4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Renae Kaye, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: Safe in His Arms by Renae Kaye – Narrated by Randy Fuller

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Title: Safe in His Arms

Author: Renae Kaye

Narrator:: Randy Fuller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours and 6 Minutes

At a Glance: Kudos to both Renae Kaye and Randy Fuller for delivering a story worth listening to during a long commute to work.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

Perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

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Review: I’m fast becoming a fan of Renae Kaye, especially since I’ve started listening to her work. I love how Randy Fuller’s voice characterizations immediately pulled me into this story. You definitely get the image that Lon is a big guy. But even though Lon looks like someone you wouldn’t want to mess with, he’s such a big teddy bear at heart. Casey sees this and is immediately drawn to Lon. And though he’s a bit young for Lon, there’s something about Casey that brings out Lon’s protective side, especially when he learns what Casey’s father had done to him as a teen.

I loved how these two men interacted with each other. Except for the one moment when Lon got extremely upset with Casey for not telling him about a chance meeting with someone. Lon was so secretive about his past, how was Casey to know? Shame on Lon for thinking that Casey was a mind reader, and for yelling at Casey the way he did. Well… it made me want to slap Lon alongside his head for the sudden outburst of temper! See…Casey even brought out the protectiveness in me. But, I was extremely glad when Lon did the right thing by groveling for forgiveness.

Randy Fuller has been added to the list of narrators I’d be willing to listen to again and again. Kudos to both Renae Kaye and Randy Fuller for delivering a story worth listening to during a long commute to work.

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Review: You Are the Reason by Renae Kaye

Title: You Are the Reason (A Novel in The Tav Series)

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 239 Pages

At a Glance: There just aren’t enough adjectives I can think of to describe You Are the Reason. It’s steamy, quirky, light, cute, brilliant, lovely, romantic, sweet, informative and educational.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays who are girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub. That’s where he meets Lee, cute from her cherry-red hair to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.

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Review: “G-A-Y stands for Girls Are Yucky.”

First, let’s just take a moment and enjoy the cover of this wonderful book. Whenever I look at it, I forget to breathe, so it’s a good thing nature takes over and makes me breathe before I pass out.

As for the story, there just aren’t enough adjectives I can think of to describe it. It’s steamy, quirky, light, cute, brilliant, lovely, romantic, sweet, informative and educational; all wrapped up in two-hundred-thirty-nine pages. The main characters are Davo (aka David Pederson), or simply Dave, “well groomed—no nose hair, fingernails neatly trimmed, nothing awkward piercing my skin.” Davo is a self-proclaimed regular guy. Or, should I say, a bloke with lots of faults and quirky ideas (quirky and sweet). I loved him!

Lee Brennan is cute, escaped-from-a-pixie-convention kind of adorable, and so girly (Lee likes to wear women’s clothing) that it makes Dave’s back teeth ache. I really chuckled over Lee’s description of a man: “I piss standing up and I shave.” Okay… Well, that works. Cute and educational.

David and Lee are the main characters of You are the Reason, but I have to include Patrick and Jake and Maxine, their baby, and Lee’s parents. Also, the Magic 8 Ball, My Little Ponies, and the color pink; without them Davo and Lee’s tale would be just another short story about attraction, struggle, lots of steamy sex and a happy ending. Okay, that wouldn’t be bad either, but the supporting characters fill out the story with color and depth.

Davo and Lee’s romance is a rocky journey, first with David trying to figure out why he is attracted to Lee (Lee looks like a woman so he must be one, right?). I really enjoyed reading when Patrick explained to Davo about pheromones and attraction. And second, Davo fighting the attraction for many reason. Who said love is easy? It comes with so much baggage.

The relationship that builds between David and the lovely Maxine is also delightful, David learning how to take care of her and falling in love, dirty nappies and all. Yes, love at first sight is real, dressed in pink with a pink bow around her head.

I just have to add that I can’t wait for the audio to come out for this book. While reading You Are the Reason, I could just about hear Jonathan Young’s voice—he was the narrator for The Blinding Light, the first in The Tav series. Davo talking baby talk to Maxine in that whiny voice, and hearing Maxine say, “Uck Day,” what a great audiobook to look forward to.

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Audio Review: Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye – Narrated by Casey Hunter

Title:  Shawn’s Law

Author:  Renae Kaye

Narrator: Casey Hunter

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Run Time:  6 hours and 19 minutes

At a Glance:  All of the crazy shenanigans that happen around Shawn due to “Shawn’s Law” were brought to life wonderfully with Casey Hunter’s narration.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?

Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.

The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.

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Review:  Shawn’s Law is one of those feel good, happy, laugh out loud stories, and when I read it I loved it! I was so happy when I saw the audiobook come up for review.

Casey Hunter is a new narrator to me and after listening to Shawn’s Law I will definitely be happy to listen to more by him. Right from the beginning I was sucked back into Shawn and Harley’s story.  All of the crazy shenanigans that happen around Shawn due to “Shawn’s Law” were brought to life wonderfully with Casey’s narration.  The difference in the character voices were distinct enough that I was able to know who was speaking at any given time without it being stated.

The only thing I can think of that may be an issue or distraction for some people is that the story is set in Australia, but the narration has no Australian accent, so there are times where there are words or phrases that are definitely Australian, but the voice doesn’t go along with the words, and until something was said or a place was mentioned, I would forget that it was even set in Australia. For me this wasn’t really an issue, I don’t think that it took anything away from the story, but I could see how some people might not like it.

This is the second of Renae Kaye’s books that I have listened to on audio, and I am a big fan of both. I would definitely recommend Shawn’s Law!

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Audio Review: The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye – Narrated by Jonathan Young

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Title: The Blinding Light

Author: Renae Kaye

Narrator:: Jonathan Young

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 55 Minutes

At a Glance: If you know you’re going to have a hard day at the office, or wherever, listen to The Blinding Light. It will brighten up your day, that’s a promise.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude…and blind man.

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: The girls are starting their own lives, and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

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Review: What do the Seven Dwarfs, a blue butt plug, and a machine that scans a page for text and reads it back have in common? The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye, a journey that has these three things intertwined within the story, and move Jake and Patrick towards their happily-ever-after. And if for one second you think there is no way they fit together, read and/or listen to this story and you will understand just how much of a genius Renae Kaye is in weaving a great story.

And now on to my favorite part of the review: the narration. Jonathan Young clearly had fun with this story. At one point in the book, Patrick describes Jake’s voice as sounding as though he’s always smiling. Jonathan Young captures this quality, his voice does sound like it’s smiling. Patrick’s voice, on the other hand, is hesitant, intelligent, and resigned, just the voice I would have excepted from this character. And the supporting characters? The best ever. For example, picture Mrs. Lee, a fellow housekeeper who’s training Jake on the care of Patrick’s house. She’s described as an “older Chinese lady who spoke in broken English and had a perpetual frown, worthy of a gold medal at the Frowning Olympics”. Now, read this next sentence with that accent in mind: “Hmph. So she di’n’t tell you hees blind?” Not a line in a story that would stick out, right? But when you listen to the audio, listen for that part. It will crack you up. It’s close to the beginning so you won’t have to wait long. Every character has his or her own distinct voice. Young jumps from formal to informal speaking, to a narrator’s voice, to a small child’s, and even gets the mother’s voice spot on—tired and weak. I can’t tell you if the accents are authentic to Western Australia—sadly, I’ve never been there—but as a reader from the Midwest, it worked for me.

Now back to the butt plug, the Seven Dwarfs, and the talking machine. Here is a hint: found in Patrick’s bed, describes the cycle of a romance, and helps teach manners.

Read this book, listen to the audio, and if you are as crazy about this author as I am, read the book again and listen to the audiobook again. If you know you’re going to have a hard day at the office, or wherever, listen to The Blinding Light. It will brighten up your day, that’s a promise.

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Review: Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye

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Title: Shawn’s Law

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: Five Stars are not enough for this book, and it’s one of my top reads for 2015.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time career of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?

Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.

The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.

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Review: The elements of an excellent book for me are humor, believable sex, likable characters, and a plot that moves along and that I can learn something from. My entire check list was fulfilled in Shawn’s Law. Five Stars really are not enough for this book, and it will be one of my top reads for 2015.

Renae Kaye seems to not want you, as the reader, to get too comfortable in thinking this is a boy-meets-boy, boy-falls-in-love story. And while it is a love story between Shawn and Harley, it is also a love story between Shawn and his mother and Lisa, his sister; and Harley and his Dad. I think the core of this story is learning to trust and grow in the love you have found. Harley puts it very well, “Like all relationships, Shawn and I require a lot of work, a lot of talk, a lot of compromise and heck of a lot of sex.” As the reader, we get to go along for the ride, and it’s a great ride. Every time “Shawn’s Law” happens, you can’t help but laugh, giggle and feel just a little ashamed of yourself for laughing at someone’s misfortune. But it’s so funny!

