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Publisher's Summary

It began with betrayal.

And ended in murder.

She was never supposed to cross my path. 

She was never supposed to know about the Currency of Secrets or the Oaths of Blood.

But like a thief in the night, she stole my soul even if she wasn't mine to possess.

As a member of the Elite, I live by simple tenets. A gentleman above all. Private matters stay private. Secrets whispered are never revealed. Enemies and friends are of the same coin. And power is king.

My so-called brothers killed my friend. I intend to make them pay. And before it's over, I'll bend all the rules of morality, decency, and legality. I will borrow and steal to set the scales right. But begging - begging, you can forget about.

My name is Ben Covington and I know my sins.

©2020 Nana Malone (P)2020 Nana Malone

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Scrumptious Suspense Romance!

Do you remember the mystery shows in the 80's like “Remington Steel” and “Scarecrow & Mrs. King”? The smart girl and the hot guy pair up to solve a mystery in less than an hour and the entire time you can feel the sexual tension, so you have to tune in next week to find out what happens with the couple. I had those same feelings listening to Nana Malone’s newest release “Big Ben: See No Evil Trilogy Book 1”. Olivia is this smart, sexy woman who does not see the danger she is in after meeting Ben Covington, whose company she works for and just kissed in a dark closet at a party. And this is why I read romance books, because nothing like that ever happened to me. But what did happen was I fell down a rabbit hole of intrigue, who-is-that, nuggets of information and leading me down a path to figure out why people are after our Livy. What does Ben’s past acquaintances, his membership in a secret society and deals to put the bad guys out of power have to do with the threats on Livy’s life? Are they separate story line that happen to collide like the passion that Ben and Livy begin to share? I have no answers to any of this because as always Nana Malone leaves me hanging on the edge of my seat. But thankfully, that edge was provided in the sultriest of all British voices, Shane East. I continued to highlight clips throughout listening the audiobook as line after line was delivered in perfection. From smug, to protective, to ultimate lust: a flawless narrative performance from his scrumptious voice! Adding to the audio is the luxurious voice of Mari, a new-to-me narrator that I am going to fangirl about for days. Her tone is so rich that I just gawked at the phone lost in her voice. Absolutely perfect pairing as I was enthralled by their story telling the entire time – in fact I may have listened to a few chapters multiple times because I just could not put it down. I am so ready for more of the “See No Evil” trilogy right now!

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My first Nana Malone book won't be my last

Before I start my review of this book, I have to say what an idiot I was. I went into the book completely and totally blind. Meaning, I didn't even notice it was a trilogy. Seriously! And it says it right there in the dang title! My bad! So, if you're reading this review, be prepared for a cliffhanger because it's a trilogy and this book is just the ground work of what's to come. And I thought it was just a slow burn and was going to have to wrap up so much within the last 10 minutes. Oooops! With that said, I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed both narrators playing the role of Ben and Livi/Olivia. I got an obviously cocky English bloke that has so much mystery surrounding him and his Elite group. And Olivia is this stunningly beautiful and smart woman that happens upon Ben in the first scene. And it's pretty hot! Their story doesn't really progress until a little later, but the tension between them is obvious. I knew right away that her boyfriend Dexter was a total douche and that's without even getting to know his character and his actions (but it does come to light and, yup, I was 100% right). And Ben is going to be the obvious bad boy turned good for a woman. But not just any woman. These two have chemistry, work well together and have this friendship that is fun to watch blossom. From cooking food for Ben (can I get that recipe of the rice dish, Nana?? ;) ) to traveling together to get information from another man for Ben's mission, these two are just a joy to watch. So when they finally come together as not only friends, but as lovers, it's a sight to see. I was pleasantly surprised with my first Nana Malone book and can't wait for the other books/audio because I have to know the answers to the mystery and what's going to happen to our couple and some of the side characters (love Livi's BFF). I'm ready to dig in!

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CLIFFHANGER!

There is a huge difference between a series and a serial. Series books are complete stories often with different protagonists and connected in the same world. I’ve read and happily kept up with dozens of series and dropped out of some series that I wasn’t interested in continuing. This is a serial ending in a cliffhanger. You have to buy another book to get a complete story. Pretty sneaky to call it series. I’m going to return this one and never buy this author again.

