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Tams ebook review...
Jamie Ryan is out for a night of fun and drinks with some of his college buddies when his wolf decides he wants to come out a play. He barely makes it to a dark alley before the shift takes hold. Not only does he have to leave his phone, wallet and keys in the dumpster and pray they are still there when he can return as a human; but now he's being chased down by animal control. It comes as quite a shock to Jamie when the person he runs into that helps him evade being caught by animal control is his mate, and he is human. Jamie never thought he would find a mate; they are rare among same sex couples. Even more so is a destined mate, but that is what Chad is, Jamie can feel it.
Chad Sutton is a former cop turned Private Eye. He has seen a lot of things in his line of work that some people would question. He realizes from the start that there is something about the dog that ran to him for safety that doesn't add up. The animal is too smart, and Chad could swear that Murray, this is what he names his pup, is answering his questions with head nods, gestures and huffing and puffing. After Murray spends a couple of days with Chad, then shifts into Jamie right in front of him, Chad is more curious than shocked.
Everything happens fast, but it’s a steady progression. That, and the fact that this is a Shifter story where Mates are most times decided by the fates, so my usual disdain for insta-love stories never questioned this book. As I said, there is a steady progression in a short amount of time. Chad learns Murray is actually Jamie and a shifter and they are destined mates. The attraction is mutual and the chemistry is evident from the start. The problem these two will have to face is not attraction or chemistry, its physiology. There are no known cases of human mates; furthermore, the wolves of Forbes pack are of the belief that Jamie’s bite could actually kill Chad. Jamie and Chad travel across the globe to a more ancient group of wolves to try and learn more about their mating and if it is even possible for Jamie to claim his lover.
I am a lover of paranormal romance, especially when the Author can take the story and add enough reality to it to make me think it’s plausible. Jamie as Murray almost had me in stitches with the way he would nod for yes, shake his head for no, the tail wag thing and licking Chad’s face when he was excited. Then there was the bond they shared and how they could sense each other. There were some questions they wanted answered and limits they wanted to push that weren’t elaborated on in this book, I’m hoping that is explained more in the next book. There was a bit of angst that was borderline too much for me, but it was also somewhat understandable with the fast progression of their relationship, so I’ll overlook it.
Overall I really enjoyed this read. There was just a bit of drama and uncertainty, with a whole lot of passion and even some romance. If you like Shifter stories, paranormal romance, intense connections between your MC’s and a well written story with visible world building, then you should definitely consider this series. Start at the beginning though, my opinion is they should be read in order.
Tams Audiobook review...
My first Audiobook with this narrator and I really enjoyed the story. Each character got their own unique voice and his tones and inflections were spot on. I liked the way he put emotion into his voice when it was called for in the story, truly bringing the story to life.
I'd give this one 10 stars if I could!
I have to say I was worried when I read the synopsis for this one. Miro has been through SO much, I just wanted to him to have five solid minutes of happiness and peace. The way things roll out in the story though, I shouldn't have been worried. It's an action packed, non stop roller coaster that twists and turns and hurls you sideways then drops you on your ass. But it's so damn good!!! The book literally hits the ground running and it doesn't stop until the very end. I was beyond engrossed with this story, I was listening in the car via my Zune which I don't normally do.
After listening to the entire book, the path Calmes put these characters on made perfect sense. I mean, seriously, if you know Ian and Miro you know that life is never going to be home by five, dinner at the table with an aged red wine, feeding each other strawberries and making love by candlelight. With these two it's more like spaghetti that doesn't drip it's so thick at damn near midnight after dropping a sociopath of at the nuthouse. Followed up with hot, rough, sweaty sex in the pantry before falling into bed exhausted and sticky then waking up with thoughts of beating the shit out of the ringing cell phone with a very big gun.
Tristan James, goddamn I love this man. There is nothing he can't do with his voice. What I love is that each and every book in this story flows seemlesly with each and every character clearly conveyed with the same tones, nuances and vocal ticks from one book to the next. I could probably spend a weekend listening to this series back to back and be perfectly content.
If you like stories with two strong willed gentleman that can't get enough of each other and like to chase crazy people into burning buildings or run toward a spray of bullets instead of away from them. You'll love this one! You have to start with book 1 though, they must be read or listened to in order.
Amy Lane is one of my favorite Authors when in comes to angsty romance. I was completely engrossed in this story from the start, between Lane's writing skills and Pugh's vocal talents, it was a great story to listen to. I did feel like the buildup for the couples was a bit anticlimatic, and I found myself mentally shouting at Suriel and Harry a couple of times.
Overall though, I enjoyed this one. Perfect marriage of the written word being brought to life by a talented narrator. Highly recommend.
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Very colorful story
Bowen Merlin takes a teaching position in New Hampshire and uproots his life to the quaint, small town. It takes him about five minutes to run into Felix Hansen, literally. Each man sees what they crave in the other's eyes, but it's far from smooth sailing for the pair. Between Felix's hesitation to even date, much less be in a relationship, the fact that his son, Allan, is a student of Bowen's and some pigheaded town bigots, what could be a blossoming courtship just might go up in flames.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the writing was exceptional and the narration was stellar. Bo and Felix played off of each other perfectly and the story was the right balance of romance, intrigue and suspense. Boudreaux did such a good job giving each and every character their own voice in the story, but then, he always does. Definitely a must listen for those that enjoy quirky romances with a fresh, new storyline and relateable characters.
