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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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★★★★ Scrambling by Lex Valentine ★★★★

A life-long friendship, unrequited love, gorgeous and out NFL players, injury, illness, heartbreak, happy ending…what’s not to love!

Don’t forget to check out the Book Trailer at the end of the review!

ScramblingScrambling by Lex Valentine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Evan McAdams has two constants in his life–football and his friendship with Reed Matthews. From the age of six, Evan’s played football alongside Reed. In his teens, he realized he was gay and loved Reed, but fear kept him from confiding his deepest emotions to his best friend.

When he and Reed are drafted to the L.A. Stars, Evan decides to come out. His decision impacts Reed who’s been in the closet too. The two men struggle with secrets of unrequited love while facing the world as the first two openly gay NFL players.

When injury forces Evan to retire, the love he bears Reed can no longer be hidden. But will Reed be able to reciprocate, or will Evan lose both football and the man he’s always loved?

So what did I think?

A life-long friendship, unrequited love, gorgeous and out NFL players, injury, illness, heartbreak, happy ending…what’s not to love!

This was the type of book I was just in the mood for with lots of emotional ups and downs. One of those books where you just want to shake the characters and shout “Just tell him how you feel!”.

Evan has been in love with Reed ever since he was old enough to know what love is. As they move to college, before Evan can admit to his feelings, Reed let’s him know that he’s gay and has met someone. This is the start of a long term (albeit largely unhappy) relationship for Reed and prevents Evan from telling Reed how he feels.

Although both men have strong feelings for each other, fate conspires to make sure that the time is never right for them to come clean with each other. They are either in a relationship or think the other is, need to act a certain way because of the press or are just plain worried about ruining their friendship. Frustrating! But as the story evolves the decisions made by the men so seem to make some sort of sense.

Reed’s relationship is hugely complicated and guilt and media worried keep him with a man who has betrayed him. Evan makes career decisions that take him away from Reed. Thank goodness for the morphine that finally gets the tongue loose enough to talk about the real heart-felt emotional stuff!

4 Stars

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