Fire Inside by Dawn Douglas ~ Audiobook

FireInsideAUDLGTitle: Fire Inside

Series: N/A

Author: Dawn Douglas

Narrator: Randy Fuller

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 3 hours and 12 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (02-23-2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

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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Reviewer: Tams

Review: Ebook review June 2014

Short, Sexy and Steamy! My three favorite colors!!

Retired Marine Eric Ramos is taking on civilian life as the personal assistant/bodyguard for a Professional Basketball player that hasn’t had the best of luck with his staff. After fighting for our country as a marine, suffering from PTSD and dealing with ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the military… Eric is pretty sure he can handle one spoiled basketball player. Boy does he have his work cut out for him.

From the first meeting Eric is mesmerized with the tall, lithe basketball player with white blonde curly hair and sad eyes. Tyler Haley is very much like a child. Perhaps growing up in the system robbed him of something that he is now starving for, a life unlived.

Eric quickly learns how Tyler works, his little ticks and what sends him over the edge. Tyler suffers from panic attacks and he is oddly very shy and withdrawn. Over the first few weeks that Eric and Tyler work in close quarters, Tyler stars to let down his guard and get more comfortable with Ram (what Tyler calls Eric).

Little by little Eric begins to peel back the layers that Tyler hides under and they get under one another’s skin. But just when Eric thinks that he’s figured out how to care for Tyler and keep him safe and happy, the damn bursts. The one promise Eric made to himself, that he wouldn’t fall for his client, is about to become a very easy promise to break.

I loved everything about this little story! Eric is this large and in charge semper fi ex-marine that storms into Tyler’s life and makes Tyler feel something he never thought he could feel, safe and comfortable. Tyler is a conundrum. Very strong and confident on the court but so childlike and insecure at heart.

When you learn Tyler’s story, what he went through growing up, it will break your heart. And for him to have someone there to love and protect him in that most vulnerable moment when he finally tells someone the truth, feels comfortable enough with someone to tell them the truth, it’s a thing of beauty.

Must read for fans of the genre. If you love a short story that has a lot of charisma and charm, along with passion and slow burning love, you will love this book!

Audiobook review March 2016

The story was narrated by Randy Fuller and while I thought he fully captured Ramos with the tone he chose for him, his voice is very mature so the tone for Tyler sounded too old for him.

This is one of the audio books that wasn’t quite as good for me as the written version. It was an enjoyable listen, the tones, inflections and nuances were all there and in the appropriate fashion, and I just couldn’t get used to the tone for Tyler.

I’d still say you would probably enjoy listening, definitely would enjoy reading.

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Saints Save a Sinner by Dawn Douglas

SaintsSaveASinnerLGTitle: Saints Save a Sinner
Series: 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
Author: Dawn Douglas
Genre: European/ Historical
Length: Novella (80 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: William Arthur Ainsworth, second son of the Earl of Cannahan, has just purchased a Lieutenant’s Commission in the Coldstream Regiment, British Foot Guards. A new officer, Will shows promise and is taken in hand by experienced Scottish Sargent Duncan Blair.

Friendship grows into affection and desire as the men fight the French from Egypt to Sweden and back to the Spanish Peninsula through the six coalitions of the Napoleonic Wars. A bloody defeat in Spain and tragedy at home pull William away from service in the British Army and turn him from an officer to an earl, but status, time, and distance combined can’t change Will’s feelings for Duncan.

When a hard-won peace is finally achieved, Will realizes the most important mission he may ever undertake will be convincing Duncan that the end of the fighting can mean the beginning of their lives together.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”

ISBN: 978-1-63476-409-4

Reviewer: Shorty

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6543&cPath=63_1424

Review: This story takes place in a time where positions were bought and homosexuality was unheard of. William has purchased a Lieutenant’s Commission in the Coldstream Regiment, British Foot Guards. I must say I found this odd as surely the men paying for positions were not trained for them to begin with so it baffled me as to how they knew how to do the job required of them to begin with. Scottish Sargent Duncan Blair shows Will the ropes and the two grow closer as the story progresses.

I was saddened by the fact that a war was needed at all and the fact that Will was pulled away by a tragedy causing the two men to not be able to see one another until many years later. Though this was a good story, I found it hard to believe that in the time period these two were in that they could be together without being discovered. It just did not seem real to me.

It was an o.k. read.
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