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Noah and Oscar have been married for five years, and now they’ve become parents to an adorable baby girl. Life seems just about perfect, but a sudden illness puts Noah’s sister Rebecca into a coma, which brings Noah’s mother and father back into his life. As they battle for control over the care of Rebecca, Noah must also defend his little family against his bigoted parents. Oscar and the Lozada clan have his back, but only Noah can truly stand up to his parents, once and for all - if he can find the courage to do it.

©2020 Sera Trevor (P)2020 Sera Trevor

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 09-10-2020

Happy little family forever


Indeed the long-awaited sequel for the troll-whisperer! I’m so happy to get another glimpse into the life of Noah and Oscar. I missed these guys.

Noah and Oscar have been in a marital bliss for 5 years. They now have a cute and lovely daughter and they couldn’t have been happier. But we all know that life is a sadistic bastard and it has some plans to shake up Noah and Oscar’s life. Noah thought he was done for good with his folks but the illness of sister brought those two monsters back into his life. Noah has a long battle ahead to protect his lovely little family once and for all.

It was really like a D-day scenario for Noah and all of his worst fears came true. It was really infuriating to read about his folks that I almost wished I could strangle them to death. What a dramalama family! I was also frustrated with Noah and how soft-hearted he seemed at times but I’m really happy that he pulled through. Of course, Oscar is THE best boyfriend EVER though. I love how he’s supportive and caring of Noah. The Lozadas rocked too. I think if you loved the first book, this book is a must. Although it was frustrating and heart-wrenching at times, I promise it’s all worth in the end. The narrator Michael also did a great job portraying the story just like he did in the first one. I really enjoyed listening it. ❤️

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  • Yvonne M
  • 01-10-2020

Great book.

The story line was great. I am very happy that everything worked out for the best at the end.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 27-09-2020

Noah Confronts His Past

'Settle Down' continues the story Sera Trevor started with 'The Troll Whisperer'. While this book can be listened to as a stand-alone, it is a companion story of a sort. The first book tells more about Oscar's journey while this one is Noah's. You'll find it's worth it to listen to both books.

In this sequel, it's several years after the first. Noah and Oscar are married and new parents to baby Bette. Noah's sister Rebecca is struck with a serious illness, causing a coma. Noah's parents arrive and wish to take over her care. It's now Noah's turn to confront his past. Can he finally exorcise the demons of his childhood?

Readers get Noah's POV in this second 'Troll Whisperer' book, allowing us a better look at his thought processes. After their daughter's birth, Noah's anxieties get bigger. Then, his parents arrive in his life again and his anxiety goes off-the-chart. He tries to cope alone, but Oscar and the Lozadas are there to show him he has a family he can count on.

Sera Trevor does a great job showing the reader the parallels between Oscar's and Noah's stories. The characterization of Noah is well-drawn and realistic. Oscar's character is wonderfully supportive, showing his growth as well. The story of family love overcoming adversity makes for a satisfying read.

'Settle Down' and 'The Troll Whisperer' are my first listens with narrator Michael T Bradley. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. He conveys the emotions of Sera Trevor's characters perfectly.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and am posting my voluntary opinion of it.

Highly recommended.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 26-09-2020

Oscar is back and better than ever! Loved it!

Man, I’ve missed Oscar. He’s no longer a troll, but he is still the same negative, pulls no punches, grouch with the biggest heart, that we’ve come to know and love. He had THE best lines in the book, hands down. He just gives me a constant case of the goofy grins. He is the perfect man to balance out Noah’s timidness.

This story was more centered on Noah. His parents put him through the ringer before he was old enough to get away from them. It has had lasting effects, too. He is struggling with fear and worrying, and it’s been magnified after becoming a parent. A tragic situation with his sister brings his parents back into the picture. It’s a recipe for catastrophe. I love how Oscar is with Noah. They have a beautiful relationship, and it’s heartwarming to read.

I really enjoyed this sequel to The Troll Whisperer. I was excited when I saw it. I was pleasantly surprised by the first book, and Oscar the Grouch weaseled his way into my reader’s heart. I feel like it was well written, and true to the characters. Fear can cause all kinds of irrational thoughts and anxiety. This was Noah journey to overcoming his fears and embracing his inner strength.

Michael T Bradley was the perfect choice for this series. His voices for Oscar and Noah are spot on, in my opinion. I can’t imagine anyone else portraying them. He did a wonderful job bringing this book to life.

