• Not What It Seems

  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)

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Not What It Seems

By: Nicky James
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
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They say I killed them. They say I’m sick. They’re wrong. Nothing is as it seems.

Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Cyrus Irvine takes his job and his life very seriously. He is well-respected in his field and has worked hard to get where he is.

But he’s lonely.

When called in to evaluate a murder suspect, the last person he expects to find is the man he slept with a few months ago. The man who ghosted him and wounded his fragile heart.

Ethically, he should turn around and walk away, but he doesn’t. For as much as Cyrus understands the human brain, he can’t understand the pull he feels toward the patient.

One session with River Jenkins and Cyrus is sure of three things: River and everything about his preliminary diagnosis is a lie, his feelings toward River haven’t gone away, and despite his professional code, he isn’t going anywhere.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

Cyrus’ world is turned upside down as he and River team up to find the truth.

During their quest for answers, Cyrus discovers the hardest part of his decision isn’t the risk to his career, but the risk to his heart.

Not What It Seems is a 115k MM romantic suspense with doctor/patient, forced proximity, and age gap themes.

©2021 Nicky James (P)2022 Nicky James

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Amazing Thriller!!

This one was such a thrilling ride!

Absolutely loved this.

The plot was interesting, complex and so well done.

The characters were well fleshed out and I loved the chemistry between them

Definitely recommend this amazing series

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4.5 stars. Omg I blew through this

Omg. I am normally slower on audio but I could not stop. I blew through this and didn’t sleep much. Nick did an amazing job. I felt like I was right there with the guys.


What a ride Nicky James took me on with this thriller. She left me guessing right to the end. Wow.

Cyrus is in his 40’s. He is lonely and such a sensitive soul. Professional to the core with no self esteem due to his past relationship. I just wanted to give the poor man a big hug.

River is cocky to the bone, brass but is also caring. He is not into relationships and not looking for long term. My heart hurt for him as he has never felt the love of a family going from foster home to home.

When there is a killer on the loose, Cyrus steps up when least expected and in a way not expected to help figure out who is killing the young girls. Can he work together with River? Will River be able to see what is right in front of him in Cyrus? I loved them together. Total opposites but fit perfectly together like a puzzle.

If you like solving murders, like twists and turns, and want to get lost in a book saying WOW, then this book is for YOU!!!!

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mysteries, intrigue, drama, sex.

mysteries, intrigue, drama, sex. these are some of the words I would use to describe this book. The beginning was a little bit hard for me to get through only because there was references to a single weekend of sex and debauchery that we did not get to see. I enjoy smut in my books there was a lot in this book. I personally skip through it but that's just me really like both characters relating a little bit too hard to each of them in my own way. definitely would recommend too people who like mysteries. Also a bit of kink that kind of came out of nowhere but fit quite well.

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Fantastic!

This has got to be one of my all time favorite books by Nicky James and I was ecstatic when I heard that Nick Russo was going to be narrating! I am happy to say that it lived up to the hype in my brain! It was stellar! Nick did such a wonderful job bringing these characters to life. This will be one I relisten to in the future.

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Loved!

Nick J. Russo brings this story to life in the best possible way. I found myself unable to stop listening as I was completely wrapped up in the world Nicky James has created in Not What It Seems.
This mystery/romance is top notch and you will find yourself going down the rabbit hole of trying to figure it all out.
I found both MC's to be absolutely fascinating.
Cyrus and River were so sweet; they had a good dynamic and great chemistry together.
Their HEA was absolutely perfect too!

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Wonderfully Suspenseful!!

Wow! I absolutely loved Cyrus and River’s story. When this came out in audio, I couldn’t grab it fast enough. Nick Russo did a fantastic job bringing this wonderfully gripping suspense to life for me. Even having read it previously, I was caught right back up in the story and questioning if I really knew how it was going to unfold! His narration for Cyrus and River was spot in, and kept me engaged through the whole book. When I read this, I was drawn in from the first page and the narration only ramped that up for me. I was sad when life required a pause! I loved both of these characters as they immediately pulled at my heartstrings for different reasons. Cyrus, a renowned psychiatrist, is called in to confirm a schizophrenia diagnosis. What he doesn’t know when he walks into the room is that the patient, River, is a man he knows intimately. They had a 3 night stand months before which meant the world to him, and nothing to River. What ensues is a story that will keep you guessing throughout with so many twists and turns that will leave you stunned! There were points where I thought, “Oh I got this, I know what’s happening now”, and Reader, I did not! I was kept on my toes trying to figure out how this would all unfold! Woven into this wonderfully suspenseful story is an equally wonderful love story as well. Cyrus harbored past hurts from his ex and his awful treatment of him. His ex had effectively destroyed his self esteem and self worth in his personal life. River recognized that as he got to know Cyrus more and he knew just how to bolster his esteem and be what he needed in the moment. River had his own reasons for ghosting Cyrus months prior. Bouncing from foster home to foster home, he never learned about relationship connections. He felt that connection with Cyrus and rather than explore it, he ran. Their connection was so strong from their first interaction, it really drew me into the story. They had wonderful chemistry. Their sexy times were so freaking hot. I loved Cyrus’s kink! I’d never read anything with a foot fetish before, and the author did a wonderful job of introducing me to it! I shouldn’t be surprised as Nicky James is such an amazing storyteller. Cyrus and River’s story is in my top reads of the year so far, and is not to be missed! I couldn’t recommend diving into this one more!

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Loved it!!

I loved this book so much!! I really loved the main characters of this story, Cyrus and River are up there as one of my favorite Nicky couples! I enjoyed the mystery and suspense of this book. The chemistry between these two was off the charts!!! I liked that I couldn’t figure out the mystery right away. Let me guessing and reading!! Highly recommend this book!!!

Nick did a great job with the narration of the story!

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Enjoyed It a Lot

I loved this book. Due to some stressful events going on presently, it has been difficult to get into a story for me, I started number of books and put them down, unable to get into them. Not What It Seems did the trick and I was engrossed in the story from chapter one. Interesting characters Cyrus and River made an unlikely team but I found myself rooting for River and Cyrus to overcome all the challenges both on the outside and between themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery aspect, it was captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat. Narrator did a great job, he made this book an amazing listening experience.

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Suspense Thrillers

What a ride this book is truly a suspense thriller, is fast pace and entertaining as hell, I love muder mysteries and this was exactly what i love , and the narrator was so good , i give it 5 stars

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What an awesome book!

The Nicky-Nick combo is always a winner and this one was no exception.

First advice:
Approach this book as a mystery suspense more so than a romance because ultimately, the Mystery trumps the romance in this book. I guarantee that you would enjoy the book more that way.

Second Advice: Get the audio of this book because Nick Russo knocks it out of the park as usual. He brought the book to life. the voices, the inflections the emotions... He nailed it.

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What I Loved:
1. The mystery whodunnit: I honesty didn't have an inkling who the villain was and was very surprised when it was revealed.

2. Cyrus: I loved his strength despite his vulnerability, anxiousness and extreme lack of confidence. He did the right thing against all of the odds because he was convinced that he was right and that River was innocent. even his light kink and his self consciousness about it. he was a mess most of the book but a cute mess and I was charmed by him.

3. The steam: What was on page was great and what was mentioned off age was hotter. I wish we had those on page too lol.

4. Dual POV which I loved in this case because we needed to be in both character's heads.

5. The HEA: Loved it!

On the other hand, I struggled to warm up to River. He was too calm at times and that made him, for me, a bit one-layered.

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