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I’ve never wanted a guy before.
Yet I can’t keep my mind off Dawson.
The guy is bad news and headed for the bottom of a bottle as fast as he can.
Too bad that’s a problem I can relate to.
The only woman I ever loved led me down a dark path of addiction.
I’ve been in recovery for years now. I won’t be someone’s fix.
Or their cure. I can’t be responsible for his sobriety.
If Dawson can get his act together, I could be with him.
But I’m afraid that a new chance at love will destroy me all over again. 

I like to drink, but it doesn’t mean I have a problem.
Nix was supposed to be a one-night thing.
He doesn’t understand my life or my problems.
I’m in control. Always.
My construction work has me hanging around the clubhouse, so I get to see a lot of Nix.
And damn it, I want to see more.
But my demons might be stronger than I thought.
Will Nix still want me after I’ve hit bottom? 

Two broken souls find their path to healing and love in Nix, a first-time gay MC romance in the Hell’s Ankhor world.

©2021 Special Fiction Books (P)2021 Special Fiction Books

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 29-04-2021

An opposites attract biker romance!

Loved this opposites attract, first time gay Mc Biker Romance!

This one gave me all the feels.
The characters were likeable, engaging and well fleshed out.

The setting of the story appealed to me and I liked the author's writing style.

The narrator did an exceptional audio delivery as well.

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  • Lady Lovely
  • 22-05-2021

Fell Flat

While this storyline is understandable the relationship between the two main characters fell flat. There's a lot of repetitive writing from the previous book. Also their relationship is just not felt on the pages. Not a bad read but not one I'd really recommend.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 18-04-2021

Most Emotional

Nix story is angst filled as it deals with some very difficult subjects, so have your tissues ready. The narrator does a good job bringing characters to life.

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  • LilMommi
  • 16-04-2021

Just Ok

Even though it is a good story, there is just a little bit to much angst, because of all the anxiety throughout the story.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 16-04-2021

Nix and Dawson's Love Story

In the ninth book of this motorcycle club series from Ali Lyda and Aiden Bates, it’s club member Nix and construction worker Dawson’s chance for love. Both men have their issues with substance abuse. Nix has been in recovery for six years, but Dawson is still in the midst of denying he has an alcohol addiction. Should Nix jeopardize his sobriety to pursue his attraction to Dawson? Will Dawson see that a relationship with Nix is more important than numbing his problems?

I’ve been reading this series nearly from the beginning. I read a few books out of order, but they are all stand-alones. In my opinion, it’s worth it to read them all to get the full effect of the motorcycle-club-as-family theme that threads throughout the books.

Due to Dawson’s extreme issues--one of which is a tendency to make false assumptions about people--this book is a more angsty read than the others. It takes Dawson a while to 1) admit he has an alcohol problem, 2) try to fix it, and most importantly, 3) trust that Nix will still be there for him after he’s sober.

And if that's not enough angst, Nix is dealing with his confusion about his sexuality. He’s only ever been with one other person in his life and it was a woman. He’s figuring out what it means for him to now, many years later, be attracted to a man.

Along their journey, Nix and Dawson have a few cute scenes that I would call dates (although they don't). The sexy times are nicely steamy. Overall, Bates and Lyda have written a wonderfully emotional story with a smile-worthy happy ending.

David Allen Vargo’s narration is great. I like his emotional delivery throughout the story.

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and this is my voluntary opinion.

Recommended.

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  • Diane
  • 16-04-2021

Absolutely Love this Series

I love this series. Nix and Dawson have both been troubled with alcohol addiction. Nix is in control of his sobriety while Dawson is in denial that he even has a problem. There's an intense chemistry connection through sobriety and it ha helped pull them together.

David Allen Vargo does an amazing job narrating this story.

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review.

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  • Michelle T
  • 16-04-2021

Another great story in an awesome series

Nix and Dawson have both had issues with addiction. - but they are at two different points in their dealings. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start when one of them has gone through the worst and is on the other side sober and the other is still in denial and struggling with how to fix his life. It will be a long journey, but there is help along the way.

Nix was in control of his sobriety and felt that he could help Dawson confront his demons and get started down the difficult path to sobriety. Having someone there for you who has been down that road and knows how difficult it is helpful. They likewise begin exploring their tentative feelings for each other, and the intense chemistry and connection more than addiction.

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 15-04-2021

A Terrific Performance & Emotionally Layered Ride

I am loving the performances of narrator David Allen Vargo in this series, and "Nix" is no exception. His deep, rumbly, gravely voice is divine, and makes experiencing these books in audio an added pleasure.

After some drunken outbursts at the Hell's Ankhor Motorcycle Club's bar, Dawson is assigned Nix as a chaperone while working construction on club property. Their friendship grows as a mutual attraction simmers, and with each other's support and understanding, Dawson works through personal demons while Nix explores his sexual identity. (Cheers for demisexual representation here.)

This was another terrific and emotionally layered ride with the Hell's Ankhor/Liberty Crew. "Nix" could be enjoyed as a standalone, but I'd suggest listening to "Joker" (Book 8) first to get some background on Dawson and his relationship with his boss/friend Brennan. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 15-04-2021

Nix and Dawson are awesome!

Nix and Dawson are awesome!  I really love this narrator, he does such a great job bringing these guys alive. 

Nix and Dawson walk a fine line in this terrific story of Nix not endangering his own sobriety as Dawson struggles with alcohol abuse.  I thought that the honesty between these guys was gritty and showed real growth as they struggle with building a relationship and being healthy.  It is real life that we don't always find attraction and start building a relationship when we are settled and healthy.  

Nix and Dawson are steamy, sweet, conflicted and have so much heart.  I always love the support of the entire club and how they help Nix and hold Dawson responsible for his behavior.    

