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One night will never be enough.

I'm never letting a shrink in my head again. My pants, though? Dr. Scott Howard has been there, done that, and left an imprint on my soul.

It was supposed to be a one-night stand, but I can't get Howie out of my mind. He's my brother's shrink. Nothing else can happen between us. So why can't I stop kissing him?

Howie's not like any shrink I've ever met. One kiss leads to another and before I know it, he doesn't just know my mind...he has my heart.

But will he want to stick around when he finds out just how messed up I really am?

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Amazing narration, great story!

This was a sweet and sexy opposites attract romance.

Howie and Owen were absolutely amazing together and I adored them!

The narrator did a fabulous audio delivery and narration.

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Howie and Owen

I love this narrator. The first two books were by someone else and didn't really work for me but this guy brings all of the Vanguard men to life! Owen has issues with psychiatrists but can't get past his attraction for Howie. These two were made for each other and with the help of all of the "brothers" in the Towers they get their HEA. The epilogue for this book gave ideas that this is the last of the series, I absolutely hope not because I need to know what happens to Matt and Sean. Bring on the rest please!

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Can't wait for the next

Loving Guillaume Dubois's narration for these two guys. This story hits a few emotional and serious situations and the voice flowed perfectly to fit each one. Definitely one of my favorites!

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I would give it 100 stars if i could!

I absolutely loved this book when it came out and I think I love the audio even more. This has got to be my favorite in the series so far. The narrator did a fantastic job on this book. The charters were brought to life for me I felt like I was transported into the story where I lived until it was over. This is a must listen to book.

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Love this series!

Rise and Fall is Book 5 in the Vanguard Towers series. I love this series and this book was a wonderful addition. Owen and Howie are so great for each other but there's one problem, Owen had some childhood abuse and the fact that Howie is psychiatrist is triggering to him. I love how Howie does everything he can to help Owen. I also love how the brothers come together and are always there for each other. Though this book can be enjoyed on its own, it's better when read/listened to in order. The end could be confusing if you're not familiar with the other books. I recommend this wonderful series of found family. They all have come a long way to find their happy endings.
Narrator Guillaume Dubois does an amazing job in bringing these characters to life. You can really tell he enjoys what he does.

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Conquering old demons

Owen has faced some serious trauma which stops him from pursuing a relationship with psychiatrist Howie, but he can't quite make himself stay away. His resistance to any discussion of his problems naturally wear on Howies patience, as 'talking about it' is his profession. I have been in a similar situation, and really felt for them both. I enjoyed the resolution, even if I think the car accident was a tiny sell out. I enjoyed myself through the whole book.

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End of the series?

The epilogue made it sorta feel that way but I'm not positive because there were a few left unfinished I think. I hope not anyway. As for this story I was curious for the last few books about Owen's story and this one might just be my favorite. I did appreciate that it's not overly drawn out or over angsty. I felt so much for both of them and really enjoyed the story. Dubois does a great job with the narration.

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Title should have been Push & Pull

I can’t get enough of this series. I want to live in the Vanguard towers too!! These brothers are so unique and worthy of love. I have to say this one wasn’t my favorite but it was still a good story. I love hearing about the other brothers and how their lives are progressing. There is a wedding at the end!!! 😁

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My favourite so far in this series!

I’ve enjoyed all of this series, but this book is definitely my favourite. The book takes a serious issue of past trauma and how it can be triggered in the current day. So you take Owen with a history of trauma and Howie who is a psychiatrist and you get one person who’s triggered and another whose job is helping people with such issues, and all the while they’re trying to negotiate a healthy relationship. It’s incredibly hard for them both and I felt for both men. Such a good book with gorgeous MCs and a cast of brothers who’ll do anything to help each other.

Guillaume DuBois is an incredible narrator. He has a lovely voice and he really brings the characters to life

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another great story

another great story. I can't wait till we get the other brothers stories as well. It was very well written it was written in dual POV. the narration was wonderfully done

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 06-01-21

Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was such an entertaining story.
Definitely a great addition to a great series.
I can’t wait to listen to more from Aiden.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 05-29-21

Another Entertaining Series

This is the fifth audiobook in the series, and I have dearly loved every one of them, but this one dug a little deeper into my heart. Owen’s past and his current struggles broke my heart. I felt each sob as he finally spoke to his brothers. It was a powerful moment in the story.

