Fraught

Alphabits, Book 7
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Series: Alphabits, Book 7
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Lost. Stolen. Forgotten...until the Alphabits step in.

A Team A.L.P.H.A. spin-off series.

Finn O’Toole is an omega in an alpha’s world. He’s done everything he can to make sure that doesn’t interrupt his ability to get his job done, and it never has. Until him.

Antonio Montoya is the notorious leader of the vigilante group STAHP, and stands for everything Finn despises. When the powerful alpha discovers that the Alphabits’ only omega is his mate? It doesn’t matter how far Finn runs...Antonio always gets what he’s after.

Thankfully, Antonio has information that the Alphabits need, and the perfect excuse to prove to his feisty, reluctant mate that even dangerous men can have good hearts. There’s still that little argument about eating the bad guys, though....

The Alphabits aren’t vigilantes. These former soldiers and officers of the law have to do things by the book - even when it tears them apart to do so. But once all their ducks are in a row, the bad guys had better beware! You do not want this team of protective alphas on your tail.

This is the seventh in the Alphabits series, and should be heard in order for maximum enjoyment. You can expect to find naughty, knotty scenes of steamy passion, along with a lot of potty-mouth language and some violence. This audiobook contains violent vigilantes, two extremely tactile cats, and one angsty teenager who has just settled into having one dad, but now she has to deal with two? HEA definitely included, intended for 18+ listeners only. Seriously, would you expect anything less from Susi Hawke and Crista Crown?

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Very enjoyable!

Somehow I missed this book when it came out. So I jumped at the chance to listen and am so glad I did. I really enjoyed it. The story had a good pace and kept me interested from the beginning. Between the words and the narration you won’t be disappointed! Phin and Antonio’s story of unlikely mates is one that can be enjoyed as a stand alone, but I recommend the other books as well!

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Such fun!

I really liked this story, even though in the beginning I was irritated with both Finn and Antonio. Finn was much too prickly and Antonio was much too arrogant. Yet somehow, they managed to find a way past all the roadblocks that Finn put in Antonio's way, from running away to surrounding himself with other omegas to changing his location to one he thought was more secure. Antonio outsmarted him, and the call of nature made it impossible for them to continue to deny the mate pull. Although I found Finn's change from angry and unwilling omega to relaxed and bonded to be somewhat sudden, after all the trouble he went to to avoid it, the rest of the story was sufficiently engaging to make me cut him some slack. I do also like how the author continues the theme of escaping omegas and I look forward to the next story in the series. The narration was good, especially given the different accents that Kirt Graves was required to perform.

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  • 01-09-20

Love!

I loved this book when I read it but listening to Kirt Graves bring it to life was just amazing. He is a master of his craft and he brought so much life to the characters! I am thoroughly impressed with how well he managed all the many voices and accents.

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Fun and Sweet-love fated mates!!

I love seeing opposites attract and fated mates come together and not click right away but have to learn each other and work towards building on what is there.

Susi Hawke and Crista Crown have done an amazing job with this series, but I feel it’s best if you have read the others in the series to fully enjoy all of the characters in the Alphabits Series.

There’s a lot of serious times in the book with dealing with traffickers and problems, but a lot of fun and quick witted humor as well. I love that it’s not all fluff and there’s a story that involves already loved characters and brings new ones into the fold/the team. Highly recommend.

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The hard fought and won love is the sweetest


I have said this time and time again but I really think Susi Hawke’s books are like cracks. You just can’t help but keep on binging on these books. This is the seventh book in the Alohabits series and boy, did the time fly it what?!?!? And I really really enjoyed the whole series. And now, onto reviewing.

Finn and Antonio are fated mates. Albeit from the very different world. Finn is a goody two shoes from Alphabits team who work as a counselor for young children rescued from traffickers and Antonio is part of a vigilante group who chases and punished said traffickers. Both men want to right the wrongs but with different methods. Will these two men able to overcome their differences and make a family of their own?

Boy, you wouldn’t meet two people as poor opposite as these two and it’s really witty and funny at times. And seeing Antonio trying so hard to woo Finn is so amusing. It was really great to see when these two very different men are finally able to find a common ground. And Kier Graves did such a great job narrating this story. As always, fun and sexy, sweet and funny. Loved it! ❤️


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The Spanish accent won me over

This was a fun one to listen too, I did not think I enjoy it as much as I did but I did. I liked the story before I had some issues with how badly the omega was presented before. He was a total bad a** in the previous book but here he turns into a mush pile. But rereading the story or rather having it being read to me. I did not mind as much and enjoyed it more. And the Spanish accent? Yeah baby! Lol. It was a good time.

