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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 heartfelt story

This is a poignant story of Chase, coming to terms with a mistake he made when he was 20. He was trying to redeem himself after he was released from prison. Now, he has a second chance of life. He wants to reconnect with his younger brother, who worshipped him. Will , felt abandoned by him and doesn't want anything to do with him.
Moving back to the small town, Chase knew everyone will talk, ignore, or not give him a chance .
Working for the church, is where Chase meets Kay. their friendship grows into love
Kay has a dark secret , she didn't know how Chase would react when she told him. Chase has the daily battle of fighting his addiction and his dark side he wants to keep hidden from Kay.
This is a story of 2 broken souls, finding each other and try to put pieces of their lives back together again. This is a story of trust, truth, and friendship turning into love.
Amber Bray is a wonderful narrator and portraying all the emotions, love, angst and feelings of despair to each and every Character. I really enjoyed listening to this story.🎧audiobookobsessionreviewer🎧

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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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Second Chances

Chase and Kay have such a beautiful story! absolutely loved listening to it. Amber Bray does an excellent job!
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This is a well written emotion story and the narrator Amber Bray did a great job bringing the characters and the story to life.
We all have regrets in our lives but it’s how we handle them ,it’s how we move on without letting them pull us down. Chase Gardner made mistakes that changed his life and now a few years on we pick up his story as he is released from jail and back home in Harmony Creek to try and start over.
Kay Santon feels an instant attraction from the moment she mets Chase but is the time right for a relationship. Chase may have a past he needs to forget but Kay also has secrets, will this couples past destroy any hope of a future.....
This is a story of hope, trust, forgiveness and new beginnings, it’s about two damaged souls finding hope and happiness by being strong for each other.

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This was a really good story. Although a lot happens with Chase and Kay, their relationship was steady. Which was a nice change to a romance novel.
I really think it could have been better if the narrator wasn’t so young sounding. It really made it difficult to feel like it wasn’t a young adult story.

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That ending though!!

S.R. Grey wrote a story that will grab at your heart and squeeze! Chase has had a hard life... his family fell apart and his father took his own life. From that point, Chase lost control of himself and tunes to drugs. His life spiraled and he ended up in prison.

Kays life has not been easy either... her little sister drowned at the age of 6, while Kay was supposed to be watching her... her mother blamed her for it and has had no contact with her for 4 years. Kay also blames herself.

When Chase returns to the little town he lived in after being released from prison, he and Kay meet and become friends. Their relationship builds slowly and becomes more.. and their lives take many twists and turns. It’s an awesome listen.

Amber Bray has great character definition and her voice itself is pleasant. Some of her pronunciation and voice inflection is difficult for me.. it doesn’t make a difference in my love of the book or it’s content.

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A great audio is before you

First in a new series . This story from S.R. Grey will have you believing in yourself and not giving up. The end will always work out .
Hero is Chase. Heroine is Kay .

Chase needs to redeem himself. He had a rough time , spending time in jail for having drugs on him . It was a backlash when things with his family went bad . Chase went back to Harmony Creek where everything fell apart.
Kay is in Harmony Creek she’s having a hard time herself .

Once they meet there is an instant attraction between them. It’s strong that makes the air sizzle . They learn to rely on each other and they get strong. See how their lives gets on a great path
Amber performance is strong, clear and smooth

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Second chance at happiness

There is nobody more deserving of a second chance that Chase and Kay. Both of them had been dealt crap hands as kids and dealt with things the best they could. Chase turned to a life of drugs and alcohol and Kay fought the world alone. Both of them with so many regrets. When they find each other, the world starts to turn itself right. These two have fought demons and won. It will always be a struggle, but with each other, they can find their happily ever after.

There is a cliff hanger of sorts at the end of the story. The story starts to take a different direction as we head towards book 2. I get the impression that Kay and Chase will play a big part in Will's story.

This was a gritty, real life story and it was a good read.

I had trouble with the narrator at the beginning of the story. The beginning of the story is all Chase and it was really hard to hear it coming from a woman trying to sound like a man. I stuck it out though and fell in love with her telling of the story.