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Action and suspense, with a side of steamy hot

It’s going to be the hardest review to write, because I don’t want to give anything of the plot. There are multiple mysteries in the story, and they should all come as surprises. Yet I want to convey how much I enjoyed it. I had listened to Mari once before, and I still love her style. She’s a great narrator, and is perfect for the black heroine–sassys and classy. On the other side, it was my first long listen to Shane East, and I discovered a talented narrator, with several different voices to give life to all the characters. Together, they make for a really good audiobook. As for the story, let’s just say that you have your usual playboy billionaire reformed by love, and your sexy heroine who lacks self confidence and can’t believe the attention she gets from the hot guy. Throw in a secret society and mysterious threats for the heroine, and you get your share of action and suspense, with a side of steamy hot. Be warned though that it ends on a cliffhanger, and you’ll want to know what happens next by reading book 2.

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Amazing start to the trilogy!

I was going to wait until the third book in this trilogy was released to start reading, but I just kept hearing how good it was that I couldn't wait. The suspense, action and characters in this series are phenomenal. Olivia and Ben are both strong, determined and passionate people. Ben gets one look at Olivia and he's instantly drawn to her, like a moth to a flame. His desire to protect her, his determination to prove to her that she is worth more than what he is getting now, and her desire to find more for herself comes right off the page. The drama and adventure are getting really good, too! Can't wait for more. The audiobook for this was FANTASTIC! Both Shane East and Mari injected to much emotion and drama in their narration, and it really enhanced the story. I can't wait for the rest of the series!

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I'm on pinhooks

Ben and Livi had me hooked from there very first....meeting? The tension between these two is palpable as the mystery and intrigue deepen. Be advised, this is a trilogy and ends in a cliffy that made my eyes bug. I can't wait to start the next book in this amazing Nana Malone series.

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Wow!!!

Oh my!!! That was amazing!!! I can not wait for more! Great read. l recommend.

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First Nana Malone book and I’m hooked!!

This book was so much fun! It’s my first Nana Malone book and I will definitely be back for more. This has everything, a sassy fun heroine, a swoon-worthy alpha male and lots of humor and intrigue. I can tell that some of the characters must be from previous novels so I’ll have to go and check out her catalog. I listened to this on Audible and WOW that Shane East is something! And I adored how feisty Mari was! I’m relatively new to Audible books but I totally enjoyed these narrators. Bring on the next book in this part of the series, The Benefactor!

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Impossible to put down

First, if you've read Nana Malone's duets, then you know not to expect part one to end with sunshine and roses. Instead, plan on being on the edge of your seat, anxiously tapping your foot in anticipation of whatever comes next. Now you have an inkling of what this first in the See No Evil trilogy did to me. And I loved every single minute of it. The story is full of intrigue - secret societies, information on flash drives, seconds from getting caught, one dangerous situation after another type of intrigue. Of course, intrigue only really works with the right characters, and Nana Malone has packed this one to the gills with terrific characters, both good and bad. After all, what would the good guys do without some baddies to keep them busy? In this case, I can think of a lot of things. Ben and Olivia have some major chemistry and there's more sexual tension than you can shake a stick at. I loved the build-up between these two, and while Olivia is no damsel in distress, she does have some things to work through. Helpless damsel or not, I can't imagine being too upset by being rescued by Ben Covington, especially with a voice like Shane East breathes into him. Seriously, this guy has a voice like butter. Plus we have Mari as Olivia, and the two together work perfectly. As far as I'm concerned, what we hear in this audio is Ben and Olivia, and from silly situations, witty banter, dangerous run-ins, and holy moly hotness, this is one impossible to put down, or in this case impossible to pause story.

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A great start!

Story: I will be the first to admit I don't do well with duos and trilogies because I need answers right now, but I took the chance knowing I would not get a HEA at the end of this listen. But that's okay, because the story is definitely worth it. We're getting to know Ben and Livvie..what makes them tick and how they end up running to each other. All these things keep happening to Livvie and she doesn't know why. A mystery needs solving. We get introduced to Livvie's BFF and Ben's band of brothers and we get the details of a great world-building. But don't worry...we do get *some* satisfaction...the problem is, it's short-lived because the book ends on a cliffhanger. I know, I know...it's not great when a book ends like that!... I am invested and I need to know what happens!!! Performance: Shane East and Mari are some of the best narrators in romance and their performance is simply FLAWLESS. They both engage with the story beautifully and their magic is the cherry on top. I'll listen to anything these two narrate!

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  • ClaireBookyBook
  • 08-19-20

Cliffhanger Alert!!

There was more to this book than I first thought, with it's many interconnections... I was most definitely hooked until the end... Then shouted “no way!” and got straight on with the next book! Narration way good... but even though beautiful, I just didn't feel the female voice suited the character.

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  • 08-08-20

Scorching hot!

