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review 2017-11-19 02:00
All's Fair was definitely all good...
Fair Chance - Josh Lanyon,J. F. Harding

Wow, this one was awesome. Everything's come full circle. Elliot's consulting on the case that started it all as things come to a close. Tucker and Elliot are together and both men are determined to make this a forever thing. Things however start to get dicey again when it comes to light that maybe 'The Sculptor' wasn't acting alone and he had an accomplice...suddenly no one's safe again and when Tucker disappears. 

Elliot knows it's The Sculptor at work and he's sure that time isn't on his side but he's not ready to give up on finding Tucker. I found myself totally absorbed by this one following Elliot as he searches for his missing partner. While the body count rises and the clues begin to add up Elliot does his own soul searching and realizes that having the future he wants can only happen if he finds the man he loves.

From start to finish I've loved this series. The mystery, the romance, the characters have all come together to create a series that gave me one hella' good reading/listening experience that I know I'll be revisiting in the future. I don't know if Ms. Lanyon has more in store for Tucker and Elliot but if she does I am so there and on board for the adventure.

J. F. Harding was once again the narrator for the third installment of this series and I thoroughly enjoyed his contribution to making bringing this story to life with what once again proved to be an enjoyable narration. Having listened to him narrate 'Fair Play' made this book feel very much like I was spending a few hours with people I knew. Elliot and Tucker's voices were recognizable and felt familiar. It's truly a pleasure to listen to a series with the same characters when you are given the same narrator and while it's not one of the boxes on my 'things I look for in an audio book' I think I may have to add it because consistency...it's a thing or at least for me it is.

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review 2017-11-19 01:55
Once again things were definitely better than fair...
Fair Play - Josh Lanyon,Richard Harding Davis

After surviving the events of 'Fair Game' Elliot and Tucker are making a go of being a couple and while it's not always perfect both men are determined to make it work this time. 

While Tucker's still wrapping up the case that brought them back together, Elliot finds himself embroiled in a new mystery one that seems to have come from the past...but not his, his father's.

As Elliot becomes wrapped up in keeping his father alive and trying to sort out who and why someone wants to hurt him and his father. Tucker finds himself working hard to keep up with the demands of his job and keeping Elliot alive, but the one thing both men know for sure is that when push comes to shove they've got each others backs.

J. F. Harding was the narrator for this installment of 'All's Fair' and he's another new to me narrator and once again my 'things I listen for in an audio book' list was solidly ticked off. I got the consistency I look for, individuality and uniqueness in character voices, expressiveness in the voices that was appropriate to both the characters and situations. 

'Fair Play' was a 5 star read and as an audio it still gets 5 stars from me.

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review 2017-11-19 01:47
It may have only been a 'Fair Game' but it was an awesome story...
Fair Game - Josh Lanyon,Sawyer Allerde

It's been a few years since I last read this book and now that I've got myself equally entrenched in the world of audio books it seemed inevitable that Josh Lanyon would be one of the authors that I'd want to revisit on audio and her 'All's Fair' series is one of my favorites.

'Fair Game' is the first book in this series and even though I've read it more than once I simply couldn't resist listening to it on audio. 'Fair Game' is a mystery with a solid romance to it as well. Elliot Mills has had to change careers after getting shot and teaching history seems like a safe profession...until students start going missing and turning up dead getting Elliot involved when he's asked by his father to find the missing son of a friend. Things get complicated when Special Agent Tucker Lance crosses paths with Elliot. They'd been partners and lovers back when Elliot got injured and things didn't end well.

I loved this story back when I first read it and listening to the audio book narrated by Sawyer Allerde has only allowed me to enjoy it all over again. His narration was solid and very nicely ticked all of the boxes on my 'things I like in an audio book' list. His was consistent, his voices were expressive and added depth of emotion to the story making things even more intense at time and I love a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat and my heart pounding with anticipation...so it was definitely a win for me.

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review 2017-11-19 01:38
You never know...but I probably should have...
You Never Know - Mary Calmes,Greg Tremblay

I probably should have skipped this one on audio...but it's Mary Calmes and the narrator was Greg Tremblay and well...willpower I has none.

I have to admit this one isn't my favorite Mary Calmes book...not even in the top 5 but that's life, right? We can love everything, every time and this it seems is no exception. 

While I once again loved Greg Tremblay's narration of this story and definitely had no issues there and if I'm rating just the narration I'd probably be giving this 4 stars at the very least...nope, once again my issues were the story itself and at the end of the audio book I found that when it came down to it my feelings haven't changed I still really like Hagen. He's an easy guy to like...kind, friendly, loyal and way, way more forgiving than most people deserve...as a matter of fact if there's one thing about Hagen that bothered me it was how forgiving he was but I'm always saying that everyone deserves a second chance so I guess I really can't fault him now, can I?

Unfortunately just like my feelings for Hagen...my feelings about Ash and Mitch didn't change either. Ash for me was still totally self-centered and self absorbed and in case I forgot to mention it the first time he's also manipulative as hell...nope, not liking Ash at all. 

