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Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) Audiobook

Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes an award-winning, emotionally powerful, heartwarming page-turner.

Evelyn Tucker planned to marry her neighbor and best friend, Kyle Grayson, then his brother returned home and complicated everything.

When Radford Grayson returns home with his young daughter, the wounded man and his withdrawn little girl turn Evelyn’s life upside down. Radford is no longer the familiar neighbor boy who went off to war. He’s a grown man now, a handsome stranger with pain in his eyes and secrets he refuses to share.Forced to work together, Evelyn and Radford struggle with their deepening feelings for one another. To acknowledge their desire is a risk they can’t take without hurting Kyle and tearing their families apart. But Evelyn knows that sharing a passionate love with Radford is within reach, and her choice to marry for love or security will be forever. Can she forsake a once-in-a-lifetime love and her own happiness to protect their families and the two men she loves?

"A perfect ten...one story that should not be missed!" (Romance Reviews Today)

©2002 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom

What the Critics Say

“Awesome underlying emotional power.” (Romantic Times)

“Have a hanky ready. You'll need it more than once!” -Linders

“It grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go.” -RPurvis

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    Sherry 10-27-15
    Sherry 10-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great start for a series"

    Julia Motyka did a very good job separating all the various characters, was able to picture them in my mind as the book continued! Am looking forward to beginning book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Beautiful story about life, loss, and love. "

    Made me cry, laugh, yearn, and hope. Family strength and love. I love this series.

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    1-Click Junkie United States 05-06-15
    1-Click Junkie United States 05-06-15 Member Since 2008

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    "If This is your Genre, This is your Series"
    Any additional comments?

    Narration - Julia Motyka - Pretty Good<br/><br/>This Series is based around the Civil War time period. Radford is the eldest of four sons and has returned from war but following his father's funeral, he disappears again only to return years later with a 4 year old daughter. <br/><br/>Evelyn, (Tomboy) is engaged to his brother Kyle and while she still spends her days dressed in her dad's altered breeches, she's definitely become a woman while Radford was gone. <br/><br/>This is a sweet story, albeit a little melodramatic in parts (but that could be the narration a bit) The narrators Character voices are terrific, it's only her neutral narrator voice that carries a little drama. <br/><br/>Is there some Cheating in this? I'm gonna say technically, yes.<br/><br/>Did I shed some tears? I'm gonna say technically, yes. In fact, I did a little bit of sobbing at one point. (had to even blow my nose!!) <br/><br/>Radford's daughter Rebecca is adorable and I absolutely loved her all through the story. <br/><br/>I guess that's all I'm gonna say about it because otherwise I'll just give things away. I think if you like Wendy Lindstrom you'll enjoy this book. <br/><br/>If you like historical romance, you'll like this book<br/><br/>If you're looking for hot sex and a virgin deflowering? Well, the virginity get's disposed of, but this isn't a book with hot descriptive sex, so you may want to move along...<br/><br/>That's all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackelyn 02-14-15
    Jackelyn 02-14-15 Member Since 2016

    Addicted to listening

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    "Swept away"

    I wasn't too sure about this book when I read the blurb but I was throughly swept away by the telling of the tale... I was living their lives with them feeling their joy and laughing and crying when things hurt. A great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    plaidninja814 11-16-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful and emotional story - I loved it!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. The characters are realistic and manage to persevere during a difficult family situation and time period. The hero is a Civil War veteran who is trying to reintegrate into his family and deal with the experiences of his past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The situations and character's reactions were honest, They made mistakes but tried to right their wrongs and stick to their values. I liked seeing that even through anger, betrayal, and emotional issues such as PTSD, the family stayed together.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Motyka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any of Julia Motyka's performances before, but I will definitely be listening to her again in the future. She is a very talented narrator who differentiates the characters well. Each character's voice remained the same throughout the performance and I always knew who was speaking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moving moments in this story, but one that remained with me was the death of Evelyn's father. Radford stayed with her the entire time and mourned with her.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved reading 'Shades of Honor' and the narrator's performance made it even better. I will definitely be looking for more of her work, hopefully in the rest of the Grayson Brothers series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mellie D 09-15-14
    Mellie D 09-15-14
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    "Awesome story guaranteed to bring you to tears"

