REVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; 31 AUGUST 2014 Narrator: Angela Dawe
I couldn't turn the audio off, which meant only one hour or so sleep but TGIF. Very su...moreREVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; 31 AUGUST 2014 Narrator: Angela Dawe
I couldn't turn the audio off, which meant only one hour or so sleep but TGIF. Very suspenseful. Gripped me from start to finish. However, I am not inclined to give it 5 stars because there was something about Peyton's characterization that did not sit right with me. I was very uneasy about the way she let Wallace's overtures go without telling him straight off they weren't welcome or appropriate. Even though only the reader is to privy Wallace's internal monologue re. his not-quite-sane analysis of Peyton and him, he does hit on her quite unmistakeably but her reaction felt too cool and unperturbed to be realistic to me. As a result, Wallace continued with his crazy pursuit. As a reader I felt manipulated here; I felt the tension in this Wallace-Peyton thread was contrived and unrealistically portrayed, his character over-done.
That's my only complaint, though. I loved everything else, especially the developing romance between Peyton and Virgil because it ran alongside the suspense thread. There were a few heart-thumping moments, as is to be expected of a prison-location story. If it weren't for the way the Wallace-Peyton thread was executed, this would be one RS book I'd read/listen to again.
I don't recall any sex in the story but I know Virgil and Peyton did get it on. I must have been so engrossed in the suspense plot, was already satisfied with the romance, that I subconsciously set aside the sex? Maybe, but on second thoughts, a little more heat in this department would be welcome. Then again, I'd stayed away from this author all these years because my perception, based on the reviews, was that she was low on romance and even lower on sex.
My Goldilocks Scale: Suspense: Better than expected Romance: Just Right Sex: Too low
Lastly, about Pretty Boy.
Now that I know who he is, I understand the calls for him to have his own book. I absolutely concur with all the Pretty Boy fans. What I don't understand is why Ms Novak stuck him in the Whiskey Creek series, which is a contemporary romance series, instead of giving him, Rex McCreedy, a romantic suspense book. I was stumped when Ms Novak told me Rex's book is Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek #7).
I will read that just to finish my personal Bulletproof arc - which would not be complete without Pretty Boy. If Laurel got her story (and she's less interesting than Pretty Boy), I don't get the author's decision not to include Rex McCreedy in this series.
The Narration: Angela Dawe's voice and cadence is so easily recognizable that I didn't have to read the audiobook info to know who it was. While I like her voice, my problem here was that I was constantly reminded of the heroine from the Tiffany Snow's, series. Kathleen Turner. I've mentioned in my review there how I prefer Dawe's performance of Christina Dodd's Danger in a Red Dress to her Kathleen character. Dawe uses her Kathleen cadence in the Bulletproof series so while still listenable, I wish she would go back to her more mature-sounding voice since it would have suited Peyton's character as the Chief Deputy Warden more.
I'm not sure if I want to read another installment as the reviews aren't pulling me but I'll try the Stillwater trilogy. Novak hasn't published any new RS series since Bulletproof, it appears.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 23, 2014 Narrator: Jonathan Davis
The Story: This kept me listening through the night so it's a good thing it's Sund...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 23, 2014 Narrator: Jonathan Davis
The Story: This kept me listening through the night so it's a good thing it's Sunday 6.06am and I can always crawl back into bed later. A 5-star Sandra Brown despite a niggle or two. First, it did take awhile to get moving but once it did, it burst at Mach speed to the finish line. Compared to some of her older works, I'd say I prefer Mirror Image, Envy or even The Alibi, but compared to the other RS books I've read, or tried to, in recent years, Sandra Brown makes me wonder why I waste my time and money with the wannabes.
Though I agree with one of the reviewers that our hero's rationale for going into hiding could be more compelling, it was about the only weak spot in the story for me. Even Emory being trapped in the remote abode of said hero didn't give me cabin fever and I'm not a fan of these "stranded" themed stories. I wasn't just intrigued by who and what, exactly, is our unnamed hero, my interest was sustained right till past the halfway mark - and I still didn't know what his name was. I would not know till very late in the story but I was so caught up with everything by then, it hardly registered. When I, like Emory, found out, I felt it right there, deep inside me. As I said, it took awhile to pick up steam yet at no time did I even think of setting it aside, even temporarily - as I did with Deadline, (which I ended up liking it on my third attempt). This is saying a lot for someone who has no qualms giving up on a book after one chapter.
