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Not a Hero

Sons of the Survivalist, Book 1
Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
Series: Sons of the Survivalist, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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In the Alaska wilderness, four streetwise boys became men...and brothers. Now, the crazy ex-military survivalist who plucked Gabriel and three other boys from an abusive foster care home has died. But the sarge leaves them a final mission: to revive the dying town of Rescue. 

Gabe is done with being a hero. Wounded in body and soul, the retired SEAL simply wants to remain holed up in his isolated cabin. He sure doesn’t want to be chief of police in some defunct town. But he has his orders.

Audrey needs a place to hide. After the Chicago librarian discovers a horrendous crime, she wakes to an assassin in her bedroom. Injured and terrified, she flees, covering her trail every inch of the way. New name, new ID, new home. As Audrey learns to survive in Rescue, she begins to fall for the town...and the intimidating chief of police who protects it. 

Can the shy introvert and the deadly police chief find a life together?

Despite the discord in town, Gabe is finding his own peace with the quiet young woman who seems to have no past. She’s adorable, caring, and so very lost. But how can he trust someone who lies to him with every breath she takes?

"Cherise Sinclair is my go to author when I want a satisfying read. Heat, emotion, suspense. She’s got it all." (The NYT best-selling author Lexi Blake)

©2019 Cherise Sinclair (P)2020 Cherise Sinclair

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  • jennifer schultheis
  • 17-01-2020

Loved the story!

I love this author and while this book isn't like her normal BDSM novels, Not a Hero is a great read. While situations are a bit tamer, the hero is 100% Alpha and made for a hot read.

Our heroine is on the run from a professional killer. You might ask yourself how a librarian could get on a hit man's murder list, but let's just say Audrey likes to research...a lot. For me, I love doing research, but not enough to attract murderers. It's a good thing she does have a lot of knowledge because it keeps her alive. She does a wonderful job at making a new name for herself, all the way to Alaska.

Our hero, knows Audrey is hiding something, right from the get go. He's former military and the town's sheriff, so it's only to be expected. As things go down in the town, Gabe and Audrey sort of drift toward each other. Eventually, it grows into more and the declarations are thrown about.

I enjoyed the audio version of this book. I loved that it was a dual narration. Both narrators really made the characters come alive. Both had pleasant voices and will have me looking for both their names, the next time I am in the mood for another audio book. The pacing was spot on and I couldn't have asked for any better.

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  • Reggie
  • 20-01-2020

Who doesn’t love an alpha?

Two decades ago, a retired military man saved 4 foster boys from a perverted foster parent. He took them to live with him in a small Alaskan town, among survivalists. Now he’s dead and has requested that his ‘sons’ help rebuild the town. Enter the oldest, Gabe...ex-military, ex-merc, and ex-LAPD cop. He’s been voted in as the new Chief of Police...a department with one patrol officer. Gabe’s not too excited about the new job but he’s giving it a shot. Now, if only he wasn’t attracted to the new woman in town...the woman whom, he was certain, was hiding secrets. Audrey is on the run from a killer. She’s made her way to a tiny Alaskan town hoping that she can remain hidden until the killer is caught. Audrey aka Juliet, didn’t plan on her attraction to the police chief. Can there be an HEA for the man who hates secrets and the woman with many?
Not everyone approves of the town’s revitalization, will this pose a danger to both Gabe and Audrey? I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series. The narration team did an excellent job with all of the characters. Highly recommend this book.
I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 13-01-2020

This story will capture your heart

Being a foster mom, I loved hearing how the boys were taken in from the foster system. I was hooked from the beginning. Gabe likes to keep to himself until Juliette arrives. Juliette, AKA Audrey, is on the run and in hiding. Gabe has the instincts of a hero and helps her out, even though he knows nothing about her. Gabe's brothers add depth to knowing Gabe and I like what they add to the story. I really enjoyed the many different aspects of this story. Boys in foster care, left to help out a failing town. A runaway with a hidden past and a veteran, trying hard not to be a hero. This story captured my heart and I could not put it down.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are a wonderful narrating team. They bring the characters to life. I loved Ongel's performance of Juliette. She is a strong woman, protecting those that she loves. Ongel brought out that strength and made Juliette real. Thom brings out the roughness in Gabe with his baritone voice. Thom narrated Gabe exactly as I imagined him. I always enjoy this teams narration and look forward to hearing more from them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-01-2020

Good Book

I'm so glad cherise has started a new series. l love her other ones ,and I really enjoyed this book. at first I mistakenly thought it would be predictable and boring, but I soon found that I was wrong. lol I should know better, I dont think cherise has it in her to be boring.

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  • Virginia
  • 15-01-2020

Great story!

