5 Stars, A.J. Thomas, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Maryann

Audio Review: The Way Things Are by A.J. Thomas – Narrated by Ron Herczig

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Title: The Way Things Are

Author: A.J. Thomas

Narrator: Ron Herczig

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 9 hours and 20 minutes

At a GlanceA.J. Thomas has created a realism and vibrant characters in such an entertaining story.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: A night of drunken confusion at nineteen resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child. Determined to be there for his son, Patrick walked away from a sport he loved and forever hid his sexuality. After Patrick’s brutal divorce and a vicious hate crime, his son, Jay, has become obsessed with graffiti. Hoping for a fresh start, Patrick moves Jay to his childhood home in Seattle. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested again. On his way to pick Jay up, Patrick stops an assault, then finds himself in handcuffs too. Thinking things can’t get any worse, he’s confronted by the sexiest man he’s ever seen—his son’s new probation officer, Ken Atkins.

The hardest part of Ken’s job is working with difficult parents, and the undeniably handsome Patrick Connelly is going to be a difficult parent. A chance encounter and steamy hookup with Patrick leave Ken blindsided. As they work together to try to keep Jay on the right path, the passion between them proves impossible to resist. When the assault Patrick prevented comes back to haunt them and Jay gets into trouble again, Ken must convince Patrick that ensuring his son’s happiness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing his own.


Review: I just loved Ron Herczig’s narration of The Way Things Are. His voice has that touch of deep and gravely with a bit of a lazy drawl, and even though there wasn’t a big distinction between characters’ voices, the different levels of tone and pronunciations he used worked perfectly for each character. I really loved his portrayal of Jay. It makes you imagine a fourteen-year-old boy’s expressions. And he took Patrick and Ken, and made them come alive with their compassion and nurturing.

The story itself contains different kinds of love, that between Patrick and Ken, and tender father/son moments between Patrick and Jay. This is also a suspenseful story mixed with the drama of human trafficking, murder, and abuse. Both the e-book and the audio are well done and will not disappoint.

There is a very good review for the book written by Janet here at TNA, and I couldn’t agree with her more—A.J. Thomas has created a realism and vibrant characters in such an entertaining story.






You can buy The Way Things Are here:

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Cardeno C., Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 3 Stars, Reviewed by Amy, Self-Published

Audio Review: Strange Bedfellows by Cardeno C. – Narrated by Ron Herczig

Title: Strange Bedfellows

Author: Cardeno C.

Narrator: Ron Herczig

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 6 hours and 48 minutes

At a GlanceI have not met a book by Cardeno C. that I haven’t loved.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: Can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

As the sole offspring of the Democratic United States president and his political operative wife, Trevor Moga was raised in an environment driven by the election cycle. During childhood, he fantasized about living in a made-for-television family, and as an adult, he rejected all things politics and built a highly successful career as far from his parents as possible.

Newly elected congressman Ford Hollingsworth is Republican royalty. The grandson of a revered governor and son of a respected senator, he was bred to value faith, family, and the goal of seeing a Hollingsworth in the White House.

When Trevor and Ford meet, sparks fly and a strong friendship is formed. But can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.


Review: I am starting to place Cardeno C. on my auto-buy list, as I have not met a book by this author that I haven’t loved. What I think Cardeno C. is so amazing at is exceptional character development, and developing such a natural flow to the story—within and outside of the romance aspect. I really wasn’t excited to read a book about politics. Especially with the climate as of late. All I can say is, make sure you don’t let that stop you. Cardeno C. had me in love with Trevor from the start. I am typically not a fan of an introductory sex scene, but it worked in this case. I loved the dynamic of Trevor’s family life.

In stark contrast, I just wanted to shake, hug, love, and forgive Ford for who he is. Ford has amazing character, and truly wouldn’t make it in today’s climate of politics, as he is honorable. His family made me mad, but ultimately, the love between these two characters was the star. Wonderfully developed, I cannot recommend this book any more.

Narration: Ron Herczig was a new-to-me narrator. He did a good job with the story, and I really like him—with one exception—his cadence is entirely too slow. I mean, it is actually frustrating. If he spoke about two paces faster, I would have fallen all over him; however, the slow narration did lend itself well to the sex scenes. I wouldn’t look at an audio and see his name and say, “I MUST have that.” But he was sufficient.





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