There were some very good moments involving Grange and Knight, the local cops who turn out to be not as obtuse as the impression they give at first; and Jack Connelly, the FBI special agent, was also a secondary character that added positively to the book. I was delighted with the inevitable face-off between Jack and the hero-who-shall-not-be-named-here. It was a surprise, and a nice one, Ms Brown:) I don't want to give away the events in this book as it's one of those I believe is best enjoyed read yourself and not in a long synopsis from someone's review.
For those who are interested: the romance here is very much in the foreground yet not intrusive. The mutual attraction, the sex, the falling in love - it all came across natural to me and nothing felt contrived. If you don't like sex and romance in your whodunits, this will likely not be your cuppa because it was very much, IMO, the Sandra Brown of old - the romantic suspense author who wasn't ashamed of writing romance, yet took the suspense thread seriously and so delivered the type of RS books I will continue to buy for as long as they are published.
Narration: Jonathan Davis is no Slezak but apart from not being able to distinguish between Emory and her best friend, Alice, when both were conversing, Davis did a good enough job. I thought Stephen Lang (not one of my favs) did a far better job in Deadline, though.
Btw, this is one book where spoiler tags should be used in the reviews if they are going to reveal or mention the suspense portions. I'm so glad I read this book without reading any of the reviews posted as one or two should have employed spoiler tags.
REVIEW OF AUDIO & KINDLE; AUG 16, 2014 Narrator: John Henry Cox
I managed to finish this even though it pales in comparison with some of SB's other...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & KINDLE; AUG 16, 2014 Narrator: John Henry Cox
I managed to finish this even though it pales in comparison with some of SB's other work. Unspeakable was published in 1998 but I found Mirror Image, published eight years earlier, in 1990, infinitessimaly better. It is hard to believe, too, that a year later, in 1999, SB would publish the superb Envy, and The Alibi, which I also enjoyed very much.
The narrator, John Henry Cox did a good job here though I can't really tell how he compares to other male narrators since the heroine - the only major female character in the book - is a deaf-mute. What other opportunity Cox has to narrate a female character was too little in this book for me to gauge his narrating skills.
Unspeakable isn't bad, it doesn't drag in any part, it has really evil villains that I'm glad got their just desserts and it does have an HEA for the couple. BUT...I missed having the usual easy banter, the verbal sparring, the flirting that hero and heroine normally have that makes a romance or romantic suspense sparkle for me. There is none of that here because of Anna being deaf-mute. She is courageous and worthy of admiration; she is exactly what Jack needs, just as Jack is what she and her son need but there is next to no verbal communication between the two. Speaking of David, the little kid - he's sweet but drove me nuts with his incessant questions because I couldn't switch him off in the audiobook. At least in print, I can skim past him (I'm one of the few who do not like kids in my books).
The Herbold brothers were nasty, especially Carl Herbold and his albino 'Igor' but I didn't mind. I prefer it when authors don't pull any punches with their villains and I'm happy that Herbold got his just desserts.
While having a deaf-mute may be different from your run-o-mill heroine, it didn't work for me because of the reason I mentioned earlier - no verbal sparring between H/h. What enjoyment I could have derived between Jack and Anna's communication is, instead, worrying about whether Jack understood Anna, I was wondering how to learn to lip-read (pulled me out of the story, that); concern for Anna that she is stifled by her inability to speak, and hoping she does become a famous photographer (this thread was introduced but not finished).
3 stars for this book only because I was interested enough to know who Jack really is and what's his connection to the story, and stuck with it to the end for this. I found the answer satisfying enough but in the light of what I had to get through before I reached that, it wasn't quite worth the ride. Unspeakable is more a suspense in the Women's Fiction genre than in Romantic Suspense. I found it a sad, (despite the HEA) story of a lonely, disabled woman's struggle and another, equally lonely, man's journey to fight for a slice of happiness in their lives.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUG 14, 2014 Narrator: Stephen Lang
This was good for me. I had stopped reading SB when she moved across to Suspense-with-a...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUG 14, 2014 Narrator: Stephen Lang
This was good for me. I had stopped reading SB when she moved across to Suspense-with-a-bit-of-romance, but now she is the only author on my auto-buy list. I used to have at least half a dozen authors on that list but not anymore. I buy her audio releases for these RS books without hesitation because she always has male narrators.
