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Saving My Sanity

Sulfur Springs, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Sulfur Springs, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Walker Roberts is a lost man. One fateful night, his entire life was turned upside-down. First, he was turned down by the young man he’d been gathering up the nerve to ask out for two years, and then he lost both his parents. Not only that, he discovers his life is not what he thought it was. At 34, how could he not know the truth about his family? Unable to cope, he walks away from the life he’d built for himself, only to discover his ties to Sulfur Springs might be stronger than he realized.

Tristan Stone is the youngest and most junior man on the Sulfur Springs Fire Department, making him the probie. His crew is amazing, and he’s watched one of his closest friends from high school fall in love with his lieutenant. So, why does he feel like he’s missing something? He’d thought he’d done well with hiding his attraction to the very straight Captain Walker Roberts, but has he? Without warning, Captain Roberts disappears in the middle of the night, and Tristan realizes just how much he misses the older man once he’s gone. Is he coming back?

Tragedy strikes in Sulfur Springs and one of their own is caught in the chaos. Will Walker return in time to save the young man he’s silently watched for so long?

Saving My Sanity is the third book in the Sulfur Springs series. This is a Men of Crooked Bend spin-off, but it isn’t a requirement that you know that series to enjoy this one. Familiar faces will be seen, but this series takes you off of the ranch and into the lives of those in Sulfur Springs. While each book will focus on a different couple, you should listen to them in order. Each book contains sexually explicit material between two men and is intended for adults over 18.

©2018 Taylor Rylan (P)2019 Taylor Rylan

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Fantastic

This is book 3 in this series and has all the feels. We have met these MC's in the previous books of this series. This is an emotional filled story and Michael Pauley has done an amazing job bringing both the characters and this story to life.

There is a lot of love and a lot of pain and I highly recommend it.

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LOVED IT

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. OMG this was another great book by Taylor. I loved how even with all the ups and downs Tristan and Walker went through they stuck it out. I'm hoping that chief can finally get his HEA especially with what he has gone through. This story was SO good that once I started the audio I didn't stop listening until the end. Can't wait to listen to the next one in this Series.

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Nice job!

Enjoyed this one from Taylor Rylan and narrated by Michael Pauley! I thought the main characters were very well written and I quite enjoyed the emotional plot of this! Michael once again does an excellent job with narration!

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Betrayals or Not?

This is the second book in The Sulfur Springs Series. This is for the audiobook version. An engrossing book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters wonderful. The characters were developed and thought out. Tristan and Walker are the MC’s of this book. The narration was good it wasn’t monotone and there were different voices for each character. I really enjoyed this book and can recommend this book as a good read and listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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Oh that was beautiful

When a book starts out so heavy it is hard to decide if you want to continue it or not. But I am so glad I did because I was not disappointed when I finally did finish it. This author played my emotions well but I did not mind them at all. And the narrator spoke the pain so easily it made everything harder NOT to cry.

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Walker: I cried like a baby when reading about his losses, and I felt his grief deep down my bones. But it was nice to see him grow and finding someone to love him even if he did not believe it at first.

Tristian: I adore him but sometimes the man did make me want to punch him. I understand being skeptical about things but sometimes you can't let your past choke you out like that. Glad he gave Walker a chance!

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Entertaining

This audiobook is hot AF and ûber emotional in equal measures.

All Michael Pauley's narrations are brilliant and solid; Saving My Sanity isn't the exception.

With that said, in this audiobook his performance was a bit more dramatic and at times OTT . But then, he is portraying highly emotional characters .

Overall ,Saving My Sanity is an entertaining story. I didn't listen to the other two books of the series but , I don't feel it hinder my enjoyment of this audio.

Received an ALC code of this through LesCourt and this is my honest review.

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Better than the first

So I missed the 2nd in the series but did listen to.the first and while there is sorta some insta love happening it is better developed than the first and the chatacters are likable. I do wish we got more of the story with the parents and them as a couple.

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  • 11-18-19

Loved It!

This book has all the feels! In Saving My Sanity, we get the story of Walker and Tristan. We first saw the glimpse of something happening between them in book 2 of this series and I love how their relationship blossoms in this book.
This is the 3rd book in the Sulfur Springs series. I would recommend that you read the book in order to have a understanding of the characters Hawke, Cody and Tristan best friends. I love the characters and the storyline and Michael Pauley does an amazing job of bringing these guys to life!

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Narration brought the characters alive


I enjoyed Michael Pauley’s narration of this book. His portrayal of the different characters was spot on, giving each their own distinct personality. I haven’t read this book. I think the narration caused me to rate it better than I normally would have.

