Ace by Jack Byrne ~ Audio Review

Title: ACE

Author: Jack Byrne

Narrator: Jonathan David

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st March 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Jake Tanner is a gay asexual man who finds peace on his small Australian farm and is content to lead a quiet life taking care of his animals. Then a random act of kindness on his part sets in motion a complex series of events that results in him playing the piano in a local pub and meeting Damien Jamieson, a sexy gay biker with a penchant for leather. Damien finds Jake instantly irresistible, but that could be the worst thing for their budding relationship, as Damien is determined to bed the reluctant Jake. However, Jake has no intention of going along with his plan. If there’s a chance for anything between them, Damien will have to figure out how to turn Jake on without scaring him off.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Wow! I never understood fully asexuality and I think this story of sexual differences and strong attraction gives me a new insight. Jake Tanner has been hurt and rejected, living a life that has him both discriminated against my homophobes and ostracized as a prude by the gay men he’s been involved with in the past. No one understands, so he just avoids the frustration and heartbreak by not getting involved.

Damien is sex on a stick, with a kink for control that instantly scares Jake away. Which makes Damien’s strong attraction is pretty big problem. How can Jack not get turned on, how can he live a full life without the intense sexual interactions Damien is used to? It’s basic human nature right? Maybe the right person just hasn’t come along and Damien can convince Jack? But that can evolve into pain, and heartbreak, mistrust, and violation.

Will Jake ever find someone who understands him? Will Damien find the key to Jake’s heart and be what he needs in bed also? A great listen with surprising challenges and answers that are unique and passionate.

Jonathan’s narration is smooth with a good tempo, I only wish there was an Australian accent to go along with this outback story.

I really have enjoyed everything that Jack Byrne has put together and ACE is another excellent read.

Ace by Jack Bryne ~ Audiobook

Jack Bryne - ACE Cover AudioTitle: Ace

Author: Jack Byrne

Narrator: Jonathan David

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 hrs 37 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (31 March 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Jake Tanner is a gay asexual man who finds peace on his small Australian farm and is content to lead a quiet life taking care of his animals. Then a random act of kindness on his part sets in motion a complex series of events that results in him playing the piano in a local pub and meeting Damien Jamieson, a sexy gay biker with a penchant for leather. Damien finds Jake instantly irresistible, but that could be the worst thing for their budding relationship, as Damien is determined to bed the reluctant Jake. However, Jake has no intention of going along with his plan. If there’s a chance for anything between them, Damien will have to figure out how to turn Jake on without scaring him off.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK  

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I don’t know what to say about this book. I really do have mixed feelings about it. I’ve heard of Jack Byrne before but never actually read or listened to the audio of one of his books until now.

Set somewhere is country New South Wales or Queensland in Australia (not entirely sure which state), we first meet Jake, he is both gay and asexual where he works his farm. He meets a stranger who comes to town one day, sexy gay biker Damien Jamieson – who ends up being not so much a stranger Jake’s best friend makes their chance encounter perhaps a little more. Jake and Damien get to know each other more when Jake becomes something of a part time musician down at the local pub. That’s “the bare bones” of the story, as they say.

The story itself I have no problems with – the premise is interesting and totally hot for those that love a cowboy/jackaroo/country boy, as is the attraction between the characters. However, one thing that I found really difficult to get past was how the author handled the fact that his main character, Jake, is asexual. At times it felt like the usual trope along the lines of “he just hasn’t met the right guy yet”, which is comparable to a gay person being treated as that they “haven’t met the right girl yet”. I’m going to leave it at that but take that as you like – or maybe just ignore me, it all depends on your tastes after all.

As for the narration, again I didn’t have any outright objections to the narration. Jonathan David has a wonderful voice and helped me connect with Jake a little more than I would have if I had read the book. However, I am Australian, and we tend to go to the shortest, some may say laxiest, pronunciation if possible. While the narration has no real accent present there were a few glaring mispronunciations that had me wanting me skip over sections. For example an Australia pronounces “Melbourne” is “Mel-ben”, “Brisbane” is “Bris-bin” and chooks (slang for chicken) is pronounced the same as in “hooks”. These were the three mispronunciations, the very American “Mel-born”, “Bris-bane” and “chooks” as in “choo-ks”, which really grated on my nerves. There were a couple others but I won’t further bore you with details.

I think this is one of the take it or leave it – love it or hate it – type of stories. For me, while I didn’t hate it – hate is too strong a word – I am definitely going to leave it.

White Lies by Jack Byrne

26023552Title: White Lies
Series: N/A
Author: Jack Byrne
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (75 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 12, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Brent Winton is doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Since the death of their parents years ago, Brent is helping his younger brother Zach through law school in sunny Queensland, Australia. The boys share a cheap flat, and Brent works two jobs to support them, but Zach thinks the second job is merely bar tending.

In reality Brent has turned to gay prostitution to ensure that Zach has all the best textbooks and the up-to-date laptop he needs so he can focus on his studies. When hot Russian refugee Dimitri moves in next door, Brent finds him mesmerizing, but fears that if he gets involved, Dimitri will expose Brent’s white lies.

But Dimitri has a dark secret of his own, and the question becomes how either of them can learn to trust the other without blowing their cover.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-281-6-7

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6729

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have read one other book by this author and I am amazed at his gift. I didn’t much care for the prostitution part of the book though. It actually made me not like the book as much. That however is probably the mom in me. However it shows how much love Brent had for his brother.

Brent wanted his brother Zach to have all of the good things he would need to go to school. He was working two jobs to get it all done. The problem was he was selling his body instead of working the bar. Then Dimitri moves in next door and Brent is captivated. However he is afraid that his secret would come out.

