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☊☊☊ A selection of M/M audio books ☊☊☊

Those of you who read this blog may know that I usually have an audio book on the go. It’s the only way to make my daily commute to work bearable. In fact, if I’m lucky, I actually look forward to my trip! This week has been a prime example as I was spoiled to be listening to The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon – it’s such a shame it’s the last book in the series. 😦

Anyway, here are a couple of audio books that I have finished recently.

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Kissing Joan CollinsKissing Joan Collins by Lex Valentine

Narrated by Chip Wood

Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Gay suspense author Logan Moore fell in love with the most perfect gay man ever during his freshman year in college. But his roommate and best friend Chase Courtland never showed an interest in him. Twelve years and a handful of failed relationships later, Logan acknowledges that he still loves Chase. When Chase puts on a designer dress, four-inch heels and a wig and transforms himself into Joan Collins for a Valentine’s Day masquerade party, Logan’s libido rockets out of control. One look at Chase’s perfect ass in the skin tight dress and Logan is ready to drag him off to bed. But can two best friends bridge the gap of a dozen years of denial and build a life together after one amazing night of revelations, confessions and love?

So what did I think?

I listened to this in the audio version. Chip Wood, the narrator, did a brilliant job bringing the story to life. At just under 2 hours, it was relatively short in audio book terms (at least compared to some I’ve read) so would be a good intro book for someone who isn’t sure if audio book format is for them.

This is a friends-to-lovers Valentine’s themed story and follows Logan and Chase as they finally come together after years of being in love with one another.

The story was sweet, over-the-top emotions – but sometimes you just need lots of warm and fuzzy declarations of love!

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Colorado Wild (Colorado Heart, #1)Colorado Wild by Sara York

Narrated by Stan Jensen

Duration: 5 hours

The blurb…

When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart.

Billy Bradford has a secret, and it’s bigger than the fact that he’s an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy’s straight best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy.

The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy’s actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn’t enough.

Meet the cowboys of Wild Bluff Ranch in the first book of the Colorado Heart Series, Colorado Wild.

So what did I think?

This is an interesting one for me to review because I did find the experience of reading the book and listening to the audio version different. I really enjoyed the book, and the rest of the series I have read so far – 4.5 stars for all the action and the simmering relationships (click here for my review) – but the audio didn’t sit as well with me.

I wonder if this is because I read the books first and one impression of the characters in my head and it didn’t match the narrator and the accents he provided? Anyway, if you are unsure if the narrator, Stan Jensen is for you, do check out the audio sample before buying the book. But if you don’t go down the audio path, definitely buy the books!

From my original review…..”You need to suspend the disbelief that a high proportion of these elite military men are gay or bi, and just accept that Wild Bluff Ranch is a totally hot place to be!”

I also have a thing for book trailers, so make sure you check it out!

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What Binds UsWhat Binds Us by Larry Benjamin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Narrated by Richard Magnus

Duration: 7 hours

The blurb…

Thomas-Edward is only a teenager when he escapes his working-class neighborhood. He’s ready for anything—except the arrival of Donovan Whyte in his life. Sophisticated and dazzlingly handsome, Dondi quickly becomes the center of Thomas-Edward’s universe, introducing him to a world full of drama, passion and feuding families.

When their relationship fizzles, they remain uneasy friends until Dondi invites Thomas-Edward to his family’s summer house. Thomas-Edward is immediately attracted to Dondi’s mysterious brother, Matthew—and finds himself hopelessly drawn to both men.

As time passes, Thomas-Edward develops a unique bond with both brothers as they orbit around each other, although he knows only one of them can be his lifelong love. Will the three of them be able to find a way to hold on to each other? Or will love, its loss and the threat of death destroy their connection once and for all?

So what did I think?

This was another book I listened to by audio version and I really enjoyed it. The narrator, Richard Magnus, together with an engrossing story, kept me riveted for the whole 7 hour duration.

This story was a journey. It is the story of Thomas Edward who is swept up into the world of Dondi and his brother Matthew. Dondi and Matthew’s upbringing is a world away from Thomas Edward’s own background and the character’s themselves are unique.

