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Handcuffs aren't just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone romance by USA Today best-selling author Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran cop Maddox Hunt is all about the job. Sure, there are women - lots of women, truth be told - but there's no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O'Neil, is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he's nothing but a distraction. Especially since he's as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that Joss is back in Maddox's life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame...but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he's set for himself. Don't fall in love.

©2017 Ever After Romance (P)2017 Stacey Kennedy

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Hot, steamy and fun!

Hot and steamy from the start, Stacey Kennedy has a winner on her hands. Maddox and Joss first meet a year before in a quick, bathroom encounter, you know, the one night stand with no ties. Fast forward the year, and Joss is now through her police training and who should be her superior? After trying to ignore their attraction, they agree to a friends with benefits arrangement, but will that be enough? The chemistry between these two characters is evident from the first scene. Kennedy has given them both of them depth, coming from different pasts and having to overcome obstacles. I really enjoyed the back story of Maddox's father and his battle with Alzheimer's disease. Having a grandparent that suffered from this disease, she was spot on with the way it affects the patient on different days and how Maddox is able to learn to deal with it. This relationship is key to the final outcome for me, and I loved the way it was intertwined into this steamy story. The supporting characters of Amelia and Greyson were both a lot of fun. Amelia certainly has a way of stating things and Greyson appears aloof but intuitive. Can't wait for his story.

Gideon H Welles portrays the dom in Maddox with such a warm but commanding voice, you can't help but get wrapped up in the narration. I love that he can easily switch between male and female voices, and does not use a high pitch for his female creating that fake sound with his baritone voice. His pace and flow with the characters was perfect.

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Heart Breaker

This was the first time I had listened to anything from Stacey's book and I was hooked from the first chapter. Gideon did a fabulous job with the narration and I know I could listen to him talk for hours!

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When you least expect it

Stacey Kennedy gifted me this audio book in a giveaway. Maddox and Joss share one hot as hell encounter, years later after police academy she works under him. Neither want a relationship but they can't fight their attraction. Stacey Kennedy delivers a story that pulls you into the minds of her characters and has you fanning yourself at the heat level. Gideon H Welles is the perfect voice for this book.

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Maddox and Joss

Maddox is the sexy Police Lieutenant who enjoys women but only for one night as he has enough going on in his life with his career, his father and his past has shown him that relationships only lead to pain.

Joss is following in her father's footsteps and has spent the last year becoming a police officer. Before she joined the academy her six year relationship with her boyfriend came to an end as she did not fit the NY lifestyle that he wanted.

Joss has been assigned to her precinct and finds out that her Lieutenant is Maddox who is none other than her hot one night stand from a year ago. Maddox has not forgotten Joss either however they should keep their distance as they work together however the chemistry between them is too strong to deny. They commence a physical relationship that grows into more but when feelings develop will Maddox be willing to change the rules and take a chance on love?

I really enjoyed the narration by Gideon Welles as he brought the characters to life and you could feel what they were feeling.

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Very enjoyable story

The synopsis gives you the basics of the story. What it doesn't tell you is that it's a fun, entertaining, engaging and very enjoyable story. It pulled me in immediately and held my complete attention from start to finish. You definitley want to keep your earbuds in for this one. Things get pretty hot & steamy often.

When something is forbidden it makes you want it that much more. From the start the chemistry between Maddox and Joss is off the charts. Even though there is plenty of steamy goodness there is also a really good solid standalone story with a HEA. The relationship between Maddox and Joss develops naturally from instant attraction, to friends to love and everything in between.

Great cast of interesting and likable characters. Of coarse Maddox and Joss were great but so were Amelia and Greyson. They each had distinct personalities and a purpose in the story. Really enjoyed that Joss is a strong confidant female character. Many times a female character starts out strong then fizzles out. That doesn't happen here. It just made her that much more likable.

Gideon H Wells did a really good job with the narration. He has a great voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Of coarse his male character voices are fantastic. He has such a deep voice that there really isn't too much difference between his male and female character voices just a slightly softer tone/voice. It would have been nice to have a little more difference between male and female. At the same time I much prefer the way he did it with just a slight change of tone instead of tying to do a high falsetto voice for female characters. I hate it when narrators do that. He was able to bring the characters and story to life. Very enjoyable. This would have been a great story for dual narration.

Numerous repeated lines throughout the book. Static in the recording at times when a character is speaking.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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Amazing!

Loved this story! Great characters and plenty of romance. Narrator is fantastic! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Loved it!

I loved this super hot forbidden romance! I loved the characters and the steamy scenes. The narrator's voice is super sexy too!! I really loved this one and can't wait to check out more by this author and narrator!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Police Romance

Maddox is a police veteran who has enjoyed his heart breaker ways until Joss comes into his life. Joss is a strong independent woman who is trying to find a new way to get through life and a new career at the precinct.

This was a great story and I loved all the highs and lows that were in this story and how it all came together

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Good story, ok narration

It was really hard to enjoy this book because I could not get into the narrator's voice. It sounded like I was listening to a smoker with his super deep voice and I couldn't understand what was being said at times. Also, in the beginning there were a few times where sentences were repeated.

I liked the story. It was very hot and steamy. I liked the main characters well enough. Since the main characters are in a friends with benefits relationship, I may not have gotten enough of their story. This is no way dwindled my enjoyment. I did like this book, but the narration was turn off for me.

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It took me a few chapters to get into this book but when I did, I enjoyed it, looking forward to the next book in this series.
Narrator certainly has a deep and raspy voice which I liked, but I think it would have been great to have a female narrator for the female characters.