Tristan has been interested in his straight Captain for a while. His parents, refusing to accept that he is gay, make his life miserable. His sisters treat him the same way. His only outlet is work, and that makes his life even harder because of the way he feels about Walker.

Walker doesn’t really understand his feeling for Tristan. He’s decided that he needs to address the issue just as he receives the worst news of his life. Which is quickly followed by a shocking fact that changes the view of his world.

I liked the slow burn between the men. Though at times all the revelations seemed to slow the story down to a snails pace. The portrayal of Tristan’s mother was well done and I felt like cheering when she was finally put in her place. The overall feel of the series was carried through nicely in this story.


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hot firefighters and overly religious parents

this book had its moments where you wanted to throttle someone and hug another. The ending was very satisfying and I look forward to reading/listening to more by this author.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 11-22-19

Family Secrets. Religious Zealots. Can love win?

This Sulfur Springs is an excellent series by Taylor Rylan and I also have the first two books in the series, so I was able to come at this with a knowledge of the characters involved, so I recommend reading/listening to the first two books in order to get the best appreciation of the powerful themes in this story.
Michael Pauley is one of my favourite narrators of all time and he does an awesome job of bringing the guys to life. Family can either be a source of comfort, support and salvation, or it can be a place where you feel alone if you're different too what your family expects of you. This is what Walker and Tristan have to discover...sometimes the family that you choose becomes your true family.
Highly recommended for lovers of first time gay romance and of complex, interesting characters.

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  • Cassi
  • 11-22-19

Love Firemen stories!

I love books with firemen and I've been eager for this one after the previous two books. It worked to be pretty angsty and I think maybe some of that could have been smoothed out a little but over all I enjoyed it and their path of how they ended up together I really felt though and the resolution while maybe a little rushed worked in. the end. Michael delivered another great performance

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  • alias11
  • 11-21-19

Great Liaten

This is a really great listen. I thought the explanation and resolution of Walker's parentage was rushed through and I still had questions, but the relationship between he and Tristan was well developed. I absolutely loved the way the team came together and supported each other through every tragedy and loss. Tristan's family...WOW...his parents were an absolute nightmare. I was so glad that he and Walker were able to support the girls and stop the cycle. This was my first listen in the Sulfur Springs series, and now I want to go back and listen to the first two books.

Michael Pauley's narration is excellent as always. Unique voices for the characters, emotional delivery, and great pacing.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 11-21-19

Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
The story was really great.
Michael’s narration was, as always, exceptional.

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 11-21-19

It was a great story

I really liked this story. Super sweet, I love firefighters and this was great. I really enjoyed the audio and it was definitely worth listening to. I would recommend Saving My Sanity.

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  • David Holdsworth-Lloyd
  • 11-20-19

hetty firemen !!!!!

great story narrated by the wonderful Michael Pauley 3rd book from sulfur springs looking forward to more.

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  • Sabbath
  • 11-20-19

A great narrative

I really enjoyed the angst and the level of emotion through out the book. Pauley has given a delightful voice to these characters. I did find myself lost in this little world and was amazed that it was over when I felt I had just started.

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  • Joanne1988
  • 11-20-19

Really enjoyed it

Tristan and walker are really good together, it was lovely to see them working through all the problems they face. I felt sorry for Tristan and every thing he had to go through with parents like his. I think the narrator did a great job bringing this book to life.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 11-19-19

Enjoyable!

I liked Tristan and Walker, they seemed to fit well together despite their age difference, which really wasn't that much of a problem in their relationship. They had chemistry and it made sense that everything they'd both gone through helped to bring them together.

While the blurb was a tad misleading regarding Walker's sexuality, the rest was pretty much on point. There was a lot of angst, but other than Tristan rejecting Walker's advances at first, the majority of it was from outside sources. And while what Walker lived was a tragedy, I felt even worse for Tristan, after having to deal with parents as horrible as his. Some parts of the book felt a bit rushed or underdeveloped, but aside from that, it was a good, engaging story.

The narration might not have been my favorite by Michael Pauley, but it was still very enjoyable. Recommendable!

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  • Gwen
  • 11-18-19

The captain and the probie...

Walker is straight. Tristan admires him from afar. They are co workers with a big age difference. What Tristan doesn’t know is that in one fateful night their worlds will change. Big losses and lives in danger, plus some surly teenagers and dreadful parents make for an interesting story of loss, manipulation, love and second chances. I enjoyed it very much.