• Defiant

  • Fallon Sisters Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: P. J. O'Dwyer
  • Narrated by: Tara Radcliffe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Defiant

By: P. J. O'Dwyer
Narrated by: Tara Radcliffe
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Intrigue, romance, suspense....

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When love turns deadly, the beloved play dead.

Western Maryland farm girl Kate Fallon wanted more than horse pastures. Now a trial lawyer in the affluent Annapolis law arena and married to multi-millionaire Jack Reynolds, also the US Attorney of Maryland, she's got it all - at least everyone thinks so.

Behind closed doors, Jack is as cruel as he is intelligent, as controlling as he is handsome. When his tirades turn physical, Kate must fight for her life. But her efforts to leave him will take her down a rabbit hole to secrets she doesn't fully understand, and that Jack will kill to suppress.

Two years later, Kate's keeping secrets of her own. Living as Charlie Robertson, a take-no-lip general contractor, she's secure most days knowing her nightmare is right where she left him - 2,000 miles due east under FBI scrutiny. Wielding a nail gun instead of a briefcase suits her, as does the small mining town of Creede, Colorado. With its scenic views and open spaces, life is simple and so are her rules: lock all doors, check for signs she's been followed, and don't get involved romantically ever again.

Unfortunately, retired Navy SEAL and tourist Nick Foster didn't get the memo. Mysterious, sexy, and powerfully attracted to Charlie, Nick typically likes things easy. Only easy isn't in Charlie's vocabulary, and neither is trust. Worst part is, she's right not to trust him, and yet he can't help falling for her. But love won't save either one of them if she discovers his true identity or doesn't give him what he came for. His boss won't tolerate failure.

©2013 P. J. O'Dwyer (P)2016 P. J. O'Dwyer

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Defiant is primarily a mystery/suspense with a romance component, rather than a romance with a bit of mystery/suspense thrown in. In any case, it is a very good audiobook. Another reviewer mentioned Sleeping with the Enemy, and this has a bit of that feel, but it's in no way a rip-off of that story, and I liked this one much better. P.J. O'Dwyer pulled me right into this well-written story with its many layers and compelling characters. I felt the connections Kate/Charlie made with her friends, family and coworkers. I really liked that our heroine was a strong, independent woman and not a total wuss, though there were moments where I felt she was doing some pretty dumb things for a smart, capable lawyer, but then, if all the characters went about their lives doing the right and smart things, there would be no story, so it was understandable. All in all, this was 10 hours of time well spent, and this is absolutely worth the member price or a credit. I am interested in reading book 1 because I really liked this, and am glad to put this author's work in my list of what to auto-click to my wish list. I also very much enjoyed the free preview of book 3 and look forward to that one too.

Tara Radcliffe does a great job with the various characters' voices and has the right inflection and emotion for every scene. She did a particularly good job on expressing Nick's emotions through "his" tone of voice in various different situations- concern, exasperation, lust, confusion, tenderness, etc. Her Irish accent is pretty good too. I hope to see her doing more audiobooks soon.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The number of stars I award in the 5-star rating system is based on where I believe this audiobook rates with other audiobooks of the same type, length and general feel-- not where it rates in comparison to all audiobooks of all time.

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