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Worth His Salt

Worth It, Book 2
Narrated by: Nikola Muckajev
Series: Worth It, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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"I’m doing just fine on my own. Love is for the weak."

When Grayson Barker lost his leg during his last deployment with the Marines, he might as well have lost his life. He’s gone aimless and bitter, and even though he knows his friends and family are just trying to help, he’d much prefer it if everyone just left him alone to rot. Having PT isn’t going to help him get his life back - even if his therapist does funny things to his libido.

"I keep it casual. Not because I don’t love anyone, but because I do. And those you love always hurt you the most."

Dylan Wexler doesn’t work with vets. He’d spent too long as a child dealing with his father’s PTSD that spiraled into abuse, and while he might be mended physically, the scars his father left behind still cut deeply every day. But having friends means making sacrifices, and when he’s talked into helping Grayson learn to walk with his prosthetic leg, he’s determined to his best work. Even if the man drives him to distraction.

Welcome to Worthington, Texas, where the heat doesn't just rise in the summer - you'll feel it all year long in these stories of older men and their younger lovers. Every audiobook in the Worth It series can be listened to on its own, but with so many familiar characters to love, why stop with just one? This audiobook features a heart of stone, the patience that heals it, and a sensual threat to so many professional ethics.

©2019 Equal Love Publishing (P)2019 Equal Love Publishing

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  • Danielle R
  • I'm a New Yorker by birth. Now I live in the sunshine state
  • 08-21-19

Someone for everyone

PTSD is a serious disease and people go through it differently. The one thing they all have in common is needing to have a professional to talk to about what they feel. I liked the psychologist in this book she was spot on for him, leading without pushing and getting him to see that he's worth a shot.

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My favorite of the series so far

OVERALL: 3½ stars
I was impressed with "Worth His Salt" and recommend it for everyone who likes a tough, gritty hero but also a more gentle guy who won't be a pushover. It was fun to see the relationship develop between Grayson and Dylan. I think you'll enjoy the ride as well. Some good life lessons along the way. You'll enjoy this book.

PERFORMANCE: 3 stars
I listened at speed 1.4 (since it would have been unbearable, for me, listening to this reading at normal speed)
There was no distinction between main character voices, and so when I had to stop listening and pick up where I'd left off, I would be lost for a while since I wouldn't know who the "I" speaking or the "he" was until a proper name was thrown in.

Although Nikola Muckajev's voice was pleasant to listen to, it sounded more like he was doing a book reading than a performance of the book, although there were moments when he let emotion came through. Unfortunately, that was never the case during the bedroom scenes, when there should have at least been a hint of passion in the words spoken while they were doing it together. As it was, it sounded like I was listening to a first-edition sexbot and I couldn't help laughing. I mean, really—imagine Siri or Alexa reading this portion from late in the book: "I was twitching and moaning and nearly senseless. 'Grayson' I finally begged. 'I can't—can't take it. Please... you've got to—Oh god, f+++! I need you. Baby, I need—I....'" (Okay, in all fairness, at least some emotion came through in the "Oh god, fuck!" part, but otherwise it came across as simply a reading of words that did not at all convey what was happening as those words were uttered by Dylan. These were scenes where a narrator could really show how good they are. If it titillates the reader, he did it well. If he makes the reader titter at his reading, not so much.

STORY: 4½ stars
This is my favorite of the series so far (although I have not yet listened to them all). From the earliest chapters it was clear that this story was above average and even, for a few chapters, had me thinking it could be on the level of award worthy, it was that good, but it did not quite hit that mark. (It is, by my standard, just as rare for a book to achieve a 5 star rating as it is for a book to deserve the lowest rating). If you are not left with a Wow! it wasn't perfect, so it's not a 5.

The story of "Worth His Salt" was definitely solid and satisfying, and I will likely listen to it again. Very real, and the characters had a definite connection. I'm wondering, as I write this, if perhaps we could have seen Dylan's relationship with his Dad, and if we could have seen Grayson before and when the tragic event resulting in the loss of his leg happened, if it would have made this the Wow! 5-star read it easily could have been. But anyhow, it is a great read and I don't want to take away from that. Peter Styles deserves applause for a great story and great book. I heartily recommend "Worth His Salt".

