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Publisher's Summary

Detective Drake Lewis is tough, focused, and unbending. He has no problem keeping his workaholic professional life completely separate from his lonely personal life. Drake has never met a man who could pull him from his job. 

Until he does. 

Liam Walters is a construction foreman with a painful past. He’s happy with himself and what his life has become. When his path once again crosses with Drake’s, Liam is willing to take whatever Drake can offer him. 

For now. 

Buried Secrets is a stand-alone male/male romance with suspenseful elements. This story has bits and pieces of opposites-attract, hurt/comfort, and redeemed by love tropes. Trigger warning: This story has the mention of childhood trauma.

©2020 A.D. Ellis (P)2021 A.D. Ellis
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Sexy Thriller

Plot: Mystery/suspense with romance - reminiscent of those fun thrillers from the 80s and 90s, but with a happy ending
Feels: Was on the edge of my seat not knowing who to suspect at the beginning, especially when I thought it was only Drake’s POV; Heart-breaking moments with a couple of backstories.
Drama: Liam’s first blowup fight with Drake, though Liam quickly resolved it himself with the best inner monologue
Heat: 4/5 - lots of smexy times
Characters: So glad Drake got over his aversion to commitment, and Liam was definitely the better choice!
Pacing: Good flow
Length: Just right
Ending: HEA
Performance: Great solid narration

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Buried Secrets

Buried Secrets is an enjoyable murder mystery with a side of steamy romance. This book does cover childhood trauma and may not be for everyone. Liam, a construction foreman, is just trying to do his job when a body is found at the job site. Drake is the detective assigned to the case and when he crosses paths again with Liam they decide to see what could happen. Liam and Drake have wonderful chemistry and I enjoyed them together as they try to find a killer before more bodies start stacking up.
Narrator Christopher Solon does a marvelous job. He really brought the characters to life and made the book better.

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Heartwarming story of love

I loved this story of two men who are attractive to each other, finding love when they aren't looking for a commitment due to two different reasons.The love scenes are tender, sensual, and off of the charts explosive. The story has great plot and character development that will have you glued to this tale. A serial killer is also on the loose who will threaten these men. Thank you, A. D. Ellis, for giving me a story that grabbed my heart from the beginning and only got better throughout the book.

Christopher Solon made a remarkable story even better with his narration. He made me feel the emotions of these characters and brought the story to life. I love when a narrator puts so much heart into his work. I highly recommend this Audible book. My only regret is that I can't give it more than five stars for the overall score.

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So Incredibly Good!

I have listened to books by this author before and am never disappointed, this is my favorite thus far. Good and realistic storyline with a sweet romance and wonderful narration. Highly recommend!

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Good story!💜

This was a good story and even though it took me a minute to get into it, I did enjoy it. It has a mystery suspense element which I love, but IMO I felt it focused a lot on sex. The sex was hot, and the chemistry was good and the characters faced real life issues. The narration wasn’t bad, however it was a little choppy. Christopher has a great voice that was well suited for these characters.

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A great mystery with plenty of steam

What a great mystery! I know at the end I was in just as much shock as the characters. Drake is a detective who focuses on his job and takes it serious. He has a part of his life he hides from everyone. He meets Liam and they have a passionate night. He's surprised to see him again at the crime scene for latest murder case he was working on. Drake is battling with if he can trust Liam and also the feelings he has for the man he wants to ignore. They start a secret fling. Liam wants to be anything but a secret, but he doesn't want to force Drake into coming out if he isn't ready. Then things get dangerous and what is important to them becomes apparent. Drake hopes it's not too late. His happiness and life are at risk. This narrator was the perfect voice for this story. He made it really enjoyable. I was captivated by the story from start to finish. A great mystery with plenty of steam!

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Good story

The romance between the MCs seems to move very quickly but fluidly. This is my first book narrated by Christopher Solon and it won’t be the last. He did a great job portraying the emotions of the various characters and I found it easy to know who was speaking every time. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes their romance mixed with crime/mystery elements.

I received a free copy of this audiobook but the views are all my own.

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I Liked It

I liked the story, the romance and the mystery. Both characters were interesting and I enjoyed following their relationship development. I liked mystery aspect as well, up until almost at the very end, but the chapter with villain's monologuing just didn't sit well with me. Narrator did a good job and made this story into good listening experience.

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loved it

I loved this book. Christopher Solon really brings this story to life and makes you love the characters even more. Detective Drake Lewis is a workaholic and is pretty much married to his job. When pedophiles are bring murdered. He meets Liam Walters at a construction site where a body is found. Liam has a traumatic past and soon Drake no longer sees in black and white. But will that revelation be to late to save Liam?

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Murder and Coming Out

I really enjoyed this story. The 2 MC's are an out and proud construction foreman and an in the closet Detective. The love scenes are sweet but hot but this book also has a great plot and I couldn't put it down.

I think Christopher Solon made this book really enjoyable to listen to.. He brought the emotions of the two MC's to life.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 04-05-21

Drake, Liam and a murder case

Buried Secrets is my first book by A. D. Ellis and as a detective fan I liked it.
The writing style is fluid and loose and as a listener you are quick in the story.

