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KJ Charles does it again!
Shorter than her other books, Wanted, a Gentleman still hits all of KJ Charles strengths. An opposites attract romance, a strong storyline and some thoughtful emotional development of characters come together in her inimitable style. The narrator has good flow and each character's voice is distinct. What always stands out in her books is that the main characters are not "perfect" neither physically or as people. There are flaws, average looks and complex personal histories that make the attraction and emotional connections forged between characters deeply satisfying. If you like a little depth to your m/m romances, you will like this author.
Easy listen with a great narrator
Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators and I could listen to him read almost anything. Luckily, this is a good story combined with good narration. The sequel to Murder and Mayhem shows detective Dante and reformed burglar Rook in the first stages of a real relationship with real issues and fears following them. Also following them is a violent criminal who is focused on Rook. The story suffers a little from repetitiousness of the police characters going over possible motives but adding in more depth through side characters Camden and Burns make up for it. Archie remains a cantankerous delight. All in all an easy listening experience showcasing the great partnership between a Tremblay and author Rhys Ford.
Series ends on a high note
The final installment of the Sins of the City gives interesting characters, a nice narration and resolution of the mystery in KJ Charles' inimitable style. There is instant attraction between trapeze artist Pen and private investigator Mark that shows how gender fluidity can be beautiful. Pen struggles with being misunderstood and opens up to Mark's compassionate understanding. However, an unwanted title forces Pen to play the gentleman and violence follows in his wake. The mystery begun in the first book has a satisfying conclusion. You also get to catch up with Clem, Rowley, Nathaniel and Justin from the first two books of the series which is fun. The whole series is narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis who does a fine job in character voice and development. I am beyond thrilled KJ Charles is getting turned into audibles and hope more of her books get the attention they deserve.
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KJ Charles is magic
A Gothic supernatural romance is not my usual cup of tea. But I have never been disappointed in KJ Charles so I gave it a try. And was well rewarded with a great narrator telling creepy supernatural stories set in pre-WWI England. Main character Robert Caldwell has written countless published stories of the great ghost hunter Simon Feximal, now he shares stories to his editor that give the intimate background of the two men as long time partners. Robert's compassionate (and passionate) love for a difficult man makes this more than the average m/m romance. And Simon as a man hardened by the evil he fights, is a hidden true romantic adding more emotion than expected. Edwardian Britain is well described adding a nice atmosphere to the proceedings. Gary Furlong is a narrator I haven't heard before and will now keep an eye out for because of his great performance. My dearest hope is that he will be tapped as narrator for Spectred Isle as it is set in the same supernatural world. Quite frankly I look forward to anything audible puts out for KJ Charles if it continues to be of this quality.
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an unexpected delight!
I found out this favorite KJ Charles book came out as an audiobook by happy surprise. Any offering by KJ Charles by Audible is a delight, but this delivers on great narration, good characters and strong chemistry. The main character Archie is a wounded war hero trying to determine if his accident was caused by treachery and finds an unlikely ally in the bohemian Danielle. Set against a very British house party, the two discover dark secrets and a strong attraction. I found Archie's quintessential British chap to have a compelling storyline in self discovery as he slowly adapts to an understanding of himself as attracted to men. The period prejudices are a little startling to hear but are important to the plot so not there just for shock value. Danielle acts as a quicksilver foil to Archie's self realization, and the sex scenes show how opposites can fit together in the end. All this is managed with a deft touch by Tom Carter as the narrator. Am hopeful it is the start of a series and even more hopeful that other books by Charles, particularly the Charm of Magpies series, will also get audible versions.
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For Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay fans
Rhys Ford mixes magic, police, San Francisco, crime families and m/m romance in a fast paced book. Detective Roku gets a new partner and a bizarre new mystery full of magical creatures on the same day. The investigation takes them into the dark corners of Chinatown with complications added by Roku's crime lord grandfather. The two detectives bond slowly and the romance is pretty low key but satisfying. Roku has a lot of charm and a lot of personal baggage. Rhys Ford is always a fun read and her partnership with narrator Greg Tremblay continues to produce great audiobooks. He is a favorite of mine and he does his usual stellar narration with unique voices, great accents and an emphatic (but not overdone) reading. All and all another win for Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay.
K. J. Charles does it again
K.J. Charles is an auto buy for me ever since the Magpie series. That remains the favorite, but I definitely enjoyed the second installment of the Sins of the Cities series. While the first book in the series had a gentleness between the two main characters, in this book there is friction and sparks. Following an enemies to lovers storyline, the cynical psychic Justin rubs the crusading journalist Nathaniel the wrong way. But that doesn't stop them from wanting to rub each in other ways (sorry, easy joke). The initial attraction grows to something more when danger follows them in the fog polluted streets of Victorian London. One of my favorite things about K. J. Charles is that her characters are not without flaws and issues. Justin is, to me, the more interesting as someone who will do whatever he can to keep his precarious social position as his protection from poverty and the streets. Nathaniel struggles to put aside his self righteousness but does so once he sees Justin's reality is less privileged than his own. The sex scenes work well as does the eventual solid partnership they form together. The narrator does his usual great job of giving unique voices to each character. In a nutshell, a fun listen that is well worth a credit. The biggest problem I have is the wait until the final book coming out in October.
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Narrator is an all time favorite
The story is so short it is really more of a premise, but it is still a delightful listen. We get more of our favorite apprentice wizard constable and learn of the rivalries amongst librarians. But really, for me, it is all about Kobna Holbrook-Smith's beautiful voice and narration style. The story was too short for him to show off all the accents he pulls off effortlessly so do take a listen to some of the other Peter Grant audiobooks. Start with the first 'Midnight Riot' and Kobna will guide you into this well done world of magic mixing with modern London policing and topped with the interesting Peter Grant with his quick wits and dry humor. I can't wait for more.
A favorite of the whole series. As the only interpreter between humans and the alien atevi, Bren observes the many parallels between the species. But he also sees up close how culture and biology separate the two species and those insights make for a fascinating story. This is a fun book in the series because we also learn about cultural differences between atevi ethnicities and Cherryh descriptions of the Edi people add a lot of texture to a fairly politic part of the series arc. This is not the book to start if you haven't read the series, you really must start at the beginning. But for fans it has a great deal of the best parts of any Cherryh story, the complex characters. Ilisidi, Banichi and Jago stand out. Cajeiro is as precocious as ever. None of this would work without a first rate narrator and Daniel Thomas May continues to be phenomenal. I am re-listening in anticipation of the upcoming release of a new book and am reminded all over again why I have loved this series for all these years.
My go-to comfort listen
Whenever I am undecided on what to read next, I always choose this book as it is my ultimate comfort listen. It is a sweet (but not sickly sweet) story of how two men from vastly different backgrounds move past simple (though hot) lust and into a happy partnership of equals. Narrator K.C. Kelly handles the Texas drawl of Weber without making it too twangy. He, in fact, handles all of the narration with light touch. Mary Calmes may not have created much in the way of plot, but that doesn't mean that the characters aren't nicely filled out. And the sex scenes are good. Finishing it all off with a satisfyingly happy ending. All in all it is the equivalent of wrapping yourself in blankets with hot chocolate and reading a happy story about love.