Morgan A Skye
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it’s not just enough to say “I love you”
I had forgotten the emotional toll this book takes. This is not a standalone, and takes place right where book 1 leaves off.
NR Walker is great at giving us these complex and somewhat broken but not completely broken characters. Matt is losing it but can’t tell Kira and it’s killing them both.
Luckily – we find out that love can conquer all – but… and here’s where NR Walker does something amazing – Kira and Matt agree that their relationship needs WORK and that it’s not just enough to say “I love you” and everything is sunshine and roses.
I really appreciated that nod to reality with this story.
The sexual chemistry is still there, but it is tempered by the emotions and does not preclude real discussions.
As usual Sean Crisden manages to continue to impress the hell out of me with his ability to show emotions and keep all the myriad characters separate and the action from dragging and …. Well everything! He absolutely adds to the overall experience and this is highly recommended!
5 of 5 stars
touching, emotional and hot!
I don’t think this is too much of a spoiler and I think people would want to know and I think you should read this regardless – but… Mark is Gray Asexual.
Definition: From AVENwiki. Sexuality is not black and white; some people identify in the gray(spelled “grey” in some countries) area between asexual and sexual. People who identify as gray-A can include, but are not limited to those who: do not normally experience sexual attraction, but do experience it sometimes.
This story was very touching, emotional and hot despite it’s non-traditional characters. I was really rooting for the two of them and it made every physical encounter that much more resonant for what it meant to each man.
The family stuff gets in the way – and that too felt really “real”.
There were times when the story lagged and there were times when I wanted the guys to just “figure it out “ already – but for the most part this was a well-paced, very well-developed love story. (I have only a limited tolerance for angst and there is a fair amount in this.)
Highly recommended- esp for the HEA!
(I don’t think you need to have read the others in the series to appreciate this book.)
Greg is an absolutely amazing performer and there are not enough words to describe how important the difference is between what he does and simply “narration”. I love the emotion he infuses as well as his ability to make each character feel unique and special both with accents and inflection/pacing/personality, etc.
This is the best way to enjoy this series and is highly recommended!
4.5 of 5 stars
Just go along and have fun!
I read the original edition and though this says it’s twice as long as the original, I can’t say that I noticed a heck of a lot of difference.
I love this series and though this wasn’t my favorite of the bunch, it’s still a lot of fun!
(I’m not sure if she’s redoing the entire series, but I see that there’s at least a new cover for book two so…) In any case, FAST Balls is my favorite of the series, and I think that, though it’s not necessary, reading them in order helps to introduce the characters in a really nice way.
David is the owner of an art gallery who’s recently left an ex who abused him. He’s not really looking to date, but open minded when opportunity comes along. Edge and Gareth are Australian Volleyball players who are in town during a tournament. Gareth knows he’s gay but he’s deeply in the closet, Edge has some secrets of his own and some self-examination in his future.
To me, you have to just accept a lot on faith with this story. Don’t try to look at it too deeply- there are a lot of plot holes and amazing insta-love moments that aren’t terribly realistic. We don’t get a lot of relationship building here, as Gareth sees David once and is pretty smitten and makes some important life decisions with only a little bit of encouragement from David to go on.
The relationship between Edge and Gareth actually makes the most sense – given their history – and I guess the triad kinda makes sense – given that David is the only one with any real relationship experience at all. (This was the hardest for me to swallow. I could buy David and Gareth, Gareth and Edge and even David and Edge, but the three of them, coming together, and agreeing that this would work for them? I had a hard time seeing this given the brevity of their time together and the situation with Edge and… Well, it was a hard sell. The other thing that bothered me was the dialog – sometimes David and Gareth spoke in ways that didn’t always feel authentic. “Shall I …” etc. I just reminded myself this is fiction and kept reading. )
The sexy times are plentiful. Gareth’s mom is awesome. The art sounds fun. Seeing Edge switch gears and share with Gareth and David – super, scorching, hot and at times sweet, too. I didn’t really buy the triad, but found the guys fun to read about anyway, and I really enjoyed the other books in the series so…
3 of 5 stars
Nick is one of my favorites. Is his Australian accent good? Not the best. Is it good enough. You bet! I still loved this even though it wasn’t my favorite by this narrator. He’s still easy to listen to and fun. He’s great with the comedic timing and the smexy times and that makes this worth the money!
