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My standard issued lab badge reads "Simon", but it really should say "unexciting nerd with no social life". Don't get me wrong - I love what I do with a passion, but it doesn't leave a lot of time for much else. Especially romance.

While chipping away at my work, I'm suddenly the person between hired cartel muscle and the fossil that will define my career. Which isn't the most insane part of the story.

My savior is a chaotic, bat-wielding punk with a bubble-gum pink mohawk and a killer smile.

In a mad dash to escape the thieves, my knight in studded armor sweeps me across the country while hitting every tourist trap along the way. While smuggling a fossil, might I add.

Oh, and did I mention this pink punk can shift into a dinosaur?

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Maz Maddox (P)2021 Tantor

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Fun Dinosaur Adventure

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but it was very fun and a great listen. Kirt Graves was wonderful as usual and was a perfect fit. It was great to find an original story with good writing and dialog. It seems like so many m/m books are the same story line (fake bfs/straight best friend, etc.), but this was different in the best way. Never a boring moment. I just wish it was longer! Looking forward to more in this series.

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Fresh & fun, nerdy shifter romance

If you like shifter romances and want a fresh take, this is a great start to what I hope will be a comprehensive series. Simon, the unsuspecting paleontologist, gets thrown into a world of adventure and fantasy when saved by a sassy punk rock dino shifter. Yep, a DINO shifter. There is a comic book feel to this story that's really fun. The narrator did a good job of keeping voices separate without over the top inflection. I hope more comes soon and that we get more of Simon, Dalton, and the rest of the RELIC team.

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Fat rabbits for Pretty Simon!

I’ve had this audiobook since it came out. Maz Maddox is a new-to-me author and the premise sounded interesting. I mean...shifter dinosaurs? I can’t recall that being done before...at least outside of bargain basement erotica. I started listening, made it halfway thru, and then stopped. I don’t know why exactly....Simon was kind of a stick in the mud for most of the book, and a fairly weak character overall. I’m guessing his blandness combined with Kirt Graves sometimes monotone narrating just made me bored and uninterested in finishing it. I dusted the audiobook off this week and finally made it straight through....twice! I had to speed narration up to 1.2x, which greatly improved my experience. Final opinion? I’d recommend this book 100%. The lead up to Dalton and Simon actually getting together was a little slow (IMO) but the book started to get a lot better after that point. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of Book 2 in the series and starting to dabble in Maz Maddox’s other works (starting with Heartache & Hoofbeats, which I highly recommend as well). Overall: give it a chance if you are like me and struggled through the first part—it will be worth it!

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So Much Fun, LOVE Kirt Graves!

Yes! It's as good as everyone says. A fun and unique twist on the abducted/body guard turned lovers story, plus some really creative info about dinos. (And it's a terrific love story too.)

Audio by Kirt Graves, need I say more? Gah, I adore him.

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campsville!

Not really my cuppa tea. Loved the campyness but the story was kinda boring. Also kinda hard to tell voices apart at times. Loved the idea though!

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Just...Omg!

I didn’t know that my love of shifter books was missing something vital until this book. Just...omg RAPTORS!! And I so so SO want to know about The captain America look alike who is also the king of all Dinos in shifted form, and just my gods a Raptor with tattoos and piercings while in shifted for is something I can and never will ever forget. Amazing Awesome Punk Rock Raptors!!! (I am sure he must be distantly related to Harley Quinn, seriously lolz.

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Really Fun, Want More

Loved the premise, loved the two MC's and how they played off one another...and on. Sweet story and I learned a lot. I looked up every dinosaur mentioned. I am literally looking at dinosaur books on Amazon to buy so I can identify each species discussed. Kirt Graves performance was awesome, please, please stick with him for future books. He made these characters. I cannot express enough how much fun it was to listen to him narrate. Best narration ever!!!! You have a fan, I can't wait for more and what comes next.

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A wonderful read!

Maz's imagination & talent are on full display! Very entertaining and the humor is delightful! Of course there's always the love, cuddles & happy ending. ❤

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Great Fun, New Twist

Never saw this coming. Closest thing to an original concept I've seen in a while. Familiar trope, of course, but a new kind of characters.

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Smashing!!!

Smart, sexy and punk rock! This book grabbed me by the throat from the first chapter and did not let go! A raucous road trip of a novel! Absolute loved the story and the narration.

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  • Book addict
  • 01-24-21

Great book

This book was a wonderful surprise as I’d not heard of the author before. It kind of reminded me of a mixture of books by Alice Winters and L.J. Hayward. Great mixture of relationship development, action and humour. It was a shifter book, but not in any typical way so that was refreshing too. I’ll definitely be getting the rest of the series once it’s released. If you’re looking for more inspiration of other decent m/m books to listen to, other than those I mentioned already; try Lily Morton, Tal Bauer or Keira Andrews.

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  • 05-19-21

Kirt does a good job as per usual...

Quirky, fun read/listen from Maz Maddox. Dinosaur shifters 🦕🦖...it's my first one, and I would be very surprised if any other stories out there featured Dinos.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 04-10-21

Interesting Story

The story and characters  are engaging and the narrator has very distinctive voices for each character, always a plus for me.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 01-25-21

funny and clever

I loved this audiobook so much. Maz is a brilliant story teller, melding comedy and action perfectly. Kirt Graves does a fantastic job as always. he's definately one of my favourite narrators. can't wait for the next one.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 01-16-21

You had me at dinosaur shape-shifters!

Woohoo, the shifter series I never knew I needed! Working for RELIC (Reclaiming Extinct Lineage from Illegal Collectors), Dalton, sporting numerous tattoos, a pink mohawk, and tons of attitude, is a dinosaur shifter. It’s a marriage made in odd-couple heaven when he crosses paths with straight-laced palaeontologist, Simon. Maz Maddox has created a unique shifter world, two fun MCs plus other interesting RELIC characters, and a well-paced action / romance with some great banter. In the audiobook, Kirt Graves channels Dalton’s irreverence and Simon’s awkwardness perfectly. Straight to the Favourite List!

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  • 01-14-21

A Shifter Romance with a Dino Twist

Was not sure what to expect with this one, but was so impressed! Story flowed well, laugh out loud moments, great dialogue between characters. Kirt Graves did a great job. Highly recommend if you like MM, shifter, fun banter, action and a HEA. Can't wait to listen to more!!