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Salvation Audiobook

Salvation: The Protectors, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

"I lifted my gaze to tell Seth no but then I saw it. The thing I'd feared I'd lost. It wasn't hero worship or the wayward emotions of an innocent child. And it wasn't some distorted reflection of a man who no longer existed. All I saw was me...the way he saw me." (Ronan)

Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn't that fateful day...take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he's forced to confront the one link to his past that he can't sever.

Seven years after the loss of his parents in a violent home invasion that left him permanently scarred both inside and out, 21-year-old Seth Nichols is trying to put his life back together so he can take over the reins of his father's global shipping empire. But the last person he expects to come back into his life is the man he drove away with one innocent, stolen kiss.

With one brush of his lips, Seth managed to do to Ronan what no other had since the day Ronan watched the light in his fiancé's eyes go out forever. He made him need again. But Ronan can't need anyone, least of all his dead fiancé's younger brother. Because even one touch from Seth could shatter Ronan's carefully constructed world and Ronan knows there's no coming back from that a second time.

But when a series of escalating attacks against Seth forces Ronan back into his life, Seth knows it's his last chance to show Ronan he can be the man the broken surgeon needs. Only the Ronan who returns isn't the Ronan Seth fell in love with so long ago....

Can Seth be Ronan's salvation or will he end up destroying them both?

©2016 Sloane Kennedy (P)2017 Sloane Kennedy

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    Racheal Yunk 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "His Salvation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salvation to be better than the print version?

    I would consider this audio to be just as good as the book in print form! I loved hearing the characters come to life for me as I listened to their story unfolding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Ronan's character! His character is one that carries the weight of the world on his shoulders but loves so hard and will die to protect those around him at any cost! He just needs the love of the right man to help with all his burdens!


    Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware of!


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

    Sexy, strong and will powered men will always win their love in the end!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and can not wait until the books are made available on audio!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Rosario 05-17-17
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    "Perfection"

    Sloane Kennedy does hurt/comfort like no one else. Joel Leslie is a narration genius. He puts so much emotion into the characters, whose voices are very distinctive, that you can't help reacting to their pain and their joy. And their arousal. 😉

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Cardenas 05-14-17
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    "Hot, hot, hot!"

    Story: 4.5 Stars
    Narration: 4 Stars
    Overall: 4.5 Stars

    Story:

    I have been meaning to read Sloane Kennedy’s books for a while. I actually have 4 on my Kindle, but my reading schedule can get really crazy, so I had been unable to get to it even if Jaymie, my co-blogger, and Rita, one of our reviewers, have told me over and over to try her books out. I got the chance to review this audiobook, so of course, I grabbed it with both hands and I was blown away by Sloane’s storytelling skills!

    It wasn’t an easy read, it was dark and angsty and gritty, it was very intense in some parts and really, mind the warnings, there are some scenes that are difficult to go through. There were a couple of scenes that were almost a bit too much for me, especially one at the start of the book, but I persevered and I’m quite glad I did, I would’ve hated to miss out on a fantastic book, because of something that in the end didn’t turn out to be as bad as it looked like. (Vague much? LOL)

    Narration:

    Joel Leslie did a fantastic job bringing Seth to life, I could feel his anguish, his pain, his love for Ronin coming through in the narration. Unfortunately, Ronin’s voice didn’t quite work for me. It was too hoarse, too uneven. It didn’t feel as natural as with Seth and that diminished my enjoyment of the audiobook a bit.

    Still, I have to give the narrator props for his great job with the hotter than hot scenes that Sloane Kennedy wrote, because, damn, if I wasn’t afraid that my Kindle was about to catch on fire. *fans self*

    Overall, the narration was engrossing and I was captivated by both the story between Ronin and Seth and everything else happening in the background. There were more than enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and at the edge of my seat wondering how it would all play out. It’s undeniable that Ms. Kennedy is a fantastic writer and I, for one, will be reading the other books in the series ASAP.

    Highly recommendable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Blanks 05-11-17
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    "love it."

    man I love Sloan's books but hearing the story told by the narrator was amazing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 06-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic narration, angst-fest!"

    This is hard to review. On the one hand, as the many, many reviewers before me have stated, this is a powerful book with two very broken MCs and if you enjoyed book one, it’s style and it’s characters are replicated here, so the continuation is nice.

    However, the one big difference between one and two is how the “salvation” comes about. Ronan has some pretty serious trust/intimacy issues and it takes him awhile to work them through. While he’s working through them he is a DICK to Seth. It was painful to watch Seth throw himself at Ronan over and over and see Ronan treat him like dirt. It made both men hard to like/respect.

    But… with time and patience both men do make significant changes in how the approach/are treated by the other. I had to bite the bullet and keep reading because I was tempted to bail after the initial sex scene between the two – but it does get much better.

    The mystery element is there, as is the reveal of our next MC – Hawke, and a re-visit with our triad from book one.

