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Audiobook Month: Complete Faith by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/morning-report-series-6498-

Blurb
For Tommy Bradley, a hand working on the Lost Cow Ranch in rural Texas, admitting his sexuality is impossible, even if his bosses, Luke and Simon, are gay—Tommy has spent his entire life hiding the truth from his homophobic parents. Then Tommy meets pastor Noah Taylor in Luke’s father’s hospital room, and his difficult secret becomes that much harder to keep.

Noah is unlike any man of God—or any man—Tommy’s ever met. For one thing, his congregation is made up primarily of GLBT individuals and their families. For another, he isn’t afraid of the attraction he feels toward Tommy, and he makes his intentions very clear. But Noah won’t hide his sexuality or his love from the world, and he won’t start a relationship with Tommy while Tommy hides his, either. Faced with the choice of losing Noah or coming out to his parents, Tommy takes his first steps out of the closet.

But Tommy isn’t the only one facing challenges. Thanks to an outpouring of hatred from Pastor Jackson and a group of ranch owners, Noah must cope with the possible loss of his church and his livelihood

Review
In the first book we met a young ranch hand, Tommy, who had to hide his sexuality before of his parents homophobic attitudes and religious beliefs. We also met another Pastor, Noah. He is also Gay and welcomes everyone who wants to worship in love to his Church. His congregation increased as people moved away from the hate the other Pastor was spouting. This is where he meets Tommy. I love the world Sue Brown has built around the Lost Cow Ranch. They are a wonderful family supporting each other through their troubles. Tommy gets a lot of support. Luke’s known Tommy was gay but never betrayed his confidence. It’s only when Noah comes into the picture that Tommy decides to come out completely. Together and with the support of the Ranch and some of the Town, Noah deals with the hatred directed at him to start anew.

On this second book I was more used to Aaron Pickering’s style of narration. The characterisation for Noah worked for me and so did Tommy. Tommy came across as young and insecure to Noah’s maturity and confidence. Both styles complimenting each other. The characterisation for Luke and Simon also seems to have settled down.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Audiobook Month: The Bone Orchard by Abigail Roux, narrated by Nick J Russo

 

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Bone-Orchard-Audiobook/B076HCC2S9?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_13&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=5DJ273RTFPQ44P0Q23A7&

Blurb: After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious “Missouri” Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal’s bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer’s trial.

When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he’s seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose. But if Ezra thinks that’s his biggest problem, he’s got plenty to learn about life – and the afterlife – in the spirited West.

Fortunately, Ambrose is there to assist, and more than happy to oblige Ezra – in the courtroom or the bedroom. He spent his life bringing justice to the Wild West, and if he has a say in it, that’s how he’ll be spending his death too.

Review: A romantic ghost story with a bit of a twist; very well narrated by Nick Russo.
I enjoyed listening to Nick Russo’s characterisation of Ambrose as a gruff, older lawman and Ezra, as the younger inspector. Mr. Russo has a way of making an ordinary person or scene seem larger than life – I really forgot that I was not actually watching a western on the telly. He brought the characters to life, making a short story very enjoyable.
The story itself is engaging and the link to the present day, with some members of the Sidewinder team, was a treat.

4 out of 5

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Time to Go Dark: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36046796-living-out-loud?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb: Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father’s rules most of his life. Born into an ultra-conservative church community, he’s finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco. Distancing himself certainly helps create a new mindset, but living as an openly gay man takes some getting used to. When he reaches out to Xavier, a childhood friend who lives in the city, Ben isn’t sure how he’ll respond given their thorny history. Ben hopes the familiar connection will help him right some wrongs as well as provide the solace he’s been craving.

Xavier Ramos is who he is, and he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. Whether it’s eyeliner, nail polish, tattoos or his love of hooking up, he uses his body as a form of self-expression but doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Ben reenters his life, Xavier helps him experience the city and feel comfortable in his own skin. Seeing the world through Ben’s eyes, he begins to wonder if he’s also not living as freely as he thought.
When Xavier challenges Ben’s beliefs about sex, it becomes explosive—for both of them. Xavier breaks apart Ben’s sheltered world and shows him what it’s like to live out loud. The more time they spend together, the more Xavier begins to long for Ben in a different way—one that both surprises and scares him. But real life doesn’t fade into the background, so when Ben’s past comes knocking, old habits are hard to break. Testing the foundation of their deepening connection will take a trust that will either bind them…or tear them apart.

