Audiobooks – My on going Obsession – March 2015 Part one

I listened to some really wonderful books in March.  April has been hectic and I am trying to catch up. So here is part one. 🙂

Down_and_Dirty_RhysFord_small Down and Dirty (Cole McGinnis #5)

Author:  Rhys Ford
Narrator: Greg Tremblay 
Published: February 9th 2015
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press LLC
Listening length: 6 hrs 43 mins

Blurb:

From the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spotsIchiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because themuch younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby’s buttons. No,Ichi is trouble because he’s Cole McGinnis’s younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for lookingIchi’s way. But despite his gut telling himIchi is bad news, Bobby can’t stop looking… or wanting.Ichi was never one to play by the rules. Growing up in Japan as his father’s heir, he’d been bound by every rule imaginable until he had enough and walked away from everything to become his own man. Los Angeles was supposed to be a briefpitstop before he moved on, but after connecting with his American half-brothers, it looks like a good city to call home for a while—if it weren’t for Bobby Dawson.Bobby is definitely a love-them-and-leave-them type, a philosophyIchi whole-heartedly agrees with. Family was as much of a relationship as Ichi was looking for, but something about the gruff and handsome Bobby Dawson that makes Ichi want more.Much, much more.Ebook review: LYLBTB 50 star

Down andDirtywasbeenmuch anticipated,we FINALLY (lol) get Bobby’sandIchi’s book. I thought it was great. Having read all of the Cole McGinnis series, I was already familiar with the characters. If you have not read them I strongly suggest going and getting them, Now.This was a bitdifferent than the other books in the series as it focused mainly on the relationship development and backgrounds of the two main characters. It only contained action and mystery where it overlay with the previous installments.It was wonderful to see these two work out their complicated relationship as everyone in their lives seemed to think they had a say in it.

I love so many of the characters in this series and it was fun seeing Claudia in rare form.

I also loved the way the author sneaks in little things that had me saying – Oh I know who that band is. 😉

Fun, witty, touching, sweet and thoroughly enjoyable.

Audiobook review: LYLBTB 50 star  amazonBuyButton
This is such a wonderful addition to the Cole McGinnis series.  I adored the introduction of Ichiro and his development into the story.  Greg Trembly does a fantastic job giving each character a unique voice. I especially loved hearing the differences in Jae and Ichiro. It fit their characters.   I am a big fan of Rhys Fords work and I am especially fond of the Cole McGinnis series.  I highly recommend the series.  I have read all of the books as well as listened to the audiobooks.  It was a fun experience listening to Greg Tremblay give Rhys Fords characters a voice and did so in a way that was even better than I had imagined.

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The next set of audiobooks is from one of my favorite authors, Amy Lane.  I read them a while back and enjoyed them so much I was even tempted to take up knitting.  If you buy the ebook there is a bonus at the end of each of the books.  So I suggest buying the books, then listening to the audiobook while you knit to your hearts content.
The stories are set in the town of Granby, Colorado.  Actually, the stories center around Rance Crawford’s fiber mill.  Rance is a gruff and grouchy man that is not easy to get along with.  He loves his mill and his farm, raising alpacas, his best friend Ariadne and knitting.  When a new neighbor moves in next to his place, things start to change.  Book one is about Rance and Ben.  Book Two continues with two of his employees, Aiden and Jeremy.  The stories also have a link to Boulder where Rance sells his yarn to a fiber store there and one of the employees at that store is intertwined into the series. Book three is about that employee.  The series continue with us back with Jeremy and Aiden and Ariadne.  Plus more that would be a spoiler.   I had an idea of the characters in my mind and  the narrator, Philip Alces  did a fine job giving the characters an audible voice.  I did not hear Jeremy quite the same but it was still very enjoyable to listen along.
I am not writing a review for each book.  I did a review for Live your Life Buy The Book for the last book in the series which is linked below. Be aware there are spoilers if you read the review. (I also recommend not reading the blurbs beyond the first if you have not read the series.)
Overall rating for the series: 4,5 stars
Rating for the audio narration:  4,5 stars

 

The Winter Courtship of Fur-bearing Critters Amy LaneThe Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters
(I’ll Be Home for Christmas)
(Granby Knitting 1)
By
Amy Lane
Narrated by Philip Alces
Listening Length: 2 hours and 26 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible Release Date:
September 8, 2014
LYLBTB 50 star

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Blurb:
Rance Crawford is an alpaca rancher, fiber mill owner, and self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When sweet, charming tenderfoot Ben McCutcheon moves onto Crawford’s rural road, Rance is very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny town, and even though he is instantly, painfully smitten, any move he makes could be simply chalked up to being hard up. Using his best weapon and favorite skill, Crawford launches an awkward, wordless effort to make sure Ben is kept warm during the cold Colorado winter, every last piece of him – especially his heart.

How to Raise an Honest RabbitHow to Raise an Honest Rabbit (Granby Knitting #2)
by Amy Lane
Narrated by: Philip Alces
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

4-star

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Blurb:

Everything about Jeremy has always been a lie – including his last name. When one grift too many ends in tragedy, Jeremy goes straight. But life’s hard for an ex-con, and Jeremy is down to panhandling and hope when Rance Crawford offers him work at a tiny alpaca farm and fiber mill. Jeremy takes him up on the job, thinking this could be his last chance to be a good man, and meets Aiden, who is growing into a better one. As Aiden comes of age, Jeremy finds himself desperate to grow up, too, because Aiden starts looking to him for things Jeremy doesn’t know how to give. Being honest is terrifying for a man who’s learned to rabbit at the first sign of conflict – more so when Aiden gives Jeremy a reason to stay that can’t be packed up and carried in a knapsack. When Jeremy’s past comes knocking at their door, can Jeremy trust enough in Aiden and his new home to answer bravely back?

Knitter in His Natural habitat by Amy LaneKnitter in His Natural Habitat (Granby Knitting #3)
Author: Amy Lane
Narrated by Philip Alces
A Knitting Novella

Listening Length: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher:Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible Release Date: December 4, 2014

 LYLBTB 50 star

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Blurb:

Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be.

Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in.

Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary.

 

Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny's Lair by Amy Lane Audio coverBlackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair
(Granby Knitting #4)
Author: Amy Lane
Narrated by: Philip Alces
Sequel to Knitter in His Natural Habitat
A Granby Knitting Novel
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher:Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible Release Date: January 15, 2015

4,5 stars

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Blurb:

After three years of waiting for “rabbit” Jeremy to commit to a life in Granby—and a life together—Aiden Rhodes was appalled when Jeremy sustained a nearly fatal beating to keep a friend out of harm’s way. How could Aiden’s bunny put himself in danger like that?Aiden needs to get over himself, because Jeremy has a long road to recovery, and he’s going to need Aiden’s promise of love every step of the way. Jeremy has new scars on his face and body to deal with, and his heart can’t afford any more wounds.When their friend’s baby needs some special care, the two men find common ground to firm up their shaky union. With Aiden’s support and his boss’s inspiration, Jeremy comes up with a plan to make sure Ariadne’s little blackbird comes into this world with everything she needs. While Jeremy grows into his new role as protector, Aiden needs to ease back on his protectiveness over his once-timid lover. Aiden may be a wolf in student’s clothing and Jeremy may be a rabbit of a man, but that doesn’t mean they can’t walk the wilds of Granby together.
 Link to the review I did for Live Your Life Buy The Book:
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