If you like hot sex, funny characters, a boy who loves his family, and a Hippy Hotpants (aka Harley) who really doesn’t know what hit him, you are in for a treat. This book will be one of your top reads too!






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Audio Review: Loving Jay by Renae Kaye – Narrated by Dave Gillies

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Title: Loving Jay

Author: Renae Kaye

Narrator:: Dave Gillies

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 24 Minutes

At a Glance: Easily in the top 5 of my favorite audiobooks.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.

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Review: Loving Jay, the book, is an exceptional read. Listening to Loving Jay, narrated by Dave Gillies, is like taking a trip to Australia for the mere price of an audiobook . It’s easily in the top 5 of my favorite audiobooks.

Loving Jay by Renae Kaye has won countless awards, all very deserving, and adding Dave Gillies as the narrator for the audio version was just a genius move. His vocalization took the whole book up a notch. Now not only was I listening to a great book, but I was able to escape to Australia by way of an incredible narrator. I laughed, I cried, I worried for Liam coming out to his family, and most of all, I celebrated the love that Liam and Jay were able to find. It was such a win-win for me as the listener.

Would I recommend that you buy the audiobook of Loving Jay, even if you have read the book. OH, HELL YES!!! My recommendation is read the book first and then listen to the audio. You will enjoy the book, it’s a great story about love. Listening to the audio is like going on a vacation. I’d never heard of Perth, Australia, but now I am searching out travel blogs about Western Australia and planning my next trip to go there. Thank you, Renae and Dave, you opened up another part of the world for me.






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Interview and Giveaway: Safe In His Arms by Renae Kaye

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TNA: Hi, Renae, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Renae: Hi TNA.  Thank you for having me on your blog.  I’m so excited I’m jumping in my chair.  And yes, I’m always excitable. 

A bit about me? I usually tell people “I’m just a mummy.”  But don’t think I am trivialising the sheer hard work and determination that goes into that job. I think motherhood is one of the most important things we can be.  Writing is just my part-time hobby, because it takes a big backseat to my children and husband.  I have two “kidlets” – only 7 and 5 years old.  So still babies needing their mother.  The youngest isn’t even in full-time school yet. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

TNA BadgeCheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have coming up this week at The Novel Approach. 

As we head into this holiday week here in the states, I want to take a moment to say thank you so much for your support of what we do here each day. Without the encouragement of readers, authors, and publishers, we wouldn’t be here.

I also want to extend a special word of gratitude to my team of reviewers: Tina, Jackie, Lynn, Lana, Kim, Sammy, Jules, Kathie, Chris, Rena, and Taz. They are the foundation upon which I’ve been able to build TNA into what it is today, and I’m humbled and honored to work with each and every one of them, so thank you!

And now, here’s what’s on tap in the week ahead.

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MondayCharlie Cochrane kicks off the week today on the Best Corpse for the Job blog tour.

Susan Mac Nicol’s Love You Senseless review blog tour also hits TNA today, with a giveaway

TuesdayGregory Jonathan Scott’s Take to the Sky blog tour stops in with a steamy little excerpt and a giveaway

Talia Carmichael is also here with a guest post on the Best Laid Intentions blog tour

WednesdayRhys Ford is with us today with “State of the Rhys” and a cover reveal of the upcoming DSP Publications release Black Dog Blues

Jane Davitt also makes us a stop on the Lucky Strike blog tour

ThursdayIt’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US, so we’ll give thanks to John Goode for stopping by on his Going the Distance blog tour, with a giveaway

FridayRJ Scott joins us today on her Texas Fall blog tour, with a giveaway

Saturday Renae Kaye is our closing guest this week on her Safe in His Arms blog tour and giveaway

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And that does it for this time. Until next week, happy reading!

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Renae Kaye, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye

Title: The Shearing Gun

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since. Continue reading

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Review: The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye

Title: The Blinding Light

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man. Continue reading

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A Man Must Accept A Few Truths On The Way To Love In Renae Kaye’s “Loving Jay” – Reviewed by Jackie


“The thing about denial is that it doesn’t feel like denial when it’s going on.” ― Georgina Kleege


Title: Loving Jay

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.
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