4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
miss this author so much!
I love these two guys and am so bummed the author has apparently quit writing about them ☹
I found the ending to be both a terrible tease and a wonderful opportunity for more. Not quite a cliffy but…
Dorian Bane is the right choice for this narration! Though he isn’t super with accents his gritty voice and pacing are exactly right for this story. Obviously Mal can’t speak but if he could I imagine it’d be with a really rough voice.
In any case Dorian is easy to listen to and absolutely adds to the overall enjoyment of this story.
5 of 5 stars for both
this will join my “favorites shelf" - love gomez!
love the Johnny series! It ranks up with the top 3 of series I read and read again. I was really looking forward to Bobby’s story and I was not disappointed. (I don’t think you have to have read all the books to appreciate this but I think you should. I think there’s a lot of background in the other stories that help you to appreciate Bobby’s story and there’s a lot of things going on with other characters that help you to understand Bobby and his situation better.)
Digger is such a tough character. As is V. These two characters are both so easy to love and so hard to love in the way because they don’t fit any sort of typical mold. I appreciate the fine line Amy draws here with Digger’s IQ and that she fully shows us that despite the numbers Digger is a fully functioning adult who maybe doesn’t always make the best decisions. He also has a hard time with “gray areas” or nuance but many people are like that. V, on the other hand is so clearly in pain and suffering but Digger can’t forget his promise to her – despite all the time that has passed and the changes that have occurred in her mental status.
Vern’s story is no less heart breaking. He can’t identify with his true self because he’s spending so much time fighting for his mom and for his own life.
One aspect of the story that really helped me to see our guys in a forever relationship was how long it took them to have sex. The sex should have been the easy part – but it wasn’t and our guys realized this. I really appreciated Digger’s lack of understanding of the situation and how frustrated he was and confused because, – you know – love is confusing sometimes, too. Bobby didn’t know where he was with that either so the whole thing was just confusing.
The writing is beautiful and touching as always and this will gladly join my “favorites shelf” beside the others in the Johnnies Series.
I really hope they get Sean Crisden to do the narration for this!
Welllll – they didn’t get Sean but Gomez is awesome! I liked the idea of Sean and consistency, but if they couldn’t go there, I was glad they got someone as great as Gomez. He gives everyone a unique voice/presence, he’s great with timing and emotion, and so easy to listen to. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 stars
fated mates trope, good narrator
This is a different take on supernatural interspecies mating.
I liked the quirky characters at the B&B - from Fallon, the moody writer (vampire); Tanner co-owner (Bear) and Glenda (Gorgon). Tanner needs a day manager to help take on some of the day to day managerial duties, (since Fallon, co-owner has little interest in helping). Carter, a werecat, applies and gets the job. Carter is friendly, chatty, with a sunny disposition – all the things Fallon is not. But Carter ‘weres’ Fallon down (I couldn’t resist☺) and they fall in love.
It was interesting the way Fallon and Carter’s relationship progressed; especially the way they took on each other’s traits – Carter developing photosensitivity, while Fallon had a vague craving for meat. However, the two men have to find a way to adjust to their mating changes or they will slowly die. With the help of a B&B staff, a few guests and a local doctor, the two men figure out a way to adjust to each other and live happily together.
There is a bit of heartache when Fallon thinks he’s helping by pushing Carter away. As a result, Carter becomes feral and Fallon has to find a way to bring him back.
I enjoyed the story, especially the twist on the fated mates trope.
I hope there will be stories for some of the other characters, like Tanner or Dan (wolf, guest).
