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Audiobook: Once Upon a Wolf by Rhys Ford, narrated by Derrick McClain

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/once-upon-a-wolf-by-rhys-ford-9694-b

Blurb:

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

 

Review:

 

Book previously reviewed https://openskyebookreviews.com/once-upon-a-wolf-wayward-wolves-series-by-rhys-ford/

 

I enjoyed the story and was looking forward to listening to Derrick McClain narrate. He gives a good performance, his cadence and inflections gave a sense of urgency and tension at the very beginning of the story – where Zach is running from the wolf (Ellis). I almost forgot that Ellis was ‘playing’ with Zach, I was so worried!
With Mr. McClain one gets a nuanced performance, making the narration very easy and pleasant to listen to. I had no trouble knowing who was speaking.
All in all, it’s a very good start to a new series to read and listen to.

4 out of 5


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3 stars adult - 18+ Book Dee Dreamspinner Fantasy Gay Gay Little to no angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Release Day Review: My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/my-fair-captain-by-jl-langley-9628-b

Blurb: When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

Review:
I liked the premise of the story – almost a reversal of the female Georgian/Victorian romances; in this case, it’s the male virtue (snicker) that needs to be protected.
However, the main story got lost in too many threads.
The story starts with Nate fighting a duel. He is wounded, but kills his opponent, requiring him to flee his home planet. Fast forward 18 years later, Nate is now a captain in the IN and has a son called Trouble (aka Jeremy). Nate is tasked to investigate a situation involving a weapons cache, so he’s sent undercover to another planet where he meets the prince of the realm, Aiden.
On Aiden’s planet, the men are treated like Regency misses until they are of age; the society is based on a class system and is very male-oriented, going so far as to ensure that upperclass males have a preference for other men only. The 2 MC’s meet when Aiden has a mishap, leading to an instant attraction. Their romance plays out the same way a MF regency romance would (which I liked).
The story starts to falter when it tries to tie up the mystery of weapons cache – new characters are introduced but not fully explained, like the valets and their involvement. The whole premise for the weapons was glossed over in a few lines (and not to my satisfaction).
Then there’s Trouble and his backstory. I couldn’t get a grip on his age- sometimes he was written as a precocious youngster, then he seems like an older adolescent, (especially when he swore!). The circumstances of his birth, his current status were a surprise, but his eventual acceptance of being betrothed to a prince seemed a little far-fetched.
Overall, I liked it and will look for the next book in the hopes that the story line is better organized and fleshed out.

3 stars out of 5


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5 stars adult - 18+ Beth Jumper Book Dark Romance/ Bad Boys m/m Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat

Time to Go Dark: Tate’s Torment (Avanti Chronicles Book 2) by Hannah Walker

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28165780-tate-s-torment?from_search=true

Blurb

When a rare day out goes disastrously wrong, the men have to fight for the survival of one of their own. Their actions spark an appearance by the Conclave, leaving the Avanti’s future in the hands of those who choose to destroy them.
Tate will give up everything to save his friends, even if it means losing Dariux and a love he never imagined he would find.
With half the conclave determined to punish the Offworlders, they have to rely on new found friendships. The question is, will it be enough to overcome the trouble that seems determined to take them down?

May your journey be swift and uneventful, may you all get one step closer to your truemates and may good triumph over evil. Remember love conquers all.

Review

This is the second book in the series and it focuses on Tate, the jokester of the group. But he is also the most deadly in his fighting skills. The scene where he is eventually captured shows off his fighting skills, and leaves the reader in awe of his skills

The jokester side of Tate plays out whenever there isn’t a life or death scene playing out. Mostly directed towards Dariux. They are True Mates, which is similar to Fated Mates. But Tate’s jokester side hides a man who is fighting the demons of his past, a man who doesn’t believe he is worthy of love. When they finally get together the words almost steam off the page.

There are subplots weaved throughput this story, with all 6 of the Avanti settling into living on the planet they crashed on. Local politics, adjusting to living with a low tech environment and animals that have as much personality as the humans. This series is an ongoing story overall and each book focusing on a member of the Avanti finding their True mate

5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+ Audiobook Dark Romance/ Bad Boys Gay Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Time to go Dark: Verified Kill Audiobook by Patricia Logan narrated by Rusty Topsfield

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Verified-Kill-Audiobook/B00ZSYA7TM?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_19&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=35SRNT8TCC9854SQMTG9&

Blurb:

Walker Easton has chosen a life of solitude, and it’s always suited him well. When a young lover is viciously taken from him, he begins to reevaluate his connection with Emilio. Could he have saved the young man had he resisted the deep-seated desire to belong to someone? Lost and uncertain for the first time in his life, his bravado is slipping away.

When he’s given his next filthy assignment, he remembers Emilio’s final words to him…”Who will grieve for you when you are gone, Walker?” His next choices set him on a dangerous path where there is no turning back, and when an old friend gets in the way, he has an impossible decision to make.

Callum Tryst is a dangerous man in his own right. Young and cocky and undeniably one of the finest assassins alive, he goes after a target not knowing that there is one painted on his own back. When he crosses paths with a career sniper, he finally meets his match…or does he? Callum learns the hard way that perhaps the best weapon against his enemy is another enemy. He finds himself asking the question, “If I’ve never ever cared about anyone, did I ever really matter?”

Join the pair as they mete out justice as only they know how, in a desperate fight to the finish…and the discovery that the fight is not as they always assumed it to be. Assumptions get you killed…and dead men cannot love.

Review: I had listened to one of Rusty Topsfield’s narration a while ago and was not overly impressed with the performance, at least where he tried to sound English. But, I couldn’t find the time to read the ebook, so I took a chance and got the audiobook. I am so glad I did!
The story is about an assassin bent on revenge for his dead lover who meets another assassin. Unbeknownst to either of them, they have the same target in their sights. The story is a little convoluted, with a target that may be innocent, a hateful parent and characters from the Silver (BDSM) series, (although not necessary to have read said series). There is some D/D (not a lot); however I’m not a BDSM fan, so the story was just OK for me.
Rusty Topsfield was better (to me) this time around. I never had a problem knowing who was talking and he made both MC’s sound like the alpha men that they were. My only gripe is that during the non-narrative bits, he sort of had little to no inflection, so it sounded like some of the sentences ran without punctuation. But honestly, his narration definitely made it easier to enjoy the story, (sorry Ms. Logan!).
Based on his narration, I will probably get the rest of the series in audio format ☺

4 stars out of 5

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