The Easy Way – Written by May Archer, Narrated by Michael Dean

Audiobook Review

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary:

Camden Seaver had it easy – a loving family, plenty of money, and the freedom to follow his dreams while his older brother, Sebastian, took charge of the family business. But when a tragic plane crash killed his parents, all the responsibilities he never wanted landed firmly on his shoulders. Now saddled with his crazy, grief-stricken brother and his dad’s multimillion dollar company, Cam doesn’t trust in dreams anymore. He’s forgotten what “easy” feels like.

FBI Agent Kendrick “Cort” Cortland learned the hard way that he couldn’t depend on anyone but himself. Before joining the FBI, the one constant in his life was his foster brother, Damon – and then Damon disappeared. Now, Cort is determined to find his brother and to bring down the man responsible for ruining Damon’s life, Sebastian Seaver. He’s got nothing left to lose.

When Cort’s investigation leads him to Seaver Tech…and Camden Seaver…what started as a quest for revenge and a one-night deception quickly turns into far more than either man bargained for. But how can either man trust in something that seems so easy? As long-held secrets are revealed, the attraction between Cam and Cort becomes combustible – an undeniable love that will either make or destroy them. Will Cam and Cort let their conflicting loyalties drive them apart? Or will they decide that sometimes love is the easy way?

Review:

Michael Dean has a voice that hits in all the right spots. There were moments his voice dripped along my spine and kept me mesmerized with Cort and Cam’s story. Out of everything, my favorite parts of narration were how he portrayed their text conversations. He captured the different tones and inflections for Cam and Cort’s responses, it felt like he knew them. He had a very alpha like quality to his voice.

Cortland is determined to find a way locate and clear his foster brother, Damon, of any wrongdoing in the Seaver plane crash. He didn’t expect to find Camden Seaver, very much the antithesis of what he was expecting to find. Geeky, self-conscious, and desperate to be anywhere but where he was. He wasn’t expecting to be so drawn to someone he was supposed to hate.

The attraction between Cortland and Cam, burned in all the best ways. When the first met, they challenged each other, teased each other, and found something completely unexpected in each other.

Cortland’s desire to be as many of Cam’s firsts, well, *fans self* it was just so good. The heat factor on this one is up there. He pulled Cam out of his shell, taught him how to experience life again after a devastating loss. Cam grounded Cort. He let Cort know that there were more people in life that he could depend on than himself.

The epilogue made me so happy. I needed to know what things would be between Cort and Cam after everything. And I got more of their text conversations. I probably smiled way too much at my desk at work listening to them banter back and forth.

This was definitely a book I was able to get lost in and loved listening to.

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Hush by Tal Bauer

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Five out of Five Stars

The Summary:

A federal judge running from the truth.
A U.S. marshal running from his past.
A trial that can plunge the world into war. 

Federal Judge Tom Brewer is finally putting the pieces of his life back together. In the closet for twenty-five long years, he’s climbing out slowly, and, with the hope of finding a special relationship with the stunning Mike Lucciano, U.S. Marshal assigned to his DC courthouse. He wants to be out and proud, but he can’t erase his own past, and the lessons he learned long ago.

But a devastating terrorist attack in the heart of DC, and the subsequent capture and arrest of the terrorist, leads to a trial that threatens to expose the dark underbelly of America’s national security.

As Russia beats the drums of war, intent on seeking revenge, and the United States struggles to contain the storm before it races out of control, secrets and lies, past and present, collide in Judge Tom Brewer’s courtroom. With the world’s attention fixed on Tom and this case, he suddenly discovers he may be the only person who can put everything together in time to stop the spark of a new world war.

The Review

I don’t think I have read anything by Tal Bauer that I haven’t loved. Hush was no different. It is a political thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was really going on all the while I was melting from the heat and romance between Tom and Mike. This is definitely a book that I want a physical copy to have on my shelf.

Federal Tom Brewer has been in the closet for twenty-five years and Mike Lucciano, the U.S. Marshal assigned to him, is the first man who has made him want to take a chance on and to step out of the closet. As their relationship grows, a terrorist attack in Washington DC and arrest of said terrorist, makes it difficult for Tom to be the man he wants to be when he’s thrust into the spot light. All eyes are on him as he sits as judge for the trial and being with Mike is harder than ever.

Mike and Tom are real. Mike is very active in the LGBT community, participates in a volleyball league and slowly pulls Tom away from his fear and teaches him that its okay to be who you are. Mike’s friends never pressured Tom to do more than what he was ready for. They didn’t make a big deal of the fact that he was a federal judge and that served to make Tom comfortable.

Tom was a bit shy, but once his affections were earned, he was so sweet. I loved that they held hands, cuddled, shared soft kisses throughout the entirety of the novel. That affection didn’t disappear after they had bone melting sex. There was a heat to their touches and conversations. They were a gorgeous couple.

So besides the heat factor (which I’m going to rate 10 out of 10), the political thriller plot held my attention as much as Tom and Mike’s growing relationship. It was something that (sadly) you could see happen in today’s political atmosphere. It felt real. The stress, fear, anxiety, anger – all of it was fitting and true.

Do yourself a favor and give this one a read.

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