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I enjoyed both the story and Tristan James' narration which, put together, made for a very enjoyable listening experience. Humerous bits in the book which made me smile when read, made me grin when they were narrated as Tristan gave the dialogue that little extra boost. It was great to revisit some of the other characters again - Miki and Donal especially - and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series. (Although I have a few Rhys Ford books in my TBT (To Be Listened to) Library so I'm a bit spoilt for choice)
I woukd recommend this for a bit of murder-mystery, romance & family solidarity with humour as well as the serious stuff. For the full experience, listen to them in order although it's not strictly necessary.
Lighter than the others in my view. Found myself laughing in more places at the odd humour
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Oh hell yes! Between the writing and the narration it is one of the best series in the genre right now.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Connor Morgan, of course. The way he loves Forest, the terms of endearment and emotion he puts behind that love is absolutely amazing.
Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?
Again, Connor Morgan. James takes Fords words and turns them into something solid with all the characters, but Connor is just another level.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was, had to split it up over two days though.
Any additional comments?
*** Updated December 21, 2014 to include both e-book and audio reviews ***
Tams e-book review from May 2014…
Conner Morgan is the eldest of the eight Morgan children and with that, he holds himself to a higher standard. He feels the burden of having to project a certain persona to everyone because of who his father is. Everything he thought he was is about to be called into question on his latest case. When one blonde haired, brown eyed, barefoot musician barrels into his life.
Forest Ackerman has had a very hard life. Used, abused and tossed out like trash by his own mother... unless she needed something from him, of course. He was saved by a man who saw the innocence of a child that needed to be protected. Forest found solace in his drums and the studio his dad owned, until an explosion tears his world apart and throws him right into the arms of a large, in charge and sex on a stick Irish cop. Conner Morgan.
Both men struggle with the attraction from the start, sort of. Forest doesn’t want to fall for a straight guy, but said straight guy keeps showing up at the coffee shop Forest works at, every day, making him impossible to ignore. And I don’t think Conner struggled so much with his attraction to Forest, as he did with this persona he had created for himself and a fear of not being what he thought his family wanted him to be.
After the initial explosion and the coffee shop bombing and then the hit and run, Conner finally admits his feelings for Forest. And once Forest is released from the hospital, Conner doesn’t give him much choice but to stay with him. So Forest gets a crash course in Morgan family politics 101 before these two even have a chance to define their relationship. Now this alone would send most men running, screaming and searching for the nearest EXIT. But not Forest. I think Brigid Morgan, the spitfire pixie matriarch of the Morgan clan, nails it when she tells Forest that his mother simply gave birth to him for her, for Brigid, that he was hers now. And unlike Mickey, Forest relishes the attention.
There was a lot more interaction with various members of the Morgan clan in this book, and I loved that. Classic Rhys Ford with drama, suspense, a mountain of bodies, a psycho killer and some hot, steamy, sweaty gay man sex dripping off of every page! I love the Irish and Gaelic terms that are used throughout this series and the strength of the family unit that is the Morgans. Every last one of them is fiercely loyal, stubborn, outspoken, full of piss and vinegar and carry an exorbitant amount of love.
Yes, if I really need to say it, this is a must read. You must read them in order as well to appreciate the Morgan family as a whole. As well as Mickey/Sinjin and Damien/Damie who it looks like will be staring up a new band, now that they found themselves a drummer. They just need a bass player. Oh, wait, Sionn’s best friend Rafe is a bass player. And this story ended with Quinn Morgan making his way up that tree!
Tams Audio review addition from December…
It is such a joy to listen to an Audio of a book I’ve already read, and find something new within the story. The relationship between Connor and Forest was so much more powerful when the characters were given a voice. To “hear” Connor call Forest a ghrá with so much emotion behind the word added even more depth to this story for me. Don’t get me wrong, Ford did a great job of conveying emotions with the written version and I devoured that copy. But to hear the strain in Connor’s voice when he is calling out to Forest after the bombing, to hear the love in his voice when he uses the Irish Gaelic term of endearment, hell, to hear the struggle in Forest’s voice as he slowly falls in love with his big, brooding, Irish cop, it was a thing of beauty.
Narrated by Tristan James who is fluent in the Irish brogue that is the Morgan Clan. And you will never be confused as to which Morgan is talking at the time, he has mastered the art of nuance and tone inflections so you always know when there is a shift in character. If you are like me and love to put a voice with the words on paper, then you are really going to get a treat with this one.
This is one of the best M/M series you can get your hands on right now, written by a well rounded author and narrated by a talented story teller. Definitely a must read and/or listen, but either way you chose to experience these stories, do so in order or you won’t understand a lot of what is happening from one book to the next. While each story is for a different couple, the core of the stories is a continuation of the characters relationships and how they develop as a whole.
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I want to be a Morgan. I love this series. There are only a few books I will buy the ebook and the audio and this is one of them. This is the 3rd book in the series and Connor Morgan's story. And be still my heart, Tristan James' voice!! My god the man could melt a glacier just with his voice. This story is a GFY as until Connor met Forest, he thought he was straight. But he adjusts his thinking with the help of his amazing family. Forest comes from an abusive childhood and was saved by a pot smoking hippy. Now his childhood demons are trying to kill him and Connor is determine to protect him at all costs. Good stuff all around with the trademark Rhys Ford body count.
I love all the MCs in this series, but I seriously want Donal and Bridget to adopt me, I don't care that I'm in my 40s. There seems to be at least one more book in this series and I look forward to it. But I really look forward if Tristan James continues to narrate it. Sooooo worth a credit.
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