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  • All Kidding Aside

  • Magical Mates, Book 1
  • By: Macy Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Building houses for a pack of orphans might lead one griffin to find his heart’s home. 

Victor Eastaughffe knows three things for a fact: 

He does not have a mate. 

He does not like children. 

His duty is to his griffin clan. 

When Victor meets Orsen Riggs, a scruffy bear shifter, and little Gus, an orphaned red panda cub, his orderly, structured world becomes messy and chaotic. All the things he once held true suddenly don’t make sense. 

Asked to help the Smith pack navigate the difficult world of shifter politics, Victor realizes he might not know himself as well as he thought. Magic is in the air, and it’s making him long for things he never wanted before. But duty comes before all else, even at a price Victor no longer wants to pay.

©2020 Macy Blake (P)2020 Macy Blake

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  • Amy M
  • 09-12-2020

Wow

I was so excited when I found out that Macy Blake was releasing her first audiobook. I was blown away! This book is part of a much larger world, but it is first in this series. This series focuses on the Smith pack finding homes for a large group of orphaned shifter kids. You can enjoy this one without the others but I do recommend you go look them up for background info. The Chosen One series will explain how the kids were found, among other things.. This was so amazing! Magic, shifters, and absolutely adorable kids abound! I loved the way Michael Dean voiced the kids, especially little Gus. He is an amazing narrator and really did this story justice.

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  • Margo
  • 31-01-2021

Be aware this is book 14 in a series!

I Really enjoyed this book. Great characters and lots of exciting action. There was definitely quite a few points that I was confused by until I realize that this was book number 14 of the 15 book series. That said I will definitely be reading the rest of the books.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 16-12-2020

Absolutely amazing listen!

I just absolutely love this one so much. I love Victor and Orsen!! I love this spin off when I read it. It is so cute, funny and so beautiful. Then to have Michael Dean narrating this story is absolutely perfection. He made me fall even more in love with this story. I just couldn't get enough of this story. Amazing!

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  • kp
  • 15-12-2020

PERFECTION!

I loved being back in the wonderful world that Macy Blake has created. In All Kidding Aside she gives us an uptight, control freak Griffin and a sweet, rumbly bear. These two don't know it yet but they are a perfect fit for each other. With a little help from Alpha Nick they will soon see what is meant to be.

I loved everything about this book. It has allllll the feeellllss! Magic abounds here, none more so than the magic of true love. Little Gus-Gus stole my heart right from the first "nack"! He is such a little scene stealer! I gobbled this book up and then immediately started a re-read. I can't wait for more stories in the Magical Mates series!
Michael Dean, as always, does an amazing job of bringing this story to life! I know I will be relistening to this story many times!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2021

A VERY MODERN PACK AND FAMILY STORY

Bird , Bear .... these two words become very endearing during this supernatural shifter story.

Once you have entered this other world full of magic, shifters, hellhounds, faries, vampires and Griffin's , you will be just as enthralled as I was .... if you genuinely enjoy a good LGBT+ story about supernatural beings , you will love this story and look forward to the next book in the series ... just like I am.

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  • Des
  • 10-01-2021

loved it

I loved it in book form audio is even better. can't wait for other books in this series

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  • Niecy
  • 17-12-2020

Wonderful

This book was top notch... I had to read the next installment bc I couldn’t wait for the audio version... I was part of the pack lol if you want to get away from real like puck up any Mary Blake book and you will not be disappointed. Mr Dean is one if the best at what he does....

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  • JD
  • 15-12-2020

Aww

I loved this book in written form and it is even better in audio. Riggs, Victor and Gus are fantastic. I really enjoy the opposites attract stories and Riggs and Victor definitely fit that mold, but they also compliment each others strengths and weaknesses. Gus steals all of the scenes that he is in and is a fantastic little guy. Michael Dean does a fantastic job keeping track of all of the voices and characters. I enjoyed the listening experience and can't wait for the next book to be released in audio as well.

