Sunday, March 27, 2016

Audiobook Review: The Merchant of Death (Playing The Fool #2) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

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Title: The Merchant of Death

Authors: Lisa Henry / J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 15th March 2016

Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins

Genre: M/M (crime / thriller)

Synopsis

All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message—via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

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Mark’s Review

OMG! Am I loving this series or what? I haven’t enjoyed an audiobook this much for a long time and all due thanks to the excellent writing from the authors and the wonderful narration. Love the characters, love the plot and love the voice characterisations of the narration.

The first book Two Gentlemen of Altona was left on a cliffy with Henry doing a bolt once again after receiving a phone call from his sister. Something is wrong and in this book we get to see more of the man behind the mask. Henry may appear to all intents and purposes as being flighty and somewhat superficial or shallow. But every human being has hidden depths and we learn in this book that there is most definitely more to Henry than meets the eye. His sister is in care due to a head injury that has left her with brain damage with a mental age of a small child. Although she can take care of herself in most respects she can’t really be left on her own. Henry has been paying for her care which costs nothing less than a small fortune all this time as he feels responsible for what happened to her. This impressed me greatly and my opinion of Henry shifted a lot from the flighty clown who can’t commit to see that there are all kinds of forces driving Henry and not all them the wrong ones. Yes, the man is most definitely growing on me more even if he would drive any normal person insane as he does with Mac.

Something is afoot in the care home and that is why his sister has done a runner and gone looking for Henry. Henry decides he needs to investigate as no one else is going to take her seriously. As they are twins it’s easy enough for Henry to slip into the role of his sister with the right clothes – lol! And this for me was one of the most entertaining aspect of the book for me. Henry dressed as his sister sort of introduces and pretending to be his sister introduces a kind of light hearted cross-dressing aspect. Especially when Mac gets involved to me surprise the rough and tough FBI agent seems to get quit turned on with Henry dressed as a woman. And of course Henry uncovers a lot more going on at the care home than he can deal with himself. He needs to involve Mac whether he wants to or not.

Things are also heating up for Mac. Mac has been set up and is under an internal investigation, he only needs to put one step out of place and his whole career is going to be on the line. He doesn’t need Henry getting him to even more trouble. But I can so understand Mac, who can’t resist the charms of Henry? As infuriating as he is you just can’t do anything but not love him. Seriously, the man is in many respects infuriatingly adorable. Of course Mac can’t say no either and starts to walk a thin line between trying to keep on the right side of the internal investigation but also helping out Henry. As for when Mac sees Henry the first time dressed as a woman he is seriously quite turned on. And of course once again the sexual tension is there – phew! Henry knows how much he feels for Mac but also feels that he can’t let himself fall for Mac due to who he is and is circumstances. It’s quite sad or tragic really that these things would stop someone from pursing what their heart is dictating. So as much as Henry is all smiles and fun on the outside on the inside he really is a torn soul.

As with any good crime story it’s always a cat and mouse situation and this for me also reflects their relationship too. Henry remains at least for Mac ever elusive and although Henry would so want more for Mac keeps his distance even though he feels this is not  going to make him happy. This is what I’M loving so much about this story are the layers and intricacies of the characters that both authors have created. They are not easy people so would a relationship even have a chance? That’s the big fat elephant sat in the room currently. In the first book it was like a comedy of errors, every time they were about to get down and dirty something always happened that kept them from finishing. Well, I'm delighted to say in this book the act is accomplished and consummated and how!!! PHEW!! I mean you could feel all that sexual frustration from both characters just pouring out. I think I was probably screaming with them too – lol! WOW, if you’re going to have a hot sex scene then you need to get the build up to it right in my opinion. If the characters are hopping in bed every five minutes then it becomes kind of cheap. Here we had a hell of a wait and when it happened, OMG!!!!! It was off the scale! An excellent piece of timing in the plot from the authors. Placed exactly right and when this dam broke it caused a tsunami of intense heat. I almost had to wipe the windows in the car from all the steam coming out of my speakers and of course not forgetting moi too!

And once again we end on a cliffy! Oohhh, this was so infuriating. Although it may sound as though I don’t like cliffies, to be honest I’m not being serious. I actually do like them, so I can’t wait for the next book. Heck it’s not very often that I get in all of a fever for sequels but this one can’t come soon enough. It’s one of those sequels that as soon as it is out I’ll be dropping literally everything I’m in the middle of doing, putting the pause button on and will be pressing play on this one quicker than the blink of an eye.

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To be honest I really haven’t got anymore to add on this score than what I said in my first review. this is by no means a cop out but more a compliment to the exacting high standards Nick has set that have remained constant and haven’t slipped or changed once. So if you wish to see what I’ve said already about Nick’s narration then just click on the review link below.

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Audio Excerpt

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Series Order and Purchase Links

2GentlemenFromAltona_Audiobook[3]Title: The Two Gentlemen of Altona

Authors: Lisa Henry / J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Riptide Publishng

Release: 11th February 2016

Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins

Genre: M/M (crime / thriller)

Synopsis

Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page—the world’s most irritating witness—alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.

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::: MARK’S REVIEW :::

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MerchantOfDeath_AudiobookTitle: The Merchant of Death

Authors: Lisa Henry / J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 15th March 2016

Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins

Genre: M/M (crime / thriller)

Synopsis

All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message—via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

STORY

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NARRATION

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Meet The Authors

Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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J. A. Rock

J.A. Rock has worked as a dog groomer, knife seller, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cashier, census taker, state fair quilt hanger, and, for one less-than-magical evening, a server—and would much rather be writing about those jobs than doing them. J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.

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