• Elusive Relations

  • Valor and Doyle, Book 2
  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (207 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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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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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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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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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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