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Brothers in Blue: Max

Brothers in Blue, Book 1
Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Ava Lucas
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Meet the men of Manning Grove, three small-town cops and brothers, who meet the women who will change the rest of their lives. This is Max's story....

Big-city party-girl Amanda Barber has been spoiled most of her life. But life for Amanda suddenly becomes a major challenge: adapting to small-town life, dealing with her special needs brother, and constantly butting heads with a frustrating local cop.

As a police officer and former Marine, "responsibility" is Max Bryson's middle name. Never having been in a serious relationship, he has no plans for one in the near future. He likes being his own man. And even if he were interested in a serious relationship, he certainly wouldn't choose someone so immature and irresponsible as Amanda. But no matter how hard he tries, he can't get sexy Amanda out of his head or his heart. Watching her mature in front of his eyes, his protectiveness toward her only strengthens.

Bossy and possessive aren't the only words Amanda uses to describe this frustrating cop. She can't deny just looking at the man makes her tremble. But she's done with having anyone control her and this man isn't going to be any different. Or is he?

Note: This is a full-length novel and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. No cliff-hangers, and it has an HEA.

©2018 Jeanne St. James (P)2019 Jeanne St. James

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Amanda and Max!

When Amanda’s stepmother passes away she learns that as his only living relative she is responsible for her 22 year old special needs brother so she leaves her single lifestyle and cheating boyfriend behind in Miami for small town Pennsylvania. She is determined to succeed even if no one in town or her overbearing mother thinks that she can.

This was supposed to be a temporary move and she had plans to bring her brother back to Miami but the surprise was Police Officer Max Bryson, an ex-marine, and the sparks they set off in each other. Max is very attracted to her and respects her need to be independent and succeed on her own however a mistake could change everything.

The chemistry between Amanda and Max leapt off the pages and the combination of humor and the surrounding characters of Max’s family and Teddy were the icing on the cake. I thought the narrators did a great job at bringing the story to life especially when it came to her brother's voice.

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Fantastic listen!

Loved this listen! Great story and characters, with plenty of humor and romance. Fantastic narrators who really brought the characters to life with unique voices for each. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Absolutely perfect!

I loved reading Max's book and listening to Jason Clarke bring Max to life was fantastic! Ava Lucas, as always, does a fabulous job throughout the book as well. I think Greg is my favorite though 😊.

Amanda comes to Manning Grove to take care of her half brother after his mother passed away. She had never met her brother Greg, who has special needs. Amanda then meets officer Max Bryson and the sparks fly! Another fan-freaking-tastic book from Jeanne St. James and a fabulous job by the narrators, Ava Lucas and Jason Clarke.

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Love a man in uniform!

I read and loved this book originally and was so excited to hear the audiobook version! Jason Clarke and Ava Lucas did a fantastic job of pulling you right into the heart of the story! Amanda, is a woman torn from life as she knew it in Miami and moved to a small town to take on the biggest responsibility of her life. Max, is a set in his ways police officer in Manning Grove who meets his biggest distraction and match when it comes to Amanda. This is a story of compromise, growth, and breaking out of your comfort zone. Another wonderful story from Jeanne St James that have you ready and anxious to meet the rest of the Bryson Brothers!

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Loved it!!!!!

Oh my I so loved this book! I thought the chemisrty between Max and Amanda was graet! Then throw in the mix of Greg and you have many laugh out loud moments! Amanda may finf living in a small town hard but once she meets her bff Teddy it can only get easier. The book comes alive by Ava Lucas and Jason Clark. Jeanne St James is a master at her craft!

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Loved it!!

Loved the start of this series. The storyline and characters were great. Max and Amanda meet when she moves from Miami to take care of her brother. They have great chemistry from the start and Max, who isn’t looking for commitment, has to face that there is something more between them. Ava Lucas and Jason Clarke did a great job with the narration. Looking forward to more in this series.

