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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that's when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan. She wants to deny it, but Violet can't beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi's hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed. Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she's sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she's ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn't know the dark secrets in Joe's past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they've drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe's determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet's heart. Crushed by Joe's betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet's husband's murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can't fight Violet's pull, she's under his skin and filled him full to bursting. Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • Sharon
  • Bellingham, MA, United States
  • 06-30-15

One of KA's best - the Worst Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is perfect, but the narration was truly awful. The narrator had a flat voice, there was no distinction between characters and strange pauses. She also made Ashley's awesome sex scenes incredibly boring.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Olivia Porter?

Any of the narrators from her other series.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my top 5 stories from Kristen. I was so happy when the series came out and couldn't wait to listen to Joe and Violet's story. I am so disappointed because a bad narrator ruins even the best book. I'll just go ahead and re-read the actual book.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Good story, terrible narrator

Would you listen to At Peace again? Why?

No, Could barely finish it the first time. Would have enjoy reading the book much better.

What didn’t you like about Olivia Porter’s performance?

Usually try to be nice but I cringed a lot. Narrator just read words at times and was not engaged in the moment.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Enjoyed book but not audible.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

What did you like best about At Peace? What did you like least?

I initially liked this story the first time I read it but...I was struggling to listen to the audio

Any additional comments?

I am not sure if I just didn't notice to begin with but...the narrator starts almost every sentence with a loud inhale and it is beyond annoying. I also hear her smacking her mouth too and it started to make me crazy around chapter 7. Did they not give her any breaks or what?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very Poor Narration!

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Olivia Porter?

I would try another Kristen Ashley book but not one narrated by Olivia Porter.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Story line is okay

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Olivia Porter?

Julia Whelan

What character would you cut from At Peace?

Bonnie

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna
  • Genoa, IL, United States
  • 07-18-15

Loved it!

Violet lost her husband and father of her two daughters a year and a half ago when he was shot by a criminal madman in the line of duty. She has left Chicago and moved with her daughters to "the Burg" in Indiana to try and move on with her life. She meets her neighbor Joe when she has to go over in the middle of the night to ask him to turn down his music. Joe is a big intimidating security specialist who intrigues Violet even as she fears him a little. Joe is definitely attracted to his neighbor and soon they are both giving in to their physical attraction to one another. Joe's past has left him void of many emotions and with strict rules about relationships. He pushes Violet away, but can't deny that she and her daughter are getting under his skin, a feat no one has accomplished for over 17 years.

I am a Kristen Ashley fan, and one of the things I love about her is that after every book of hers I read (or listen to) I'm sure I'll never like another book of hers more. I loved the first book in this series, and had my usual reluctance going in hoping that I would like this one as much as "For You". I loved this book even more than I thought I would. Violet was an easy character to care about immediately. I was connected to her right away and stayed engaged throughout. She is someone who has faced the kinds of loss that would easily cause other people to be crippled by grief or bitter and angry. Violet has definitely grieved the loss of her husband, but she has done her best to find joy in the life she creates for her daughters. She is kind and loving, and it was each to cheer her on. Joe was a very intriguing character. We know he has a past that caused him to build an emotional wall and alter his life and future plans. Getting to know Joe slowly as we learn more and more about his life was something that kept me hooked into the story. The physical chemistry between Joe and Violet is off the charts!

The peripheral characters in this story (as with all Ashley books I've read) are important and wonderful in their own right. In addition to the main characters, we get to know families and friends, and neighbors. We get to feel that we are part of this town and invested in its residents.

I experienced a wide range of emotions throughout the duration of this book, and anytime an author can get me feeling along with the characters, or just having strong feelings about what I want to happen, I am thrilled. Another thing I appreciate about this book in the length and pacing. We really have enough time to get to know everyone and are all the more invested as the events of the story unfold. I adore this author, I adore this series, and I can't wait to continue the journey.

I found the narration to be unobtrusive (which is a compliment). At no point was I taken out of the story or distracted by the narrator.