The author did a great job with a sensitive subject. I appreciated the lack of details, though, and don’t feel like it took away from anything by choosing not to go in-depth with the traumatic event. With each brother having been in the system, they have all experienced a painful past. So, bringing up my opinion, without giving too many details, is not a spoiler. We’ve spent time with Owen in previous books. He’s made comment after comment regarding ‘shrinks’. So, we knew we would be finding out why when his story came around.

I loved Owen and Howie together. They are both such sweet, lovable guys. Howie was exactly the kind of man Owen deserves. He’s so patient, sweet, and kind. They’re chemistry isn’t too shabby either. Nope.

This was another well written book in a wonderful series. Aiden Bates has done a tremendous job with the storyline, characters, and how interconnected each book is to the one that follows, as well as keeping in step with the ones that came before. There’s no misstep. I cannot wait to read Sean’s book. I have my suspicions who his love interest is. I could be wrong—but I hope not.

Guillaume Dubois is a fairly new to me author. I was sad to see that the same narrator wasn’t used for the whole series, but as soon as I heard Dubois’ voice and his style of narration, I quickly cheered up. He did a great job with this story and the characters. He kept me feeling the story as I listened along.

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  • Magnus
  • 05-28-21

Fantastic series

Another great addition to a brilliant series. Great characters you already met in previous books. Interesting and entertaining. Guillaume Dubois was amazing with the narration.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 05-28-21

Sorry to see the series end

I've really enjoyed this series and this one was no exception. This one had the most angst for me, as Owen has some serious issues to deal with and while he and Howie want to have a relationship, Owen can't seem to have that happen. It was a rough, emotional ride but that made the HEA so much better. Guillaume Dubois does a wonderful job voice to Owen's pain, Howie's struggles to cope and all the other characters.

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  • Amelia
  • 05-27-21

A sweet romance with a confusing ending

Howie and Owen's romance was much more emotional than I expected, and I really enjoyed listening to their journey. It wasn't exactly a secret that Owen had something against shrinks, but I was somehow still not prepared to find out the reason behind his hatred. It was difficult to listen to him battle with his emotional trauma while trying to make a relationship with Howie work, but I'm really glad he didn't give up. Owen and Howie had fantastic chemistry together, and it was so much fun to listen to them spend time together. It did make my heart ache a little to see how wide open and in love Howie was when Owen remained guarded, but luckily Owen managed to get there in the end. Sure, it took a disastrous and terrifying set of events for him to come to terms with his past, but Owen proved in the end that he was 100% committed to Howie. The main thing that confused me about this story was the epilogue. Throughout the story, the author appeared to be setting up potential storylines for the other brothers, but then the tone of the big wedding at the end made everything feel so conclusive and final. I was actually looking forward to seeing how those last straggler brothers would fall in love, but now I'm not even sure I'll get to hear their stories at all? 

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

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  • Gwen
  • 05-27-21

Owen’s finds his one!

This series is awesome. The brothers all have a painful past, but formed a family with safety and love at Vanguard Towers. Owen’s story also gave me all the feels. He has such chemistry with Howie(Dr Howard) but him being a shrink brings out bad memories. With the patience and sweetness from Howie, Owen might overcome his aversion but it’ll take a lot of loving. The brothers and their protective natures are so endearing. I think this is my favorite book, but I say that every time a new one comes up. The narrator is so good too.

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  • Rebekah
  • 05-26-21

Brill

This is a brill book though it is full of hurt/comfort as Owen has a painful past which comes out due to his chemistry with Howie. Can they make it.

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  • LoveBooks
  • 05-26-21

Absolutely perfect HEA for Owen and Howie

Owen and Howie do not start off on the best foot, mainly due to Owen's feelings towards Howie's profession. As these two fall for each other, it is not a smooth road to HEA with pasts having to be revealed to begin to heal. You will see the familiar faces from the previous books and that is always a plus.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 05-26-21

Owen and Howie

Paramedic Owen does not like psychiatrists, but when he ends up in bed with Dr Scott Howard, he has to relive why he doesn't. This relationship has its rough patches, but works out in the end. Catching up a year later with this found family, was a wonderful way to finish. Very well narrated

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  • Tanya
  • 05-23-21

different ending

I was so not expecting that ending but it was beautiful and amazing. glad.to see Owen get his HEA and he may have made me cry for him just a little even though he is a total $#*&