Friday, December 23, 2016

Audiobook Review: Foxe Den 2 Summer Vacation (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #5.1) by Haley Walsh

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Title: Foxe Den 2 Summer Vacation

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Published: 21st July 2016

Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins

Synopsis

Just like the original Foxe Den: A Holiday Collection, there is no mystery to solve in this novella. Skyler Foxe is a high school English teacher, now out and proud. He's "Mr. Foxe" to his students, and just plain "Skyler" to his posse of friends and his boyfriend, high school football coach Keith Fletcher.

In Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation, Skyler and Keith offer a beach party for the Gay-Straight Alliance kids. Two gay teens have an intimate moment in their own story, Skyler's friend Mike de Guzman experiences Skyle's favorite gay bar, Trixx, and finally, Skyler and Keith go on a backpacking trip.

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Mark’s Review

For some reason I always manage to turn the seasons around, maybe in a former life I was Australian – lol! Here we have Christmas with –5 outside and I’m listening to a delightful interlude in the Skyler Foxe mysteries set in the middle of summer, beaches, BBQs, swim wear, camping and sun cream. It couldn’t be further away from the truth sat here in my car wrapped up like an Eskimo to keep warm. But listening to this gave me at least all kinds of warm thoughts.

I love these little interludes between the full length stories as we take a break from all the action and sleuthing and it let’s us get to know our gang on a more personal level. It’s basically three short cameos and in the first Skyler organises a beach party for his students and the GSA. It was delight how Haley managed this with great understanding and empathy. Teenagers are not easy and have a whole world of raging hormones and emotional issues going on. It makes me suspect that Haley is a teacher in real life. The GSA takes off to the beach for the day and this was a great idea to create some great bonding between teachers and students alike. I was enthralled listening to these young adults talk about the many issues they face, opening up and beginning to trust each other more than ever, also one new romance on the way.

Alex and Rick get to deepen their love and understanding for each other, sweet. I loved how Haley deals with the sensitive subject of teenagers and sex. Here we have Alex and Rick who decide to go “all the way” this time rather than just having their teenage fumblings to date. This was all done with a great deal of empathy and I could feel the nerves and excitement coming from Alex and Rick as they talk and discuss it until they have the chance to go that extra mile. I could feel how this process made them grow up that bit more, teenagers becoming young adults who deepen their love and understanding of each other at the same time. I felt that maybe their first attempt at full on intercourse went a little more smoothly then I would have expected or even remember it from personal experience – lol! But hey, this is romance. Now they have broken through the final frontier then I guess for Alex and Rick practice makes perfect now.

The last episode had me laughing once again as Skyler takes to the wilderness. Yes, Sykler and Keith are very different here. Keith loves the whole “one with nature” thing, backpacking, camping, living on the bare essentials. As you can imagine not Skyler’s world but he gives it a go for Keith’s sake. Well, to be honest he actually does a very good job but after a few encounters with unmentionable wild animals, no home comforts and one spider bite, Keith decides to do camping Skyler style and book into a nice motel after giving up on the camping experience. I really liked how Skyler, determined not to disappoint Keith, gives it his best shot for his guy but some people are just nor destined to be at one with nature as others, Skyler likes his creature comforts too much. He is upset as he feels he has let his guy down by not being really able to cope or feel comfortable with the whole camping jock experience. However, Keith was wonderful too, realising his boyfriend is not really cut out for the whole wilderness adventure and that was also OK with him. I guess what I took from this little episode is, apart from some hilarious Skyler moments, they are both very different and have now learnt to appreciate and love the differences in each other more than ever.

Anyway, I have a bit of a wait now until the next book comes out on audio but as soon as it does I’ll be grabbing it and pressing play. I’m enjoying the audio version so much I don’t really want to start reading the printed version. I’m having too much fun listening to Joel narrate these wonderful characters, so I guess I’ll just have to patient for now. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up listening to the Christmas short in the middle of summer – LOL!

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Meet Hayley Walsh

Haley Walsh tried acting, but decided the actor’s life was not for her. Instead, she became a successful graphic designer in Los Angeles, her hometown. After fifteen years of burning money in the ’80s and early ’90s, she retired from the graphics industry and turned her interests toward writing. She became a freelance newspaper reporter, wrote articles for quirky magazines, published award-winning short stories, and now writes an acclaimed gay mystery series, the Skyler Foxe Mysteries. She’s lived all her life in southern California, sampling wines and chomping chocolate. Yeah, it’s a living.

