A Lila Audiobook Review: Just Add Argyle (Fabric Hearts 3) by KC Burn and David Ross (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.

Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.

Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.

Just Add Argyle is the best one in the series so far. Most likely because we have known Jaime since book one and we have witnessed his longing for love and his support for his friends–plus the love for his family. We are all cheering for his happily ever after and he finally gets it.

Tate is perfect for Jaime. With all his troubles and childhood issues, he still a good man with a penchant for children and the needy. I love the way he always tried to help others even when he gets in trouble for it. He’s more about taking action than looking into consequences.

Putting Jaime and Tate together we get to see what a loving relationship is all about. We see them taking care of each other and trying to help the other to achieve their potential. Also, their relationships with others are relevant to their love story; giving us updates from the previous couples.

Overall, this is a quick read with a mismatched pair that fit together. Their lives aren’t easy but they work together to move forward and nurture their love and future.

David Ross once again did an excellent job voicing not only the main characters but those we have met in the previous books in the series. It’s nice to connect the voices with their previous actions.

On the cover by L.C. Chase, we get to see Tate wearing one of this lucky argyle vests. It goes with the other covers and the adaptation of the e-book cover.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner | Audible | iTunes

Audiobook Details:

Narrator: David Ross
Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes

Published: July 21, 2017 (Audio Edition) by Dreamspinner Press
ASIN: B0742K3BGH
Edition Language: English

 

Series:  Fabric Hearts
Book #1: Tartan Candy
Book #2: Plaid Versus Parsley
Book #3: Just Add Argyle

An Alisa Audiobook Review: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride #3) by Pat Henshaw and David Ross (Narrator)

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

behr-facts-audioBig, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

 

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

 

This is a nice continuation in this series.  Abe has pretty much considered himself asexual as he has never found someone who has really awakened his attraction before.  He is surprised when he realizes that he is definitely attracted to Jeff and doesn’t know what to do about it, it gets harder when he realizes he is in love.

 

We see this story from Abe’s point of view giving us a good view of his thoughts and feelings and how he is quite oblivious to many things going on around him.  I love seeing Abe stand his ground against the naysayers in his family and community when he realizes that there is a problem.  I had a bit of confusion with a few of the secondary characters actions and things they were saying at one point and then completely contradicting it a little bit later.  It didn’t take away from the story, but just left a little niggle in the back of my head trying to figure out what was going on a bit.

 

David Ross once again did a wonderful job narrating this story.  I was able to connect with the characters through his he showed the characters’ emotions in his reading of the story.  He accurately portrayed Abe’s confusion of his feelings and what actions to take.

 

Cover art by AngstyG is great and gives us a great visual of the characters and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Audible | Amazon |  iTunes

 

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 2hrs 59min
Published January 5, 2017 (ebook first published October 28, 2015)
Edition Language: English

Series: A Foothills Pride Story

An Alisa Audiobook Review: Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride #2) by Pat Henshaw and David Ross (Narrator)

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

redesigning-max-audioRenowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires Fredi to revamp his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fredi is an out-and-proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes he remodels, and Max is just too hunky for words.

 

When Max comes on to Fredi, the designer can’t imagine why. But he’s game to put a little spice into Max’s life, even if it’s just in the colors and fixtures he’ll use to turn Max’s dilapidated cabin into a showplace. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually?

 

Max, for his part, is grateful when Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally. Coming out is the most exciting and wonderful time in his life, despite the conservative former friends who think they’re saving him from sliding into hell.

 

This story is a wonderful continuance in this series.  Fredi is a little sad when he’s with his friend Jimmy and his boyfriend; he has to learn to jump in if he wants what they have in spite of the consequences.  In addition to being known for his interior design, Fredi is also an award winning architect.  He is amazed when he gets to visit Max’s home and expects something similar to his cabin, but gets the exact opposite.

 

This story is told from Fredi’s point of view, which gives us a good view of his thoughts and feelings.  We still get to see the other characters pretty clearly, even if Fredi doesn’t see it at the time.  I love how Max isn’t willing to let others’ prejudice affect his chance with Fredi and sees the light at the end of the tunnel when things go bad.  It was nice to see how each of them admired the other, but didn’t know it until they began talking about their interests.

 

David Ross did a wonderful job narrating this story.  I was able to connect with the characters through hos he showed the characters’ emotions in his reading of the story.  We got to see Guy and Jimmy a bit which is always nice.

 

Cover art by AngstyG is wonderful and gives a great visuals of the characters and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Audible | Amazon |  iTunes

 

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 2hrs 55min
Published December 20, 2016 (ebook first published July 29, 2015)
Edition Language: English

Series: A Foothills Pride Story

An Alisa Audiobook Review: What’s in a Name? by Pat Henshaw and David Ross (Narrator)

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

whats-in-a-name-audioBarista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Bar rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

 

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.

 

While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

 

Jimmy’s life seems to be in shambles with his boyfriend leaving the bar with a different man, but Guy takes care of him.  Guy’s name is a mystery to Jimmy and wants to learn the name of the man so generously taking care of him.  Guy continues to stay by his side when some locals start to have problems with him opening a new store.

 

This story is told from Jimmy’s point of view, which gives us a good look at his thoughts and feelings, but we are able to see the other characters fairly well even though Jimmy was a bit oblivious at times.  Guy is so patient with Jimmy’s questions and sweet I loved him from the beginning.  Guy and Jimmy are just perfect for each other and they are both willing to make their quick building relationship grow and develop.

 

David Ross did a wonderful job narrating this story.  He did a wonderful job of showing the characters’ emotions in his reading of the story.  It helped with connecting to the characters even more than the story already did.

 

Cover art by AngstyG is wonderful and gives a great background for the story and visuals of the characters.

 

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Audible | Amazon |  iTunes

 

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 2hrs 49min
Published October 21, 2016 (ebook first published January 21, 2015)
Edition Language: English

Series: A Foothills Pride Story

A Lila Audiobook Review: Tartan Candy (Fabric Hearts #1) by K.C. Burn and David Ross (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

tartan-candy-audioFinlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.

Tartan Candy is an interesting take on the old porn start troupe. I like the idea of Raven working as an escort after his accident. It shows how well he knew what he wanted and how to achieve it after life threw him a curve ball. There’s no shame in his profession and he consider it a career but not a permanent one, thought.

The way the main characters met is charming and interesting–a good story to tell the grandkids. Caleb and Raven have great chemistry from the very beginning and the way they deal with their attraction is fun and realistic. Their banter is refreshing and Raven’s introvert side works well with Caleb as a family man.

There are many secondary and guest characters and all play a part in the story. Through them, we learned more about the MCs and how their lives were changing with every moment they spent together. Their stories were simple but filled with meaning. The author did an excellent job creating the world in which they all fit.

Some parts were a bit too detailed when those details were irrelevant to the overall story. Also, the ending felt rushed, too soap opera like, and too perfectly wrap. Don’t get me wrong, I love a HEA, but I like to experience how the characters took the time to get there. This is a good story, it just needed a little something to make it great.

I enjoyed David Ross’s narration. The characterization fit and the story flows easily from one scene to the other. The voices were natural and the listener only needs a couple of pages to get used to the voices and the story.

The cover by L.C. Chase gives the reader a basic visual of Raven’s looks & tartan kilt without getting into specific details about his appearance.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner | Audible | iTunes

Audiobook Details:

Narrator: David Ross
Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes

Published: October 10, 2016 (Audio Edition) by Dreamspinner Press
ASIN: B01LY3TQ03
Edition Language: English

 

Series:  Fabric Hearts
Book #1: Tartan Candy
Book #2: Plaid Versus Parsley