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Book three in the Fae Out of Water series 

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is...well...there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven. 

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family - and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: He fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion - far harder to bear than 200 years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship. 

Word count: 77,000

©2017 E.J. Russell (P)2021 E.J. Russell

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  • JEN
  • 2021-06-20

I needed to reach the HEA, but was sorry to leave

I really, really enjoyed this book. I would've listened non-stop from start to finish if I could've and was tempted to switch to print, not because of anything to do with the narration, but because I'm a fast reader and I needed to know how it would end. And of course, when it did end, I wanted there to be more, because I was so into it, the characters and the world.
I will admit to feeling a sense of dread for good deal of the time though. The blurb mentions dishonesty on the part of Niall, so it's no spoiler. Waiting for his lie to be discovered had me extra nervous, but there's so much going on, so much danger and complications for the characters to work through that I had to keep going all the time.
Niall and Gareth are very flawed characters, each guilty of monumental errors in judgment. Despite that, I cared for them both. I wanted everything to work out for them, for all their friends and family, and all of Faerie, (though not certain villains contained within).
There are occasional moments of cheesiness and convenient workings in the love story and solutions to problems, but there are also times that cheesiness is called out by characters, so that helps balance things out when there are eyeroll moments. There's also a lot of fantastic humor that had me suddenly guffawing and cackling out loud.
For the audio narration, like the previous two books, it is very representative of Joel Leslie's style. I don't know how accurate his accents are for the Welsh, Irish and British, being an American without a lot of in-person contact with people from that area of the world, but I didn't feel it terrible, so that is definitely something. I always knew who was talking and I could feel the emotion.
I only wish for more time with these characters and hope to see them again in the related series.

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  • MagicalAM
  • 2021-06-30

More Faerie!

Gareth, the youngest Kendrick brother and the last Seelie bard, gets his story when his former lover Niall returns after 200 years apart. I love this series and the world of Faerie. The story drags a little in the middle with both Niall and Gareth (especially Niall) keeping secrets and spending a lot of time mentally lamenting keeping the secrets. But overall it’s a fun and funny adventure. The commentary of the ethera in Niall's head was hilarious and brightened the book considerably. Joel Leslie’s narration was perfect. Hoping there will be more in this series.

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  • Drako
  • 2021-10-08

Masterfully Done.

please let the series continue! Masterfully done all three books! satisfying to a high degree even if there is not a continuance. However... this old Druid wants to hear more fantastic tales!

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  • Whitney
  • 2021-09-15

Missed the Hotness

Great story and all but after the other two books, this one has almost no sexy scenes. everything else about it was really great though.

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  • Lexi Zieve
  • 2021-07-14

Love this series!

I have loved this series so much! I loved getting to know the brothers and seeing how this world unfolded. The different supernaturals were so much fun and I never wanted it to end! Ive been looking forward to this one for a while and it was so worth the wait! This series was a blast I really hope we get more stories in this world and get to see these characters again at some point.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 2021-07-08

Fun listen!

Really enjoyed this fun story from EJ Russell and narrated by Joel Leslie. I loved the characters and felt like the story was totally immersive! Great job!

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  • Natalie Nicole
  • 2021-07-06

An incredible ending to an incredible series! Wow

I have to admit to dreading the major series hangover I'd have after completing the last book of the Fae Out of Water series beautifully narrated by Joel Leslie! In 'Bad Boy's Bard: Fae Out of Water Book 3' Naill O'Tierney, is the lover from Gareth Kendrick's past that was lost to the Unseelie lord two hundred years ago. Gareth had believed him lost all this time then come upon him at the joining ceremony for the Seelie and Unseelie realms and escapes with him to the outer world where he thought the human Naill belonged. But Naill has been keeping one secret from Gareth--he is the half-human son of the Unseelie King and knowing Gareth's negative feelings towards the Unseelie court, he was understandably reluctant to admit it. Gareth is understandably horrified when he discovers Naill's fae heritage yet he is even more shaken when he discovers Naill was imprisoned and whipped by his own father for failing to kill Garreth, the Seelie Queen's Bard. Making amends enough to join forces, they look to discover which current villains want to revert back to the Fairie days of old. Such a change will destroy the earth as we know it and Gareth and Naill's escape to the outer realm may have made a bad situation worse! Or does it? In this last of the Fae Out of Water series, we see the demisexual Bard Gareth regain a lover he thought lost so long ago. His disinterest in other lovers over the period of two centuries is remarkable and very touching. I wanted so desperately for Gareth to forgive Naill and he does. Once again the pacing and balance of the narrative are wonderful. The world-building, character development, and cohesion both within the book and throughout the series are awesome. The writer included enough information from the previous books for the reader to stay fully grounded in the universe and committed to the resolution of the major conflict in the series. Narrated by the simply incredible Joel Leslie, this series is one of the best EVER!

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 2021-07-01

Beautiful listen!

I absolutely love this beautiful ending to this amazing series. I am so happy that we get Gareth's story. I just love Niall and Gareth together. This story is definitely an emotional rollercoaster but I love every minute of it. Then listen to Joel Leslie doing this narration made me love this story even more. This is such a prefect ending and I just couldn't stop listening.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 2021-06-25

Beautiful conclusion!

I seriously loved Gareth and Niall’s story! Both are flawed individuals. Both kept truths from each other. The story kept me on the edge of my seat! Joel Leslie did such a fantastic job with the narrative. I loved his accents!

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  • Gunhild
  • 2021-06-19

A worthy conclusion to an awesome series!

I always enjoy it when authors use alternate worlds to show us the flaws and absurdities of our reality. And I love it when music has power!

I was a little frustrated at the beginning of the book, but it picked up speed and became really engaging. I think the developments in faerie showed some really well thought through planning of the entire series, and I found the conclusion very satisfying.

Joel Leslie as always did an outstanding job.