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Publisher's Summary

Officer Noel Carlson isn't out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn't stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face-to-thonged-butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can't get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane's about to take to put his brother - and his soul - back in the black isn't quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 A. M. Arthur (P)2016 Tantor

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Great story and performance

Noel and Shane are two flawed men who meet when Noel (a cop) rescues Shane from being drugged at his latest stripper party. Shane and his brother Jason are deep in debt due to past medical and legal bills. Shane feels responsible for the debt so he strips and secretly does porn to help pay off debt. Noel is from a poor family and has secrets of his own. As they try to figure out how to be with each other, Shane's brother suffers another medical set back and more financial hardship ensues. Shane feels he has no choice but to double down on the porn to make more money. Of course, secrets never stay secret for long. I enjoyed that the story didn't end with the MCs getting together. In fact, that was just the beginning of a roller coaster relationship. There was a truly unexpected event that I did not see coming that really tests one of the men's commitment to the relationship. There is also the introduction of the next books couple, which I will buy when it comes out on audio. The narrator does a great job at bringing these men to life. His performance of the emotions the book calls for was right on target.

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  • Lifesavr
  • 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • 06-02-17

Well, damnit this story made me cry.

There is a lot going on in this story, and it is just one thing after another. I hope that all these horrible things never happen to anyone. Like all people who are objectified in this world, it can be difficult to survive not being seen as a feeling, caring person, who want and need to love and be loved. I did enjoy each of the main characters and they felt tobe real in their pain and struggle to become whole again.

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Hopefull and sad

The story about shane and the guy he falls for kinds of takes a backseat for me in this book. It is of cause there and it actually comprises a lot of the time but my heart bleeds for the story of the Two brothers and their Bond that is formed from love, grief, pain and sacrifices. And it made me cry. I guess that is the best recommendation i Can give it - but i do not Think you should listen to this book for the HEA. The narrator is good - i Think he is from a southern State because he kinds of clips his words and sometimes Sounds like he is speaking around a potato. But i like it - it kinds of helps with the small town feel, but it May irritate native speakers since im not sure if he does it On purpose or it actually is the Way he talks - and an American will probably be able to tell the difference.

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Great story, bad narrator.

I'm definitely new to this type of book but the story wad very good. The narrator should have done a little research because not only did he continually mispronounce one of the main character's names, he messed up on quite a few other words as well.

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Good story

I liked how this one was written. The author did a great job conveying the feelings experienced by the characters in the story.

A must hear for anyone. Plan to seek out more from this author. The narration was good also.

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Brought me to tears

It's been a hundred books or more since I've cried over a story in a book. I'm not going to give it away but it was shocking and so well written I felt like I was in the scene.

The characters were written in depth, even a couple that aren't MC's and I like that. The book is all about emotions and relationships, doesn't go into a lot about surroundings and or stuff that create visual pictures. It creates emotional ones and AM Arthur did that well.

I am so looking forward to a HEA for Tristan in the next book.

Wasn't impressed with narrator but he didn't ruin the book either. Average.

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The storyline was okay.

The storyline was okay. It attempted to build some depth to the characters, but you can't have everything. The "hot and steamy" scenes seemed canned and a bit cut and paste. Most enjoyable part? Trying to figure out the strange accent of the narrator. Having lived in both PA and AR I can definitely say that I have never heard anyone say "Stratton" quite like that. It was interesting, truly. The narrator almost came off as British doing an American accent and trying for regional accents. It was very entertaining. I would listen to more books with this narrator.

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Great listen if you enjoy devastating sadness

Why oh why did the author have to give it such a heart-wrenching - albeit realistic - ending? I don't listen to romances for their realism. ;) Don't fret too much, the MCs get their HFN. Still, if I could go back and unlisten to it I would. Not my cuppa. :'(

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Very touching story but....

First off I must say I appreciated the premise of the story and the characters. The story is believable, develops well and gets to a very touching end. While I didn't cry I too was touched by it. Sadly there was a bit of hollowness over the whole story though. I think this is because the author lacks some real perspective on many of the main story points. I'm no author but I am a gay male and thirty year cop. I have deeply loved "broken" non-cop partners so I think I know a thing or two about many of the major themes.

Now, as for the story, I think the author should have done some more research. I mean, what small town has two man police units running around? None I've seen, budgets are always too tight. Secondly, the descriptions of the force don't fit with a small, one diner town either. The author makes us think this is Mayberry but the department has a "no tolerance" policy, the community has traffic cameras and the area has ritzy apartment blocks? I don't know where they are or what was used for an outline but it's nowhere I've ever worked. Worse yet is the quick acceptance of Noel's homosexuality by most of the force. I live and work in a medium sized town and my "coming out" at work a few years ago was much more dramatic, stressful and cautionary and I'm in a liberal western state. I can only imagine how it would have been if I lived in a small, rural Pennsylvanian town.

Another point of irritation is that Tristan was just left hanging in the story. I thought a nice twist would have been his passing away but consciously giving his heart to Shane's brother. Sigh, probably too dramatic but, to me, a better plot twist. As it was left we don't know where he ended up.

Worse than the few story issues is the narration! The narrator's voice is great but his inflection, pronunciation of Noel's name and his cheezy and insulting Arkansan accent made me shudder. The accent made Noel sound like a dumb Forrest Gump which infuriated me. The character deserved better treatment.

Last irritation was the obsessive description of the sex as being so perfect. Trust me, it's one time in ten that you have such explosively perfect sexual interactions that leave you as Shane and Noel were left feeling. What I would have liked to see more of was an emotionally mature interaction between the characters that was less grounded in just a tight f----. Don't misunderstand I like it too and such stuff is great but long term relationships are built on "way more" than that!

To summarize, I will recommend this read, audio book and author. I will also try other titles by the same author. I'm glad she can put some of what us gay men feel and experience into print with some honest perspective. As she grows as an author I have no doubt the knowledge level about the subject will definitely improve. I just wish there were some gay male authors who would write and personally narrate such books too. Nothing really shines like someone using the truth of their lives to build the story from.

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Emotional and intense

Wonderful story. Excellent writing. However, I can only read one of this series at a time without a break. They get very serious, and you feel for the characters so much. This one just gutted me emotionally. But.. it was a great story!

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  • Mr. J. Tyler
  • 05-17-16

A Heartwarmingly Real Story

A fantastic story, at the right length with a realistic and believable plot.

Really touching and deep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful