Black John by Amy Lane ~ Audiobook

BlackJohnAUDLGTitle: Black John
Series: Johnnies, #4
Author: Amy Lane
Genre: Contemporary
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Length: 10 hours and 41 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (03-20-2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts (only because I can’t give it 10!)
Blurb: John Carey is just out of rehab and dying inside when he gets word that Tory, the guy who loved him and broke him, has removed himself from the world in the most bitter way possible—and left John to clean up his mess.

Forced back to his hometown in Florida, John’s craving a hit with every memory when he meets Tory’s neighbor. Spacey and judgmental, Galen Henderson has been rotting in his crappy apartment since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his mobility, his looks, and his boyfriend all in one mistake. Galen’s been hiding at the bottom of an oxy bottle, but when John shows up, he feels obligated to help wade through the wreckage of Tory’s life.

The last thing John needs is another relationship with an addict, and the last thing Galen wants is a conscience. Both of them are shocked when they find that their battered souls can learn from and heal one another. It doesn’t hurt that they’re both getting a crash course on how growing up and getting past your worst mistakes sure beats the alternative—and that true love is something to fight to keep if your lover is fighting to love you back.

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Black-John-Audiobook/B00UXMO28Q

Reviewer: Tams

Review: John Carey came dangerously close to losing both his best friend and his business, snorting it up his nose. Instead, Dex stood by his side, only took a small percentage of Johnnies and shipped John off to rehab. Just when John thinks he has a handle on his addiction, he learns that the man who tore him apart, broke him down and made him the unfeeling bastard he is today is dead. And just like when he was alive, Tory has dropped his baggage at John’s feet.

Galen Henderson was a successful lawyer who had a home, a partner and a job he loved. One mistake left him unemployed, single and forever scarred. His lover of over four years came to visit him in the hospital after the wreck just long enough to tell him he had moved him out of their home and into a shitty apartment, oh, and dumped him before Galen could even get his feet under him again.

Misery loves company so of course Galen became friends with his new neighbor Tory, who was even more messed up than Galen was. When Tory’s old boyfriend John shows up after Tory’s death, Galen is determined to hate the big time porn star that dropped Tory on his ass to go off and make a name for himself. Galen wasn’t prepared for the truth, and he definitely wasn’t prepared to fall in love with John.

The two bond over their addictions, the pain of losing Tory and a mutual attraction that leaves them both sweaty and breathless. And while you would think an addict that is fresh out of recovery would fall right into one of Galen’s pill bottles, John will surprise you. He readily admits the nagging pull he feels to that bottle, that little voice inside his head that is screaming for a fix.

But he doesn’t succumb to it, for reasons beyond John’s comprehension at the start, he feels this need to try to help Galen. As well, Galen is drawn to John’s pain and inserts himself into the red heads life, helping him clean up the mess Tory has left of it.

They try very hard not to love each other, and oddly it is the shared grief over Tory, the disgusting and painful time they spend cleaning out Tory’s apartment, watching the goodbye video he left for John, that sends them over the edge. And once they admit their feelings the hard part begins.

It’s hard to put into words how much I loved this story. It is a cesspool of dark, dank, emotional turmoil that only Amy Lane could write and make you fall in love with these characters that are so broken by their own hand, even root for them to just shut up and love each other.

While the previous books in this series have always had the secondary character of the porn world, the life the guys lead on and off camera, this story replaced that aspect with the seedy world of addiction. And let me assure you that Lane hit that nail on the head. There is a part in the story when Galen winds up in the hospital and he is being treated poorly simply because of his addiction.

This really hit home for me, my sister is a recovering addict who was recently is a bad car wreck and received piss poor care in the ER simply because she was honest with the staff and told them she was recovering. That one five-minute rant from John when he went off on that nurse gave this story an edge of reality that made my skin crawl. Perfection Amy, just perfection!

Now when I first queued up this audio on my I-pod, I was disappointed that Sean Crisden wasn’t continuing his role as narrator, he has been replaced by Gomez Pugh. I didn’t want to like him. Over three books I’d gotten used to Crisden’s tones and inflections for these characters. Well, Pugh quickly wormed his way in there and took control of the story with his cocky, self-assured but slightly broken tones for John. Or his completely country bumpkin portrayal of Galen that had me laughing out loud.

John and Galen are probably the most volatile lovers in the series to date and Pugh truly conveyed those emotions, right down to every little moan, groan and scream. There is a scene where John is making a video for Galen while he is in rehab… God almighty Dayum, that was hot! The perfect merging of Lane’s writing and Pugh’s vocal chops really brought this story to life for me.

I could write a book on how much I loved this book. Well written and narrated, in-depth, dark, emotional, passionate, sometimes quirky and funny. Just go buy a copy so I can stop rambling, kay.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Phrenzy by Kelex

91AfgdQgn1L._SL1500_Title: Phrenzy
Series: Fire Dragons, #2
Author: Kelex
Genre: Paranormal/ Shape-shifter, Dragons
Length: Novella (108 Pages)
Publisher: Twisted Erotica Publishing (April 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Having lost his human mate over 700 years before, Phrenzy had given up hope his lover would be reincarnated and returned to him.

He’d failed to protect his Drakon’s mate, so destiny seemed willing to punish him forevermore without his as well. After finally earning Rhaege’s trust again, he’s photographed mid-shift, and pictures of him as human and as dragon surface, putting the entire race at risk. Charged with finding the photographer and having him recant, Phrenzy rushes to stop the potential firestorm the pictures could cause.

Photojournalist Diego Guerra has stood on the sidelines of life, a witness to the world around him. Dreams of dragons and a dragon lover have haunted him for years, making him withdraw from others. When he sees the powerful man shift into a dragon, he knows he’s crazy, but photographs the scene in hopes he’s not—especially considering his deep attraction to his subject.

Can Phrenzy tempt his photojournalist to step from behind the lens and enjoy a rich life shared with him, or will the evil that threatens both the dragon and human worlds end their chances?

ISBN: 9781310404115

Product Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/429489

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Fire Dragon’s collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. This is the second book written by Kelex that I have read and I have got to tell you that it was just as fascinating as the first one. The world she has written about fascinated me and had me wishing to be there also.

These dragons went through so much to get where they are now. Now I must admit that I was not happy about the ending. Most people think that if they leave a cliff hanger than the person reading will want the next book, and that doesn’t normally work for me. I would just throw the book to the side and find one that works for me. That is not the case with this one.

Phrenzy not only failed to keep his Drakon’s mate safe, but after Rhaege lost his second reincarnated mate, Phrenzy’s mate also dies. He has watched Rhaege loose over seven mates by the present time, and his mate had not been reincarnated in over seven hundred years. He fears that his failure has made fate not give him his back. That is until his picture in midshift shows up in the paper. The little photographer just happens to be his. Phrenzy is a very big dragon with an attitude. He comes off a bit cross and always pissed off.

Diego has always dreamed of dragons since he was a child. He wanted to know if what he sees is true. So when an ice wall is found after a fire, he heads to see what it is. He made it just in time to see the men shift into dragons and managed to get it on film. Too bad his conscience bugs him about handing it over. He knows that if he goes back to tell the public that it was all fake he would more than likely lose his job. However when he finds out that the dragon he caught on tape was his mate, he knew what he had to do.

These are amazing stories but there is a bit of darkness that comes off with them. It doesn’t take away from the story but it is still there.

I can’t wait to read the next story. I can tell that from now on every book Kelex writes, I will more than likely be grabbing them up.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *