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Returning to Madison hurts. I thought I'd left my past behind, but the past goes on living. I carry it inside of me, it's a piece of me. People have marked me in indelible ways, and I drag the shreds of my soul behind me, trying to put my pieces back together. I'm not the Amber I used to be. I fly under the radar, try to be invisible.

It doesn't always work. Drawing attention scares me. It always spells trouble. Returning to my hometown is a last-ditch effort to lay my demons to rest and start anew, for good this time.

Meeting Jesse Lee wasn't in the plan. Yet here he is with his heart-stopping, sexy grin, handsome like a god, shining bright. He's full of life, full of heat, packing the energy of a thousand suns in his gaze and muscular body. Jesse burns, and the pain of being near him is sweet.

But he's foiling my plans. It's hard to remain a ghost when he's around. Hard to avoid his attention, to remain invisible. He sees me, really sees me, and behind his bright radiance, I can see shadows from his own past crowding in. He's swimming hard to stay afloat even as he reaches for me.

What is he afraid of? And how can he save me from drowning when he can't even save himself?

Stand-alone novel. No cliff-hanger.

Warning: This book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature listeners only. Not intended for young listeners.

©2015 Jo Raven (P)2017 Oh My Audiobooks

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Good series! Love Jesse!

This is the second book in the Damage Control series, about the lives of a bunch of misfits who work at a tattoo parlor as a band of brothers. The heroine is a girl who has been damaged by bullying that was so bad she moved. She has no social skills and few friends, when she meets the hero at a party she's dragged to. He has a reputation as a womanizer and she's not interested nor does she trust men at all. Their romance developed over time with starts and stops. I liked the ending and the narration was very well done. Jo Raven is becoming a really great romance author.

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great wrenching

this was so good, sad what these boys have been through. the girls to. all to make each other stronger.

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Jesse and Amber

Goodness. Another emotional, heartbreaking, but beautiful story. Jesse has gone through so many things throughout his young life. My heart broke for him. Amber enters his life and changes everything for him. They are absolutely perfect for one another. I adored and enjoyed this book. Sebastian York and Abby Craden were perfect for this book. I loved listening to them.

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Hard to listen to.

I really dislike the role of Amber . Trust is hard but to listen to other people about a relationship you know to be real is so foolish. I had to bare through Amber to get to the end of this story.

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Great story!

After reading this, I genuinely believe Jesse deserves better! Amber let other people’s opinions shape their relationship and his friends turned on him the moment things went wrong. They don’t deserve him. Plus, Amber let childhood bullying to affect her entire life. The refusal to move on after all the counseling and forward movement doesn’t make her a victim, but someone who simply doesn’t let go of past
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Wish I could have rated higher, but...

Oh my. The female narrator. She nearly killed the book for me. I hung in because York is always wonderful, and I'm very much enjoying the series as a whole, but it was a struggle. Craden made some truly... bizarre choices... when it came to voicing several characters. For example, the roommate's voice was grating, almost a growl, sounding much like a person who'd spent 50 years as a pack a day smoker. When speaking as Jesse it wasn't bad until the character had to whisper something. Then Craden sounded straight up terrifying, like a serial killer whispering in your ear all the horrible things they intend to do to you - I wish I were exaggerating. It was disturbing, to put it mildly. There's other scenarios, but those are the two major examples that made this otherwise really enjoyable book a beast to get through. If you struggle with rough or growling noises being a trigger or have auditory hypersensitivity, you might want to invest in an ebook instead. Or avoid listening with earbuds in or at a high volume.

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jeese

I loved this book and all your books. I wish I could get seth for free. its going to be hard waiting a month for a credit

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good story but predictable

This story was similar to the prior book in this series, so I knew how it would end. I expected more drama between the female lead and her prior nemesis, but that didn't happen. the family atmosphere with the guys at Damage Control was nice too.

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Interesting Story Line

I like this series, it has a great group of friends who support each other and the main characters Jesse and Amber go through a lot. Seems Jesse had the short end of the stick and Amber was his stronghold. Will continue to listen to the rest of this series.

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Hot, hot and more hot

Jesse and Amber’s book pulls two people together who have had so much trauma in their lives, they fit together perfectly. There is beauty in the telling of their story and how they grow together to become stronger. Jesse makes your heart ache with his past. He’s trying so hard to overcome the hand he was dealt, and Amber is the refresher he needs. I enjoyed this story as an audiobook, and it was a good story to listen to. However, I am disappointed that the only way I can find to continue this series is through audiobook.

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  • Sholz
  • 07-13-22

Love Me Some Jesse

What a great book, I’m totally invested, beautiful character who deserves his HEA. Warms the cockles this one ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-22

Not very cheery

I know girls are supposed to love a bad boy with issues that they can fix, but I just found it overall a bit depressing! In fact my favourite bit was probably the trailer for the next book in the series “Seth” which sounded much better.

I love Abby Craden’s narration normally, but didn’t really like her character. I found the male voice sleazy sounding.

I’m sure it’ll be right up someone else’s street, but just not for me! I finished it though so it couldn’t have been too bad.

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  • P
  • 02-22-22

OK

Got this included with my membership, and not heard anything by this author before, so decided to give it a try.
It took me a little time to get into it, but it got more enjoyable. Not sure if it’s listed as ‘Young Adult’ as I would probably categorise it as that. Although the explicit sex scenes are maybe aimed at older audiences???
The characters are mostly late teens/early twenties, so I did feel a bit too old reading it being over 40 😊 is that weird??? But hey, I can still appreciate a hot guy and hot sex scenes at my age.
It was an interesting standalone and characters are interlinked between the other books in the series, so you can continue the story if it’s something you enjoyed.
My only slight criticism, and it was really slight and a personal thing, is I found the woman narrator’s voice a bit whiny and annoying to begin with and at times throughout the story. When she did a different accent to voice another character it sounded a bit like the exorcist 😂 I did have a WTF moment and went back to listen again, as I thought maybe satan had infiltrated my Audible 😂
She is not alone on the weird accents done by narrators. My advice, don’t do them if they aren’t good. Sorry, but it does sometimes spoil it for the listeners and I’ve even had to not finish a book because of the dire accents. Judging by other peoples reviews, I am not alone on this.
It’s not terrible but not on my best listens list.

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  • Janie
  • 01-19-22

Jesse this book is about him

I loved this book you get to know Jesse and how he finds love. Can't wait to read Seth the next book in the series.

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  • FBooks
  • 11-03-21

Heart-rending

Another great book in an emotional series. You will not read this book without tearing up. it's a heart reading story with a beautiful HEA.

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  • karen grave
  • 04-01-22

I tried again and I'm glad

I didn't take to book 1 - Micah, thought it was a YA type so kept off the series.
time passed and I took up reading Asher ( inked brotherhood) and liked it so much I finished reading the series, then returned to Jesse. I'm glad, I liked the storyline and the where it went.
all these boys and the series before them, are so tortured that it's good to see them climb to the top.
Jo Ravens writing is really good. she addresses these tenuous topics with respect and while she doesn't dig so deep that you can't stand to read it, she doesn't skim the surface either.
it's set somewhere in the middle for me. it gives me the truth about the heroes tragic past but shows the possibilities for his future. well done Ms Raven.
of course Sebastian York is my all time fave...( he also Narrated Zanes character, which was perfect) and abbey does so well with both voices. love this series...on to Seth.