Review: This story broke my heart a little. Ben endured a lot as a young teen. His religious parents (dad is a pastor), believed that conversion therapy could ‘cure the gay’ out of Ben. Xavier just wanted to belong, and when he showed his feelings by kissing Ben, Ben pushed him away.
Fast forward several years later. Ben has moved away from his family and wants to reconnect with Xavier. Xavier, is now living openly as a gay man. He has a bit of a bad boy persona, complete with tattoos. What starts out as a rebuilding of a friendship, turns into a slow, heat-building exploration of their attraction to each other.
The story is well written, especially the romance. Both men learn a lot about each other as their friendship moves to something more intimate. I think I was just as surprised, (in a good way) as they were, when they finally let their barriers fall and they fell in love ☺

4.5 stars out of 5

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adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Fantasy Gay Magic Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Witches/Warlocks/Wizards

Audiobook: Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune, narrated by Michael Lesley

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-consumption-of-magic-by-tj-klune-9026-b

Blurb:
Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future. A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

Review:
Book previously reviewed
https://openskyebookreviews.com/consumption-of-magic-by-tj-klune/

I cannot imagine this series without Michael Lesley. Period.
And just when I wondered how he could top his performance of The Lightning-Struck Heart and Destiny of Dragons, he blows me away with Consumption of Magic! There are a handful of narrators that produce stellar performances all the time, Mr. Lesley is one of them. Most of the time I forgot I was listening to one person! He transitions from one character to the other so seamlessly, it’s hard to remember that Sam, Gary, Justin, Tiggy and Knight Delicious Face (Ryan) are being voiced by one person and not by an ensemble cast of narrators.
TJ Klune has written a fantastic tale, but Michael Lesley, much like Dr. Frankenstein, has brought this body (of work) to life.
Listening to Mr. Lesley perform is the absolute best way to experience this book and the entire Tales of Verania saga.

PS: It was a real treat to hear one of my favourite lines:
“How much will we get for Sam’s dowry?” Kevin asked Gary. “I’ve never had to sell off one of my children before.” “I don’t know,” Gary said through his tears. “He’s a little defective, so we should probably be up-front that all sales are final.”

6 out of 5– Out of this world!


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Time to Go Dark: Circle by Garrett Leigh

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35894093-circle

Blurb
I love him…but he’s forgotten why.

A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete’s young nephew wasn’t in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.

Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.

Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they’re both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it

Review
This story brings a conclusion for Ash and Pete. It’s six years on from the end of Rare and it doesn’t look like life has settled very much for them. For as much has changed since the ending of Rare essentially they are still the same with Pete working a lot. I loved that Jed and Max from Only Love appear in this story. Jed provides a stabling influence on both Ash and Pete at time they need help. Pete has lost his way and Ash doesn’t know how to help him. For all his success with his art Ash is still insecure and doubts himself without Pete. Pete is pulling away from him and he doesn’t know how to help. Their lives are more busy and full of family now. But the hard won level of trust and communication is suffering. A brilliant emotional roller coaster of a story. This is a terrific conclusion to the series. They get their happy ever after, perfect.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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4 stars adult - 18+ Book DA Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Gay High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Mary D Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Part of a Series PTSD Purchased Stalker/Abusive Ex

Time to go Dark: Ash by Jack L. Pyke

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38719560-ash?from_search=true

Blurb

 

“You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”

Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake.

Review
Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t series is a wonderfully dark psychological series. All the characters have so many facets, complex lives. I would say that to enjoy the series it’s best to start at the beginning. This book, Ash, brings in new players. Ash comes across as cruel and thoughtless. Only after his own enjoyment as does his mate Chase. As the story progresses we learn another side to Ash which explains his behaviour. I’m still not sure if I like him though. Raif is where the story starts to link into the series. He is a MI5 operative (as is Grey one of the central characters to the Series). He decides to teach Ash a lesson but gets drawn to him as well. At the same time he is made aware of some gruesome murders and is on surveillance for another case. BDSM is an important aspect to all the characters, so if that’s not your cup of tea steer clear.
This book does give you a taste of the nature of the series and Jack L. Pyke’s style. And on the face of it you don’t need to know the details of the previous stories to enjoy this one. However, it is a prequel to book 5 where all the previous characters have a part and I anticipate it would be difficult to follow if you haven’t. Also nothing is resolved in this story, it is just setting the scenes. Book 5 continue from the end of this one.
To be honest if this is your kind of book you probably already know about this series, if it’s got you intrigued don’t wait bring the series to the top of your tbr list.

