• Hard Target

  • Wrecked: Guardians, Book 1
  • By: Kelly Fox
  • Narrated by: Zane Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everett: There are a ton of reasons why falling for my tiny, adorkable best friend is a terrible idea - starting with the body in my trunk.

I have other reasons - he still mourns his late husband. I’m way older, he’s a foot shorter, my tattoo shop is a front, he’s an assistant professor at UT.

Still, I can’t help but think we’d be perfect for each other if I didn’t kill people (very, very bad people) for a living.

Rafi: How the f--k did I not realize how hot my best friend is? Yeah, grief, or whatever, but were my eyes not working?

Silver fox, check. Tattooed hotness, check. Cuddles with me on Monday nights while we watch Australian melodramas, check. Says he’s not a good person but totally is, check.

New goal: Get Everett to stop looking at me like a grieving widower and start seeing me as someone he’d like to pin against the wall.

Now, if I only knew what was behind the door marked Portal to Nowhere...

Hard Target is a mercenary MM romance set in Austin and the Texas Hill Country. It features tattooed hotties, adorably complicated twinks, best friend antics, an illegally confiscated vineyard, and a team of killer do-gooders.

This is the first book in the Wrecked: Guardians series. Several characters from my series about a gym for combat vets, Wrecked, cross over in this series. While you don't need to listen to the Wrecked books to enjoy the slightly more nefarious Guardians, lots of people end up wanting all the juicy backstories.  

©2020 Kelly Fox (P)2021 Kelly Fox

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In awe

Usually I will start with talking about the amazing story and the awesome author. Both of which, are stellar, but it's important to note that when two fantastic creators come together who are both passionate about their work something wonderful like this comes about. Since Zane Daniels is still new to MM romance Audio, I just HAVE to say what an amazing narrator he is.

For a story with heavy accents, lots of action, emotion, and wit, I knew this story needed a great narrator to do it justice. Not everyone can take a brilliant story that already practically leaps off the page and make it even better. I mean honestly, you all need to listen to this because even just the sample speaks volumes about what a fantastic job Zane did with this book.

Everette is a VERY complex and passionate man, he feels deeply, reacts passionately, and has so much pent up ... everything, for Rafiq. Ev has these little quirks to his speech where you can sense his deprecation, his wit, his hesitation and his longing. Zane brings out ever beat of emotional turmoil, distress and happiness. That's just one part. Then as things progress and become more...heated...Zane picks up and his voice that is already oh so delicious, becomes *melts in a puddle* I don't have enough words.

When a narrator loses themselves in a story and connect fully with the character, enjoying all the ups and downs as if its truly happening to them, you can tell. We as listeners don't just need to be sold to just buy, but we also need to be sold past the first few chapters. It's a long ass time 9+ hours to dedicate your life to listening to someone. The story is half the battle and we all already know Kelly Fox writes an amazing story and Ev and Rafi are a fan favorite.

I listen to A LOT of audiobooks, an alarming amount to be honest. And because I know what a good narrator is by now, I can say with full confidence, Zane Daniels is the narrator to watch this year and the years to come. On top of that, Hard Target is by FAR my favorite audiobook of this year.

I can't say enough good things about Kelly Fox. When I first picked up Shameless, the first book I ever read by her, I knew this author not only was so talented and creative and an awesome person, but that she and I would be friends one day. I kind of wouldn't give her a choice. To some that might sound a bit stalkerish. I don't completely disagree but I also don't regret it. Kelly is a wonderful author and an even more wonderful person <3

I love every book I've read that she has out and I look forward to even more :)

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Cuteness Overload!!🥰🥰

Everett and Rafi were so adorable together!!

I loved the dynamics of their relationship so much

I absolutely adored how Everett understood Rafi and gave him time to grieve whilst providing him with comforting hugs and reassurances.

Theirs was a slow burn romance that sizzled and simmered till they acknowledged the spark between them.

Zane Daniels performed an amazing audio delivery and narration.

Definitely recommend!!

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Amazing!

Where can I even begin with this book...OMG!!! This book had all the feels. I loved Rafi and Everett’s love story so very much. It was so sweet that they had their every Monday cuddle session and became best friends before anything happened between the 2 of them. It was perfect how Everett was there for Rafi and helped him heal while they fell in love. They both healed that part of each other and it was so precious. I loved the story line with Roly and how Rafi was able to forgive him. I loved getting to see this other side of the side characters that were mentioned in the Wrecked series and I am so looking forward to all of their love stories. Great start to a new spin off series!!!! And the narration! Gah!!!!! Absolute perfection! ❤️

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Zane Daniels nailed it!

I love this book, and Zane Daniels brought it to life in a way I never expected it could be.
It's a fast-paced action-adventure novel with various accents and snarky humor. He got it all and then some. The sex scenes are off-the-charts hot, with Zane's growly, velvety voice sounding like sex even when it's not a sex scene. I highly recommend, and hope he narrates the rest of the series!

