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I Stand Before You

Judge Me Not, Book 1
By: S.R. Grey
Narrated by: Amber Bray
Series: Judge Me Not, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Winner of Best Character Development Award at Ever After Author Affair Event.

A story of love, a story of hope. How can you move forward when you're anchored to the past?

When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner was the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights - Chase indulged in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too-dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase's actions finally caught up to him and landed him in prison.

Now, four years have passed, and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life.

Things are off on a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long.

When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings, they realize that being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced. But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart.

I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly, it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.

Warning: It contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity.

©2013 S.R. Grey (P)2019 S.R. Grey

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Beautiful emotional story

Chase is back after prison, then he meets Kay a girl with her own demons and nightmares who is now teaching at church school, they both become close, they are both struggling with a past and so their relationship starts to change. It was an intense read, it had me on my seat until I finish it, the emotional rollercoaster this story put me through was hard but at the same time I had the best time while reading it. It was not an easy story and the author did and amazing job plotting every step. I recommend it. Amber Bray did a terrific job portraying the characters emotions, the narration was superb, it kept me until late hours hearing it.

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So emotional!

There is so much to say about this book, I don't know where to start! First, the title of this book encompasses this story so well. When I first started listening, I didn't know what to expect. Then I thought, oh, a book of redemption. But that is not what this book is all about. Chase Gartner is a recovering drug addict. Broken to the core, this man struggles day to day finding his center. When he bumps into Kay Stanton near the graveyard, he finds out his life is about to change. Kay may appear all put together on the outside, but inside she carries a secret, one that is slowly sucking the life out of her. Will these two people find a way to heal each other? I Stand Before You teaches us about love, not judging a book by it's cover, finding the good in people, learning to forgive and most importantly acceptance of who you are and themselves. I did find at times this was a little slow moving, but now looking back, I can appreciate the developing story of the slow burn relationship and learning to deal with their lives. It's not an easy listen, it's real, emotional, loving, frustrating true to life and that is what makes it so good!

Amber Bray is the narrator, and while there were a few slip ups in the editing, I found her voice pleasant and enjoyable. She easily switches character and has a good pace. I enjoyed the story and will be looking to see what SR Grey has in store with book 2.

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  • deanna
  • ELLINGTON, CT
  • 11-20-19

wonderful

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was a good book.

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This is....REAL LOVE!! <3

Wow!! This was so powerful.

No sugar coating to what it means to be a bad boy. I really felt Chase's struggles with him being a bad boy and all. I think that was what made this so special. I was sucked into his world and struggles. This ex-convict and a former drug addict is struggling and all I can do is feel for him. Like all the towns people turning up their noses at him landing the good girl, I would have done the same to! BUT instead I was cheering them on. Kay is just so good for him. I feel really protective about this couple. All I know is, I can't want to see what happens next in this series. These two have been through so much *sighs*

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So good

I listened to this book on audio and was invested right from the start, The narrator Amber Bray did a good job with her narration and added to my listening pleasure.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to listen to this story but what I found was an emotional story that was well written and is a second chance at love story.
Regrets, we all have them and it is how we handle them that makes the difference. Chase Gartner made mistakes and all it took was a reckless decision to change the course of his life forever.
After being released from jail, Chase returns to Harmony Creek to rebuild his life. Meeting Kay Stanton he feels the attraction between them but both are uncertain about becoming involved in a relationship. When the attraction and chemistry between them builds until it is to hard to resist, will they be able to handle the intensity or will the secrets that Kay conceals destroy any chance they have at happiness?
This is a story of hope, forgiveness and coming to terms with the past, it’s a story of two damaged people who find in each other hope and the chance to love.

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Touching and Emotional!

This is a touching and emotional story about redemption and second chances at life and love. Chase had dreams as a young boy to follow in his father's footsteps. When his world is turned upside down he is left angry and with no direction. The choices he makes are poor ones that are hard to come back from. When he is given a second chance, he realizes he wants to be better. Kay is kind and sweet, but has her own demons that she is trying to overcome. They meet at the parish where Chase works. Their friendship and connection soon blossoms. Together they fight to overcome their temptations, and guilt, helping each other believe they are worthy of hope, trust and love. This is my first time listening to Narrator Amber Bray. I really wanted to love this story but I was distracted with errors in the narration at times. Her pacing and voices were good, and she has a lovely voice, but I couldn't feel the depth of emotion that I really wanted to feel with this performance. I love Grey's work and this was a captivating start to the Judge Me Not series.

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Beautiful story, weak narration.

