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I've been drowning for a long time. I never thought I'd find someone who knows what that's like....

Self-proclaimed playboy, Aiden Vale, has it all - good looks, successful career, plenty of cash in the bank, and an endless supply of men who know the score...that one night is just that. So the last thing he wants, or needs, is to forge a connection that might mean revealing more of himself than he's ready to. But when fate intervenes, putting Aiden in the path of someone who threatens to knock down his carefully constructed walls, he's quick to realize the young man he's become infatuated with is hiding a painful secret.

I finally have a shot at freedom. I'll never let anyone take that from me ever again....

Ash Valentine is just looking for a way out, and the last thing he wants or needs is another man controlling every aspect of his life. Desperate for the cash that will help him flee his abusive boyfriend, Ash accepts what is supposed to be a temporary job at a local coffee shop. But nothing prepares him for the gorgeous and enigmatic Aiden Vale, and the small acts of kindness the charming coffee shop regular bestows on him or the new friends he begins to make along the way.

Terrified of once again becoming too reliant on someone else to take care of him, Ash refuses Aiden's repeated offers of help in any form. But when it becomes clear that there's something more behind Aiden's need to save him, Ash begins to wonder if he's found someone who needs saving just as badly.

I know he wants to save me, but what if he's the one who needs saving....

As their tentative friendship turns into something more, long buried secrets begin to surface. When Aiden's need to protect Ash clashes with the younger man's desire for independence, memories of the one he couldn't save begin to tear at the fragile cords of Aiden's soul, and he's forced to face a truth he's been hiding from for a long time.

©2017 Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy (P)2017 Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy

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  • Au global
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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 2017-11-14

Lennox + Kennedy + Pauley = A Must Listen

Normally I start my reviews with the story and move to narration near the end. This time I want to start with Michael Pauley and his amazing performance. I have heard a few cringe-worthy narrations where the narrator tries to convey emotions – a person orgasming (man or woman), anger, delight, or even crying. Often it is over-done and hackneyed.

Michael Pauley never has that problem. He always hits the perfect note, conveying the story with strong and potent emotions while never pulling me out of the world the writer has created. Only at the end of the audio did I reflect on how unobtrusive and smooth the performance was. Michael Pauley is one of my favorite narrators, but this performance was him at his very best.

So, now that I’ve waxed poetic about Michael, I’ll move on to Lucy and Sloane. I found Lucy through word-of-mouth and Sloane through an amazing blurb. I took a chance on each of them – buying and listening to their first audiobooks. The rest was history. I buy their audios the day they come out.

Book 1 in the Twist of Fate series was “Lost & Found.” I really enjoyed the audio and fell in love with Bennett and Xander. Revisiting their love story and seeing how Lucky is flourishing now the two men have adopted him was wonderful. “Safe & Sound” is a stand-alone, but it is always nice to see old friends. Which brings me to Aiden – Bennett’s best friend. At the end of book 1, it was clear there was more to his story, so I was thrilled to learn why he is the way he is. As with all of the characters from these authors, there is more than first meets the eye.

Let me pause and say this is not an easy listen. I thought I had some idea but…well, it’s a good thing I had tissue handy. And every time I thought I was good, there would be some little twist I didn’t see coming that would break my heart just a little bit more.

Then there would be a moment of great levity and I would laugh out loud.

I expect some angst when I dive into a book by one of these women and maybe I should have known I would get a double dose. But don’t let that deter you. Ash’s and Aiden’s stories needed to be told and I’m so glad I listened. There were some really tough issues addressed, including why Ash so desperately needs help, but these things never felt heavy-handed.

I also want to say that I loved the secondary characters (the good ones, anyway, although I guess it’s a good sign that I really hated the bad guy – I mean really hated – and thought of all the men I know who are like him).

Emily, Ash’s boss, and Chance, Aiden’s brother, were integral to the story. And although you don’t have to be a geek or Trekkie, the references are more fun if you are.

But as often as I cried and despite how often my heart came close to breaking, Ash and Aiden did get their happy ending. Not that I had my doubts – this is a romance – but I wasn’t sure how much more I could take.

This book is near the top of my list of favorites because I just didn’t want to stop listening. (Okay, I listened to it in one day). I didn’t want the story to end and in a way it hasn’t because Book 3 is nicely set up. And since Jake has always been a favorite and enigmatic character, all I can say is, Lucy and Sloane – I’ll hold on, but please don’t make me wait too long.