Mitch was a little better for me but not a whole lot. He's suppose to be the love of Hagen's life and while I do understand that a lot of what happened really was very much related to age and circumstance. I still wanted to feel more like he regretted leaving Hagen but most of all I wanted to feel like he regretted how he did it...over the phone, ffs!!! That's just cold and somewhere in there maybe if I felt like Mitch truly realized how much he hurt Hagen...but I didn't get any of this when I read the book nor did I feel it when I listened to the audio book and I realize that other readers/listeners may feel very differently and that's cool I don't think they're wrong but neither am I this is a very subjective issue and there don't have to be rights and wrongs when it comes to this...things just are what they are.

So at the end of it all still just 3 stars from me for this one, but...

Mary Calmes + Greg Tremblay, still 'equals' a happy place for me.

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An audiobook of 'You Never Know' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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review 2017-11-19 01:13
I probably should have quit while I was ahead...
Something's Brewing at Joe's - SJD Peterson,Wayland Johnson Chase

I first read this book back in early July of this year and I guess I went into this thinking that this story might work better for me on audio...it happens. What doesn't happen very often is that things go from well...bad to worse. 

My original feelings about this story haven't changed. So here's my original review if you want a refresher...

There's more than just coffee brewing at Joe's, that's for sure... 
Murphy and Joe first meet when they hook up at a club shortly after Murphy has arrived in Tampa. Neither man is looking for more than a little no strings attached stress relief.

Joe's frustrated with his 'forced' vacation and he's decided that a night out for a few drinks, some dancing and with any luck a little something more with a hot body is just what the doctor ordered. 

When Murphy moves to Tampa on the promise of his dream job being told that said job is on hold is not what he's expecting to hear. He doesn't want to go back to Michigan only to hear a chorus of 'I told you so's' from his family and friends and decides that he's going to find something to keep him afloat until things get sorted out, but being a little frustrated and stressed out over the news pushes him to decide he needs a night out to relax, unwind and just forget about everything for a few hours. 

Needless to say there wasn't a lot of personal information exchanged during their one night stand so it's no wonder that Joe's more than a little surprised when he returns to his coffee shop and finds out that his assistant Kallie has hired someone to renovate the upstairs apartment that Joe's been talking about fixing up for as long as Kallie can remember and that someone turns out to be none other than Joe's one night stand Murphy. 

Both men decide this isn't going to be a problem...after all they're mature adults right? And just because Joe wants a repeat of what he and Murphy shared and Murphy's determined that things need to stay strictly business...*spoiler alert* willpower...Murphy has none...seriously NONE!!! his determination didn't last a day...wait, I'm not even sure it lasted an hour forget a day. As soon as these two laid eyes on each other again it was game on.

Now I realize this kinda' leads to the thought of 'what the hell?' these two can't keep their hands off of each other and there's roughly 200 pages here, but there's more to this story than just a case of boy-meets-boy, boy-jumps-boy and they all lived happily ever after because let's face it that's sweet but pretty dull when you've got 200 pages to fill, so luckily there's that job...you know the one that Murphy moved to Tampa for...yeah, it's a bit complicated and makes things a little tense between Murphy and Joe. 

I really enjoyed this part of the story...or at least the idea of it and to a degree the execution of it worked. More often than not when a story has this type of plot line to it I like a bit of tension and conflict...more so than what was here and while this was ok, for me it would have worked better if things had been not quite so easily resolved. 

So along with that, here's the reason this one only got 3 stars from me...it was the sex...seriously 'you know you have too much sex in a story when one of the MCs is complaining that the other MC 'broke his wanker'? and then cuts him off for a couple of days because 'said wanker' is sore...ok, he tried but it was Murphy and as I've already said "Willpower...he has none." I can honestly say I'm not sure that I've encountered a lot...if any stories where an MC is complaining about too much sex and trust me there was...even the bunnies of the world were cringing...forget jealous I'm pretty sure they were with me wondering 'How the hell does anyone have this much sex and accomplish a damned thing?' Thankfully some of it...just some mind you, was not actually on page for which I am grateful because I can honestly see how poor Murphy's wanker got broken...just sayin' 


I honestly figured at the very least this was going to remain a 3 star read for me...what I wasn't counting on and please believe me when I say this is a really, really subjective opinion here, but bizarrely enough this one got knocked down a notch because try as I might I just couldn't get past the narrator's voice. Now it's not that it's bad or that I couldn't understand him or any of that and honestly I can see where other people will probably be thinking that maybe Karen's a little cray, cray, but the thing is for me there were times when I'm sure that Joe and/or Murphy were meant to sound all sexy and passionately growly and to me it was more like an angry, ragey growl. In other words for some reason the emotion that was being conveyed wasn't the emotion that I was picking up on...hopefully this makes sense. 

So anyways, not to belabor the point I'm just going to summarize by saying Chase Johnson was the narrator for this one and for whatever reason this narrator's voice doesn't work for me and if I'm listening to what's suppose to be an intense, intimate scene between two people it just yanks me out of the story when I feel like one of those people is really angry rather than really passionate...it's me and I'm totally owning this one folks...like I said very, very subjective opinion here. 

I highly recommend checking out the audio sample if this one is of interest to you. After all, you never know...you may find you really like this narrator's voice and really that's all that matters at the end of the day is what works for any of us as individuals.



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A audio book of 'Something's Brewing At Joe's' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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