• Elusive Relations

  • Valor and Doyle, Book 2
  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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Elusive Relations

By: Nicky James
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
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Life was easier when rival detectives Quaid Valor and Aslan Doyle kept to their own sides of the building. They could forget the one glorious night they’d shared and move on.

But when Aslan is called to a homicide and discovers one of the victims has a personal history with Quaid, he knows a confrontation is inevitable.

When news about the case spreads, Quaid can’t help but get involved. He wants answers; if not for himself, then for the families of the victims.

Joining Aslan and his partner, Quaid uncovers more than he bargained for—too many secrets and lies in a case that is dangerously personal.

Plus, the more time he spends with Aslan, the harder it is for Quaid to ignore his attraction to the playboy detective.

Aslan, who doesn’t believe in repeats, can’t seem to stop flirting with the grumpy MPU detective, and his rules go out the window as they’re drawn deeper into the case.

But what happens when one more night turns to two, and two turns into three?

Does Quaid want to risk his heart again?

Has Aslan developed feelings?

Can they put a stop to their fun and walk away?

Do they want to?

The Valor and Doyle mysteries are a same-couple ongoing series and should be enjoyed in order. The main mystery plot of each book will be resolved within the story, but there are elements that are overarching throughout the series.

©2022 Nicole James (P)2022 Nicole James

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✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

Man this series just got even better! I loved the balance between the storyline and the romance. I fell even more in love with Valor & Doyle as a couple and as Detective's in this book. I also loved that they work together but also have their own cases they have to work too. The romance in this one was steamy and i love that they are both scared but want to make that leap. The ending was perfect for them and their relationship but also for the opening into book 3. Can't wait to see where this new information takes them.

Again Nick J. Russo was great!

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Riveting!

Nicki James is one brilliant writer. She kept me guessing and second guessing. The story captured me from the very intense prologue up until the very end of the story. Masterful.

Nick J Russo, he has outdone himself just on that prologue performance alone.

I can’t wait for more. 🤩

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So good!!

I have enjoyed that this series is filled with a good storyline and not just sex scenes! Aslan and Quaid work together on a case that involves Quaid’s ex Jack. As the two work to solve a murder they become closer and start to figure out what to do about that. I can hardly wait to start the next book. Russo does a great job with the narration!

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Nicky James and Nick J Russo

This was am incredible experience... Nicky James knows exactly what she is doing and Nick J Russo transports you to the characters kind with his outstanding performance.

I can't wait to listen to book 3 💕

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A seriously great follow up👌🏼

Elusive Relations is a seriously great follow up, the professional and personal relationship between Quaid and Aslan intensifies and deepens as both realize their feelings are more than either of them expected. Miscommunication, personal bagage and the weight of their current case, to Quaid very personal, blur their ignited, now sparkling relationship. But as time goes by, they are having trouble ignoring and denying what is really going on between them...

The plot in this book is even more thrilling as in the first, and very well done. The side characters are well outlined, and Nick Russo is yet again performing an amazing voice acting, from airhead Dylan to uptight female principal and all the other side characters(there are many!), to the intimate steamy scenes with only Quaid and Aslan. So well done💪🏼

I can't wait to read the next one!

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Amazing

I loved this book! Nick J Russo is a brilliant narrator and brought this story to life perfectly. Quaid and Aslan are once again working together which makes it harder and harder for them to ignore their growing attraction. I loved this book as they're forced to face their feelings even if they're still unsure. Nicky James is doing a brilliant job with these two and I cannot wait for the next book.

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Nick nails it!

I loved the reading the book and had such a great time listening to Nick J Russo bring Aslan and Quaid to life.
Such a good series! I will be waiting anxiously for the next audio. I have already read the book and it's even better than this one!

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Exceeded my expectations!

I love this series! I loved the first book, in which we meet Quaid Valor and Aslan Doyle. We got a taste of what they were like as a couple, both at work and in private. The hostility between their respective departments (MPU and homicide) is a reason they started off on bad grounds, almost hating one another. But then there was this kiss, and then there was more. But it was just a hook up, wasn’t it?
In this book we return to them, finding them working together on a very violent case. And while working so close together, they also have to admit there’s no way to deny their sizzling attraction. And when they act upon it, the fire burns off the page! They are so good together, both in and out of the bedroom.
Nicky James did a great job at making these characters grow and find something more with each other than they might be ready for. The relationship grows in a very natural way and as always, the banter and flirting is on point. These men really start to get under my skin, occupying my mind even when I wasn’t reading.
The mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, kept me guessing until the end.