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Title: Foxe Tail (#1)

Author: Hayley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 14th April 2015

Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins

Synopsis

Gay teacher Skyler Foxe thought teaching English was murder. Wait till he falls into the real thing.

Skyler Foxe is a brand new English teacher in his hometown of Redlands, CA. He loves literature, loves his students, loves his friends, especially his best friend Detective Sidney Feldman. But he doesn't love keeping his orientation a secret, afraid of the backlash in this conservative county. But will murder thrust him into unwanted limelight?

Who killed the principal's son outside a gay dance club? And what's the connection to James Polk High? Is the macho football coach or his mysterious and gorgeous new assistant coach involved? Can Skyler trust anyone at the high school when there seems to be conspiracies around every corner?

©2010 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson) (P)2015 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson)

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Title: Foxe Hunt (#2)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 21st July 2015

Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins  

Synopsis

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe finally hooks up with gorgeous assistant football coach Keith Fletcher. But is the man what he seems to be? Skyler still has his doubts when he spies Keith in some shady circumstances. And there are still some unanswered questions as to what exactly is going on at the high school. Who thought high school could be so sinister? Meanwhile Skyler's friends from college have their own problems. Lovers and partners, Evan and Jeff were kicked out of the army for Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the depressed Evan is found dead. Suicide, says the police, but Skyler thinks otherwise. It's Skyler Foxe on the hunt for a killer once more!

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Title: Out Foxed (#3)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 13th August 2015

Synopsis

While chaperoning a high school dance, English teacher Skyler Foxe has just been dragged out of the closet by the hunky assistant football coach - a man he thought he knew. But when Sky discovers Keith has been keeping a big secret, he breaks it off, leaving both of them lonely and confused. With troubles mounting from the press, angry parents, confused students, Skyler's own mom, and a murdered teacher, what's a boy to do but discover - once and for all - who's behind all the dirty doings at James Polk High?

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Title: Foxe Den (#3.5)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 14th September 2015

Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins

Synopsis

Foxe Den follows high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his friends throughout the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Along the way, Skyler gets to inflict his mother on his boyfriend Keith, meets Keith's parents, and just generally tries to navigate the treacherous waters of a brand new relationship.

Unlike the novels, this novella hasn't any mystery to solve. It's the sort of stuff that happens between characters once the audio has ended.

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Title: Foxe Fire (#4)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 4th February 2016

Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins

Synopsis

Can out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe find the Redlands firebug before he falls prey to a killer?

High school  English teacher Skyler Foxe is now out and proud, even though a few months ago he had no intention of being so. But since the cat is now out of the bag, he embraces it as well as his boyfriend, head football coach, Keith Fletcher.

But who is that good-looking gay parent hanging around Keith, causing mischief at the school as well as in Skyler's private life? And then someone from Skyler's past returns, stirring up trouble. Add to that a firebug and suddenly everyone seems up to no good, especially when a smoldering corpse is found outside of the local gay bar.

Skyler can't help himself and he gets up to his old sleuthing tricks once more.

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Title: Desert Foxe (#5)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 4th April 2016

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins

Synopsis

Skyler and his friends go to Palm Springs for the annual White Party and find murder!
Out and proud high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his posse of friends go to the annual Palm Springs White Party for a weekend of fun, frivolity, and luscious men. But there are boy troubles of all kinds ahead. Skyler's boyfriend and high school coach Keith Fletcher has to endure an embarrassing number of Skyler's former hook-ups, one of the SFC might be going solo, Skyler encounters unexpected and unwelcome participants at the party, and there's a murder on the dance floor, literally at Skyler's feet! Both Skyler and Keith are drawn into investigating more than murder when the FBI asks Skyler to do the unthinkable.

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Title: Foxe Den 2 Summer Vacation (#5.1)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Published: 21st July 2016

Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins

Synopsis

Just like the original Foxe Den: A Holiday Collection, there is no mystery to solve in this novella. Skyler Foxe is a high school English teacher, now out and proud. He's "Mr. Foxe" to his students, and just plain "Skyler" to his posse of friends and his boyfriend, high school football coach Keith Fletcher.

In Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation, Skyler and Keith offer a beach party for the Gay-Straight Alliance kids. Two gay teens have an intimate moment in their own story, Skyler's friend Mike de Guzman experiences Skyle's favorite gay bar, Trixx, and finally, Skyler and Keith go on a backpacking trip.

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