Sunday, March 06, 2016

Audiobook Review: The Two Gentlemen of Altona by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock


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)


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

WOW, did I love this audiobook or what? I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to the end. A delightful story which is as serious as it is comical at times.

Mac works for the FBI and is called to a shooting in the house of a mob boss’s aunt who has always managed to escape being arrested. However, this time there is a witness and there’s the chance of putting him away if the witness testifies. This witness is Henry, or George, or Blake or Sebastian - lol! That’s the thing, the witness is conman who was doing over the mobster’s aunt for money. I’ll call him Henry in this review because that is the name he mostly goes by for the book, but my what a slippery character he was.

I loved the balance of these two characters. Mac is the serious, emotionally stunted, macho, FBI guy. He just oozes manhood and sexual pheromones like no tomorrow. Someone to go weak at the knees for. But his emotional  side is well hidden even from himself, the typical alpha male.

Henry has more layers than an onion. Well, that’s his job. You never really know who the true person is as he never shows it. Although he is a conman he doesn’t do violence or guns. With him witnessing the shooting lands him in more trouble than he bargained with let alone can cope with. I just loved this character, funny, snarky but you also get fleeting hidden depths to him that maybe somewhere there is a real person behind the many masks. It’s his job to be many different people and he probably doesn’t even know himself who is anymore - lol! He is a little younger than Mac, cocky, self-assured and in his own way totally adorable.

Complete opposites in many ways but they also complement each other too as what the one doesn’t have the other one does and that in heaps. I just loved the banter, how he drives Mac absolutely nuts but Mac can’t stop being attracted to him. A totally annoying but loveable smart ass who infuriates Mac, but whom he also finds himself becoming attracted too. Just like a moth is drawn to a flame, so is Mac with Henry. I mean that’s Henry’s talent to get people to like him.

Henry has to come under witness protection and that means Mac and Henry have to hole up in a remote cabin. Despite the fact that Mac finds Henry totally exasperating he still finds something good and adorable in Henry. Again the dialogues between these two sometimes were hilarious, but then this is balanced out with the serious business of crime. It’s not long before their cover is blown and they have to run again. Henry would normally just do a runner and not look back twice but he feels drawn, obligated, attracted to Mac in some unexplainable way which leaves him in a quandary and brings him back to Mac.

The other thing that had me laughing in spades too was the fact that every time these two guys end up with their trousers around their ankles and are about to have their wicked way with each other then something always interrupts them where their having to put their clothes back on as quickly as they had ripped them off. Geez, not once did either manage to get to an orgasm but it had me hooting with laughter in the end all the same to see what had happened this time to interrupt their fun. Hopefully, they have more luck in the second book. So in the best tradition of Shakespeare’s comical plays, yes there is a bit of Shakespeare in here too with one absolutely hilarious scene even the title is a play on words, I loved every minute of it.

I was enthralled with this book and the authors have done a great job in creating two fantastic characters. An excellent thriller style story with a lot of funny moments thrown in. A super balance that had me wanting so much more from Mac and Henry at the end. I guess I’ll just have to wait until book 2 is now released now. SO EXCITED!!!!!


Nick J. Russo is a new narrator for me and I was thrilled at what an excellent job he has done. Everything was perfect! The voice characterisations were spot on, giving Mac the hard, emotionally stunted voice that was need and also Henry’s voice was super. I could imagine being sat in a car with him nattering on twenty to a dozen without pausing for breath. But more than that, the playfulness and cheekiness of Henry really came across wonderfully. I sincerely hope the Nick will be narrating the further two books in the series. I have now gotten so used to hearing these wonderful characters it would be a real shock to the ears of the following books were to be narrated by someone else.


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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.



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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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your review. I am not an audiobook fan, but this definitely looks like a story I would like to read. Another title to add to the TBR mountain!