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Jackson's Justice

Jackson Brothers Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Gideon Welles
Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-year-old Jenny Harper has been in love with Heath Jackson since the day she saw him leap from a galloping horse to save an old woman when she was 11 years old. Over the years, Jenny has watched the women swarm around Heath, but she has her heart set on him and she is not one to give up easily. One way or another, she will show Heath she is a grown woman, ready for a husband, not the child he remembers tagging along after his younger brother. 

Unfortunately for Jenny, ever since he was left at the altar by a foolish girl who ran off to marry a wealthy old man, Heath Jackson has sworn off marriage, preferring instead the company of widows and saloon girls. And in any case, though he has secretly lusted after her for years, as far as Heath is concerned Jenny is too young, too much like family, and too eager to wed. 

But when tragedy strikes, putting more on Jenny’s shoulders than she can bear, her only hope of saving her family home lies in marrying quickly. Can Heath sit back while other men vie for her affections? Can he bear to watch in silence as she chooses a weakling when she desperately needs a strong man like him, one who will keep her safe and give her the sound discipline she needs when her impulsive ways place her in danger? Or will he stand up and claim what should be his, even if it means risking his heart again? 

Publisher’s Note: Jackson’s Justice is a stand-alone novel, which is the second entry in the Jackson Brothers series. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this audiobook. 

©2015 Stormy Nights Publications (P)2018 Maddie Taylor

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Enjoyable story

I anticipated that I wasn’t going to care very much for this book. It sounded good and so I thought it was worth a try and since I got it for free what’s to lose right? My hopes weren’t very high though just because it was an author that I didn’t know, a narrator I didn’t know, and free. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The story was actually very captivating, and I even found myself looking for excuses to be able to listen to it. There was a lot of spanking in the book, as it says in the description. I personally don’t mind that kind of thing in a book, but the way that it was written in here just got really really annoying. It wasn’t written in a way that was enjoyable, it was written in a way that was disciplinary between a husband and a wife, where it would be more appropriate between a father and a child. So that could have been written a little bit differently, but again neither was it a dealbreaker, it was just a huge eye roll.

The narrator was good enough, but I tend to prefer female narrators for romances. Really the only problem that I had was during the intimate scenes, and it just felt really really awkward to hear this man reading these extremely graphic scenes. It just felt a little bit inappropriate and I actually fast forwarded through most of them which is something I never do. The narrator might be newer to narrating, but he did a good enough job. I wouldn’t seek him out nor would I avoid him if I saw that he was narrating something. I feel like his narration might be more appropriate set in something other than romance, or at least this graphic of a romance.

All in all, it was an enjoyable enough read. I probably won’t seek out the previous, or next, book in the series, but I don’t feel like I wasted my time. Just that one was enough for me.

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Childhood Crush, Heartbreak, Accepting Love

Jenny has loved Heath, 11 years her senior, since she was 11 when he save an elderly woman in a runaway wagon.
Heath suddenly notices Jenny when she is 18, but believes she is too young plus he was embarrassed by a fiancé who ran off with someone else.
I wasn’t sure how this book was going to keep me interested as I thought each time a problem arises and is solved, another pops up. The problems that pop up are believable and kept me engaged through out the story.
I can’t say Inalways love Heath and Jenny, but they were very realistic characters with flaws and positivism. There is spending and domestic discipline, so if that is something you don’t like you will have a problem with parts of the story. It isn’t my favorite parts of the story, but it was overdone and there are enough sweet episodes and hot scenes.
The narrator has a deep voice and does an excellent job..he doesn’t press too much to sound female, but brings a difference to tell the difference from one another.
This is the second book in the series, and I didn’t read the first, but it didn’t impact my ability to enjoy this book.
I’m interested in finding out what happened to the third Jackson brother and interested in the first book
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Action packed

I absolutely loved this book. The men sure have protection issues. Which are wonderful, I’m glad Jenny came into her own and didn’t let Heath walk all over her. There is lots of passion and love. It was great. I want to read Jeanelle and Arron’s story next.

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CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THOSE JACKSON MEN!

Maddie Taylor spirits us back to Laramie, Wyoming in this rollicking second installment in the Jackson Brothers trilogy!

I really enjoyed JACKSON’S JUSTICE! Once again the author swept us up in the Old West and I was completely charmed by this marriage of convenience tale featuring a tough, take-charge alpha cowboy who finally makes an honest woman of the sweet yet sassy young woman who’d always loved him from afar! This book was chock full of everything I crave in a historical western romance: A rich complex plot. Breath-stealing romance. Thrilling adventure. Steamy passion. Naughty spankings. Juicy small-town scandal. Danger. And…yikes…even a rowdy saloon brawl and a treacherous kidnapping to keep our adrenaline pumping!

