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Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford ~ Audiobook

dirty-secretTitle: Dirty Heart

Series: A Cole McGinnis Mystery, #6

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (04-01-16)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: 5 Hearts

Blurb: Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track – until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers.

Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

Product Link(s): https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dirty-secret-by-rhys-ford-5229-b

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Dirty-Heart-Audiobook/B01DMUE6ZO

Reviewer: Tams

Review:  Tams’ 5 Heart E-book Review (March 2016)

Every really good Author has their proverbial ‘Murphy’s Law’ coupling. Diana Gabaldon has Claire and Jaime, Mary Calmes has Sam and Jory, Abigail Roux has Ty and Zane, and Rhys Ford has Cole and Jae. Cole and Jae have been through so much, both as a couple and on their own before they even met. It’s taken a very long time for Jae to live his life openly, to admit he loves Cole and to own his sexuality. Whereas Cole has always worn his sexuality like a badge.

As this story starts, it looks like Cole is still up to his finding trouble no matter where he goes antics, but it also looks like he and Jae are finally settling into a comfortable relationship with no boundaries or barriers.

Well, if you know Cole and Jae, you know that them being happy is like a homing beacon for trouble. You also know Cole will stop at nothing to protect those he loves. Everything is about to come full circle for this unlikely duo. Someone in Jae’s estranged family reaches out to Cole and Jae for help, which is laughable, considering what said family have put them both through.

And then another ghost from Cole’s past decides to start wreaking havoc and putting bullet holes in anyone or anything standing still. Is it just an unhappy coincidence that these things are happening simultaneously? Or has the grim reaper finally come to collect the debt Cole squirmed his way out of when he survived the shooting that took his former lovers life?

I think what has drawn me to this series with each new story is not only watching Cole and Jae struggling with issues both as a couple, and as individuals. Watching their bullet riddled love story unfold. I think it’s the way their feelings, emotions and thoughts have been described in such meticulous detailing that I feel I can almost see inside them. Ford could possibly make a sociopath feel with the way she vividly describes the characters and their emotions.

Another fantastic aspect of Ford’s stories, not just this series, is how she creates these secondary characters that are as vital to the story as Cole and Jae are. Then there is the dry, witty sarcastic sense of humor Cole embodies.

Jae goes off on Cole at one point in this story, having had enough of his pleas with Cole to “not get hurt” or “not get shot” ignored quite long enough. It is hysterical. I laughed so hard I think I peed my pants just a bit. Claudia deserves mom of the year y’all! And Bobby, that man cracks me up. One of my favorite lines in the book came from Bobby, talking to Cole.

“Get out of my truck so I can go home and fuck your brother.”

Definitely a must read story for fans of the Author and/or the series. If you don’t grab a copy you will never know exactly what drove Cole’s former partner on the police force to shoot Cole and his then lover, leaving one of them dead before turning the gun on himself. I’ll admit that I have had a couple of theories since the first book.

And I was surprised when the truth is revealed. If you like action packed, non-stop, thrill a minute stories with flawed, three-dimensional characters and these absolutely insane story lines… I would wonder why you haven’t read this series yet.

Tams’ 5 Heart Audiobook Review (June 2016)

Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay… a more perfect union could not be found I tell you. Between Ford’s immaculate attention to detail and the way she can shape and mold words, and Tremblay’s ability to breathe life into any character he voices… its chocolate for my ears! I couldn’t be more pleased that Tremblay carried the torch from start to finish for this series. I came to feel like the characters I was listening to were old friends, and every year or so we would have a visit, bullet proof vest and riot gear required, of course.

Everything comes to a volcanic head in this last book, and when it finally blows, no one is safe. I think that Cole is pretty much done. The man has more holes in him than a slice of Swiss cheese, and the constant worrying for every single person he loves and holds dear. He’s just ready for some semblance of a normal life with Jae, growing old and fucking like bunnies until they can’t see straight. Being an uncle, brother, best friend and son (to Claudia of course, not that SOB father of his).

But there is one more bad guy to take down before Cole can rest easy.

