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Soul to Keep Author: Garrett Leigh Narrator: Dan Calley


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Stand-alone second book in the LAMBDA nominated Rented Heart series.

Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place – he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.

Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie – so wild and beautiful – bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be.

Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.

This book worked as a stand-alone for me. I have never read of listened to Rented Heart and whilst characters do cross over a little I did not feel like I was missing something. This story is all about Jamie and Marc. I absolutely loved their meeting, it was like fate was giving them a push knowing they would be just what each other needed. As Jamie fights to control his addiction his OCD comes more to the front as a way to take control of his life. Such a powerful battle he is going through. Marc is there for him, really they are there for each other. There’s a lot in this story without it feeling overwhelming. I love the realism in Garrett Leigh’s writing. There’s aren’t any cinderfella moments. Everyone has to work hard to get what they want or to be with, without a too heavy load of angst.
Dan Cally’s narration adds a perfect amount of grit with his gravelly voice. He is able to convey Marc’s tired determination of an NHS Doctor and the frenetic worry that drives Jamie. Perfect for me.

Number of stars 4 out of 5 for story
Number of stars 5 out of 5 for narration

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Audiobook: Calming the Enforcer (Cloverleah Pack #4) by Lisa Oliver Narrated by John York




Book 4 – The Cloverleah Pack Series
Can be read as a stand-alone

Troy Peterson has been waiting three long months for his true mate to return from his deployment in the US Army. But when Anton doesn’t turn up as planned, Troy starts to second guess everything he knows about his mate – and that’s before he has even met him.

Anton Sage fully intended on meeting Troy, the moment his ninety days service was up. But the Army had different ideas and now Anton is sitting in his wolf form, in a cage, wondering if he will ever get the chance to meet the man Fate intended for him.

Even after they meet, things do not go well. Between the Army, the mysterious Kylan, another wolf with the hots for Troy, an overbearing friend, and some old fashioned misunderstandings, Troy and Anton might never have the happily ever after they had dreamed of. Sometimes the mating gift can prove to be a curse.

Warning: This book is about two male wolf shifters. It includes fated mates, graphic gay sex, and references to BDSM, PTSD and cutting. Some foul language and violence.


I know it says these books can be read as standalones, but I really think you’re missing out on so much if you don’t read these in order. Plus – they’re so good, you’ll want to read them!

We knew Troy had a mate, Anton, but I was never really sure what the deal was. Well, that’s explained. Troy had a note with Anton’s scent and he knew they were mates, but Anton is special ops and not able to commit to quitting the military right away and knowing how mates suffer if they’re apart, he wanted to wait to claim Troy until he could be free and clear of the military.

Troy and Anton did converse via Skype and were learning about one another, but there are a lot of secrets.

I think, of all the books in the series – so far – this is one of my least favorite. It’s not that it’s bad – because it’s not! – but what keeps Troy and Anton separate is something that could mostly be fixed with a nice long – honest – discussion – and that always makes me frustrated. However… there are some other horrible forces at work – keeping Troy and Anton apart – including the introduction of Kylan and his back stabbing.

There are some brief mentions of the BDSM life style, but they really don’t surface. Instead, once our MCs get together, and learn how to function as a couple, we have pretty smooth sailing. Most of the hurdles are external and serve to drive the plot forward. (Which is why I think this is best read in order as the over arching plot flows from book to book.)

I still highly recommend this with a 4 of 5 stars

(FYI as far as I can tell there is no book 3 audiobook at this time)

John York does a nice job with this series. I don’t love his style, it’s a bit OTT for my taste – kind of melodrama-eque – but – in a way – that does match the flavor of this series a bit. He does a great job trying to give the vast myriad of characters a unique voice and the sound quality is always excellent.

This is a good way to experience the series.

4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Launch the Hunt (Grizzly Rim #1) Second edition- expanded by Mia West

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Eagle shifter John Tillman can almost taste freedom.

He never expected to raise his kid sister. She’s worth the sacrifices he’s made—education, career, lovers—but the empty nest is calling his name.

To save her college fund, John’s taking every run his plane can handle and doing his best to keep his shifting under the radar.

Then his latest job walks into the bar with a strange gait and velvety Southern drawl.

Army veteran Logan Maddox has given a lot for freedom.

He’s no hero, just a guy trying to adapt to new parameters. If he isn’t fully living the gay identity he’s finally accepted…well, it’s not top priority.

After three tours, two new legs, and one long-overdue divorce, Logan has zeroed in on a single objective: a trip into Alaska’s back country, no distractions.

But fate has its own tactics, and the only pilot available to guide him looks like a recruitment ad for Alaska’s hottest unit.

