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The Fire

Love in O'Leary, Book 4
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Love in O’Leary Series, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Jamie

Parker Hoffstraeder is gorgeous, cocky, and totally irrational. He also broke my heart when he left town 11 years, four months, and 28 days ago.

Not that I’m counting. 

I don’t mind admitting it: I was young. I got burned. I learned my lesson.

But the guy swaggers back into O’Leary like he owns the damn place, and suddenly, I’m expected to welcome him to my town...to my life - like nothing’s changed?  

Yeah, that I mind.

It’s only a matter of time until he’s gone again. And there’s no way I’ll give him a chance to take another piece of me when he goes.

Parker

Jameson Burke is the most arrogant, infuriating human on the planet. He’s also taller, broader, and impossibly hotter than he was before I left town. 

But, whatever. It’s fine. I can handle it.

Coming back to O’Leary was supposed to be like coming home. I hadn’t realized that there’s no statute of limitations on how long your first love and former best friend is allowed to hate your guts or how much bad luck can befall a person in a short time.

But, I can handle that, too...or at least, pretend to.

When Jamie and I are thrown together in a blizzard, though, everything changes in the space of one single, scorching night. Suddenly, I’m dreaming of a future I can’t have, and he’s stuck in a past he can’t let go. 

It feels like we’re playing with fire, and this time, I’m the one who’s gonna burn.

©2019 May Archer (P)2019 May Archer

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starts with a whine, but gets far better

listening to both characters whine through the forest chapters nearly broke me from listening to the rest, but before it is over I found both characters likable enough.

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Hot Like Fire (Even in Winter)

The author and narrator are a first time read and listen for me. Even though this is book 4 in the series, I didn't feel like I was missing out, rather the storyline made me curious about the other characters and I plan to go back and read/listen to the first 3 books in the series. The history between Jaime and Parker is dramatic but masterfully told. There were some sad moments and I became frustrated as I rooted for these two to get their act together. They struggle with communication issues as well as emotional baggage as they navigate to get reacquainted again. The supporting characters definitely was added value and a lot of laugh out loud moments.

The narrator brought the story to life and he didn't just read the sentences but rather breathed emotions into the storyline. I loved the narrator's thoughtfulness in distinguishing the various characters. I can't wait to listen to more stories that's he has narrated.

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Wonderful!

Loved loved loved this one from May Archer! I loved the ebook version...but Michael Pauley brought so much depth to these characters! If you are looking for a really good romance with lovely characters, this one is for you!

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yet agian

I've heard all the books in the series and was very satisfied with them. the narration is great on all of them I would love to find a place like that to live. great narration.

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Love always finds its way home

Where do I begin with this book? 🤔 I have so many mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I liked it .. on the other hand, it frustrates me to no end. Let’s start with a synopsis. 😁

Parker and Jaime were childhood sweethearts. They loved each other madly and deeply. However, they broke up when Jamie pushed Parker away so that he’d have a chance at better life in a big city. Seven years later, the wayward lover has returned. But Jamie seems to have moved on with a new boyfriend and Parker’s bar literally got burned down. Without hope and nothing else to anchor him in O’Leary, Parker decides to leave the small town for good this time. Until he got stranded in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm and Jaime was the one who rescued him. Will these two stubborn lovers be able to reconcile once and for all?

It was truly gripping and enthralling in the beginning. I loved Parker’s snark and Jaime’s stubborn and wry humor. ❤️ And I liked how things gradually start to develop between them again. However, I got a bit tired and frustrated if the constant push and pull and unending misunderstandings. 🤦‍♀️ How hard it is to just talk? 🤷‍♀️ Seriously, the misunderstanding continues until the very last page just before the happily ever after. I just wish I saw more of the romance and affection between the two of them. The saving grace is the snark and humor and the lovely narration of Michel Pauley. He did a good job with this one. 👏 I really enjoyed listening this book. 🥰 I think if you like second chance romances and like a lot of conflicts with your romance, this is a good listen. ☺️


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Great Continuation of the Love in O'Leary Series

Jamie and Parker have a history! They used to be best friends and more when mistakes were made, and the two split. Years later, when Parker ends up coming back to town. Parker has had a rough time of it lately, dealing with a lot in his personal life and Jamie is holding on to the past. When Jame and Parker end up together in a blizzard, they can't stay away from each other. But Jamie is scared of Parker leaving again and is holding on the past and Parker starts wanting what he thinks he can't have. Can these two overcome their past and come together to have a happy relationship?
I have been waiting for this book, it feels like forever! Jamie and Parker's story is a great love/hate, enemies to lovers, second chance romance with some intense arguments which lead to some steamy scenes. Their story starts out so sweet, and with the mistakes of the young (on both sides) their relationship changes from the innocent love of the youth to some intense feelings of "hate". Jamie's hesitantancy to let go of the past is frustrating at times, but it does fuel the intensity of their interactions.
Michael Pauley did an amazing job bring Jamie and Parker to life. His performance is outstanding, and the way he narrates the more intense scenes (fighting, loving, etc) really allows these scenes to become that much more powerful, really highlighting the chemistry between the two characters.
Overall, great read - amazing listen!

