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Michael:

Two years ago, I made a mistake, a big one. Then I added a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life, but I survived. Now I have the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in NZ. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to rebuild my life. But I’m taking a new set of rules with me. 

I don’t do relationships.

I don’t do commitment.

I don’t do white picket fences.

And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.

Josh:

One thing for certain, Dr. Michael Oliver is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I barely survived the last one of those. He might be gorgeous, but my daughter takes number one priority. I won’t risk her being hurt, again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain-in-the-arse parents.

I don’t have time for games. 

I don’t have time for taking chances.

I don’t have time for more complications in my life.

And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is. 

©2018 Jay Hogan (P)2020 Jay Hogan

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Really good

What can I say....Gary Furlong narrating is awesome. He’s truly outstanding. The story line has action mixed with angst. I didn’t feel the connection of the two MCs in the beginning but as the chapters went on that changed. Absolutely loved the story and ending.

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I will listen to anything Mr. Furlong performs

I really liked this book when I read it so listening to it was a no-brainer, especially when I found out who was performing it. I will listen to anything Mr. Furlong performs.

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Here is my original review of the book after reading it.

4.5 Stars so rounding up to 5.

I’m impressed with this first-time author. The story moved at a good pace…the romance and the suspense. I liked all of the characters (except Josh’s parents), flaws and all.

Michael is a bit of a mess after trauma in his hospital in the States and after reading the opening scene he doesn’t appear to have much under control still. He’s a good guy but he’s buried that and gives the world his devil may care attitude. He’s immediately attracted to Josh but Josh wants nothing to do with him. Unfortunately for Josh, they’re forced to be around each other…and they cannot deny the sexual attraction and chemistry. When they finally give in to their attraction they’re fantastic together. I didn’t like their lack of communication about their true feelings (I never like that in any book) and I thought Michael was a huge coward near the end of the book. Thankfully Josh took over and fixed everything. :)

The suspense plotline was good and not over the top…there was even a late twist which surprised me (and that’s not easily done). I really, really nope Mark and Cam get books…they are both REALLY outstanding. The ending is pretty perfect!

My one complaint surrounds Michael and him being an American (and I’ll admit it’s a bit nitpicky). I suppose it’s possible Michael picked up the dialog and slang in the time he’d been in NZ, but he definitely didn’t sound like he is from the States.

This is definitely a must-read by an author that should be on your radar!

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Come for a story, stay for the performance.

I loved this book. I consume MM romance like its going out of fashion so I do tend to get bored with the standard tropes and humdrum story lines. There's nothing particularly special about this story line. It's your standard boy meets boy, falls for boy, conflict, breakup, resolution storyline. It is, however, very well written. The characters are well developed and interesting. The relationship feels real and developed enough to not feel contrived. It also has that laconic feel that kiwi people have which feels less fake than some American writers.

The narration is top notch and the NZ accent is pretty good (although I'm Aussie so it could be worse than I think). There is some muddying of accents around the interchange between the American and Kiwi accent but it's generally not too bad. Only criticism is that the narrator reads in a kiwi accent even when the story is written from the POV of the American character.
All in all a well written story with a stellar performance.
I'll be following up both the author and narrator for other books.

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This One’s on the Re-Listen List!

Gary Furlong did an absolutely phenomenal job narrating this book! The entire time, I felt like I was watching the story rather than listening to it. Definitely recommend listening to this one if you’re looking for a new book!

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loved it!

great story, great characters, engaging story line, interesting setting (I love books set in New Zealand! ) and a top-notch narration. I loved everything about it!

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MM Crime Drama

If you are looking for an enemies to lovers with a lot of action and craziness going on, look no further. There was a lot going on in this book, and some was predictably hard to grasp, as it was difficult to get your head around this happening. I did really enjoy it though, and the relationship and character growth throughout was spot on. Also, the fact that Greg Furlong was on this narration made it that much better. You have Michael, the American doctor who is in NZ for a brief period who finds himself in quite a bad place when he meets Josh, the dog handler (K9 detective). Josh immediately takes a dislike to Michael, as he has previous bad experiences with his "type." So, of course this means Michael wants to pursue him even harder; however, he really doesn't, so that was actually quite refreshing. They do meet up again because a bunch of crazy stuff happens to Michael, and that is when the friends with benefits starts up for really frenemies with benefits. And of course it turns to more, but it well done. Then there is the inevitable breakup and makeup, but all in all I really enjoyed the storyline with the MCs and all the side characters. What I did not love was all attacks on Michael, as it just was a bit much. Overall a great read, and I cannot wait to continue on with the rest of this series.

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One of the best of this genera!

Exciting, thoughtful, passionate, realistic, and super enjoyable to listen to. You won't be disappointed with this book!