Nick Russo and Nicky James are a wonderful combination. The characters Nicky creates in her books are so well fleshed out, so dimensional, that Nick Russo’s performance, giving them both their distinct voices, is the cherry on top. The way he makes them sound when they’re emotional, mad, flirtatious, groaning and moaning from desire, it’s just perfect.

I really look forward to the audio of the third book. The last sentence in this book, wow… it makes me impatient because now I want to know!
Even though there are different cases to solve in each book, the romance is a continuing factor, so these books have to be enjoyed in order.

Highly recommend this series!

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Fantastic!!

I absolutely loved Aslan and Quaid’s continuing story! This was a must listen audio, and Nick J Russo knocked it out of the park! He did a fantastic job stepping back into the shoes of Asian and Quaid, and he made the story feel fresh and new again. This book was hard to put down, and even harder to press pause on the narration. I was fully immersed in their next case and blooming relationship. I loved Aslan and Quaid working together again, and the fantastic banter and ribbing that came along with it in the form of Aslan’s partner Torin. I found myself laughing at the hard time he would give Aslan for working with, and developing feelings for, a MPU detective. I was drawn into their case, which kept me on my toes, as much as I was their evolving relationship. I loved seeing how their relationship took steps beyond the initial heat. It become deeper from their late night conversations, and you could really feel the their connection together. Their chemistry was explosive and those sexy times were passionate and swoony! Nicky James consistently blows me away with her writing and character development. I get so invested in the story line, characters and it all sticks with me days later for the best book hangovers. This one was no exception and I’m so eager to see where Aslan and Quaid’s story goes from here!

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Great Story & Narration

I am really enjoying this series. Book 2 gives us a good mystery but it is the character growth that drives this story. Watching Aslan and Quaid reveal pieces of themselves and their pasts provides vulnerability and growth. And seeing the relationship grow from hookup to the tentative beginnings of something real tempered the drama. Nick J Russo continues to bring these characters to life so well that I forget I'm listening and just get swept along in the story. This is an excellent "building" book and I can't wait for more.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 05-09-23

great series

I absolutely loved thies series - Valor and Doyle are great characters and the story is exciting.
Highly recommended!

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  • 12-07-22

Brilliant standalone investigation story and continuation of the series

Brilliant standalone investigation story and continuation of the series. Well read and paced. Manageable level of suspense and angst for someone with anxiety! Story is detailed and satisfying with protagonists HFN and a cliffhanger signalling the next case’s direction. Well with listening and can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Mandy Tunstill
  • 09-23-22
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Absolutely Magnificent ❤️

WOW.......Absolutely outstanding hooked from the start love the books by Nicky James and in audio Nick J Russo as nailed it again truly superb narration love how he brings Quaid and Aslan to life the mystery that gets them working together again unable to deny the chemistry between them they can't stay away from each other the teasing, flirting and the banter is so much fun they are so perfect together love these two can't wait for more recommend so much. ❤️

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  • Vicki Williams
  • 09-18-22
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Fantastic listen.

Nick J Russo always gives a captivating performance and this audio is no exception. I binge listened to the first 9 hrs and only stopped as my ear was tender from my ear buds. Each and every character was easily distinguishable from the others and Nick J Russo never faulted throughout the entire audio maintaining the tone and cadence to the very end.
This was a binge worthy listen that had me hooked from the very start to the jaw dropping final line. A great cast of characters combined with an intriguing plot blended together perfectly by the story telling ability of Nicky James makes for a remarkable experience.

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  • M B.
  • 05-08-23

Amazing story!

The story is super compelling and I can’t wait to know what happens. The ending was satisfying relationship wise and it got me hooked to listening to the next book. As usual, Nick J Russo did an amazing job, love his voice and the way he reads the book.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 11-09-22
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Amazing!!!

I absolutely love the hijinks and shenanigans between Quaid and Aslan.

This series keeps getting better!!

I absolutely love how we see Quaid and Aslan's relationship further evolve.

The mystery is an added layer of suspense and spice to the romantic plot.

Definitely recommend this series

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  • Wendy
  • 10-21-22
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Simply fabulous

Nothing Nicky James writes could ever be described as run-of-the-mill. She continually surprises and enthrals me with her fabulous writing and unique storylines. So memorable are her characters that I remember each and every one of them with affection long after finishing her books. I’ve already returned for comfort re-reads/re-listens of much of her work despite having only discovered her in the past year and I’ve devoured her entire backlist with relish. There’s nothing bland about this talented lady’s writing - it’s gritty and has totally commanded my attention. I’m in awe of the fascinating and diverse subjects she has so far covered with such obvious attention to research detail.

