Audiobook Review: Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1)

 

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years. 

 

REVIEW

 

I have mixed feelings about this audiobook. I liked the narration, that doesn’t seemed to be much of a problem. I liked the voices given to the characters, the pace and most of it. I did feel like there were times when I got a little confused about who was talking but it didn’t happened too often. This was the first time I listen to an audio of a book I’d read and I think that might be most of the problem. I loved the book and when I read it, I felt heartbroken and just loved how much emotions there was on it. I didn’t feel it the same way this time around. I don’t know if it had something got do with the fact I’d read it or if there was something about the narration. But there was something that just didn’t allow me to love it as much as I loved the book. It might be something personal, I don’t know if other reader might feel the same way. It was the first time I listen to the narrator and it was a good first experience.

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Audiobook Review: Fear of Frogs (Brimstone #2) by Angel Martinez

Fear of Frogs (Brimstone, #2)

 

While Shax recovers from a near fatality, his shipmates have been busy. He’s rather proud of them taking the initiative and finding them a lucrative cargo run. His pride turns to outright horror, though, when he finds out what sort of cargo. Unfortunately, he’ll soon discover that a healthy fear of frogs doesn’t prevent frog-driven disasters. Time travel has never been so messy.

REVIEW

This was just so great. So odd and unexpected but great. I loved it. I loved the characters, the romance, the humor and the strange plot. I also loved the narration. It was actually what draw me to the book, the beautiful narrator’s voice.

The plot was so fun, I have something against stories that feature something that was part of the story but it might be a spoiler so I just say that some new character just is so out of my comfort zone, and yet I liked him and all of the events around his presence in the story. The story gave a little more spotlight to Verin, not my favorite parts but I did liked it. I loved how Shax and Ness start to get a little more physical, it was lovely to see them exploring a little bit more, can’t wait to see how things will evolve in the next instalments. They make such an adorable couple.

The frogs…I didn’t see that coming, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, with the first time I got surprised by the cows and this time by the frogs. It was so much fun, I laugh so bad with the whole situation. I just love Shax and everyone else, there are great characters and I can’t help to love how absurd some things were. It was so entertaining, I can’t get enough of this series.

The narration is stunning. I can’t recall any other audio were it was so easy to know the change of characters, it had a nice pace and the voice while narrating was beautiful. Really recommend it for someone looking for something fun to read.

Review: A Time Traveler’s Valentine by Blaine D. Arden

A Time Traveler's Valentine

 

In love, time is relative, until they run out…

Regulations limit time digger Ish and time cop Kabal, born years and worlds apart, to two dates a year, making every date precious. But when Kabal announces his retirement at their tenth anniversary, what should have been a happy occasion might be their last night together.

 

REVIEW

It was really shot but very sweet. It is exactly what its theme say, a time traveler’s valentine day and a very sweet one that is. It features an established couple on a date and some not so nice possibilities, but overall it was a very good short story. I got exactly what I was looking for, a short read without angst involved and with a Happy ending.

Review: Consume (Hellish #1) by Charity Parkerson

Consume (Hellish, #1)

 

Jonathan thinks Cin is too perfect to be real. He’s right.

As the top investigative reporter for Global Daily, Jonathan travels all over the world. Three weeks in Tortola, covering the story of the disappearance of twelve women, sounds like heaven. After all, the island is one of the most beautiful in the world. He doesn’t have many leads. The women only have one thing in common. They all went missing from the same club—Consume. Fifteen minutes into visiting the club, Jonathan sees him, and the world slips away.

Cinaed, better known as Cin, spots Jonathan the moment he walks through the club’s door. It’s obvious the man is out of place. Cin slips into Jonathan’s mind, catching visions he can’t shake. He’s never wanted a human for anything other than blood and sex, but Jonathan is different. That’s why Cin has to keep the man addicted to being in his bed and send him home safely. There’s nothing in Tortola for Jonathan except death.

Once Jonathan’s three weeks are at an end, it doesn’t take long for him to realize something is wrong. His trip has been—at best—a hazy memory of steamy nights, and he never spent a moment researching his story. No matter how deep he digs into the recesses of his brain, there’s nothing except the sexy Scot he met at Consume. With a burning need to know everything, and a deep fear he’s been drugged to keep him from his investigation, Jonathan cashes in his extensive vacation time before setting out to break this story. This time, he’s determined he won’t let anything keep him from the truth, even if it means finding out Cin is the man behind everything.

Author note: This is a short introduction into my new M/M vampire series, Hellish. It was first published in the anthology Vampires of the Caribbean.

 

REVIEW

This was very short, but a good start for, what it seemes like an interesting series. I have a little trouble getting myself into the story. Everything felt too rushed at the begining and it seemed like the kind of relationship I don’t like reading, something just driven by lust with no emotions involved. It was a good thing I keep reading because the more I read, the more interesting it became.

