Audiobook: Stranger in a Foreign Land by Michael Murphy, narrated by Colin Darcy

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Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/stranger-in-a-foreign-land-by-michael-murphy-9679-b

Blurb:
Losing his old life and finding a new love.

After an accident stole his memory, the only home American businessman Patrick knows is Bangkok. He recovers under the tender ministrations of Jack, an Australian expat who works nights at a pineapple cannery. Together they search for clues to Patrick’s identity, but without success. Soon that forgotten past seems less and less important as Jack and Patrick – now known as Buddy – build a new life together.

But the past comes crashing in when Patrick’s brother travels to Thailand looking for him…and demands Patrick return to Los Angeles, away from Jack and the only world familiar to him. The attention also causes trouble for Jack, and to make their way back to each other, Patrick will need to find not only himself, but Jack as well, before everything is lost….

Review:
Story 3.5 out of 5: I have mixed feelings about the story. I liked the premise – an amnesiac who’s stranded in a foreign land, he creates a new life and gets a new love. But, I just couldn’t really get invested in the characters. Patrick is a businessman, (not sure what his business was), he has a good sense of humour (as evidenced by his monologues ☺). Then he has an accident and loses his memory and identity. He’s soon befriended by Jack, an Australian who won’t (can’t?) go back home. Both men become friends, slowly turning into a mutual attraction and romance. Then Patrick’s past comes back in the form of his brother. He’s forced away from Jack and he doesn’t handle the separation well. The men eventually get back together, but the story ends rather abruptly. An epilogue would have been great to tie everything together.

Narration 3.5 out of 5: I enjoyed the narration and I think it’s a good way to experience the story. Colin Darcy does a good job distinguishing between the characters, however, accents are not his forte – (his Oz accent sounded more Texan? to me).

Overall: 3.5 stars out of 5



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Author Spotlight: Cardeno C Home Again Book and Audiobook narrated by Alexander Collins

Amazon links

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Home-Again-Audiobook/B01GUEIM86/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1492130469&sr=1-1

https://www.amazon.com/Home-Again-Contemporary-Gay-Romance-ebook/dp/B00TBW2JAW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1492130528&sr=1-1&keywords=home+again+cardeno

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Blurb

Imposing, temperamental Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood is on the way. But when his one and only finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years.

Loyal, serious Clark Lehman built a life around the person who insisted from their first meeting that they were meant to be together. Now, years later, two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured and most painful moments in order to recover lost memories and secure their future.

Book Review by Anna

I read this series a couple of years ago and enjoyed it, even if Cardeno C’s tendency to instalove / soulmates is hard for me to stomach sometimes. But that’s just me. I don’t believe in love at first sight and have a hard time with the concept, regardless of how romantic it may be.

Home Again is the first in the Home series, but all of the titles can be read as stand alones and the series work in any order you wish to read it.

Home Again is about Noah and Clarke. Who meet when they are teenagers. Their story is told through a series of flash backs as the story actually starts in present time, when Noah is in hospital after a serious accident with a lot of trauma to his body and a brain which has wiped off the last three years of his life.

I liked Noah and Clarke both, even if I found Noah a bit too possessive for comfort (I wouldn’t be able to live with that level of possessiveness in my life) and I really felt that he got off a bit too easy for what he had done. Why was Clarke the one who seemed to apologise the most for the incident? That didn’t sit quite right with me.

The bonus chapter was a sweet edition, but does include a spoiler for a later book, however, the timeline in general in this book means that we also get to see another couple, who gets together in a later book in the series.

I wasn’t too keen on the narrator to begin with, but he grew on me, and hot damn… that man could read a sex scene *fanning myself*…

This story is not my favourite of the series, but I do enjoy all of them and with Cardeno C you always know that you will get something well written and engaging with a sure fire happy ending.

I will be looking for the next book in the series on audio too. Even though I have already read all of them in book form.

 4 of 5 stars

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Audio Book Review by Morgan

 

This is the beginning of Cardeno’s Home series and in it we meet many of the series’ MCs. This is one of the very first m/m books I ever read and I have since read/listened to it many, many times. It is VERY sentimental and VERY sweet. There are some who may think it overly so, but not me!