*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story, below average performace

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A different narrator would be good. This one stumbles, stammers and sounds bored.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

most of the time she sounds bored. sometimes she stumbles and stammers. she's obviously uncomfortable with the sex scenes. not a good match for this author.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Joe and Vi - Good Love

My favorite Ashley book, but quite disappointed with choice of narrator. Kind of "flat" audio performance.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • A
  • 05-14-15

Wonderful book-Awful audiobook

At Peace is in my top five favorite Kristen Ashley books so it pains me to say this audiobook was so bad I actually made my first return to Audible. The narrator showed next to no change in voice between characters; it was almost impossible to tell the difference between the characters. Joe, wonderful, amazing, HOT Joe, should not have sounded the same as Violet's 14 year old daughter. Ick. I made myself listen long enough to hear 7 different characters voices and honestly, had I not already read the book several times and been very familiar with what was supposed to be happening, I would not have had a clue as to who was speaking. Advice: Read the book. The story is beautiful, sexy, funny, suspenseful, everything Kristen Ashley does so well. Do NOT listen to this book.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Can't stand the swallowing!

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Olivia Porter?

Love KA cants stand Olivia Porter reading

What didn’t you like about Olivia Porter’s performance?

Everything!! Everyone sound the same and she constantly swallowing all the time so much saliva and spit its so annoying I can't concentrate on the story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I love the story KA as always gets my 5 stars points off for the narration

Any additional comments?

this series for some reason have a different narrator for each book but choose carefully please I've never had a complaint on the narration on her books except this one

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 05-28-17

I LOVED THIS!! IT DESERVES MORE THAN 5 STARS!!!

If you could sum up At Peace in three words, what would they be?

Awesome Amazing Story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe...then Vi..and I loved her girls...because they were all such wonderful characters once you got to know them....Joe had a rough backstory...it would have destroyed anyone...Vi kept on going when her whole world was ripped apart..and she did it for her girls...the girls, because they were pure love and devoted to their mom, and were good girls!

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved when he took her to the family restaurant....and I loved the ending!!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This would make an incredible movie...DO IT!!

Any additional comments?

I am becoming a huge KA fan, and again I thank my book bestie Pammy..she never steers me wrong...This was an incredible story of a woman who lost the love of her life... she tries to go away and to make a new start...and is being stalked by the man who took her husbands life...She meets her very sexy and arrogant neighbor and even though she didn't realize it..sparks flew...THis was great....I love how KA fleshes out her characters and brings a story to life...her books may be long, but I get so wrapped up, I cant put them down...I have listened to 3 now..and I am hooked!! I will be listening to ALL her work!!


HIGHLY RECOMMEND..WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-18

Great story

Really enjoyed the book but Violet takes stereotype that women are weak makes it hard to relate to her.

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  • angel
  • 06-10-17

Ashley rocks

fantastic from beginning to end. A must listen to book massive fan of all Ashley books and heros

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  • The Mogster
  • 10-16-15

Perfectly balanced

I really enjoyed this book. I did not want it to end. Emotionally charged, often leaving me conflicted. I gave to agree that this is probably my favourite Kristen Ashley. What a world she weaves. I want to go back and remind myself where some of the characters have crossed over from other series. Highly recommended if you want a story that you can immerse yourself in.

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  • Lesley-Ann
  • 07-21-15

Great Book!

What did you like most about At Peace?

This was my favourite book from this series.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed seeing the relationship between Cal and Vi progress.

What aspect of Olivia Porter’s performance might you have changed?

The narrator was a bit difficult to listen to at first but as the story moved on I didn't really notice it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Cal's protectiveness over Violet and her family was really sweet.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend.

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  • Elle
  • 05-28-15

Loved it

Would you consider the audio edition of At Peace to be better than the print version?

Yes as I can close my eyes and enjoy one of my favourite books

What did you like best about this story?

Loved it all

Which character – as performed by Olivia Porter – was your favourite?

Violet

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me both laugh and cry

Any additional comments?

I have read this book on my kindle at least 3 times , and still loved listening to it on audio!

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  • Dim
  • 04-30-17

Enjoyable

At Peace is an easy listening and enjoyable book. I started with the Colorado Mountain series and enjoyed them so it's nice to be able to move onto another series that I know I'll enjoy. In all of Kristen Ashley books, there is a reoccurring theme of violence and heartbreak but I think she writes it well enough to not be too dull. I personally found the narrator quite tolerable, although I can understand why previous reviews have said they can't stand her. She does tend to pause in odd places and you can hear the breath's exaggerated but after listening to the appalling job Kate Russell did for the Dream Man series, Olivia Porter is excellent. The only problem I had with this book were the nicknames. Joe calling Violet 'Buddy' feels wrong and very unsexy, especially with the amount of sex scenes written. I will relisten without hesitation.