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Shane

Damage Control, Book 4
By: Jo Raven
Narrated by: Samantha Cook, Todd Howard
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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Once upon a time, my life was good. I had a family, I had a girlfriend, and hopes for the future. That was long ago, but I remember it. A hazy dream of what could have been. That's gone now. I lost it all. Life f--ked me over, and now I'm scared of my own damn shadow.

I'm training to be a tattoo artist, but I bet I'm not good enough. I have a roof over my head, but every morning I'm scared shitless that I'll find myself on the street again - or worse, back in prison.

And every time a pretty girl looks at me, every single f--king time, I know I can't be with her. Not only because she'll find out I'm an ex-con and run the other way, no. It's more than that. I just can't. The thought of anyone touching me, the thought of getting aroused from that touch brings back every damn nightmare from my past to swallow me whole.

Can't f--king do it. Not even if it's the prettiest girl on earth - Cassie. With her long blond hair and her pretty tits, her short skirts and high heels, she's all my fantasies rolled into one. See, the fact she kissed one of my buddies? That's good. The fact she looks at me like I'm a bug under her shoe? Even better. Because it means she's not interested in getting hot and sweaty with me and that I can keep living that fantasy. The fantasy that she wants to be with me as much as I want to be with her - even though I know it will never happen.

Warning: If you have issues hearing about abuse (physical or mental) then please DO NOT listen to this book. 18+ for sexual content, language, and violence.

©2016 Jo Raven (P)2017 Oh My Audiobooks

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 29-11-2017

Love Shane!

This fourth audiobook in Jo Raven’s Damage Control series was just great listening. Be forewarned that if you have any issues with triggers such as rape, you shouldn’t listen to this book. The hero, Shane, has intimacy issues and frequent PTSD flashbacks from what happened to him while he was falsely imprisoned. The heroine, Cassie, has loved him for a long time and won’t give up on him. What neither of them knew is that there is something going on behind the scenes that is making things worse for him. The story has a great ending and the narration was very well done. Jo Raven just keeps writing better books with each one she writes!

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  • Sasha80
  • 11-12-2018

4.5 Drawing Pencil Stars!!!!

STORY: Shane...geez...talk about such a broken man. Shane has been in prison, and during that time, it changed him drastically. He has PTSD, some serious flashbacks, and paranoia that is either real or not real. (You find out that if you listen to the book...) Cassie is the girl that has really liked him, but she made a serious mistake a bit back and kissed a friend of his to make him jealous, and also, because she normally just sleeps with some random guy and doesn't care the next day. Yeah, that wasn't her best moment, but she is very remorseful and has apologized a lot to everyone..the guy she kissed, Shane, friends, etc... Shane and Cassie's relationship is very sweet, but when they move to the sexual part of the relationship, Shane has a lot of issues. Due to the prison time (and God-awful crap that happened to him in prison...it's as bad as you think it was), it's not easy sex, sweet sex, or okay sex...it's "let's try to have sex and then a flashback comes to ruin it all!" sex. It's frustrating for Shane, because he wants to be able to enjoy being with Cassie, but he just can't. However, Cassie is very sweet and patient with Shane, due to her own sibling having PTSD issues and being unable to save him. ((I think that Jo Raven did a great job in writing the story. Shane dealing with PTSD and him and Cassie having great sex like it was no big deal--just for the book's sake of being a romance book--wouldn't be believable at all...like AT ALL and I would have hated it. So as awful and sad as it was, I'm glad it wasn't glossed over. PTSD is real and the flashbacks that Shane goes through just guts you.))

SIDE NOTE: I wish I could see the drawings Shane did, because wow. They sound incredibly therapeutic for him, but really intense and powerful, too. I love how therapy can come in all sorts of ways: animals, talking, writing, or in this case, drawing.

NARRATION: Todd Howard--I am positive he is another narrator, but won't say who out of respect. However, I was very happy to hear him read again, because I've only listened to one of his books as the other person and he is really phenomenal. Shane was angry, hurting, dealing with PTSD, paranoia, and sooo many flashbacks that you need a narrator like TH to be as gritty as Shane was, angry as he was, and freaking losing his mind as Shane was. TH did a great job at that. Now, it is hard at points for a narrator in any book to distinguish like, real time dialogue and when the book goes into like, "Italics" dialogue for flashbacks or memories. But I think if you pay attention to the book, which may mean keeping it at a 1 speed for the duration of Shane's narration, you get when TH is speaking now and then flashing back. TH had light, subtle changes in his voice that let you know, but I don't think you would be able to hear it if you're on a higher speed. Super great job and no other narrator could fit Shane in my mind to be *that* gritty AND painful. You need both for Shane. I would definitely, definitely listen to TH again!!! Samantha Cook--I also think she is another narrator, but not super sure. Either way, I like her narration of Cassie, and she did very well. SC had some slow/bland narration moments, but it wasn't bad, nor did it take away from the book. I would listen to her again.

CREDIT WORTHY: Yeah, I think so. The "Damage Control Series" is fantastic, and I'm slowly getting the audiobooks, as I have several of the books already. I only took a 1/2 star away, because the book is 21 chapters and 1 whole chapter at the end is of another book, so I was bummed it ended so abruptly...not badly, but just not prepared for that.