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I like it

First off I have to say the cover of this book did nothing to make me want to read it. Is this the best the author could come up with? I did like Michael and Josh a doctor and detective. Their meeting was funny but the relationship was are we or aren’t we. They had a great connection between the sheets but other circumstances kept them from committing.

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New Zealand here I come.

without giving a detailed synopsis, this delightful story and a perfect narration to boot, held my interest through to the end and I could have listened for hours more.
We have characters in conflict who become lovers; criminals who threaten lives, disapproving parents to mollify as weii as breakups and separations.
All these things are handled in ways that hold our interest and concern for their outcome. So for me Jay Hogan's story pressed all my buttons., and hope tob"read" more in this series.

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Awesome writing and narration

I absolutely enjoyed every minute listening to this book. I love mm romance but have been yearning for more intense story and plot than a lot I’ve read recently. Jay Hogan is a new author for me and I am her newest fan. The characters she’s created are real, flawed and wonderful; the New Zealand-based story complex and always interesting. I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next!! The incredible Gary Furlong, with his gift for accents, really nails the soul of each character...both major and supporting. I am on to the next book in the series and can’t wait to see what happens.

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  • Mary
  • 02-01-21

Not even fab narration could save this book

I was really looking forward to this book because of the blurb and narration. Gary Furlong's narration is flawless, but the writing is far from that.
While the story begins well, when the two mc's eventually get together what happens next is basically two chapters...of around an hour of audio, of 'painting by numbers' mm sex. Every cliched line you can think of was included in the sex scenes. They were unoriginal, interminably boring, and gratuitous- solely the fault of the writer not the narrator. They didn't push the narrative at all and made me want to dnf the book
I did put the audiobook aside for a time, and then persevered. Sadly, I'm not impressed and won't be buying any other titles by this author.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 06-10-21

If only people would talk

A touching story of two men who could have managed to talk to each other they could have saved a lot of heartache. Touching story well written and some witty moments with a ten year old daughter. Well narated with great accents.

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  • Laora
  • 03-01-21

Do they dare to love again?

Michael fled the US to work overseas in New Zealand after his live fell apart. Josh is a k-9 police dog handler who lives for his daughter and does not believe he can find a man who will be his alone.
They discover they mean more to eachother than they expected. At this point their lives especially Michaels turn upside down. However they find their HEA at the end.
They audio is adequately done. There are some annoying audio glitches in this book, especially in the beginning and some later on.3,5* foe audio 4* for the book.

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  • BevS
  • 02-08-21

Much prefer Crossing the Touchline...

Not as good for me as Crossing the Touchline, so that mirrors the books and I'll leave the rating the same too. There were some errors in this one, and to be honest, I hadn't noticed how much sex there was in the story until I listened to the audio, but happy that Mr Furlong wasn't as monotonous as he is reading the Soulbound series by Hailey Turner and Dal Maclean's Bitter Legacy series. Maybe I'll give the Bitter Legacy series another go come to think of it, but am looking forward to him reading John Wiltshire's More Heat than the Sun series if he maintains the same upbeat tone [which doesn't send you to sleep 😴😴😴] that he's employed for these Auckland Med. stories.

***Book Review November 2019***

4.25 stars from me. Another well-written story from Jay Hogan, so that's 3 out of 3 for me now.

I have to confess I did read book 2 Crossing the Touchline first, as there was some problem with the original publisher and Dreamspinner then picked up the series [phew, talk about out of the frying pan into the fire 🙁...], but really enjoyed this one. Redemption for Michael, and a sort of second chances thing for both he and Josh. Yes, throw a feisty pre-teen into the mix and anything could've happened 😉, but glad to get the backstory to Cameron Wano, MC of Crossing the Touchline after the event so to speak. Have to say Josh's parents were just dreadful, and can't blame Sasha one bit for acting up around them.

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  • P D
  • 09-05-21

Love and drama❤️

I really enjoyed this story and narration.
A great start to the series, looking forward to reading more.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 05-04-21

This felt so right!

LA trauma specialist, Dr Michael Oliver, has escaped to Auckland after the loss of a patient led to a downward spiral. He becomes endangered as a witness to a botched police raid and police dog handler, Josh, shelters him. Both men are emotionally bruised and initially dislike each other, but form a friends-with-benefits arrangement. I enjoyed so much about this - there was some thrilling action, some great Kiwi characters, and a steamy romance, but best of all, it had fantastic laid-back Kiwi humour and dialogue. Gary Furlong nailed the Kiwi attitude perfectly in his audio narration, an utterly impressive performance.

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  • Vicki Williams
  • 12-22-20

Fantastic

Gary Furlong does an outstanding performance bringing the characters in this amazing book to life.