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Since moving to beautiful Cedar Tree, Colorado, Emma Young, mother of one adult daughter, has worked from home doing some online bookkeeping and baking for her best friend's diner to supplement her disability pension. Life has been pretty good, that is until she received a strange phone call that starts an alarming chain of events.

Investigator Gus Flemming is hot on the trail of a bail skip with organized crime connections that bring him to Cedar Tree. Once there, the focus of his investigation lands squarely on the gently rounded shoulders of a vivacious red haired Emma, whose physical limitations have done nothing to dampen her zest for life.

When it becomes clear that Emma is at risk, Gus does't hesitate to step in and protect her. Call it a job with some very hot benefits....

©2014 Margreet Asselbergs as Freya Barker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Not miss this great listen

First one I heard from Freya Baker . It was full of Mystery, suspense, humour and learning to forgive
Love how both main characters meet by chance ove the phone . Love how both made a connection and they both felt it .
Freya had a great style with the story and how Emma the heroine was over 45 and disabled.
Emma and Gus meet under circumstances that were out of their control. Gus had a job to do and find some truths . The truths involved his family and some other characters. Gus wasn’t counting on true love ( everyone around him had conditions to stay or leave) and finding Emma . Gus had a PI firm and he had to get to the bottom of some things.

The narrating team of Tanya Eby and Noel Harrison was right on. I can always count on Tanya to deliver an A plus read

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Loved it

I loved Emma and Gus when I read the book and have loved re-reading by audio this time.

Emma taking her life back and living to the best of her ability disabilities be damned. Such a strong woman. Loved the humor between her and Arlene. When things go a little crazy and Gus quickly wedges himself in to Cedar Tree and Emma care, things get a little hot and sexy.

This books is full of suspense and keeps you wanting more needing to know what happens next.

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A Perfect Start to the Cedar Tree Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this audio version of one of my favorite books. The story grips you from the very beginning and the twists and turns of the storyline keeps the reader engaged and eager to delve deeper into the story. The audio book complements the authors words and gives the reader a greater understanding of the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emma is one of my all time favorite characters. Even though she is far from perfect and has health issues, she is far from an invalid. She's smart, funny, passionate, loving and feisty as can be. She's the kind of woman I think we all strive to be, insecurities and flaws and all.

Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby and Noel Harrison – was your favorite?

Emma, I think Tanya Eby did an awesome job as the character. Her voice matched the one I imagined when I first read the book two years ago. Her intonation conveys the emotion and passion that Emma has.

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

Imperfect people, impossible circumstances, but a perfect love.

Any additional comments?

The Cedar Tree series is one of my very favorites and this audio book makes me want to listen to the entire series.

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I want a Gus <3

This book is a perfect example of my AHA moments when I think to myself why did I wait so long to get to it, it has been waiting patiently for a few months now, but life throws me curveballs from time to time. After listening to it, I know I am hooked to the series, good thing all the books are lined up on my iPhone YAY
Loved the story, the content feeling it left me with because of the HEA ending, despite the suspense that had me sitting at the edge of my seat while Gus was searching for Emma or her daughter and best friend. As the story unfolds we get to know the characters, their lives, their hopes, dreams and disappointments. Emma is such a great heroine and I like that she is not perfect or young and she gets her HEA afterall with Gus... He makes me believe they might exist. Loved Emma's BFF, Arlene.

Now for the voices.. OMG what a great combination!!! I loved them both, such a great variation and passion. Mr. Harrison's voice for Gus was so yum, fit him so well. Ms. Eby's voice is pure delight. I can't wait to start the next one in the series.

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good story

Emma's introduction to Gus was rather unconventional...he mistakenly called her number and had phone sex. Imagine her surprise, and mortification, when Emma realizes that Gus is the same man hunting down one of her accounting clients. Things heat up pretty quickly between the pair and Gus goes into full-on alpha mode when Emma is a hit-and-run victim. The bad guy in the end is quite a surprise. While the story was good, the male narrator's execution was a bit monotone and difficult to enjoy. I enjoy this author's books so I will press on to the next book in the series.

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I liked this book very much! Have liked the characters from the beginning. The narration is very well done.

