Review of:  Enhanced Series 1 – 3 by Victoria Sue (audiobook)

TITLE: Enhanced Series 1 – 3 (audible)
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Sept 25 2017

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Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.
Listening Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes



Narration: Nick J. Russo has such a soothing yet sexy voice. Victoria picked the right narrator for this series. He took his time and drew me into the story.

I’m looking forward to listening to his library! (Yeah, already picked up a couple more lol)

Story: I’m like everyone else here at the blog. I LOVE Victoria Sue. Add in a sexy voice to keep me company at the day-job, and she could very well be my favorite person right now!
There are a lot of enhanced or superhuman stories out there right now. But this one has a different take on things that I really liked. For one, no one knows why these boys are the way they are…at least not yet.

This series is about a group of humans and enhanced that want to belong to a new FBI group focused on enhanced. I listened to Five Minutes Longer, Who We Truly Are, and Beneath the Mask. I WANT The Strength of His Heart so I’ll be buying that on Monday lol And if Guarding His Melody becomes available on audible…yeah, all over it.

Take the time to get this series either in written or audible form…way worth it!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Out to Get You by J.P. Oliver (audiobook)

TITLE: Out to Get You (audio)
AUTHOR: J.P. Oliver
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Equal Love Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: 2/20/19

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An MM Gay Romance.
A man who has it all.
His sweet employee.
The eyes of the world watching their every move.
Whitt may have it all, but he’s missing one important detail—someone special. Too bad his current status makes it awkward to find someone who really understands him.
Yet when his perspective employee interviews, he can’t take his eyes off of him.
Reece has a talent with horses, one he’s cultivated since he was very young. This leads him to a billionaire’s boarding house and horse farm. His new boss is gorgeous – too bad he seems straighter than an arrow.
But when the media gets wind of a possible tryst between them, they’re forced to reconcile secret feelings for each other in short order or face ruin. Will they manage to do it in time?
This gay romance novel will capture your heart and lift it with Whitt and Reece. Due to sizzling hot scenes, this standalone Gay Romance is intended for adults only. Happily ever after guaranteed!


Narration: What can I say about Bump Turgeson, the narrator…yeah, no.

He has a great voice, don’t get me wrong. However, he sounds like a mix between Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, which threw me out of the story completely. I couldn’t finish listening to it. I wanted to get to the good parts, but when I finally did, I just had to turn it off. I have a mundane day-job, and need the stimulus of a book while I work, and this fell flat of that.

Story: So the 2.5 stars is for what little of the story I was able to listen to. It might be a 4 star later for me. I’ll be picking the book up and hopefully find the time to read it at some point.

With working 2 jobs, I don’t get a lot of actual reading time, so audibles are a godsend. But I think I’ll have to get to know these two guys via my Kindle.
For the parts I was able to get through, I liked the characters, Reece and Whitt. They seemed like an odd couple, but I love those.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 by R. Phoenix (audiobook)

TITLE: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 (audio)
AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
SERIES: Fate of the Fallen
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 3/28/19

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When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader’s failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn’t live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn’t long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers.
Now that supernatural beings have seized control of the world, life has become a struggle for the humans who once held power. Witches, vampires, and werewolves determine the fate of every single human, but their moral compasses have long since been shattered. Rebels, free humans, and slaves all share dreams of hope, mercy, love, and more. But with their fate so uncertain, survival isn’t enough… and they may have to sacrifice what is nearest and dearest to them if they want to change their lives.
Bought, Ravel, and Recoil feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in Owned and Temper.


Narration: The story was told by Jack Noble as narrator. I liked his voice and his accent. However, the quality was pretty bad and would drag me out of the story. There is echoing and static in parts.

Story: I really wanted to like this series. I actually had it marked as DNF in my written book list from years ago, but I’d forgotten about it.

I thought I’d give it a try and I did make it much further in the books than I did when reading it. I think, for me, it was the switching POVs and feeling like things were just abruptly stopped at the ends. I know it all ties in together, which was the reason I kept listening, but it still seemed…I don’t know…unfinished or cut-off before it should have been to continue later.

This contains book 1 – Bought, book 2 – Ravel, book 3 Recoil, and book 4 Owned. I don’t plan to finish the series. I think it may have been just out of my normal reading though since other reviews and ratings are high for this series, so you might want to give it a try anyway!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Hanged Man’s Hero by Summer Devon – Audio

TITLE: The Hanged Man’s Hero – Audio
AUTHOR: Summer Devon
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: M.K. Rothwell
GENRE: Historical
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2019

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Listening Length: 3 hours and 10 minutes.


