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The Dark Side

Reese Holt, Volume 1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

Kidnapping victim Alex Throne literally drops into the arms of security specialist Reese Holt, pulling Holt into a battle against a ruthless drug cartel, personal betrayal, and a specter from Holt's CIA past. Holt agrees to put his team of specialists on the trail of Alex's assailants while he takes on the personal job of protecting the life he inadvertently saved, motivated, in part, by a romantic attraction. Keeping his mind on protecting Alex could prove difficult, especially when he can't keep his mind off Alex's body.

©2017 Laura Baumbach (P)2017 Laura Baumbach

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Difficult to put down.

This was the first book I've heard by Laura Baumbach. I really enjoyed it. Though the villain was pretty easy to predict, there were still details left to surprise the reader.
As far as the narrator, I will pretty much listen to any book narrated by Joel Leslie even if it's a book I might not be totally interested in. He is absolutely fantastic!

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Love it

This is my first time reading a book by this author and I was not disappointed. I loved it! It had romance and suspense which is my favorite type of books to read.

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Decent story. Decent narration.

This was decent story. Maybe a bit too much melodrama for my taste, but entertaining.

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Not your average covert operative storyline

I’ve read and listened to many private investigative, CIA, Covert, secret service mercenary type stories. They are my favourite. However after a while they start to blend and you can pick out who the bad guy is within two chapters. NOT THIS BOOK.
This book has intrigue, plot twists, co hesive multiple storyline’s and characters that are well rounded, real and very believable. There is humour, sadness, anger, real love and a sex scene to die for. The author has given it all and it shows. I’m going to find more by her and read that too.
Joel is a spectacular choice for the narrator here. He brings so much to the characters. His females voices are very believable and not just a male version of a high pitched voice. Each character has a distinct sound and it is as if you are watching a movie or theatre play only your blind. Very very easy to listen too, very very immersive and very very hot where it needed to be. Need more Joel Leslie narration in my life.

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Loved the story but the narration not so much

This is really a great story but the experience would be so much better under different narration. Actually maybe Joel just needs to take a different approach. It comes off so much like "the name is Bond...James Bond" in a deep husky voice throughout the whole story, never just getting real. I've like much of his other work, however. Looking forward to what's next in this series!

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Great story, gritty main character

I enjoy gay romance with more than just a romance, angst filled storyline and this book delivered that. Reese was consistantly portrayed as emotionless but came into his feelings for Alex both sharply and slowly enough to be realistic. Characters were deep enough and visuals detailed enough I could see scenes in my mind, which are both important.

Of course, being narrated by Joel Leslie only brought more depth as usual!

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Great Listen!!

Terrific storyline and the narration is amazing as always, Joel Leslie! Can’t wait to hear more!!

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  • 05-31-17

Stunning

I loved this in the book form! The plot has plenty of action right from the start. Alex is a fabulously complex and unspoilt character, Reese is very much a product of his life's experiences. They make a fantastic couple and I hope we get more from them soon. I could see these guys being as long lived ( in the book series sense) as Eve and Roarke in the In Death series.
Then we come to Joel Leslie's inspired narration. Every character has a distinct and recognisable voice. It is as always a joy to listen to words I've already read and hear different annotations. I would listen to this man read the phone book and enjoy it!
I would definitely recommend this audio to.... well Everybody really!

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