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Made Mine: A Protectors / Made Marian Crossover

Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)
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What happens when a group of tough vigilantes meets up with a big-hearted family with boundary issues?

Reese: It’s supposed to be an easy job. You know, the kind you get after you’ve been gone a while and the boss is unsure of how capable you still are? But then there’s a mugging, an abduction, two thugs, and a blackmail scheme.

And smack-dab in the middle of it is a beautiful lost soul who needs me. The scared, young gamer-geek pushes all my protective buttons and awakens something inside me that’s ready to dive right in and inhale the man.

But how could I have anything to offer someone like Ben? I’m a mess. Injured, scarred, practically closeted, the recognizable son of a famous man...There’s no way I can ask him to give me a shot at forever. Right?

Ben: It seems like I’ve been looking out for myself my entire life. Heck, I was even given away the day I was born. And, yeah, maybe if my adoptive parents had survived, I would have had a nice life. But they didn’t. And I don’t. Instead, I’m forced to put up with a hateful, scheming foster parent for the sake of sticking around to care for my little sister.

Only, when a blackmail plan lands little Georgie in the hands of thugs, it’s clear I’m her only hope. At least until I meet the big, strong bodyguard someone sends to watch over me.

Reese is everything I’ve ever daydreamed about: protective, attentive, affectionate, and dedicated. But he’s hiding something, and I don’t have the time or energy to figure out what. Because time is running out, and Georgie is the only family I have left.

Until the biological brother who never wanted me shows up and turns everything on its head.

After having finally accepted it’s just Georgie and me, suddenly falling for my protector and being surrounded by Griff and the Marian clan makes me question everything I’ve ever known about myself and what defines a family.

Can a guy with a broken past ever build a family with someone who seems too good to be true?

Listening order note: Can be listened to as a stand-alone.

While the authors recommend listening to both the Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox and the Protectors series by Sloane Kennedy, it isn't required in order to understand the story. At the least, you may want to consider Grounding Griffin (Book 4, Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox) and Unexpected (Book 10, The from the Protectors series by Sloane Kennedy) to get a little bit of background. However, this novel, despite being a crossover, has been written in a way that it can be listened to on its own.

©2018 SKLL Books LLC (P)2018 SKLL Books LLC

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so frustrating!

3 and a half hours in and I'm having a really hard time connecting to Ben's character.

6 hours in and I'm convinced his only redeeming quality is his devotion to his sister.

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I Miss the Marians

So my policy is to give a 5 star review if I listen to something because I know that the 5 star rating system is really binary and the nuances between 3, 4, and 5 stars negatively impact books and book searches which is an author's livelihood and I want both of these authors to keep writing.
On that note I love Michael Pauley and I love Lucy Lennox but......Sloane Kennedy and the Protector series can be really dramatic and overly angsty. And unfortunately that was a main feature of the first 7+ hours of this book. I think I wanted this to be a mostly Marian crossover and I was sorely disappointed. I missed the Marians sooo much...They have almost no role except to be the focus of Ben's bitterness. They are nothing but concerned and kind and all Ben can do is focus on his attraction to Reese, his bitterness that Griffin had it better than him, and of course the fact that he is being pursued by mostly mysterious villains (a common feature in the protector series but did not translate for me in the Marian world.) The lengths that the Marians go to help Ben and Georgie (at the expense of their own safety no less) are largely dismissed and it made it very hard for me to like Ben at all. I usually enjoy the dual POV but I felt the attempt to blend the Protectors and Marians was largely one-sided. Reese performed his part as a bridge because he was actually connected to all the Protector characters but Ben's tenuous at best/antagonistic relationship with the Marian characters made me want to rant at him which took me right out of the story. Perhaps if you are a Protectors fan and not a person that has read or liked the Marian series this book will be right up your alley otherwise be prepared to miss your Marians.

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  • TNI
  • Charlotte, Nc
  • 09-25-18

the best part was a the tarantula<br />

I love the Maid Marian series and I love Michael Pauley but this story was a miss for me.
I think there were too many characters and an unrealistic storyline. Somebody's on the run looking for a computer chip and all these men can drop their lives to protect Ben and Georgie. REALLY?
I'll be honest with you Aunt Tilly drives me nuts in these books.
if you're devoted to both series, get it, but if not I would say pass on this one.

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Sheer Perfection!!

Absolutely brilliant crossover of 2 of the best series ever! The storyline is magnificent and I love seeing so many of the Marians and the Protectors. Watching Ben and Reese’s relationship develop is spectacular. They are so good together. Love Georgie, what a great kid. Ben and Reese have a lot of personal issues to work through but I love how they do it together and I love how protective Reese is of Ben. It was great to see Griff finally find his brother and I love how supportive and loving both the Marians and the Protectors are with one another. I would definitely love more crossover books!
Michael Pauley was a brilliant narrator for this story. He managed so many different voices expertly. It really was incredible to hear all of the different characters and really feel all of their emotions!

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Unbelievable

I had a really hard time getting into this book. There were just so many parts of it that I felt were unbelievable. Maybe a part of it was the writing approach of the two authors or the two worlds of the previous book series, but I couldn’t feel for the relationship. A majority of the beginning of the book was in a hotel room and then finally a winery that felt like a vacation for the characters. The lack of reality when it comes to children, crime, and holding a job was hard to suspend. I think you really needed to read the other stories to understand the characters in this one. But the angst was too much and if that what the protectors series is like then I doubt I’ll ever read them.

