Guns & Hoses (Guns & Hoses #1) by Brenda Cothern ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

gunshosesTitle: Guns & Hoses (Guns & Hoses #1)

Author: Brenda Cothern

Narrator: Michael Vasicek

Publisher: Self Published

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/04/2015

Length: 06 hours 21 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


Tigger Flint and Thomas Flame shared an instant mutual hate for one another from the day they met in sixth grade. Their dislike grew into competition and rivalry throughout high school as they were stuck in the same honors classes and played the same sports. That hatred and rivalry followed them into adulthood as one became a cop and the other a fireman.

Sharing the same haunt, Guns & Hoses, gave everyone from both departments plenty of opportunity to witness their personal war. Being forced back onto the football field for charity gave both men another venue for their hatred and rivalry to make an appearance.

But those feelings weren’t the only emotions in attendance and the winner of games could just be both of them.

This book contains adult m/m sexual situations and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

Story Review:

This was a very HOT enemies to lovers story. The anger and hatred were well done as was the gradual change from that hatred to interest, to attraction, to friendship, to more. These men were real and their reactions to each other were real, and HOT. I liked that the relationship took those steps and didn’t just magically turn from hatred to love.

Ms. Cothern certainly knows how to write some rough sex. These men were on fire together. The sex was everything you could hope for between two very dominant alpha males. Yet, the tenderness did come through at times and that was a nice surprise.

I also liked that there was more to the story than just sex and lust. There was a plot that showcased the men’s jobs and allowed the reader to get a well rounded view of the men as individuals. While the sex and changing relationship was first and foremost, the plot added tension and suspense and actually helped me form a better connection to the men and their developing relationship. Through the plot the men were able to get over themselves and realize what they were becoming together.

The one thing that didn’t work for me was the timeline of this story. As I was listening and things were unfolding, it seemed like this book took place over months. The number of encounters between the men and the way their relationship moved forward had me thinking this was happening over a long stretch of time. The same for the plot, things felt like more time had passed than was actually indicated. Everytime the author reminded me it had only been two or three weeks, I was shocked. Things just did not match up for me and it was a bit distracting.

Overall, this book set a very dominant, HOT tone for this series. I am hoping book two follows the same pattern.

Narration Review:

This narration was awkward. There really was no emotion and when the narrator read the words to the songs, I almost felt uncomfortable. I did like his voice, but his reading left something to be desired.


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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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