3.75 stars out of 5
Dorian Bane does a terrific job of giving every “unique” character in this funny story an equally “unique” voice. He’s definitely got the “tongue in cheek” vibe down and he mirrors the light hearted nature of the story perfectly.
He excels at his dialog and is solid on the non-dialog parts. This is definitely the way to appreciate this story and is a great way to spend a weekend!
4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
great m/m spin on the “Kidnapped” theme!
This was so much fun! Leave it to Keira Andrews to put an m/m spin on the “Kidnapped” theme.
I really loved the self-actualization and personal growth as well as the smexy times and SUPER romantic story lines.
This felt time appropriate and seemed to be something that – given the high seas- could happen.
Cornell Collins is the perfect narrator for this and he did a tremendous job – as always. Definitely the best way to appreciate this story. He gives everyone unique voices and managed to be convincing even for the women!
5 of 5 stars
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The smexy times were hot and the feels sweet
What a great name for a character! (ha ha) Morgan is such a sweetheart! Despite all that’s happened to him, he remains open and refreshingly honest and optimistic.
River was a bit more of a sad-sack. His life has definitely been hard and he doesn’t really deal well with any sort of adversity. Morgan definitely has his work cut out for him with River.
Of course I wanted River and Morgan to work out – River needed someone like Morgan so badly! – but, I was a bit bemused by the change of heart in River. He’s so determined to be alone then – suddenly – he’s willing to give things a try. I guess everyone has a tipping point – and faced with Morgan’s constant optimism even the most dour of people have to reconsider – right?
I was glad that River’s secrets got revealed, but I wish we’d gotten a bit more closure for River and a bit more of a solid take on where the future was headed for him and Morgan.
The smexy times were definitely hot and the feels were very sweet. It was great seeing all the other characters and while I think having read all the books in the series will help you to understand River a bit better, I think this would be fine as a stand-alone as well.
There looks like there might be more in store for this series – I’m hoping Logan’s up next – and that will make all the fans of the author and the series really happy!
While I definitely enjoyed this, it wasn’t my favorite in the series, but that’s a tough comparison – the series is just so good!
4 of 5 stars
Michael Stellman narrates this story -all the narrators for the series are different. I think it’s best when one narrator does the entire series – especially if there are characters that overlap between books. Stellman does not do anything to change the different character’s voices, so in that case it doesn’t matter. He’s easy to listen to and he’s really good at handling the emotions, timing and overall tone – but I do wish there were more character differentiation.
4 of 5 stars
I just couldn’t get into this book. (The narrator didn't do much to change this opinion, unfortunately. Sometimes a great narrator can really pull you into a book... but not this time.)
I wasn’t every really captured by the “romance” though the set up seemed “ripe” for a perfect hidden romance or slow burn. I guess I didn’t want everyone to make such “good choices” and “do the right thing”. (I admit this could totally be influenced by current mood - so be warned.)
In any case, it’s not a bad story and the writing is good, it just wasn’t something that pinged on my radar. Maybe too tame? Anyhow…
Kenneth Obi does a nice enough job with this. He’s easy to listen to and does a fair job with the timing and emotions. He’s not great at giving unique voices and he didn’t do much to elevate this for me.
Overall still 3 of 5 stars
Where is SE Jakes now?
IMHO this is not a standalone novel. If I hadn't been reading along in the Hell or High Water Series I think I would have been very confused. As it stands, this is a very cute, super funny and sexy side story about some characters that Tom and Proph run with.
I wish I knew if this was a series that is over, because I have a hard time recommending it to people as it is. The author literally left us all hanging and - I don't know why - so I don't want to be mad at her - but... I kinda am mad at her.
She's an amazing writer with fantastic characters and plot devices but she's lousy at keeping her readership happy.
Dorian Bane did a nice job with the narration - these guys are gritty and his voice fits that blue collar feel.
Hard to give this a recommendation - but... it is really good so...
4 of 5 stars