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Zero at the Bone | [Jane Seville]

Zero at the Bone

After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.
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Publisher's Summary

After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives...but also fighting for their future. A future together.

©2009 Jane Seville (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    Riva 04-19-14
    Riva 04-19-14
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    "Loved it in print, love the audiobook"

    This is one of my favorite books of all time and it was wonderful to hear these characters brought to life. It has a 4.6 rating on Goodreads with over 4600 reviews, pretty universally loved in the mm romance genre. The narrator did a fantastic job and the story if first rate. The basic story is D is a hit man with a heart who is tortured by his past. Jack is a witness to a mob hit that D is sent to kill. Romance and adventure ensues. The writing is witty and engaging, I've read this book 3x. The only caution I'd give a listener is that I have been waiting for the sequel for years. The author has some pretty good freebies on her website, but not sure if the sequel will ever happen. That being said, still definitely worth a credit.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 06-03-14
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "It sorta fades out."

    Many time, I've wanted to know what happens after. Some stories end too soon, and you're left wondering what happened next. This one, suffers the reverse. A brilliant story, well written, expertly performed and a joy to listen to. The plot wraps up, and then it goes on. And on. It would be improved by dropping the last two hours of the book.

    All that said, it's more than worth a credit. It's great and I look forward to more from the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dunbar, WV, United States 03-29-15
    Amazon Customer Dunbar, WV, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "lived this"

    I absolutely adored this book. the story was well written. the characters were defined, lovable and annoying at times but great just the same. I loved d the most just because he was so delectably honory.

    I saw a couple of reviews that talked about the love scenes and personally I think they are full of crap. I'm glad that the author concentrated on the plot characters and making it all seem realistic than making this about smut.

    I really do hope there's a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashton WILLISTON, VT, United States 02-07-15
    Ashton WILLISTON, VT, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly recommend!!!"

    Loved this book, I loved that it was not just about the m/m romance but also had a refreshing and interesting storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amaze 05-25-14
    Amaze 05-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story and great Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zero at the Bone to be better than the print version?

    The Narrator really made this book come alive


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense


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

    His passion in reading the story. The way his voice rises when the characters are arguing.


    Who was the most memorable character of Zero at the Bone and why?

    Jack in the way he gets Dee to open up from his shell.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 04-18-14
    Libros Lover Booklandia 04-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Bone to Pick"
    Would you try another book from Jane Seville and/or Alan Smith?

    I would like to read the sequel if Ms. Seville writes it. Mr. Smith's narrative skills are not to my taste. He's a bit wooden when emotion is needed an over zealous when things could be toned down. He reads like he was picked on to do it and just wants to get it over with.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It wrapped up ok. I would like to find out how they dealt with life afterward.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    See above.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A more skilled narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly CINEBAR, WA, United States 04-24-14
    Kimberly CINEBAR, WA, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Awful Narration!"
    What would have made Zero at the Bone better?

    A professional narrator! Not some kid who sounds like he just got out of high school.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Smith’s performances?

    NO!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Out of a few thousand books I read in my lifetime. Zero at the Bone is one of my all time favs. But the audio version was a major disappointment. Actually was very angry that Dreamspinner couldn't cough up the money for a better narrator. I was at least expecting a more masculine voice. Not much difference in voice characterizations and even though there was emotion, it came off as whiny.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the book, Zero at the Bone, hold it close. Cause you'll no doubt feel like your best friend just died after listening to the audio.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 04-27-14
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish this was more than a gay romance novel."

    I really enjoyed the parts of the book that weren't describing the gay sex. It was a great story. Very interesting and compelling. But I'm getting real tired of the fact that everytime I read a "gay" novel, it is practically all about gay sex and not the story. The narrator did a great job I thought in distinguishing between all the characters.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    BuckeyeGirl81 05-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this story, don't like the performance"

    I found the narrator's voice to be extremely annoying, especially when he was being Jack. He was downright shrill and that's not how the character was written as all. This has been one of my favorite books for years so I jumped at the chance to listen to it in the car for $1.99 and I cringed the entire way through it. If I'd not read the book multiple times before I'd heard this audiobook, I doubt I'd like it as much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-17-15
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    "Great :)"

    I loved the book and the audio book was equally awesome. I'm not a native English-speaker so sometimes I had problems to understand D's dialect, but apart from that everything was perfect.
    Great story, great narrator :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Alexander Sutherland
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    8/27/15
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    "Great book."
    What made the experience of listening to Zero at the Bone the most enjoyable?

    The story was original/racy, the damaged-character "D" very well explored, and the actual text well written! Super narration!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    2/25/15
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    "some good action "

    Zero at Bone was definitely a good read with action and romance but not life changing. The characters are pretty relatable and the plot is consistent although some times slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glynis
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    "Brilliant listening experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No hesitation! Great story with loads of twists, lovely romantic aspect to the story as well. Alan Smith did a brilliant job of telling the story. Having read the book as well, his voice for D was perfect. All the main characters had a different voice and personality. Really well done Alan!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zero at the Bone?

    When Jack first held D's hand in the garden. The first 'hint' of feelings toward each other.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Smith – was your favourite?

    Difficult to choose between Jack or D. But... D has the edge. He came across as complex and deep.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended read if you like this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    6/19/14
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    "Bad narration"

    Really bad narration, I couldn't tell who was who when he was talking and certainly not in character as D. I returned the book. It's a pity but I won't listen to good books ruined by the wrong narrater.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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