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The complete Rip Cord trilogy: 

The Reunion

Gil Davis hated high school. Ever the geek, he has no intentions of attending his 10th-year class reunion. The last thing he wants is to relive the taunting and teasing he received during his teenage years. However, there is one thing he misses from high school: the star varsity football player. The one he had a crush on from the first day he laid eyes on him. But the last thing he expects is the now-pro football player to come back to their hometown to attend a lame high school reunion. Known as the bad boy of the NFL, Ripley "Rip" Cord not only shows up, but shows up without a date and an eye for Gil.  

The Weekend

Geek Gil Davis hasn't heard a word from NFL player Rip Cord since hooking up at their class reunion. Then Rip calls him unexpectedly; he's taking Gil to his cabin for a weekend of exploration.

The Ever After

When Rip Cord is kicked out of the NFL, he shows up unexpectedly at Gil Davis' front door. With his career over, Rip's finally ready for a future with Gil, if Gil's willing to give him another chance.

©2016 Jeanne St. James (P)2018 Jeanne St. James

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Rip Cord, Trilogy

There are three shorter novellas included in this Trilogy bundle. So, let me just say that I was not really a fan of these characters up until the third part of the book. Part 3 (The Ever After) was the tipping point for me. I really liked how the characters finally had some dialogue and meaningful conversations going on between them. And we also finally learned why Rip acts the way he does and why he has such a crappy personality, Which doesn't excuse him but at least we get the reasoning behind it. I really disliked everything about him personally for the first two thirds of this book. It all comes to light in the end which totally redeems this entire trilogy for me. This book was a really interesting mix of second chances, and opposites attract, and coming out, and learning to love. Oh, and I can't forget to mention how much kinky sex there ended up being in this book, that totally surprised me. I was not expecting that at all.

Audio - John does a great job with the narration for this entire audiobook. I really liked his voice for Rip how deep it was compared to Gil's voice and thoughts. I would recommend this one in audiobook just based off the narrator. But, really John's voice for Rip is so on-point with Rip's personality I think that the narration might actually be part of why I disliked Rip as a person so much at the beginning... lol. I might have actually liked Rip a little more if I had read the book, instead of listening to the story. He really brings out the "villain" in Rip's personality with his voice. Which does give the story that added extra you look for in an audiobook.

~The Reunion~
At their High school reunion, geeky Gil meets up with the popular High school football player from his past. Gil always had a Crush on the football star Rip, but didn’t realize that Rip even knew who he was. At the reunion Gil gets a once in a lifetime chance to "hook up" with him. Listening to this part of the story was interesting. Rip is not really a likeable guy, it seems like he was the douchey popular sports stereotype in high school who never stuck up for the geeky guy getting bullied. And even when they meet again several years later, Rips personality doesn’t seem to have progressed much past that same guy he was years before. There’s not much actual conversation between the two guys before they go off into the locker room having sex together. And then there’s no real conversation after that either. This part of the book is just so short it has more of a Hot & Dirty, Wham, Bam, thank you Man sort of feel to it. And while the sex was really hot, there’s a lot more sex than there is dialogue going on so far.
~The Weekend~
After a few weeks without hearing from Rip, Gil gets a call to be ready in an hour for a weekend getaway?!? wth.... Who can get ready for a weekend getaway in an hour with no details or info on where you’re even going. lol. I am not quite sure why Gil just goes along with everything Rip says and does other than the infatuation he has for him. Rip takes them to a place in the middle of nowhere with no phones/internet. Makes them hike in the woods when Gil is very obviously not a fan of the outdoors. They have dirty, hot sex exactly how and when Rip wants them to. Rip comes and goes from Gil’s life as he pleases with no thought of how Gil actually feels. I feel like Rip is just a user (whether he realizes it or not) and Gil deserves so much better than that.
~The Ever After~
Yesss.. Redemption!!
Thank god for best friends.... Gil's bestie Katie is Fierce!! Finally Rip gets taken down a notch and called out on how horrible and selfishly he treats Gil. Honestly, I can’t help but think that Rip got some karmic payback when we find out he's been booted from the football team for his actions. I am so glad that Gil finally found the balls to ask Rip the hard questions about their relationship and where they stand as a couple now that Rip doesn’t have much else going on in life. That Gil didn’t just willingly go back to Rip without thinking about it first made the conclusion of this book so much better for me.

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Progresses Well

At first I wasn't a big fan of the characters. They felt a little off to me. But as the story progresses we understand more of where they are coming from. I really loved the audio narrator's voice! He did such an excellent job with these characters and bringing them to life!

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Amazing Narration!!!

Okay, when I originally read this story, I thought Rip was a major jerk whom treated Gil really horribly. However, listening to John Solo bring both characters, and Katie, to life changes my opinion. His narration really brought the characters new life to me. His interpretation of both Gil's and Rip's personality was so amazing that I actually fell for the big jerk.