I liked the main characters, I’m not particularly in love with them but they are nice enough to make me care for them. There are some great twists that keep me intrigued and, even though I didn’t like the ending that much, I’m so interested on see what the events might mean for their relationship. I’m surely planning on keep reading the next instalments on the series.

Audiobook Review: Whiskey Business by Avon Gale

Whiskey Business (States of Love)

 

Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he’s worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.

 

REVIEW

This was such a fun book. I really loved the author’s sense of humor. It was nice story with charming characters, great chemistry, a lot of whisky and some creepy dolls that made of this book an amazing experience.

Ryder is trying to sell his family’s whiskey recipe to a big company, trying to improve his business and expecting to bring more tourists to town. The future of his family business in now in Adam’s hands, who gets into town to evaluate if the distillery is worth the investment. After some initial disputes, it’s clear that both men are attracted to each other, but when Adam’s assignment ends, they have to decide if their feelings are strong enough to consider a future together.

The main characters were lovely. The story was told from both points of view, and I enjoyed Ryder’s so much more than Adam’s. But I had nothing against Adam, he was good as well, but there was some charm on Ryder that Adam lacked. I enjoyed a lot the town where the story was set, it was so nicely described and the town’s folk were so fun, everybody so endearing. The writing was really good. One of the things I liked about it was the sense of humor. I found myself laughing so many times. It was really refreshing.

The romance involved in the story was also really good, sure there was a lot of lust too, but at the end I felt liked there was so much more than just that. Ryder and Adam had great chemistry. They start with a lot of issues involving the business they were getting into, but when they left work aside, they made a fantastic couple. They fit so well with each other. I liked how everything wasn’t perfect, they had a lot of problems to solve before getting together, but I guess there wasn’t too much angst involved. The only part I didn’t liked about their relationship was that it felt a little bit rushed at the end of the book.

The audio version of the book was fantastic. The narrator made a great job giving voices to the characters. I enjoyed Ryder’s accent a lot. The narration was easy to listen to, it flow nicely. A very enjoyable story as well as the way it was narrated. Overall a very entertaining book. I would recommend it to any reader looking for a fun, low on angst read.

 

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Review: Ribbons and Frills by Claire Davis and Al Stewart

Ribbons and Frills

 

Ribbons and Frills costume sewing factory has always been about creating dreams, but when the owner asks his very upper-class son to take over, sparks fly, and not just from the sewing machines. The last time manager Gary Shaw saw Ashley Turner-Hoff was a year ago, when he left Gary standing on the beach with a broken heart and sand in his underwear.

Ashley Turner-Hoff has a plan to save the factory which involves one famous mannequin and a fashion show in London.

Can Gary forgive Ashley and give him a second chance? Can Ribbons and Frills really compete against top fashion designers, and do Gary’s dreams of being on stage finally come true?
Find out in this summer story of sequins, sand, and surprises!

Part of “Summer Bigger Than Others – A Summer Anthology” from Beaten Track Publishing.

 

REVIEW

 

It’s always a joy to read any book written by this authors. Ribbons and Frills wasn’t any different. It is lighter than others. It might not break the reader’s heart, but there isn’t lack of emotions either. I had a good time reading it.

What I liked the most about it was Gary, it was so bittersweet to see him struggling with his feelings. It isn’t too angsty but I really got to felt bad for some events that hurt him. Ashley was good, I don’t really care for him as much as Gary but I didn’t disliked him either.

It was short but entertaining and had some really fun moments. I’ll admit is hasn’t been my favorite from the authors but it was a really good story. I really liked it. It is part of an Anthology, Summer Bigger Than Others, and I have to say that I’d read a few stories from it and I haven’t been disappointed, I would recommend to check on the other stories of it as well as the authors behind those stories. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something fun and short to read.

Review: Heart’s Thaw by Bru Baker

Heart's Thaw

 

As the daughter of the Duke Keering, Lady Helena Alexandra Gertrude Heart is well-versed in propriety. Her purity has never been called into question, and many go so far as to call her frigid.

When a scorned incubus bespells her, Lady Heart must find a way to unlock her inner passions—and her true feelings for her trusted companion, Calliope—or risk an icy death at the hands of the creature’s curse.

 

REVIEW

 

This was short and nice. It was exactly what I was looking for when I choose it. The writing was good and the plot interesting.

I liked both main characters, but there was something about Calliope that made me care a lot more for her. There were lot of things that weren’t told between them, but the feelings were clear enough. It’s length doesn’t allow the story to be more complex, but I was very pleased with it.

Overall it was a very entertaining story, I had a great time reading it.