I highly recommend this series… well, this Author and Narrator in fact. I believe Rhys Ford had some water bottles at GRL one year that read “Murder – Mystery – Mayhem” those three words aptly describe this series, with a metric ton of passion and just a little bit of angst. You can read, listen or do both as I did.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

To the Highest Bidder by Caitlin Ricci ~ Audiobook

o-to-the-highest-bidderTitle: To the Highest Bidder (Unabridged)

Series: N/A

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Narrator: Jean Samson

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: 5 hours, 11 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (30 March 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts

Blurb: The Intergalactic Star Pilot Academy has accepted Thierry Leroux into the elite class of sky year 2231. But the academy comes with a hefty price tag, and there’s no way he, a poor Sythe orphan, has the credits the academy requires. Thierry’s brother, Corbin, a high-class companion, suggests Thierry sell his virginity for the cost of tuition. It seems like a ridiculous idea, but it may be Thierry’s only shot, so Thierry asks Corbin to arrange a meeting on the pleasure planet of Wish.

On Wish, Thierry meets Corbin’s boss, Monroe, and they agree to auction off Thierry’s virginity. Thierry is grateful to the masked buyer he knows only as “Dragonfly”, and Dragonfly is gentle, making Thierry’s first time a good memory. When Dragonfly requests to see him again, and pay for the pleasure, Thierry returns to Wish.

But in this game, falling in love is dangerous for the heart, and Thierry might not like the man behind the mask.

Product Link(s): https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/to-the-highest-bidder-by-caitlin-ricci-6860-b

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Reviewer: Prime

Review:  This is my first Caitlin Ricci book and I absolutely loved it, the story was wonderful and just sucked me right in. To the Highest Bidder is a fun and totally sexy sci-fi book but is all sweetness and naiveté from the POV of the narrator, Thierry. I got so strongly invested into this book that I didn’t want it to end.

Thierry tells the story. He and his older brother are orphans. Corbin, who is probably around 10 years older, raised Thierry when their parents died. To make enough money to survive Corbin became an intergalactic courtesan and he loves his work (think like companions in the Firefly universe). But because there isn’t enough money Thierry can’t pay for his tuition to become a space pilot at the prestigious Star Pilot Academy.

That is when Corbin comes up with the solution for Thierry to auction off his virginity and that is where this wild ride really takes off.

Thierry is a starry-eyed type of kid (he’s 20) who realizes that he falls in love with the man that brought his virginity. That’s where we get a bit of angst but each of Thierry’s encounters with the mysterious Dragonfly is hot and sexy. Though to be honest Dragonfly’s real identity is really not much of a surprise and it wasn’t set up to be a surprise to the reader/listener.

My 2 criticisms and the reasons why I couldn’t give this a 5/5 rating are: 1) the ending is rushed. I felt like the last chapter and epilogue could have been handled a bit better although they were fantastically set up. 2) Being that we are dealing with aliens I really had a hard time believing the whole age gap thing.

I suppose because in my head different species of aliens that are invented by authors can have as long a life span as the author wanted and so I felt when the age gap was only mentioned one it was out of place.

I have no idea if I will be able to wait long enough to listen to the audio for the next book in the series, which is about Thierry’s brother, but if Jean Samson narrates I will definitely want to listen to it, even if I manage to read it first. Jean Samson’s narration was just brilliant. I love the tone that he used for Thierry, along with his brother, Corbin and Corbin’s boss, Monroe.

If you’re all for some sci-fi alien loving you’re going to love To the Highest Bidder!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain ~ Audiobook

51ZnVPzu8KL._AA300_Title: Tackling the Tight End

Series: Long Pass Chronicles, #3

Author: Tara Lain

Narrator: John-Paul Barrel

Genre: New Adult Romance

Length: 9 hours

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 12th, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Narration: L

Blurb: Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end Raven Nez – and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem.

Raven’s gay and he really wants to work with gay kids. Plus he figures a gay Native tight end will get flattened in the NFL. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis’s pain and incredible ability to survive.

Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good – but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”?

A future for the serpent and the raven?

©2016 Tara Lain (P) 2016 Dreamspinner Press

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Tackling-the-Tight-End-Audiobook/B01E48FRLK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: I really should just read the regular book version of this story. I truly admire Tara Lain’s usual humor, plot fun, and drama…but the narrator killed it for me. The sensual scenes were read like a junior high kid reading a comic relief skit. I couldn’t tell if the characters were getting hot or poking fun.

Narration aside for a moment, the characters were interesting, especially the bad guys. I love the whole 1950’s throwback gig they had going, and the adventure and buildup to the heroic end was fun and nail-biting.

