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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3.5 Stars, Andrew Grey, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 3.5 Stars, Reviewed by Karen

Audio Review: Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey – Narrated by Randy Fuller

Title:  Fire and Ice (Carlisle Cops: Book Two) 

Author:  Andrew Grey

Narrator:  Randy Fuller

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Run Time:  7 hours and 14 minutes

At a Glance:  Listening to the audio, I felt disconnected from the story, and it just fell a little flat for me.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.

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Review:   About a month or so ago I read and reviewed the ebook of Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey,  and really enjoyed the story, so when the audiobook came up for review, I jumped at the chance to listen to it. Since it is the second in the series I also listened to Fire and Water prior to listening to Fire and Ice.

In most cases, I think reading a book then listening to the audio adds another layer of depth and emotion to a story for me. Unfortunately, in Fire and Ice that wasn’t the case. I felt connected to the characters when I read the story, and although predictable, I was cheering the guys on. Listening to the audiobook, on the other hand, I felt disconnected from the story, and it just fell a little flat for me.

I didn’t think in some cases that there was a whole lot of distinction between the voices for some of the characters, which made things a little difficult to follow in spots.  Where in the book I was enveloped in the emotion of the story, due to the inflection of the voices of the character, that emotion was lost to me throughout a lot of the narration.  Although the audio wasn’t my favorite, I do really enjoy the series, and I am looking forward to reading more as it continues.

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Amy, Scotty Cade

Audio Review: Acting Out by Scotty Cade – Narrated by Randy Fuller

Title: Acting Out

Author: Scotty Cade

Narrator: Randy Fuller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours and 49 Minutes

At a glance: I look forward to Randy Fuller’s next narration.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

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Review: I was so excited to read this story. Porn and military…I mean, how can you go wrong? Elijah comes home from service, but this was a bit confusing to me as I believe his family took all his money, but I felt this was never sufficiently addressed in the story. I would like to have had some closure with that situation.

In walks Royce and from that point, I fell in love with this story. I love the almost family-like environment that Royce creates at the abode. I also like that this is simply guys being guys. The sex scenes were HOT! The mystery as to who was stalking Hamish was a great mystery. Hamish and Elijah’s relationship was satisfying all the way up until the end of the book. I felt like it took the whole book to get to the climax…and then it was over before you knew it. I was left wanting more at the end. The book was over and I was in my car going, that’s it? Overall I loved this story, I just wanted a bit more of a wrap up.

Narration: Randy Fuller was new to me as a narrator. He did a wonderful job of narration. He has such a sexy voice, and it really translated well to the multiple sex scenes throughout the story. Characters distinguished themselves well, and I really enjoyed listening to him weave the story together. I look forward to Fuller’s next narration.

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dawn Douglas, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed By Carrie

Audio Review: Fire Inside by Dawn Douglas – Narrated by Randy Fuller

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Title: Fire Inside

Author: Dawn Douglas

Narrator:: Randy Fuller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 3 Hours and 12 Minutes

At a Glance: Fire Inside is an emotionally charged novella.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: After ten years as an active duty Marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler’s had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he’s going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.

Instead of the arrogant, over-privileged athlete Eric expected, Tyler is a big, blond, lonely twenty-three-year-old who needs more than just an employee to keep him in line. While taking care of Tyler, Eric changes from employee to friend, to something more. And when Eric realizes that something is burning the kid up from the inside out, he’s determined to find a way to help him before Tyler’s carefully constructed façade turns to ash.

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Review: Tyler Haley needs someone to love him – desperately. Outwardly successful and a basketball superstar, inwardly he is starting to crack under his insecurities and low self-worth. Brought up in the foster system and joining the NBA straight out of high school, he longs for a home and someone to see him as the man he is, not just for what they can get out of him. Tyler has issues, serious issues, and needs the strength that Ram can provide for him.

Captain Eric Ramos (or Ram) is straight out of the marines, and the same protective instincts that helped him shield his unit in war, he applies to working with Tyler. It’s almost like watching someone work with a skittish horse or animal in that Ram has to start small – just a home cooked meal – to get Tyler to trust him. By the end of the book you are really rooting for them, and I wish the author would have let us have just a couple more chapters of their life.

Randy Fuller does a fantastic job with the voices. The inflection he gave each character matched the inflection inside my head, so that really worked for me. Fuller’s voice, for me, was easy to listen to, and he made the story come alive. Sometimes with an audiobook you get lost in how the narrator makes the characters sound, and it can be disconcerting. Not so with this book. The narrator makes the story flow, and it was so enjoyable to listen to that when it ended, I wanted not only more story but more Randy Fuller to read it to me.

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4 Stars, Andrew Grey, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Maryann

Audiobook Review: Fire and Water by Andrew Grey – Narrated by Randy Fuller

Title: Fire and Water (Carlisle Cops: Book One)

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator:: Randy Fuller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 33 Minutes

At a Glance: Fire and Water was a very good book, and I thought the narration by Randy Fuller was also very good.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

Overhearing one of the officer’s comments about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

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Review: Redmond “Red” Markum is a police officer in Carlisle, where a bad drug is taking over the streets. Even though Red is courageous, kind and performs his job well, people are still afraid of him. When Red was younger, he was in a car accident that took his parents’ lives and left him scarred and disfigured. He tries not to let it bother him, but he has heard all the remarks and seen all the looks and still feels very self-conscious.

Terry Baumgartner is a young man who gave up a dream of being an Olympic swimmer. Terry let his good looks go to his head. His ex-boyfriend, James, has money and gave Terry anything he wanted. But James was always in control and took Terry away from his friends and his dreams.

After Red has dealt with one drug case, he gets another call about an incident at the Y. That’s where he first meets Terry, a lifeguard there. Red can’t help noticing how perfect the young man in the small red bathing suit is. Once Red has gotten the Y incident under control, he hears a remark that Terry makes to Julie, a co-lifeguard. Arthur, a paramedic who was called to the scene, also overhears Terry’s remark. He tells Red not to listen to them and invites Red to dinner at the Hanover Grill. It’s there that Red sees Terry again, and it’s there that Terry receives a bit of advice that will change the course of this story.

The next evening, Terry and Julie go to Lavelle’s, where they pick up meals to deliver to deliver to shut-ins. The deliveries go well for Terry, but at the last one, he is surprised when Red opens the door. Red is visiting with his Aunt Margie, the one who took him in after his parents’ death. When Terry shows up at her door, Red isn’t willing to let Terry in. Aunt Margie, however, smoothes things over and invites Terry to stay for dinner. When Terry gets a call on his cell phone, Red and Aunt Margie notice how frightened Terry looks, and then he makes a hasty retreat. Aunt Margie encourages Red to go after Terry to make sure he is all right. What will Red discover when he finds Terry? Will the mystery of the drug problem get resolved? Can Red and Terry both overcome their issues?

Fire and Water was a very good book, and I thought the narration by Randy Fuller was also very good. I could tell the difference between characters and their tones of voice. Fuller did a great job of narrating the various emotions. I read along with the audio and found some slight changes to the wording, which was all for the better. It made the characters’ manner of speaking a little more believable.

I would recommend giving Fire and Water a listen.

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