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Publisher's Summary

Book one in the new Fae Out of Water series.

Temp worker David Evans has been dreaming of Dr. Alun Kendrick ever since that one transcription job for him, because holy cats, that voice. Swoon. So when his agency offers him a position as Dr. Kendrick’s temporary office manager, David neglects to mention that he’s been permanently banished from offices. Because, forgiveness? Way easier than permission.

Alun Kendrick, former Queen’s Champion of Faerie’s Seelie Court, takes his job as a psychologist for Portland’s supernatural population extremely seriously. Secrecy is paramount: No non-supe can know of their existence. So when a gods-bedamned human shows up to replace his office manager, he intends to send the man packing. It shouldn’t be difficult - in the 200 years since he was cursed, no human has ever failed to run screaming from his hideous face.

But cheeky David isn’t intimidated, and despite himself, Alun is drawn to David in a way that can only spell disaster: When fae consort with humans, it never ends well. And if the human has secrets of his own? The disaster might be greater than either of them could ever imagine.

©2017 E.J. Russell (P)2020 E.J. Russell

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Fun read

I truly enjoyed this book, I hope the next is soon to follow. hopefully with Joel Leslie.

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The Modern (Gay) Retelling That We Need!

The first thing that charmed me about this book (and charming is definitely the adjective of the hour for this story) was Joel Leslie's performance. He created a voice for each character that was unique, with clear accents and idiosyncrasies, so I never needed the dialogue tags to navigate who was speaking. His David was geeky and upbeat, his Alun broody but refined. The juxtaposition was perfect for the reference to the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. As for the story, if this had been any other retelling by any other MM author, there was a point about 30% through that would have been the end. In fact, I expected that to the be resolution to the entire book. Instead, it kept going—and I am so incredibly glad it did. It can get to a point where the trope of 'ridiculous misunderstanding followed by reconciliation, end' gets tiring. This had a misunderstanding involved, sure, but it went further. I was glad to get extra time with the characters, and explore the world that E.J. Russel built. Overall I really enjoyed this read, and I'll be keeping an eye out for future books from this author AND this narrator.

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Was Really Good

I love it when I classic fairytale comes over to the MM side, and I really enjoy when a author does the story justice. It was a little confusing at times, but it was still nicely done. Joel Leslie was a major part of me liking this story so much, he did a fantastic job with the voice's

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Taking on the status quo

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I wasn’t familiar with the story prior to this, though I was somewhat aware there was a big backstory with David and Alun from reading Witch Under Wraps. I got caught up in their adventures and how David challenged expectations and tradition. Alun spent way too much time self martyring himself and desperately needed the swift kicks in the posterior that David gave him. Joel Leslie was the perfect narrator for this book. He really shines at urban fantasy types of stories and imbues so much personality into the voices and inflections.

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Love this!

I love David and Alun's story! Such an amazing twist on Beauty and the Beast. This is such a entertaining and funny read that had me laughing out loud many times. Then Joel Leslie bring this story to life with his narration. I love his voices of each of the characters. Such an amazing listen.

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Highly Enjoyable

A humorous romance of the"the small cheery one and the large grumpy one" trope with the line of world building that resulted in most of the author's subsequent books. Joel Leslie is his usual superb.

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I think the middle part was pretty good, but the beginning and last few hours were too confusing to follow. I love this narrator, and he did an amazing job, but I think the magical elements were just not understandable and too complex. I think this could have been a great book for me if I could figure out what was going on. The narration was great, and probably what kept me going.

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Fantastic!!

This was fantastic!! I loved everything about this story!! Davis is over the top, sunshine and Alun is down, dark and broody. All the shenanigans that David inadvertently causes. Hysterical! Joel Leslie did such an amazing job with the narration!!

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Adorable story; perfect narration

First, I could listen to Joel Leslie read Pride Guides. His voice is perfect for that sassy gay boy voice, and his talent is evident in how he gives life to every other character. I loved the curse in this Beast story. I found some of the underlying explanations for this world confusing, but i was so busy enjoying the stubborn, passionate pair it didn’t matter.

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Loved it

I loved everything about this audiobook. The narration by Joel Leslie was amazing!! He has such a talent for voices!!!! The story was just as good as the narration! There was a little bit of everything in this book. Mystery, angst, pining, love, magic. Highly recommend!!!

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  • Alex
  • 11-20-20

Adorable romance

Loved this take on the supernatural world. Great world building, adorable characters, fun plot. Such a fun start to a great series and the narration is superb.

