DYEING TO BE LOVED
CURL UP AND DYE MYSTERIES SERIES, BOOK 1
AIMEE NICOLE WALKER
M/M ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
RELEASE DATE: 11.08.16
AUDIO RELEASE: 11.07.17
PHOTOGRAPHER: Wander Aguiar
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Listening Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head.
Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye Salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again – his heart.
Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future?
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My ringing phone woke me up. I was disoriented because it had grown dark while I napped on the couch with Diva and I momentarily forgot what day it was. I looked at the caller ID and was shocked to see who was calling me. I debated on letting it go to voicemail for about two seconds before I answered it.
“How are you doing?” Gabe’s deep voice warmed parts of me that no amount of purring from a cat could affect.
“I’m doing okay,” I replied. Was I?
“You feel like having company?” I heard the slight hesitation in his voice, as if he wasn’t sure how well his question would be received.
I knew what happened almost every single time that we were alone together. Was that what I wanted right then? “Yes,” I said answering both of our questions.
“Good,” he said, his voice deepening because he also knew what would happen. “Come down and let me in.”
“You’re here now?” I stood up and ran my free hand through my hair in an attempt to smooth it into place.
“Yes. Come down here and let me in. I’m freezing my nuts off,” he groused.
“Give me a few minutes,” I said and then hung up. I flipped on a few lights on my way to the bathroom to brush my teeth. I rushed through my routine so that I didn’t keep him waiting long. It was freezing outside and I didn’t want his balls to freeze. I was pretty fond of them, even if I was unsure of the man they were attached to.
“It’s about time,” he said when I opened the door to him. “What the hell took so long?”
I grabbed him by the coat and pulled him into me, pressing my lips against his. Gabe parted his cold lips and I slid my tongue inside to explore his warm mouth in a languid kiss. For once, I didn’t want to rush him into bed. I wanted to take my time and get to know his body better. Hell, I hadn’t even wrapped my lips around his big cock yet; a mistake I planned to rectify immediately.
“Minty fresh,” Gabe said, when our kiss ended. “You’re forgiven for making me wait.”
“Come upstairs with me and I’ll show you other things I can do with my minty fresh mouth.” I laughed when Gabe growled playfully. I needed to be careful or else I’d start liking the detective and the things he made me feel.
MtSnow reviews the Audiobook ‘Dyeing To Be Loved’ with bonus prequel ‘Fatal Reaction’
Note: We were given a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review
Narration: I would definitely give Joel Leslie’s portrayal a 9 of 10, as he characterizes the women, the friends, the supporting cast throughout the whole town with so much personality! The only voice I struggled with was the first 4 minutes of Bianca who is doing a ‘voiceover’ of her upcoming death in the first chapter, as Joel gave her a strange quaiver in her voice that made her sound old and a bit of an ethnic exaggeration for the ‘young’ 24-year-old black woman.
I did appreciate the definitive voice variance and feeling he gave both the MCs. No one does the alpha male AND drama queen so well together as Joel in my opinion. Others can be more drama queen OR alpha male. He is mastering both. He only gets better and better the more books he narrates. And the way he represents the Blue Macaw ‘Savage’ parrot is laugh out loud funny! Since I have an African Grey parrot myself, that I have been diligent through 27 years to keep from having a potty mouth, I appreciate the crusty personality that Joel infuses in his voice.
Prequel ‘Fatal Reaction’- The prequel included in this audio did not feel in any way like a romance or a mystery.. well, it was a mystery to the characters, but not the reader. And I’m guessing the author didn’t intend it to be. I believe she intended the mystery as more of an introduction to the personalities within the town. I think that is what kind of threw me off, as it seemed like a good introduction to the main characters, but I did not find myself liking them much. Especially the insta-sex, as they had no emotional connection. They both acted as if they only needed to scratch an itch and actually disliked each other, ALOT. It does add to the rest of the series though, so it is nice it is included.
Main story ‘Dyeing To Be Loved’- I did find myself slowly warming up to the characters, and glad I stuck it out past my initial dislike. There were many foot in mouth instances with Gabe, and, yes, Josh had quite a few seemingly drama queen moments, but by the end of the story, I found myself liking them both, after all.
The mystery in the main story WAS good, and had quite a few twists and turns that put me off the path of the real killer. Small towns have their secrets, and the killer in this one was a TOTAL surprise, so bravo on that one dear author *smiles*
I actually look forward to the rest of this series, and hope they come out in audio as well. A pleasure after a bumpy start that rescued itself by the end. Recommended for mystery lovers and those that enjoy their ‘drama queens’ and raunchy parrots!
Narration – 9 of 10
Prequel – 7 of 10
Main story – 8 of 10
Final score – 8.5 of 10 pots of gold – equivalent to 4.25 of 5.0 stars or 85% of 100%
I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy
who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.
I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.