The attraction bringing Raven and Dennis together seems like it would be a hit but the flat and sometimes inappropriate mood of the narrator was like hearing my 12-year-old kid reading sex scenes. What should have been hot was a big ol’ splash of cold water.

Again, I like the crazy over-the-top plot, the action, the tension, but this was not a sexy listen if that was what you are looking for. I love Tara’s writing, but they chose the wrong narrator.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet ~ Audiobook

beware-of-geeks-bearing-giftsTitle: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

Series:  N/A

Author: Charlie Cochet

Narrator: Michael Stellman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 2 hours and 31 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (11-17-2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Julian “Quinn” Quintero, 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.

Product Link(s): http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6637

Audible (Whispersync) Link: http://amzn.to/1Xok25i

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Spencer Morgan is an excellent cook and a little bit of a klutz. Shy and somewhat introverted, he’s crushed on his neighbor, Quinn for the better part of a year. When Quinn is hurt on the job and stuck at home, Spencer goes out of his way to help him.

Quinn is a Miami SWATT officer on leave after getting his leg shot up during a drug bust. All he wants to do is take his pain meds, sleep and heal so he can get back to work. Spencer comes along and derails that plan. He’s adorable and slightly accident prone, but he’s actually fun to be around.

My favorite part of this story was how Spencer removed himself from his comfort zone in order to spend time with Quinn. And what he wound up doing was showing the serial dater that happiness could be found with just one man, it just had to be the right man.

Short, Sweet and oh so much fun! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Cochet wove a wonderful web for Quinn to get stuck in, and then Stellman brought the characters to life with his exuberance and energy. There was a lot of content in this story for just a couple hours, I really felt that the characters were fleshed out and well conveyed, nothing rushed or undercut along the way.

My only issue with the story was Stellman’s voice for Quinn. I’m very torn on it. I loved that the bi-lingual was fluent and flawless… I just pictured Quinn with a stouter, deeper tone to his voice.

Aside from that, such a great story and I still highly recommend it.

* I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Base Instincts by Larissa Ione ~ Audiobook

61EKHQjPDBL._AA300_Title: Base Instincts

Series: Demonica/Lords of Deliverance, # 11.6

Author: Larissa Ione

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Length: 5 hours and 3 minutes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 4th, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:  As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive…if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.

Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies – and his attraction to Raze.

Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.

©2015 Larissa Ione (P) 2016 Riptide Publishing

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Base-Instincts-Audiobook/B01DPZ5KOM

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: First I must confess, I really truly enjoy the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, is was one of a handful of series I enjoyed before climbing on board the m/m romance train and rarely ever departing. I am thrilled when my favorite het romance authors include m/m in their stables and do it rather well. Once big name author was a little bit of a disappointment but I think Larissa gets it right!

Of course I always have fun with her names. I mean…Raze and Slake, Fayle of all names! But truly the vampire girl becoming a parasitic relationship rather than a symbiotic one, the emotional blackmail, the realization Raze can have all he hoped for…..only to realize the man of his dreams has sold his soul. What a wonderful dramatic plot!

The heat of course is very well done, I may be a depraved reader, but after suffering for so long, I just wish there was more Raze/Slake love scenes included. But alas, this is a short to medium length story and I can be grateful this author does create much deeper plots for me to enjoy!

I thoroughly enjoyed visits from many of my favorite characters from previous books in the Demonica series, but perhaps my favorite is from the side hero of this story! His wonderful dark humor is a riot! I won’t’ give away much more about this because it would be a super spoiler, but I think you’ll agree with me when you get to it, this element of the story adds so much!

The big plot twist, the surprise element that makes everything work between Raze and Slake…that is a wonderful and very interesting viewpoint. I can’t say more, because again, spoiler.

Dorian Bane does a wonderful job giving depth and a thrill to each character’s voice, excellent ratings for him. The chase, the drama, the sexy times, the humor…it all combines in Base Instincts to create a wonderfully entertaining story.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr ~ Audiobook

CharliesHeroAUDLGTitle: Charlie’s Hero

Series: Heroes, #1

Author: Nic Starr

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 5 hours and 55 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (03-02-2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

Product Link Audio: http://amzn.to/1TBV0tL

Product Link Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7609

Reviewer: Tams

Review:  Josh Campbell and his brother Andrew have always been close. Having lost their father when Josh was just sixteen, Andrew put his life on hold to care for his brother. There is a part of himself that Josh has always kept hidden from his brother though, for fear of how he would react. Andrew is the only thing he has left of family and he refuses to lose that. Meeting Charlie Matthews on a call at the school where he is a teacher sets a chain of events in motion that will change everything.

