Protecting the Soul

Souls of Chicago Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Souls of Chicago Series, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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For Landon Greene, managing the band Carter’s Creed is more than just a job. It also means being there to keep his brother safe. When someone begins sending threatening letters to Carter, Landon feels overwhelmed with the need to protect him. He’s relieved when new security is added, until he finds out that the person hired to protect his brother is the same man Landon has spent months trying to forget. Micah Hamilton recently moved back to Chicago to start his own security firm and to be closer to his best friend, Giovanni. He’s ready to leave his past as a Navy SEAL behind and settle into his new life, but his plans change when a friend calls and asks him for a favor. There’s no way Micah can refuse the request, even though he knows it will require him to face the one man he’s vowed to stay away from. Can Landon and Micah put their differences aside in time to save Carter or will their pride leave him at the mercy of a madman? Will they continue to resist the undeniable chemistry between them or will they take a chance and possibly find the greatest love they’ve ever known?  

Protecting the Soul is the third book in the Souls of Chicago series. It can be read as a standalone novel, but is best read as part of the series. 

This book contains sexually explicit materials and is only intended for adults 18 and older.

©2017 Annabella Michaels (P)2018 Annabella Michaels
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Yesss

I enjoyed this one just as much. Now all the brothers are happy. Landon and Micah what can I say. It was interesting that all three men who fell in love with the brothers were only children. They got a new family to be welcomed into. Love it.

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Protective Love

Landon is the perfect big brother – he’s protective, loving, caring, and knows how to manage them without interfering with their independence. Micah works in security so protection is something he knows very well. What he and Landon can’t protect against, nor denied, is the sizzling chemistry between the two of them. These men are HOT together. Add in the suspense and mystery of a dangerous stalker to the hot romance and this book was hard for me to put down.

Michael Pauley did such a great job with the audiobook. His performance was outstanding and he did such a great job with the pacing of the story without compromising the quality of the voices he narrated.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars. I loved the writing style of this book. The story was easy to read and had me wrapped up in the drama and suspense of the plot that I devoured this book as fast as I could. The characters were likeable and I became invested in their lives and happiness.

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Love the book, dislike the narrator

And I "dislike" is actually putting it nicely. The book is great, there is a lot of mushy scenes, a lot of grown men crying and throwing out flowery sentiments left and right. That's just par for the course when it comes to this author I think and I don't mind. At the end of the day, the stories are really well written. I adore this series, I especially love this book and the plot line. I think Micah and Landon's characters meshed nicely.

The thing is - Michael Pauley / Dean absolutely ruined the audio version for me. I'm not a fan of his to begin with, but oh boy, this just really cemented it for me. First of all, his reading cadence is not normal. If only he read the way he spoke naturally, it would actually be a million times better. As it is, he sounds like he runs out of breath and he puts the emphasis in the wrong words. Then there's the screaming. When you get to a sex scene, lower the volume because he gets loud, yet strangely enough, it stops very suddenly about 2/3 into the sex part. Yikes. And the worst thing ever, shitty accents. Come on. If you know you have limitations as a narrator when it comes to languages, make sure ahead of time it's something you can work around BEFORE you take the job. The book clearly states "a STRONG British accent", and then we get served the worst one I've ever heard. Oh, and google can totally be your friend, so you don't straight out butcher "me llamo Juan". Three words in Spanish, just 3.

I know Michael has a lot of fans, I know he is incredibly over used by a lot of the MM authors. But really, there are so many other narrators who can do accents, various voices, various tones, various languages even, and not come off as amateurish as Michael does. Compare Michael Ferraioulo to this Michael, and the difference in talent is night & day.

