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Publisher's Summary

Alyssa Jackson is one of the lucky ones. She has a thriving business, great friends, a devoted husband, an adorable daughter, and a scorching hot sex life that would be the envy of any married couple. Then, one tragic loss flips her world upside down. Floundering and unsure of how to cope with their grief, Alyssa and her husband drift apart until they are living as roommates instead of a deeply connected couple. Alyssa will do anything to get the intense passion back into her life and marriage, no matter how far out of the box she has to step. 

If there is one thing tattoo shop owner Derek knows, it's that once he set his sights on his wife, he never wanted another woman. Years together haven't begun to put a dent in his desire for her. But everything falls apart when the anguish of loss barges into their lives. Adrift in his own suffering, Derek doesn't realize how damaged his marriage is until his wife forces him to confront their issues. Now, he'll do whatever it takes to get their lives back on track, even if the plan seems outrageous.

©2018 Lilly Atlas (P)2018 Lilly Atlas

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Wonderful dual duo narration with story

I can't express in adequate words this second chance romance. Its not your traditional second chance. This couple is married. They drifted apart after tragedy. This distance between them allowed for doubts to be created between this once deeply in love couple. It took effort and time for them to find their way back together after such an event. The doors once closed begin to reopen and healing begins. Alyssa and Derek find their love was one worth fighting for.
As a fan of Lilly Atlas Take No Prisoners series, I found this one to have an additional edge of emotional impact and intensity. I want more from Trident Ink.

Narrators Noah Michael and Erin are most certainly a perfect narrating duo. They do an amazing job. They bring heart, heat, and vivid visualization. Their combined tone, diction, clarity makes for an amazing listen. Their efforts add that extra layer to the story and brings other elements of the sense in to the pleasure of listening.

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A poignant, roller coaster ride of emotions, HOT

A very gripping, poignant, sensual, HOT, & roller coaster ride of emotions.In the beginning, the author pulls you inside of the story & you'll be hurting over Alyssa and Derek's devastating loss and the toll it's taken on their marriage & self-esteem. If you can keep the faith through the 1st few chapters which is giving you the backstory of how their marriage has disintegrated to almost the lowest of the low. Keep your mind and heart open so you'll able to feel their pain, loss, fear of possibly losing their connection/marriage. I can't say anymore without giving the ending away,other than to say this is the most emotionally spent I've felt in the past many audios/books I've read.in years.You'll love this story and may relate to parts of it (as I did, which made it harder to separate my circumstances from this story). It was WELL WORTH IT SO WE COULD ALL COME OUT THE BEST PART OF THE DARK ABYSS!!!!! I was given a free audio book for my unbiased, honest review.

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  • Lucia
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  • 06-13-18

Are you ready for Alyssa and Derek's story?

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review so here we go...

A few minutes into the book and we have an AMAZING sex scene that will leave you thinking: "whoa what I mean holy smokes!" And although Escapades has great steamy sex, it's much more than that...
Dealing with the loss of a child especially in such manner must be devastating for a couple. We'll see how the characters face their pain, their fears and their current situation. Will be their immense love for each other strong enough? Is there hope at the end of all this?
Sometimes this book wasn't easy to listen to, but I loved every comma. And I surely want to know how the series continues.
Narrators did an amazing job bringing it to life!

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AMAZING, BUT HAVE TISSUES READY!

Holy heartbreak, Batman! Lily Atlas broke my heart into tiny little pieces, but then put it back together as she gave me Derek and Alyssa’s story. Their story was heart aching, but their love for each other was stronger than anything thrown their way. I don’t know how to say it other than I loved their love and it’s one that will stay with me. Did I cry? I was a sobbing mess! But it was so worth it. Plus, them steamy scenes! Wow. Alyssa and Derek have off the charts chemistry that resulted in some major heat and steam.

Narration for this book was done by Noah Michael Levine and Erin DeWard. They absolutely nailed the combination of angst and heat on their outstanding narration. They flawlessly give life to all the pain, hope, and love Alyssa and Derek go through. 5 Stars.

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Such an Amazing, Unique and Original Storyline!!

A Phenomenal Narration by this dynamic duo that works incredibly well together and has become one of my favorite couples working together. Noah Michael Levine & Erin DeWard delivered an extraordinary performance by bringing Alyssa and Derrick to life.

This is one of those stories that touches your heart, breaks it into million pieces, but in the end put it back together. Is a journey of heartache, emotional devastation put in the end, a will to overcome a painful lost.

This brillinat story is insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw. Is a story like no other and I highly recommend it!!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Amazing story and narration!

This was an AMAZING read. I love it when I stumble upon a new to me author and not only does the book have a great story line that really pulls me in but it makes me want to read more by the author. In Escapades not only did I get my first introduction to Lilly Atlas but I also was given an introduction to a new type of audiobook. I have listened to books before where they were done with dual POVs but this one was done differently, not only was the chapters done in the different POVs but if the male or female POV was speaking in a chapter that wasn't being narrated by them they spoke! It wasn't the man changing his voice to sound more feminine - nope it was her that spoke, almost as if you were listening to a movie instead of watching it. I have to say I really enjoyed that aspect as well. Noah and Erin were great, I really enjoyed listening to them, they had so much emotion in the way they spoke to one another you felt as if they were actually going through everything Derek and Alyssa had went through.