Though I felt the overall book was a bit too long and drawn out, and the plot tend to meander in places, I was nevertheless HIGHLY ENTERTAINED throughout! Ms. Taylor has a true gift for writing in this genre—I really felt like I was transported to the pioneer town of Laramie circa 1878— and her western-flavored narrative, vibrant characters, sizzling sensuality and engaging, emotional tone were MAGNIFICENT!

From page one, I was enchanted by the high-spirited romance between a love smitten Jenny and her strappingly handsome protector, Heath. This tall, commanding rancher was the perfect counterpart for the sweet, wildly impulsive young woman who sometimes acted without thinking. Gah…what a beleaguered heroine Jenny was! Her sad, emotional plight truly struck a chord in me and my heart ached for all the hardships this poor young woman had to endure in the face of her crippling family strife. She had been dealt a lousy hand in life after her ma and pa died, and although sometimes she made “questionable choices,” her courage, resilience, grit and determination to hold onto her family legacy and take care of her young brother, as well as her willingness to risk her neck to help others in the community truly shone through.

And despite the fact that her romance to Heath got off to a rocky start, and they faced many ups and down on the road to true love, I rooted for them EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! Their smoldering attraction was undeniable... and even when they were locking horns, it was always apparent that a big-hearted, bull-headed Heath Jackson always had a soft spot for his precious darlin’!

Just like with the first installment, MARSHAL’S LAW, one of my favorite parts of this second book was the close-knit Jackson clan! They played a pivotal role in this series and could always be counted on for moral support and to circle the wagons in times of trouble! I just adored catching up with Heath’s ma and pa, Henry and Letty, his younger brothers Aaron and Luke, and his sister in law from another era, Janelle. And I also enjoyed the interactions with Jenny’s younger brother Will and the various townsfolk! Even the baddies were a heck of a lot of fun!

THE SWOON-WORTHY NARRATION by Gideon Welles was once again SPOT ON! His gruff, growly tone and whiskey-smooth western drawl was perfect for the part of Heath. Sighhhh. His depiction of the big, strong, ruggedly sexy hero sure made my heart flutter! And he also did a marvelous job with Jenny and all the various other secondary characters as well! He is just such a talented storyteller and his multi-faceted vocal range and strong, soothing, gently commanding emotional inflections really captivated me from start to finish. I look forward to him narrating the third and final book in the series, WILD WISTERIA, featuring the devilishly handsome youngest Jackson brother, Luke!

Highly recommend this book for fans of this genre!

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I'm Loving the Jackson Men

A little high handed or heavy handed, the Jackson men know just what is needed to teach the rules to their women. For Heath and Jenni, unrequited love until her future is thrust into reality. Heath steps up but life doesn't get easier but it does get sweeter. Love the narrator and story definitely pulls you in. Wish book 3 was in audio but I'll make due with imagining the deep voice.

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Touchingly sweet, old-fashioned romance...........

Jackson's Justice is the second book in a series, but I didn't feel as if I missed anything by starting with this book first. However, I enjoyed this story and the narration so much that I am definitely going to listen to the first book soon. Jackson's Justice takes place in the later 1800's, and the author does a wonderful job of setting the stage for a story in this time period. This book features Jenny Harper, a 20 year-old woman from a respectable family, and Heath Jackson a 30 some year-old friend of Jenny's family. Jenny has been in love with Heath since she was a young girl, but, although he is physically attracted to her, Heath pushes her away at every turn due to a painful past romance. Tragedy befalls Jenny very quickly, and it is only through the intercession of Heath and the Jackson family that she doesn't end up a homeless, destitute saloon girl. During all of the push-pull between them, their trials while resolving her predicament, and their relationship as husband and wife, Jenny and Heath fall passionately in love with each other. Watching such a strong, confident man fall for the deeply caring but highly spirited Jenny is a delight to watch. I am not always a fan of domestic discipline in contemporary romances, but the practice seemed entirely appropriate in this historical setting, and the author uses it to demonstrate how much Heath cares for his new wife. The steam level is high in certain parts of this book, but this story is at heart a sweet, old-fashioned, fairy tale love story.

Words cannot express how amazing Gideon Welles narrated this book. He is a new narrator for me, but I sincerely hope he has many works available. Welles has an incredibly deep and raspy voice, and his portrayal of Heath was so sexy that it gave me shivers on occasion. As well suited as his voice is for the male characters, he actually did a great job with the female voices as well. Truly, his narration was perfection, and I can't think of a better choice for this sweet yet spicy romance.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Marybeth
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love this narrator!

Obviously, I love the book as I read it on my Kindle. I decided to start listening to the series on here and it is amazing. Gideon Welles does a great job with the different voices!

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Not a good as I had hoped

I read and enjoyed very much Maddie Taylor’s series on “Club Decadence.” Because of that, I hoped to enjoy “Jackson’s Justice.” However, that was not the case.

This book is a spanking book with no BDSM element. The characters are not as compelling as in the “Club Decadence” series. I did not relate to the characters of Heath, Aaron, Luke, Jenny and Janelle as I did to the characters in the “Club Decadence” series. I did not feel the same connection. Maybe I just need the intensity of the BDSM element?