Condemned for murder, Dez Moore awaits the hangman’s noose. Though he killed to defend a woman, the court shows no mercy, and, resigned, he attempts to make amends with his estranged sister. His letter bidding his sister good-bye falls into the wrong hands, and suddenly, he is facing another future – one that may exist, thanks to a man he doesn’t know.
Once a poor mudlark, Carl Reis is a powerful businessman with an erratic impulse to save desperate people. When Dez’s letter comes to him, he takes an interest in the prisoner. But the charming and disruptive Dez Moore proves to be more attractive than any of his other rescues. He stirs urges Carl has long suppressed, and makes him yearn for a future even he could not foresee. One with the lively Mr. Moore by his side and in his bed.
Long used to doing for others – some might say controlling them – while maintaining his solitary existence, Carl struggles to keep Dez from breaching his walls. But the tenacious Dez will do all it takes to capture his rescuer’s heart.
This is an expanded version of The Scent of Hope, a Goodreads free read.


Narration: Mark James has an amazing voice, and I found myself pulled right in. There was a good flow to the reading, and the recording was high quality.

Story: I’m not normally a fan of historical romance, but I thought I’d give this a try. I’m glad I did. It was originally a short for Goodreads, but the author decided to expand it a bit. It’s still short, and the audio only took 3 hours, but it was a good listen. I liked the characters and how they evolved as the story progressed.

When you meet Dez, he’s in prison for murder and about to be hung for his crime. That’s all you really know at first. But a visit from a Chaplin brings Carl Reis into the story. He asked Dez to write a letter to a loved one.

The reader gets the intention that Carl, although likable, is a type of grifter/mob-type character, and he’s a self-made businessman. That hasn’t stopped him from wanting to help people as projects. The letter makes its way to Carl instead of Dez’s sister. After he reads it, Carl becomes a bit obsessed with helping Dez.

From the title, you get the idea that he does help, and the story continues in a well-written love story.

I’ll be looking forward to more from both the narrator and the author.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of litening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Captain’s Mate by C.W. Gray – Audio

TITLE: The Captain’s Mate – Audio
AUTHOR: C.W. Gray
SERIES: Blue Solace # 6
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: MM Sci-Fi
RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2019

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Welcome back to Charybdis Station and the crew of the Blue Solace: (Sixth Book in the series)
Draif Ando started life as a slave on Vextonar. When he was fifteen, he met his best friend, Leti Ando, and life got a lot better. Now he’s a Charybdis Station captain and works closely with the Lord Admiral of the Station. He is a free man, finally has a purpose of his own, and has the the best lieutenant in the galaxy by his side. If he’s so content, why does he yearn for more, and why is he suddenly picturing children with his eyes and Lucas’ ears and tail?
Lucas Meluth knew that Draif was his life mate from the moment they met. He also knew that Draif was demisexual and wasn’t attracted to Lucas. Not at first. Now, Lucas notices the way Draif’s eyes follow him and the way Draif’s innocent touches are suddenly not so innocent. Has the time come for their friendship to turn into more?
Draif and Lucas may finally be figuring their relationship out, but their enemies are approaching and it’s time to protect Charybdis Station and rid the galaxy of Humans First, once and for all.
Author’s Note: 55,000 words. This is a sci-fi/fantasy, m/m love story with no angst and no cheating, just a HEA. There is lots of action, a little sex, mpreg, and a few potty mouths involved in the story. 18+ readers only, please. It is also the sixth book in a series that is best read in order. Read “The Mercenary’s Mate,” “The General’s Mate,” “The Soldier’s Mate,” “The Lieutenant’s Mate,” and “The Engineer’s Mate” first!


Narration: This was the first book narrated by Connor Brown I’ve listened to. There are parts that he read a bit fast in some places, and I’d wanted to ask him to slow down. Other places it was perfect, and I fell right into the story again. He has a nice deep voice where needed but can lighten it when the character calls for it.

Story: I love this series as a reader. I love the characters and the storyline that runs through the series. It’s a twisted tale that works to pull the reader in. It has some head-hopping that, as an editor, I can get past because I love the story that much. But also as an editor, that was my only catch while reading these. The story is just what the author promises—MM love with little relationship angst and action…oh and potty mouths!

In this installment, we get Draif and Lucas’ story….FINALLY! LOL I love these guys. I’ve been cheering for a HEA for Draif since book 1, and we met him and Leti.
Draif was born a slave, and at the age of thirteen, he was sent for sex-slave training. I won’t go into too much because of spoilers. Leti’s dad had bought him after he was disfigured at age 15, and they became brothers. He’s also a genius in almost anything he attempts. He’s asexual, so there isn’t a lot of sex in this one, but it’s not really missing because it’s not called for.

Lucas is just amazingly patient with Draif. He’s laid back when needed and a supportive Lieutenant for Draif. He lets Draif just be Draif. He was orphaned as a child, but he’s found his family on Charybdis Station. I was so happy to see him recover and get his HEA.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis