• Unstable Connections

  • Valor and Doyle Book 3
  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Unstable Connections

By: Nicky James
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
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Missing children are reappearing, and the ties to a 30-year-old cold case can’t be ignored.

Detective Quaid Valor has too much on his plate. Between his shaky, brand-new relationship with reformed office playboy Detective Aslan Doyle, his sister’s case going from cold to hot overnight, his father insisting on being involved, and his boss breathing down his neck, Quaid is on edge.

The stress of the case is impacting Quaid’s whole life. He isn’t eating or sleeping, and every time he and Aslan are together, he is overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy which threaten to ruin the one good thing he has. Aslan’s patience seems unending until something happens to turn his life upside down too.

Can their relationship survive the personal and professional pressures they’re facing, or will it crash and burn? 

Between media rumors and unstable connections, Quaid and his team need to hustle and piece together a complicated case before more children fall victim to their unknown serial kidnapper. Maybe once everything is solved, Aslan and Quaid will have time to work on their rocky relationship and find stable ground once again.

*Unstable Connections is the third book in the Valor and Doyle Mystery Series. It is a same-couple series that should be read in order. Although each book has a self-contained mystery with no cliffhangers, the romance is over-arching and progressive throughout the series.

©2022 Nicky James (P)2022 2022

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Fantastic!!

Nick J Russo has done an amazing job of bringing the men in this book to life. His narration gives great depth to this amazing series.
Search for the trail of Juniper carries on as Quaid struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery of her disappearance. Tensions and stress levels are high as the case gets more intense. The twists and turns were a huge surprise. I loved how it all came together. Quaid's insecurities were a little frustrating at times but I understood how his past made him that way. The flaws both men have made them a little more human. I enjoyed hearing Aslan and Quaids relationship grow and strengthen as Quaid leans on Aslan during trying times. I'm loving this series and eagerly await the final book. Happily recommend!

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great listen!

This audio book was a great listen! I love these guys and the narrator does a great job bring them and the story to life each time!

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Another winning collaboration

Nick J. Russo is the perfect narrator for the Valor&Doyle books, the way he uses different voices for each character, and Quaid and Aslan in particular. I love the way he performs the tension within Quaid while working on this case, the nerves. I love the intimate moments between Aslan and Quaid, and the desperation when Aslan was not okay.
But what a ride!! We finally get some answers here, but this book is intense, both the romance and the mystery. I couldn’t put it down before I knew how the case was solved and that Aslan and Quaid were good.

And for this once, can I gush again over how much I love Nicky James's writing?! I feel so privileged to be part of her ARC team and to have the possibility to read her upcoming releases before most readers do. And seeing as I love her new Valor&Doyle series, I feel extra thrilled about that.

This series, my friends, is a must read if you enjoy mm romance combined with a thrilling mystery. This here is Nicky James at her best. Each book in this series shows us a beautiful character development and both Quaid and Aslan have sneaked their way under my skin when I wasn't paying attention. They occupy my mind even when I'm not reading and there's not a lot of characters who manage to do that. I love how their relationship develops, at just the exact right pace and in the most natural way.
In this third book that same relationship gets ultimately tested. Aslan surprised me in the most positive ways and I just wanted to wrap my arms around Quaid and let him feel how worthy he is. His lack of confidence and trust tug at my heartstrings repeatedly and it almost broke my heart.
These two men are so good together, and I already look forward to read about how they continue from here.

The mystery in this book kept me on the edge of my seat and I think it was the most intense, thrilling story in this series up til now. We finally get some answers from the past and Nicky once again took us on a wild rollercoaster ride to get them. I just had to keep on reading until I knew how things were solved and that Aslan and Quaid were okay.

Another thing I absolutely love about this series is how perfectly balanced the romance and the mystery is. The mystery is a big part of each book, but it doesn't take away from the growing romance between Aslan and Quaid. Their relationship still takes the center stage, even when they are busy solving the case. It's in the little things, the small gestures, the sweet words and the whispering, the stolen kisses. Their growing love is palpable, their feelings for one another obvious. These guys belong together and I'm really, really curious to where Nicky James will take them (and us readers!)

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Loved it

This series is really taking shape. I loved this one more than the first two, which I didn't think was possible. Nicky James and Nick J Russo are magic together. The case is heartbreaking, the characters are complex and wonderful, and every second hand me enthralled.

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Emotionally powerful

When we last left Quaid Valor and Aslan Doyle, a missing child had reappeared. With Quaid’s sister’s backpack. A sister who’s been missing for nearly 30 years.

