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review 2017-11-19 02:29
You know it's a good story when...
Tramps and Thieves - Rhys Ford,Greg Tremblay

...you love it every bit as much the second time around as you did the first and that was the case with this audio book. I actually reviewed this book back in September when it was released and I loved it, so when the audio book narrated by Greg Tremblay was released there was zero doubt in my mind that I'd be doing this again. Not only did I enjoy it just as much but I can honestly say I'm already looking forward to listening to it again...right after I re-play the first book 'Murder and Mayhem'. 

One of the things that I commented on in my original review was how much I enjoyed Greg Tremblay's narration of 'Murder and Mayhem' and that when I started reading 'Tramps and Thieves' in my head it was Greg Tremblay reading it to me...so you can safely assume that I was squealing with delight to enjoy just that...Greg Tremblay reading 'Tramps and Thieves' to me giving voice to the characters and bringing this wonderful story to life and if you want to see more from that review, here's the link... Review: Tramps & Thieves

While I still adore the men of Sinners and it hasn't been that long since I revisited them on audio and Wow!!! That was just an awesome adventure and I'm definitely looking forward to having that same adventure with Cole and Jae when I listen to them on audio narrated by none other than the awesome Greg Tremblay...it's on my Christmas list. But without a doubt Rook and Dante have a solid hold on my heart and while I'm happy to revisit them again. What I'm really looking forward to is finding out what comes next for this pair.

If ever there were two men who are opposites it's Dante the cop and Rook the cat burglar...or more accurately retired cat burglar and I have to admit I wouldn't be adverse to finding out more about Rook's cousin Alex and his cop or maybe a story about the first time Rook met his grandfather and his cousin Alex. There's world of potential in this series and I'm I can't wait to see what Ms. Ford has planned for these unusual pairing and the people in their lives.

E-book or audio book this series is simply a must for me and highly recommended.

An audiobook of 'Tramps and Thieves' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-11-19 02:25
Yipee, ki yay, mutherf...oops, my bad that's Bruce Willis and this is COWBOYS!!!
Riding Cowboy Flats - Julia Talbot,Adam Gold

'Riding Cowboy Flats' is a compilation of three stories all by Julia Talbot all of which are narrated by Adam Gold...who might I say has an awesome cowboy voice...no seriously I know I'm stereo-typing here but this narrator has that wonderful slow, lazy, drawl that I totally associate with cowboys and yes, I know not all cowboys sound alike but listening to Adam Gold narrate this book I had no problem imagining cowboys and I loved that. 

So first I'm going to just chat a bit about how much I enjoyed this narrator. I loved that he was able to so richly set the tone for these stories with his voice and yet at the same time he also gave each man their own distinct voice...yep, he ticked all my 'things I look for in an audio book' boxes. I have zero doubt that I will be listening to this audio book again just so I can get a cowboy fix. Now as for the stories, let's talk about them one at a time...

Jackass Flats...4 stars 
Tate's only in his thirties but he's feeling like he's just a washed up cowboy...until a certain young soldier, named Dave, enters his life and shows him that he's still got a lot to offer and when things start to go wrong for Dave. It's Tate who's got his back and gives him shelter from the storm.

I loved this one. Tate was honest and straightforward with Dave about things and while he and Dave didn't get off to the best start they still both saw something in the other that kept them wanting more. It wasn't insta-love by any means. From their rocky start to their happy ending Tate and Dave were a sweet and fun pairing. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their banter and seeing them go from strangers to acquaintances, to friends and ultimately loves and all without angst and drama. 

Just a Cowboy...3.75 stars 
We met Herschel in 'Riding Jackass Flats' he's a friend of Tate's and a fellow cowboy. Hersch is my type of person, he believes that everyone deserves a second chance and when Dalton comes along he knows that this is someone who deserves that chance despite having a past he wants to keep hidden.

Dalton's finally realizes that the future he wants with Herschel is only going to happen when he lets go of the past...too bad the past is nipping at his heels. Luckily for Dalton, he's found a man who has faith in him and is willing to ride to his rescue.

Not quite my favorite but still an enjoyable story. While there were only 7 years between Herschel and Dalton at times it seemed like a whole lot more, but I really enjoyed the simple and uncomplicated relationship that these two shared when the rest of the world didn't intrude and the best part of this story for me was that Herschel really wasn't a judgmental person and when Dalton needed him, he was there for him. Overall just a really sweet story...no angst and lots of love.

Riding the Circuit...4 stars 
Frost Barton rides the rodeo circuit and he's thinking it might be time to retire but when his father passes away and he comes home for the funeral and to help his mother decide what to do with the farm thoughts of settling down begin to tug at him but it's when he meets horse trainer Matt Morales that he really starts to consider staying in one place and if Matt has his way that place will be with him.

'Riding the Circuit' is the third and final story in this cowboy trilogy and a really nice way to wrap things up. As well as introducing us to Frost and Matt, we are given a glimpse of the couples from the previous stories as well. Once again we're given a story with little to no angst but a story that's interesting, sweet and nicely flushed out with details.

'Riding Cowboy Flats' was a sweet, fun and easy listen without an blown out of proportion drama scenes or miscommunication but each story was complete and interesting and had a sweet cowboy romance that I really enjoyed. 

If you're a fan of cowboys than saddle up and head on over to 'Cowboy Flats' I think you'll enjoy what's waiting there.


An audio book of 'Riding Cowboy Flats' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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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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