In this instalment of Nicky James’s Valor and Doyle series there is a violent attack on two men to investigate which leads to the death of one of them, with the other left clinging to life in ICU for many weeks. It’s not in Valor’s normal remit as he is a detective in the Missing Persons Unit, but the crime is personal to him and he therefore sets out to persuade homicide detective, Aslan Doyle, and his partner, Torin Fox, to allow him to join forces with them and consult using his insider knowledge of one of the victims in his argument to their compliance. Before the end of Elusive Relations is reached we are also given a hint that a MPU cold case is to be re-opened. I really hoped for this and am salivating with anticipation.

It’s difficult to write a review of an ongoing series without giving away spoilers. I know there are some who prefer to wait for completion and then read or listen back-to-back… myself included generally - so it’s these people I’m considering by not giving too much of the story away. However, so addictive is this series and the developing attraction between Nicky James’s two fabulous detectives that I simply couldn’t wait for the series to be completed and I had to jump in, to both read and listen as soon as the books and audio books were released. Do yourself a favour, if you love a clever mystery with many twists and turns, fabulous writing, two perfectly imperfect men who are poles apart but who just can’t stay away from each other then you’ve found the perfect series.

Nick Russo does a fabulous job with the narration of this book. His portrayal of Doyle’s partner, Torin Fox, stands out in particular; I can totally see this Jack-the-lad character in my mind’s eye… cocky and sure of himself he throws every obstacle in the way of Valor’s attempts to join their team. He’s also astonished to see that his normally promiscuous partner, Doyle, is apparently falling hard for their MPU nemesis. I really loved Torin and thought Nick Russo totally nailed him. I again found the fact that he didn’t give Valor and Doyle’s voices enough differences to distinguish between them a slight problem. But so slight that I adapted and listened carefully; the more upbeat, flirty tone he gave to Doyle helped when the two were in conversation. Also, there are dialogue tags, so my enjoyment wasn’t spoilt. And as I’m now more used to the differences in these two detectives simply from Nicky James’s description and development of them I’m not marking Nick Russo down.

Never have I waited with so much anticipation for the next book in an ongoing series. Quaid Valor and Aslan Doyle have carved a place in my heart and I can hardly wait to see where the author takes them on their journey. Highly recommended.

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  • loveQhuay
  • 10-15-22
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Love this series

Second book in the series and it isn't a standalone, you need to read/listen to it in order.
Quaid and Aslan, two lovely character. Opposites attract, low on erotica but high on emotions.
The narrator just perfect, I like listening to his narrations.
Recommend it! Can't wait the next one.

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  • Amelia
  • 10-14-22
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A compelling murder mystery and blossoming romance

Nick Russo's fantastic narration brought me right back into Quaid and Aslan's orbit with another thrilling mystery to solve, this time with a much more personal connection. I loved following along on the clue-finding missions, witness testimonials and late night think sessions as Quaid, Torin, and Aslan struggled to link the pieces together and figure out what motivated this killer. I genuinely could not have guessed who the killer was until the very end, and if anything that made it more exciting for me to experience every dead end and suspect crossed off the list. Along the way, I was delighted to see Aslan and Quaid's relationship take another turn for the steamy (and oh. my. god. did the two of them get steamy). It really is a shame that the two of them were so dang stubborn, because had it been up to me they would have been dating after that first epic night together. Thankfully Aslan and Quaid did start to realize that their feelings went much deeper than a no-strings hookup, and can I just say that it was so satisfying to see their relationship soften with flirting, silly jokes, and heartfelt conversations. Don't get me wrong--Quaid could still be downright prickly at times, but it was so cute to see all the little ways Aslan made him crack a grin (and even cuter to know how proud Aslan was of making it happen). The two of them made me swoon, and had it not been for the pressing investigation I was incredibly curious about, I would have happily basked in their growing romance without a care in the world. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much romance there was in this story given how much action and suspense was packed in alongside it, but I should have known I could count on Nicky James to bring the best of both genres. That absolute bombshell of a reveal at the end has me SO desperate to see what happens next in Quaid and Aslan's lives, and I already know it's going to be a long wait to find out more about what it all means.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • AL
  • 10-13-22
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Can’t go wrong with this one

Story: there was never a Nicky James book that I didn’t love. This one is no exception. I must say these two MCs are one of my favorite couples, warts, dents and all. And the story? Top notch!
Narration: good as always. Nick J. Russo definitely knows how it’s done.

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  • Kristi Stanley
  • 05-19-23

Continuing the story.

This second book in the series is just as enthralling and entertaining as the first one. Our two main characters continue to strive to overcome their shortcomings while solving a complex murder case and becoming even more entwined in their feeling for each other. I can’t wait to listen to book three.