4 of stars out of 5

 

 

 

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adult - 18+ High but not hopeless Part of a Series Scorching/high heat

Time to go Dark: Corin’s Chance (Avanti Chronicles Book 1) By Hannah Walker

Blurb

Posted to some stars awful cruiser, Dr. Corin Talovich hoped to serve his time quietly and get on with his life, but fate stepped in and decided otherwise. 
Crashing into an unknown planet was the last thing Corin expected. With only his friend, Lieutenant Commander Tate Riven, by his side, they face the unexplored world and new enemies bravely, leading them to the Derin Clan, where they’re welcomed by the leader’s son.
Kel isn’t sure about the strange men, but he isn’t about to send them away, especially when the bond between Corin and himself is something he can’t ignore. 
When another clan wages an attack, Kel is forced to make some hard choices which nearly costs him everything he holds dear. Together, with their allies, Corin and Kel fight, focusing on the future they desire, knowing failure not only dooms their love, but also those around them. Side by side, they work to destroy the evil threatening to keep them apart and becoming the family both men desire.

 

Review

When I first read this book, I had no idea that the author had a whole series planned out for this storyline. But after rereading it I saw how well she created the world her story is set in. Descriptions are detailed without being boring and all lead into the story one way or another.

To start with we are introduced to all 6 of the Avanti Team each a different form of humanoid, and each with a different defensive trait. This group was trained to be warriors. Corin is on the same spaceship and has fallen in with the group. When the ship comes under attach the only escape pods available are 2 man pods so Corin as a fully trained surgeon is paired with Tate, the injured man of the group. They land on a planet that is ruled by clans with a central King.

There are subplots and intrigue, Love and lust, humor and war, and a type of fated mates. And while the story ends in a HEA, it is a part of an ongoing series that should be read in order.

Hannah Walker has created a wonderful world that will have you entertained, laughing heartily, holding your breath, all while rooting for the good guys and a HEA!

5 of 5 stars!

 

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Time to Go Dark: Snow Falling by Davidson King

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36515977-snow-falling?from_search=true

Blurb

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name.
Tell nobody your secrets.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules of the streets.
His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Secrets can get you killed.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules he lives by.
When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own. A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

Review

I loved this book! I was very surprised to find that it’s the authors 1st novel. It was so well done. The characters were well developed, and I even found myself rooting for Chris, a crime boss who doesn’t hide what he is. I loved Snow, he is strong, despite all that he’s gone through. I worried a bit that the story would be dark and depressing, especially with a crime boss that does not change … much. But my fears were groundless – while there is some crime, (hello crime boss!), it was in keeping with the story. Christopher does have a heart as evidenced by his love for Simon (his nephew) and Snow.
It’s a fun, well crafted book – highly recommend ☺

5 stars out of 5

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Audiobook: Daddy Needs a Date by Sean Michael narrated by Steve Balderson

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Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/daddy-needs-a-date-by-sean-michael-9586-b

Blurb:
With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off guard when his mother and daughter decide to play matchmaker.

Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world, helping others, for extended periods of time. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.
Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date. Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to….

Review: The book has been reviewed previously
https://openskyebookreviews.com/daddy-needs-a-date-by-sean-michael/

This is one of the rare times (for me) that the book compelled me to stick with the narration.
The narrator (Steve Balderson – new to me) wasn’t bad, but there were times when he just sounded flat or emotionless, even during the sex scenes. After a while I got used to his speech pattern, (so it wasn’t a total fail), but the story really deserved a bit more animation for the MCs. Surprisingly, he did a great job with the kids, especially Rosie. He captured her so well, especially when she got upset with Alex leaving. She was adorable.
I really liked the story, and while the narration didn’t add much, it is still a nice way to enjoy the story.

4 stars out of 5 for the story
3.5 stars out of 5 for the narration

Reviewer Name: Dee


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Recent Release: Seducing His Brother’s Receptionist By Charlie Richards

Extasy Presents

http://www.extasybooks.com/charlie-richards/978-1-4874-1954-7-seducing-his-brothers-receptionist/

Blurb

Out of the Cage: When a weekend fling gets a man into hot water, he discovers a knight in shining armor in the most unlikely of places.
Wendell Burgeon just wanted a hot night in town. Instead, he picks up a stalker…a dangerous one. When his make-up doesn’t hide the bruising, a friend at the office jumps to conclusions and tries to cheer him up. Cecil Rochette convinces his brother Teague to give Wendell a ride in his classic car…the one Wendell has been drooling over for years. To Wendell’s shock, Teague’s behavior belies his brawny jock image. He’s kind and sweet and seems interested in him, asking Wendell on a date when the car ride is over. He even comes to his rescue when his stalker shows up. Can Wendell’s knight in shining armor truly be as wonderful as he seems? When Wendell discovers that Teague has secrets of his own, he must make a decision. Who’s the more dangerous…his stalker or his knight?

Review

I thought this was sweet. I loved the GFY aspect and the really sweet MC – Wendell. Like all of Charlie’s books, the shifting was fun and I LOVED seeing Jared again!

Very enjoyable. Best as part of the series but fine on it’s own.

4 of 5 stars

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