Well rounded story.
This is a spin off series from the Carlisle Cops books, same Author and I loved how Grey worked characters from the previous series into this story.
Jordan is a gay foster parent in the process of adopting the little boy he considers his son. There have been more than enough issues with his sexuality along the way, the last thing he needs is learning his boss might be breaking the laws he should be upholding. And the sexy Sheriff's Deputy assigned to his boss is just one more thing he shouldn't be messing with.
Pierre is drawn to the adorable paralegal the minute he lays eyes on him. Circumstance puts them in the same place when Jordan needs help and Pierre is more than happy to offer it. Their relationship progresses from friends to lovers seamlessly, but an issue arises that could threaten their future.
This story was the perfect balance of suspense and sexiness and I really enjoyed it. Tremblay truly brought the characters to life and gave each one their own distinct voice in the story. If you're a fan of sexy Deputies falling hard for adorable paralegals, well written storylines and amazing narration, you'll surely enjoy this book.
This one really drew me in.
I enjoyed the first book so much that I grabbed this one as soon as I finished. I was intrigued with these two just from what little I learned about them in the previous story and wanted to not only know what drove them apart, but wanted to see them find their way back to each other. A good bit of their relationship is rooted in BDSM but it's written and conveyed in such a way that if you would normally shy away from this type of story, I don't think you'd have an issue with this particular book. Everything that Colt and Avery do they do together and both men get extreme pleasure from it. I loved the narration, Boudreaux is so very talented not only with voices, tones and nuances, but he really manages to allow you to hear the emotions the characters are feeling as well.
Sometimes you can go back home
Gary and Seth are childhood friends that have been through it all together. Gary's homelife is chaotic and abusive while Seth has a calmer existence and a mother that loves him dearly. Gary falls in love with Seth as soon as he's old enough to know the meaning of the word, Seth takes a little longer. As the years pass they grow closer and though they are barely scraping by, as long as they're together, Seth couldn't be happier. Gary has big dreams and hopes and makes a terrible choice to ensure those dreams, a decision that costs him everything but the job making all the money he's always wanted. But what's riches without the love of your life?
What I've enjoyed about this series is how each book is different. It's a series, all books set at a Mountain resort Wapiti Creek, but each story has a different feel to it and stands on its own well. This particular book explored the consequences for ones actions, no matter the intent. Gary wants the best of everything for Seth, feeling like his friend turned lover deserves the very best in life. But the steps he takes to ensure that future are misguided and irrevocable. Seth could care less if he and Gary have to move back home to his mother and spend the rest of their lives sleeping on his tiny, twin bed. They need to be on the same page or the life each of them envision will be nothing more than a dream.
Finn Sterling has really done an amazing job with this series from book to book. While there is a variety of characters, some moving through several books, Sterling always manages to give each their own voice. He packs a punch with tones, inflections and nuances as well that bring the emotions Singer wrote out for Gary and Seth to life. There's a particular part in this book where Gary and Seth are talking on the phone and Gary has to face the consequences for his actions. I truly felt the desperation Gary felt and the pain Seth felt in that moment. Great job Sterling!
My only hiccup was there were times when the story didn't flow well from one part to the next and a particular relationship between Gary and a despicable asshole went in to far too much detail for my liking. Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I would recommend this series to listeners that like flawed, three dimensional characters where the struggle is real, but leads to right path, eventually. I would also recommend starting with book one simply because it's like listening to one long story broken into five parts.
Liked the story, narration, not so much.
Best friends become lovers in this short, sweet story. It was fun listening as they each navigated the change in their relationship, their doubts about the changes that were happening, and ultimately the evolution to lovers. Wells is such a great storyteller, there was a lot of content for such a short book.
Narration, oiy and vey. I don't understand why the narrator had to give every character in the book a flamboyant, effeminate tone. The majority of the characters were male, it would have been nice if there was some sexy growl, deep baritone, even angst would have worked. Were it not for Wells stellar writing, I would have dumped this one fifteen minutes in.
Overall I loved the story but, sorry folks, didn't care for the narration.
Save a horse, ride a cowboy.
There is nothing sexier than a cocky cowboy. Except maybe watching that cowboy meet his match. Mack has a steadfast rule of not mixing business with pleasure. He's also convinced himself that relationships aren't for him after his last one ended, well, badly isn't a strong enough word. Enter Wes, not the actor in American Beauty, Bentley and all those walls Mack's built around his heart start slowly coming down.
This story was sexy and romantic with a little bit of suspense for good measure. I felt like I was riding a horse through the trails at the ranch the world was so vividly described. And Greg Boudreaux did such a good job bringing these men to life. Definitely going to grab the next book in this series.
Too much fun!
This book cracked me up. Fun characters, solid story line and great narration! Witt always comes up with quirky characters and Russo is such an amazing narrator. Can't go wrong with this one.
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