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Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) Audiobook

Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best-Selling Series

RITA Award winner!

The one woman he can't have is the only woman he wants.

Everything Radford Grayson wanted was in his hometown: his beloved mother and brothers, and the unscarred part of himself he'd left behind. After surviving a gruesome war, all Radford wants is to work the family sawmill and make a real home for his young daughter. But Evelyn - his brother's fiancée - reaches into his darkness with her healing love and makes him feel whole again for the first time in years. Torn between his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn and a desperate need to honor and protect his brother, Radford discovers that his fiercest enemy is his own heart. The one woman he cannot have is the only woman he wants.

©2002 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom

What the Critics Say

"Awesome underlying emotional power…guaranteed to move you to tears." (Romantic Times)
"Superbly written, beautifully poignant." (John Charles, American Library Association)
"A perfect ten...should not be missed!" (Romance Reviews Today)

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    Denise New Tripoli, PA, United States 08-26-13
    Denise New Tripoli, PA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Radford....is he honorable?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The inner struggle that Radford has to deal with....ptsd, and the attraction to someone's fiancé...


    Have you listened to any of Julia Motyka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A good read, the author keep me on a see-saw....do I want him to get the girl...or...should he pack up his daughter and move away. Is the attraction he feels more important that the love of his brother?


    Will AUDIBLE be brining the rest of the series to us?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 09-16-16
    Jeanne 09-16-16

    Feeding five horses in the morning, I'm listening to my audiobooks. On the tractor dispensing you know what I'm listening to my audio book. Daily brushing of each horse the audio book is running. Only time I shut it off is when I'm walking with the dogs or horses in the woods.

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    "Real emotional book this one is great"

    I don't give complete stars very often. If a book makes me feel emotion then it is a good book. This book made me cry and the description of a man from the civil war and PTSD is right on.

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    jean doe 09-03-16
    jean doe 09-03-16
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    "A Roller Coaster Romance.."
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    Wow..

    Evelyn, the female lead, is engaged to be married to Kyle Grayson.

    She is in love alright, just not with Kyle, and this starts the beginning of a Roller Coaster Romance.

    This was an Excellent Story of Brotherly Love and their Ladies.


    Julia Motyka did a really good job with the narration.

    Note:
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felisha 08-17-16
    Felisha 08-17-16

    Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.

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    "Sweet and Well Written"

    Wendy Lindstrom has a captivating and eloquent writing style that pulls you into this story with ease. Descriptive and well defined characters paired with a realistic storyline make for a truly enjoyable historical romance.

    Julia Motyka's narration was articulate and alluring. She is one of the better narrators I've listen too who can truly differentiate between her narrator's voice and the characters. She made it an enjoyable listen.

    Overall, a sweet and mild novel I would recommend to lovers of historical romance.

    This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 08-17-16
    Lori 08-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Good Historical Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    Really good historical romance. A very enjoyable and entertaining story of honor, forgiveness, romance, love, death, healing, redemption and family.

    The story takes place after the Civil War.

    Radford returns from the war suffering from PTSD, not ready to face his demons yet he decides to leave his home and family. He returns 5 years later with his 4yr old daughter ready to rejoin his family and take his place in the family business. This homecoming does not turn out the way he thinks it will. Just as he has changed so have the people he left behind. Trying to find his place once again within his family is not an easy road. Adding to the complications of family is the fact that he has feelings for his brothers fiance'. Feelings that are growing with each day that passes.

    This is the first Wendy Lindstrom book I have read. I don't know how I missed these books before but I will definitely be continuing with the rest of the series.

    Julia Motyka did an excellent job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken. Smooth even pace. Great character voices. She was able to bring the characters to life as well as convey the emotions of each character. Fantastic job with Grampa and Rebecca. Well done!

    This audiobook was provided by the Author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 07-29-16
    Marla 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great start to a series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It tells a lot about PTSD that soldiers had after the civil war. How when they come home not even their family does not understand them.


    What other book might you compare Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) to and why?

    Can not think of one. This is a great start to a series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is where the little girls are having a picnic with bread and jam. It is a cute scene and the girls are so cute in this scene.


    If you could take any character from Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would have liked to take William out to dinner. He was a kind man with lots of knowledge about the civil war. Plus he was funny and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 07-25-16
    Laura 07-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    this book was wondeful. i really enjoyed listening to it. very well writen and narrated

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-16-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-16-14 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Family and love in Civil War times"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the listen. I like the time period of the Civil War. This story was really about family, friends, love, betrayal and honor. I usually like action and humorous banter, this was a nice surprise though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)?

    When the little girl started to come out of her shell. It was more about small memorable moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was not one outstanding scene. There was a compilation of scenes.


    Do you think Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The characters are good. There is another book about one of the other brother's love story.


    Any additional comments?

    There was good character development of the two main characters, the secondary characters could have been developed more. I think that it brings the community and town etc. to life. More details on the personalities of the brothers Boyd and Duke would have contributed to making the story more in depth. More background on the secondary characters would make it feel like it was not just a love story. It had small amounts of the horrors of war, that was crucial to making the story work. It is an easy read not complex. I did enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 04-28-14
    DK 04-28-14 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "Historical Romance Written About Nontradition Era"
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Honor the most enjoyable?

    In my experience MOST historical romances are set in England, Scotland, etc (modern U.K.) Refreshingly, this is set in America, post-Civil War.

    The premise and exploration of Radford (gag on the name) and his attempts at normalcy for himself and young daughter. An unlikely duo, he and Evelyn work to sustain her dad's business while strengthening the Grayson Lumber Empire.

    Lots of dimensions without being too busy. Where does the eldest Grayson fit in the family now that he has returned from the war? At the helm of the family industry?

    The one woman he can't have is the only woman he wants.

    Everything Radford Grayson wanted was in his hometown: his beloved mother and brothers, and the unscarred part of himself he'd left behind.

    After surviving a gruesome war, all Radford wants is to work the family sawmill and make a real home for his young daughter.

    But Evelyn - his brother's fiancée - reaches into his darkness with her healing love and makes him feel whole again for the first time in years.

    Torn between his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn and a desperate need to honor and protect his brother, Radford discovers that his fiercest enemy is his own heart.

    The one woman he cannot have is the only woman he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    Some descriptions of sex.

    A great find at $4.95! I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam 03-01-14
    Cam 03-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Should have been under drama and not HRomance"

    The story was not bad but it was just sprinkled fully with drama at every corner of the book. I absolutely feel drained. Also, the narrator made funny pauses while reading a sentence that broke it into unnecessary sections. A bit distracting. Be prepared for drama if you purchase this book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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