Charlie is smitten with the tall, built, gorgeous paramedic from the moment he walks into the school. When he returns a couple of weeks later for a show & tell of sorts for the students, Charlie decides that what he only previously thought were coincidental glances from Josh, are actually attraction so he goes out on a limb and asks him out.

The two are kind of perfect for each other, the only obstacle to their happy ever after being Josh’s reluctance to be honest with his brother about his sexuality.

I enjoyed this story so much that I had to get book 2, Andrew’s Promise, literally the minute I finished this book. Charlie was ever patient and understanding, until it really started weighing on his heart, being kept a secret from the most important person in Josh’s life. It’s not until Charlie is forced to face his own demons that he finally understands just what Josh would lose if Andrew were to react negatively.

And on that same note, when Josh really takes a step back and looks at it from Charlie’s perspective, he understands why his lover is upset. The story alternates between Charlie and Josh’s POV which gave me the opportunity to see everything through both men’s eyes. This only enhanced the story in my opinion.

Narrated by Joel Leslie… this was the first book I’ve listened to from him. I’ll admit it took about twenty minutes for me to get used to his vocal tones. Josh sounded, off I guess early on, but then as the story progressed I not only got used to it, but as I got to know more about the character, the voice just fit for him.

There were multiple characters… Josh, Charlie, Andrew, the other paramedics and teachers and not once was I confused, Leslie made certain every character had their own voice.

If you are a fan of stories with a slow burning romance, romantic happy-ever-afters, a little bit of angst and a slight struggle; then you’ll probably like this one.

I’d definitely recommend it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Lollipop by Amy Lane ~ Audiobook

Amy Lane - Lollipop Audio coverTitle: Lollipop

Series: Candy Man, #3

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator: Philip Alces

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 9 hours, 13 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (21 March 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Ezra Kellerman flew across the country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are – but their friend, Miguel, is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition – but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet – he’s achingly beautiful as well.

Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico – while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

Product Link(s): https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7656 | Amazon | Audible

Reviewer: Prime

Review:  Lollipop is the third book in Amy Lane’s Candy Man series. This is not the first book I’ve read by Lane (and that is always a pleasurable experience), but this is the first time I’ve heard her book in audio form. Let me put it this way, does the word ear-gasm mean anything to you?

Even though this is part of a series, you can read/hear it as a standalone book, but honestly I think the experience would be much better after listening to the first 2 books. Needless to say, I want to get the 2 previous books and I’m ravenous for what will surely be the 4th book in the series which was hinted right at the end.

The narration by Philip Alces is an absolute joy to read, it certainly made 9 hours easy to listen to. He provides a wonderfully husky narration, some very inoffensive Latino accents and the sex scene… I think I need a cold shower, some of the orgasms felt like borderline porn! Needless to say, very enjoyable and one of the best audio narrators I’ve heard among MM books.

The story follows Ezra and Miguel. From what I’ve heard in the story itself, both these guys make some sort of appearance in the previous 2 books but for the better of their own charming story, they did not fare well. Ezra, unable to mentally handle his overbearing father, leaves New York to go cross-country for Sacramento – where his ex-boyfriend now lives with his new partner.

But when Ezra gets there, a very broken man who seems to cry at the drop of a hat, it has been Miguel who has been his appointed babysitter. It seems a bit mean at first but in the end it works out. Miguel shows Ezra everything that life, family, friends and work should be and turns Ezra’s life into joy. Ezra also seems to have a similar effect on Miguel’s life, providing some much-needed love and joy just for Miguel.

The sex scenes are hot. There are some interesting phrases that were used like “kissing him, cum breath and all”, but nevertheless these are some very hot and very explicit sex scenes, which just matches the hot sexual tension between the guys when they are not in bed. However, the time leading up to and between the hot sex scenes is incredibly sweet.

These guys are very unsure about romance, their history in the previous books of the series tell us that much. Yet, it is incredibly cute how Miguel thinks of Ezra as a cute kitten and Ezra sees Miguel as a cute little puppy. It really lends to the sugary sweetness theme of the book. In terms of their dynamic, though, I find it a tad odd that Miguel calls Ezra “papi” but clearly it is Miguel that takes control in the relationship – I’ve always thought using the word “papi” or “daddy” in this type of relationship has to do with control/domination, but I could be wrong.