LAUNCH THE HUNT is the 1st novel of GRIZZLY RIM, a steamy paranormal romance series featuring M/M heroes of all stripes:

The men of Grizzly Rim are a lot of things. Always human isn’t one of them.

These shifters landed in this remote Alaska village for different reasons, but the same thing keeps them there: a massive wilderness where they can soar, lope, paddle, and hide.

But no matter where you hole up, eventually your secrets will catch your scent.


(From first edition)

Logan is a newly single guy, sharing custody of his son, bonding on a trip to Alaska. He’s also learning to use his prosthetics after being injured in the military.

John is raising his sister, on the final leg as it were, and thinking about the future. He ends up taking a job of playing tour guide to Logan and his son and knows that, at least in the near future, things are looking good.


This is a novella, so things move quickly. The attraction is there immediately and the men – not bar sluts, so they move with some trepidation – act swiftly but with temperance. I loved that they didn’t immediately have sex though they did become physical right away.

Mia West is a new author to me and I’m looking forward to more of this series! Her writing is smooth and flows well. Her world building is EXCELLENT and the characters are complex, including the secondary characters.

As with any good story, I wish it’d been longer, but I definitely feel we got a solid HEA and that our guys were in it for the long haul.

I highly recommend this new series!

Second edition –

Well, I still super loved this and really enjoyed re-reading it – but I can’t honestly tell where the “expanded” parts were.

It felt a bit longer – I guess – but there was no substantial change to the story.

I think a first time reader might find it a bit more satisfying, but as someone who’s read it already and re-read it a few times – I didn’t find anything in the “expanded” edition that made me real excited.

So, if you’ve read and enjoyed the series you might want to check this out for yourself, but if you can’t – I don’t think you’re missing anything to the actual story.

I still highly recommend this series and was glad to have re-read it!

-I gotta say that I liked the original cover better 🙂 

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Strength of His Heart By Victoria Sue narrated by Nick J Russo



Enhanced World: Book Four

To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.
Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.
Trust doesn’t come easy for Sam, but Vance is willing to fight to convince his partner that the strength of his heart might be the salvation they both need.


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Sigh. There is so much I love about this world and this series – but there is so much that I get frustrated with as well.
In this case – I was really unimpressed with Vance and Angel’s romance – which was a drag because I really thought Angel would be one of my favorite characters’stories based on his presence in other books.
I find myself skimming a lot in this story and I think the author could use a strong hand with an editor to really make these stories leaner and more powerful. There was just so much thrown in here that I found myself confused a lot which led to frustration and finally to indifference. Frankly, it was too much work to figure out who, what and where with this – even though I’d read all the books leading up to this book.
There is an awful lot of telling and not nearly as much showing as I’d like and the end result is more of a lukewarm romance than something that really sets the heart/pages on fire. When I read the next to last sex scene I was ready to be done with the entire series – it’s really awful – and if it hadn’t happened just near the end I would have DNF’d the book – it felt almost like non-consensual contact- though it wasn’t – and it happened almost at the end when our MCs are already supposedly in love and happy… it felt really uncomfortable and we didn’t get nearly enough Happy to make up for it.
2.75 rounded to 3 of 5 stars

I super love Nick J Russo. He makes any book better just having narrated it. I really enjoy his ability to do a plethora of characters with a variety of accents including women and children. This is a series with a metric ton of characters and Nick does an excellent job of giving each of them a unique sound. I enjoyed in particular his version of Luis and was able to make it through this story as an audiobook despite my reservations from reading it.
I’m still a big fan of this series and I definitely recommend the audiobook as a terrific way to enjoy this story.

5 of 5 for the narration

4 of 5 stars overall

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Audiobook: Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water #4) by Amy Lane Narrated by Nick J Russo



Hiding the Moon by Amy Lane | Dreamspinner Press


A Fish Out of Water/Racing for the Sun Crossover

Can a hitman and a psychic negotiate a relationship while all hell breaks loose?

The world might not know who Lee Burton is, but it needs his black ops division and the work they do to keep it safe. Lee’s spent his life following orders—until he sees a kill jacket on Ernie Caulfield. Ernie isn’t a typical target, and something is very wrong with Burton’s chain of command.

Ernie’s life may seem adrift, but his every action helps to shelter his mind from the psychic storm raging within. When Lee Burton shows up to save him from assassins and club bunnies, Ernie seizes his hand and doesn’t look back. Burton is Ernie’s best bet in a tumultuous world, and after one day together, he’s pretty sure Lee knows Ernie is his destiny as well.

But when Burton refused Ernie’s contract, he kicked an entire piranha tank of bad guys, and Burton can’t rest until he takes down the rogue military unit that would try to kill a spacey psychic. Ernie’s in love with Burton and Burton’s confused as hell by Ernie—but Ernie’s not changing his mind and Burton can’t stay away. Psychics, assassins, and bad guys—throw them into the desert with a forbidden love affair and what could possibly go wrong?


