Guts & Glory: Ryder

In the Shadows Security, Book 2
Narrated by: J. F. Harding, Ava Lucas
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Erotica
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Is saving another’s soul worth risking your own?

Former special forces operator Ryder has never backed down from an assignment, and he’ll be damned if he lets a blonde-haired, smart-mouthed, pain in the a** destroy that record. She’s going to get her life together even if he has to drag her kicking and screaming to do so, and he’s not opposed to using a firm hand to yank her from the darkness back into the light.

MC born and bred, Kelsea is on a one-way path to rock-bottom. Determined to forget the horrible truths revealed about the man who fathered her, she’s drowning in a sea of booze, drugs, and meaningless hookups. She has no desire to be "saved", especially not by a bossy former Army Ranger with deep green eyes and a sexy Southern twang.

Being locked away at his cabin, cut off from the outside world, deeply buried secrets are rising to the surface, and lines between them are starting to blur.

The road to redemption is paved with heartache, though, and while Ryder wants to save her from the demons that haunt her, he’s not sure it’s worth the risk of losing himself or his heart in the process. But in the end, will Kelsea finally learn to save herself?

Note: Ryder is the second book of the Guts & Glory series, a six-book spin-off from my Dirty Angels MC series. While it’s recommended to hear both series in order, each book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. As with all my books, this has an HEA, no cliff-hanger or cheating.

©2019 Jeanne St. James (P)2019 Jeanne St. James

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Holy whistle pig!

Jeanne really had my heart in my throat a few times in this one! I was really cheering for Kelsey to be the woman you know was there deep down. The person she was really meant to be and Ryder, whether she knew at the time or not, was exactly what she needed to bring that woman to the surface. The relationship between those two had me on the edge of my seat at times. The way Kelsey pushes and challenges Ryder at so many points and Ryder not taking her crap no matter how often she complained. He is such a good man and has his own demons to deal with but Kelsey really brought out his heart even when he tried so hard to keep it locked down tight. The two of them had so many obstacles to work through but finally realized they were stronger together in the end. I’m so happy we finally got to hear Kelseys story, it was a long time coming and I can’t wait to hear where her life takes her from here, with Ryder. They both deserve good things.

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Great listen

Another great in this series. Ryder and Kelsea’s story was raw and emotional and they had great chemistry. The narrators, Ava Lucas and J. F. Harding did amazing bringing these characters to life.

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Wow Incredible Highly recommend

Jeanne St.James is an incredibly gifted author with Guts & Glory Ryder she had me addicted to each word . The storyline between Ryder and Kelsey was deep, emotional, and moving. Two broken people dealing self destruction and recovering. Its hard to say all I want because I dont want to give any spoilers because you should get this story and listen for yourself its to good not too.

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“Guts & Glory” Ryder

I love Ryder, he is all male with southern charm. As a member of the Shadow Security team, his job is to do whatever needs to be done. Ryder likes sweet and easy. Kelsea, part of a MC family, is the opposite of what Ryder likes. Kelsea is on the path to self destruction and Ryder is tired of being sent to retrieve her back to her family. At first it seems like Kelsea is a spoiled brat, but as her story is revealed it becomes obvious that there is a lot more to her. After listening to this audible, I could not stop thinking about Ryder and Kelsea, there is something about these two. I can’t wait to listen to this story again!

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the past doesn't define you

Kelsea absolutely shredded me. The responsibility of someone else's depravity sends her into a downward spiral of mammoth proportions. Ryder is the only one to finally open her eyes but at what cost? Jeanne St. James continues to reel me in. Ava Lucas and J.F. Harding, there are no words to describe their talent in bringing the book to life.

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Too slow

I feel like the story was too slow. There was nothing to catch me attention. It was just a book full of sex scenes. I was honestly bored unfortunately. I’m use to the DAMC storylines that were full of excitement

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Loved this!

J.F. Harding was the perfect Ryder, although I didn't hear the slight southern accent Ryder is supposed to have. It was amazing anyway though. Kelsea and Ryder's story is full of emotion, heat, heart, drama, and of course love. Ava Lucas has done another fantastic job, as always.

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Gritty, emotional and riveting

The second book in the series and I loved it. From start to finish the author drew me in and I was riveted to the story. I listened to this in one go as I simply could not put this done.
J.F. Harding and Ava Lucas did a great job with the narrating and they certainly added to my listening pleasure.

This one is a more emotional story that Mercy, the first book in the series, as Ryder struggles to get Kelsea back on track and to stop wasting her life. Little does he know that her behaviour stems from horrendous acts which occurred when she was 14 years old. The subject matter was hard to relate to but the author handled it with respect and the narrators both did an amazing job with their raw and emotional performances.

This is my favourite so far and I think it will be hard to push Ryder off the top spot to be honest. As with other books from this author the story was extremely well written, raw and gritty.
There is so much to fall for in Ryder than you cannot help but be drawn in, not only to the relationship building between Kelsea and Ryder but the true sisterhood that is the women of the DAMC.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 01-11-20

Kelsey & Ryder!

It never ceases to amaze me how different each book Jeanne St. James writes can be. Each hero and heroine have their own original story, captures my interest and keeps me intrigued for hours. This one is amazing for several reasons. Ryder works for Shadows Security and his mission is to continually find his boss, Diesel's cousin, Kelsey. She is a mess, involved with the wrong people and Ryder needs to keep her safe. This time is different. He takes her to his cabin and gives her a week to get her cleaned up. But what he doesn't count on is finding out she could be his soulmate. What a story this one is. We previously met Kelsey in the DAMC series, and we know she has issues. They delve much deeper than we realize and her complexity really makes the story for me. I love Ryder. He is a tough nut to crack, but he has compassion under that rough exterior and an unbreaking love and loyalty to those in his inner circle. But the fun does not stop there. Not only do we get this story, but we get a look back into DAMC life, with all of our favorite characters! It's so much fun, I could not stop listening. It's like coming home.

This narration is one you do not want to miss. JF Harding is Ryder, and Harding's ability to instinctively find the inner core of his characters shines through. He does the tough, alpha male with expertise and in an instant becomes marshmallow fluff. He is one of my favorites, and always delivers. Ava Lucas had her work cut out for her with Kelsey. This woman has been through a lot, and she is emotionally destroyed. Lucas finds that voice and lets us feel her pain through her anger and spunk.. And then slowly she heals as does her voice. One of the best performances I have heard by both of these narrators.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-22-20

Another great story

I am really enjoying this new series from Jeanne St James. I read the story before listening to the audio version. JF Harding was a great male narrator. Ava was great when reading in her own voice but her male voice was off putting sounding like a grizzly old man. I also didn't like it when she spoke as Kelsea her character sounded like 13 year old with attitude instead of a grown woman. If she had spoken in her normal voice it would have been better. It was very annoying.