2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Katherine Halle, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Amy

Audio Review: Fixing the Hole by Katherine Halle – Narrated by Philip Alces

Title: Fixing the Hole

Author: Katherine Halle

Narrator: Philip Alces

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 2 Hours and 7 Minutes

At a Glance: The best thing about this story was Phillip Alces.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: Heavy rains and strong winds slammed an uprooted tree through Steve Crowell’s roof, leaving a gaping hole to match the one in his heart. After his ex left him for a younger man, Steve’s not sure he’s ready to handle another disaster. His best friend highly recommended the contractor, but the man’s already late, and when he shows up with his music thumping, Steve isn’t impressed—until Riley steps out of his pickup truck. Personable, gorgeous Riley talks a mile a minute, which Steve finds both ridiculously endearing and terrifying. Piecing together a heart isn’t as easy as fixing a roof, but Riley might just be the right man for the job.

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Review:  I love a great short story. There is definitely an art to writing a short story and developing a depth of character in such a short period of time. What I found with this story was that I like the characters well enough; I liked the big differences between the two characters, Steve, the more white collar, and Riley, the more Blue collar. I just had no vested interest in whether they got together or not. Fixing the Hole was kind of forgettable.

Narration: The best thing about this Story was Philip Alces, but I have a love/hate relationship with his work. I think he is an amazing narrator. I just personally don’t care for his voice that much. I find that you can have a great book turn bad with off-narration, but, in this case, Alces did everything he could to keep me interested. He always has great definition between his characters, and does a great job with his emotion. He improved this book for me.

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Audio Review: Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair – Narrated by Philip Alces

Title: Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator: Philip Alces

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours and 30 Minutes

At a Glance: Philip Alces is a new narrator to me. He did an outstanding job of telling the story and defining the characters.

Reviewed By: Amy

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.

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Review: Where to begin… If you have ever read Amy Lane, you expect and hope for certain things. She will make you laugh, cry, and cheer for her characters. Then she added my favorite band of all time, “The Beatles”, and one of my all-time favorite songs, “Blackbird”, and holy crap, that is a recipe for awesomeness.

Jeremy “rabbit” is in my top five Amy Lane characters. Who doesn’t love a broken soul put back together through family and the love of an amazing man? In the first book about Aiden and Jeremy, we got to see them fall in love, and to get to know the characters. This book was the journey that I never knew I needed or wanted. Amy delved into the inner workings of Jeremy, and more so, Aiden. In addition, all the characters had a big presence in this story. This wasn’t just Jeremy and Aiden’s story, it was just from Jeremy’s and Aiden’s perspective. I also didn’t think it was possible to love Ariadne more than I did already. I know these are gay romances…that doesn’t mean that every single character has to be a gay man. I feel that Amy is one of the few authors in the genre who does this well.

Narration: Philip Alces is a new narrator to me. He did an outstanding job of telling the story and defining the characters. Unfortunately, he has sort of a weird tone which contributed to the cadence that I didn’t care for, but this is just a personal preference. I don’t think that I would seek out this narrator in the future, but I wouldn’t turn an audiobook down because he narrated it.

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