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  • The Bruise-Black Sky

  • More Heat than the Sun, Book 5
  • Written by: John Wiltshire
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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The Bruise-Black Sky

Written by: John Wiltshire
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
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It's either a brave or a stupid person who threatens anything Nikolas Mikkelsen loves. 

Ben usually overlooks Nikolas' occasionally jarring dissonance. Not this time. A deep rift, a terrible lie, separates them. Eleven thousand miles from Nikolas, in New Zealand, it's bitter winter as Ben films the tragic story of a post-apocalyptic gladiator, a victim of his own personal darkness. But on receiving a death threat, Ben suspects the truth of actor Oliver Whitestone's suicide. Someone doesn't want this movie made. It's fortunate for Ben, therefore, that dissonance is a state of unrest, a longing for completion. As if Nikolas would stay at home in disgrace while Ben Rider-Mikkelsen becomes the target of a crazed stalker....

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  • Leo
  • 2021-07-04

Totally addicted

Never have I ever been so addicted to a series. This is one hell of a ride! Awesome stuff! Why do I have to wait 12 days for the next one ffs?

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 2022-01-26

Great story. Great narration.

Two things stood out for me in this book. First, the author has a talent for creating unexpected plot twists. I didn't expect the ending of this book. Nikolas is outmaneuvered from time to time, but I wasn't expecting this. I am rarely surprised by this style of plot twist, but the magician's handwaving trick worked on me this time.

Second, John Wiltshire has a talent for writing steamy romantic scenes. I read romance frequently, but I tend to skim excessive sex scenes because most authors miss the mark on building an emotional connection in a sex scene. This seems important if you are writing an actual romance rather than smut. I don't consider literally porn to be even remotely the same as romance. Virtually very sex scene with Ben and Nikolas showcases the personal connection between them. Each scene has carefully chosen language, rhythm, and pace that matches the chemistry between them at that moment.

Once again, Gary Furlong's performance was excellent. His rather soothing voice can lull you into a sense of peace just when you are ready to hunt down the author and torture said author until they stop torturing your favorite character. Anyway....

Great book. Great series. Probably gonna be rereading/relistening to this series over and over. As long as the end doesn't push me to drastic actions. I have been known to throw an ebook reader across the room before. I'm only on the sixth one. Significant other bought me a phone with a battle tested Gorilla Glass screen. Nikolas really needs to look into that for his next phone.

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 2021-09-27

love this series

have loved every book, great narration, Gary has become a favorite. The authors great also!

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  • Rellim
  • 2021-07-15

Another fabulous book - Love Nik & Ben

The Bruise-Black Sky is the fifth book in Wiltshire’s More Heat Than the Sun series. These books follow the same couple and each book builds off some events from previous ones. In some ways these stand on their own but as there are ongoing storylines, I’d definitely recommend reading them all and in order – starting with Love is a Stranger.

NOTE: This review contains spoilers to earlier books.

The pacing of this book is a bit slower and the emphasis is much heavier on the relationship between Ben & Nik and less on the thriller/suspense aspect. That’s not a complaint at all. I still thoroughly enjoyed this one, just in a different way.

Nik & Ben’s interplay has shifted a bit during this one. Ben has a new perspective on their power dynamic after recovering from amnesia and they’re both still dealing with Kate’s betrayal. More of Nik’s past is revealed. Layering in a stalker who threatens Ben’s life and they are thrust into world-wide travel in an attempt to stop the person responsible.

Wiltshire gives us new insight into Nikolas the father-figure as his bond with Emmy deepens and he teams up with one of her classmates in an unlikely adventure. At the same time, he is Nikolas/Aleksey and protectiveness for those he loves is expressed in dark and twisted ways.

Sprinkled in all this is humor. So many laughs, giggles, and smirks in reaction to the interplay between all the characters. Squeezy continues to be one of my favorite side characters and I was thrilled to see more of him in this story. While the “bro banter” between Ben & Squeezy is delightful – the antagonistic collaboration of Nik & Squeezy to keep Ben safe is truly hilarious.

Then – the ending. I was totally caught off guard. I loved it and hated it and loved hating it. An emotional roller coaster. While this does not end on a cliffhanger – a new mystery and whole new direction for is opened up. I’m thrilled that book 6, Death’s Ink-Black Shadow, released today so I can jump right in.

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Gary Furlong. It’s repetitive, but his narrations are glorious. Complicated emotions come across effortlessly with Nik at turns dark and vulnerable and Ben generally cheerful yet deviously provoking Nik. He has even more accents to work with here (hello New Zealand & America!) and they are wonderful. The hacker was obnoxiously comical.

While I borrowed the ebook through Kindle Unlimited, I received a free copy of this audiobook from Decent Fellows Press and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.