What more can I say? I loved this audio book. It is a sweet and well paced story. It made a day in the office much less dreary and loved every moment of Ezra and Miguel’s story. I also enjoyed the little bit of spiritual/mysticism – I’m not sure what to call it – that comes in at the end.

I was only provided with a tantalizing sample and now I really, really do need to go back to the first 2 books.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Dirty Dining by EM Lynley ~ Audiobook

DirtyDiningAUDLGTitle: Dirty Dining

Series:  N/A

Author:  EM Lynley

Narrator: Zen Wolfang

Genre: New Adult Romance

Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (November 30th, 2015)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Jeremy Linden’s a PhD student researching an HIV vaccine. He’s always short of money, and when biotech startup PharmaTek reduces funding for his fellowship, he’s tempted to take a job at a men’s dining club as a serving boy. The uniforms are skimpy, and he’s expected to remove an item of clothing after each course. He can handle that, but he soon discovers there’s more on the menu here than fine cuisine. How far will he go to pay his tuition, and will money get in the way when he realizes he’s interested in more from one of his gentlemen?

Brice Martin is an attorney for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. When he’s asked to take a client to the infamous Dinner Club, he finds himself unexpectedly turned on by the atmosphere and especially by his server, Remy. He senses there’s more to the sexy young man than meets the eye. The paradox fascinates him, and he can’t get enough of Remy.

Their relationship quickly extends beyond the club and sex. But the trust and affection they’ve worked to achieve may crumble when Jeremy discovers Brice’s VC firm is the one that pulled the plug on PharmaTek – and Jeremy’s research grant.

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7266

http://amzn.to/1T5iduj

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Jeremy is trying to get his Ph.D. Money is tight, and he isn’t getting near enough tutoring jobs. With funding at his lab getting reduced, Jeremy takes an offer from men’s Dining club to help make ends meet. All he has to do is wear skimpy clothing, take off one piece at each course, as he serves wealthy men. Anything else ‘on the menu or night caps’ is strictly up to him. When he sees his first client, he thinks that a little play may not be too bad.

Brice, ‘Mr. Green’, wasn’t too keen at going to the dining club with his associate the first time until he met his serving bo. He found he could get used to  having Remmy wait on him.  The next time he has to take a client he chooses a different boy so he doesn’t get hung up on a guy that is working and having sex with men for money. Seeing Remmy with another man,  Brice knows he is already in too deep.

I loved this story. It’s charming, sweet and sexy.  The characters are well-developed, and the concept of the dirty dining is interesting. I would love to see each serving boy’s story!

I got lost in the narration, and before I knew it, my book had ended.  I think I could have listened to another two or three hours!

If you like fast-paced romances, a rags to riches story, hot lawyers, sexy men for pay, gentlemen’s clubs and some very hot man-sex this is for you!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com

How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton ~ Audiobook

51Ck9S1kTrL._AA300_Title: How to Howl at the Moon

Series: Howl at the Moon, #1

Author: Eli Easton

Narrator: Matthew Shaw

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 5 hours and 52 minutes

Publisher: Pinkerton Road (03-19-2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California Mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.

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Reviewer: Tams

Review: Tim Weston’s youth and naiveté have caused him a lot of pain in his life. He is in his early twenties and never had a positive role model. His father was abusive, his former boss a worthless liar and a thief.

So Tim quits his job, packs up and heads to Mad Creek where a friend is lending Tim her house for six months so he can work on some hybrid seeds for plants and vegetables. Right away he draws attention, since Mad Creek is a town full of shifters, Tim sort of sticks out like a sore thumb.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort has his doubts about Tim’s intentions from the start, so he befriends Tim in his shifter form, a border collie that Tim names Chance. In his shifter form, Lance can spy on the newcomer to see if he is up to no good.

The more time Lance spends with Tim, in both forms, the more attached he becomes. Things can’t help but end badly when Tim discovers that someone else he could care for has been lying to him.

Let me tell you how refreshing it was to read a story about something other than wolves. I love Easton’s unique take on the shifter world with the dogs, how some don’t manifest their first shift until later in life, and some have issues acclimating to the real world after being in their dog form for so long.

Even better than the unique story was the narration.My first listen with Matthew Shaw and I loved his take on the story. He literally dove into the characters, right down to every growl, howl and bark.