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Coming home

Coming home is never easy and then to get snowed in together. I love this story! Jamie and Parker are amazing together! Michael Pauley once again does a fantastic job narrating!

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Great Story

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. This story is about Jamie and Parker who are both total hot messes. You just want to reach out and smack them both upside the head. Previous characters are brought back into this book. The ending really tugs at your heart strings and puts your emotions into over drive.

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  • AG
  • 10-30-19

Nice story

I’m not gonna lie, I almost gave up on this book about an hour or two in because it seemed all I was hearing was Parker and Jamie both whining about how they lost the other and they both seemed to have completely different view of how their relationship ended. But lo and behold Parker gets stuck in the snow and Jamie ends up being his rescuer. Their close proximity forces them to face their feelings (at least to themselves) and gives them some time to learn about each other again.

Okay, the story was nice and I was glad I finished it in the end but the whole book these two were dancing around each other (and LIVING together) but god forbid they talk about feelings or anything. And I know I jumped into this series a little late in the game but it felt like every person under the age of 40 in this town was gay or apparently those are the only ones the characters talked to. I also wanted to strangle Parker’s mom, that woman didn’t care about anything other than what she wanted no matter how she tried to phrase it.

Michael Lesley’s narration was good as usual, not mind-blowing but I generally enjoy the books he narrates and his voice/tempo doesn’t have me running for the hills.

I received a copy of this book and am giving an honest review.

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Loved it

I loved this book and the entire O'Leary series. I listened to the entire series back to back in less than a week and it was amazing. May was new to me author before I started The Fall, but now she is one of my 1-click authors. This story was mix of friends/enemies to lovers and back together after years of being apart and so much more. I liked both main characters and enjoyed the other characters so very much. Narrator did ok job, but it was challenging to switch from 2 narrators, one of them my most favorite narrator, to 1 narrator. I am looking forward to other books by this author. Highly recommend

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  • Fortuna
  • 11-11-19

Enough heat to melt the snow.....

I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, so god help my bank account as I’m going back to the beginning! You don’t really need to have listened to the rest prior to listening to this one, I didn’t feel i missed too much by not having done - that said, I want to!

Enemies to Lovers, second chances, forced proximity, terrible communication all add together to make an enjoyable story. Parker and Jamie have tons of history and plenty of issues to wade through - getting snowed in gives them the ideal opportunity. I think there’s more of a backstory for them in the previous books but I need to hear them to find out.

Michael Pauley, of course, was fantastic narrating. He’s a definite favourite of mine and he sucks you in to a story from the first few minutes.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 11-05-19

Friend to foe to lovers? A slow burn...

I've not yet read any other of the Love in O'Leary series, but it looks like I'll have to go back and read the others that are currently available as I love stories that are set in smaller communities that pull together in times of trouble.
Michael Pauley is one of my favourite narrators and he does an excellent job, as always, of bringing the story to life.
Having lost everything when his bar burned down, including his new place to live, Parker is struggling to hold it together with the insurance investigator seems to be dragging his heels over the investigation even though the fire department and the local arson investigator ruled it as not suspicious. To make matters worse, the guy who used to be his best friend has done nothing but throw shade at him since his return to O'Leary this past year. Jamie is finding it hard to get over his heartbreak from when Parker left the first time, so when he finds him stranded in a snowstorm on the verge of leaving town, they argue before Parker reluctantly allows Jamie to rescue him. Can the two let their walls down enough to give love another chance? I highly recommend that you read/listen along for yourself if you're a lover of Second Chance Contemporary MM romance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-19

A Great Continuation

This is the fourth book in The Love in O'Leary Series. A Great book with good writing. 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. Jamie and Parker are the MC’s of this book. The narration was good and I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Gwen
  • 11-01-19

Second chances!

Jameson and Parker were once an item. Young and best of friends, first loves until Parker left.
When he comes back to town, worn out from life and after a fire 🔥 leaves him with no business he finds Jameson, who is a total jerk to him. Some fires are hard to put out, because Parker and Jameson are smoking hot together. Sexy angry romance. Very well narrated!

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 10-31-19

Very enjoyable!

4.5 Stars!

I listened to this audiobook as a standalone, since I haven't read the first 3 books yet and while there were a couple of times in which Ms. Archer refers to some events that happened in those, it wasn't anything major or that made me feel too lost. I'll go back and read the first books in the series ASAP, because the characters we met and the town were so charming that I want to know more about them.

I really liked Parker and while it took me longer to warm up to Jamie, I ended up liking him quite a bit. That doesn't mean that I didn't want to strangle them both quite a few times! LOL, it really took them forever and a day to finally communicate as they should. 

I found the story compelling and entertaining and I really enjoyed Michael Pauley's narration. He was fantastic as always and brings a lot of emotion into his performance. 