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  • Kassie K
  • 26-09-2020

Settle Down

Highly enjoyed this sequel and recommend you read/listen to it after the first book.

I received an arc and this is my honest review.

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  • kp
  • 26-09-2020

Enjoyed

I enjoyed this follow up to The Troll Whisperer. Seeing Oscar and Noah settled snd with a baby is wonderful. When Noah’s sister becomes ill things get more complicated and difficult. Noah’s family turns up and are awful. This, of course, adds so much additional stress for these guys. Lots of emotions in this story and Michael T Bradley does an awesome job of bringing these characters to life!

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  • Zizawah
  • 25-09-2020

Sweet, Funny, and Romantic

If you haven't listened/read the first book, please do so. It's a wonderful book -- original, delightful, incredibly funny, and romantic. This story is from Noah's perspective - and you can see the difference in flavor. Noah is sincere, serious, and compassionate. This is about Noah and his family, how he came to terms with his past to move forward in his future. It's a heart felt book, engaging, and sweet but there's heart break and sorrow a plenty in this book for Noah. The tarot card reading in the beginning of the story pretty much sums it up -- flaming tower followed by happiness. It's about burning down his past to move forward. It's about Noah's fanatically religious parents who proved to be the fire that tries to consume Noah's life.

Even when Noah's life is falling apart (in his mind if not literally), his relationships remain strong. Oscar and his family are what anchored the story and Noah. I couldn't love Oscar more in this story. He might have been a horrid troll but as Noah's husband and father of a new born, Oscar is all that you could wish from a loving supportive father.

Michael T Bradley is relatively new to me narrator but I loved his performance in Troll Whisperer and I loved him here as well. He's surprisingly easy and incredibly romantic to listen to. He made the story even better.

The supporting cast is excellent -- I couldn't love Oscar's mom more or Crystal. The ending is perfect and I am so happy to see Noah and Oscar getting their HEA continue - so well deserved and so satisfying.

Summary: If you loved Troll Whisperer, you'll love this too. Just remember that it's a different flavor (and more gentle as it's Noah who's the narrator) but still incredibly sweet and romantic (I loved it!). Highly recommended.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 23-09-2020

Good story

This is the second story to The Troll Whisperer series. The story had a lot of drama involving Noah's sister and his parents who he hadn't seen in years. I loved how Oscar always had Noah's back, unconditional support. Overall it was a good story. The narration, done by Michael T Bradley was good.

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  • Love222
  • 22-09-2020

Great continuation

This is a great follow up to the first. I really loved seeing the growth in Oscar so much and Noah getting some closure with his past. For me the narration was not the best. I enjoyed it for the first so I'm not sure what happened here. But overall it's a good story.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 21-09-2020

Noah and Oscar

Noah has settled down into married life of 5 yrs, with a baby on the way and his sister and Uncle in his life it couldn't get better. But his sister is ill and he speaks to his Jehovah witness parents and life falls apart, but we do get a great ending

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  • XG
  • 27-09-2020

A wonderful continuation on the series!

After reading the first book on this series, I'd never expect a continuation like this with a complex plot, involving religion, intolerance, a kidnap and even dangerous situations. Of course, as they overcame all these obstacles, we witnessed just how strong and powerful is the love between Oscar and Noah. Above all, this is simply a wonderful and unique love story complemented by the amazing performance and voice acting of Mr Bradley. A captivating narration.




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  • Susie Umphers
  • 26-09-2020

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I bought the ebook of this before I ever finished "The Troll Whisperer" because I knew I wanted more of Noah and Oscar. I enjoyed this story just as much as the first one. In that book, the focus was on Oscar and his growth as a human being. Here, our focus is on Noah and his toxic family. I have a weak spot for stories where a character must face the fact that it may be necessary to your survival to stand up to and then leave behind your birth family to make a life with a supportive, found/made family. That is Noah's job here and it is wonderfully depicted. Noah's pain will break your heart, but if you thought Oscar was really something in book one, wait until you see him in this book. His love and support for Noah will make you fall in love with him all over again and when the crisis comes at the end you will be rooting so hard for this couple. Another stunning achievement by an author who has become a "once click" buy for me. The performance by Machael T. Bradley is equal to the emotional requirements of this book. He makes Noah's pain achingly real and listening to Noah and Oscar together is magical.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 26-09-2020

Intense

I loved visiting with Noah & Oscar and and there while family but wow it got super intense, thrilling and a little scary towards the end there, very drastic story but I love a good thrill and I honestly didn't see half of this happening which is really awesome. I'm glad they got their HEA, closure and hopefully a more peaceful life from here in out

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  • Sabbath
  • 20-09-2020

Interesting story line

So I rather enjoyed this plot. I found Oscar and Noah to be engaging and well written. Their story did have some aspects of the unbelievable, but after all fiction allows for that. Bradley does an okay job of narration over all but there are times that are ehh.