    All in all it was a gripping story that kept my interest – while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as book one – I am really enjoying the continuation of the saga and can’t wait to dive into book 3.

    4 of 5 stars

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    I loved the way Joel interpreted these characters. He’s just so good with the emotion and giving each character a truly unique voice. This absolutely is the best way to enjoy this story and I LOVED his interpretation of Ronan’s voice as well as Hawke’s. Fantastic! Highly Recommended!

    5 of 5 stars for the audio

    4.5 of 5 stars for the audiobook

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KristyN 05-28-17
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    "Absolutely love!"

    Oh wow! I love Joel Leslie! He did such an amazing job on this! I love the emotion he puts into the characters! I loved this book and the series is one of my favorites and to hear it come to life was amazing!! He's such a true talent!! And I love me some Sloane Kennedy!!❤️❤️❤️

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    Jennie 05-25-17
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    "Loved it."

    I must say I am a big fan of the Protector series & I'm thrilled that the audio was amazing. Joel Leslie really brings to life Ronan & Seth. I loved the way his voice changes to reflect each character & scene. He made it so easy to fall into the story & feel everything!! Seth & Ronan's story was heartbreaking. It's a story of love lost & found, of friendship. Two very different men, both equally broken in their own different ways trying to keep it together. I loved both the book & the audio & definitely recommend both. l loved the teaser at the end & look forward to listening to Retribution & hearing Hawks story. I was gifted a copy of the audio from the narrator.

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    Ginger Henderson 05-17-17

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    "hot hot hot🔥🔥🔥🔥"

    I really liked the ebook but I LOVE the audible version. The narrator had a few slip ups when switching between characters but it in no way detracted from the story.

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    Amor Leer Sydney 05-17-17
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    "Loved it!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Joel Leslie did an awesome job in narrating Salvation.<br/>Having already read this book, Mr Leslie added yet another dimension to the characters for me. He put a lot of emotion into his reading and brought Seth & Ronan to life.<br/><br/>I was given this audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.<br/><br/>Well done Sloane Kennedy & Joel Leslie!

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    kp 05-16-17
    kp 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "LOVE IT!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Salvation the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Joel Leslie, did an amazing job of bringing Ronan and Seth to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the strength Ronan and Seth gave to each other. Even when they struggled with their own issues they were there for each other.


    Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favorite?

    I couldn't pick just one. Joel did an amazing job with both Ronan and Seth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I am a huge fan of Sloane Kennedy's and read everything she writes as soon as it is published. After reading this book I really looked forward to listening to the audio and once I started I didn't want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Sloane Kennedy is an amazing author who writes beautiful books. Joel Did a great job bringing this book to life.

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  • Dawn Mayhew
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    6/25/17
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    "Better Than Reading The Book!!"

    I am going to be totally honest here, and say I loved the book, and I wasn't sure that the audio version would hold me as much as the ebook I have - boy was I wrong about that ! I have actually listened to this about three or four times now, and for some reason it just gets better each time I listen. All the raw emotion that was within the book, is also right here on the audio. Hats off to you Joel Leslie, you were incredible on this audio. This is one audio that I will continue to listen to again and again.

    Seth is slowly getting his life back together, since the horrifying event of his parents deaths. However, it seems just as he is beginning to live a more normal life, it seems like someone doesn't want him to do so. Now enter Ronan, who doesn't seem to like being anywhere near Seth - or does he??

    Ronan is a total conundrum really. You have met him before, but I have to say I wasn't sure about him. He comes across as a total loner, only interacting when he has to.... but this seems to be just a facade to puts up to keep people away. Is it possible for Seth to break through this façade?

    Both Ronan and Seth don't realise how much they need each other, but both have to overcome their fears to get anywhere, but that is not as easy as it seems. To me, Ronan seems to crave what Seth is offering, but is held back in painful memories.

    I am not going to give away the plot of the book, but rest assured you will be gripped by this story, complete with twists and turns. You will also be drawn right into the audio with Joel Leslie, he has a way of holding you in the story – so much so that you really won’t want to stop listening!!

    If you love Sloane Kennedys books and also like audio I would highly recommend this audio to add to your collection – you will not be disappointed.

    Audio gifted in exchange for an honest review

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  • Warmatbedtime
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    5/27/17
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    "Amazing and much better to be heard via read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had never heard a book read before ever. this was hot. I loved it and would recommend for all to listen, you get the gist of it better by the feeling of a voice it puts you in the moment, helps puts the pieces together in your mind much much easier. <br/>I tried reading it while listening and swapping between the two just to see how the difference was, and it was just such an amazing difference, whilst Ronan's voice didnt match the thought it was in my mind it gave my mind something to work with. <br/>Seth too didnt seem to be who my mind had expected him to be, but brought the whole book to life much better, <br/>Ronan losing his cool "Seth so exasperated with him when he couldnt touch him, brought tears to my eyes, and then Ronan losing it in his own room before he has to explain to the man he now loved more than His previous lover, Seth's brother, What had happened to him and his brother had tears and tears down my face I felt and heard rather than made them up in my own mind, it was my most favorite part, to listen as he was broken while the light of Seth pulled his pieces back together was by far better than my own mind could imagine, so please do if you get the chance it's worth it..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salvation?