If you are looking for a fast, fun story that is both well written and entertaining, you should give this story a go.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux ~ Audiobook

61DZttYQ6hL._AA300_Title: Part & Parcel

Series: Sidewinder, #3

Author: Abigail Roux

Narrator: Brock Thompson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (03-21-2016)

Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the doc while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate, Elias Sanchez, left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompts them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave – and from each other.

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Reviewer: Tams

Review: This is it, the final hoorah for the Sidewinder team.

Nick is still on the mend from being stabbed and damn near killed while he, Kelly and the rest of the Sidewinder team did everything in their power to bring down the Vega cartel before they could kill Nick’s best friend Ty, and Ty’s husband Zane. By now Zane has pretty much become an honorary member of the team, having bled for them all more than once.

The knife wound, subsequent surgery and long road to recovery aren’t the only things hanging over Nick and Kelly. They’ve both lost their way, each of them were a compass for the other to light their way, all the secrets and lies has driven a wedge between them and Kelly is not sure he will find his way back to the love he feels for Nick.

It’s a letter from the only member of their psychotic team of misfits to meet an untimely demise that brings the whole of Sidewinder back together and quite possibly remind Nick and Kelly why they depend on, care for and love one another more than life itself.

Written fabulously by Abigail Roux, characters brought to life by Brock Thompson, the final book in the Sidewinder and Cut & Run series’ does not disappoint. I was a little worried about this group of men I have come to know and love having to go through another rough and tumble ordeal, but thankfully, Roux lowered the body count and anxiety level of this book dramatically from the others in these two series.

Part & Parcel brings the one character in the books we never really got to know to the forefront, Elias Sanchez. Through a series of letters and instructions, Sanchez takes his team on a trip down memory lane, making them all remember why they love each other like brothers, why they would put their lives in each other’s hands, and in doing so he also reminds Nick and Kelly that their love for each other is what matters, not the jobs or the missions or the bullshit, just love.

I will say that I don’t care very much for Thompson’s narration, but that is solely because I’ve listened to all the Cut & Run books and gotten used to a particular voice for each character.

That being said, Thompson did do a great job with the story including changes in inflection and tones to suit not only the character he was voicing at any given time, but to suit the situation at that time as well.

I know it’s an investment, but if you haven’t listened to these books, I recommend that you do. It is literally an epic saga, but it is so much fun to take the ride with all these guys.

Murder, Mayhem and Destruction is tempered by Love, Honor, Trust and Loyalty with these guys. Definitely a must read and/or listen series in my humble opinion.

I’m really quite said to have to say goodbye.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

The Tempest by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock ~ Audiobook

51KGwHJGUIL._AA300_Title: The Tempest

Series: Playing the Fool, #3

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 5 hours and 25 minutes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 4th, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

©2015 Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock (P) 2016 Riptide Publishing

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Tempest-Audiobook/B01DPYZ4RG

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: The third book in the Playing the Fool trilogy, The Tempest continues on with the Shakespeare references, lots of dramatic action, a lovely mystery that comes full circle. There was a lot to bring together in this last book, many characters to tie together and a future to weave for Mac and Cheese. I was very satisfied with this ending, though saddened there could be no redemption for one of my favorite characters…I’ll let you read about it!

The sexual tension between Henry and Mac took some backwards steps a few times, unveiling Henry’s insecurity, leaving me wondering if Mac could really help heal those old wounds and the distance between them.

One of my favorite characters, Henry’s sister, plays a pivotal role in The Tempest, and I’m so glad of it! It helps bring the future together for them all.

The narrator does another wonderful job, though there does seem to be a chapter missing….wish I had that, but the story still moves forward at a fast pace.

An action packed trilogy, something to read that feels fresh and different from what the m/m genre has been pumping out lately. Worth a read or listen for sure. Oh and I can’t forget to throw in there…I totally LOVE Mac’s parents. Wish I had them myself!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Fire Inside by Dawn Douglas ~ Audiobook

FireInsideAUDLGTitle: Fire Inside

Series: N/A

Author: Dawn Douglas

Narrator: Randy Fuller

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 3 hours and 12 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (02-23-2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: After ten years as an active duty Marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler’s had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he’s going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.

Instead of the arrogant, over-privileged athlete Eric expected, Tyler is a big, blond, lonely twenty-three-year-old who needs more than just an employee to keep him in line. While taking care of Tyler, Eric changes from employee to friend, to something more. And when Eric realizes that something is burning the kid up from the inside out, he’s determined to find a way to help him before Tyler’s carefully constructed façade turns to ash.