    I have never been a real fan of the typical romance novel. Then I read Shades of Honor and from there the rest of the Grayson Brothers series. Yes it is a romance novel, but it is a truly a story of honor, forgiveness, the love of family and the strength that comes with it. Ms. Motyka does an awesome job narrating. She reflects the emotion and love that is found between the characters beautifully. I would highly recommend this book and the rest of the series. Once you start, be prepared to little else. These books are impossible to put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marydior 04-12-14
    Marydior 04-12-14
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    "Enjoyable listen."

    This was the first time I've listened to this author and I wasn't disappointed. It has it all: good character development, a credible and engaging plot, challenge and romance. The story of Radford, Evelyn and Kyle unfolds amidst a wonderful sense of family love and loyalty and personal responsibility and integrity. I can't wait to listen to others in the series.

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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-23-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Wonderful Book"

    I can say this was one of the best book's I have listened to, I listened to it all at once, and never lost interest, excited to see the other series, and also good narration. if you don't have it...by all mean's try it..you won't be dissapointed

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    Rosemary Willoughby, OH, United States 12-27-13
    Rosemary Willoughby, OH, United States 12-27-13
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    "Honor, Love and Family"
    Would you listen to Shades of Honor again? Why?

    I love listening to Shades of Honor. The story was an emotional journey to true love and acceptance of our past pain. The story of Radford and Evelyn was a tearful trip, but well worth it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Honor?

    When Radford's daughter, Rebecca, asked Evelyn if she would be her "momma". The hope and love in those words brought tears to my eyes.


    What about Julia Motyka’s performance did you like?

    Julia Motyka gave a flawless reading. She made me feel the emotions and desire of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of Evelyn's father, William, broke my heart as did Rebecca's reaction to the news.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-14-13
    Liz Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Emotional Historical Romance"

    Description:
    Radford Grayson is a former Union soldier and when he returned home after the Civil War ended, he was too emotionally wounded to stay and help his brothers run the mill their father built. He returns again, five years later, this time with his four year old daughter in tow, ready to take his place alongside his brothers at the mill, but his brother Kyle is not happy to see him and sends him to help his fiance, Evelyn Tucker, run her father’s livery. Radford reluctantly agrees to help Evelyn at the livery, and begins to develop feelings for her.

    Why I read this book:
    The story appealed to me in so many ways:
    The setting: it’s set in the US after the Civil War, which was a nice change of pace from the Regency ballroom type historicals I usually read
    The hero: two words -- tortured hero
    The heroine: she’s not your typical heroine -- she wears boots and breeches and runs her father’s livery
    The romance set-up/conflict: the heroine is the fiance of the hero’s brother.

    What I liked:
    Radford and Evelyn were such well-drawn characters and their emotional journey felt really authentic. From the moment I read the description, I wanted to know how they could possibly get their HEA. Evelyn is Radford’s sister-in-law to be -- how could it possibly work out? The thing I love about romance novels is that you know there will be an HEA, so it’s all about how the author gets the characters there and this was a bumpy, but realistic ride and I was hooked from the first chapter.

    What I also liked:
    The secondary characters really added to this story. Radford has a four year old daughter and the relationship that develops between Rebecca and Evelyn is as important to the story as Radford and Evelyn’s relationship. I also loved the relationship between Evelyn and her father and his relationship with Radford and Rebecca.

    I listened to the audio version of this book and I thought the narrator did an excellent job conveying the emotion needed for this story. She did a good job with the various voices too - she had to voice a variety of characters -- from a four year old little girl to a man who’d suffered a stroke and she pulled them all off quite well. There were a few areas where the pacing was off, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.

    If you’re looking for a well-written, emotionally rich historical romance with well-drawn characters you grow to really care about, and miss when you’re done reading, then I highly recommend this story.

    I was offered a copy of the audio book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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