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It was just one night.
It was just one mistake.

FBI Agent Noah Downing had questions about his sexuality that a single night in Vegas should have answered. But dawn finds him on a plane back to Iowa, back on the trail of a vicious serial killer who disappeared six years ago and has suddenly resurfaced. There's nothing like a murder investigation to escape an existential crisis.

FBI profiler Cole Kennedy is still reeling after finding a heart-stopping connection with a seemingly perfect man, only for him to vanish. When he's sent to Iowa to profile the killer terrorizing America's heartland, he finds more questions than answers - both about the murderer and about Noah, the last man he ever expected to see again.

A twisted secret stretches between Cole and Noah, tangled with questions they both have about each other. But now, thrown together, they'll have to unravel the killer's profile and follow his trail...back to the very beginning, to where everyone's questions are answered once and for all.

This is an M|M romantic suspense stand-alone novel, featuring a second chance romance, the hunt for a twisted serial killer, and one man's journey to acceptance. Eighty thousand words.

©2021 Tal Bauer (P)2021 Tal Bauer

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Wow

This was my first book by Tal Bauer & the first one I've heard John Solo narrate. Both of them knocked it out of the park. This was an excellent mystery with a perfect twist I didn't see coming (and I always see them coming). A lot of the time in romantic suspense, the romance part really suffers for the mystery, but not here. Bauer seamlessly weaves them together, fully realizing both plotlines. Solo's performance was flawless, emotional, and perfect. A definite reread.

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  • AmazonReviewer
  • 2021-04-01

Okay story, awful narrator

The written book is probably better than the audio because the mannerisms of the narrator were annoying and ruined a lot of the book for me. Not only does the narrator not do a very good job with multiple voices (they’re all similar enough they’re often indistinguishable), he also has an odd acting formula (overly whispery or overly aggressive plus stunted speech alternating with frantic speaking that I think is supposed to make things seem more intense but actually just sounds obnoxious and over-acted). And he can’t voice women, especially teenagers without them sounding like whiny parodies. The narrator also doesn’t seem to understand punctuation because there isn’t any pausing at the end of sentences so the book resembled a collection of 15-minute-long run-on sentences.

The story had an interesting mystery and if it had stuck with that plot then the book probably would have been above average. Unfortunately, the mystery took a back seat to the character development and romance. I was so fed up with Noah’s whiny, poor, unlovable me persona, that I came very close to not being able to finish the book. I understand insecurities (believe me, do I ever) but this went beyond most otherwise well-adapted, mature adults with a smattering of neuroticism or insecurities, to a full-fledged ‘I’m not sure this person is capable of coping with life on his own’ lack of confidence and quite possibly clinical depression. I doubt the author had that intention, but the written dialogue combined with the whiny tendencies of the narrator made the character mostly just pathetically needy instead of an average person with relatable insecurities.

All-in-all, the book could have been a decent or average read if not for the narrator and with a less sorry for himself MC.

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  • KatB
  • 2021-03-17

Flawless

One of the things I love about John Solo is how he can take a book I’ve read and loved, and make me love it even more. Not for the first time, I’ve had different reactions to scenes while listening than I did while reading, and it surprises me each time in the best way. He takes a wonderful book, and makes it more. Especially this one.

This author and this narrator are a one-of-kind experience. I look forward to them working together again.

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  • Sara
  • 2021-03-12

The narrator was perfect for this book!

Story was great but the audio narrator? He made this book brilliant! You could feel the emotions in his voice and made it worth my money!

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  • BookFan67
  • 2021-03-10

****So goooooood!! Highly recommend!!****

This book is an awesome thrill ride of emotions. Tal Bauer is an awesome writer. John Solo's narration is top notch as usual. The two put together is a great duo! Read and listen to this book. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Kyle The Gnome Waiter
  • 2021-03-29

This book had everything except spaceships.

....but that's totally fine because the author wrote excellently with a fantastic plot and the narrator was totally on point.

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 2021-03-07

so so

Love Tals work! Usually like John, bad choice this time. Storyline was amazing, truly amazing.

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  • Trio
  • 2021-05-10

Great Thriller

Creative story with a nice twist. I really liked this couple, two very strong alpha men (and the opening romance scene is fantastic).

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  • Jeremy B.
  • 2021-04-28

Different and great

I've only listened to a few of the gay mystery type books. This one is good and different. I'm not the family type and the additional daughter changes the dynamic. I understand it's needed for the story line, but sometimes seems overplayed. A great listen anyway.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-04-24

Tal did it again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The right amount of angst and murder and mayhem. Noah and Cole lives completed each other. How they met. How Noah was in the closet for pretty much his whole life but wanted to find his true self. Cole was in the right place at the right time. How they had to wade theu Noah fears and how Cole stood by him. Protected him. Fought for his life. Good story.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 2021-04-14

Loved It

There’s nothing about this book/audio to not like and everything to love. Great narration, characters, plot, who done it, and steam.