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New entry upholds the high quality of the series



Talk about opposites attract! Straight as an arrow Finn and Antonio Montoya? Finn tries to avoid his fate, but that is a truly lost cause. Antonio cleverly tricks him into a trap, very sexy times ensue and then the negotiations start, beginning with, "You will not eat the bad guys." When was the last time that came up in your romance? I really enjoyed this book. It is the seventh in the Alphabits series, but the first one I have read or listened to. It is obviously not a standalone and there are references, back stories and world building I missed the significance of but, I was intrigued enough to plan on going back and working my way through the series in order. I find it interesting sometimes to jump into a well established series to see how well an author can make me care about the characters and want to know more about them. These authors did that for me. The plot of tracking down those involved in the child trafficking ring is interesting and well done. The negotiations for how the Alphabits and STAHP teams will work together from both sides of the law were fascinating. I want to know all about these characters. The narrator does a superb job. He has to handle everything from a frightened child to shapeshifting alphas and omegas in their heat and nails every one. Highly recommend this entry and this series.

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Sad to see the end!

I'm sad to see the ending of Team Alphabits, but ending with the mating of Finn and Antonio was perfect! Each man stands up for the underdog, but each in their own way. Watching the two very independent men come together, figure out their personal and professional relationships and then have everything fit perfectly to help save children, including Cyrus's nephew, makes this book an epic ending to a truly amazing series of books. I love all the characters that are in this book, giving us a look at the STAHP organization, more of Team Alphabits, the Novack family and even a few cameos from a couple of Team ALPHA (Pax is absolutely amazing!)! The chemistry not only between the two main characters, but also between the different organizations/families, is truly a joy to read. It makes me wish that I was living in the Team ALPHA/Alphabits world, just to meet the many outstanding men that will give everything to save the innocent. While I'm sad to see the ending of Team Alphabits, I'm glad that this series will have a spin-off in the Family Novack Series, and getting a brief look at the first couple of that series is a perfect ending.
The narration by Kirk Graves was perfection. I was concerned that it would be hard to listen to a new narrator at the end of the series, but I had no reason to be worried! I loved getting to hear his accents including his Chicago-accent (and yes there is a Chicago accent - spoken as a woman from Chicago) and Antonio's Spanish accent! Listening to the variety of character's voices shows the depth of Graves' talent!
This book/audiobook is truly amazing and an absolute re-read/listen for me!

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One of my favorites

I absolutely loved Finn and Antonio and enjoyed listening to the two work through their differences. Finn works for Alphabits, while Antonio works for STAHP. Both wanting to do what is right, but having different ways of doing it. Finn isn’t sure he can accept Antonio’s ways of “justice”, and that causes them to have a small setback. But Antonio is a good Alpha and wants only to make his omega happy.

Kirt Graves did a great job. I enjoy listening to his narrations as he has a way of bringing the characters to life.

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Not disappointed

I've been looking forward to Finn's story and it was everything I hoped it'd be and Graves made it so much fun to listen to!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 01-06-20

awesome

This was a great audiobook.
I really enjoyed it.
It was a great addition to this series.
I can’t wait to listen to more.

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  • Rebekah
  • 01-03-20

Enjoyed

I really enjoyed listening to this book and following the struggle that Antonio had in getting Finn to agree to mate with him due to his job.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 01-03-20

Awesome end to the series!

I would suggest reading/listening to at least some of the previous books in the series, which is one of my favorites, btw.

I'd been dying to learn more about Antonio, the enigmatic STAHP leader, ever since he made his first apparition in the series and I wasn't disappointed. He's just the kind of antihero I love, with his own set of values and justice, but still vulnerable and while willing to do whatever he needs to get things done, similarly willing to bend to his mate's desires. I wasn't too sure about Finn at first, mostly because he was being difficult and put up a fight to get with Antonio, LOL, but it made for an entertaining/different kind of a start for their love story. They had tons of chemistry and it was a delight to see Antonio be so romantic and dashing with his mate.

I also loved the side story with Cy's brother, especially since it will tie in with the first book in the new spin-off series about the Novak brothers, which I'm already looking forward to.