I loved this so much! So. Much!

I loved the bit of paranormal. I loved the play on their names. I loved seeing Ace and Sonny again… I loved it!

I wished we’d seen them together more – there was an awful lot of time where these guys are apart but – the time together – wowza – hot and such great chemistry.

I can’t wait for this to come out in audio – and I really hope it’s Nick Russo!

Full review to come… love ace and sonny. Of course Burt and Ernie are awesome too ❤️❤️❤️

I loved this! I loved the paranormal aspect. Loved the Sonny and Ace (they are tied as my fav Amy couple with Patrick and Whiskey) I thought the amount of other “story” was a bit overwhelming to the romance but the relationship building amongst previous mcs was awesome.

I love seeing that place in the desert and hope Jai one day gets his own story – with maybe some Alba tossed in on the side.

I wished we’d seen them together more – there was an awful lot of time where these guys are apart but – the time together – wowza – hot and such great chemistry.

I definitely love these guys more than Ellery and Jackson and I hope Nick Russo does this narration!



YAYAYAYAYAYAY!  I am so glad Nick narrated this!  It was absolutely stunning!  I love listening to Nick and his ability to give depth to these guys is outstanding.  I’ve already listened to this twice and will again soon.  If you’re a fan of this series and this author do yourself a favor and listen to the audio!

Highly Recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: No Quick Fix (Torus Intercession #1) by Mary Calmes

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A retired SEAL is about to face his toughest assignment yet. As a nanny…

Fixer. Bodyguard. Advocate. Brann Calder is expected to play all these roles and more as a member of Torus Intercession, a security firm guaranteed to right what’s wrong. In the military, catastrophe was his specialty. Five months out of the service, Brann is still finding his way, so a new assignment might be just what he needs. Unless it includes two things sure to make a seasoned, battle-trained veteran nervous: life in a small town, and playing caretaker to two little girls.

Emery Dodd is drowning in the responsibility of single fatherhood. He’s picked up the pieces after losing his wife and is ready to move on now, hopeful that his engagement to a local patriarch’s daughter will not only enrich his community but will grant his daughters some stability too.

The only thing standing in Emery’s way is that he can’t he seem to keep his eyes—and hands—off the former soldier he’s hired to watch his girls until the wedding.

Emery’s future is riding on his upcoming nuptials, but being with Brann makes him and his family feel whole again. Too bad there’s no way for them to be together.

Or is there?


Ho Hum. That’s what my overwhelming feeling from this was, unfortunately. 

First, the MCs don’t get together til almost the 75% point and I was frustrated and bored. Emery is engaged to a WOMAN for most of the book, and though they don’t cheat – it’s not awesome either.  

Like in other books of hers, the two MCs are fairly recognizable in Calmes stories and they don’t diverge much here. For example, Mary loves to give us these “unsuspecting” heroes and then show us their heroism – in this case Brann.  Emery is the super nice guy everyone in town loves but who doesn’t suspect it himself and is surprised by the adoration.

I don’t want to sound too harsh, but I’ve been a Mary fan for a long time and lately she just hasn’t wowed me with her work. Her characters feel like repeats and their trajectory to love is the same path with slightly changed scenery.

There are some reviewers out there who point out some Mary-isms – I’m not cool enough to keep track of that stuff – but when I do see those reviews I think – Oh Yeah – that’s SO TRUE! The very specific designer clothes, the pea coats, the waggling brows, the fact that the women all love the MCs to the point of being ridiculous… it’s all in here.

The cover by Reese is gorgeous and I was absolutely compelled by the blurb, but it just didn’t pan out for me.

For devoted fans of the author or maybe for folks new to Mary – this one will appeal. Otherwise… maybe not.

3 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: In His Sights by L.A. Bryce

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Meet two men who need each other’s help but don’t realize it until it’s almost too late.

Noah is gay and terrified someone might find out. So much so that when he was blackmailed with pictures of himself with another man, instead of coming clean, he left his SEAL team without a word.

The other man is openly gay Mason, a former Marine and now part of the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task force. It takes eight years after their first meeting in the desert for a chance event bring the two men together again. Now Noah must decide if he’s ready to accept who he is or if it’s easier to cut and run. Can they navigate the obstacles in their path to build a relationship? And why does the thought of that scare them more than investigating a group of terrorists?


