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Jace's Trial

Trials in Abingdon, Book 1
By: JM Wolf
Narrated by: Darcy Stark
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Life is a trial full of obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Do you have the courage to face your own trial?   

Jace Garrison was a musical prodigy at Juilliard ready to take the world by storm. Everything he could ever want out of life was unfolding right before his eyes, until everything came crashing down at once. With his muse gone, along with everything he loved, will Jace find the courage to move on?  

Former Navy SEAL Gerard Ramhart had always played by his family's rules and traditions. Until he fell in love with Riley Garrison. Unfortunately, before Gerard had the courage to propose to the man he loved, Riley's life was taken away. Gerard was left devastated, with only his memories of Riley and the pain of losing him to keep him going.  

One year after Riley's death, Gerard finally makes it to Riley's hometown in Abingdon, Virginia, and meets his son, Jace, for the very first time. Two men grieving over the loss they shared, and during their time of heartache, something blossoms. Can Gerard help Jace find the will to live the life he's meant to have? And can Jace find his muse and accept his feelings for Gerard, despite the fact that Gerard once belonged to his father?  

Trigger warning: This book contains content of physical and mental abuse, grieving, and bottled emotions. This is book 1 in the series but can be listened to as a stand-alone story - no cliff-hangers.

©2018 JM Wolf (P)2019 JM Wolf

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yes!

this narrator did an amazing job with these characters.. they are sexy.. they are complex.. and they are well narrated. the author did an amazing job with this story and im so glad this narrator could hit who they are.. their personalities and complexities.. it was wonderful

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Learn to fly

Jace is mourning the loss of his father. He has given up on his music and is just existing. Gerard was in love with Jaces father and has come a year after his death to his memorial where he meets Jace. They are immediately attracted but they have issues to overcome. We are introduced to many folks from Abingdon who we will hopefully learn more about in future books-especially Martins son and Adam. This is a sweet story of overcoming grief and learning to go on.

The narration was good. Story was easy to follow and keep track of characters

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Jace’s Trial is not a trial to listen to!

I loved this book when I read it and loved it even more when I listened to it! Darcy Stark’s narration with JM Wolf’s words are a great match! Highly recommend this story!

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Good story great narration

I liked the story, it grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I finished the book in 1 day. This is the story of love and loss and grief and new love. Both Jace and Gerard were interesting characters and the chemistry between them was strong from their first encounter. There were few things that did not make sense to me but they were minor and did not distract from the story. Narrator did an amazing job and his performance made this book into perfect listening experience. I don't know if I would have liked this book as much if I read it. I am looking forward to more books in this series.

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A great May/December, hurt/comfort...

This is a great story of the meeting of Gerard, who was the late Riley's love, and Riley's family and friends. He was unable to be there for the funeral, so he has come for the one year memorial.

When he arrives, he is welcomed by everyone. He is pleasantly surprised that Riley's family is so welcoming and friendly. However, Riley's sister tells him that she is worried about Jace. And, unfortunately for Gerard, sparks flew the moment he met the young man who is the son of his dead lover.

Jace is a musical prodigy and attended Julliard before dropping out after a short time. A week after his father's passing, he stored away all of his music. His father brought music into his life, but now he can't feel the music anymore. He has yet to grieve his father's death or what happened in college. It takes Gerard's strength and dedication to allow him to reach a point where he can release all of the turmoil he has been avoiding for so long.

This is the first book in this series, but I am already hoping for some characters to get there own stories. Of course, this can be read/listened to as a standalone, as it is not a cliffhanger, and our MCs get their HEA.

I thought the narrator did a great job. His character differentiation is clearly done, his pacing is steady, and his inflections seemed natural.

* I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and I am leaving my honest review. *

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Amazing!

Thid is such an amazing and beautiful story! I loved reading this story but listening to Darcy Stark is just absolutely perfection. He brings Jace and Gerard to life. I just couldn't stop listening. Amazing narration!

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emotional

Thank you for the audio, I voluntarily give this a honest review. Jace's life takes a turn for the worse after leaving his dream of music following closely the lose of his father. meeting his dad's boyfriend on the one year anniversary of his death. Gerard meets the son and sister if his dead lover only seeing the dead eye man before him. can Gerard help Jace? will the muse come back or is it to late for Jace? this was such a moving emotional story with connection between two lost soul's. loved this book so much and the wow Darcy Stark did a wonderfully great job!

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Beautiful

This story was so beautifully written and narrated. It’s about a second chance at love and find love in the most unlikely of places. Jace and Gerard were both half souls who needed to find each other to become whole. Darcy had a way with bringing the story to life and giving it a whole new meaning.

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There were so many things I loved about this book!

There were so many things I loved about this book!
1. Surprise rock star romance! I went into this book blind and had no idea it would be my fave trope.
2. Narration - I've never listened to an audiobook where the narrator SANG! And his sang beautifully. Loved the songs!
3. New York accent done right. Something this native NYer appreciates. It wasn't overdone or outlandish. It was realistic.
4. Adam -my fave supporting character.
5. Jace and Gerard - I love insta love and these two fell fast and hard. They had a connection right away, and nothing was going to stop them from being together. I love that their love was accepted by everyone.
6. New-to-me author. This was my first book by J.M. Wolf and I will def be continuing with this series!

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AMAZING!!

When I read this book it really took me on an emotional journey, but listening to it just really made it hit home! I laughed, I cried and I cheered them on right from the start. Jace is a beautiful soul whose spirit has been broken by his father's death and past abuse. Gerard is exactly what he needs to help him put his life back together and really soar. Jace and Gerard are sheer perfection together, they really complete each other and are really meant to be. I love the story, I love the characters, and as far as I'm concerned the author is simply brilliant in weaving a perfect story. This is a must read and a must listen!! The narration is spectacular and I really hope that Adam's book will be coming out in audio very soon! I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 05-31-19

Great listening really enjoyed this a lot

Jase is mourning the. death of his father, .............. what a ride this author takes us on, love the dynamics between the two MCs, Darcy Stark definitely owned this his voice swoon. I have read this book, listening to it was a whole new experience. Definitely a must and I will listening to this again, can't give much away because of spoilers but well worth the time to listen to this.