he wanted, then followed Tal to another aisle. His mate pointed out the different kinds, but Tal’s words had rapidly faded into a meaningless buzz. There, on the air currents in the store, was the sweetest scent. It was light and flowery, reminding him of honeysuckle. He breathed deeply, taking the scent into himself. His cock hardened immediately and his head spun. A yowl threatened to escape.

That scent… that scent was seductive and alluring. It spoke to him, whispering things that made him need. His cat paced frantically in his mind, tail slashing madly. The need to pounce, to sink his canines in and drink that sweet, life-giving blood of his…. His gums tingled and saliva flooded his mouth.

He swallowed, then swallowed again as his head pounded, his heart rate spiking as one thought screamed through his mind: Mate! Another mate! Where was that scent coming from? Or who? And by the goddess, why? He already had a mate. What was their goddess thinking, giving him another? But he couldn’t ignore the reaction. It had been the same when he met Tal.

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Trouble Comes In Threes Audiobook by MA Church Narrated by Ronald Ray Strickland (Review)

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A snowstorm in the South – on New Year’s Eve – is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay, even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters – and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

Review

(Previously reviewed book here: http://kimichanexperience.com/trouble-comes-threes-ma-church/)

Summary

Kirk is having a bad… life so far. Suddenly, 2 cats show up on his door, Snowball and Tiger (aka Tal and Dolf).

Dolf and Tal are already mates when they scent Kirk. They both know he is their (uncommon but not impossible) third mate.

Though it doesn’t take long, Kirk has to be convinced of the whole mating, shifting, moving part of his new life. The clowder is less than welcoming and this puts a rift in their relationship. To add to that, someone is targeting Kirk and physically attacking him as well.

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I loved this book! It was exciting and a unique but still traditional take on shifter romances. The threesome really worked for me. I thought that each truly added to the relationship and though Dolf and Tal were there together first, Kirk really added a needed dynamic that kept them closely bound.

Audio

Hmmmmmm.

Well, I like Ronald Ray Strickland’s voice. It’s very smooth and easy to listen to. He tries hard to infuse emotion into his reading and he does a little bit of character voice differentiating.  He does a really nice job with the dialog, but the part of the story that wasn’t dialog came across flat and monotone.  Sometimes he felt a bit stilted, but… sometimes he was smooth as honey.

According to Audibles this is only his second narration, so I’m hoping that in time he’ll improve this technique. I also think he was matched poorly for this story, so that’s something he can’t control, either.

I think, overall, that though this didn’t add to my experience it didn’t detract, either. I loved the book and if you can’t read it, listening to this is a nice way to experience it, if not the most perfect way.

So… I stick with 4.5 of 5 stars as my rating – I still recommend it highly and if you can’t read it, don’t be afraid to listen to this very capable narration.

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Bear, Otter and the Kid Audiobook by TJ Klune narrated by Sean Crisden

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Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world… something or someone.

Review

I realized that I had never formally reviewed this book/audiobook and it’s one of my favorites of all time!

So… here goes!

Bear, on the cusp of graduating high school and finally getting out of the small Oregon town to experience college and start fulfilling his lifetime dreams, ends up a father to his much younger, genius, neurotic, little brother, Tyson aka “the kid”.

Otter (aka Oliver) is Bear’s best friend’s older brother. They’ve known each other their whole life, but suddenly find their relationship changing.

Otter, whose never let it be known that he’s gay, suddenly finds himself helpless to fight the attraction he has for the straight best friend of his brother. So he leaves, but not before confusing the hell out of Bear with a kiss.

Now, years later, Otter returns and it’s up to Bear to decide just what he can and cannot accept in terms of a relationship.

**

That summary really doesn’t do this story justice. TJ Klune is hysterical and Bear is full of these crazy rants and impossible stories that lead to tears of laughter running down the reader/listener’s face.

The slow burn romance between Otter and Bear is both sweet and very romantic. There is a BOATLOAD of angst. No holds barred. Lots of hand wringing and worry – there’s the ex-girlfriend, the “am I really gay”, the “what do I tell Tyson?”, the “how am I going to have sex with a guy?” and then there’s the whole, how can I make sure that Ty ends up healthy and alive to graduate high school and finally the “mom wants back in our lives”.

Whew.

It’s a long book/ even longer to listen to, but totally worth it.

I wouldn’t read it or listen to it in public unless you want people to look at you funny when soda squirts out your nose as you laugh out loud at the hilarity that is this book.

Audio

Sean Crisden narrates this (book one) and he did a great job. (I’m never sure why they switch narrators mid-stream, usually due to timing) but he did a fanatastic job and I highly recommend the book, the audiobook and the series.

5 of 5 stars

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Shock & Awe (A Sidewinder Story) Audiobook by Abigail Roux Narrated by Brock Thompson

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After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He’s not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O’Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him get back on his feet – after all, years on the same Marine Force Recon team bonded the men in ways that only bleeding for a brother can. He’s very surprised, though, when Nick humors his moment of curiosity and kisses him.
Nick knows all of Kelly’s quirks and caprices, so the kiss was a low-risk move on his part…or so he thought. But what should’ve been a simple moment unleashes a flood of confusing emotions and urges that neither man is prepared to address. Now, Kelly and Nick must figure out what they mean to each other – friends and brothers in arms or something even deeper – before the past can come back to ruin their tenuous future.

Review

This is a spin-off of the beloved Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux. We’ve met these guys before, but this story features only them and not Ty and Zane.

This takes place after Touch and Geaux (in the series).

Nick is gay and Kelly identifies as straight. The two have been friends for a long time and while spending this time together helping Kelly recover they discover that there’s a lot more to their relationship than friendship.

With surprising ease, Nick and Kelly embark on Kelly’s first gay sexual experience and immediately jump into a deep and loving relationship.

Though this is a short book, there’s a lot of very, very hot and somewhat kinky sex and some pretty significant feels, too.

Even with the sequel, I wish we’d been able to spend more time with these guys in the beginning stages of their relationship. They are absolutely sweet and so sexy together it would’ve been nice to see their relationship unfurling in a longer novel.

I loved seeing all the gang and teared-up seeing Ty and Zane’s moment at the airport.

This was a wonderful spin off that I’m psyched to see and though this isn’t exactly a stand-alone, I think you’d get most of the picture if you’d never read the Cut & Run series, you just wouldn’t appreciate all the nuances.

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Audio

Brock Thompson ROCKED this. I was so leery. Sean Crisden did the Cut & Run series and he sort of epitomized the audio for me. Brock did a lovely, lovely growly voice for Kelly and plain speaking Nick. His pacing is excellent, he did a great job differentiating the voices and expressing the emotions.

I highly recommend this book, series and audiobook.

6 of 5 stars

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Shock-Awe-Audiobook/B016E9JCVS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1448046309&sr=1-1