5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Lane Hayes, Narration Rating, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Amy

Audio Review: Better Than Friends by Lane Hayes – Narrated by Tyler Stevens

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Title: Better Than Friends

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 25 Minutes

At a Glance: There isn’t single thing I would change about this book.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.

Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He’s attracted to Curt’s quick wit and easy manner but most of all, to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey which reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their share of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in a future if they are to have one together.

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Review: Oh, where to begin!!!!! This was my first book by Lane Hayes, and I cannot express  how impressed I was by this book. I figured out pretty quickly that this was not the first book in this series, but it truly didn’t affect the story or my comprehension of it. I ADORE Curt and Jack…who doesn’t love the bad guy motorcycle character? What surprised me was how much I was rooting for Curt from the beginning. He was so loveable with his meticulous ways, well almost all of those ways…he is a slob at home, which makes for some fun conversation with Jack throughout the story. The relationship is built slowly and was extremely satisfying. By the time I got to the first sex scene, I was totally hooked. Oh, and can I tell you Lane sure knows how to write sex. There isn’t single thing I would change about this book. I just wish I had read the first two books.

Narration: Tyler Stevens was the narrator for this book, and I also had never heard him narrate. When I first heard his voice, I had a negative reaction. He had a weird voice. By the second chapter I was sold, my gut reaction to this narrator’s voice couldn’t have been more wrong. He was skilled and kept the story moving along. He changed everything from the cadence of his voice to the sound of it with each character. As good as those sex scenes were written, Tyler read them just as well. I would highly recommend this listen, and look forward to reading more from Lane in the future.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, John Inman, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: Serenading Stanley by John Inman – Narrated by Tyler Stevens

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Title: Serenading Stanley

Author: John Inman

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 2 Minutes

At a Glance: I loved listening to Serenading Stanley, loved the fact there was more than one romance going on, and offer thanks to these wonderfully talented men

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city’s lost and lovelorn. Shy archeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed… which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane. Smitten, the hunky nurse with beautiful green eyes does everything in his power to woo Stanley, but Stanley has always lived a quiet life, too withdrawn from the world to take a chance on love. Especially with someone as beautiful as Roger Jane.

While Roger tries to batter down Stanley’s defenses, Stanley turns to his new neighbors to learn about love: Ramon, who’s not afraid to give his heart to the wrong man; Sylvia, the trans who just wants to be a woman, and the secret admirer who loves her just the way she is; Arthur, the aging drag queen who loves them all, expecting nothing in return—and Roger, who has been hurt once before but is still willing to risk his heart on Stanley, if Stanley will only look past his own insecurities and let him in.

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Review: Since I gave an earlier review of the e-book version of Serenading Stanley, I mainly want to talk about the audio version in this review. If it came down to a choice between re-reading this book or listening to the audiobook again, the audio wins hands down. In the beginning, I wasn’t too sure about Tyler Stevens’ performance, but as he warmed up to the story, all I can say about his characterizations and how he performed his lines is that it’s an absolute joy to listen to. And what a sexy voice he has when it comes to the more intimate parts of this story.

Stevens’ narration of Stanley’s mother was to die laughing for, especially during the haircut scene when she was with Ramon, but he also did a fantastic job when it came to the more tender moments of the story, such as when Roger was beside himself convincing Stanley where his heart lay, or when Sylvia ended up at the hospital.

I loved listening to Serenading Stanley, loved the fact there was more than one romance going on, and offer thanks to these wonderfully talented men—John Inman for writing such an awesome and funny story; and to Tyler Stevens for an outstanding performance. They made Serenading Stanley well worth a read, a listen, and this book has earned a permanent spot on my faves shelf. I can hardly wait to re-read and listen to Work in Progress, the second installment in the Belladonna Arms series.






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5 Stars, Amy Lane, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: Shiny! by Amy Lane – Narrated by Tyler Stevens

Title: Shiny!

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 15 Minutes

At a Glance: Shiny! kept me engaged throughout

Blurb: Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can-and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street-it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer-God knows they both need one-and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s newfound sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?

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Review: Narrator Tyler Stevens is clearly having fun with this tale of a romance between Will and Kenny. Shiny! What a great title for a great audiobook and what a great cover. It just makes you smile!

I like the one-liners you sometimes find in books as much as the next person. A good one-liner can be sarcastic and funny and sometimes, can be just what you need to get through a bad day. And sometimes an audiobook with substance is one that makes you think or fills you with hope that love and respect can be found between two people that so deserve it. But rare is the author who can write well placed one-liners and give substance to the characters all in the same book. That is unless you are reading an Amy Lane book. She can make you laugh, cry and cheer for the characters, just about all in the same chapter. How does she do that? Not a clue, but that’s why I read the stories and not write them. She has a gift, a talent and a great sense of humor.

My job here is to tell you about an audiobook, to maybe help you decide if it’s worth spending your hard earned dollars on. My job is not to fangirl all over Amy Lane. I like that word fandom and am not sure if it’s a real word or a made up word, but it works when describing my favorite authors. Every book Amy Lane writes is worth reading and listening too. In both instances you finish her stories and are left wanting more, not ready to give up the world she has created. When you are listening to an audiobook narrated by Tyler
Stevens, you also don’t want to leave the world he has created with his voice. Both are worth the time and money spent. Stevens is clearly having fun with this tale of Will and Kenny’s romance. He captures Kenny’s voice, with all its attitude (shininess) and sometimes the hurt, as Kenny is learning how to trust again and admit what he really wants in a partner, and to stop looking for the “sparkly”.

He gives Will a voice that builds in confidence. Will was very quick to describe himself in the beginning of the story as “a totally average, normal, Christian-looking dude!” Tyler Stevens was able to build Will’s voice. At the beginning of the tale he did sound like an average, normal dude. When he discovers his “gayness,” he sounds like a kid in a candy shop discovering all sorts of new things. In the end he sounds confident, mature and completely in love. That’s what keeps a listener engaged, in my opinion. Not only did the story have a beginning, middle, and end, the narration did too. It kept me engaged throughout. Shiny! wins!






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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Lane Hayes, Reviewed by Traci

Tyler Stevens Brings Lane Hayes’s “Better Than Chance” To Life


“We don’t choose who we fall in love with, we only choose what we do about it.” ― Abdelrahman Ashraf Abuzied


Title: Better Than Chance

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 20 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Lane Hayes, Reviewed by Traci

Tyler Stevens Narrates This One So Much “Better Than Good” – Reviewed by Traci


“People are too complicated to have simple labels.” ― Philip Pullman


Title: Better Than Good

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 5 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.
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