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Ex-SAS soldier Ben Rider falls in love with his enigmatic married boss, Sir Nikolas Mikkelsen, but Nikolas is living a lie. A lie so profound that when the shadows are lifted, Ben realizes he's in love with a very dangerous stranger. Ben has to choose between Nikolas and safety, but sometimes danger comes in a very seductive package.

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I want more ❤️

What a wonderful audiobook with such a riveting story. The connection between Nik and Ben is rather delicious.
Much mystery , lies and untruths added with a narration that is perfect..
Wonderful words by John Wiltshire with exhilarating narration by Gary Furlong .

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Enjoyable, will listen to again and again

Great story, some parts are a little......a lot intense, some pretty dark back stories for the characters so be warned.

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  • FancyFace
  • 24-02-2021

Wow!!

This book was amazing!....and the narration couldn't have been more perfect. 😍I can't wait for the next book!!

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  • JHSpring
  • 08-03-2021

Just so boring.

I don't really know what to say, other than I was utterly bored by this book. I don't necessarily think it was the narrator, as I'm a total sucker for british accents.

The chemistry between the protagonists felt forced. I honestly cannot tell you anything about the plot. I didn't even finish the book because I just didn't care about either character and the story just wasn't compelling or gripping.

I was only continuing to listen because I felt some sort of obligation, but once I started to question myself about what had happened so far and couldn't give myself any satisfying answer I had to stop.

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  • Reeverse
  • 04-04-2021

Excellent narration, pity about the story

I have to say if the narrator hadn't been so good there's zero chance I would have finished this.
When it comes to the nitty gritty twists and turns in this story it's actually not too bad but the character development is just not there. Nor is there any build to a relationship. Basically the main character is sleeping with one guy who dies in a fire but he's also sleeping with his boss. Then cut to six months later (where you actually find out he's been sleeping with his boss) and all of a sudden they're in love.
The actual premise of this book is interesting but there's no build or padding to draw you in to their characters. You don't understand enough about them to make their decisions matter.
I'll be returning this one.

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  • Rellim
  • 25-03-2021

Terrific beginning to a series

Well this is a bit tricky because so much of what makes this an incredibly compelling listening experience is that not all is as it seems – and if I explained it all, it wouldn’t be as fun.

And this book was a LOT of fun. Serious. Deadly. Sexy. Emotional. Spycraft. and Fun. And there’s a DOG!

I read that and I think – whoah, whoah, whoah – you won’t be prepared for how much the book also devastates you. Because I definitely became attached to Ben and Nikolas and when more is revealed it’s heartbreaking.

I really clicked with John Wiltshire’s writing, especially her sense of humor. While this is a complete and enjoyable story – it is just the beginning for Ben and Nikolas. Be ready to be sucked into the More Heat Than the Sun series because the ending leaves you wanting more. I’m jumping right into Conscious Decisions of the Heart.

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Gary Furlong. Oh my goodness. This man is amazing. His accents are wonderfully consistent. Emotions. Timing. It comes together in a truly perfect production.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Decent Fellows Press and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • W. Floyd
  • 10-03-2021

Fantastic

Love is a stranger is an awesome non stop, action adventure thriller romance I enjoyed very much.

Take two James Bond type of characters , having lots of sex while chasing bad guys, explosions , shootings, daring escapes with lots of snark and banter it's this audiobook in a nutshell. That's right , perfect escapism listen/read.

Gary Furlong performance was brilliant.

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  • Trarv211
  • 22-06-2021

Amazing

Saw this posted in a FB group, and thought sure why not?
I about finished listening to at without pause. So well done
Story was thrilling as you get to know the characters.
Narration is top notch
And In love with the fact that all of the series is either out or being released very quickly. So not much lag time in between releases.

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  • casrock
  • 12-05-2021

MM steamy intense read

This was an intense and satisfying read. I really enjoyed both MCs and both side characters that were in the book more than just mentions. First, let's talk about Ben, who knows how to lighten the mood and get Nik to open up in a way that Nik has never truly let himself. Finding out more about Nik, I could actually understand him, and I ached for him to get something he truly wanted and loved, which was Ben. And then I loved the dog, I am not going to try to spell his name, but he was perfect too. The story progressed well. I did find the layout a bit hard to follow at first, but once I got used to it, it really moved along and I did not want to stop listening/reading. Gary Furlong narrated this, and it was superb. I loved the narration. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a dark-ish read with a ton of steamy scenes.

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  • AlexJouJou
  • 09-05-2021

Perfection! Narrator and great story

I have read a ton of MM but not this series. It’s been on my TBR forever. So glad I waited for Audio. Immediately headed into book two. Mysterious, hot, exciting and with a sense of self discovery. Love it!

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  • Marie
  • 16-04-2021

To be continued

I'm torn. The story is left pretty much up in the air and ends on "To be continued in Conscious Decisions of the Heart" but part of the story feels "happy for now". I don't like undisclosed cliffhangers and unresolved plot lines.

Nikolas and Ben are engaging characters but a trigger warning would have been appropriate. There are some pretty brutal events that might be an issue for some readers.

The action scenes were exciting but the characters suffered serious injuries that they bounced back from too easily. I chalk it up to being fiction.

Gary Furlong did a good job performing the story and I didn't have any difficulty telling who was speaking.

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  • Sadie G
  • 13-04-2021

Listen to this series now

Holy crap. This (audio)book blew my mind with how awesome it was. I LOVED IT SOOOOO HARD. The twists and turns. Not knowing what was going on. I wasn't completely sold on Nikolas. It took me a long time to warm up to him. I plan on listening to this book again very soon. Gary Furlong's narration was amazing. I love his voice.