What he didn’t know was that Dimitri has his own secrets. Although I have to admit that what I thought Dimitri had done was not what I had expected.

It is a really great book although at points it is a bit confusing. One minute the book is normal, then it skips, then back to normal. Like the part that it skips is something important about the other person.

Although it doesn’t take away from the story at all. I had a blast reading it and look forward to reading some more by this author.

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

Ace by Jack Byrne

AceLGTitle: Ace
Series: N/A
Author: Jack Byrne
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (210 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 15, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Jake Tanner is a gay asexual man who finds peace on his small Australian farm and is content to lead a quiet life taking care of his animals. Then a random act of kindness on his part sets in motion a complex series of events that results in him playing the piano in a local pub and meeting Damien Jamieson, a sexy gay biker with a penchant for leather.

Damien finds Jake instantly irresistible, but that could be the worst thing for their budding relationship, as Damien is determined to bed the reluctant Jake. However, Jake has no intention of going along with his plan.

If there’s a chance for anything between them, Damien will have to figure out how to turn Jake on without scaring him off.

ISBN: 978-1-62380-167-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6643

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was the first book I have read by this author and was quite surprised. I looked at the title first and though that it sounded good. Then I looked at the cover and was given a different look at the story. It doesn’t actually give you a good picture of the story itself. So the cover threw me off a bit. Then I read the blurb and thought that it would be a good story to get lost in.

What threw me the most with this story was the fact that Jake was not attracted to Damien the way one would think. He is in fact asexual. So not knowing really what that meant, made for me the story a little off. Jake is interested in getting to know him, but he doesn’t want him the way one would think.

Damien on the other hand wants Jake really bad. He wants to not only get to know him, but be with him. He is even willing to try to give Jake the time he would need. Though the whole story just seemed off because of it all.

I was fascinated to find out about asexuals and all of the stigma that seemed to go with it, but for me it was a drag. I want a love story with more desires, passion in all sorts of parts, and actually showing it. There is not a lot of heat for me. Although I was glad when Jake found out more about what he was, what to call his feelings. I don’t even know how to put that without sounding wrong.

This author has always given a story that captivates you and keeps your attention. For me however it didn’t actually give me what I wanted in a story. I was a bit lost throughout it all, and realized what I liked more and what I didn’t like about it. The characters however were beautifully written and you can tell that they have big hearts.

In fact you can tell that the author took his time and wrote with all his feelings for the story. For me that made it a lot more attractive, then those who just write for the pay. The story was written to captivate the readers and keep their attention. I would definitely recommend it to others.

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

Walkabout by Jack Byrne

22847697Title: Walkabout

Series: Sequel to The Billabong
Bushrangers: Book Two
A novella from the Dragon-ghosts of Viscaya Universe
Author: Jack Byrne

Genre: Historical (1876)

Length: Novella (70 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27th,  2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: In New South Wales, Australia, in 1876, sweating out a living from the savage, dry wilderness tests a man’s worth. Cattleman Jim Kelly gave up everything he knew to outrun the law with his lover Mark Turner. Struggling to survive, the two turn to crime and venture farther into the harsh outback. And while Jim is enthralled by Mark’s almost paranormal strength and physical power, he starts to question his love after seeing Mark’s explosive temper first hand.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5352

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: We pick up where Billabong left off, with Jim and Mark running from the law and finding work and sustenance where the can find it or take it. Though Mark resorts to holding up a small family wagon for food, Jim later realizes they not only paid for the food, but the holdup wasn’t even real.

Though Mark shows violence and hardness, those occasions where he does are to protect Jim or himself from life or death, or to right a wrong against old friends. Life as an outlaw isn’t quite what Jim had thought. Interesting characters are met along their route helping out as cattle hands, and things are going so well they let their guard down. That is until Mark and Jim overhear bad news in the small town after the end of their cattle run. Mark reacts, and the law comes down on them again, this time with no way out but the hangman’s noose. And that’s the cliffhanger Byrne leaves us with.

There are lots of hot and hard sexual encounters, my favorite being under the hot sun in a hard place! But I’ll save those deets for you, because you’ll want to grab this adventurous series set in the Australian outback with lots of hot cowboys and sexy men on the run!

The Billabong by Jack Byrne

18872690Title: The Billabong

Series:  N/A

Author: Jack Byrne

Genre: Historical (1800s)/Australian Outback/Gay For You

Length: Novella (70 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 27th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:
♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb: Having long ago lost his wife and children, cattleman Jim Kelly works the family farm in the harsh 1800s Australian outback, most days wondering why he bothers. That question is foremost in his mind when a venomous snake takes him by surprise. Another surprise comes when a skilled doctor is in the vicinity to save his life. But the third, and biggest, surprise for Jim is falling hard and fast for that man.

Life on the lam is tough, and bushranger Mark Turner simply wants to maintain his freedom as long as he’s able. Unfortunately, being a doctor, his conscience won’t let him leave a snakebite victim to die. Before he thinks about the consequences of his humanitarian actions, he’s both saved Jim and become smitten with him. But considering how Mark’s past could negatively impact any possibility of a future, maybe falling in love wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4420

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: This book was hot and intense from the start and I enjoyed the harsh climates and dangers of the Australian Outback. The buildup between the two main characters was electric, steamy, and powerful. Sometimes gay-for-you storylines are hard to swallow, but two men, outcast and alone in such harsh environments for long periods of time…I can totally understand it.

The adventure and reveal of Mark’s run-in with the law was a bit fast, but for a short story/novella, I suppose that is necessary. My only complaint, and I know it really doesn’t deserve one, is that it ends too soon, to abruptly…makes me wonder what Mark and Jim’s future holds.

All in all, a fast paced, adventurous, sexually charged book! I’m looking forward to reading more from Jack Byrne!