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Reviewer: Tams

Review: Ebook review June 2014

Short, Sexy and Steamy! My three favorite colors!!

Retired Marine Eric Ramos is taking on civilian life as the personal assistant/bodyguard for a Professional Basketball player that hasn’t had the best of luck with his staff. After fighting for our country as a marine, suffering from PTSD and dealing with ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the military… Eric is pretty sure he can handle one spoiled basketball player. Boy does he have his work cut out for him.

From the first meeting Eric is mesmerized with the tall, lithe basketball player with white blonde curly hair and sad eyes. Tyler Haley is very much like a child. Perhaps growing up in the system robbed him of something that he is now starving for, a life unlived.

Eric quickly learns how Tyler works, his little ticks and what sends him over the edge. Tyler suffers from panic attacks and he is oddly very shy and withdrawn. Over the first few weeks that Eric and Tyler work in close quarters, Tyler stars to let down his guard and get more comfortable with Ram (what Tyler calls Eric).

Little by little Eric begins to peel back the layers that Tyler hides under and they get under one another’s skin. But just when Eric thinks that he’s figured out how to care for Tyler and keep him safe and happy, the damn bursts. The one promise Eric made to himself, that he wouldn’t fall for his client, is about to become a very easy promise to break.

I loved everything about this little story! Eric is this large and in charge semper fi ex-marine that storms into Tyler’s life and makes Tyler feel something he never thought he could feel, safe and comfortable. Tyler is a conundrum. Very strong and confident on the court but so childlike and insecure at heart.

When you learn Tyler’s story, what he went through growing up, it will break your heart. And for him to have someone there to love and protect him in that most vulnerable moment when he finally tells someone the truth, feels comfortable enough with someone to tell them the truth, it’s a thing of beauty.

Must read for fans of the genre. If you love a short story that has a lot of charisma and charm, along with passion and slow burning love, you will love this book!

Audiobook review March 2016

The story was narrated by Randy Fuller and while I thought he fully captured Ramos with the tone he chose for him, his voice is very mature so the tone for Tyler sounded too old for him.

This is one of the audio books that wasn’t quite as good for me as the written version. It was an enjoyable listen, the tones, inflections and nuances were all there and in the appropriate fashion, and I just couldn’t get used to the tone for Tyler.

I’d still say you would probably enjoy listening, definitely would enjoy reading.

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Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt ~ Audiobook

RulesofEngagementAUDLGTitle: Rules of Engagement

Series: Rules of Engagement Book, #1

Author: L.A. Witt

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 8 hours and 33 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (Audio version 3/2/16)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. rawinnerlRight could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin’s mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won’t be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who’s everything his ex-wife wasn’t: funny, caring, faithful…and male.

Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he’ll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he’s trying not to love.

©2009 L. A. Witt (P) 2016 Dreamspinner Press

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Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Rules of Engagement is a lusty story that’s about 75% sexual encounter, and if you’re looking for that, the lovemaking is hot, heavy and beautifully written and narrated!

Just when I thought that’s what this sexual self-discovery, coming out story was about. It took a turn for the serious, realistic and contemplative at the 10 yard line. Rules of Engagement dives into some soul-searching moments of questioning one’s sexual orientation, relationships with family, friends and a new lover who is making you question all you thought you knew about yourself.

My heart broke for Brandon, and I wanted to shake Dustin or kick his ass! There were plenty of ups and downs, with a passionate ending that left me hungry for more! Good thing I just happen to know there’s a sequel…

The narrator was very good, and has a wonderful sultry voice.

If you need a steamy afternoon delight, Rules of Engagement delivers some very hot content!

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Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino ~ Audiobook

61ahKjZUP+L._AA300_Title: Frat Boy and Toppy

Series: Theta Alpha Gamma, #1

Author: Anne Tenino

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Length: 5 hours and 3 minutes

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 7th, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone, even Sebastian, the geeky-hot TA in his history class. Sebastian is everything Brad is not. Intellectual, suave, hairy. Out. And he doesn’t seem interested in Brad, even when Brad makes a fool of himself trying to catch his notice.

