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He possesses me, controls me, pushes me to the edge...and I keep coming back for more.

Daniel Collins. Single Dad. My neighbor. He's the rudest man I've ever met.

Cold. Arrogant. Reclusive. He's so volatile everyone calls him the Brute.

I should stay away from him...but the heart wants what it wants. I see what he's trying to hide...see past his hidden pain...see the dark past threatening to destroy him.

When we touch, he unravels me, and the oceans set alight. But play with fire, and you will get burned. A fragile heart can easily be broken again.

A new stand-alone contemporary romance from award-winning international best-selling author SC Daiko. A love story with plenty of heat and angst.

©2018 Siobhan Daiko (P)2018 Siobhan Daiko

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Loved it

I really loved this audio book Hugo has a knack at soothing you with his voice that he could be reading the weather and id probably still like it, Daniel and Catherine take us on their new beginnings after so much tragedy in their lives and you can't do anything but admire their strength, Daniel I wanted to punch that brute in the face a few times but you cannot help but come to love him all in all a great story and audio book. Would Daniel be my book boyfriend ? Yes yes he would not sure if marry him though I mean he is connected to the mob :)

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The Heart Wants at the Heart Wants.


You never know what you will find when you have to start your life over, and this is so true about the characters of this story.
With Past’s full of emotional turmoil and loss, these two have much in common. Their lives enter-twine over and over with the help of heir children. Daniel and his standoffish ways and gruff exterior ave encouraged his monicker of the Brute, but is that all that lays behind his gruff good looks? While Catrin’s Beautiful tragedy rips her to her soul.
Loved the interactions of this couple, the emotional roller coaster ride they both have to survive so that they can provide for their children.
A well written love story that isn’t always pretty, but very deep and has a tendency to pull you under without warning. I truly enjoyed listening to this audio book. The narrators also did a job well done! 🌺

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sweet and Spicy

This was a sweet romance with a bit of action added in to spice it up a bit. I enjoyed listening to Hugo and Hannah give voice to these characters. I wouldn't have really called Daniel a brute, but more stand offish and private. Either way this was a great listen and I really enjoyed their romance.

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steamy

Overall I once again have to rave about the writing skills of this author. I thought this was a great and sexy story that kept me so entertained and wanting more. The chemistry between the two characters was obvious with words and in some scenes it was almost like you were watching not just listening. The narrator did an interesting thing again with his voice changing tone and expression within all the scenes. I am excited to read and listen to the next book by SC Daiko. I am a fan.

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Thrills and Excitement!

What a fantastic story and the narrators did a wonderful job! It has a touch of BDSM, with a lot of heat. Daniel and Kathryn have an up and down relationship. Both are trying to get over the loss of their spouses. A real hot adventure.

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Steamy Brute🔥

Wow! This story was sexy and exciting. Daniel is a single Dad with secrets and heartache that make him cautious. When his son becomes friends with the little girl next door things change quickly. Catrin and her daughter are needing a new adventure when they moved. Both parents have a hard time remaining neighbors only. Where will all these changes take them? I loved this audio! Hugo was brilliant! He was the Brute. Hannah was great! They both drew you into the story!! Thank you SC Daiko for another wonderful book. I definitely recommend this audio💋

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great..

have you ever thought about starting over? or thought about how everything would go? the story of Daniel and Catherine is good.. keeps you on your toes.... about another chance at life. but would it be a story workout a few twist and turns? i love hugos voice.. very calming and sexy and can stick you in. then add a great story and that's even better.i didn't want out to end. anther great job!

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Another home run !!!

Oh how I love SC Daiko and her captivating writing style. What could possibly make it better? It being read by two narrators with accents that make the emotions richer and the heat hotter.
This Audio has it all from beginning to end. The brutish alpha single dad with the sassy single mother next door. Two adorable children who connect and bring their parents along with them as only kids can. Backstories full of emotion. Love, heartache, and grief. A story that is completely relatable and believable which made me pause and wonder how I would feel and react in the situation if I were in either of their shoes.
Both narrators did a fantastic job of reflecting the emotion of the story and the timeframe as it progressed throughout. Not once was I distracted from the story, only sucked in deeper as the characters were developed more and the narrators brought Daniel and Catrin to life.
I would highly recommend this Audio if you’re looking for a second chance love story that will pull at your heart strings, make you laugh, and get you heated in all the right ways.

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3.5 Performance 5 Story

I really liked the story and enjoyed it most of the time. Hugo Wylde's performance was brilliant. He succeed by bringing Brute and other characters portrayed by him to life. Sadly for me, and with all due respect, Hannah Martin's performance as Catherine didn't do it for me. She sounded whiny and childish, although I can tell she tried narrating the story with the same emotions the author has intended to evoked from the reader (this is just my personal opinion).

Brute is an exciting second chance erotic romance, with humor, suspense, some action and sweet moments, that leaves you wanting more. The storyline is well written, intriguing, intense and captivating (I really enjoyed reading the book when it came out first).

In all honesty, if it wasn't for Hugo Wylde performance and the storyline, I wouldn't have giving this audiobook a 4 star rating, and please remember, this is just me. Not everyone has same likes and dislikes!!

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  • Helena
  • Calgary AB Canada
  • 07-21-18

5 Hot & Steamy Stars!

This story has it all. Suspense, action, humour and romance.

Brute is a intriguing, captivating story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It will definitely grab your attention, and hold it until the end.

I loved the book and the audio book took it one step further. The narrators did a great job bringing the story and characters to life. I think Hugo Wylde especially, was spot on with his accents, and did a wonderful job portraying Daniel, as well as other characters .

I highly recommend this audio book to anyone who loves mafia themed and slow burn romances.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 07-18-18

loved it!

I first read the ebook so when I got a chance to listen I jumped at the chance, it's narrated brilliantly , you can feel the emotion of the characters , it is everything you could possibly want in an audio book , I've also added my ebook review below read it or listen to it , it will be one of your favourite books this year!

wow what a book! when we first met Daniel he is exactly what the cover portrays him as a brute! but he's hiding something and we're gonna find out just what is ! I felt so sorry for him in the beginning but he's a strong man a d even though he has the weight of the world on his shoulders Cat might just be the one to let some light into his black world , this book is written so well and not at all what I was expecting , I love how Luke, Gabe and Eleri make an appearance in this book too , it's an absolute must read