Ben and Olivia's story kept me hooked from start to finish, so much so that I listened to the entire book in one day it was that good. Nana's storytelling is exemplary and with all the twists and turns, the build up of their sizzling sexual tension, the relationship and banter between all of Ben's friends and the overall intrigue, there is so much to get your teeth into. I won't be giving anything away apart from it is a cliffhanger which I usually avoid. However, the next instalment (The Benefactor) is ready and waiting for me so I'm happy. The narration is on point for both characters, but particularly by Shane East who has the sexiest, gravelly tone to his voice which is just right for Ben. I definitely recommend this audiobook, you will not be disappointed.

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  • 07-27-20

Great!

Nana Malone is a new to me author. Where has she been all of my life? I cannot wait to dig into the rest of her catalog. Big Ben is the exciting first part of a trilogy. Narrated by Shane East and Mari. As usual Shane East was fantastic and elevated an already fantastic story. Mari was amazing as well. For me, she was the best part. Her portrayal of Olivia who has so many different sides to her was on point. Strong, sexy, boring, exciting, confident, insecure, ambitious, content. All of these are parts to this layered character Nana Moaone wrote that Mari absolutely brought to life. This is a great example of why I like audiobooks. When it is performed by a true voice actor and not just someone reading a book to you, it adds so much. As far as the story goes, i'm loving it so far. The way Ben and Olivia met my accident when they were both hiding from something is both exciting and hilarious. So far there are so many good guys and bad guys and guys you can't tell if they are good are bad yet. I absolutely recommend this book and suggest that it is 100% worth a credit or buying outright.

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  • 07-25-20

Absolutely brilliant

This is a fantastic storyline. There’s so much action and a lovely romance as well. Likeable characters with great personalities. Both Mari and Shane gives a brilliant performance.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 07-15-20

Fantastic

This was absolutely fantastic. The characters are so compelling and interesting. I will definitely warn you though don’t start this one before bed as it is nearly impossible to put down. It’s fun and full of suspense and enough chemistry that I highly recommend head phones

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  • K. Ramjohn
  • 05-29-20

I Enjoyed it

Big Ben is the 1st book in the See No Evil Trilogy and it's my first Nana Malone novel. Filled with drama, action, mystery and suspense, the story held my interest and I was hooked until the end. Ben and Olivia were two likable characters and I loved the progression of their relationship from strangers to friends to lovers. The secondary characters added another level to the story and provided support and balance to our main couple. The plot was gripping and as we get more engrossed in this story, the intrigue and danger became more prominent. Mysterious, humorous, exciting and tension filled, this novel ended in a cliff hanger and I can't wait for the next book to see what happens. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to all lovers of romantic suspense. The audiobook version was narrated by Shane East and Mari. They did an excellent job bringing the story to life. The accents, the emotions, the personalities were all spot on and they complimented each other perfectly. I enjoyed listening to them narrate this novel.

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  • Readers Together
  • 05-26-20

A fantastic start to this trilogy

Big Ben I loved, loved, loved Big Ben. This is my first Nana Malone book and wow, what a book to start with. I am loving it. I was laughing out loud in the first chapter. There are many laugh of loud moments, but equally as much suspense. The sexual tension is off the charts, and I love that it built throughout the story. I couldn’t listen fast enough, I kept sneaking off to find time alone just so I could keep listening. I have so many questions, I’m intrigued by some of the other characters and what is going to happen next. Mama’s writing is captivating, and she has created a world that I cannot wait to spend more time in. For me, the Britishness was done really well, I’m really picky but it didn’t feel over done with the exception of one word, but I think that is more a personal taste thing than anything else. It’s performed by Shane East and Mari. Shane East was his delectable self. Everything you’ve come to know and love about his performances are showcased in this production. There is a reason he’s dubbed as the aural king of all things British. He is Ben Covington, he plays the rich, flirty, cocky gent so well. Mari is new to me, and I'm liking what I'm hearing so far. She has a nice tone and delivered the emotions of the character wonderfully. I think having to not only use an accent but voice the opposite sex at the same time can be difficult (I know I couldn’t do it) so there were some instances were I thought a duet narration might have worked better but overall it was well done. Generally, their voices complemented each other and it was a solid performance. This is the start of a trilogy, so I'm kicking myself a little as I didn’t realise that when I pressed play, even though it’s listed as sure on the product page...parent brain strikes again. Once I found out, I was too hooked to stop and wait for the others to release. Anything that can hook me this much is worth the wait for the ending.  A must listen. If you haven't used a credit on this baby yet, do it! Or, if you already own the eBook, it has whispersynced.