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superb narration

This book was so enjoyable. The characters were all great, low angst, lots of funny inner dialogue, a couple of really steamy scenes. the only reason I wouldn't give this book five stars is that there are definitely a lot of crossover characters from her previous series that makes it hard to follow frequently throughout the story if you haven't read the'Wrexked' series, which I did not.
The narration is excellent. Zane will definitely be someone I start looking out for going forward.

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AWESOME STORY !!!

This is one of the best romance/ action books I have enjoyed. Funny and just enough drama with out being stupid.... Definitely worth the price or credit....

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Wow

Great story. outstanding writing, this story really keeps you entertained. Nice job Kelly Fox. this is my first time listening to Zane Daniels and let me tell you, his voice is WOW Amazing. he brought this book and all of the characters to life and definitely leaves you wanting NOTHING but MORE. well worth the credit and your time to listen.

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Spectacularly done!

Zane Daniels has become a favorite narrator - he is absolutely amazing with accents, emotion and bringing my favorite books to life. Match this with Kelly Fox’s insane talent and you have a recipe for success. Stellar book and so very glad I listened!

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Excellent!!!

I truly enjoyed this story. Funny, sweet, characters brought fully to life by the talented Zane Daniels… Definitely worth the credit!

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Stellar

The narrator is top notch, and the story is great - building over-the-top but still human characters that you can't help but love.

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  • MrsOls
  • 09-02-21

I enjoyed this first book!

Action from the first chapter! On many fronts, so to speak. And I like it!

Zane Daniels makes an awesome job with the characters’ voices and the storytelling!

It is a spin-off, but the original series isn’t out in audio so I don’t know the background. I guess it’s not necessary but It feels like some of the side characters are presented as I should know them. It makes me curious and I would love to get to know them too.

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  • Elle Kay
  • 05-20-22

Daniels is a great choice to narrate Fox's fabulou

I was so excited when I learned that Wrecked: Guardians book #1 was available in audio and narrator Zane Daniels did not disappoint. When you hear Rafi’s voice....G’ah!! Everett is also much the way I pictured him in my head upon reading the print version of Hard Target.

Fox’s amazing story translated very well to audio. As I said in my initial review I’d the print version, “As usual, Fox shines in developing emotionally complex characters and in the use of colourful banter to advance the plot. She’s not afraid to turn typical assumptions on their head and doesn’t shy away from poking fun at the MCs through their closest friends/found family.” This joking back and forth was even MORE fun to listen to than it was to read! This group of characters shoes away from nothing!

Daniels did a fantastic job of developing richly nuanced voice profiles for each of the characters. I’m hooked on this series all over again

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  • AL
  • 06-01-21

Such a brilliant performance!

Story: A spin - off from the Wrecked series, the Guardians to deliver just as much fun, if not more! Kelly Fox did an awesome job with this vigilante group!
Everett's and Rafi's story was amazingly emotional, as they both heal and heal each other after losing their loved ones. I cried some, I laughed much more and had a gereat time with this book!
Narration: Amazing performance! Easily recognisable voices and easy to follow narration. Plus all the emotions reflected just spot on! Zane Daniels is a new to me narrator, but I look forward to listening to much more of his work!

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  • Vicki Williams
  • 05-28-21

Terrific performance by Zane Daniels

Kelly Fox really knows how to put a well crafted book together.
Fantastic layered main characters complimented by interesting side characters, perfect pacing to keep you listening, humour, heat and lots of feels - happy tears, sad tears, laughing hard tears.
Add in some drama, action, angsty bits, bad guys doing bad things, good guys getting even with said bad guys and you have a wonderful start to the Guardians series.
Rafi is an adorable nerd with very poor fashion choices, who’s grieving for his late husband and his friend Everett is the tattooed silver fox with a huge heart, who just so happens to kill bad people.
Their chemistry is undeniable but they take some time before jumping from friends to lovers. Nothing stops them when they make that jump and the heat level turns all the way up to sizzling. Of course they need to overcome some obstacles but do find their way to a HEA.

Zane Daniels gives a wonderful performance, capturing all the characters tones, cadence and accents throughout the entire audio making it very easy, engaging and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Angela
  • 08-07-22

Could not put it down.

This was a lot more engaging that I was expecting. The only reason I didn't finish listening in one sitting was because it was 3am and my body couldn't stay conscious.
I'm not sure if it was the way it was written or the way it was narrated, but there were a few times when I had to back track a few minutes in order to comprehend what just happened (mostly during conversations or interactions between multiple characters)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Beautiful narration! lovely story

Zane Daniels is such a fantastic narrator! probably my all time favourite.
Beautifully written book, great characters, great story, relatable, had me laughing out loud at times. Kelly fox's writing style is fantastic.
loved it!

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  • Kibbit
  • 06-05-21

Hard Target worth a listen

I have a new favourite male narrator! He can change voices for each character like nothing I have listened to before. This is my second listen to Zane Daniels and I will be looking for more. Amazing!