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The Groom

Altar-ed Destinies, Book 2
Narrated by: Logan McAllister
Series: Altar-ed Destinies Series, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
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When Lyle Cummings is left standing at the altar on his wedding day, all of his carefully composed plans for the future come crashing down around him. The pragmatic surgeon is left questioning his well-ordered existence and wondering if there might be more to life than the achievements of wealth and career. When he meets fiery lounge singer Katrina Giordano, his mundane life is turned upside down. In her, he finds everything his life has been lacking. With her, he will learn that what he thought was love really wasn't at all. But will Katrina's dark past and ties to organized crime threaten the happiness they have found after so much heartache? 

With her life, and now his, hanging in the balance, Lyle will find himself tested when it comes to how far he will go for love.

©2018 Elise Marion (P)2019 Elise Marion

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 04-15-19

Loved it!

Other than the fact that the cover image does not depict how Lyle was described in the book, this was an excellent listen! (Kudos to Elise Maron for not making this book too angtsy and "woe is me-ish.")

Both Lyle and Katrina are the walking wounded. They find each other and the progression of their relationship was incredibly sweet. (Thanks again to the author for no insta-love.) I must admit that I was hoping for the runaway bride to get hers but that quickly moved to the back of my mind as the Kyle/Katrina show took front and center. Loved it!

Logan McAllister can do no wrong! His silky tones just danced in my ears.

I'm not interested in going back and listening to book one. I am chomping at the bit to get to book three though!!!

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EXCELLENT READ!

I absolutely loved it! The narration is superb and gives the story that extra flair. It will keep you entertained. This author does a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last. I look forward to reading more books in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Bette
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  • 04-15-19

The Doctor💘Wild Kat! Great Audible Listen🎧

This is my first book by Elise Marion and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written and well told, with original storylines that are interesting and engrossing. Characters are complex and well developed. After being dumped at the altar Dr. Lyle Cummings is left with a broken heart and goes to drink his sorrows away at Parson's Bar. Ready to leave he hears a voice that draws him in. He is captivated by the woman who is performing on stage, Katrina Giordano. She sees him, really sees him and labels him “sad guy”. Lyle, intrigued by Katrina returns to Parson’s to watch her perform, the two of them meet and they just click. I love how two people who come from such different worlds are so perfect for each other right from the start. With Katrina’s dark past and family ties comes a lot of drama, twists, action and suspense. Lyle is dragged in to the drama but their relationship continues to grow and sizzle. When things turn bad Katrina she thinks it is best that she gives Lyle up for his one good. Elise Marion takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride here, not only with Katrina and Lyle, but with his young patient too. Thanks for this great story I am looking forward to more of your work.

I listened to the Audible edition, Logan McAllister is a talented narrator and voice performer. He brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice as well as heart and personality. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the great listen🎧

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Very Awesome Read. But long

This was a great story. The characters were well written. The storyline and plot was great. I think if I would have read it on my Kindle instead of listening to it, the book wouldn't have seemed so long. I did thoroughly enjoy Lyle and Katrina's story. I can't wait to read the next one.
This book was given to me by request for my unbiased and voluntary review.

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Exceptional book

I loved the characters and that they had conflicts but overcame them in the end.

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Interesting contemporary romance

You don't need to listen to any other books in this series to enjoy this book. I haven't read or listened to the first book, though I am interested in hearing more by this author and/or performer.

The story does stand alone and wrap up at the end, but I liked the supporting characters so much that I'm interested in hearing their stories. I have mixed feelings about the ex-fiance's story, but I think it's a creative twist so I will probably check it out.

I would recommend The Groom to contemporary romance fans. There's a little bit of danger thrown it, but the majority of the focus is on the relationship between Lyle and Katrina and how their opposite personalities complement each other and bring each of them outside their comfort zones. I like that the relationship develops over time and that the author incorporates a lot of different supporting characters and environments (hospital patients, bar patrons, fancy parties, a housekeeper, etc.).

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  • Rejena
  • Lubbock, TX, United States
  • 08-13-19

I enjoyed the novel

I have never really written much about anything that I have read of listened to because of dyslexia. So I will keep it short. The book fitted a wonderful mood I was in. It made things brighter for me.

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Kat and Lyle

This book is my first by this author, I purchased a copy of the ebook and started to read it and became totally drawn into the story. When I learned that it was available in audio I decided to listen to it instead! I became immersed in this tale about Lyle a brilliant surgeon who has never really received love, not even from the woman he was hoping to marry. On the day of their wedding, her ex-husband turned up and asked for another chance and she left Lyle standing alone to face all their guests. Lyle being a surgeon should be careful of his hands but when faced with the loss of the woman he loved he beat the ex and had to be dragged off him.

Later he goes to the first bar that looks inviting to drown his sorrows away from anyone who knows what has happened. The bar is Parsons and whilst sitting at the bar downing too much scotch the singer starts to perform and his attention is captured by her voice and the songs she's singing.