The story of Derek and Alyssa totally BROKE MY HEART into a MILLION PIECES!!!!! But thankfully it was fully together again by the end of the book. This story is one of great tragedy but somehow they survived it all and hopefully they will be a stronger couple because of what they shared together. I am not going to give anything away but I suggest you have a HUGE box of tissues close by because you will need them. I shouldn't let the saddness overshadow the sexiness of the book because HOLY COW was this book HOT!! I am talking off the charts hot, melt your kindles hot!!!!!

If you love a good emotional story about a married couple trying to find their way back to one another after heartbreak then I highly recommend this book to you. Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A Wonderful love Story!

This is the first in a new series and deals with a very sad subject. Derek and Alyssa have always been happy and madly in love. Then everything falls apart.
Their daughter Katie dies of cancer, and the couple are devastated, and after both grieving separately they find they have drifted apart.
This is the story of how the couple find their way back to each other.
Alyssa finally decides to try an unusual ways to connect with her husband. This is a very sad story, but is told in dual POV so we realise how the couple work their way back to each other. Alyssa and Derek finally realise how much they still love each other. I have to say the sexy parts are HOT, but you will still need tissues for the sad bits.
This story stayed with me, well after the recording had finished
The Narration is superb with Noah and Erin, who are so versatile they bring this story of hope and love to life.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Emotional well narrated story

This is the first book I have read by this author; as well as, the first time listening to the male narrator. It is not my first with the female narrator. This was an emotional story and not the easiest to listen to because of this. The narrators did such a wonderful job bringing this story to life. I found there were times when I did need to take a break from listening, yet I didn’t want to stop because I needed to know how the story was going to end.
Alyssa and Derek suffered a tragic loss and how they each dealt with the loss was different. There marriage suffered because of this loss and even though personally I haven’t suffered that particular loss there were several elements of this story that I was able to relate with. This was a roller coaster of emotions for me, while listening to this story.
Both of these characters are strong, yet weak and I loved how the author was able to show that and the narrators were able to voice these emotions from the laughs, tears, sorrow, and even the steamy scenes. They were easy to understand especially with changing their voices with different characters. The duet narrations was an added plus for this listener, making the narrator's' voice appear in each chapter. It made it feel more like I was listening to a play. I am looking forward to more from this author as well as these narrators.

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very emotional book

At first I was a bit confused about this book. It opens with a hot sex scene between 2 people. Then bounces to Alyssa a bereft woman. After a few minutes I figured it was role play type sex. The book is actually about Alyssa and Derrick. They are a married couple who have lost their young daughter to cancer. In the 2 years since the death of their child they have become room mates instead of husband and wife and neither of them actually realized this was happening. The story basically follows their healing. Alyssa finds a counselor and asks Derrick to go with her. The counselor requests that Derrick moves out for 2 weeks and during the first week he is to set up 2 dates with Alyssa, they are to go on these dates as strangers, with different names and different lives ad the dates should end with sex, and during the 2nd week Alyssa is to take charge.

Can Derrick and Alyssa pick up the pieces of their lives and move on together or is this really the end for this couple?

Lilly Atlas has done an amazing job with this story. You will go through multiple emotions while reading or in my case listening to this book. The book is narrated by Noah Michael Levine and Erin DeWard. They both do an amazing job bringing all the characters to life and the telling of the story.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Another Winner From This Author

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. The only issue I had and it must be with my iPod, that while out working in the garden had to bend over and something seemed to happen. It would jump, it seemed like the narrators were stuttering, and it sounded like the sound was bouncing off a metal wall. That didn't stop me from enjoying what the narrators were reading to me though. It also won't stop me from listening to this book again. I'm just not sure that I would try and read the book because I wouldn't be able to do justice to the emotions these characters are feeling.

The story is sexy and hot but underlying all that is a lot of hurt and I mean emotional hurt. Alyssa and Derek are still dealing with something that hurt them to the core. It may also touch your heart and wish that you could do something to help alleviate their pain. It's a reminder that we can't always try and fix something by ourselves. There are certain times where we need a little help where we don't give up on our loved one. We just need direction to show us that love is there even though our heart may say otherwise for a little while. You almost stop thinking of our couple as fictional. You feel like you need to do something to show you care like making a donation in their name. But since they're fictional you can't do that but you can in honor of the author.

I already love Mr. Levine and Ms. DeWard as narrators and this is just another book to add to my ever growing list. They do a great job in humanizing Ms. Atlas' characters. I could almost picture who our main characters are - this is what narrators help the reader to do. This book is the only one, currently from the Trident Ink series that's available in audio. I don't see any more books in this series yet but our author has several others in another one of her series so I have a lot of catching up to do. And maybe by then we'll have more stories that revolve around Trident Ink.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • 06-09-18

A Wonder Story of Love and Hope!

This is the first in a new series and deals with a very sad subject. Derek and Alyssa have always been happy and madly in love. Then everything falls apart.
Their daughter Katie dies of cancer, and the couple are devastated, and after both grieving separately they find they have drifted apart.
This is the story of how the couple find their way back to each other.
Alyssa finally decides to try an unusual ways to connect with her husband. This is a very sad story, but is told in dual POV so we realise how the couple work their way back to each other. Alyssa and Derek finally realise how much they still love each other. I have to say the sexy parts are HOT, but you will still need tissues for the sad bits.
This story stayed with me, well after the recording had finished
The Narration is superb with Noah and Erin, who are so versatile they bring this story of hope and love to life.