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Broken Silence

Rock Bottom, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Rock Bottom, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Justin Molina has secrets. He’s served his time but remains a prisoner of his past, unable to forgive himself for failing his family when they needed him most. Justin’s grief is overwhelming, but he keeps silent and focuses on his goals. About to graduate college, he tries to keep his head above water - no matter how many times life keeps knocking him down. When he’s forced to register for a poetry writing class, Justin discovers putting words to his feelings might be exactly what his fractured heart needs to heal. Or is it the older professor with the bow ties and gentle smile who gives him a chance when no one else will?

Professor Foster Faraday Harding is a broken man. His divorce is final, and he’s reverted back to the safety of his books. Even his poetry no longer brings him joy; he’s sleepwalking through life. The raw emotion of Justin’s poetry awakens Foster to desires he thought long buried in the ashes of his marriage. When he discovers Justin is struggling financially, Foster offers him a solution that benefits both of them. Soon it’s Foster who’s struggling with emotions he can’t understand: Justin is his student. And a man. One crazy night years earlier doesn’t mean anything. Foster is straight. 

After months of denying the growing attraction between them, an unexpected kiss changes everything. Justin and Foster are no longer only professor and student - they’ve become lovers, but the strain of hiding their relationship increases with each passing day. Words have the power not only to hurt but to heal the greatest pain. If Foster and Justin listen to what their hearts are saying, they might break through their silence and live their own love poems - together.

©2019 Felice Stevens (P)2019 Felice Stevens

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It moved me

I loved this audiobook very much. I see other reviewers couldn’t Finnish it, but for me I found even the poems inspirational. I was hooked from the start. The end felt rushed to me and yes it did end in a cliffhanger. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Perfect.

I loved Justin and Foster in this age gap student teacher trope. Two men deeply hurt and lost in life that fit together like perfect puzzle pieces

And Michael Pauley. Let me just say perfection. He made the chAracters come alive and as Foster gave me butterflies in my stomach

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Amazingly emotional!

This story had pull on my emotion and I loved every minute of it. I just love Justin and Foster. Both are just amazing characters that I love listening to. And Michael Pauley does another amazing job in bring these characters to life. I thought my emotion were everywhere reading this but listening to this story just pull so many emotions out of me. I love this story so much!

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Justin & Foster

This was a wonderful story that really pulled at my heartstrings. I knew this would be a must listen for me as the story contained some of my favorite themes and my favorite narrator. I love the Professor/student dynamic, first times and an age gap romance. I really fell for Justin and his big heart. He was such a wonderful son, always making sure his mom had what she needed. Foster had his own ghosts after his failed marriage and being crushed by his ex-wife and the self-doubts she brought to the surface. Foster saw through the ex-con facade that Justin tried to put up and fell for his heart through his poetry. I couldn’t imagine better matches for these two men as they truly brought out the best and saw what few others did in each other. This author never fails to pull me into the worlds she creates. Justin and Foster’s story was no exception. The slow burn of their romance was worth the wait and build up. Their story truly had all the feels and I loved it! I couldn’t recommend it more!