You should read this book and listen to the Audio since it is definitely worth the time and credit.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 13-12-2020

Love Victor & Orsen!  Love is messy & so necessary

Oh I love Victor and Orsen!   Love is messy and so very necessary!!   

  I so enjoyed listening to this book and the flow of the story was excellent!    The narrator really brought Victor and Orsen alive for me!!   

Engaging introduction to a new spin-off series in the Chosen Universe.  This series picks up with Nick and The Smith Pack and all the shifter children that were rescued in the last few books. The story-line is solid and the flow is just perfect. 

Oh I love Victor and Orsen!   They are a beautiful example of how the contrasts and differences in backgrounds and personalities can make the very best partnerships. These MC's are both wonderful guys and little Gus will just melt your heart as he chooses his people to love him. I could empathize with the struggle that Victor went through regarding accepting that he had a mate.  I really enjoyed many of the supporting characters and am looking forward to watching more of the children find homes.  

This is book one of the Magical Mates series and i am so looking forward to reading the next book.  

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  • LilMommi
  • 13-12-2020

Amazing

Loved every second of this adorableness, which means Gus of course. Michael Dean did such a great job bringing these lovable characters to life.

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  • Larissa
  • 18-12-2020

No joke, this is an amazing audiobook

So I saw Michael Dean was narrating this and also saw that the book got good reviews, so I jumped on this without knowing anything about the book, or the connected series, or even the author. It was a gamble that paid off, though, because it is a terrific audiobook. I will admit that in the beginning, I was a bit confused about the relationships between the various people - and there are a lot - and also all the types of characters: alpha shifters and their mates, the Chosen One, Hellhounds, vampires, Pegasus, pixies, Goddesses, and of course, griffins of which one of our MCs, Victor, is one. The events of prior series are in the background here and they are explained to the degree that we need it to be for this story, but it takes a while for the pieces to fall into place. Magic and mates are the primary focus here, hence the name of the series.

Despite not having any context going in and a bit of a learning curve, I absolutely loved this book. It’s an opposites attract romance between emotionally reserved, hyper-organized and always in control Victor, a griffin, and a messy, big-hearted bear shifter, Riggs, who is brought in by the pack alpha to oversee the building of cottages for the children in the alpha’s care. Riggs and Victor fall for each other almost instantly, neither understanding why until it is revealed that they are mates. (That’s not a spoiler; read the series name.) The story follows Victor and Riggs’ handling of that revelation and the desire for a family with an adorable red panda cub shifter/baby, Gus. Wrapped around this beautiful, emotional journey is a great story arc concerning the alpha pack and the children. The writing is clever, intricate and packs an emotional punch. The story had everything you’d want - romance, hot sex, drama, suspense, hurt/comfort, angst, a fantastic cast of characters and two loveable MCs … and the aforementioned adorable Gus. 🐼 Michael Dean, as usual, did a great job in narrating. His pace on this book felt a little slower than typical for him, but I really didn’t mind because I didn’t want the story to end. I will definitely be going back to read/listen to the prior series and am looking forward to the next installment in this Magical Mates series.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 18-12-2020

Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was so entertaining.
Definitely a great start to a new series.
I can't wait to listen to more.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 17-12-2020

Great storyline w/lovable characters

Why am I not surprised I started a series, that’s a spin off of another one, without having read the original series? I didn’t have a hard time diving in, but was left curious about the previous series. (Sounds like there’s about to be some new additions to my TBR list) I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read too many books regarding the world of shifters, and it’s because if books like this one, that I’m thinking I have been missing out. 🐼

This story was well written, and had characters that drew me in. They were intriguing, lovable, and eady to root for. 🐼

Michael Dean did a great job with his narration of the characters. His ability to bring stories to life is always top notch. The enthusiasm, emotion, and varying amounts of voices is very enjoyable. If I go to long without hearing the sound of his voice, and then I listen to one of his books...it’s like a good long sigh, or stretch.