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  • Mary
  • 15-02-2021

Waited YEARS for this in audio- Perfection

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the audiobook gods who chose Gary Furlong to narrate this series.

This has been one of my best-loved M/M series' since this first book was released 7 years ago. I've been wishing for years that it would be available in audiobook format, but it never happened. Now, with a new publisher making my wish come true I was in audiobook heaven today.

The book is intense, as is the relationship between Sir Nikolas Mikkelsen and his agent Ben Rider. I'd suppose you could say the story is like an onion, and as each layer is revealed you'll get pulled in deeper and deeper.

The character of Nik is the most twisted and duplicitous I've read in M/M, and yet, his uncontrollable love for Ben - that even blindsides Nik, is just beautiful and even though I shouldn't like him, I'm still drawn to him. That is some writing talent that can make me think against my better judgment!

There is thriller, military, espionage, and mystery content all beautifully entwined into the deepening of a relationship between Nik and Ben.

Gary Furlong's range, is as expected, perfect for this series. He pitches Nik's Scandi accent just right - so that we know he's Scandinavian, but can understand what he's saying and not get lost in hard Danish vowels. Ben is also just right, with a good balance of pretty-boy charm and ex-military snark.

The level of emotion Gary gives us for the characters is wonderful. I particularly adored the scenes where Ben wants more from Nik but, bewildered by the intensity of his feelings for Ben, Nik is, for the first time in his life, not in control, tongue-tied and unsure of himself.

Anyone who has read this series before knows that the biggest star of this series is Nik and Ben's dog, Radulf. He is the best boy.

So, Fantastic. Worth the wait. Now for book 2.

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  • S. Brown
  • 05-04-2021

Love this Series

I discovered this series just recently, as it has just come to Audio. All eight books are on Kindle Unlimited for those who discovered the Audio first like me. I am just about to start book 8 having switched to KU after the Audible ran out, and I read through the rest back to back on my Kindle. I hope all the books are narrated by Gary Furlong eventually as he does Nik's accent so well.

This series is incredibly complicated and deeply emotional, the two MCs are so totally engrossed in each-other and yet learn something new about one another in each book, despite their long and very intense relationship. The adventures these two have are almost incredible, and yet somehow topical, ranging from tsunami's to fantasy prime time TV series. Nothing is off the table where their family's are concerned, all are quite despicable, with incest and madness featured on both sides, so may not be for some. However, these two adopt people as the series progresses and make their own family of misfits as they bounce from one adventure to the next.

The writing and character building is sublime, and as I listened to the first three books, I was able to then "hear" the MCs in my head for the rest of the series on KU. I love it when a new series finds me, and this one has been my latest discovery and pleasure to read and review.

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  • Annie
  • 22-03-2021

What a fantastic ride!

MM Books narrated by Gary Furlong are always a one -click for me. I'd never heard of the author before, so did a search on Goodreads and found out that this series first came out in 2014-16, and the original publisher did nothing with it. Last year another small press got the full rights and rebranded, and are bringing the books to audio. Getting Gary Furlong to narrate was an inspired idea, cos I probably wouldn't have found this book for a while otherwise.

The writer is a revelation and this book turned out to be one hell of a ride. The connection between Nik and Ben is off the chart, and the way their relationship is mingled with espionage, and government dealings was well done. Gary's narration is flawless, brilliant. I loved the book and am keen to go on to the next. There are 8 books in this series and i have a feeling I've found my new favourite author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-2021

Start of a great series

I'm loving this series that I saw recommended. I know it has about eight books or more in the series so I'm hoping they all come out on audio.

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  • C M Silver
  • 21-02-2021

Two men and a shaggy dog story

These military MCs never leave their comrades' behind literally!! This is a sex fest complicated and punctuated by various events, snapshots and killings which justify their connection and their continuation inside the story; there seems to be precious little actual story to bind them.

This face paced book is jarring at every step, as both MCs seem extremely polarized and immature when we are told they are highly skilled operatives. The MCs realize and reveal with 3hrs left to go, it's a relationship in reverse. They start with the most intimate and base connection, then fall in love. This is the hook; you have to read/listen on to find out how this horror-show ends. The story improves drastically the closer to the end you get, which leads inevitably into getting Book 2, which comes out on 4 March on Audible. Many authors would've dealt with the sequence of events and revelations using flash-back. The shaggy dog pops in and out of the story.

The narration is fabulous, liltingly hypnotic. This narrator is the reason I chose the book. Gary Furlong narrates The Shooting Season and The Gentleman's Thief too which are excellent outrageous, funny, quirky historical mm tales. STRANGELY ENJOYABLE

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  • Redwing
  • 18-02-2021

Gripping, angsty and HOT!

Friends have been raving about this series for ages, and it was on my TBR list, but that list is super long. I was delighted to see that the series is now coming out as audiobooks as I listen to audio while doing chores.
My goodness, what a treat! I was immediately drawn to the mysterious Sir Nikolas Mikkelsen, who is Ben Rider's boss. Their professional relationship and personal relationship has overlapped in a very unprofessional way, but beneath the masks they both wear is an ocean of passion, secrets and lies.
I was hooked, not only for the sinfully good writing, but because Gary Furlong fleshes out Nik and Ben so effortlessly.
I loved this book, I was on the edge of my seat and my friends who crowed about this series were right, if book 1 is anything to go by I'm in for quite a ride with More Heat Than The Sun.
I am eagerly awaiting book 2.

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