• Walk Tall

  • Assassin's Claws, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Watch out for the Assassin’s Claws....

Clay Moreno is a paid killer, just like his four brothers. It’s the family business - they fight together, they die together. Whether they’re working as a group or alone, they are a tight unit who protect their own. 

Clay drew the short straw on their latest mission: Assassinate the American president. He knew the case was going to be tough, but the last thing he expected to find was his mate...the president’s own son. The fact that he began the case with plans to seduce his way into the White House via that same son is beside the point. What his mate doesn’t know shouldn’t hurt him.... 

Nick Jackson is lonely and ordinary in a family of overachievers. He doesn’t want to do photo ops for the press, prep for the next year’s tests over the summer or any of the hundreds of other things his mother hassles him about. All he wants is to relax after his first year of college, work on his tan...and maybe find a boy to flirt with. 

This is the first in a new series of short listens. Note: While MPREG exists in this world, we won’t have a birth in every book. This book contains killer cats, ninja bunnies, and a life-changing mating bite. Get ready for naughty-knotty fun and low-ball humor as only Susi Hawke can provide.

©2019 Susi Hawke (P)2019 Susi Hawke

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OMG! I laughed out loud!

I loved this book when I read it and it just got better listening to it. I literally laughed out loud during several parts. And smoking hot sex scenes just made it better. Clay and Nick are so great together. Ninja bunnies *giggles* definitely will listen again.

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Good story

his was pretty interesting, but I felt like it moved too quickly for me. Clay is assigned a contract for assassination of the US president, but it doesn’t feel right. He hooks up with the presidents son only to find out they are true mates. Clay questions his mission even more and can’t go forward with the assassination. There was pretty quick insta-love although I didn’t really get the connection between the characters. I listened to the audio version so I’m not sure if it was the character voices that made little connection for me or the dialogue itself. Clay seemed like he was from a whole different era in the way he sounded. It threw me off a bit. Either way, it was a decent story, but I wasn’t sold on how they were so super in love so quick or with how laid back the president was with security, especially after an assassination attempt.

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by LesCourt Author Services

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assassin shifters

This was a fun book to listen to,and will make you look at bunnies differently. if you want a fun listen then this is it.

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great start

Another great series begins!! I was hooked just by reading the plot and the story did not disappoint. Yeah the relationship between Nick and Clay progressed very rapidly but that fairly normal in fates mates stories. The plot was very intriguing and I’m interested to see how it carries on throughout the rest of the series...
Narration by Kenneth Obi was on point. Even though he doesn't have the range of voices as a lot of other narrators I always enjoy the books he does.

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Interesting human/shifter story

This first in the series introduces the Moreno clan, focusing on Clay and a secret plot to kill the President of the US. There are enough unique plot points to keep me interested, and keep the story moving. There are a few unrealistic reactions in the book, however, this is a fictional book and meant to be fun and sweet. I give it a 3.5 or 4 stars rating. The audiobook was not my favorite. Kenneth Obi attempts to give Clay an accent, however, it is a muddy type of non-specific accent that is thick in one sentence and non-existent in the next. It was rather annoying to me, as I am an audiobook addict and crave beautiful accents. This book was a cute bit of romantic action fun!

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Horrible

The voice choices were truly painful. Nick sounded like a teenager going through puberty with the squeaky voice. Clay had an accent sometimes, others he didn’t. There was a complete lack of consistency.

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Portuguese puma shifter assassin brothers? Wow! 😍

Portuguese puma shifter assassin brothers? Now, that's just totally badass! In Susi Hawke's 'Walking Tall, Assassin's Claws Book 1', the Moreno brothers are told about the U. S. President's plan to expose the world's shifter population in addition to implementing policies that will make protected lands vulnerable. Where will shifters run if protected lands can be developed? Something must be done! Clay Moreno pulls the short straw to assassinate the president--a task that is likely to result in death given the vigilance of the Secret Service. His in? The president's gay son (Nick Jackson) finds Clay hotter than hot and just happens to be Clay's destined mate. Clay decides to proceed cautiously only to find out the U. S. president was being set up by other politicians, including his own vice president! The story ends with a 'happily ever after' as Nick Jackson gets what he wants--a family of his very own in a world that isn't a fishbowl full of over-achievers. The writer's world-building is wonderful as ever and we have characters that are simply adorable. Even the villains are cute rabbit shifters, for goodness sake. I just love a Susi Hawke shifter story. I guess that's one of those things that are not likely to change.

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entertaining

This was great. I liked that the assassin had morales on certain subjects. Nick was so needy
and cute. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters and story to life.