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  • Celpompom
  • 17-12-2020

Wonderful audiobok

I love this story so so much. It is full of love, upside downs and finding things you never knew you needed or wanted.

I loved both Riggs and Victor and their journey is not an easy one but the end is so rewarding.

Michael Dean did such an amazing job at bringing them all to life. Especially sweet Gus and I can't wait for the next Audiobooks

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  • KBR
  • 16-12-2020

All Kidding Aside - thoroughly enjoyed

I wasn't sure what to expect, going into this listen. I've heard good things about Macy Blake and love Michael Dean’s narration, so I figured, ”why not?” I am so glad I did. I was afraid it wouldn't have the intended or full impact, seeing as I haven't read/listened to the previous books, but fortunately, that wasn't the case. There were moments I knew there was so much more depth. However, it was never anything essential to the story. I laughed, I sighed, I was saddened, and awed - all the makings of a great post read/listen experience. I recommend. I’ll be checking out the rest of the series, and the author will be joining my list of tbl authors. As always, Dean gives a flawless narration.

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  • Lex Buchanan
  • 13-12-2020

Sweet and tender

This story was set and tender. The characters were interesting and fun. Little gus was the perfect addition to make the story even more endearing.

I adored the plot, simplistic yet perfect.

Michael dean is a talented man with an impeccable voice. He makes a secy scene so much better with his grunts and growls.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 12-12-2020

Loved the story, enjoyed the narration :)

I'm in love with this world! Victor and Riggs are so good together and add in cute little Gus😄 Interesting story, nice to catch up a little with Sawyer and co. Lots of humour, heat. Really good addition to the Chosen One world and as the start of it's own new world!

Michael Dean is a joy to listen to, and with this story he shows why he's a great choice. He had great voices for Victor, Riggs and the other characters. I especially loved how he portrayed Gus. Great story, great audio - what's not to love?

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  • Starwarslover
  • 12-12-2020

amazing

this is so much fun.. it was funny and made me laugh and smile.. it was wonderfully narrated with a lot of laughter and love. i absolutely adore this series and cannot wait for more.

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  • XG
  • 10-12-2020

OMG! Another wonderful book on The Chose One Universe! WOW!

When I heard about this new book that continued the wonderful world built by Ms Blake in The Chosen One Universe I had to read It, so I started with the ebook version. The book featured Nick and Jedrek's pack and their efforts to get a family for everyone of the kids they rescued. In this first book in the new spin-offs series, Víctor and Riggs story is about unconditional love and family. I completely fell in love with Gus!! I also would like to recommend even if the book can be read as standalone, to read first the books in The Chosen One Universe, not only to fully enjoy and understand this one but also because if after this book you want to know more about The Chosen One and the Hellhounds, you'll find in this one, some major spoilers. Really this book is again the proof of how brilliant is Macy Blake in creating amazing magical worlds. Of course, after reading this book I couldn’t stop re reading it and an audiobook was the perfect solution for it. For a book this good the voice actor needed to be just as good so Michael Dean was the natural choice for the job. A captivating performance, full of charisma and talent, he really helped to bring the characters alive! And outstanding narration for a wonderful reading! I can’t wait for what is coming next!

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  • BookWyrm
  • 04-12-2020

Loved it!

I’ve been a Macy Blake fan since pretty much the beginning of the Chosen series and was delighted to find out she was finally venturing into audio. As the first in the second generation of stories, this is a good jumping off point as it doesn’t entirely depend on familiarity with the prior two series in this universe (The Chosen One and Hellhound Champions). The story here is both entertaining and charming. Riggs and Victor are truly a case of opposites attract, though they end up complementing and bolstering each other in a way that makes sense. Michael Dean is a wonderful choice to narrate the book as he makes the characters distinct and somehow increases the cuteness factor of Gus even more.

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