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A wonderful "Seasoned" Romance



Slim to None by Freya Barker and narrated by Tanya Eby & Noel Harrison is my happy place.
Emma, my heroine is 47 with some mobility issues due to rheumatoid arthritis but that does not keep her down. She is independent and spirited 🥰 Gus...Oh My Gus, is 45 and I champion him throughout the whole book. He is a man's man and he's caring. Emma's " issues" do not keep him from "putting his Thang down" on her either. 🤣 I LOVED it and started literally saying, "Give it to her, Gus" during the sexy times. 🤣🤣

Tanya Eby's narration was EVERYTHING for me. I did struggle a little with Noel Harrison but he was Gus, so I got over it.

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Loved it!

I think this might be the first book I have read with a heroine that has a disability. Not only that, but we also have a couple in their late 40's. I applaud this author for taking a road less traveled in her writing. It's refreshing to read a non-traditional romance.

Emma was a pretty sassy heroine. She has some insecurities from her disability that did get in her way at times but you also saw her actively work to move beyond it.

Gus is the type of protective alpha I enjoy to read. I liked how he was instantly attracted to Emma and didn't even flinch at her health issues. He wasn't with out his own battles however. He also was a bit clueless a couple of times. It made him more realistic.

Overall, this was an enjoyable romantic suspense read.

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The Beginning

I began my Freya Barker adventure with The Rock Point series, only to find she actually began with Slim to None. It’s good. I enjoyed so many things about it. The plot is good, the characters are lovable and the beginning just reels you in. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to see how she evolves as a writer. I already know that she’s gone from a good beginning to pure excellence in Rock Point.

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Love this series!!!

Love the characters. I can’t pick just one favorite. It’s nice to read stories about women who are my age who still find love. Was hoping there was a story about Julie and Clint’s brother. I’ve read the series 3x and just bought the audio books so I can listen to it while I’m at work.

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  • Jan-BBBf-sizzlereads
  • 03-08-20

A GOOD STORY

SLIM TO NONE was a really good book for a freebie and I'm glad I took a chance on this new to me author.



The main characters are in their late forties, I loved this and there aren't enough of these types of books. Emma bakes cakes for her local diner and also does book keeping online, when she gets a visit from Gus investigating a case and trying to track down some criminal activity that has lead him to Emma who is all part of the puzzle her world is turned upside down.

I liked Emma she is a strong independent woman with a disability who has started her new life in this small town following her divorce but I suppose things happen for a reason because the moment Emma and Gus meet their is sizzling hot chemistry.

Gus was especially hot, bossy, sexy and all kinds of in control, I loved his character as the hero. Gus comes to Emma's rescue more than once when she is in danger from a dangerous criminal who wants all her files and any evidence of their connection and accounts wiped away and is also willing to wipe Emma away in the process.

Slim to None is a good detective type of plot, full of hotness, twists and turns, contains likeable and interesting characters and I also found myself intrigued by secondary characters too, so I would definitely read more in this series.
​I listened to this book in audio and it was difficult to tell at times with so much dialogue but it did sound like third person pov which I don't like in a book to read, so I would have to read a sample first or listen to another in audio.

The only thing that annoyed me was the characters many references to being old, feeling old *cough *cough woman in her forties here and I don't feel old? I even checked to see if the author was young due to these references pretty much painting someone n their forties as being close to death in your late forties but she isn't, which left me confused.

This book is free and I highly recommend one clicking and downloading the audio book.

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  • Leah
  • 12-05-19

Smut

Too much smutty talk and dreadful one liners... "I have a hard on with your name on it" Seriously??? Gone with the wind southern cliches meets 50 shades and the little I read of that book was crap. if you think any female wants to hear "I want to fuck you good and proper" then pleaae stop writing.

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  • Mozzy
  • 04-16-19

Awesome

Absolutely loved hearing this story. The narrators were wonderful. It was filled with drama and passion. I am definately going to get more in this series

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  • Sue
  • 12-15-17

Terrific story, real people!

I first read this book back in April 2016. I was really excited to learn it and the whole series was coming out on audio! I love audio books . I love that the stories are about older characters, real people with real issues. There is suspense, funny, sweet, sexy moments and great secondary characters that get their own story in the following books. All together, they create a richness &amp; depth of story &amp; a great small town feel. The audio book was great, I felt that sometimes the female narrator's dialogue did not flow as well as the male's. But I did overlook it and it was not enough to detract from the story. The whole series is on my &quot;favourite&quot; shelf. Worth a read or a listen.