    When I realised that listening to this book has cracked the moment reading in my mind will not be the same esp in the garage when Ronan got to Seth as Seth thought he was about to be shot and brought Ronan's face into his mind.


    Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Never have this was a first for a honest review.


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

    This book being heard rather than read brought tears to my eyes as my mind couldnt comprehend the differences being read to rather than me reading them myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally totally addicted now..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lusitania
    5/22/17
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    "A perfect symbiosis of writing and performance"

    I love Sloane Kennedy's writing and I love Joel Leslie's voice so when the two come together it's as though the stars have aligned to bring us a piece of perfection and escape from reality into the world of the the Protectors.
    Joel is a true craftsman of his trade. I can't think of many narrators that are able to bring to life a story with such skill. Every character is distinct and each subtle change in tone, accent and pace makes them unique.
    In Salvation, Joel brought Ronan and Seth to life so well it was very hard for me to engage with real life. If the headphones are on don't speak, don't look, don't touch!
    This will be an audiobook I will listen to over and over again. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelsey
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    5/17/17
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    "Complete surprise"

    I read this book when it first came out and loved it so I knew I would love the audio copy. This is the first audio book iv listened too and it won't be my last either. You get a complete different experience listening too a book than reading it. When I first read salvation I didn't picture Romans voice like that but Joel did an amazing job at what Roman's voice was meant to sound like. Well done Sloane and Joel this really was a different experience listening to the book instead of reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isalovesbooks
    5/17/17
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    "EMOTIONAL TO THE CORE AND FLAWLESSLY NARRATED."
    Where does Salvation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Salvation has been one of my favourite books in The Protector series. I don't know if it's the vulnerability behind the characters, the build up passion between the leads or just the incredible storyline and magnificent writing from Sloane Kennedy. All I know is that this Audio just brought to life a story which I already loved and made it even more special.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to choose a favourite character, is like having to pick between your kids! Both Seth and Ronan are beautiful characters, they each have endured so much suffering and loss and it is gratifying to see the story allowing them to get their HEA. In perfect Sloane way we are privy to a beautiful romance that is slowly been crafted through the pages of the book.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    When I finished the Audio I was ready to message Joel and asked him if I could have his babies LOL but I refrain for the embarrassment and in order to avoid looking like a deranged stalker decided to just put my feelings into words.<br/>Joel Leslie was MAGNIFICENT. He made me cried, he made me sigh, I was completely and utterly dumbfounded. He has bewitched me and I think he was born to play these roles. His voice is so beautiful and carries so much emotion is impossible not to get lost in it. The transitions between dialogues and between so many different characters was done with perfection and in a masterful way. BRAVO!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A compelling story that will steal your heart!!


    Any additional comments?

    Sloane Kennedy has created the Protector series which now expand to almost 8 books. There is no surprise why fans have made each and every one of these stories a Bestseller. the books are so well written and have such emotional backdrops they provide readers with a very real scenario, they are passionate and completely addictive. I had read this book back in 2016 and I was glad to have been given the opportunity to now hear the Audio companion. For my full review of this book visit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A3RXI44FLRTL8K/ref=pdp_new_read_full_review_link?ie=UTF8&page=3&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R37PGKR98FP29Q

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wendy
    5/15/17
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    "Awesome story and wonderful narration"
    What did you like most about Salvation?

    I really enjoyed this story, even though parts of it were pretty hard to read or in this case listen to. Their stories were very heartbreaking and I really understood how Ronan became the man he is today. He did annoy me a couple of times, but a few minutes later I felt sorry for him again. Seth was the real hero in this book for me. Event hough he was still struggeling with his PTSD, he was so strong and brave. He also has a heart of gold.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Seth, because he was so brave even while he was afraid. He has a heart of gold and I really admired the man.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    I really liked how he made the characters come alive. I had already read the book before I listened to the audio and actually hearing the pain the characters were going through made it that much better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, just like I read the book in one sitting, I also wanted to listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the steamy scenes, which became even hotter, listening to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie Thorogood
    5/10/17
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    "Fabulous Narrated"

    I love Sloane Kennedys books, but listening to Salvation gave it more depth. Reading this book is Joel Leslie(who I have listen to before)
    This is the Ronan and Seth. Ronan lost everything the day his lover died, later he kept going back to keep an eye on Seth without Seth knowing, that was until Bullet the dog Ronan had brought for Seth stopped him then the story takes of to different past problems. But of course it ends with the happy ending.
    Joel put his whole being into reading this book. Well worth listening too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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