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the shape of fur

so very wounder each chapter. becomes better love each character worth the purchased. thank you.

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Narrator ruined this for me.

If this had a different narrator, I'm pretty certain I'd have given it 5 stars all around. But the narrator was just too annoying.

But, if you can get past the voice acting, it's a great story.

💖Happily Ever After

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  • 11-06-19

🎧 LesCourt Reviewer 🎧

Walk Tall (Assassin's Claws Book 1) by Susi Hawke. This story and characters will keep you entertained from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this story. It was well written With a lot of action. If you like M/Preg and shifter this is the story for you.
The Narrator Kenneth Obi did a fantastic job bringing these characters and story to life.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 09-11-20

Wondersul narration by Kenneth Obi ❤️

Shifters, assassin's, presidents and sex, what more could we ask for.

Walk Tall
Assassin's Claws, Book 1
By: Susi Hawke
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Assassin's Claws, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins


❤❤❤❤❤ Overall
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration
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Read at 1.35 speed on audible

We expect nothing less from a Susi Hawke book, great writing, great characters. I have no idea how her mind works and I'm sure I don't want to see into it. But whatever is within, it comes out perfectly in her books.

Always entertaining, never what you expect. Great characters, great plots.

Read this book a long time ago and loved it, but on Audio it's even better. Would highly recommend.

Brilliant narration by the late great Kenneth Obi ❤


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  • Annie13
  • 04-28-20

Cute

While a short listen as described this was definitely a fun, cute, sexy listen :). Looking forward to queuing up the next one.

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  • 03-03-20

Loved it

One of my favourite narrators a good story would recommend will definitely listen to it again dont want to spoil the story for anyone so I will say no more

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  • Claudia CG Lezar
  • 12-20-19

as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the top 5 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B


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  • Bronwyn (she/her)
  • 12-01-19

it was what it was

unfortunately it has one of the most overused troupes ever and I'm kinda over it, all on me, but can't say it helped my enjoyment.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 11-20-19

Killer bunnies vs Big Cat shifter...hilarious!

This new series by Susi Hawke and voiced by Kenneth Obi, one of my top 5 favourite narrators, is awesome and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series being released in audio soon.
I originally borrowed these through Kindle Unlimited and I fell in love with the Moreno boys and this book was an awesome start to a promising new series and I like that there isn't necessarily a birth in each story and the timelines are quite tied together and babies take time to grow, so it's not fair for the author to make the next one in line to find their mate until their sibling has had the mate and the first baby, so I applaud Susi for changing things up and keeping things interesting. A thrilling read and hilarious to boot. Kenneth Obi really brings the characters to life!

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 11-17-19

Sweet, short shifter tale.

So when I read Walk Tall I dithered between a 3* and 4* - ending on a 3* because with it being the first book in the series I didn’t feel much of a connection between the main characters Clay and Nick because it was a quick read and didn’t leave much room for a build up between the two guys. The book and story arc itself is good and interesting where an assassin hired to kill the president meets his son at a party and they hit it off. Clay (the assassin) sees the president’s son (Nick) as his way in to his mission only for fate to stick a spanner in the works. The ninja bunnies were cool, and I want to find out more about COME and Clay’s brothers. The audiobook worked that bit more than the kindle version for me because of the narrator. Kenneth Obi is my favourite narrator and through him I felt the connection between the two characters more than I did when reading it and for that reason I’m thinking of re-rating my kindle review because it’s clear the connection is there...I was just missing it somehow.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 11-17-19

Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
The story was really great.
The narration had me hooked.
This was a great start to this series.
I can’t wait to listen to more.

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  • alias11
  • 11-16-19

Secrets, Shifters, and...Killer bunnies?

This is a quick, fun listen with Mpreg. There is fated mates, intrigue, betrayal, secrets, a sexy jaguar shifter, a naive human, and - yes - killer ninja bunnies. This is a fun and quirky story of a man/jaguar sent to kill the President to prevent him from revealing the existence of shifters, who realizes the man's son is his fated mate. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I thought the idea and way of becoming a shifter was pretty unique, especially the changes that occur.

I'm sorry to say that Kenneth Obi's narration did not appeal to me on this one, except for the voice for Nick. To me, his deep voice for the Moreno brothers would be better for a suspenseful thriller or some dark crime novel. Unfortunately, the Audible sample only includes Nick, so look at the other reviews before you decide. Could be just me. The delivery was pretty good, although the accent seemed to slip sometimes.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author and have voluntarily left this honest review.