Safe and Sound

Twist of Fate, Book 2
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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I've been drowning for a long time. I never thought I'd find someone who knows what that's like....

Self-proclaimed playboy, Aiden Vale, has it all - good looks, successful career, plenty of cash in the bank, and an endless supply of men who know the score...that one night is just that. So the last thing he wants, or needs, is to forge a connection that might mean revealing more of himself than he's ready to. But when fate intervenes, putting Aiden in the path of someone who threatens to knock down his carefully constructed walls, he's quick to realize the young man he's become infatuated with is hiding a painful secret.

I finally have a shot at freedom. I'll never let anyone take that from me ever again....

Ash Valentine is just looking for a way out, and the last thing he wants or needs is another man controlling every aspect of his life. Desperate for the cash that will help him flee his abusive boyfriend, Ash accepts what is supposed to be a temporary job at a local coffee shop. But nothing prepares him for the gorgeous and enigmatic Aiden Vale, and the small acts of kindness the charming coffee shop regular bestows on him or the new friends he begins to make along the way.

Terrified of once again becoming too reliant on someone else to take care of him, Ash refuses Aiden's repeated offers of help in any form. But when it becomes clear that there's something more behind Aiden's need to save him, Ash begins to wonder if he's found someone who needs saving just as badly.

I know he wants to save me, but what if he's the one who needs saving....

As their tentative friendship turns into something more, long buried secrets begin to surface. When Aiden's need to protect Ash clashes with the younger man's desire for independence, memories of the one he couldn't save begin to tear at the fragile cords of Aiden's soul, and he's forced to face a truth he's been hiding from for a long time.

©2017 Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy (P)2017 Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy
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Lennox + Kennedy + Pauley = A Must Listen

Normally I start my reviews with the story and move to narration near the end. This time I want to start with Michael Pauley and his amazing performance. I have heard a few cringe-worthy narrations where the narrator tries to convey emotions – a person orgasming (man or woman), anger, delight, or even crying. Often it is over-done and hackneyed.

Michael Pauley never has that problem. He always hits the perfect note, conveying the story with strong and potent emotions while never pulling me out of the world the writer has created. Only at the end of the audio did I reflect on how unobtrusive and smooth the performance was. Michael Pauley is one of my favorite narrators, but this performance was him at his very best.

So, now that I’ve waxed poetic about Michael, I’ll move on to Lucy and Sloane. I found Lucy through word-of-mouth and Sloane through an amazing blurb. I took a chance on each of them – buying and listening to their first audiobooks. The rest was history. I buy their audios the day they come out.

Book 1 in the Twist of Fate series was “Lost & Found.” I really enjoyed the audio and fell in love with Bennett and Xander. Revisiting their love story and seeing how Lucky is flourishing now the two men have adopted him was wonderful. “Safe & Sound” is a stand-alone, but it is always nice to see old friends. Which brings me to Aiden – Bennett’s best friend. At the end of book 1, it was clear there was more to his story, so I was thrilled to learn why he is the way he is. As with all of the characters from these authors, there is more than first meets the eye.

Let me pause and say this is not an easy listen. I thought I had some idea but…well, it’s a good thing I had tissue handy. And every time I thought I was good, there would be some little twist I didn’t see coming that would break my heart just a little bit more.

Then there would be a moment of great levity and I would laugh out loud.

I expect some angst when I dive into a book by one of these women and maybe I should have known I would get a double dose. But don’t let that deter you. Ash’s and Aiden’s stories needed to be told and I’m so glad I listened. There were some really tough issues addressed, including why Ash so desperately needs help, but these things never felt heavy-handed.

I also want to say that I loved the secondary characters (the good ones, anyway, although I guess it’s a good sign that I really hated the bad guy – I mean really hated – and thought of all the men I know who are like him).

Emily, Ash’s boss, and Chance, Aiden’s brother, were integral to the story. And although you don’t have to be a geek or Trekkie, the references are more fun if you are.

But as often as I cried and despite how often my heart came close to breaking, Ash and Aiden did get their happy ending. Not that I had my doubts – this is a romance – but I wasn’t sure how much more I could take.

This book is near the top of my list of favorites because I just didn’t want to stop listening. (Okay, I listened to it in one day). I didn’t want the story to end and in a way it hasn’t because Book 3 is nicely set up. And since Jake has always been a favorite and enigmatic character, all I can say is, Lucy and Sloane – I’ll hold on, but please don’t make me wait too long.

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OMG

I have cryed, smiled, gotten so mad and have finally got through this book. This book has so many ups and downs and twists. There's nothing I can say about this book this is one that you just have to read for yourself to know how amazing it is.

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Teary Romantic Story: Lots of Ups and Downs!

After listening to most of Lucy Lennox's books, I must say this is not the typical. This book has more teary moments and lots of ups and downs. The "downs" are really down!

Sadly, the least amount of sensual scenes as I am accustomed to with her books. I would have preferred more romantic and hot scenes.

The picture on the cover seems to be misleading. One of those guys can't possibly be Ashton. That is not how he's portrayed in the book. No biggy.

As for Aiden, he didn't seem anything like how he was introduced in Lost and Found, Book 1. Totally different in this book. Again, no biggy.