I adore how frank and open Noah and Clark are with one another and how touching their re-union is. I love when Clark finally “calls a spade a spade” and calls out Noah’s needs to him plainly. I also respect how, though it may seem silly, the big misunderstanding is actually kind of justified if you look at it from both of their perspectives.

The sex is plentiful and hot and a bit kinky.  It’s interesting how the book can switch from “rough” to “sweet” on a dime so smoothly.

This story (and the whole series) is a warm blanket on a cold day and definitely gives you the feeling of coming home after a long trip away.

I highly recommend it and give it 4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

I think Alexander Collins does a tremendous job with this.  He adds in variations to his voice to make the person feel like they are part of the story – for example muffling his voice when it calls for it, changing it up for phone calls, really adding in the emotion when someone is upset, etc. He does a great job with the entire cast of characters in this series and adds to the overall enjoyment of listening.

(With this narration we get the bonus chapter too, which is awesome!)

4.5 of 5 stars
 

 
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Forgive and Forget Audiobook by Charlie Cochet Narrated by John Solo

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Dreamspinner Presents

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7742

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He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

When I read these “Dreamspun Desires” I have to remember that it’s a little bit like going in the “way back machine” (anyone remember that reference?) and to a time when readers were a bit less concerned with probability or realism or … well you get the idea.

So, we set suspend our disbelief and we embrace our love for ooey gooey love stories and viola! – you have a Dreamspun Desire book!

In this case, there is a super sweet baker named Joe who has a little pie shop in Manhattan (first suspension of disbelief) where he lives and works with some crazy folks and sells a lot of pies – but he’s very lonely. He’s been hurt in the past and doesn’t ever leave his apartment for fun (2nd suspension).

One day he hears a scuffle in the garden in the back and finds an injured man who tells him “No police, no hospital” so he takes him upstairs to his apartment so he can heal. (3rd suspension)

Once he awakens, the mystery man (later called Tom) can’t remember his name or job but he has a bunch of other memories – like movies, sexual preferences, the fact that he’s not involved in a relationship.

Over time the two grow close, some other crazy stuff happens with the folks who are after “Tom” and another amazing co-incidence occurs (4th suspension).

Now, don’t think I didn’t like this story, because I did – but… I really had to remember that it wasn’t supposed to be “real”. It was fun, cute, lovey dovey (which I adore) and sweet.

If you’re in the mood for real, keep looking, but if you want a light-hearted escape from reality with fun characters and sweet moments – this is the book for you!

Audio

John Solo is a frequent choice for this genre and he definitely knows his way around a story. He is good at pacing, emotion and smexy times. I like his deep voice and most of the time, I find him easy to listen to. For the most part this was a good narration, my only issue was Bea – she sounded more like a wizened sailor than an older lady friend. All in all this is a good way to experience this story.

Overall 4 of 5 stars

 

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Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet

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Dreamspinner Presents

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7538

forgive forgetBlurb

He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

 

Review

When I read these “Dreamspun Desires” I have to remember that it’s a little bit like going in the “way back machine” (anyone remember that reference?) and to a time when readers were a bit less concerned with probability or realism or … well you get the idea.

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So, we set suspend our disbelief and we embrace our love for ooey gooey love stories and viola! – you have a Dreamspun Desire book!

 

In this case, there is a super sweet baker named Joe who has a little pie shop in Manhattan (first suspension of disbelief) where he lives and works with some crazy folks and sells a lot of pies – but he’s very lonely. He’s been hurt in the past and doesn’t ever leave his apartment for fun (2nd suspension).

One day he hears a scuffle in the garden in the back and finds an injured man who tells him “No police, no hospital” so he takes him upstairs to his apartment so he can heal. (3rd suspension)

Once he awakens, the mystery man (later called Tom) can’t remember his name or job but he has a bunch of other memories – like movies, sexual preferences, the fact that he’s not involved in a relationship.

Over time the two grow close, some other crazy stuff happens with the folks who are after “Tom” and another amazing co-incidence occurs (4th suspension).

Now, don’t think I didn’t like this story, because I did – but… I really had to remember that it wasn’t supposed to be “real”. It was fun, cute, lovey dovey (which I adore) and sweet.

If you’re in the mood for real, keep looking, but if you want a light-hearted escape from reality with fun characters and sweet moments – this is the book for you!

4.25 of 5 stars

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