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A Good Protector

This was book 3 in the "Souls of Chicago" series. This is a hot book cover Landon Greene is the manger of Carter's Creed and he is also Carter's older brother. When Carter begins getting stalker fan mail the recorder label hires some new security Micah Hamilton. Landon and Micah who is Giovanni's bestfriend also most hooked up and Caleb and Giovanni's bachelor party. Micah is a hot sexy former navy Seal who comes home after going through something horrible he comes home to start his own security firm. Turns out the letters have been causing Landon to have panic attacks he wasn't eating or sleeping and it was starting to show. This was a really good read and listen Micah and Landon have some hot chemistry when these two hook up all the way this time it was hot. As these two begin to spend more time with each other they find that they like spending time together, but both of them have demons in their past that haunt them. Turns out the stalker is not after Carter but Landon and when he tells them about the things in his past he feels so ashamed and that his family and friends won't forgive him Landon had an affair with one of his professor who turned out to be married although he broke up with the man Kyle and stalked him until he left school. Micah fell more in love with Landon he told him about his past as well he was an abused as a kid and ended up living with Giovanni and his family. I loved how the Greene opened up their heart and accepted Micah as one of their sons. When they figured out who was stalking Landon he was kidnapped and almost killed but Micah did what he had to do to protect his man. This was a really good read and a good edition to this series. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I really want to find out what's going on with Rocko.

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Beyond Incredible!!

I absolutely love this story. I was thrilled to get Landon's story and I am so happy with his HEA. Micah and Landon are spectacular together, their chemistry is sizzling hot and they each give the other what they need. I love watching their relationship grow and how protective Micah is with Landon. They each have issues but they work through them together and have a great HEA that is so well deserved for both of these incredible men. I really hope the next book comes out in audio soon, I can't wait to listen to it. The narrator is absolutely amazing. He truly brings the story to life and makes you feel like yiu are right there with the characters.

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Another great read by Annabella!!

If you enjoyed the first two, then this one will definitely not disappoint you. Although its the same style of writing, the story is completely different from the first two. The characters overlap a bit so that's nice. Story has some twists and turns but at the end it's HEA. Michael Pauley is simply amazing... once again! Many hot scenes... if you're into that??? Hell ya! ;)

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So love these books

I so can't wait for book four about Rocky and Lachlan I so want them both to find love and happiness and can't wait hear their story's about there life's and what they had to go through.

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it is so worth it

I love this series it is so good that you will not be able to stop listening to it I can't wait for the next book it is going to be really cool and good

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Love this series!!

I've read the e-book of this story and absolutely loved it! The audiobook is just as amazing. Michael Pauley does a fantastic job differentiating between the characters and bringing out the emotions behind this story. Annabella Michaels is truly talented and her stories and characters are addicting. Absolutely loved hearing this story come to life.

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Loved this story

I fell in love all over with Landon and Micah. I had read the book but discovered even more as I listened to this wonderful story. You connect so closely with the characters and really care about them. The vulnerability and strength on each is amazing. Another great addition to the series

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  • Meph666
  • 12-20-18

Fantastic story and narration

I love this series and getting to hear it on audible is even better. Michael Pauley does full justice to the characters and the story line. It's full of emotion, with both Landon and Micah have both bad experiences in their past and big trust issues however with a threat against Carter out there, Landon's stressed and Micah's the man to care for him and the situation.
I fully recommend this whole series and I'm so happy that Landon got his HEA after reading his twin bother's getting theirs in books one and two. This is a family that you can properly fall in love with and the relationship and connection that emerges between Landon and Micah.
Again, Michael Pauley is brilliant in his narration. From the first few sentences, you're hooked into the story and his voice just carries you along.

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  • Katie townsend
  • 12-06-18

Incredible

I shared every emotion that Micah and landan were going through ups downs laughter tears heartbreaking moments heart warming moments everything went straight to my heart

Listening to Micah and landans story was incredible moving beautiful and powerful it was perfect

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  • Joanne1988
  • 12-01-18

Wow!!!!

Michael Pauley knocked it out of the park once again. Micha and Landon are one of my favourite couples in this series and I absolutly love their story. Michael did an amazing job bringing them both to life. You really get to hear the emotion of the scene and that makes it even better.