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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

A cop and a recovering addict - no chance for romance there.

Yet Vince, a street-hardened narcotics officer, is having to reassess his life. Six months ago, he hit rock-bottom. A bullet brought him down, and his beloved partner Jack betrayed him. Badly disabled and in constant pain, Vince is flying a desk these days, and it doesn't suit him at all. His world is looking grim when he meets Rowan Clyde, sole surviving witness to a vicious drugs-related killing.

Rowan doesn't want to talk. He's vulnerable, trying to hold his own life together in the wake of a crippling addiction. Vince should have no time for him, and Rowan certainly shouldn't trust a cop with an agenda to get him onto the witness stand at any cost.

Yet despite their differences, there's an instant pull of attraction between these two damaged men. Their new bond is put to the ultimate test on the tough streets of Newcastle during a dark northern winter, as each turns out to hold the keys to the other's survival - and to his destruction.

©2012 Harper Fox (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Sublime in every way

I spent and enthralling several hours caught up in Rowan and Vince's conflicted Newcastle world. This is one of my favorite books by Harper Fox. It's a lovely combination of sensuousness, grit, heartbreak, and determination - full of tense action, and much love. The audio performance by Tim Gilbert is nothing short of brilliant. Gripping, raw, and profoundly nuanced. Tim voiced both Vince and Rowan to perfection. I couldn't have given them better intonations in my head. He takes a gorgeously written story to new heights. It makes for an unforgettable experience -yet one I want to experience all over again.

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Beautiful story, fabulous performance!!

My goodness what a treat! This book just hit all the sweet spots, law enforcement, hurt/comfort, wonderful writing and a hard fought HEA. Harper Fox is just a master writer. If you don't mind her use of the slang of Northern England, which can be a little hard to decipher for an American listener, her stories are magnificent. Tim Gilbert is a perfect narrator for this love story, and it is definitely a love story. The MCs are very complex and finding and loving each other is a struggle due to their own internal demons, as well as some external ones. Tackling something like addiction is always a tricky subject, but I think she does it beautifully and honestly. And again, Mr. Gilbert puts in a truly magnificent performance. Highly recommend!

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Gloriously flawed characters bring truth to this gritty romance!

Harper Fox evokes a sense of place like no other. In this gritty romance she takes us to the rough underbelly of Newcastle, England during a dreary winter. For me, her settings are as impactful as her deeply flawed characters. The combination of the three blew me away in this book.

Here she teams up a physically broken copper deep in depression and on the verge of addiction, with an unwilling witness to a murder. He also happens to be a recovering heroin addict. I LOVED these two together. They were so thoroughly imperfect and that made them real. They fought these huge battles within themselves. Battles they feared to fight, battles they sometimes lost, battles they sometimes simply gave in to. But isn’t that life? Life isn’t pretty and perfect and rosy. Sometimes life is one day at a time, knowing that tomorrow you may very likely be the reason of your own downfall.

Yet what makes this a romance is that these two very real characters have each other; and if one falls the other will be there to pick the other man up. I SIMPLY LOVED SEEING THESE MEN GROW STRONGER TOGETHER.

The audiobook version was amazingly narrated by Tim Gilbert with a spot on northern accent (not that I would be able to tell if it was off, lol!).

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Just lovely!

A wonderful blend of elegant words and eloquent narration. The story felt a bit like a snippet from the characters lives a but it was enough to build a good tale!

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loved it!

perfect narration. even a few bit of tears towards the end. a beautiful story with a lovely ending.

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Another Fox favourite....

Such a dark, gritty and realistic Tyneside drama. Tim Gilbert's excellent narration together with very convincing Geordie accent. Another wonderful story from Harper Fox. 4.5 stars from me.