Very Recommendable!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 10-31-19

Second time’s the charm?

Forced proximity is one of my favorite tropes. Two guys stuck together, having to face their own problems, having a mirror held up to themselves. And if they have history? Even better. Parker and Jamie have issues. A whole bunch of them. Starting with how they split years ago and how they’ve been acting toward each other since Parker returned to town. Now, this is the fourth book in the series and although I wasn’t lost, it was clear there was a lot of backstory I was missing. But I was able to get caught up pretty quickly. There had been a fire at Parker’s pub and now, while waiting for the insurance settlement, he’s biding his time. His solution? Nurturing plants. And avoiding Jamie like the plague.

Jamie is in a relationship that isn’t working well. In fact, he rarely thinks of the man he’s in a relationship with. Instead, he fumes over Parker. That he had the nerve to come back to town. About the fact he’s close but still so far away. Or that he’ll be gone as soon as the insurance is paid out. Jamie believes Parker’s just going to run again, so why extend a courtesy and be nice? He figures he’ll just get burned again.

One fateful night, thanks to a shit-ton of snow, the two men find themselves hunkered down, waiting for the weather to pass. But it’s temporary, right? Just a night. Maybe two. One man helping another without expectations or, for that matter, a past. If everything that has come before is off the table, what does that leave? Well, combustion. The physical attraction hasn’t waned for either man. So they may or may not have found some interesting ways to pass the time.

But the past always has a way of catching up, sometimes delivering a punch to the gut. The men had met because of Jamie’s sister Molly and her loss is still felt acutely by both men, even years later. Jamie is a man stuck in the past while Parker has, to all appearances, moved on with his life. Yet he chose to come back to O’Leary when he certainly didn’t have to. And Jamie’d had every opportunity to move on with his life, but he never has.

This is one of those books where I wanted to knock the two men’s head together to see if sense might shake loose. But I didn’t get to. Instead I hung around and watched them do the dance of ‘we’re not really together but, yeah, we’re kind of together…’ I understood Parker’s desire to be more than fuck buddies and Jamie’s determination not to get left behind again. Wounded souls, eh?

Fortunately the men have interfering friends who make sure those miscommunications are resolved once and for all. Great to have those closest to us who can hold up a mirror so we can take a true look into our souls.

Michael Pauley narrated the book and I thought he did a great job. He’s talented and manages to differentiate even voice – even when there are a whole bunch of them. Another stellar performance for a great book.

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  • Cassi
  • 10-31-19

This is a great series

Im really loving this whole seres. Each book is just as good as the one before it. I adore second chance romances, and this ticks all my buttons. The enemies to lovers aspect was on fire too, just like the title suggests. There was a lot of healing, angst and learning to trust again. I was able to connect with both guys and quickly got pulled into their connection.

Michael did a great job, as expected and these 2 make a great combo.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 10-31-19

Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
I love this series, and I love listening to O’Leary brought to life on audio.
Great writing along with great narration make this a must listen.

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  • alias11
  • 10-31-19

So much angst and fear of being vulnerable

This is a great story to listen to, but man I just wanted to holler at them to please TALK and someone, someone take the chance for love, Thank goodness they had friends looking out for them and helping them when they wouldn't acknowledge what everyone else knew. I think my favorite scene was where Parker and Jamie's most recent boyfriend tag-team ganged up on him. Wow, talk about Jamie's worst nightmare! And Parker's mother, although manipulative, was still a hoot, especially the way Parker KNEW she was faking his father's ailments and knew how to handle her. For all the good things about the story, however, I did want to know more about what happened to Molly. It is touched on several times, but never really explained. Maybe that is talked about in a preceding book? Regardless, I really enjoyed this audiobook and the fantastic cast of main and secondary characters.

The narration by Michael Pauley was fantastic as always. He is so fabulous with emotions and getting across what the characters are feeling. He really brought them all to life for me. Great job and great listen.

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

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  • Wilkinwonder
  • 10-30-19

My favourite O'Leary love story

I love May Archer's O' Leary series.
I have read all the stories so when i was given the opportunity to listen to one of them, I grabbed at the chance.
It just so happens to be my favourite couple on the Series.

Parker and Jamie were childhood friends. Parker was close to Jamie's sister Molly before she was killed in a car crash. Jamie always looked out for Parker. Parker;'s mum wanted more for him than O'Leary.. So she planted the seed in Jamie's ear that Parker needed and wanted to go to college in Boston and Jamie let him go. He told Parker he didn't love him. So Parker left for 11 years and nearly 5 months,
When he came home Parker opened Hoff's, a bar that he loved to run. But it got burned down and that is where this story starts.

Jamie fights against Parker but it's inevitable that they will come back together. Jamie still loves Parker and Parker never stopped loving Jamie.

It's read by the as always fabulous Michael Pauley. His characters are always full of fun and I swoon every time I see his name on a recording.
You know you're going to get an enjoyable story when he is reading the story.