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  • Angiee
  • Texas United States
  • 03-02-19

Love this book

I absolutely love this book. This is a great story about Max and Amanda, the chemistry between these two are hot. Max and Amanda dislike each other from the start. Max is on the police force in his small town and Amanda comes to town when she has to take over care for her special needs stepbrother. This book had me all over the emotional scale, one minute I was laughing and the next I was crying.. So worth the ride. I highly recommend this book

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Yes Officer

Amanda comes to town to take care of her brother who can’t live on his own after his mother dies. She is coming from a life of leisure a party girl who really don’t have any responsibilities.
She is really thrust into this new life with no safety net and I love how she just does what needs to be done.
She gets a lot of side eyes and people who don’t believe she can do it. I really didn’t like that part of the story especially coming from her love interest he says some underhanded things that made think of him as a dink!

Max is one of the local cops and he and Amanda run into each other a lot, he doesn’t want anything long term like at all. But he can’t stop coming around, something about Amanda has him all turned around.

This story was sweet and I loved that Amanda finds she has more grit than anyone expected even herself.

Greg is Amanda’s brother and he is the sweetest, he really steals the show. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to have his safe world turned upside down when not only his father passes but then his mother and he is now in the hands of his sister. Yes, he is excited she is there but he just doesn’t understand why his mom isn’t coming back. The one scene had me in tears.

I loved the narration how could I not, Ava Lucas is quickly becoming one of my favorite female narrators. She just brings these stories that extra special thing you want when you’re listening. Jason Clarke is a fantastic narrator so of course, I enjoyed his side of thing. :)

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well written but

story was well written like others by the same author but the main characters relationship was very toxic in my opinion. emotionally abusive scenes between them were never resolved she just accepted the abuse and forgave him. I struggled to get through the book.

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amazing

i loved this story. its an amazing struggle of finding ones self while finding love and family. i love that you used a special needs person in the story. it warms my heart. i laughed and i cried.

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  • 03-16-19

so so romantic!

This is such a great story! Max, Amanda and Gregg are brilliantly written characters and the story though at times bitter sweet is a heart warming romance. not to mention steaming hot!
the narration really brought all the characters to life!

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  • Mandy Sawyer
  • 03-15-19

Great storyline

I loved everything about this book. The storyline, the setting, the characters and the chemistry. Great emotion written in to enhance the situation. Well written and a brilliant performance from both Ava and Jason.

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  • Gwen
  • 03-11-19

I love cops 😉 Max is awesome

Amanda has been thrown into a new life at Manning Grove, where the sexiest cops from the Bryson family live. Max will make her life a little difficult but that'll change. I loved Greg, Teddy, Marc and Mary Ann. They are wonderful characters. Amanda quickly matures and finds love where she least expected it.
Both narrators have great voices and add to the magic of the book's romance.

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  • Ginger
  • 03-10-19

Wish I could give this more than 5 stars!

Loved this story!
The characters are down to earth, Amanda Barber a big city girl thrown into a small town, Max Dyson small town Police officer both are stubborn, oil and water together actually but drawn to each other just the same. The storyline is touching, heart warming, but sexy too. In Jeanne’s signature style.
Jeanne St. James has a way of telling stories that just pull you in and hold you there. This one especially so.
Ava Lucas did a phenomenal job narrating along with Jason Clarke.
Can’t wait to hear Marks story!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 02-27-19

Move me to Manning Grove!

After listening to the DAMC books, I could not wait to delve into this new series to me! And all I can say is WOW! This story had me from the very first chapter. Amanda moves to Manning Grove after the death of her stepmother. She is taking over the care of her disabled brother, and is staying in Manning Grove to get things settled. Staying out of trouble seems to be her biggest problem, and Max, a town cop, is the one that seems to be her nemesis every time something goes wrong. Now that their attraction is evident, will Max be enough to keep Amanda from going back to her old life? This book has a little of everything I love in it. Jeanne St. James creates Greg, Amanda's stepbrother in such a way that I could feel the compassion she has for him. He is lovable from the first lines and is the standout for me. I love the small town feel of the story, with Max's family being a cornerstone for Amanda. This story is not only steamy, but the messages of family and self worth make it one of the best I have heard this year.

Listening to the story, St. James could not have picked better narrators. Ava Lucas is absolutely incredible. Not only does she nail Amanda, but the way she brings Greg to life makes him so endearing, it's impossible not to fall in love with him! The choice of Jason Clarke for Max is perfect. His voice holds that alpha feel but also has that honorable tone of military excellence. I loved the combination and can't wait to hear the next in this series!