And Stephen Lang did an excellent job here, though my favorite SB narrator is still Slezak. Lang was much better here than in Chill Factor, and even better in last year’s Deadline. Like my fav male narrators, I could differentiate between the male and female characters whereas very often, I can’t with female narrators. Lang gave Bellamy a warm husky voice which made her sound sexy and grown-up and Lang’s Dent was just hot damn sexy:)
When I got to the final leg of the story, I did pause, thinking that if SB had written this in the early 90s, she would likely have written it “back-to-front”. Meaning, the background events, what happened 18 years ago, would have been at the forefront of the book, like Breath of Scandal, rather than the focus being on the present-day repercussions of the wrong man being imprisoned for the murder. Not that it would have been better – just a personal observation of her change of style, that’s all.
I bought this book in 2012 and the audio in 2013 but had the impression the romance was minimal, like Lethal, or Play Dirty (the only newish SB I don’t like) so it languished on my TBR. After the last few RS duds, and encouraged by Carrie's review, I was driven to try Low Pressure and am glad I did. While it didn’t give me the same thrilling ride as Mirror Image or Envy, or even the oldies-but-goodies like Slow Heat in Heaven, Low Pressure still kept my interest from start to finish.
It wasn’t difficult to guess who the real killer was and by now, RS lovers know that the character who’s identified as the perp from the start is never the killer. It’s the case with every one of these RS books so unless you’ve not read a murder mystery before, this isn’t a spoiler.
I read these RS stories not for a murder mystery where I can’t guess who the killer is, but for the story-telling. In this respect Ms Brown excels and I have not come across another writer as consistently good as her in this genre. The romance here was fine for me. I liked that the story was focused on the suspense yet the romance-lover in me was satisfied by the fact that Dent and Bellamy were together most of the time. Just the fact that Bellamy had a crush on Dent when she was 12; that that crush hasn’t gone away, that Dent was aware of said crush, and is not unaffected by it now...I far prefer that to being inundated by the characters’ thoughts about sex with the other MC, as many other romances do these days.
High Point: Low Pressure ended with a lovely HEA:) I can’t help but compare this to Lethal, which was published the year before, and which lacked the much-needed epilogue. I gave Lethal 5 stars for the book but compared to Low Pressure, Lethal had a 1-star ending whereas LP’s ending is worth 5 stars. (less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUG 11, 2014 Narrator: Deb Booth
The Narration: New narrator for me and I am impressed. Some may find her voice too old for...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUG 11, 2014 Narrator: Deb Booth
The Narration: New narrator for me and I am impressed. Some may find her voice too old for the heroine but I always like those sultry voices and if the heroine is too young for a voice like Booth's, I doubt I'd be interested in the book.
I hope Booth will be narrating more. I'd love to have narrating the Karen Rose books.
The Story: started out good but tumbled downhill soon after. I find it implausible that Brianna would not trust Reaper with what was happening and thought she could handle things herself. Is this woman TSTL? Reaper and his team of men are Delta Force, for God's sake! Brianna had spent time living among them when she was just 22 and writing a story on these covert ops guys. She got romantically involved with Reaper during that time, there's a separation, a reunion, then a 3-year disappearance when Brianna went into the WITSEC program (all in the book's blurb). When she suddenly reappears, she breaks into Reaper's house!
Why would this woman do what she did? It never entered her thick head that this team of ex-Delta men who ran black ops for a living, and who now run a highly-successful security (means their job is to keep their clients safe, Brianna) company, could not be trusted with the facts of what had happened to her; that Reaper could not take care of himself but she could? That keeping everything from him would keep him safe?
Well, I know why her thick head couldn't understand that - all she could think of was Reaper's six-pack and the physical attributes of the other men (who will, unfortunately, be getting their own books). I love me a bunch of well-built men and I'd be cheering for Brianna if she decided she wanted to do them all BUT, I can't stand it when the heroine thinks she can do better by keeping things from the hero when it's a no-brainer that it's a dumb route to take. If her lame-brain could have realized what a blessing it was that she had, at her disposal, a bunch of guys who are trained to keep her and the rest of her countrymen safe, this book would have been a great intro to a new series. Surely, the first thing Brianna needed to do was to bring Reaper into her confidence, warn him about Hollingsworth, etc, but no, that would have turned this book into a serious romantic suspense and we can't have that.
