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Jackdaw

Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: LGBT
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If you stop running, you fall.

Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief...and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser's life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.

Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can't seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah's chaotic existence all over again, and they're running together - from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, the policeman and the thief must find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them....

©2015 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I've listened to this twice already

And if that's not a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is. I didn't think I could possibly love characters in this series as much as I loved Stephen and Lucien, but then Jonah and Ben stole my heart in this beautiful story. Wonderful performance by Cornell Collins.

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Fun and adventure with 2 ex cons

I've loved all the stories I've read by K.J. Charles, but this one is my favourite. the characters, their history and the sheer fun and adventure is very entertaining.

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  • VHB
  • 2018-01-31

Fly me to the moon

This was wonderful.
This was just after the end of the third book
Of the Magpie lord adventures.
Its about Jonah The wind walker and Ben.
What a great sequence to these great books .
Highly Recommend the entire series , exellent narration, superb writing amazing storie

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  • L. Busch
  • 2020-02-03

The Victorian era was rough for the poor

The narrator is amazing. I will seek him out in the future. His performance, voices and dialects are outstanding. He completely elevates the already very good material.
It was difficult to listen to this, after listening to the original trilogy. The original 'Magpies' trilogy involved a titled gentleman with wealth and influence. So even though it was very illegal to love a man then, the lovers were insulated from the law, and had resources and comfort. But in this story the couple was lower-class, and suffered for it. It was actually fascinating to learn about life then when you're not a Lord. These societal realities made it a rather sad story during the middle 80% of the book. The ending was satisfying, if a bit fantastical, and it redeemed the whole experience. But be aware you'll be suffering along with our antihero main couple during much of the book in this one.
I haven't read a lot of romance novels, but I suspect this series is well above average in key literary factors such as character development, world-building, dialogue, vocabulary, dialect, the inclusion of realistic details, and other things that make it an immersive and believable experience.

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  • Michelle
  • 2020-01-22

The BEST series ever ❤️❤️

I absolutely love everyone of these books! This one got me in the happy feels and almost made a tear fall. Which in itself, is hard to do because I’m not an emotional person and I refuse to cry. Ever. This was maybe the most beautiful love story out of the series so far and that’s saying something. The narrator is amazing and I’m so glad I found this pairing! I’ve already started the next book and see that it’s the last in the series. I will definitely be looking for more from both author and narrator! Again, LOVE! Don’t pass these up. So glad I’ve gotten to listen one after the other due to the Escape package. However, definitely worth a credit. Any day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-19

excellent story

you find yourself rooting for someone you thought was a bad guy. a real underdog gets a happy ending.

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  • Manduh
  • 2019-09-20

I liked it.

Ben and Jonah were on the wrong side of the law but find a cozy town hoping to escape their fates.

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  • Allison Smith
  • 2019-09-17

sadly lacking

the narrator is excellent as usual, and does his best to bring this mess of a book to life. the plot is meandering, and the climax of the story comes out of nowhere. though the two leads are interesting on their own, the plot twists Stephen (prev. lead of the Magpie Lord series) out of character to make him an antagonist. while there is reasoning for that, it seems ooc that he'd take it as far as he's been written to. I wanted to like this book, but overall it was a letdown after the excellent Magpie series.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 2019-09-08

Tearjerker

Lot of emotional chaos in this one. If you cry, grab the box of tissues before starting. Ben and Jonah had a good thing that got interrupted. They restart with not much but each other, and sometimes not even that. They have a lot to learn about each other and how to take care if themselves and we’re here for the tragedy of their fumbling attempts. They also set about making friends. Recommended, but not if you need something cheery.

Coincidentally, I recently downvoted a different novel for the love interest routinely causing sadness in their lover & either not seeing that they were doing it or seeing it and not changing things. This book gets that handled - Ben is upset with Jonah on and off but at some point realizes he needs to choose a way of dealing with his mad that doesn’t imperil Jonah or his feelings. It was refreshing to see them both adulting with kindness in mind here.

My only real concern with the book was how hard the heroes of the previous book were tracking down the heroes of this book despite knowledge of extenuating circumstances and a history of extrajudicial judgement/leniency. But then bureaucracies have always baffled me. My brain prefers reasons beyond “the rules say so” or “this has always how we do it”.

Steam: medium. Sexy M/M on page intermittently throughout with some working out of relationship dynamics in the process. Not quite kinky but not quite not.

Narration: still good, same narrator as for Magpie series.

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  • pdxBooks
  • 2019-07-27

Just When I Thought They Couldn't Get Better...

Jonah and Ben's love story is heartbreaking and glorious... thankfully not in equal measure. Find out what Jonah, the wind-walking self-absorbed ass from The Magpie Lord books is really all about... and how the power of love can help us see a better path.

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  • iamb
  • 2019-07-04

I came to enjoy this a great deal.

It took me awhile to enjoy this book because there was so much anger for so long. It became wearisome for me. However, the story was always interesting and the narration was great.. I did come to like the characters in the book and wanted the best for them. I found the ending a little predictable, but oth, it was fulfilling and not completely tied in a bow, which is more realistic. I just love the Magpie world that has been created by K. J. Charles, and I don't want it to end..

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  • Amanda
  • 2019-06-20

Amazing as ever

I wont lie..there was a scene in the beginning that was hard for me, but OMG this book! All the Magpie Lord books,, actually... you know what? ALL K. J. CHARLES BOOK ARE FREAKING GREAT AND I E LOVED EVERY ONE.