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Exhale: An MM Shifter Romance

Flesh and Bone Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Two men haunted by the same ghost...

Falling for "the other man" in my marriage was never part of the plan. Then again, according to Nicolae Ursache, I am the other man, and human wedding vows don't apply. Not to werewolves.  

Nicolae is a smug, arrogant alpha male stereotype - and I do mean alpha in the literal sense - but when the same people who killed my wife kidnap my teenage daughter, he's my only chance at getting her back. The fact that Nicolae was my wife's rightful mate means that we share a mutual interest in bringing Ellie home, but I never could've imagined how he planned to do it.  

I will do anything to protect my daughter. Even if it means becoming the plaything, or worse, of the man I loathe most.  

This dark shifter romance contains material suitable for adult audiences only. It is a standalone with full resolution.  

NOTE: There is no mpreg in this universe. 18+ listeners only.

©2018 Joel Abernathy (P)2018 Joel Abernathy

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A pleasant surprise

It’s not a genre I thought I would ever be interested in but I really enjoyed this book and narration. I bought it because I like Kirt Graves’ narration. He didn’t disappoint. A great story that was well paced with characters I truly enjoyed getting to know. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Annika
  • 23-10-2018

Take a deep breath

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Yet time and again I find myself guilty of doing just that. I did that with this book. When it was released I looked at the cover and thought that it just wasn't for me, it seemed too dark, possibly twisted, too out there. So I wrote it off and put it out of my mind. As time passed this book kept coming up, I kept seeing these raving reviews of the story and the narration, and I just had to know for myself what the hype was about. So for better of worse I started listening...

So from my preconceived notions, I expected this book to be dark and different and possibly a bit twisted. That wasn't really the case. It was in no way a fluffy or sweet read but it wasn't overly angsty or dark either. It begins with a murder, an unresolved one at that. In order to start over Jack and his daughter Ellie moves to a new town in the hopes to start over. Only tragedy strikes again. Hours after arriving to their new home Ellie is kidnapped. With no leads to go on Jack is getting more and more desperate to find her. When his late wife's lover enters the picture with information of not only Elle's whereabouts but also information on who killed his wife, Jack has no other option than to follow the man he's despised for so long. Only the secrets that he reveals change his world forever. Not only does werewolves exists, but his daughter and late wife belongs to that world.

It came as no surprise that there was no love lost between Jack and Nicolae in the beginning. I mean how could there be? Both betrayed by the woman that they thought belonged to them. That being said and knowing that werewolf societies are different from humans ones. I still couldn't stand Nicolae. His condescending nature really got on my nerve. I know that werewolves have their own hierarchy and live by their own rules and customs, but he got on my nerves just too much. Sure, Jack wasn't flawless either, but he didn't put the blame where it didn't belong or tried to belittle others to make himself feel better.

So from that you might think that I totally hated this book, but that's not true. That's not true at all. Sure, the beginning of the book didn't wow me, that's true. But around the halfway mark, something happened and got really sucked in. The intrigues, the plotting, the deals made. I needed to know more. Sure the transition from mortal enemies to being in love was too quick for my tastes and I just couldn't believe in Jack and Nicolae that quickly - but hey, that might be just me. There was a lot of twists and turns, especially in the end that really kept things interesting and the listener on their toes, so you might want to pay attention.

Kirt Graves is a very talented narrator no question about it. He brings the story to another level. The voices he has for the different characters makes it easy for the listener to follow along the story. Add in the accents and emotions and he's a winner. I only have one small issue, and that's the pace. Gravess narration is much to slow for my preferences, but you know what? Speeding up the narration easily remedies that and then you can just happily focusing on the story.

This book was a gamble, and one that really paid off. It wasn't what I expected, in the very best ways. It will be interesting to know what else Abernathy has up his sleeve.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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  • danielle
  • 14-09-2018

Amazing narrator and an intense story

I am so excited that Exhale is finally available on audible. This book is an extraordinary tale of a father’s love with shapeshifter mate issues thrown into the mix. When I saw that Kurt Graves was narrator (I highly recommend Wolfsong by TJ Klune) I knew that Jack would be wonderfully portrayed. The relationship between Jack and Nicolai is fraught and dark but the writing and genre overcomes some of the love/hate issues.....eventually. But Jack’s love for his daughter keeps this tale going. The main character is a man of great integrity and plenty of self-deprecation. Kirt Graves does an amazing job portraying all characters. Totally worth a credit and I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

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  • Susan Anderson
  • 28-11-2018

Interesting storyline

I really liked this storyline. It wasn’t totally new but had a few new twists. Good background and layout for future books if author wants to continue. First time reader of Joel Abernathy and found I would like to read more by him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-2018

Best audio book I’ve listened to.