The story begins with Thomas Edward having a relationship with Dondi. But Dondi isn’t the sort of man to be tied down in a relationship. However his friendship with Thomas Edward maintains steadfast and he flits in and out of his life. Importantly, he introduces Thomas Edward to his unusual family including his brother, Matthew.

This is a story of love and family and craziness. It’s interesting and unique. It’s emotional and it’s sad. Somewhat into the story I began to expect what the outcome might be but it made it no less emotional.

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PreOrder Grand Adventures: DSP Authors for TJ Klune and Eric Arvin

This is one book everyone needs to pre-order! 🙂

Rhys Ford

Grand Adventures
I am honoured to be with a bunch of KICK ASS authors in support of Tj Klune and Eric Arvin . Grand Adventures is now up for preorder on DSP. All proceeds to go the boys.

Link to Preorder! Available March 31

On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric…

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Excerpt: Perfect Ride by Eva LeFoy and Shiloh Saddler

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Here’s an excerpt of Perfect Ride, book 1 in the new Ridden Hard series. I’m loving forward to this one as I love a good cowboy story! 🙂

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The Blurb…

Professional bull rider Garrett Anderson lives for the next town, the next trophy and his next ride. When he rolls into Sheridan, Wyoming, the last thing he expected was to meet a cowboy like Cole—a man who corrals his heart and leaves him aching for the kind of love he’s been missing.

A bull tender on the PBR circuit Cole Richards secretly longs for a lover but wasn’t prepared for Garrett’s passion or the longing their one brief tryst kindles. After he is shot and recovering in his hospital bed, Cole can only watch Garrett’s disastrous ride afraid it could be his last. Heartbroken when the battered and bruised bull rider leaves town, Cole knows better than to hope to see him again.

Attacked again and knee-deep in trouble, Cole wants only Garrett at his side. But can his bull rider trade fame and fortune for a lifetime with his one perfect ride?

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An excerpt…

“There he is.” Cole put a foot up on the lower slat of the fence and rested his arms on the upper.
 “Take a good look at him while he’s standing still. You won’t see him like this in the ring.”
He eyed the bull with respect. He stood out from the rest of the top ten. Spitfire was big, over sixteen hundred pounds of pure, cream-colored power, topped with foot-and-a-half long horns. The way Spitfire eyed him and began to dig at the ground like he wanted to test the limits of the temporary fence sent a shiver up his spine. He’d have to be careful with this one. He gave Cole a sidelong look and studied the man as he watched his bull.
He liked the sandy-blond stubble dusting the man’s chin and cheek. Liked the way his lips were wide and meaty and showed a bit of wear at the edges, betraying either late-night trysts or the tendency to chew on them as he worried. Garrett voted for the latter. Oh, he could picture Cole bent over taking it from another man easily enough, but the thought made him instantly jealous, so he squelched the notion. With nowhere to set his still full plate, he perched it on the top of a post. “You keep a pretty close watch on him?”
Cole nodded. “He’s a rebellious one. An escape artist, too. A little too smart for his britches.
Someday he’ll end up in the slaughterhouse if he’s not careful.”
Garrett laughed and slapped the dust off his thigh, the motion garnering Cole’s attention. The heat of Cole’s gaze flushed him warm all over. He couldn’t help but engage in a little appreciation of his own. His tongue wetted his lips as he took in the round curve of Cole’s ass, his narrow hips, up his wide, work-chiseled chest, and finally his face. The man’s gaze blazed hotter as Garrett brushed his hand closer to his groin. “That’d be a waste if you ask me.”
Cole swallowed and snapped his attention back up, his eyes shining. “Yes, it would be. A real shame.”

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A quick review…

I enjoyed this cowboy story – it was pretty much as I expected from the blurb – cowboys and trouble!

These two guys – one a bull rider and the other tends the bulls – are looking for love and they find it with each other, but not without the usual doubts and lack of understanding of what the other one is thinking.

Throw in some hot sex, drama with gunshot wounds and a mystery to be solved and it’s an enjoyable quick read.

3 stars

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About the authors….

To find out more about Eva Lefoy and her writing check out her website.

To find out more about Shiloh Saddler visit her website.

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Buy Perfect Ride from Decadent Publishing.