However, if you love sappy romances with hot men and stupid heroines, this is the right book for you.
I hate tropes like these.
I also hated the male whining and the over-emphasis on hurt feelings, the do-you-still-love-me, do-you-forgive-me dialogue. These supposedly alpha Delta men came across like a bunch of pussies. I don't like every Suzanne Brockmann book but if you want 'real' men who are covert ops guys and who act like men (because you want to kick their ass sometimes), read the Troubleshooters. Reaper and his Pussies, you feel like bitch-slapping them and telling them to man up and ditch the bitch.(less)
SEMI-REVIEW; AUGUST 6, 2014 Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley
4 stars for the narrator 3 stars is for the 32% of the book I listened to.
Why I'm aborting: Too muc...moreSEMI-REVIEW; AUGUST 6, 2014 Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley
4 stars for the narrator 3 stars is for the 32% of the book I listened to.
Why I'm aborting: Too much thinking about sex and how hot the other is. It could be that I prefer my MCs to just get on with the deed then get me back to the action/suspense plot.
It could also be that I don't like the H/h.
The heroine's response to Rafe did not sit right with me - Lisa willing to kiss a stranger who walks up to her was unrealistic. Then again, perhaps archaeologists and treasure-hunters do things like that. That is such a hackneyed idea but I guess it works so writers will keep using it. Lisa's willingness to do so pulled me out of the story and I had to stop and revise the genre I'd subconsciously slotted the story into when I started on the book. I was treating it as a "serious" romantic suspense and Dr Lisa Maxwell as a serious professional who did not go around kissing strangers on the lips as a ploy. I also expected the book to be serious as in serial-killer serious à la Karen Rose, or at least Linda Howard in Heart of Fire.
After Lisa happily pouncing on Rafe's lips, I told myself I'd have to treat this as an erotic romp with sprinklings of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone. Nowhere on my book's cover or in the blurb was the story likened to Indiana Jones or Romancing the Stone. The comparison came to me as I listened to the story.
Unfortunately, what worked for me as a movie did not work as a book and I soon got distracted, and irritated, by the characters constantly thinking about sex. Instead of getting emotionally-invested with Lisa, I was thinking things like "so fuck him and get it out of your system and my book, twit!". And I hadn't even reached the first sex scene!
When I feel so negatively about the H or h, I usually do not see the point of continuing. I have done so in some books, however, and have come to revise my opinion. In Stolen Fury's case, the type of story it was turning out to be worked against it - I do not care for Indiana Jones/Romancing the Stone type plots, and especially when there's a lot of thinking about sex and how hawt he is. Lisa getting all hot and heavy over Rafe in her head because of his Spanish accent? It didn't ring my bell because instead of coming across seductive, Rafe was sleazy to me. One woman's poison and all that...
I also felt as if the book came about because the author intentionally wrote a Harlequin romance crossed with erotica mixed with adventure. It should have worked because that sounds like a good mix. It didn't and I'm rather stumped why it didn't. I'm not satisfied that it didn't because, I repeat, it does sound like a good mix, so I plan on listening to the second book, Stolen Heat, and even the third, Stolen Seduction because I'd already been introduced to Lisa's brother, Shane, a homicide detective, and I liked what I saw of him.
What I did like: the narrator, Elizabeth Wiley. I like her voice, her speed and she didn't make Lisa sound unlikeable. That's the author's fault, not Wiley's. I'm glad Wiley narrated the rest of the books. It means one less factor to contend with.
My lack of connection with the MCs ruined the book for me and I didn't see the point of finishing it because the action/adventure thread was no longer important, this being essentially a Romance. If I wanted the adventure plot to be the topnote, I'd go read a Dan Brown. (less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 5, 2014 Narrator: Richard Magnus
This series looks like following the likes of the author's other series, Toronto Ta...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 5, 2014 Narrator: Richard Magnus
This series looks like following the likes of the author's other series, Toronto Tales - could have been comfort reads/audios that I'd go back to again and again, except it doesn't quite make it. Of course, I could be wrong and this sci-fi series will turn out better.