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 03-11-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I went into this one having only listened to the Made Marian series, I was worried I would feel like I was missing something since I haven't listened to the Protector Series and to be honest I did but only a tiny bit and that just made me want to start that series right away. The only reason I would say that I wished I had finished both first is because I knew all the Made Marian characters and felt like they had all these friends I wasn't privy too LOL. I loved this story even if it was a little insta-love for my taste. I also loved all the alpha men with cute kid moments. I'll be impatiently waiting for the rest of the Protectors series to be on audible.

The narration was good. He isn't my favorite but he is growing on me.

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Well-Blended

This book can be read as a stand-alone but it definitely helps to have some knowledge of the other books.  I’ve listened to all the Marian books as well as the first three Protector books, so I had some idea but, truthfully, there were many many many characters packed into this book.  If you focus on Reese, Ben, and their immediate dilemmas, you can make it through without too much confusion.

The effort is well worth it, I promise.

Ben is alone in the world except for his sister Georgie whom he protects with all his strength and energy.  He survives as a gamer, but he’s focused on keeping his sister safe and when he fails at that, he’s devastated.

Reese has failed at something recently as well and Ben is his second chance.  A chance for redemption. But he’s got a lot of baggage to deal with if he’s going to succeed in protecting Ben and getting Georgie back.  Plus, there’s the undeniable attraction between the two men each of whom are in different stages of their acknowledgement of their homosexuality.

Ben: Who are you?

Reese: No one.

Ben: Tell me one thing about you that no one else knows.

Reese: The thing you were doing to me a little while ago…stopping you was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

A little while later Ben says, “I’d be on you like Mario on a mushroom” and I actually laughed out loud.  These are two men without a lot of experience trying to find their way around both a sexual and an emotional relationship.

Unexpectedly, despite the seriousness of the situation, there are moments of great humor when I really enjoyed the bi-play including Irene, Granny, and Aunt Tilly from the Marian series.  I hope I’m as feisty when I’m in my eighties and every time I come across these women, I’m guaranteed a broad smile.

There is a lot of family drama in the book, as expected.  Ben has felt abandoned his entire life and facing a welcoming Marian clan and his long-lost brother is overwhelming. I tried to follow why his parents kept Griffin and gave up Ben, but it didn’t make sense to me.  Then there was Reese and his family drama.  Talk about having a painful legacy burdening him. No wonder he felt the need to stay so far in the closet.

Near the end of the book there was a crisis and I thought it was a tad predictable, but it did lead to the following exchange:

Reese – Babe, do you even know how to drive?

Ben – Does Grand Theft Auto count?

Reese – No.

Ben – Then no. Not so much.

It was great Ben wanted to help, but his naiveté and young age sometimes hampered him.  If Reese hadn’t been so green in some respects, I would have wondered about the balance of the relationship.

Finally, I have to say how much I loved all the children in the book but especially Georgie.  Precocious is only one adjective I would use to describe the little girl.  Her ability to charm every tough man around her, as well as the older women, was adorable.  She was a good foil and tension breaker during some of the dark times. Also, Reese’s nickname for her was perfect.

This leads me to Michael Pauley’s narration.  He performed all of the Made Marian series and I adore him.  His voice for Georgie was just precious and, as always, he handled each character with a unique voice.  Oh, and his Aunt Tilly is always right on point.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

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another star!

Michael Pauley doesn't fail to bring the Marian family to life once more. His versatility for such a large cast of characters truly shows through. Lucy and Sloane hit another one out of the park on this crossover.

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Fun crossover. Great pet names.

I read the Made Marian series & “Unexpected” as recommended. There are enough Marians (& a dad cameo) in this book that it’s probably a good idea to do that too for max enjoyment but not wholly necessary. (“Unexpected” has some graphic nastiness in parts that some readers might prefer to skip.)

While I enjoyed much of the emotional bonding in the story, I found the background/driving action plot strange & over the top. It wasn’t clear to me how kidnapping a little kid was going to get the bad-actors needs met, or how the later drama was supposed to help. I thought much of the problems caused by those external agents could have been caused via more pedestrian and likely means but hey, they’re still living in a fictional world where a sitting US president isn’t a daily dumpster fire so I could be wrong in my assessment. If you like overly dramatic motivations this could be entirely your bag, baby. But I’m knocking off I am star for it.

Ben & Reese are pretty good together. The pairing was fitting as they’re both lonely guys who are looking to be less lonely but one comes from obscurity and the other from overexposure. FYI, there are fewer sexytimes in this book than there were in the prereq readings. It was fine, y’all just might want to know. Ben is terrific with Georgie & her pets. Georgie and her bugs steal the show a bit but I have no complaints on that front.

For all the danger and beatings of main characters. they are survivable affronts. The good guys kick ass and take names without substantial brutality so it’s a fairly safe pick for someone who wants a feel good read. It really is a cross between the two authors’ styles that fans of either or both are likely to enjoy

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two great series combined!

first of all, I was so excited to see Aunt Tilly in another book! Favorite book character ever! loved the story of Ben and Reese. had its bit of suspense, but the book was more sweet than anything. Princess Kitty 💙💙