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  • choccygrl
  • 12-03-20

Fun supernatural romance

Oh my, this was great. The story is a take on Beauty and the Beast, as you can tell from the title, and it was so much fun. I adored David for the most part but it was Alan who stole my heart. Joel Leslie's narration was excellent and I always love his portrayal of gruff posh Brits with a marshmallow centre, which is exactly how I envisaged Alan. Can't wait for the next book in the series to make it to audio.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 11-29-20

LOVED IT!

I love d this story so much and I'm so pleased to see that it's going to be a series. Joel Leslie was awesome as always.

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  • LoveBooks
  • 11-29-20

So enjoyable

David has so much going on in his life but his new temp job has him excited. Alun is not impressed when he realizes that his temp is human then things start to happen. Well, to say this story will take you on a journey is an understatement. You will think you have it figured then suddenly you realize that you were wrong. If you want a story with humor, snark, heat, and magic, this is the one for you.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 11-29-20

Funny, a bit of fae angst, and utterly delightful

I’ve never read a book by E.J. Russell before, and boy have I been missing out. The way she writes keeps me captivated snd dying to know what happens next. I enjoy series that have the main characters finding their HEA, but the underlying storyline continues into the next book. // This story centers around David, a clumsy, but engaging man...a HUMAN man, who takes a temp job for a doctor, whose voice he fell for, while doing another job. Chaos and hijinks ensue, and it’s an utter delight to witness. To say Dr. Alun Kendrick is a grumpy man, is a bit of an understatement. To be fair, he is cursed, banned from the faerie court, and feels responsible for the death of his lover. I loved how David was more put off by Alun’s temperament than his appearance. // While there is romance, and plenty of UST, there is not a lot of steam in this story. Instead, the focus is more on the storyline. Which, is okay, because the storyline was a lot of fun, and really well written. The characters were charming, unique, and likable. David was my favorite of the bunch. I liked his spunk, wit, and the fact that he brings sunshine to whatever room he is in. // Joel Leslie does a phenomenal job with the characters. He is such a talented narrator with an impressive range, full of emotion, and has an endless amount of depth. He really brought this story to life. I cannot imagine another narrator doing better.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 11-29-20

Great story another stunning J, Leslie performance

This book is like a cross between Beauty and the Beast and Bringing up Baby. David brings chaos wherever he goes and Dr. Kendrick as a psychologist treating supernaturals definitely does not need an office manager that brings his own drama. When David manages to snag the job, however, sparks fly between them and we get a wonderful story of them learning each others' secrets, breaking the curse and getting their HEA. Joel Leslie is the perfect performer for this book. He is superb at multiple voices and here he clearly is having a ball and his enjoyment comes through in his performance.

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  • Larissa
  • 11-27-20

Magical and unique

I don’t typically read paranormal MM romance but I saw Joel Leslie was narrating this audiobook and I was sold. Seriously, it doesn't even matter what the book is; if he’s narrating, I’m on board. Of course having good material to narrate is always nice because even the best narrator can’t save a horrible story. Luckily, we don’t have that issue here. This is a terrific, unique story based on Beauty and the Beast, with a twist. It has an intriguing story and a plot that moves at a good pace. The MCs, David and Alun, are multi-dimensional, likeable characters, and the addition of the Kendrick brothers and David's Aunts is a bonus. There’s witty dialogue and humor, amazing world building, and great chemistry between David and Alun. Joel Leslie’s narration elevates everything that’s great about this book into something that’s even better. His diction, accents, range of voices and delivery of emotional impact behind the words are all spot on. Overall, a great voicing to a great book = a win-win for listeners.

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  • Magnus
  • 11-26-20

Great Start

EJ Russel did a super job with the story. A very enjoyable story and fantastic characters. Joel Leslie was amazing as always with the narration. Hope we do not have to wait too long for the next story on audible. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lex Buchanan
  • 11-24-20

Lovely story

I really enjoyed this story. It was so unique and magical! The fantasy elements came to life in a very fluid and beautiful way, drawing listeners in and capturing them in the story. It was funny and sweet and everything I was hoping for. Joel Leslie is a fabulous narrator and I enjoyed him in this role! Xo

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 11-24-20

David and Alan

David is a human looking for work, he gets a temp job for Dr Alan Kendrick unbeknown to him, he is Fae and works with all kinds of people. Dragon shifters, Vampires, humans and many more. It is a beautifully written story and Joel's amazing narration makes this perfect

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  • Alexandra
  • 11-24-20

One click Joel

Great way to relax on my Sunday Joel leslie did another wonderful job bringing bright bubbly Davis and Dark & Broody Alun to life. Cant go wrong one clicking on Joel Lesile narrations. This is a wonderful listen with all the expected story developments, nothing new here but still a great relaxing story with all the feels.