Detective Drake Lewis is a workoholic and gay. But his colleagues don’t know that and Drake wants to keep it that way.
During a new case, Drake meets Liam Walters, who is openly gay. The two start a hot affair. As more and more bodies are found, the suspicion that the killer is close enough is confirmed. Will Drake solve the case in time?

Drake and Liam are likeable characters. The chemistry between the two fits right from the start and they start a hot affair. Liam is sincere and lovable, Drake on the other hand has a rough way at first, but is just as lovable.
I really liked the mix of a crime novel and a love story, because the murder case creates a certain tension and the romance is not neglected either.

The audio book was narrated by Christopher Solon and he did a good job of bringing the characters to life. You could tell the different voices quite well.

I can recommend the audiobook to everyone. It is well written and well narrated, exciting and romantic.

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  • Mandy Tunstill
  • 11-11-21

So.... Good.... Loved it.. 💖💖

Loved it..... Realy enjoyed this taking you on a journey of murder, suspense and love when bodies start being found buried in concrete one after the other on a construction site who are they and who's the murderer and why has he done it that's what detective Drake as to find out and being there he meets Liam again who he had one night with but realises he can't stay away from these two together are so perfect the chemistry between them instant. And Christopher Solon as done an amazing job with narration so good. 💞💞

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  • Wendywoo
  • 11-02-21

Very good

Loved this story was very well written and the storyline gripped me.
And of course Chris Solan nailed the audiobook yet again

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-24-21

Not the best I've ever read

I was very close to not finishing this story more than once. I just couldn't get into it until about two thirds in. The story felt rushed and the characters forced. The love story was quite seet after a certain point but still a bit rushed. John Solon did an excellent job in the narration.

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  • Anne M
  • 10-21-21

Fantastic story and performance

Story 4.5 stars
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I really loved this story. It drew me in from the start and I couldn't stop listening from start to finish. It is a pretty quick read but didn't feel rushed and felt complete in the end. It was a little angsty at times and pretty steamy. The 2 MCs had great chemistry. I loved Liam and my heart ached for him. I enjoyed Drake overall but a couple times he frustrated me which is the only reason why I left off half a star. Other then that I loved everything about this book. Both the relationship side and the murder mystery plot. Neither of which drowned out each other. It was a perfect blend. This book was fantastic and I absolutely recommend it.

Great narration. The narrator had a very pleasant voice, kept a good pace and expressed all the emotions. He brought the story to life and made it a pleasure to listen to. He also changed up the voices to easily tell everyone apart.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 05-20-21

Beautiful

So I am currently fixing up my driveway, its hard work and has so far taken me 20 or so hours with about the same still to go, the 5 hours that I spent working on it and listening to this book was the fastest that time has gone since starting this work. The characters felt real they had depth and intrigue. The storyline was sad, compelling and tight. This is one talented author.

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  • Gwen
  • 05-10-21

A romance and a serial killer...

I loved the book, suspense and romance. Finding a balance for right and wrong while finding love.

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  • XG
  • 05-02-21

Great narration!

I need to confess that I have read just a very few books written by A.D. Ellis, but I am always amazed by the style and general outline of her stories. This book is not exception and the captivating plot, kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time, with a very witty mystery to solve while Liam and Drake found their path together. Besides the engaging story, the narration is simply wonderful. Mr Solon made an amazing job with balancing out the interesting plot and the banter and interactions of the characters in a very skillful narration. I loved the way he uses his great talent to bring alive these characters, and hearing them telling us their lives was a treat. A great narration of a wonderful book!

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  • Magius
  • 04-27-21

Neither fish nor fowl

The blurb for this m/m romance story described the content very aptly when it stated it has bits and pieces of and with elements of this, that and the other. It led you to believe the police procedural aspect would get some substance along the line since it was the framework for the story but it never got going. The Detective Drake Lewis is working the case of murders connected to construction sites where he reconnects with Liam Walters, a site foreman and a past hook-up. This leads to renewed steamy encounters that begin to evolve into them starting to get to know each other better. Their evolving relationship gets entangled in the murder investigation which isn't described at all apart from repeated descriptions of mounting pressure and how hard Drake is working with his team, who are not mentioned at all in procedural context. A moral dilemma is thrown in for good measure to add more themes to this mix. Drake and Liam are flawed but likeable characters and their story could be better with committing fully to a genre - be it police procedural, or recovery from emotional trauma and building of a relationship. Narrator Christopher Solon did a good job with characterisation, making it easy to distinguish who was talking and the narration was clear and pleasant to listen to.

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 04-25-21

A wonderful mystery audiobook.

Such a great mystery with much suspense , I loved this book/ audiobook.
An extremely interesting story that had me continually listening wanting to find out “ who done it”
The romance between Drake and Liam is written beautifully with a hotness between them that can’t be ignored.
The narration by Christopher Solon is extremely good he took me on this journey with these wonderful characters with his solid voice.