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Sweet story.

This was a sweet story. The characters are believable, and I found myself pulling for their HEA. The narrator is easy on the ears. I would recommend this book.

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Let the healing begin

I really enjoyed this book and the subject matter hit home with amputation and the prosthetic. I felt that Dillion was very necessary for Grayson to heal. The story had a nice flow and the ending put a big smile on my face. This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to friends and family.

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So...

okay, this is not a bad book, at all. But it didn't capture me.

The characters are not my favourites, either. Dylan having sex with his patient really didn't sit well with me. Add to it that there are Dom/Sub overtones, and... well...

This wasn't the book for me. Obviously.

Nikola Muckajev does a decent job narrating, but a bit more of emotion on his reading wouldn't be amiss.

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A story of great understanding

Peter has written another great story. Grayson and Dylan represent two sides of a very difficult problem. The sufferers of ptsd and those who suffer the collateral damage. Grayson lost a leg in combat and needs help. He is reluctant to accept it. His family steps in to help him.hiring Dylan to be his physical therapist.Grayson gradually accepts Dylan and comes to care for him. Dylan ‘s father suffered from ptsd, he was very abusive. This makes Dylan reluctant to treat Grayson. He doesn’t want to cross professional or personal boundaries.Grayson makes progress with his therapy and also learns to care for Dylan. The conflict progresses as both men deal with past and current problems. Can these men solve their problems? Visit Worthington and see. There are several recurring characters who enhance the stories in this series. Take some time to get to know them all. Loved the narrator. Looking forward to the next in the series.,

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YOU CAN ONLY HEAL IF YOU ASPIRE FOR IT

Another riveting tale of psychological stress and denial. Grayson, a war vet amputee, has to learn to live with his disability and a leg that aches whenever he tries to wear his prosthesis. Enter Dylan, a physical therapist, who falls for Grayson, but has his own baggage to carry. They both find a way to heal and be together for an HEA.

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  • JanetNAZ
  • YUMA, AZ, United States
  • 04-18-19

Love Worth Never Letting Go

Once I started this story I couldn't stop listening to it. Greyson, a Marine needs to learn how to use his prosthetic leg. Dylan, a physical therapist came to help him.

The ride was rocky with Grayson needing mental therapy and Dylan trying to remain professional even though his feelings keep growing.

This is an emotionally rich story with strong characters and an uplifting ending . . .actually a beginning.

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A Must Listin

The book was engaging and riveting. This book is the second book in a series, the characters from the first book are mentioned and are related in some aspect in this book which makes this book more deep and makes you feel like you are continuing a story that never let up, which is awesome. I like how the story gives some aspects of how the veterans have PTSD when they come back from war and how they struggled with it. I think he gives the story a more realistic feel to it.

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Sensitive, realistic depiction of war after-effect

This is wonderful, sweet love story that includes the after-effects of military service and injury, the conflict of a therapist getting a little too involved with his client's care, and the concern and care of family and friends. The depiction of Grayson's actions and resistance post-injury felt realistic and genuine. Having family members who served in the Gulf Wars, I have experienced the stubborn resistance to seeking help and the reticence to talk or share one's feelings about that time. I liked that Dillon was strong enough to do what was best for Grayson once he realized he was doing as much harm as good, and I loved the way Grayson was spurred to do something to retain the man he loved. Beautiful all around.

The narration was good. I have to be honest that I missed the narrator from the first book in the series just because I liked his voice and the accents he gave some characters. That said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Mr. Muckajev's narration. His voice was clear and strong, and his pace and delivery were just right for me.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request. This is my honest, voluntary review.

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  • AliE
  • 08-20-19

Better together

I listened to this in one session. I enjoyed it more because of the introduction to Grayson in Book 1 and recognized that he was someone I wanted to know more about. I have a soft spot for stories about veterans and this didn't disappoint. Both main characters have an abundance of strengths, but have their weaknesses too. They fight to overcome these, apart and together, and this makes the book for me (along with the awesome heat between Grayson and Dylan). I am now looking forward to Finn's story after the teaser in this book!

The narration is clear and well paced, and this added greatly to my overall enjoyment of this story. I certainly want to hear more of Nikola Muckajev narrating this series.