We had a narrator change in this last book, but it was hardly noticeable, and Kirt Graves did an outstanding job with all the characters. I will admit that with Spanish being my first language, I'm a bit difficult with Spanish accents used by American narrators, but Kirt did a fantastic job with Antonio's rumbling, sexy voice. Yummm!!! This is definitely an audiobook you don't want to miss out on!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 01-02-20

Fated Mates

Alphabits is a spin off series and as suggested you can read them in order for more enjoyment but I’m known to drop in mid-series and although there were plenty of secondary characters who were obviously from previous books, I wasn’t lost. So reading this as a stand-alone is just fine.

I’m always surprised at fated mates. How two men can sniff each other and know they’re meant to be together forever. Must be some strong smell. Antonio and Finn are such mates. Finn is an omega from the Alphabits who helps counsel young children rescued from traffickers who sell them on the black market. Antonio is part of a vigilante group who exact revenge on the traffickers he catches. Thus a conflict is created – both men are chasing the bad guys, but their methods of punishment are very different. Finn works within the legal system while Antonio is extrajudicial in his sentences.

I adore Finn. He’s an omega who has survived in a world full of Alphas. He doesn’t rescue the children but is always there to help them adapt to being free. He’s even fostering a young teenage girl. He’s a good guy. Which is why he’s so flummoxed by being mated to a man who represents everything Finn fights against. Antonio is not constrained by laws, and does what he feels is necessary to exact revenge upon criminals. And really, people who traffic in children are scum.

Watching the two men get together was priceless. Finn is eminently practical while Antonio comes from money and isn’t above spending it. Finn brings Antonio down a peg or two while Antonio opens Finn’s mind to things greater than anything he’s ever allowed himself.

This is a great little book. I love Kirt Graves and was pleased to see him narrating the book. He always does a superb job and this was another great one.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 01-02-20

A wonderful ending for Team Alphabits!

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A wonderful end for Team Alphabits and interesting enemies to lovers mpreg story.

I loved Finn throughout the whole series and was interested to see who he’d be paired with. Antonio was a surprise! I loved their back and forth and Finn’s need to adjust and Tony’s need to improve. They worked well together and while it took Finn a while to get past his initial shock these two were super sweet and super-steamy!!!

I enjoyed watching Antonio try to “woo” Finn and face rejection and then have to change course. I felt they made each other better and leveled each other out. I like that once Finn’s mating heat passed he could go back to being a strong independent omega that could hold the court with his fellow Alphas and put Tony in his place.

A thrilling final case for the series too and the perfect lead-in to another spin-off series.

I can’t get enough of Susi & Crista. Another great one!!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Headinabook
  • 01-01-20

The nerd and the vigilante

Alphabets and STAHP cross paths again but this time Antonio meets Finn who turns out to be his mate! Finn runs but ends up caught eventually.

This is another good story by these talented authors, I love the world they have built, long may it continue. I loved Kirt Graves’ voice as Antonio lovely!

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  • Trio
  • 12-27-19

Exciting Episode, Kirt Graves is Fantastic

The seventh book in Susi Hawke and Crista Crown’s Alphabits series, we see Finn and Antonio get their happily ever after in Fraught. You’re not going to find two characters as opposite as these two, and watching Antonio try to woo Finn is very amusing.

After some initial friction, and a few slip-ups, Antonio figures he’d better toe the line if he wants to keep Finn, and I enjoyed watching them form a family.

Fraught begins with an exciting prologue which advances the continuing plot of the series. I recommend reading (or listening) to these books in order.

Kirt Graves is a new narrator for the Alphabits series and I like what he brings to the experience. Huge points for his sultry Latin accents!

an audiobook copy of Fraught was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review

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  • alias11
  • 12-26-19

Sweet and fun shifter story

I really enjoyed this sweet and funny shifter story. There is a little background story about an illegal child adoption and slavery ring, but the book is mostly about the mating of Finn, the only Alphabits omega, and Antonio, the leader of STAHP. I really liked seeing a different side of Antonio and learning a bit about why he does what he does the way he does. Very fun all around!

The narration was very good, with distinct voices for each character that really gave the story spark.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Starwarslover
  • 12-24-19

awesome

this was amazing.. the wonderful characters.. the wonderful emotions.. the fun times.. the smiles. the angers.. all of it was amazing and perfect and i loved it

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  • Chrystal
  • 12-20-19

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Fraught by Crista Crown and Susi Hawke (Alphabits book 7)
I loved this shifter story. The characters will keep you entertained from beginning to end. This story was well written with good character development. I can't wait for more.
The Narrator Kirt Graves did a fantastic job bringing these characters and stories to life.