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Shiver

Narrated by: Biff Summers
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Wide-eyed and innocent, you stumbled into my world, never knowing the danger that lurked within. The Wolfe’s Den is no place for a little lamb, but you came anyway, and from the moment you stepped inside, you were mine.

In my life there are no happy accidents. Every move is carefully orchestrated. Every situation premeditated. That’s what makes the hunt so intoxicating. What you need, I become. What you crave, I will give. Except the one thing you desire above all else - love.

Everything I told you is true - I’m not a good man, but you choose what you want to hear. You shouldn’t have come that night. Maybe then you’d be safe. But it’s too late now. I want you because you remind me of him. I need you to give me back what I lost.

Warning: This is not a love story. It is not a romance. This is an obsessive stalker lust story that contains darker themes that may serve as a trigger to some readers. Shiver is a standalone novel.

©2017 Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine (P)2017 Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

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Simply Hot!

If you enjoy books that make you gasp because the MC totally said that or went there when you didn't they could or would - you'll love this one. Salvatore Wolf gets what he wants. And he wants the little lamb he just found who wandered into his kink club. So he does everything he can to get him - anything... Jesse is innocent and has no experience with a man like Salvatore. But he's only human and Salvatore is HOT. He easily fall for the exciting and mysterious man until he wonders how he got in so deep. I'll warn you - this book will leave you salivating for more: but there is no more. This is it. It's hot, kinky and not enough - but completely worth it. The Audio does the writing justice also and is worth getting.

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Riveting, Scary and Sublime

I honestly wasn’t sure what I expected with this book. I do know from the minute I started I couldn’t put it down and definitely didn’t want it to end. I‘m not sure if it ended where it did on purpose because there was never going to be a HEA for Wolf and Jesse or whether there’s going to be a sequel , but I was a little disappointed with the lack of closure between Wolf and his Little Lamb. Nevertheless I LOVED it!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 26-12-2017

Warning - disturbing and weirdly engaging...

When this book dropped a little while ago, it immediately went to the top of my want-to-read list. Now, I don’t like to read anything about the book before I listen to it. I like going in without preconceived ideas.

That being said – to potential listeners – READ THE SUMMARY. I have read dark erotic m/m BDSM with dubious consent before, but I wasn’t really prepared for this book. And just to be clear, I never blame the author because I choose not to find out what I’m reading.

This is the first book I’ve read by either Brooke Blaine or Ella Frank. The book was well-written and Biff Summers certainly did a competent job of narrating the book. The contrast between the two main characters was unquestionable as Wolfe is described as having a deep voice. So Biff was a good choice for this book.

So, that leaves content. Specifically, the non-consent consent. This occurs when the submissive agrees to let the dominant do whatever he (or she) wants. It is growing in popularity as writers push the envelope of what is acceptable.

The thing is, in BDSM, consent is critical and you could argue Jesse provided consent, but it wasn’t informed consent. I’m specifically thinking of the scene with edge play, although several others come to mind. And why does this matter? Most readers would feel it doesn’t – because this is fiction. And as long as the reader and writer agree to that distinction, keeping these activities on the pages of the books, then there is no real harm.

So why does Jesse subject himself to this? Over and over it’s about Wolfe’s magnetism. There is a bit of the ‘wounded soul’, but that hardly justifies how Wolf treats Jesse, whom he refers to as his ‘lamb’. We all know the story of the big bad wolf and the innocent lamb. This just happens to be an extreme example.

The other disturbing aspect of this story is Wolfe pushing Jesse and isolating him, impressing him with his 5-level BDSM club/dungeon, as well as his obscene wealth. Fortunately, Jesse isn’t swayed or impressed by money and he also maintains his friendship with Brayden. Another tenet of BDSM is that isolating a submissive can be dangerous. Subs need to have people outside the relationship who can view it for what it is. And Brayden sees Wolfe for what he is – a predator. But Jesse is too dazzled by the sexual prowess and enjoys the pain infliction, which is totally legit. There are plenty of masochists who derive great pleasure from being in pain. Often, though, there is so much going on that Jesse can’t process everything.

So while Wolfe is protective of the subs in his club, his obsession with Jesse blinds him to his own inappropriate behaviour. Manipulating people and growling at them are not acceptable behaviours.

But that is the point of this book.

Back to the blurb. Wolfe admits he isn’t a good guy and is, in fact, a stalker. So readers who have encountered someone like Wolfe in real life may find this story distressing.

And, as promised, this book does NOT have a happy ending. In fact, the ending is as disturbing as the rest of the book. Will there be another book? It is a stand-alone, but it leaves the question open. Brooke and Ella swear not, but I, for one, am saying I wouldn’t mind seeing more.

