Deadly Lover

Exit Strategy, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Exit Strategy, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Justin Mallory has years of bad decisions to make up for, starting with agreeing to join the CIA after being recruited out of the marines. Now, he chooses the jobs, and he works alone. It’s safer that way, and he can make sure the good guy always wins.

But this job...he can’t do alone. Two pharmaceutical researchers are dead, and a dangerous drug is on the cusp of winning FDA approval if he doesn’t track down the culprit behind the lies and murders.

Gabriel Prescott is a well-trained, efficient, and cold-blooded killer. After a brutal betrayal left his lover dead, Gabriel is out only for himself. But when this lucrative contract lands in his lap, he can’t pass it up. Even if it means working with the unpredictable and insane Justin Mallory.

Dodging bullets and secret meetings find them depending on each other. And one hot, frantic night together leads to a hidden sweetness...and questions of whether they could possibly have something more.

©2018 Jocelynn Smith (P)2018 Jocelynn Smith

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An enjoyable story and slow burn romance

This story is a slow burn on the romance side. The is definitely an enjoyable mystery on the journey finding the murders and FDA drug cover up, and the trail lead to an unexpected place. I enjoyed the narration some character voices more than others but will absolutely look for more work from this author and narrator.

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Deadly Lover: Exit Strategy Book 1

Omg this audio book was absolutely positively amazing. I would highly recommend this audio book.

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I'm not sold on this...

Reading the blurb (something that I missed with the previous book I listened to and it caused some confusion on my part), and looking at the cover, I expected something a bit different from this book. I expected murder and mayhem, something on the grittier side, and most definitely more mystery and suspense. I mean look at that cover - doesn't that scream darkness and danger to you? Alas, expectations...

Justin Mallory and Gabriel Prescott, alike yet so different. They run in the same circles, and not. What they are certain about is that they do not do partners - in any meaning of the word. Still, the job they are hired to do is not a one man job, so they are forced to a very reluctant partnership. There's a new cancer drug that's about to hit the market, promising fewer side effects than the current ones. What FDA does not know is that the drug has a dark side, fatal flaws that Big Pharma will, and have gone to great lengths to hide - murdering two of their own. So the reluctant duo is tasked to stop the drug and expose the secrets before it's too late.

So, back to expectations, from this you might expect a lot of action, spying and covert operations. Sure there was that but it was not the main focus of the book rather the romance aspect was. So if you are looking for a steamy read this might be your next read, but if you are looking for action of another kind you might want to reconsider.

Also, considering that this book took place only over a short period of time and the level of trust Justin and Gabe developed didn’t quite fit. I don’t mean instant trust don’t exist, I’m just not believing that people in their professions trust easily –or at all. I did like that they were both scarred and had issues. I like my heroes flawed and troubled. It gives them that edge that I'm so fond of. In the end though, the pieces of this story and the characters didn't quite fit for me.

There's something about Kenneth Obi's narration that don't quite do it for me, and I can't really put my finger on why. I mean, he has what I usually look for in a narrator. The different voices for the different characters and he adds some feeling to the narration as well. And in this book he even does accents. What else can a listener want for? But for some reason I still find myself spacing out more often than not. There's just something that makes it feel uninspiring. I'm never engaged. I'm also fully aware that this is just my subjective feelings and I do recognise that Obi is a good and talented narrator. So in the end I think this will be a case of "it not you, it's me". I also urge you that if you do enjoy Obi's narration I do believe you'll enjoy this book as well, so don't write it off on my account.

The story isn’t over when this book ended. Sure the mystery such as it was is resolved but there are many lose ends to tie up, not the least how Justin and Gabriel intend to move forward – do they get out of the life and start anew together, or do they continue as before with danger lurking around every corner?

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Very good

I loved this book. Pretty dark but very sexy. I love Justin and Gabriel. They make such a cute couple. Cannot wait for the next book.

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Drake and Obi are a winning team!

While I am familiar with Drake as an author this book I had not read previously and I'm honestly glad I didn't. I couldn't imagine not having Obi's incredible performance bringing these two men together.

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addictive

Once I started I couldn't put it down. A great combination of plot and romance

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love this one

Kenneth Obi did a great job narrating this book. Highly recommend it to other listeningers

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good start to the series

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: not annoying per se, but the instant trust felt a little unbelievable given what the two guys do for a living !
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: eventually
Would I listen to it again: yes

I listened to the 3 books in this series back to back. Each book was better than the one before it and overall made for an enjoyable series.

Deadly Lover: I found the pace to be good, the characters interesting and the story enjoyable - lots of action and suspense. I particularly enjoyed Justin's snarky-ness as he deliberately try's to annoy Gabriel.

I really enjoy Kenneth Obi's narration, I find him easy to listen to and think he's done a great job bringing this series to life. Each Character's personality comes through, all the emotions are there and I was completely immersed in the audio experience.

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When ex-spies meet

Can 2 ex spies learn to trust each other and find the truth behind the murders? Let this amazing narrator escort you through the twists and turns of mistrust in book 1 of this awesome series and be sure to grab the other books in the series.

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Great new series.

Two bad/good MC that have no qualms in carrying out violence as their profession yet find time for a relationship

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  • Dee Slate
  • 05-14-19

Really good!

This is a fast-paced story, with a lot of steam. The blurb about a 'partnership' between a former CIA operative and a contract killer is what drew me in. It's a good story, with a good plot.
Kenneth Obi does a really good job with the voice characterisations, I had no trouble following the dialogue or which character was speaking. This is a good way to experience the story :)

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  • Scotty
  • 01-30-19

exciting story, relatable characters

loved this book. didn't think I would, but the characters made it, plus the plot was believable (no cliche-ed big explosions etc). a fair bit of humour too.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 12-20-19

as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the top 5 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • hayley
  • 10-17-19

Fantastic

Absolutely love this in print and audio. Kenneth does an amazing job of bringing the book to life highly recommend

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  • Starwarslover
  • 08-17-19

loved

loved this so much. this series is amazing and kenneth knocked it out with the characters and who they are. loved it

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  • Pixiebell
  • 01-27-19

Good start to a new series

I loved this audiobook, an excellent, imaginative plot with great characters. I can’t wait too listen to the next instalment.
Kenneth Obi is becoming one of my go to narrators and he did an excellent job with the two MC’s.