Disarming My Destiny

Sulfur Springs, Book 5
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: Sulfur Springs, Book 5
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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US Marshal Bishop Jones has known heartache unlike someone his age should. After losing his only parent, he’s found himself completely and utterly alone, with only his dog for company. Working long hours and being new to the area doesn’t give many opportunities for him to get out and meet someone.

Veterinarian Xander Garrison has devoted his life to four-legged critters. Between his vet clinic and the animal shelter he helps his mother run, he doesn’t have a lot of free time. But the lonely nights are getting longer, and he wants more than just a warm body from the latest hookup. He wants a partner and lover he can count on. 

There is an obvious attraction between the two men, but the animosity Xander has toward Bishop is stronger than a rawhide bone. But when Bishop needs Xander’s help with a case, Xander sees a new side of the deputy and wonders if he was too quick to judge. 

Can their attraction disarm the locks around their hearts? After all, destiny and one tiny little furball have something else in mind.

Disarming My Destiny is the fifth book in the Sulfur Springs series. This is a Men of Crooked Bend spin-off, but it isn’t a requirement that you listen to that series to enjoy this one. Familiar faces will be encountered, but this series takes you off of the ranch and into the lives of those in Sulfur Springs. While each book will focus on a different couple, you should listen to them in order. 

Warning: This book contains sexually explicit material between two men and is intended for adults over 18.

©2019 Taylor Rylan (P)2020 Taylor Rylan

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Vet and Marshall ♡

This was a good easy listen with a nice bit of steamy parts. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow and how they made sure despite their chemistry that they still tried to take their time (even if they didn't really wait all that long to jump into things). I wish there was more to the story though. I don't feel like much happened.

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A sweet and sexy love story

Book 5 in the Sulfur Springs series by Taylor Rylan didn't disappoint. Michael Dean has done a wonderful job of bringing Xander and Bishop to life. I adore this series. It is low angst and yet it has clearly shown the struggle and miss communication that many couple go through. This book is very real and beautifully written and narrated.

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Fun listen!

Truly enjoyed this new audio from Taylor Rylan and narrated by Michael Dean! The plot was fun, I loved the main characters and thought they had a great connection! Excellent audiobook!

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Marshalls, Doctors, Horses Oh My!

This is the fifth book in The Sulfur Springs Series. A sensational book with good writing. I think that this was my favorite of the series. Although the ending was abrupt and felt rushed. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters wonderful. The characters were developed and thought out. Bishop and Xander are the MC’s of this book. The narration was good and even had me laughing out loud in a couple of spots. I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • LB
  • 01-25-20

Great listen

Another great book in a great series. Very enjoyable and as always Michael does a great job bring the book to life with his narration.

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Xander tastes best when eaten together with Oreo



I can never resist a book that has a dog as a sidekick. But in this one, more like a mini protagonist. I have been loving Sulfur Spring books by Taylor Rylan and has been quite looking forward to this one since we met Bishop in the last book. Now onto reviewing.

Xander has devoted all his life to loving and taking care of pets. This is the kind of profession that you involve not only in your little patients’ healthcare but also in their personal lives. Doctors shouldn’t have favorites but that little Oreo has a special place in Xander’s heart. But her owner is an another story. Why even have Oreo in the first place if this douchebag Bishop is going to send her to the doggy daycare all the time? But Bishop has painful secrets that he’s been burying for so long and no one knows it. When these two guys had to work together for the first time, Xander realized that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Bishop is actually a sweet and caring person who just have a terrible past. Will these two men and Oreo have a happily ever after they so deserve?

Bishop is such a lovely character. He’s so human and realistic that you can’t help but connect with him on a deeper emotional level. And my! Oreo is so cute and fluffy that I can just swallow her whole! And I also loved that bossy sexy Vet who’s so passionate about his profession and his patients. It’s lovely to see that they were able to overcome their differences and misunderstanding. And as always, Michael Dean did a great job narrating the story. I have enjoyed his narration in the whole series. All in all, a very lovely listen and I’m looking forward to my next Sulfur Spring dose! ❤️


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Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

I enjoyed listening to this book. I liked Bishop and Xander together. This story was great, it had some sad moments, some funny laugh out loud moments and of course some steamy scenes. This book definitely reminded about not judging a book by its cover and the value of actually getting to know a person. Narrator did a great job of keeping me immersed in the story. Makes me want to go back and read/listen to the other books in the series.

