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Facing West

A Forever Wilde Novel
Written by: Lucy Lennox
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a new series by Lucy Lennox!

Nico:

I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I'm shocked out of the steady life I've built for myself running a tattoo shop in San Francisco.

The thing is: I don't do babies. And I don't do small towns. Or commitment. And I especially don't do family. My plan is to go back to Hobie just long enough to sign adoption papers, giving my niece the kind of stable, loving family I could never provide.

But the moment I meet my niece in the arms of Weston Wilde, my sister's best friend and the town's handsome doctor, my plans begin to change. Because suddenly, I see a different future. One with the very thing I thought I never deserved: a family. If only I can convince West that I'm not the same good-for-nothing kid ready to bolt when things get tough.

Weston:

There's one thing I know for sure about Nico Salerno: he was a good-for-nothing as a kid and judging by the purple-haired, tattooed punk who shows up at his sister's funeral, he hasn't changed. There's no way I'm letting him take custody of my best friend's baby.

But the more time I spend around him, the more I realize that his rough exterior is just a shell and that beneath all the tattoos is a scared, insecure man searching for a place to belong. And pretty soon I know exactly where he belongs: in my bed and by my side.

The problem is, he abandoned his family once before, how do I know that if we become a family he won't do it again?

©2017 Lucy Lennox (P)2017 Lucy Lennox

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Turned out great

At first I struggled with this one. West was such a huge ass that I wanted to deck him if I could. Even after they started fooling around I couldn't understand how Nico could be attracted to such a jerk and how West could claim to like Nico but still go back to being an ass. One would think that if he loved his friend he should of supported her decision from the start and not been so quick to judge.

From about the mid point on it was great. The story flowed nicely and stayed interesting. I loved all the characters. Well maybe not the awful step brothers but luckily they played a smaller part. The grandpa is a bit of a naughty old man kinda like Tilly in Maid Marian series. It added a little bit of humor. I loved how it ended. Everything was wrapped up very nicely. This is a great story with a happy ending that isn't too gushy.

Michael does a great performance. I saw somewhere someone commented they didn't like his "fake country accent" but I think he did rather well. He always does a great job.

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I have read the book, but too hear Michael Pauley put voice to characters is fabulous.

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  • Mega Listener
  • 2018-02-02

Narrator Michael Pauley Blew it out of the Water!

Would you consider the audio edition of Facing West to be better than the print version?

I would have enjoyed this story as a print book, but I'm so glad I listened to the audiobook first. The performance was excellent. I'll get into that in the question specifically about the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite characters were the saucy grandpas who couldn't help meddling. They were always there to be supportive and give the main characters a kind nudge in the right direction.

What does Michael Pauley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hot Dayum!
Michael Pauley is ridiculously good. Not only did he read each first-person section in character (it switches from Nico to West every other chapter), he did it with emotion, excellent timing, and recognizable voice differentiation for all the secondary characters. Even though he had a limited range of voices (everyone does who isn't Mel Blanc, after all), I still knew which character was talking.
Narrators are a dime a dozen, but really GOOD ones are harder to find. Especially for books with graphic sex scenes. And Michael's voice was pure sex when it came down to it.
There were a couple awkward moments, like a word mispronunciation or really emotional moment that didn't quite make it, but otherwise I would actively seek out this narrator again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was, but that would be a spoiler, now, wouldn't it?
Let's just say, there was some breaking down of walls, crying, and a tender interaction that hadn't previously been possible.

Any additional comments?

If you're into emotional connections, seriously sexy times, true love conquering all, two tough men loving a baby, and happily ever afters, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Cate
  • 2017-12-04

Better than the Marion series

I liked the Marion series, but this is my favorite Lennox novel so far. Characters were dynamic and endearing- can't wait for more in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-02-12

A GREAT Story

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I found this book on Good Reads and they once again did not disappoint me. the narrator is fantastic and I enjoyed every second of it

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  • Siegelrm
  • 2018-07-22

Sweet Love Story

Definitely worth the listen. I am a huge Michael Pauley fan, however, thought the accents may have been a bit much in this book.

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  • Dorothy L. Benefield
  • 2018-07-19

Good Time in Texas

I loved this book. The mains were hot as Hades, with a touch of bad boy tossed in. As a born and bred Texan myself, I can attest to the lovely drawl that West has. Down home boy for sure y'all! I don't like to spoil too much, but the passion that ignites between West and Nico is a true test of wills, one that you need to read to truly understand. Give it a chance and have a good time down here in Texas.

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  • DeonLoves Reading
  • 2018-02-28

great story! Great narration!

I love this story! I couldn't put it down! I read it in one day.

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  • Donna
  • 2017-10-20

love

I really love listening to your books. I listen to them over and over. Jude is one of my favourites now I really enjoy Nico.

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  • Pam Finn
  • 2017-10-05

Lightning strikes twice!!!

I for one will be waiting on pins and needles for the next installment of this series. So far it's as wonderful and whimsical as the Made Marian series. I didn't thing that Lucy Lennox could top the character Ganny in the Marian series but boy did she! This starts with Nico's story. I loved Nico from the previous series and Lucy nails it!!! The main characters are interesting and worth caring about. In typical fashion all the emotions are there. To hear Nico's backstory tore at my heart and made me love this character even more. If you have read the Made Marian series you are going to love this one just as much. If you haven't read them this novel can be read on its own. Well done Lucy Lennox well done!!!

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  • Karin Frinell
  • 2019-06-25

Nico did deserve his own story

This is a great addition to any library. Great writing and amazing to listen too. Yeah to loving families of all walks of life.

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  • Denio J. Perez
  • 2019-06-12

Great story and performance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the performance of Michael Pauley. Very realistic rendition. I would recommend this book to any of my friends.