I have bought at least 30 audiobooks in the past 3 years and this was the best by far. The narrator was excellent!!! And he did awesome with all the accents. And I know people don’t like Nicoli, but damn he grew on me so much. I adored Andre and Jack was my favorite by far. I’m gonna listen to this until I’m sick of it

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  • Mandy
  • 18-11-2018

Hot,Dark,Love

Once again Kirt Graves narration knocks me out. The book itself was so full of life. Overwhelming emotionally and sometimes dark the story of these two lovers makes you feel like you have watched them in your own neighborhood. Kirt brought them to life. The story drug me in. Nick and Jack will now hold a special place in my life and I can’t wait to read and hopefully hear more. #sogood. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Fallon Merritt
  • 16-11-2018

Nice

CAUGHT in a war, life built on lies and secrets. Jack, simple and easy in all the ways that is normal and bland. He is thrust into a world of wolves and magic, truth and revelations. Jack is a coal miner who literally work himself into an early grave. He is self sacrificing in every way more importantly he is unashamed of who he is and what he has to do in order to save the ones he love.

I liked this because it's a mix of old tradition and new age circumstances. We have a trans teenage, a gay father, a pansexual male Alpha, interesting SCs, twists and turns around every truth.

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  • BrattyOz
  • 15-11-2018

A really terrific book!

This book is great, the story is interesting, different, and I was glued from the start. There wasn’t a dull or slow moment and I found it thrilling. I am glad there will be a book two, hopefully soon. And I liked the narrator a lot.

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  • Carey C.
  • 30-10-2018

Buy it

I very rarely write a review but I’ve had this in my wish list for quite some time and was not sure because I did’nt know the author but finally purchased it. This is an outstanding audio book from start to finish and the narration was wonderful.
I can’t wait for book number 2

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  • Maya Lee
  • 27-10-2018

Hot and sexy, wooaaahhhh,..

Really love this story, the romance was hot and sweet, less angst yet u can feel the hopeless angst halfway through the story, which almost left me breathless with sadness.

The hot and cold banter between jack and his sexy wolf nicolai really pulls u through the story, and really attractive to listen.

Overall a really highly recommended romance and I really love it.❤️❤️❤️

Just wish the story could be longer.

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  • Sue
  • 22-10-2018

Well done with the accents

I love this series. I've already read them but decided to give the audio a go. It truly took the book to a new level. First of all, Kirt did such a good job with the accents. I especially love the way he performed both Nikolai and Jack. You could truly hardly tell it was the same person narrating them. Just loved it.

The story itself is full and complex. The way he builds his world, with the rules and laws being explained in such a way that just seems normal, very well written. There are two pretty Damon big events in the book, one actually had me in tears, again, even if I already knew what was coming. I would really recommend this book to any MM shifter fan.

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  • Book addict
  • 05-10-2018

Unexpected delight

Shifter romances are often a bit of a replicated drag and I struggle to finish them. I still keep trying them though because sometimes there’s a gem. This was an unexpected delight! Enjoyed it a lot.

Please bring out more by this author on Audible. I gather they also write under the name L.C. Davis but there’s no books under that name on here either.

If you like this book I’d recommend the Spectr series by Jordan L. Hawk. You can get the first series (25 hours) for one credit which isn’t bad. That series was an unexpected surprise too.

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  • Loulou
  • 01-03-2019

Top-notch narration

I have already read and enjoyed this book, but I felt the narration lifted it even further. Kirt Graves did a great job with the accents, it was always clear who was speaking, and he has just the right gravel for the sexy parts. He also nails the emotion - I was actually sobbing near the end. Really great performance.

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  • shirley keeling
  • 20-10-2018

loved it

i used this book as my running companion i got totally lost in the story and didn't even notice how long i was running for.. the story is not completely unique as there are similar stories out there but there are some nice twists that even i didn't expect and the pain and the passion made me eager to see how it all worked out in the end!
i totally recommend this book and the narrator had a very sexy drawl i could listen to all day! ... oh yh i did!!