This is a heartbreaking story full of complex characters. I love how the storyline develops and Chase and Kay grow and heal together. The parallels between the two main characters and their troubled families and pasts. It manages to stay interesting without overly dramatic cliffhangers or plot twists, which makes it more real and believable.

My biggest problem is with the narrator. She mispronunciations a lot of words. So much so that it is distracting. Coax, or pretty much any word with an x. She transposed letters in words often. At one point she said continents instead of consonants. There are too many examples to list. It was very distracting and made me wonder if she even knew the words she was trying to read.

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Awesome book!

This is the first book I have read by S.R. Grey and it was amazing! There were a lot of depth behind all of the important characters, which I loved! The book has a really steady flow and there’s no noticeable holes or gaps in the storyline which, I also loved! One of the best parts about the book is the steamy scenes between the characters. I, personally, am one of those people that feel like you can’t skim over the passionate scenes in a book, and this one does no such thing. Overall it’s amazing and I can’t wait to read the others in the series!

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A Deep Love Story

This was a long listen and it reminded me of the movie The Notebook..in a good way! Why? Because it's really hard not to get completely invested in Chase and Kay! S.R Grey really has a way of locking you in. I was completely in. Chase and Kay are such a beautiful pair together and everything about the character and story was believable. Which I appreciate. This was very enjoyable! I can't wait for their love story to continue.

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  • LeMiliere
  • 11-01-19

Realistically Gritty and Moving

I have never read anything by this author or listened to anything by this narrator, but having listened to the sample on Audible I decided I wanted to listen to this book. It's a gritty and moving story about two broken people both in their early twenties for most of the book but the author does take us on many flashbacks to their younger selves.

I'm going to start with Chase as it's him we meet first. He once had everything a perfect childhood as part of a loving family, a home and everything he wanted. Then his father, whom he adored, died and his life began to spiral downward, his mother can't cope and after a time pins her hopes for a future on another man. Chase who is rebelling is sent away to live with his grandmother in his father's childhood home. It's a situation he can't face, he misses his younger brother, to whom he's a hero, very much and so he turns to drugs, sex, and alcohol to numb his pain, he's such a gorgeous specimen he has no trouble finding willing females. But this behavior lands him in prison.

The story jumps four years to the present day, he's out of prison but he still fighting his demons. His brother whom he adores will have nothing to do with him and his beloved grandmother has died while he was in prison. She left him the home she lived in along with all the surrounding buildings and land so at least he has a home to go to. The priest of the parish who believes everyone deserves a second chance has given him a job and Chase has no intention of letting him down he's determined to do better and has no intention of going back to the life he lived before. But trying to cope with loneliness and loss makes his fight to stay on the straight and narrow a difficult one.

Kay is broken too but for a different reason, her younger sister died four years ago and she blames herself for her death. Her mother cut her off from her family on the day of the funeral, then her parents moved away leaving Kay alone to finish school, graduate and make a life for herself. She belongs to the same church Chase does, he sees her at mass and can sense that she too is broken, she looks sad and lost. He never expects to meet her because he always leaves immediately after mass and as he sits right at the back she sits in the front row meeting seems unlikely.

But fate can change a life in a moment, and they bump into each other, literally, bump into each other, after church one Sunday and so begins a slowly built friendship. They start with lunch at the diner where they make each other laugh they talk, really talk, then they slowly reveal themselves to each other as their feelings for each other begin to deepen into something more. They both feel that their pasts make them unloveable but eventually, their hearts win out and they admit their feelings and so begins their relationship. But Kay still hides a secret, one only a few people know and it's eating away at her day and although Chase has told Kay every single detail of his life no matter how dark, she's afraid that if she tells him this secret he will leave her.

These two were broken but they made one another whole, they still have things to face going forward, things I'm not going to tell you as they will spoil your enjoyment of this moving and gritty story.

Chase was a wonderful character, he's a bad boy and admits it but he battles every day to do better. He loves Kay something fierce, he loves her in a way one else has. The author writes the story in such a way that you don't think about his past. It's not important because he's just so good for Kay. As for Kay she's a perfect foil for Chase, she doesn't judge him, she's kind and loving and knows the battles he faces and she is there to hold his hand and love him through it all.

The author did an amazing job with this one, the descriptive writing and the moving but gritty storyline held my attention from beginning to end. I have to say that the narration of this book by A M Bray was spot on, I love her portrayal of every character, she brought all of the characters to life for me. She and the author made a perfect partnership for this particular book.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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  • Mari Garcia
  • 10-31-19

Chase and Kay

Wow. I read this book years ago. Having the opportunity to listen to it, I loved the audio version more. The combination of the incredible writing and narration just made this book so good. Chase and Kay go through a lot, and this audio brings all the feels with it. Loved it.


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