WOW! What great action in and outside of the bedroom! Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are perfect narrators for this one. Tor with his deep voice and Charley with her sweet one, they will keep your earbuds hot! They bring the story to life.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 10-01-2020

Great story, great narration

When I heard that Cherise Sinclair was releasing a new series I was beside myself with excitement. Whenever I see the name Cherise Sinclair, it is an automatic purchase. This book was totally brilliant, from start to finish. I didn’t want to put it down and was so annoyed when real life conspired to stop me from reading it in one session.

I have always loved the characters that Ms. Sinclair writes about, the way she develops and layers them and her story lines are amazing.

Set in a small town in Alaska, Not a Hero ticked all the boxes for me. Gabe and his band of adopted brothers Bull, Caz and Hawk are characters that I cannot wait to learn more about . This was Gabe and Audrey's story and what a story it was.

Not a Hero was at times a hard book to read. Emotional and inspiring it was great to see Gabe and Audrey confront their pasts and together forge a new path to happiness, they both deserved it.

This was a fabulous start to a new series and I am excited to see what Ms.Sinclair has in store. Thank you Cherise Sinclair for yet another masterpiece, it was superbly written and I LOVED it.

The narration by Thor Tom and Charley Ongel was engaging and added an extra layer to my enjoyment of this story.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 09-01-2020

Romantic suspense at it's best!

A mix of suspense, family, love and Alaska, and Cherise Sinclair can do no wrong! This is the kind of story I love the most, and it was the perfect listen! Gabe met his brothers while in foster care, and have stayed together. Gabe is now retired from the military, and while he keeps to himself has been appointed Chief of Police. Now Juliette(Audrey) comes to town, and there is just something about her. He feels the need to protect her. She is on the run, but from what is the question. Now the story takes off. Gabe is the ultimate hero, with his gruff manner and over protective nature. His brothers add some humor in, and let us see sides of all three that make us love the story. Audrey is so strong, something I love about her. She is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the people around her safe as well as herself. The story is full of suspense and steam and I look forward to Sinclair's next story in this series.

Narrated by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel , we are treated to their interpretation of the story. Thom's deep baritone is Gabe through and through. He oozes that alpha over protectiveness and add warmth and love to his voice when with Audrey. Ongel creates Audrey with an independent streak, very strong yet very vulnerable. I love this team and enjoy their narrations and chemistry each time I pick up one of their audios.

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  • avid reader
  • 23-01-2020

Perfect!

Love this series! So glad she's making them available now on audible. Anxiously waiting for all of the brothers to find their own love. I definitely prefer the extremely hot alpha males of this series over the BDSM and sex club scenarios of this author's other works.

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  • D Mealer
  • 12-01-2020

wow another great book

loved it loved it wow have 4 boys saved by a man wow was a Sargent and shows them how to live off the land and build what they need . here come Andria who running for her life changed her name and land in Alaska and meets the chef who is a survivalist great read or listen

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  • Rhonda C
  • 10-01-2020

Wonderful start to a new series

Cherise Sinclair is an auto buy for her books and their audio version. Tor Thom and Charley Ongel did a wonderful job of bringing Audrey and Gabe to life along with the secondary cast of characters and Rescue,Alaska. Can hardly wait for the next book to come out in audio.

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  • Diane S.
  • 27-02-2020

Great start to a new series

This was my first book by this author and I think I’m hooked! I loved this story and these characters. It is set in a small up and coming town in Alaska. Not A Hero is the first in a new series which follows four “brothers” who were rescued and raised by a crazy ex-military survivalist.

“Don’t wait for someone to hand over a red cape and call you a hero. Jump the f*** in.”

I listened to this story on audiobook and loved having the story read to me. It really put me right into the story and the setting.
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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 01-02-2020

A fantastic Hero of a listen

Book 1 in a series. This story but the author is complex , lots of levels and a fantastic romance. The main characters are strong, they know what why want in life .
Hero is Gabe. Heroine is Audrey aka Julie .
Gabe grew up in Alaska , Gabe was saved by a bad situation by a Sargent who took him in . Gabe had a rough life with now an ex wife . Meanwhile Audrey needs to stay hidden because some bad men are after her . Audrey changes everything about herself , she even gets a job that nobody would think about , a librarian . Both of them meet up and slowly the 2 start to fall for each other and they save each other

Both performance by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel was fantastic. They did the characters great . The voices were strong, smooth and steady .

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  • Vicky
  • 18-01-2020

love love love

I absolutely love the story and different from ur the other stories
I really did enjoy the Narrated As I do love them two and they Reading of the story

I guess the only thing i don’t like was as one of character is in ur other books as they was different narraterd
but really love listening to this book

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 18-01-2020

No fear in the writing style

I love books written so brutally! Cherise shows no fear in the storyline of this book. It’s brutal and honest. Excellent narration from both Charley and Tor.