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Intense

Chase and Kay have a sweet connection that is based on friendship, respect,love, and tragedy. They are both broken but wanting a better life. Their relationship has lots of sweet playful moments but most of the book had a very intense feel. I think a lot of that was the way the narrator performed. I think the narrator did a decent job on Chases voice but not so much with Kay’s. It felt like Kay way a high school teenager (image I had in my mind because of the voice the narrator gave her). Overall I did enjoy the book and as it ended on a cliffhanger I am definitely listening to the next book. #audiobookobsessionsreviewer

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  • Christi Love4Books.me
  • 07-22-20

Good Story, So-so Narration

Title: I Stand Before You
Author: S. R. Grey
Format: audio
Narrator: Amber Bray
Genre: Romance
Standalone: ish. The epilogue leads into book 2
Part of a Series: Yes book 1 of the Judge Me Not series
POV: Chase and Kay
Steam Level: slow burn to steamy
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I Stand Before You was a sweet but gritty romance. Both characters deal with grief in different ways and live how Chase and Jay come together and strengthen each other. S.R. Grey does a fantastic job of portraying Chase’s struggles of recovery - probably more accurate than I’ve ever seen in a book.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobooks Unleashed. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Dektolia
  • 04-08-20

More serious themes than I expected

I've read several other books by S. R. Grey but this one surprised me. It has complex, developed characters and deals with much darker themes than I had expected. These themes are very clearly mentioned in a warning on the book description, I just underestimated how central the themes would be to the book (compared to Inevitable Detour or the Boys of Winter series). That being said, I still liked it. The story is very detailed, essentially taking nearly 29 hours over 3 books to tell the full story. That pace allows for much more depth to the characters and a well developed storyline. There is some predictable drama, but it's not overboard and it ends in an okay place as far as breaking up the story. There is a lead-in to the second book for the epilogue, which does end in a cliffhanger, but it's very clearly stated that it's an intro to the next book so you could pause there if you don't have the next book ready (which you just should).

This is the first audiobook I've listened to narrated by Amber Bray and she was fabulous. I liked the way she presented the characters and how she handled the dual points of view without a second narrator. There were a couple occasions where it seemed like a phrase was repeated, but it wasn't so often that it was annoying. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to other performances by her in the future.

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  • Ginger
  • 04-07-20

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book three of this a Judge Me Not series has been an interesting journey, Chase spending time with his Mom, brother and of course Kay but most of all it has been about Chase saving his brother from his own destruction, his Mom finally seeing clearly, Chase and Kay are at peace they have finally let go, healed and got there HEA.
Amber as in the first two books did an amazing job narrating.
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  • Jaime Reynolds
  • 03-23-20

Great listen

A powerful and emotional story. Chase and Kay made some bad choices and were dealt pretty crappy hands. Yet they both are still determined to live their lives. I am a sucker for second chances at life and live and believe everyone deserves them. Amber did a great job bringing this to life and I highly recommend the listen.

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  • Toula eliopoulos
  • 03-01-20

This story will make you believe

First in a new series . This story from S.R. Grey will have you believing in yourself and not giving up. The end will always work out .
Hero is Chase. Heroine is Kay .

Chase needs to redeem himself. He had a rough time , spending time in jail for having drugs on him . It was a backlash when things with his family went bad . Chase went back to Harmony Creek where everything fell apart.
Kay is in Harmony Creek she’s having a hard time herself .

Once they meet there is an instant attraction between them. It’s strong that makes the air sizzle . They learn to rely on each other and they get strong. See how their lives gets on a great path
Amber performance is strong, clear and smooth


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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 02-16-20

Tough times

This book has lots of tough issues in it. It’s not sugar coated at all. Great emotion throughout. Fantastic performance from Amber.
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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 01-18-20

So Emotional

Chase is returning home from prison and Kay has a shaky past. Both want to take the safe rout with this relationship and be friends. Their chemistry was overwhelming and inevitable. This has a lot of up and downs, but had its sweet and playful moments. I recommend this book to others and to follow up with the second book.

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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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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 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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