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Love discovering another author to add to my personal pantheon!

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Reviewed: 19-09-2020

Enjoyed the main protagonists. Both are musicians - one rock, one blues - who struggle with their lives. Both have fears that control and shape those lives. Both have to use their love to grow and come to understand that the stories they’ve created to protect themselves aren’t finite. Their stories can change, as life itself changes for them. Opposite as they are, Theo and Caleb each find their love reshaping their lives, giving them confidence to make the decisions necessary for a life together.

One of the better shifter novels!

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Reviewed: 11-04-2020

Sound plot structure, solid character development! Moved away from the usual tropes associated with shifters, well edited and coherent narrative. It held my attention until the - unexpected - end. Narrator had laconic delivery that suited the premise and style of the text. I will definitely look at other titles by this author.

Another amazing Mercy Hills story!

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Reviewed: 12-03-2020

I have greatly enjoyed the Mercy Hills books - this has to be one of my favourites. Her world of shifters is well crafted and beautifully maintained throughout Ori and Patton’s journey into adulthood and subsequent odyssey to a better life. Sanctuary introduces more of the shifter enclaves and allows a deeper understanding of the social rigidity prevalent in them in contrast to the social reshaping of Mercy Hills. The narrator is excellent!

Another Amy Lane winner

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Reviewed: 01-03-2020

Amy Lane writes about real people. Nary an Adonis like sex machine in sight. Instead real relationships with sex that matters as her characters find each other, find out each other and build lives together. Always a joy to read a new Amy Lane!

Best Alpha Omega book I’ve read to date

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Reviewed: 18-01-2020

Enjoyed Claire Cullen’s series - but Byrde’s is outstanding. Well thought out plot and characters - much more than simply event after event! Beautifully crafted background accompanied by the development and exploration of an alternate culture. I haven’t been this excited about an author since I first discovered Le Guin through reading her ‘Left hand of darkness’.

Beautifully crafted and entertaining!

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Reviewed: 14-01-2020

Love Lily Morton’s storyline’s and protagonists. Morton weaves together humour, believable engaging characters, a top layer of snarkyness, underlaid by the slow evolution of genuine love. This book upholds the general excellence of her previous books and their characters. The choice of Joel Leslie as narrator initially made me hesitate but he does an amazing job with this story - enjoyed every moment of it!

Narrator let this story down

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Reviewed: 22-12-2019

Loved the series so downloaded first book to listen in the car. Unfortunately - even though I continued to the end - the narrator couldn’t build empathy. Such a shame - he perhaps didn’t relate to the story; at times so pedestrian in voice. Sorry mate - still love this series!

NR Walker never seems to fail!

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Reviewed: 17-09-2019

Walker knows Kangaroo Island and weaves it beautifully through the story. Both protagonists are attractive and believable, with the lover lost at sea, the stars and ocean, and the Southern Cross laying an intriguing contrapuntal texture under the basic plot. Really enjoyed this book - rank it with Red Dirt Heart series and Switched!

Took a while to warm up to the story

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Reviewed: 19-07-2019

And that was partly due too the reader - I find Joel’s diction somewhat idiosyncratic and it takes a while to bring it and the story together. However that may be due to having read the story and developing a strong sense of the characters within my own head. Definitely enjoyed it overall once adjusting to Joel’s reading style. Again Walker’s characters are quirky, sympathetic and easy to relate with. Even the ‘bad’ boyfriend’s entry onto the scene is treated in a humane way - so often not the way. A light very enjoyable read with some underlying messages about self image subtly threaded through it.

N R Walker always astounds me

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Reviewed: 19-07-2019

I’ve read her Australian series (Red dirt heart), her Australian in the US series (Spencer Cohen) as well as a myriad of other individual titles and series. Her themes and characters are wide ranging - and she always hits the right notes with them. This book maintains the standard. Her protagonists are engaging, their relationship drawing the reader in. The back stories are strong and Kira’s parents wonderful - could imagine meeting them in real life. I’m looking forwards to the next two books!