Man, I was pissed that they book cut out there. But the mystery as to who attacked Quaid’s ex had been resolved. And since the mystery of the sister was Quaid’s motivation for being in the Missing Persons Unit in the first place, logic dictated that storyline would carry through into the final book (or what I thought was the final book – but more about that later…)

Quaid’s getting it from all sides. His father, who’d been responsible for Quaid’s sister the day she went missing – and who also served in MPU for years – wants in on the case now that there’s movement. Quaid’s boss insists on going public before there’s enough known, and the City of Toronto wants answers – both in the cold case and for these new young girls who are disappearing. Quaid’s also trying not to rely too heavily on Aslan. His ex burned him badly, and he can never quite trust that Aslan won’t do the same. Aslan, for his part, has stuff going on as well and things take a bad turn for him and then, with all Quaid’s going through, it doesn’t look like he can be there for Aslan and things look rocky.

This book felt like breakneck speed at times – with information coming from all different directions. Quaid’s got a solid team behind him – his partner, another pair from MPU, as well as Aslan and his partner from homicide. But will they be able to solve the mystery in time? Because, with a predator out there, children are still at risk.

I’ll admit I didn’t see the ending coming and that was all the more impressive. At the end, though, even though everything was resolved, I still felt like I wanted more. Needed more. And, apparently so did the author. The fourth book has just been released and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll be coming to audio shortly and OMG, can we talk about Nick J. Russo? I love him and he’s so perfect for these books. So, although I’ve loved them all, this was the best and fingers crossed the next one will be just as good.

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Love this series!

Another enjoyable episode about the story of Valor and Doyle. Cant wait to start #4. Awesome narration too!

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A Favorite Series

This series just keeps getting better and better. Aslan and Quaid are still learning how to be a couple but I love how when one struggles, the other steps up. This case in particular is hard on Quaid and my heart hurt for him. There were times that Quaid seemed so alone and Aslan always made sure he was a there to bolster Quaid through the difficult times. The mystery in this book is intriguing and wraps up an important background story in a unique way. I loved how Nicky James revealed the past mystery through the present case. Nick J Russo did an outstanding job in this audio, especially in the both the broken and the tender moments. He elevated the emotional tone while adding to the suspense.

If you're new to the series, listen to the two previous books first, to get the most impact out of this book. You won't regret it, as this whole series is excellent.

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Absolutely Fabulous!

Nick J Russo just keeps getting better and better! He just brought all the emotion, love, tension, and passion to this narration. It was amazing!

Wow what ride this book was! I could not put it down. Everything Nicky James writes is just so unbelievably good! Our favorite detectives are back and we pick up right where we left off with the shocking ending from book 2. Aslan and Quaid are just glorious together. They are officially dating now and we are treated to so many sweet and swoony moments between them. I am absolutely in love with Aslan. He just gets Quaid. He understands his insecurities run deep and while that might send many running in the other direction, Aslan is all in. The way he reassures Quaid and continues to just be there for him was wonderful. Their connection was so strong, even through all the ups and downs they had to face along the way. While they are still navigating their new relationship, there is a case that is very personal to Quaid just consuming so much of their time and energy and testing the bonds of their new found boyfriend status. I was RIVETED to my kindle as clue upon clue was revealed and evidence was pointing in a thousand different shocking directions. The pace was fast, the facts were mounting, and everything was happening. It was just such a magnificent book all the way around. I am thrilled they are getting a book 4 because I am absolutely not ready to let Aslan and Quaid go yet!

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Best of the series!

Oh my GOOOOOOOD!!!
This was so so good. Easily one of my favorites in the year. Aslan and Quaid are quickly becoming one of my favorite couples.

I just love how real these two are. They are imperfect and authentic.
I love Quaid's vulnerability and insecurities. It makes him so human.
I love Aslan's strength and love for Quaid... even if he hasn't said it yet. I also love his fear of failure and misstepping. It adds to the authenticity of his character traits. He's a recovering alcoholic and he's always weary and sometimes weak.

These men's imperfections make them beautiful I my eyes.

I also adored how Nicky showed that these imperfections affect their relationship, but they were stromg enough to rise above them. NO UNNECESSARY DRAMA!! Thank the lord.

They talk, they communicate like adults and they work things out. That is HOT in my humble opinion.
Give me all the men who act their age!!!

That ending 😭😭😭😭😭

I can't wait for the next book 😍😍😍😍

I NEED MORE

As for the audiobook:
Nick J Russo SLAYED this audio.
The emotions, the inflections... he WAS Aslan and Quaid. His performance was amazing. He made me tear up and smile many times during the audio. He truly is a perfect match for these characters 👏🏻

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Amazing third book

This series is turning out to be one of my all time favorite.

I just love the dynamic between these two. And while we have found the conclusion of the missing sister, I really hope that is not the end of the story for these characters. (plus we never found out the father of the 'nephew')

Nick J. Russo once again does a phenomenal job with all these voices and characters.

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