This is the seventh book in the Hell's Ankhor series and can be read as a stand-alone.  I do however recommend reading the books in the order of the series because it will give you a lot of insight and back stories of the many characters in this motorcycle club.

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  • Maude Allen
  • 14-04-2021

Another Brother finds his happiness

This was Nix and Dawson story. We were introduced to Nix in the last book. He's Brennans best friend and coworker. They started dancing around each other while Dawson works on the construction site. Dawson is the child of an alcoholic and had never felt like he mattered or cared for. This upbringing affects his adult life in the form of his heavy drinking.
Nix is a recovering user and sees the signs. He's literally taken by Dawson that he bails him out of a jam. When that problem occurs again, he suffers the consequences of Dawson actions.
These two together shouldn't work but they do. It was heartwarming to watch them repair the broken parts to be together.

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  • Rebekah
  • 21-04-2021

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed following Dawson and Nix as they have chemistry. But can addiction ruin that.

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  • James Buchanan
  • 16-04-2021

Excellent

Oh I really liked this! The story was awesome: exciting spicy and sweet. I really enjoyed this whole series. The narration was okay, but the story was excellent!

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  • Larissa
  • 16-04-2021

The series keeps going strong

Nine books into this series and still going strong. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one as we don’t know much about either of these characters going in. However, the story turned out to be just as strong as the prior installments. Nix and Dawson have some serious chemistry and there’s a lot of hurt/comfort here as well, which I really like when it is well done - which it is here. This is a well written story, with complex characters, a compelling story arc, and some really good romance (not the light and fluffy kind) threaded through it all.

In terms of narration, David Allen Vargo gives a solid performance. His voice fits with the tenor of the book and the series because it has a richness and depth to it that is the appropriate counterpoint to the characters and the story. He created two distinct voices and consistently delivered them. His diction is excellent and he is able to impart the right emotion behind the words. Overall, I recommend Nix and the series as a whole.

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  • Amelia
  • 16-04-2021

A wonderful, emotional romance

Every time I read a new Hell's Ankhor book, I'm blown away by how deeply emotional the journey is. I've gotten to know this motorcycle club so well over the course of this series that I feel incredibly invested in the ups and downs of these men's lives. Nix and Dawson's story was particularly heart-wrenching for me because of its heavy themes of addiction. The struggles Dawson goes through in this book are upsetting at the least and downright devastating in its worst moments. These authors, combined with David Allen Vargo's emotional audio performance, painted a vivid picture of someone who appears to be okay at a quick glance but is drowning just beneath the surface. Even more than the romance with Nix, Dawson's road to recovery was captivating to read, with all the unpleasant realities of the life of an addict and an overarching sense of hope that things could and would change for the better. While I can't deny that this story is downright sad at times, Nix's steadfast belief in Dawson and slowly growing romantic relationship with him added a touch of lightness to this otherwise heavy book. The romance in this story was so much sweeter than I was expecting, and I thought it was the perfect contrast to everything else going on. Nix and Dawson didn't have many chances to explore their chemistry, but when they did come together it was every bit as intoxicating as I knew it could be. As has been the case with every book in this series, Nix and Dawson did find their way into each other's lives for good, and I've never been so blissfully happy to see them ride off into the sunset together.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 15-04-2021

My favourite Hell's Ankhor book so far!

I really liked Nix in the Hell’s Ankhor series, maybe my favourite so far. It was an interesting pace. I loved that it started right out in the midst of their story. I liked Nix and Dawson so much, pretty broken but getting their stuff together. I also love how the story includes everyone from the series and kind of get a bit of a check-in on them. I am definitely looking forward to the next book and recommend this one and the series.
I really liked David Allen Vargo’s voice. He has a nice pace and so enjoyable to listen to. I really liked the narration of Nix as much as reading the book. I hope to listen to more of his narrating.

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  • Magnus
  • 15-04-2021

Nice addition

Another nice addition to the series by Aiden Bates & Ali Lyda. Dawson and Nix where interesting and great to get to know. Although the subject of addiction is discussed, it does not take anything away from the romance. David Allen Vargo did a super job with the narration. The series will keep you coming back for more.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Tanya
  • 15-04-2021

not bad

I love this series. I was hooked from the beginning but at this point as much as i love the gang it's time to end. I'm excited for Priest and Mal to finish it off in the next book.

This story is good but I miss seeing the whole crew, I miss the drama with other crews, I miss the danger, explosions and fighting.

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  • alias11
  • 14-04-2021

Sensitive treatment of a difficult topic

I really enjoyed the audiobook for Nix, Book 9 of the Hell's Ankhor series. The authors treated the topic of alcoholism with sensitivity and grace. What I liked the most was the realistic presentation - Dawson's rationale, his family history, his excuses, the 'real' reasons, and especially the denial to others and himself. I liked that the story emphasized that it didn't mean he was weak, a failure, or a bad person. I also liked how ready Nix and the other club members were to forgive and help him, although they remained firm in their resolve not to enable him. Dawson's redemption was sweet and his reward was well-earned. Nix got his reward, too, for being a good friend and lover while protecting his own sobriety. The relationship did have other ups and downs as Nix was figuring out his sexuality, which resulted in some misunderstandings, but there is an HEA in the end.

The narration was very good and really suits the story and the emotions of the characters.

I received a free copy of this aiudiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 14-04-2021

unexpectedly interested.

Hells Ankhor Book 9, best listened/read in series order due to ongoing background storyline and reoccurring characters. Nix and Dawson's story is everything I have come to expect from the series and love. Really enjoyed listening to David Allen Vargo's voice bringing the characters and their story to life.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 14-04-2021

Great

This audiobook was a great addition to a great series.
I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t put it down.
I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks from these great authors.

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