So why am I giving the audio 10 Pots of Gold? Because the book is pretty much as advertised and for all its faults, it is an interesting read. Fun? Absolutely not. Disturbing? Very much. And there are times when that is what listeners are looking for.

So if you’re willing to heed the warning, enjoy. I’m interested in finding out if we haven’t seen the end of Wolfe and Jesse.

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  • VHB
  • 06-12-2017

This was not that believable

Ok this book was not that believable to me ,
I tryed to like it but it just did not do it for me .
I like a great dark stalker storie but this was
Almost laughable to me . The characters sounded so funny to me, at any moment
I expected the stalker to start the kreapy heavy breathing.

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  • Mary A. Wasowski
  • 28-11-2017

Innocence meets terrifying

When I read Shiver the first time around, I thought it was brilliantly written with an underlining flow of sexy suspense, totally out of the box writing, and unbelievably intense. Yes, I loved it. Now that I have listened to it on audiobook, it was over the top amazing. The ever-changing narration from the vocal talents of Biff Summers was perfect. You truly captured the innocence and naive side of Jesse. You voiced perfectly the dominance total alpha male for Salvatore. If Ella and Brooke decide to change their minds and decide to write more for the Shiver characters, you must lend your talents once again. THIS WAS FABULOUS!!!

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  • London
  • 10-02-2020

Don’t understand the 5star reviews

First my main problem with this book was the narrator. It was almost comical the way he read Salvator. His voice is so effeminate that Salvatore just sounded bitchy most of the time. Certainly not like the broody don he was supposed to be. I think If I had read rather than listened to this I would have enjoyed it more. The story was just ok. There was less of a story and more a string of disturbing encounters that escalated towards the inevitable. No feels at all. I will not be reading the next book.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 20-10-2019

ENJOYED

really enjoyed this book, I loved how it didn't end in tragic stupidity..... the majority of these books completely ignore what someone would do in an honest situation , and I liked that it happened in this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-2019

WELL..THEN ENDING?

I loved the craziness in this book, but I wish I would have read reviews on how it ended...Still love me some Ella Frank!

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  • Nica Flor
  • 22-04-2019

Could not make myself finish

I was really looking forward to this, but I couldn't finish it. Even though the blurb makes it sound dark and thrilling, the delivery is certainly lacking. I felt like I was reading the MM version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Jesse is pretty and naive, but manages to catch the big bad wolf's eye, and now Salvatore " i don't love, I just f**" Wolffe wants to eat his "little lamb." I became sick and tired of the "I am a wolf and you're a lamb, and I eat lambs" refrain. And Jesse went from naive to downright gullible, "I like him, does he like me? He doesn't love! But maybe I love him?" The wolf and lamb "will he, won't he?" was repetitive and boring, and not even the sex scenes could keep me entertained, and that's saying a lot because there was a lot of sex, and that's usually one of the fun parts of reading MM romance. I was bored by all of it. The characters were shallow and the premise too predictable. The audio performance was alright, but Jesse's voice became softer and higher as the chapters went on, to the point of sounding like Michael Jackson, and though the performer tried his best to make Salvatore sound dark and menacing, it didn't quite work out. Overall, a big ol' hard pass for me, couldn't make myself finish.

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  • Maria R.
  • 07-10-2018

Left me wanting the rest of the story

This book has the potential to be soooooooo much more!!! It just feels incomplete. The narrator takes some getting used to but the wrap up leaves you asking where is the rest of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-2017

Holy Stalkers Batman! *(SPOILERS)*

Wow, this was way more than I was expecting. The whole time I tried to keep it chill, like Jesse, but near the end I was "oh my god!" and then "oh thank god!", and in the end I just "no way! oh no, no, please don't" It can't end there? what will happen? because it won't end here, this messed up man will present himself again into Jesse's life when the situation calls him to do so I must say bravo to Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine, both did amazing! The whole time I was feeling the threatening vibes of the story as it was been unfold I must know what happens next! There must be something else to be realised! A continuation would be great to finish it for god and to know that Jesse's life will be safe

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-09-2020

Omg omg

I shouldn't maybe have loved this book the way I did, book hangover Alert ⚠️..... But Ella And Brooke, you can't leave it like that WE NEED A BOOK 2 PLEEEAAAASSSEEEE!!!! Loved it cheers darls, oh and Biff did a cracking job well done Biff x

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  • Michael Wild
  • 29-06-2020

This is really badly written book, made worse

The reader has a sweet, camp, sibilant voice, which is quite suitable for the 'little lamb'. But when 'the wolf' gets the same treatment, the true comical value of the writing is really funny. It's cartoon worthy. The Duck family gets laid.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 12-11-2018

Wow

This is a fantastic book. The suspense of what is happening next keeps you on your toes. Biff is a new narrator who was very enjoyable to listen to. Loved his Wolfe