In any case, Spice 'n' Solace has some pleasing bits, but in the end, I found it wanting. A lot is made of Jay needing to marry and beget an heir because his role as a negotiator with the Ankylons is based on his bloodline. This necessity for him to marry and pop out an heir is a major kink in Jay's and Kaz's relationship as both men come to fall for each other, yet I felt it wasn't dealt with sufficiently. I get annoyed when authors make something important enough to affect the outcome of the protags' relationship yet merely gloss over it at the end.
There is hardly any mention of this Big Problem - the only one being in the epilogue where it's said the scientists "developed a process to combine DNA from two men and place it in a surrogate mother for development". I am led to believe Jay taking a male as his mate would create a furor but I'm not taken into that scene. I'm told Jay addresses the marriage + heir problem with the Galactic Alliance but I'm not privy to that scene either. I would have loved to hear R'kos' comments because I found him a very interesting secondary character - far more than Vaughn, Carlos, Hakel, or even Lani, the brothel manager.
I could have enjoyed this a lot more if the author hadn't glossed through the above. In a sci-fi story, the world-building is important to me. I don't care how the author sees his alien world - that's his prerogative - but I want that world, its culture and norms to be given sufficient attention and not mere lip service, with major issues wrapped up without showing me how it was done.
I just saw that the next installment is R'kos' book so I'll be keeping this series on my iPhone.
The narrator did a good job. Magnus has a good, masculine voice and gave no problems with "air sucks", which some of even my fav male narrators do sometimes. This is my first book by Magnus. I have What Binds Us, by Larry Benjamin, but haven't listened to it.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 28, 2014 Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Nothing really stood out for me. It's one of those easy-to-read romances following a...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 28, 2014 Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Nothing really stood out for me. It's one of those easy-to-read romances following a formula. Matt isn't straight. He just didn't know that, despite the routine, boring sex he has with a girlfriend who's more a friend with benefits. At least that's how it's always been for him even though Kristin was clueless as her boyfriend's true feelings.
Since Kristin remains a relatively unknown entity and I only know of her, it didn't even register with me that Matt was cheating on her with Aaron. She could never have been in the story and it wouldn't have made any difference to me.
A low 3 stars for this below-average read.I will have forgotten I ever read it by the end of the week.
Tyler Stevens was wonderful, though. Aaron being one of those flamboyant queens (I can't remember if he's young enough to be called a twink), Stevens' voice suited the character to the T. At other parts, his expressiveness made a mediocre story a pleasure to listen to and I can only wish he could narrate something better. I'd have loved him to do Cole from Mary Sexton's CODA series.
I first read ROI five years ago when the author generously shared it with me. I loved it then, and couldn't understand why it wasn't published. As he...moreI first read ROI five years ago when the author generously shared it with me. I loved it then, and couldn't understand why it wasn't published. As he wrote in the author's notes, one gay literature publisher turned it down because of the drug use and unprotected sex - things I see in the published books these days. I recall one also telling him he couldn't start a story with one of the MCs (view spoiler)[offing himself (hide spoiler)].
I admit that Prologue did give me pause, then I reminded myself that I had a similar reaction to the rape scene in Special Forces and how there was, nonetheless, an HEA in the end. So I girded my loins and tackled this financial thriller despite Voinov's assertion that "it is not a romance" reverberating in my head. And guess what? This is how you write a Prologue!
'Not a romance'? I begged to differ five years ago when I finished the book and reading it a second time now has only strengthened my opinion that it is a romance. Perhaps not to the publishers who expect a romance to follow a certain formula but to me, Francis de Bracy has burrowed so deeply in me that five years on, I have not encountered another MC in the gay romances I devour who is comparable. He is powerful. Strong. Invincible, it seems. Yet he surrenders, in the end, to that part of him that torments both character and reader. Francis made my gut hurt 5 years ago and two evenings back, when I started on my reread, that same trepidation seized me. I can't adequately describe or explain the what and the why of my emotional reaction to this story. I only know that it was so special to me back then, that I never forgot it and refused to read it again because it hurt that the author thought it faulty and would not try to find another publisher. I cannot recall his exact words to me but know that it was because he thought it needed some major reworking.
When, recently, I read he was self-publishing it, I thought he'd made those major changes. I thought he'd removed that controversial scene in the prologue and added more sex or romance to please us romance-lovers. He did not. Nothing has changed. And thank God. It was good 5 years ago and it's very good today.