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  • Donna
  • 2017-11-22

OMG

I have cryed, smiled, gotten so mad and have finally got through this book. This book has so many ups and downs and twists. There's nothing I can say about this book this is one that you just have to read for yourself to know how amazing it is.

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  • Karlene Anderson
  • 2020-07-05

Warning

There are depictions of physical and psychological abuse, so if dont want that in your romance novels then skip this one! I also agree with some of the reviews, that there is no real sense of justice in the end. I know that being a victim of abuse is complicated, and i would never judge someone actions or responses to their abuser or the abuse they went through, but the authors could have literally done something! I mean, two freaking people wrote this!

Spoiler********






Being outed isn't justice for attempted murder

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  • IceWanda
  • 2018-05-12

Teary Romantic Story: Lots of Ups and Downs!

After listening to most of Lucy Lennox's books, I must say this is not the typical. This book has more teary moments and lots of ups and downs. The "downs" are really down!

Sadly, the least amount of sensual scenes as I am accustomed to with her books. I would have preferred more romantic and hot scenes.

The picture on the cover seems to be misleading. One of those guys can't possibly be Ashton. That is not how he's portrayed in the book. No biggy.

As for Aiden, he didn't seem anything like how he was introduced in Lost and Found, Book 1. Totally different in this book. Again, no biggy.

The story line is quite involving and keeps you guessing on what will happen next. Very well written and involving. Lucy is simply amazing.

As for the narration, you can't question perfection. I have already learned many books ago that Michael Pauley is perfect. He brings the book to life like no other. You just can't go wrong with Michael. Simply AMAZING!!

This book is definitely worth the read. A perfect story with the perfect narration. However, if you are looking for the hot and steamy ... this is not it. Get your tissues ready instead. It lacks humor and laughter that I'm accustomed to as well in Lucy's books. Definitely not a "light fluffy romance". The story will grip you till the end and you won't be able to put it down.

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  • Au global
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-11-19

this is amazing

i loved listening to the audio as much as i loved reading the story.. Aiden Vale has everything in this world but happiness. He runs into a smart Sexy but shy man Ash Valentine... Ash is running hard from his past where all he knew was anger an pain.. Instead Aiden shows him how love can be protective an safe. Just as the worlds collide Ash's past catches up with him can he safe Ash in time. Can they last forever.

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  • Au global
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  • TALIA
  • 2021-03-21

Simply Incredible

If I had the power to I would give this book 20 golden Stars. I have alot to say about this book. Ash & Adain are just going to suck your soul out of your body. Ashton is so very sweet but also terrified. Many times I wanted to slay his demon for him. While Adain is so haunted by his youth, that it cripples him as an adult. He is a man full of love but is scared to freely give it to one special person. Then we have Billy......don't even get me started on him. He is a jerk who just needs a really good beating to show him how it feels.

As an FYI: The letter that Ash got from the donor family will tear you up. It is beautiful and I cried so much. Because I too have received this kind of gift and I am humbled that Lucy & Sloane included this in their storyline. Many people will be able to read how much a gift like that means to the recipient.

So in short this book should be a must read for anyone who loves to read MM romances.

  • Au global
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  • Mama Lewis
  • 2021-01-31

Cheesy cliché plot ruined it 😔

This book had me absolutely hooked with fantastic character development, swoon-worthy romance, without a trace of insta-lust to ruin it. But then the freaking PLOT ruined it! And what sucks was at that point I was invested in the darn thing and it was so disappointing. Why? Why must authors ruin perfectly enjoyable books with this sort of b.s. drama? Ugh.

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  • Queen of Halloween
  • 2020-12-20

One of the best books I’ve ever read.

Romantic, difficult but realistic situations, and unconditional love. Better than the first in the series. Perfectly narrated as usual. These two authors writing together are perfection. Highly recommend!

  • Au global
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  • Valorraine
  • 2020-10-26

These boys need a hug.

This was a little angst-ier than I normally go for, but I was incredibly unproductive at work today because I HAD to finish it and make sure they were both okay. I think I teared up like five or six times while I listened, but I also bought the last two books in the series immediately.

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  • patrick
  • 2020-09-16

This story will stay with me for a long time

This is one of the most difficult books I have read in recent memory. The subject mater is very dark at times but is worth every ounce of pain it caused me. Enjoy with caution <3