This book involves Mason, FBI and Noah, a former SEAL. There is an instant attraction. The way Noah struggles with his sexuality is something that some readers can relate to. It was a shame he was blackmailed. His “hot and cold” with Mason was frustrating, but understandable. Mason lives with guilt for not being able to catch the people responsible for terrorist attacks that affects him personally. The two meet in a bar, had seen each other briefly years ago, and grew close. The book has humor, mystery, action, and some steamy mm scenes. Both go through a lot in the book. It’s not a cutesy and sweet romance, there’s many aspects to the book. Some surprises packed in the book also. Highly enjoyed reading.

Number of stars out of 5


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Time to Celebrate the Holidays: A Soldier’s Wish (The Christmas Angel #5) by N.R. Walker

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The year is 1969…

Gary Fairchild is proud to be a hippie college student, and he protests the Vietnam War because he believes in love and peace. To him, it isn’t just a counterculture movement—it’s a way of life. When tickets to the Aquarium Exposition—3 Days of Peace & Music, or Woodstock, as it was better known, go on sale, there’s no way he isn’t going.

Richard Ronsman is a sheltered farm boy who lives in the shadow of his overbearing father. He’s hidden his darkest secret to earn his father’s love, but nothing is ever good enough—not even volunteering for the Vietnam War. And with just a few days left before he’s deployed, a striking hippie invites him to join them at a music festival.

Three days of music, drugs, rain, mud, and love forged a bond between these two very different men that would shape the rest of their lives. They share dreams and fears, and when Richard is shipped off to war, they share letters and love. For Richard’s first Christmas home, he is gifted a special angel ornament that just might make a soldier’s wish come true.


Wow. This was so amazing! I have to admit – having grown up in the 70s and 80s I never really thought much about Vietnam. I mean, I learned about it as a general piece of history, but I never thought about what it meant to these men who truly believed it was the “wrong” type of war or to whom they never wanted to kill a human and they get drafted based on their birthday – ugh! How horrible – NR Walker really helped me to put it in context of today and I am amazed at how many men even went on without draft dodging.

In any case, this is a tremendously sweet story with a great look at history and a very sweet ending. If I have any complaints its that there was way too much sex in relation to the emotional connection that she usually gives us. IMHO.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Time to Celebrate the Holidays: Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert book and audiobook narrated by Sean Crisden

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One hard-nosed military police officer.

One overly enthusiastic elf.

One poorly timed snowstorm.

Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?

Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.

Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.

The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.

This holiday romance is cute and uplifting, befitting the holiday spirit, but it also has that typical emotional intensity that I’ve come to look for in any book by Annabeth Albert. I was expecting something light and maybe a bit mushy, an easy read to get into the right frame of mind for the holidays. This was so much more than that, though.

I adored Teddy from the beginning and his good cheer and positive attitude to life make him a perfect match for Nick, who very much needs what Teddy has to offer. Even if he doesn’t realize it.

Nick is also a great character, very steady and competent, though somewhat emotionally closed-off and grumpy at first. He’s not really feeling the holiday spirit, santa claus suit notwithstanding.
Nick’s at a point in his life where he needs to find a new direction, and is feeling a bit lost.
Enter Teddy… who makes Nick feel again and pushes him to reassess how he wants to live his life. Go Teddy!

Nick and Teddy are very different in age and outlook, but they have both known loss and as a result are similarly playing it safe in some way or other. Nick more obviously so than Teddy. These two characters are just so right together, they complement and inspire each other in the very best of ways and have a great connection, both emotionally and chemistry-wise.
I felt like knocking some sense into Nick though, because he seems hell-bent on throwing away his chance at love and happiness. Stubborn man.

I love May/December stories and this was an exceptional take on that trope.

Number of stars out of 5: 5

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Review by Morgan – audiobook

I totally agree with Karen about the story and Sean Crisden’s narration was perfection! A totally enjoyable holiday experience! Highly Recommeded!


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Time to Celebrate the Holidays: Christmas Homecoming (The Christmas Angel #4) by L.A. Witt


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August 1939. Roger Miller and Jack O’Brien have been close since childhood. By the time they realize there’s more between them than friendship, Jack is leaving their sleepy Iowa town for college. But they console themselves knowing he’ll be home for Christmas. Right?

It is Christmas before they see each other again, but that Christmas comes six years and a world war later. Aged, beaten, and shaken by combat, they’re not the boys they were back then, but their feelings for each other are stronger than ever.

Neither know the words to say everything they’ve carried since that peacetime summer kiss, though. Even as they stand in the same room, there’s a thousand miles between them.

But maybe that’s some distance the little angel in Roger’s rucksack can cross.

The Christmas Angel series books are standalones and can be read in any order.


This was so sweet! Although this was a bit hard to swallow –I still loved it and was so glad for their HEA. LA Witt really did a nice job imagining the hardship of war for these boys and how it would affect their future decisions. I loved the line “We can be some other town’s ______ bacherlors” – such a lovely outcome for them!

4 of 5 stars

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