Score one for foolery: Sebastian does more than notice Brad; he takes him to bed. Brad’s been with plenty of girls, but with Sebastian, the sex is something else entirely – hot, mind-blowing, affirming, and a little domineering in a way that drives him wild. But when great sex turns into something more – dare he admit the “L” word? – Brad must face the crushing realization that Sebastian doesn’t feel the same. Unless, of course, he does.

After all, even grad students can be idiots about matters of the heart.

©2012 Anne Tenino (P) 2016 Riptide Publishing

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Reviewer: Gigi

Review: This cute and sexy coming out story put a smile on my face!

Assertive and sexy Sebastian, confident in his role as seductive lay-‘em-and-leave-‘em TA, is sideswiped by a cute yet vulnerable jock, Brad, who is just starting to find himself and test the gay waters. Oddly enough it seems the important people in Brad’s life noticed the gay long before he came to terms with it himself.

There are many comedic parts of this story, and plenty of inner dialogue that made me grin. The sex scenes are intimate yet erotic with some fun dominance/submissive scenes. There are first kisses, first frottage, first well…and I can’t’ forget the repentance with toys! Damn, Sebastian can be hot Dom, and enjoying Brad play the submissive, cute and cuddly jock role…made for some topsy-turvy fun! A lot of cute and a little kink!

The narrator was pretty good at creating unique voices for each character which I always appreciate. The intoxicated Brad voice was a bit odd, but the rest was a great fit. I loved it every time I heard Sebastian’s character call Brad “Honey”, made me puddle every time.

Generally, Frat Boy and Toppy was a light, yet endearing coming out story that pulled my heartstrings and struck my funny bone.

Definitely worth a listen! I was either laughing or panting for most of the book!

A Marked Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion ~ Audiobook

51KhSYPmH2L._AA300_Title: A Marked Man

Series: Assassin/Shifter, #1

Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Narrator: Greg Boudreaux

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Length: 4 hours and 1 minute

Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing (March 25th 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Mateo Esposito loves his job. Hired assassin for the U.S. Government, he takes lives and he kicks ass with no mercy. When a job lands in his lap that’s just not quite right, Mateo finds himself questioning for the first time in his career. Who would have known he’d be undone by a purple hippo…

Riley Flynn is CEO of Flynn Electronics. Deep in his closet, Riley wonders what it would feel like to be with a man. When his path crosses with Mateo’s, their lives will never be the same.

Because Riley is Mateo’s next target…….

Be aware….Hot guys making love, Satan on TV and anal beads are just a few of the things guaranteed to make you spit your liquid on your monitor. Enjoy!

Product Link: http://amzn.to/264gCJ4

Reviewer: Tams

Review: E-book review from December 2012…

Openly gay assassin Mateo Esposito has the perfect life. He kills people for a living and doesn’t even think twice as he pulls the trigger. His targets are murderers, rapists and pedophiles; so the fact that he doesn’t lose any sleep over them is no surprise. Until he stumbles upon Riley Flynn.

Riley Flynn is the CEO of Flynn Electronics. Not so openly gay, Riley stays safely behind the doors of his closet. After his mother died when he was a teenager, Riley was raised by his homophobic father. Riley is also Mateo’s next target.

Character development was precise as we watch Mateo go from predator to protector. The relationship that develops between the pair is amazing, even as they fight it, and then give in to it, only to come across yet another road block. Gasq-Dion definitely laid the ground work for many more books and promising storylines with the side characters as well. My personal favorite would be General “fuck it” Derek and Pruitt, I do so hope they get much more page time in the coming books.

This is an M/M erotic love story that is sensual and steamy! It is also fast paced and action packed with several twists and turns to keep you guessing.

Audio book review April 2016…

It’s always a joy when a favorite narrator breathes life into one of your favorite books. Boudreaux truly brings Mateo and Riley to life with tone, inflection and sometimes not so subtle nuances. I especially liked the desperation I could hear in his voice during a more dramatic part in the story.

I’ve probably read this book a dozen times or more so I knew full well how these two met, fell in love, were torn apart and the dangerous road travelled to bring them back together. Listening to the events unfold gave me a new insight into the story. You can read a book and imagine how something sounds or feels, Boudreaux was able to bring those sounds and feelings out for the characters with the voices he gave them.

I highly recommend this series to anyone that reads the genre. Whether you like shifters, paranormal, romance, passion, angst, you can find just about anything in this series. And now we have the promise of hearing the escapades and sexcapades of this Motley crew of men that make up the Skull Blasters and Shifters.

Very exciting!