The narration was okay.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great story!

I thought this story was well written and enjoyed the development of Heath and Jenny's relationship. I had a little bit of a hard time trying to decipher the voice of the narrator as at times he seemed to have a southern accent, other times not so that was a little disconcerting but not enough to be a major issue.

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Great story, Great Listen🎧 4.5 Fabulous Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a terrific, well written, well told historical romance. The storylines are interesting and realistic and suck you right in. The characters are complex and well developed. Maddie Taylor is a talented author and knows how to captivate & entertain her reader and transport them to another time. I loved the lead characters, Jenny & Heath, loved a lot of the secondary characters too, especially the Jackson men, they re smoking!! This is my 1st book from this author and I enjoyed it as a stand-alone. Maddie Taylor, thank you for this great story I will be checking out more of your work.

I listened to the Audible edition, Gideon Welles delivers another wonderful performance!! He is a talented storyteller, the characters & story to life from the pages to your ears. Thank you for another great listen!!

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  • Kate
  • 02-01-19

A superbly narrated tale of heroes and villains

Jackson's Justice is the second audiobook of a trilogy that is part romance, part family saga, and part science fiction adventure - all set against the rugged, unyielding backdrop of the American midwest. The wild, uncompromising landscape is echoed in the strapping, steadfast Jackson men, especially so in Heath whose desire to remain untamed equals that of the most recalcitrant colt on the ranch.

Unusually, even for a raunchy romance, the explicit descriptions in this audiobook begin almost immediately. I'm no prude, but I prefer it when the author 'earns' the steamier scenes, having built up the characters' anticipation a little and allowed us to get to know them before revealing their most intimate desires. However, as the story unfolded and I grew more familiar with the character whose observations prompted such vivid descriptions, it made much more sense that he would dive in with no holds barred, as he does with everything else!

Much as I enjoyed the book, it did feel as though there were two distinct parts, which could have been split into two books. There was a natural conclusion to the plot around halfway through and, at a total of almost 15 hours long, it could easily have been split into two volumes without either feeling insubstantial.

I found the Jackson family very endearing, with each character developed enough to feel integral to the balance of humour, warmth, and strength that kept them together. Despite my reservations regarding one particular angle, I would still gladly listen to the other books in the trilogy just to spend a little more time with this funny, loyal family.

Though mostly a standalone novel, I'd recommend listening to the previous book in the trilogy first, as this book contains spoilers for the previous story. I wish I'd had the opportunity to listen to book one, Marshal's Law, first, but very much hope to add it to my library soon. I have enjoyed getting to know the characters and am intrigued by the underlying sci-fi element which seems rather out of place in this novel without the proper history. Even if I hadn't liked the characters so much I might have been tempted to listen to book one just for the narrator, and I'm sure he will be a determining factor in my pursuit of the full series.

The narrator in question, Gideon Welles, was possibly my favourite part of this audiobook. His voice is rich, deep, and velvety, with a throaty, southern drawl; like melted chocolate with a shot of whiskey. He was perfect for this audiobook, and is very easy to listen to. I usually keep away from American narrators for romances, especially historical ones, because I don't find the accent very relaxing and and I listen to this genre when I need to rest and allow my mind to wander. Welles' voice was soothing but also kept me engaged in the story and willing to forgive the characters almost anything, nearly as eager to hear more from Heath as Jenny was!

I loved curling up in bed and unwinding with his sonorous, reassuring voice, whose intimacy was pitched just right for the steamier scenes between the couple. We have just had our first days of snow this winter, and I was very glad that Welles' voice radiates such enticing warmth.

There is a content warning for this book which didn't dissuade me from listening but which I now think ought to be worded differently. As well as a physical assault this book contains repeated instances of humiliation and 'corporal punishment' which are often unnecessary and are unhealthily dressed up as a strong, stable man 'taming' an unruly woman 'for her own good'. I felt there were far better ways this could have been achieved, and that the book mistakenly conflates harmless consensual activities with harmful non-consensual ones when exploring this otherwise-innocuous kink. If you're sensitive to historical themes which would today be considered abusive then their repeated occurrence and patronising justification would likely make this book uncomfortable and render the romantic lead wholly unlikeable.

It wasn't a deal-breaker for me, but I did feel that it was handled irresponsibly and that the author could have included similar themes in a much more realistic and far more empowering fashion. Had Jenny's character been a willing participant rather than an embarrassed girl who was begging him to stop, I wouldn't have found the scenes uncomfortable.

When all is said and done none of the above ruined the story. The plot still captured my interest, I was satisfied with the ending, and I adored the narrator. I'm already intrigued by the set-up to the next book in the series, and hope it comes to Audible soon. In the meantime I hope to listen to the first book to learn more about Aaron and Janelle's story, while awaiting the audio recording of Luke's.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.