The story line is quite involving and keeps you guessing on what will happen next. Very well written and involving. Lucy is simply amazing.

As for the narration, you can't question perfection. I have already learned many books ago that Michael Pauley is perfect. He brings the book to life like no other. You just can't go wrong with Michael. Simply AMAZING!!

This book is definitely worth the read. A perfect story with the perfect narration. However, if you are looking for the hot and steamy ... this is not it. Get your tissues ready instead. It lacks humor and laughter that I'm accustomed to as well in Lucy's books. Definitely not a "light fluffy romance". The story will grip you till the end and you won't be able to put it down.

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this is amazing

i loved listening to the audio as much as i loved reading the story.. Aiden Vale has everything in this world but happiness. He runs into a smart Sexy but shy man Ash Valentine... Ash is running hard from his past where all he knew was anger an pain.. Instead Aiden shows him how love can be protective an safe. Just as the worlds collide Ash's past catches up with him can he safe Ash in time. Can they last forever.

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Warning

There are depictions of physical and psychological abuse, so if dont want that in your romance novels then skip this one! I also agree with some of the reviews, that there is no real sense of justice in the end. I know that being a victim of abuse is complicated, and i would never judge someone actions or responses to their abuser or the abuse they went through, but the authors could have literally done something! I mean, two freaking people wrote this!

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Being outed isn't justice for attempted murder

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Long and drawn out

the start was a bit long to read but I stick with it. the story was not bad and it hit upon a tank topic of partner beating. I found it very emotional at times without just cause for so much emotion. there was no real justice as the villain got away with not punishment.

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OMG

I read this series before I listened to them. This book made me cry the most I think. With Michael reading it I think it made me cry harder. Glad I was at home listening to this one and not at work. Great presentation and great story. I think one of the sadder books in the series but the emotion keeps you listening till the end because you just know it has to come out great in the end!

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Aiden , Ashton (Ash)

so beautiful heart warming arching seeing the love in strength of chracter amazing thank you.

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What a let down *slight spoilers*

I have loved loved loved all of Lucy Lennox's books, I have them all. I have never been so disappointed by one of her books. The characters actions, especially Ash's make absolutely zero sense. They are not the actions of anyone with any sort of brain. I understand that initially he is in an abusing relationship, but come on. He knows he has a safe space, he knows he has a way out, and still keeps choosing to protect his abuser. He has fallen in love with Aiden, but yet still keeps doing what his abuser wants him too. Even at the end, when the authors try to get us to believe that for some reason Ash doesn't think that outing his abuser is the way to save Aiden. Really? He thinks going along with his abuser, risking his life, hurting Aiden so badly, and letting his abuser not only get Aiden tossed in jail, but also keeping him free to continue to abuser himself and any future lovers he may have. 8n what world would Ash's choices have made any sense, when simply outing your abuser, especially when he is in a hospital bathroom and he could have easily screamed or pulled the emergency help chain in the bathroom to get someone to eye witness the abuse. Towards the end I was just left feeling that Aiden deserved far far better than Ash, that Ash deserved what he got by continuing to stay with the abuser and constantly and on purposely risk his life, like Aidens business was worth his life? And what idiot keeps notes and their only money that they can escape with, in the apartment where their abuser is for them to find? Really? I don't think so. Just so many things the characters did were written to make a plot, instead of writing them doing what any normal person who is trying to leave their abuser would do.

I was so annoyed, then angry and then just got furious as the terrible plot came to and end and not only did the abuser never once get brought to light as an abuser who almost killed his lover on multiple occasions, but that Aiden just accepted Ash's pathetic excuses for reasoning and apologies. Nevermind that the next person Billy will get into a relationship with will end up dead because Ash NEVER EVER said ANYTHING to anyone. Just total silence on his years of abuse. What the heck? Just awful plot line. Michael as usual was an excellent narrator, but even he could not save this one. I did finish it, but only on the hope that I stupidly held out that the authors would eventually make all these dumb decisions make sense, but sadly, nope.

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OMG!

my emotions were all over the place in this story. Anger being one of them. i was hoping that somebody was gona kick Billy's ass. the narrator Michael Pauley (forgive if its spelled wrong) always does amazing stories.

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  • 11-30-17

Excellent

I felt like I walked every step with Ash and Aiden. Looking forward to reading the next collaboration. Well narrated.

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  • 08-19-18

Another good one

I really do love listening to Michael Pauley whilst in the car, he makes a great story even better.
Both Sloane and Lucy write excellent books.
Any of them are a must listen.

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  • C. R. Mabey
  • 05-19-18

Terrible narration negatively impacted the story

The reviews for this title, specifically the narration, amaze me. Unfortunately it has to be the worst performance of a book I've heard, so much so that I can't even fairly judge the merits of the story as it was so negatively impacted. The narrator veers between sounding like he's about to burst into tears and robotic, the inflections and pace completely off the mark. I'm afraid I will have to abandon this audiobook and try reading the print version instead. It sounds like this narrator has done other titles but I'm sorry to say I will have to avoid them.

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  • 07-16-18

Just beautiful!

Heart warming, tear jerking and suspenseful but I loved every moment. Aiden and Ash are just perfect together and have wormed into my heart. thanks Lucy and Sloane for creating this adventure and such real, raw and wonderful characters!