The singer is Katina, she is so very different from Lyle, but she too has known loss. Her father is head of the Italian Mafia running part of Manhatten. When she was younger her mother, a black woman from the Bronx, left her father and took Kat and her brother Carmine away telling her father to give up the Mafia or give up his family. Unfortunately for all concerned her mother was killed by a random shooter and both Kat and Carmine went to live with their father.

Carmine became involved in the family business whilst Kat lived the high life of too much partying where drugs were freely available and she became an addict. Then Carmine too was shot and killed, for Kat that was the final straw, she broke off her relationship with one of her father's soldiers and got herself into rehab where she went cold turkey to become clean.

Now she teaches guitar during the day and on some evenings sings at Parsons. She has cut all ties to her father and has no intention of ever being back under his influence/rule. Unfortunately for her, her father's enemies don't care about that and to hurt her father have put a hit out on her!

As she is leaving Parsons, she is attacked and about to be killed when Lyle comes along, he takes her attacker down and saves Kat. But Kat's been cut and needs stitches but refuses to go to the hospital so Lyle takes her home to stitch her up.

I can't say anymore without totally spoiling the story for you but what I can say is that what follows is a love story which drew me in and kept me engrossed. It's not all smooth sailing for these two there are lots of ups and downs and some twists I didn't see coming but I'm happy to say that all's well that ends well, and this one ends really well.
The narration of this book by Logan McAllister was really well done, I love the way he brought all the characters to life and the way he managed to convey so much feeling into the story.

I was given the audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review.

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I absolutely loved this book!💞

I love this story and especially the characters!! I’m so excited to read/listen to the next book in this series. The narration was wonderful!! Logan really has a way of feeling each character and bringing them to life.
I would recommend this book!

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A great story!

It has romance, intrigue, adventure, love and lost. I was hook from the start of the book. Lyle is left standing at the altar on his wedding day and decided to stop at the first bar he he came to.
I think the author developed the characters in this story with deeply complexed life’s. A Mafia Princess and World class surgeon has a little different twist on the story but very well developed. She has left her family making it on her own. A surgeon who saves lives everyday but don’t know how to really live. This story has plenty of entertainment and some lost.
The narrator does a fabulous job with the characters. I loved listening to this book.
I definitely recommend this book!

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 08-26-19

Cute love story

The Groom reminds me so much of the movie Along Came Polly with a bit of a mob twist! The effect the two main characters have on each other is funny, sweet, cute, and amazing. The story had an interesting twist with the addition of the mob and everything that goes with that. Overall, the story was very enjoyable and I am excited to see the next one come to audio!

The narration was good. Logan did a great job bringing different, unique voices to each of the characters. His tone and pace where perfect.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 06-01-19

Absolutely fantastic

I can’t get over how fearless Elise is with this storyline. I love a brave author even if they rip my heart out!! Logan is amazing. Brilliant writing, brilliant narration, highly recommend.

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  • Sally
  • 05-17-19

The groom

I got this audiobook through Facebook giveaway by the author, first time I read Elise work and I really enjoyed it loved the characters as they seemed real, it was bit of a rollercoaster of emotions which sucked you in and so glad they got their happy ever after going to start next one in series now.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 05-06-19

Cute!

This was a great book. It was very wholesome and encouraging. I also loved the dark and dangerous undertones. The thrill of the chase and fear so to speak. I just wanted to keep reading. I didn't want to stop. I didn't read the first book, but now I want to just to have some answers about the beginning of the book.

There are parts that I feel were too rushed over. I kind of wanted a little more build up in certain parts, but it was very good either way. The narrator did a great job with the book as well. I'm intrigued to read book three now!

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 05-02-19

Great listen!

I really enjoyed everything about this!
A jigsaw of intertwining stories following a romantic tale of 2 lovely characters, wonderfully written by Elise Marion and enhanced by the vocals of Logan McAllister. The combination of Elises and Logan’s characterisation really worked together and brought this story alive.
An easy recommendation if you like a story with a little of everything and something to really get into.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-02-19

Fantastic

This book captivated me right from the start. Very rough, raw and intense but with a subtle gentleness to the storyline. Fantastic use of imagery and the storyline drew me in instantly. Really loved listening to this one.

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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 05-01-19

Awesome narrattion

Such a nice story, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, it was so easy to listen, and the narrattion was truly great.

The characters were great, I really liked how different from each other they were but it was just what each of them needed. I loved Katrina's attitude and her way she saw life so free - spirited. I also liked how they relationship developed, everything about it was good.

The narrattion by Logan McAllister was perfect, I truly could listen to him all day and never grow tired, the way he portrayed the characters, the emotions oh his voice and all the inflections throughout the different events happening at the book was so good.

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  • JuttaS
  • 04-25-19

Great story. Excellent narrator

The characters in this felt so real that I really cared about what was going to happen to them. I shouted at them and their decisions a couple of times, and I laughed with them. It mattered to me. I loved following their relationship and how it built and changed.

I love Logan McAllister's voice, it's very easy to tell which character is which with him once they have been established. I settled so quickly listening to him. He really brought the book to life.