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Bishop & Xander's HEA

It seems like forever that I've been waiting for Bishop's story! I fell in love with the big softy earlier in the series, and couldn't wait for him to get his HEA! Partnering him up with Xander, we have a love story that has truly grown leaps and bounds. I absolutely love this entire series! It has the most wonderful characters and stories that truly show us that some love is meant to be, and lasts forever! This book is just one in the list that fits that description to a "T". We continue to get a look at characters who have already found their love, and continue to get new characters that you can't help but fall in love with!
Michael Dean does such an amazing job with the narration of Bishop and Xander! He really brings out characteristics and personality of the characters, allowing us to immerse ourselves deeper in the book, and really allow us to feel like we are seeing the love story evolve around us!
Absolutely a must read/listen!!

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I almost gave up on this after the first two chapters based on a narration issue and a story issue. The first chapter in Bishop's voice had the narration issue. Bishop is a Texas boy and the "Texas" drawl was irritatingly over the top. The second chapter in Xander's voice makes him seem like a judgemental jerk who jumps to conclusions about the owners of the pets he treats and lets that influence how he talks to them. He decides Bishop should not have his dog Oreo because he puts him in doggy day care/boarding too often. He doesn't bother to ask for an explanation, just jumps Bishop about it when they meet.

The over the top drawl moderates starting in chapter three after Bishop deals with his father's death and goes back home and to work full time. Bishop still speaks so slowly, however, that it occasionally makes him seem immature and slow in his thinking and you kind of wonder how he has survived as a Marine and U.S. Marshal. The Xander characterisation problem continues for much longer and becomes more irritating as he seems to fall for Bishop and want a relationship only because of the way he looks while still judging him a poor dog owner. If he says "damn" once about how Bishop looks he says it dozens of times. Ok, we get that, find another word.

Despite this, I still felt these two might have potential and suddenly about chapter fifteen, everything fell into place. Xander and Bishop have dinner and talk. Bishop explains about inheriting Oreo when his Dad died and loving her so much he couldn't give her up, how his erratic job hours cause him to need doggy care and Xander understands, sincerely apologises for being a jerk and they become fully rounded characters who can sustain the relationship story from there on out. I wanted to follow and see it develop and it did not disappoint.

This would have been one star for me for the first two chapters, two and a half to three for the next few and five for those from fifteen on so I finally settled on four overall mainly for the last sections where I really came to like these guys and wanted to see them work things out.

I will check out the next entry in this series.





















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Dislike to like to love

Bishop is struggling and doesn't know what to do. Professionally, he has it together but the minute the job is done, he's at a loss. Losing his father causes a gap in his heart that he is struggling with. Xander feels as if Bishop is a man that does not care for his dog and his behavior towards Bishop shows that. When Bishop needs help with a case involving animals, he turns to Xander and that's when things are made more clear to each of them and emotions change.

I truly enjoy this story and the narrator brings the characters to life.

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  • Dannyfiredragon
  • 02-06-20

Sweet love story

I absolutely love this series and Disarming my Destiny was no exception. Can’t wait for the next one to be released.

Trigger warning: if you have lost someone to dementia, the beginning of the book might be hard for you.

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  • Cassi
  • 01-30-20

I Love a good enemies to lovers!

Taylor did a great job building the animosity between these two and it was glorious. Once their connection begin to build though, WOW. Their were great. It took a little while longer than I maybe would have liked but it was worth the wait. I really enjoyed that while these books are all connected they can be easily done as a stand alone and all of the supporting cast is well introduced and enjoyable enough to make me want to seek out other books in the series.

Michael always does a great job but he really Brought a lot of emotion to this book that I wasnt expecting

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  • Trio
  • 01-25-20

Disarming Romance, Michael Dean is Fantastic!

Disarming My Destiny is now available as an audiobook narrated by Michael Dean.

The fifth book in Taylor Rylan’s Sulfur Springs series, Disarming My Destiny can be read as a standalone. In fact, this is only my second book by Ms. Rylan and I didn’t have any trouble following along. References to characters from previous stories are nicely explained, and I enjoyed the story the whole way through.

It’s clear Taylor Rylan has a wonderful time building the animosity between the two main characters. Xander suffers from open mouth-insert foot disease and his awkward, unprofessional, slightly creepy remarks leave Bishop cold. Even though the romantic chemistry is there between these two from the start, it takes them a while to build a friendship. But once they start… wowza!

There’s a great supporting cast in Disarming My Destiny. I enjoyed Xander’s staff at the vet hospital, and his mother is wonderful. Plus Ms. Rylan fills the story with colorful descriptions of the charming Wyoming communities and the beauty of this part of the country. (And bonus points for a super cute pup.)

