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Who do you turn to when the law is the problem?

Marisol hoped divorce was the key to a new life - one away from her crazy ex-husband. Instead she’s working two jobs and struggling to make ends meet as her problems escalate. Terrified and desperate for help - any help - she turns to a stranger, a man her brother swore could help with just about any problem. The answer to her problems is tall, dark, deadly, and everything she’d once thought she wanted in a man. But to him she’s a job. Nothing more.

No one should fight an impossible war alone.

When Ethan founded Counterstrike, he expected a challenge, but nothing could have prepared him for Marisol. She’s smart, courageous, compassionate, headstrong, and everything he’s ever wanted. But her troubles come with a price tag he didn’t expect when he must face his own personal demons to keep her safe.

They’ll both soon discover the hardest battle is the one for their hearts.

©2018 Aces Press (P)2020 Spectrum Audiobooks

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  • ccc3s
  • 08-01-2021

Enjoyed

Always look forward to listening to a story narrated by Aaron and/or Virginia. I love to listen to audiobooks. They always bring the story to life from the first page until the end. There is something special and unique about what they bring to every story. I say that I visualize the stories like a movie and this was a wonderful performance by both narrator's. You can sense that they really enjoy narrating.

I did not notice at first when I began to listen that it was going to be a short audio. I was a little surprised when I glanced up to see there was only 15 minutes left.

I love when authors do crossovers in their stories. It is nice to see the side characters from the other stories. For this one though I was getting a little confused as there were so many side characters that were not quite developed enough in the story.

Of course I listened while I was at working cleaning a house so may have been a little distracted. Cara Carnes was a new author for me to discover and I would listen/read another one.

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  • Angie S
  • 19-12-2020

Great listen!

I really like this audio book! I was given a copy in return for honest review. This was a really great listen. I like how the author was able to give a complete story, background, suspense, drama, love, a complete book that was not just sex scenes. Definitely worth the listen!

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  • Reggie
  • 18-12-2020

Good story

quick story...woman is attacked by someone sent by her abusive ex, who just happens to be a homicide detective! Mari reaches out to one of her brother's friends and her protection is assigned to Ethan. Some chemistry, some bad guys. Story could have been better if it was developed a bit, the ending was too abrupt. Great performance by narration team.

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  • Gail
  • 31-03-2021

Ok

If you like stories about the poor little lady that needs protection by strong gorgeous alpha males then this is for you. Reviews are very subjective so the fact that I didn’t feel any connection to the characters and felt frequently irritated by the very simplistic solutions that were used to solve her problems all very easily at the same time as a supposed romance brewed shouldn’t stop anyone else trying it and possibly enjoying it. I couldn’t tolerate it past chapter four.

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  • JCT
  • 17-02-2021

good story but missing second half of chapter 5

Good pacing of the story, except the ending a bit rushed. Lots of side characters from the author's other series so it could be a bit confusing unless you just didn't pay attention to all the names. Overall, good short story and glad I listened.

New author for me. Wanted to listen as these narrators are fabulous - need more from them!

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  • Bette
  • 07-01-2021

Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Gripping & Intense!

I enjoyed this book immensely, the story grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it straight to the end. This is definitely the type of book once you pick up you can not put down because you need to know what happens next. This is my first book written by Cara Carnes and I am not sure how that is but I will definitely be checking out more of her work. She is a gifted author with impressive writing skills, she created characters and storylines that are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with. Marisol “Mari” Santos ended her marriage to her abusive husband but he is not happy about it and is making her life miserable. The problem with her ex is not a simple problem, he is detective in the local police department and any complaints she has is not taken seriously. After a third attack on her she has had enough, the only person who could help her is her big brother, Joe, but he on a mission overseas. He gave her an emergency contact and with her situation escalating she feels the need to call, it is her last resort. Not long after her last resort arrives in the form of Ethan Davenport, an alpha, over the top, protective hunk of a man. He takes to her instantly and goes in protective mode. I loved how everything plays out in this book, the story is fast paced and cleverly plotted with plenty of drama, some angst, mystery, thrilling suspense and a nice buildup to romance. Some of the secondary characters are awesome and I love the purpose of Counterstrike. Cara Carnes, thank you for this great story, I am looking forward to what comes next for those amazing characters.

🎧📚🎧And for the terrific narration, Virginia Rose and Aaron Shedlock are talented narrators and voice artist. They bring these characters to life, give each their own unique voice which makes it easy to follow along and tell who is who. Their portrayal of the characters is spot on, they take each role and make it their own. Virginia Rose played Mari’s role with perfection and Aaron did the same for Ethan, playing the perfect alpha male. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured the drama of the story as well as all the characters emotions which was heard in their performances. It is always a pleasure to listen to these entertaining storytellers they enhance an already great story to another level of greatness. Thank you for another awesome listen.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 06-01-2021

Ethan & Mari

Marisol is ready to start her new life. She is recently divorced from a controlling man who is not letting her go. When things get real, she calls a phone number her brother gave her for protection. Ethan comes to her side, and he is immediately taken with her. But he knows nothing can happen. He is there to protect her! Will he focus on his task? Does his heart take control? This story is fast paced and I love the action. There are a lot of characters, some crossing from Susan Stoker's Seal of Protection and Badge of Honor series. I love this concept of the world's crossing and Cara Carnes melds her story right in! Ethan is a strong, alpha male and comes across with that protective feel. Mari is a woman who will not be a victim and she does what she has to. It's suspense and romance all wrapped into a quick story that I would love to see a little longer to enjoy these characters!

Virginia Rose and Aaron Shedlock narrate this gem and it's fantastic. This team compliments each other and their voices are perfect for their roles. Rose brings out all the emotions Mari goes through, while Shedlock nails all the defense to protect her. It's a match made in heaven and a great listen.

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