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A trilogy with heat (lots of heat) and heart

I listed to this trilogy on the heels of listing to Double Dare, by the same author and I knew that Rip Cord would have me hooked from page one. Gil Davis, like many, hated high school. He was the nerd that was relentlessly hassled by the jocks. Ripley "Rip" Cord, was the resident jock and object of Gil's secret crush. Fast forward 10 years and Gil finds himself at his 10 year high school reunion. He is older now, a bit nerdy and still crushing on Rip. Rip is the now the badboy of the NFL; getting in fights, getting kicked off of teams and generally raising hell. Gil doesn't even realize that Rip knows his name until he starts talking to him at the reunion. Rip not only knows and remembers Gil from those high school days but has his sights on him. The only thing is it turns out the bad boy of the NFL is still in the closet. This story was told from Gil's POV and we get to watch how the sweet nerd and the arrogant bad boy navigate life, their burgeoning relationship and coming to terms with their pasts. I laughed and at times my heart broke for these two men, but through it all I rooted for their HEA.

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Good jock/nerd triology

This is categorized as a mm sports audio however other than Ripcord being a NFL star there is no part of the game in this series. I have to say I wasn’t too fond of Rip in first book and part of the second book. He was bossy and seemed it was his way or no way. That being said Gil was mousy and didn’t stand up for himself either. He just went along with anything because Ripcord was his dream guy. My opinion changed towards end of book 2 where we see Rip put Gil’s want/needs first. The 3rd book was the best in my opinion and made the whole trilogy worth listening to. It shows who Rip really was and why he was who he was. Gil also was able to vocalize what he wanted and needed.

The story was good and flowed easily. The sex was hot and very detailed. I will be looking to see what other audios the author has in the future.

John Solo did a great job narrating. It was easy to distinguish each character. He also told the story with feeling not just read it aloud. I have listened to his work before and will do so in future.

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Good jock & nerd story:)

This was a good listen. It went fast at times kind of ping ponged but it all worked out at the end. Very sexy times many sexy scenes which I love!
The narration was great:)

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very good!

I had already read the book and really liked the story line. As for the audio book, I enjoyed it as well. The narrator did a great job. I loved Gil and Rip.

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Rip - Finding true north

There is a feeling a person gets when they read a book as opposed to listening to a narrator bring the characters and words to life. It took a little time to warm up to the narrator's voice but once I got going, I just got swept away. This is one touching storyline of two men finding out who they really are and what they are willing to do to have the life they want to live. If you enjoy a M/M storyline then this is one you should definitely check out. I was gifted a copy of this book and all thoughts are my own.

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hot 🔥🔥

a very hot and steamy trilogy the story was good and very steamy I liked it the store itself was easy going and not very complex and it was good and refreshing thumbs up for this one

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Rip Cord: The Complete Trilogy

I read this trilogy a couple months ago and really enjoyed it. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook and am glad I did. What follows is my original review of the story with added content for the narration.

I love this author and her stories! There hasn't been a single one I haven't devoured. She has a way of taking tough characters and showing their vulnerable sides. I just wish it hadn't taken so long to see Rip's vulnerabilities and learn the why of them. There were times I didn't like the way he treated Gil, especially after their intimate interactions. It made a lot more sense after Rip confided in Gil. The two men had chemistry and I was rooting for them to admit their true feelings for each other. This set of three novellas can be read in a few hours making it a great afternoon read.

Listening will take a little longer to complete but it's worth it. This is the first time I've listened to anything by the narrator, and I really enjoyed it. Not only did he give the characters life, personality, and vibrance when he was talking as them, but he gave the narration itself life. I would definitely listen to something by him again.
*I voluntarily reviewed an audiobook copy provided by the author. This is my honest review.*

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  • 06-19-18

Finally free

The high school nerd and the popular jock, not an unusual pair. While in high school, nothing ever happened, but 10 years later at their high school reunion things would change. Rip is struggling on his football team, the ultimate bad boy and finds comfort and passion with Gil. Thinking it was only a one night stand, Gil was excited to get the call and spend the weekend with Rip. And their relationship begins to build. I am not normally an MM listener, but when this story came out, I was intrigued. I love the character of Rip. He is the ultimate hunky man, but is so tortured by his secrets. At times I felt Gil needed a little more backbone, but reflecting on the story, I think he was able to give Rip what he needed to become the man he is supposed to be. With hot, erotic scenes, love and understanding, Jeanne St James has written an enjoyable listen.

This is my first narration by John Solo, and I loved his voice for Rip. I did think he gave Gil a pretty weak voice, and while his character is more introverted, I would have liked him to have a little more confidence. His pace was great and he gave the men just the right amount of emotions.