Michael Dean’s performance is truly fantastic. The emotion he brings to the opening scenes is impressive, and very moving. Mr. Dean does a wonderful Southern drawl for Bishop, and frankly I could listen to him read to me all day long with this sultry accent. It’s also clear he’s having a blast doing it, which makes for a very fun audiobook experience.


an audiobook copy of Disarming My Destiny was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 01-23-20

The Marshal and the Veterinarian

I've really enjoyed this Sulfur Springs series so far and Michael Dean (Michael Pauley) is one of my all-time favourite narrators. He doesn't disappoint with this wonderful performance as the guys work though their case...US Marshal Bishop with his work partner team up with other agents. Xander works at his vet practice and helps out at his mother's animal shelter part-time. He and the Marshal are clearly attracted but both very busy with their work so that doesn't leave them much time for dating or fun, but they end up finding a way. Xander also helps Bishop with a case involving stolen horses. Highly recommended Contemporary Action-adventure MM Romance.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 01-23-20

Awesome

This was a great audiobook.
I really enjoyed listening to this book.
The story and narration were both really great.

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  • Gwen
  • 01-22-20

Deputy Hunk and the Vet!

Beautiful story of a young man, left with no family and a dog he can’t take care of all the time. Cute Oreo gives him the best opportunity to land a suspicious Veterinarian. Xander is much older but caught his eye from the beginning. A seemingly impossible romance turns into a scorching one with a nice happy ending. Loved it!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 01-21-20

The Marshal gets his HEA

I liked the character Marshal Bishop Jones in the last instalment of the Sulphur Springs series. He seemed a bit flaky but he was there for his partner and his machinations led to Adrian and Cody getting together. In this book the two men are there in the background, supportive of Bishop. When Bishop finally opens up to Adrian about all the stuff that’s going on in his life, Adrian is a little pissed about having been left out of the loop for so long, but he’s on board with helping his partner make the best of his new reality.

Xander Garrison is a vet who loves animals. Now, most vets probably do, but Xander also gets invested in the lives of his patients. Neglectful and abusive pet parents rank right up there with people he’d love to see punished. His clinic also runs a doggie daycare and his favorite is a Havanese named Oreo. He knows he shouldn’t have favorites, but she’s just such a sweet dog that he can’t help loving her. Now, the owner is another story. Oreo spends far too much time in care. Oreo’s owner clearly should never have gotten a dog. When Xander finally meets Oreo’s owner, he lets his disdain slip through.

Bishop already feels guilty enough about the time Oreo spends in daycare, but his job is highly demanding on his time and energy. But Oreo holds a special place in his heart and he can’t bear to let her go. And once he gets past the disdain from the vet, he discovers a man who is passionate about animals and very hot. There’s a lot of cat and mouse going on in this book and, as with the previous one, I kind of just wanted the guys to get together and get on with it. They did, eventually, so that was good.

I’m enjoying this series as it sometimes veers in unpredictable ways, which I like. I’m never quite sure who the next couple is going to be. I have my hopes for the next one, though. Quickly, although not lastly, Michael Dean (formerly Michael Pauley) narrates this series and he does an amazing job. I’m never disappointed with his performances.

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  • Sabbath
  • 01-20-20

Absolutely enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. Rylan’s ability to keep the reader engaged is lovely. The story between Bishop and Xander is a great verbal barb/sparring pure hate-on is enjoyable and fun that keeps Dean’s acting talents sharp. Worth a listen to!

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  • Rebekah
  • 01-20-20

Brill

I thought this book was brill and I really enjoyed listening to it. I thought it was fun for Xander to learn that preconceptions are not always true, as he struggles to accept liking a client.

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  • Wilkinwonder
  • 01-18-20

Well these guys definately disarmed me.

This is the second one I have listened to in this series. Although I must admit they are no 3 and no 5.
I do intend to listen to them all

So this is the story of Bishop a US Marshal and Xander the local vet.
Bishop was a US Marine but after 3 terms he quits and becomes a US Marshal. He is posted to Wyoming far away from his Dad in Texas.
When he gets a call to go to see his Dad he finds his Dad packing to go into a care facilty after being diagnosed with Alzheimers.
Bishop flys down to see him whenever he can and has to take custody of Oreo his Dad's Havanese dog.

When his dad dies, Bishop as to put Oreo in doggy day care while he's at work
Xander however thinks he is a bad doggy parent and has no qualms telling him so.

However Bishhop needs his help in binging horse thieves to justice.

I loved how these two sniped at each other all the while circling each other.

Xander annoyed me a little at first but he really grew on me. Bishop, I fell in love with from the first few words.

I think Taylor Rylan will be on my TBR list from now on.

Narrated by Michael Dean (Pauley). I will never get tired of listening to this man.