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  • L.D.
  • 18-09-2020

Settling Down and Settling the Score

Settle Down is the sequel to The Troll Whisperer and really should be read after reading the first book; however, it does work well as a standalone. The main themes of this contemporary romance are family and acceptance.

Oscar and Noah have been happily married for years and are new fathers to their infant daughter, Betty. However, a family tragedy has Noah reaching out to his bigoted parents—a mistake that will have devastating consequences. But don’t worry! Just like any good romance, this one does have a happy ending.

This book is told from Noah’s point of view, the same way the Troll Whisperer had been told from Oscar’s point of view, and we really get a deep look at all the insecurities and trauma Noah has from his upbringing. There are some really dramatic and crazy moments, but the book has a satisfying happy ending that I thought was well done. I really enjoyed this book and finished it in one day. The pace of the plot was fast but never felt rushed, and there was a lot of character development. I absolutely love Oscar’s family and the relationship between Noah and Oscar is wonderful.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael T. Bradley who did a great job. The voices he choose for each character were perfect and consistent. I had no trouble following along with the story. Plus, he infused a lot of energy into his performance and that made the audiobook just as exciting as the story. I highly recommend it.

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  • A.K.
  • 17-09-2020

Couldn't connect

I wanted so hard to love this, but I couldn’t figure out how Oscar ended up married to Noah. Noah was genuine and just sooo nice! Oscar seemed like a deep seated jerk. Noah’s parents were awful. Some of the things that were said were horrific. I admit I didn’t read the first book in the series, but I can’t imagine there would be anything there that would endear me to Oscar.

It was a bit disappointing for me, but if you enjoy the characters and the series, you’ll probably enjoy this listen.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 17-09-2020

Great

This was such a great story.
I really enjoyed this followup to The Troll Whisperer.
This was definitely a must listen audiobook.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 15-09-2020

Not at all what I expected!

I have to be honest; I did not read the blurb for this book. I wanted to listen to it simply because it was the sequel to The Troll Whisperer. That was a story I had a hard time getting into but ended up liking a lot. While this is a sequel, set five years after The Troll Whisperer, I actually think it stands alone pretty well. However, for all of the background on Oscar and Noah I do recommend reading The Troll Whisperer first.

So, since didn't read the blurb I didn't really know what to expect and boy was I shocked – but in a good way. This story kept me engaged right from the start, grabbed hold and didn't let me go. My heart was pounding so hard in places I got a little bit worried (OK, not really, but it was very tense). I listened to this from beginning to end in one session.

If you read The Troll Whisperer, you already know some of the background on Noah's family but I never thought they would turn out to be as evil as they did in this book. A word of warning, if you are a Jehovah's Witness you won't want to read or listen to this book. Thank goodness I am not and I floved it!!

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 14-09-2020

Lots of twists, but good story.

Wow, I wasn't expecting the twists and turns in this book.

Settle Down
The Troll Whisperer, Book 2
By: Sera Trevor
Narrated by: Michael T Bradley
Series: The Troll Whisperer, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins

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This is my first book by Sera, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't read the blurb, straight in to the book.

I struggled a little with the narrator but I think that's because I'm from England and he had an American accent that was hard sometime.

The story is lovely, but also tragic, with lots of heartache, abuse and religion. My heart was all over the place reading this.

It ends in a partial Happy ending. I wish I could say more but I don't want to put any spoilers out there.

Great characters, great story I listened straight the way through and I started at 10.30pm. So yes it late now. But I needed to finish it.

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  • zoe pappa
  • 14-09-2020

very very good!

I really love this series and all the characters (both the main two and the side characters) and the second book was as good as the first. I loved catching up with Noah and Oscar and meeting their cute daughter. The storyline was interesting and heartbreaking and I really liked how it was resolved. Great book and the narrator was brilliant!

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