Read it to meet Francis de Bracy, master of the implied from start to finish; for a tortured hero like no other (a result of his Jesuit education?), and hero he is to me, because while he may be a Great White in a sea of sharks, all ready to smell blood and move in for the kill, de Bracy is a man you would, in the end, entrust your entire being to.
Martin David discovers that eventually, but in true de Bracy style, that promise of forever is given with a light touch. If you can read between the lines, there is, indeed, a fine romance to be found.
Some readers may find the financial jargon a tad too much and yes, I thought that could have been cut back a little but I didn't really mind because it showed the author wasn't just giving lip service to his description of the book being a 'financial thriller'. Since the plot revolves around the wheeling and dealing of those financial cowboys & Indians, the author's firsthand knowledge of the industry brings a sense of authenticity and just the right atmosphere.
Much as I am dazzled by de Bracy, I found Martin David a great character, too. Young, ambitious and making the mistake of falling in love with The Great White yet also succumbing to the wiles of the charming and ruthless Alec Berger, I did wonder what de Bracy would say if asked what he saw in Martin. I got to find out because Martin asks him that very question. de Bracy's answer is so beautiful, it sounded 'like a prayer'.
Apart from the financial info stuffed here and there, the rest of the book contains some of the best writing I've come across. The thrill for me was not in the suspense/action threads, though there is that when Berger makes his move against de Bracy's company, and the final scenes as de Bracy plans his comeback. What sparkled for me was how Mr Voinov was able to keep me so transfixed despite the subtlety of his prose, how pregnant with meaning in just a few words - "You can." God, I almost died when I read those two words.
When I finished, twothree things were on my mind: 1) I want this book in print; 2) I want it made into a movie; 3) I'm glad de Bracy is holding Martin as the story ends, and told Martin he could bring his toothbrush.
Your book is a frickin' romance, Mr Voinov, whether you want to admit or not.
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REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 16, 2014 The Story: 2 and 1/2 stars The Narrator: 5 stars
This book was much too long for a story that covers only a sm...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 16, 2014 The Story: 2 and 1/2 stars The Narrator: 5 stars
This book was much too long for a story that covers only a small slice of the boys' lives (just a little over a year). It is also way too long when I have to listen to it, albeit the excellent narration, only to find that the one single bit of "action" that jerked me out of my slumber was when the MCs are forced to act straight for the sake of their image. Even then, this dragged on like everything else - and there isn't much else until we come to the finish line and...the book just stops. I am left with an "epilogue-like" ending that tells me their lives will just go on as is until the next boy-band comes along.
Most of the story is about hand-holding, cuddling, groping, fingers entwining, kissing and there's no penetrative sex until long after I lost interest. Perhaps for those who read mostly YA or like YA, the 18 year-old MCs being such virgins (they are so nervous at the first kiss, first hj, bj etc) and taking so long to get to that place may be the norm (need to ask Ami, she reads YA) but for me who only read gay porn in the guise of roh-mance, the two virgin boys were just too, too out of character for the 18 year-olds I've read.
...or it's more likely I'm reading too many rentboy romances.
Anyway, the story was too long and got boring.
The Narrator: What. A. Surprise. I was expecting Tyler Stevens to sound like this (click the sample button) and that had stopped me from buying the Lane Hayes audiobooks as I did not think I could stand 11 hours of the MCs sounding like that. Stevens didn't sound like a flaming twink on CMB, though, so I decided to give him a try.
I loved him! His mellow voice suited the young guys and to me, it was brilliant voice casting. It wasn't just that, Stevens' pacing, expression and range is about the best I've heard. This is saying a lot because I very much prefer male narrators with deep, rich, smokin' hot voices and Tyler Stevens' voice is none of these to me. I'm comparing narrating skillz here, 'k? There are several narrators out there with mellow, higher voices like Max Lehnen or John Solo but IMO, neither would have done as good a job as Stevens. Definitely not Lehnen (I've put him in the same category as 'ugh narrators' like Veryzer, Gelder, JP Handler and Roy Wells). Joseph Northton who did Dani Alexander's Shattered Glass is about the only other narrator I think could narrate this book as well as Stevens.
So yeah...I'm much more impressed with the narrator than the story. I enjoyed Coming Home by the author a lot more.(less)