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"I told him to leave. He told me I was his....

The Intern
Jaxson Bell has one goal: advancing his career by any means possible. Sleeping with men to further his aspirations isn’t uncommon for Jaxson, and his next target is obvious - the deputy mayor. Flirting with Vane is easy because he’s handsome, charming, confident, and knows exactly what Jaxson wants. It’s effortless to make a deal with Vane, who’s more than happy to exchange sex for a job at city hall. What Jaxson doesn’t expect is the very unusual kink Vane obsesses over. The oddness should be a deal breaker, but it only has Jaxson more interested. 

The Deputy Mayor
Vane Elwood knows exactly what Jaxson wants the moment he approaches him because, at heart, he’s the same kind of ruthless man. He loves sex, and if he can get it free for the simple exchange of a job, he will. Vane anticipates a hasty exit from Jaxson as soon as he discovers Vane’s secret kink. To his surprise, Jaxson not only sticks around but seems to be excited. 

The Right Kind of Dirty
Their relationship is meant to be purely physical, but as feelings grow, Vane and Jaxson will have to decide what to do. Vane has a reputation to uphold, and Jaxson has never had a relationship. If news gets out that the deputy mayor is sleeping with his new assistant, their careers could implode. They’ll need to use every trick in the book to keep each other. 

©2020 Ki Brightly and M.D. Gregory (P)2021 Ki Brightly

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  • Michelle
  • 22-04-2021

Just. No

I regret having to review the story because I couldn’t finish . The narrator read the story like he was moving his finger along the page ... had to speed up the narration to 1.3 . Even then his “s”s were 🙄🙄 sounded like the basilisk in the Harry Potter movie ... then the story.
Because I received a free copy of the book I kept going , wanting to review in good faith.
Not my kink at all (don’t wanna ruin what the author obviously wants to be a surprise ) plus the dialog doesn’t flow, felt forced and contrived . The first chapter felt like an info dump like I walked into the middle of a conversations ....I looked on KU and it has positive reviews there - so give it a shot if you can tolerate the narrator

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  • Terry Babcock
  • 11-06-2021

Not the greatest Narrator

It was a struggle listening to this book. Please don't get me wrong, the story was good and I've listened to other books by this author that I absolutely loved. Unfortunately, the narrator wasn't the greatest. The way he drew out his S's and T's, and certain words, made him sound like a snake. And he was quite slow in reading. I think I would have enjoyed the book, and given it a higher rating, if I would have read it myself, or if a different narrator was reading.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-06-2021

I’ve read several stories that take place after this one.

I enjoyed them and when I found this one was on Audible I grabbed it. I didn’t really listen to the narrator before I purchased it. The voice. He was very hard to sit and listen to his voice. Very monotone and it just felt like he was just reading more than performing. I even turned his voice up in speed to see if it would help. I really hate returning books. I feel bad when I do so I forced myself to listen but in short stents. The story line is good but I wouldn’t get any more as him as the narrator.

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  • Jess Matos
  • 19-05-2021

Needs a Better Narrator

This story was interesting, though each person's opinion on it will ultimately depend on their openness to kink. This particular kink was not my favorite but it was well-written, so I rated it in acknowledgement to that. Despite this, it took me much longer to complete this audiobook than it normally would, as the narrator is just so bad. He reads the entire book in a very bland tone that makes it drag along, and he approached moments of platonic intimance with an overly seductive tone that did not fit with the scenes. I felt as though I was constantly fighting the urge to fast forward through each chapter just to complete it. Honestly, the only reason that I finished the audiobook is because I received it for free in exchange for an honest review, and I could only fulfill that promise if I listened to the complete recording. Nevertheless, I recommend the book to kink lovers, but I cannot recommend this audiobook.

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  • Troy
  • 03-05-2021

Not bad

This book was hard to rate because the kink featured in here wasn’t mine. My biggest complaint is the narrator. I’ve listened to him before and liked him but here he pronounced the Ss so much he sounded like a snake.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 09-05-2021

Staking His claim

Jaxson has always had to work harder and play harder to get farther in life than those born with a silver spoon in their mouths. He is not afraid to work his way up or to sleep his way to a better position. Jaxson is a hard worker but will use what ever he can to get ahead. When he approaches Vane, a new game begins but who will win this time?

I enjoyed Jaxson and Vane’s story. Both men have strong personalities and know exactly what they are playing at but soon emotions enter the picture, and all bets are off. Vane knows what his kink is and is not afraid to indulge in it and soon Jaxson learns this all to well. Jaxson’s reaction is certainly not what either man expected, and the two men begin a tentative relationship. They each know just what they are doing and why, yet something begins to stir between the men. I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop and where it goes. Neither man was expecting anything out of their agreement, but life had other plans for them. The author does a great job of bringing life to these characters and I enjoyed seeing another part of the city. Narrator Barney Parkwynne moves the story along at a good pace, but I had a slight problem with the way he narrates this book. Certain words and letters especially the words ending with the letter s became annoying to listen to. He put too much emphasis on them and stretches them out too much making it sound like he is hissing and elongating words too much.

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  • Kassandra Knight
  • 05-05-2021

Staking His Claim

So, I Loved Loved Loved the book when I read it. It was totally a secret kink I didn’t know I needed.

So hot.

The other books in the series are so worth the loss of sleep.

Highly recommend.

This narration though... 😬
I had to speed it up to 1.5 to 2 and even then... The basilisk pronunciation and way he dragged out some of the words, I couldn’t finish it. I may eventually try and give it another go.

If you like the narration definitely try this one. I sincerely, highly recommend the book and the rest of the series in book form. I love everything I’ve read by both authors.

I received an audiobook from the author and this is my honest review.

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  • FHR
  • 04-05-2021

Manipulated into love

With aspirations of doing better in the political work, Jaxson sets his sights on manipulating the big guns and who better than deputy mayor Vane.
But he is in for a big surprise as he may have just met his match in Vane.

With every meeting they have the attraction between them sizzles until it leads to them discovering a side to their relationship that suits them both perfectly.

But life in public has a way of creeping in and to keep their relationship they will both have to fight for what they have come to cherish.

This was an entertaining plot with an unique kink that will not suit everyone but it adds whole dimension of spice to this story.
However, the narrarion fell flat for me, the sounding of some of the words/alphabets made it hard to enjoy the story and I struggled to get absorbed into the tale.

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  • himom90
  • 29-08-2021

Great story, weak performance

I really enjoyed this story. It’s well written, has an interesting storyline, and it’s fun to listen to the characters as they navigate through their unusual relationship. The only negative is the narrator. There is something about his voice that I find difficult to listen to and I wound up changing the pace to 2x speed so I could focus on the story rather than his voice.

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  • Gigi
  • 13-07-2021

Eye Opener of a Delight!

I was expecting the normal sleeping his way to the top and ending up falling in love MM rom-com but boy was I in for a surprise with Staking his Claim. I really should have known better because nothing is ever as it seems with a Ki Brightly book and this one written along with M.D. Gregory is no different. It is brilliant! The kink is off the charts! I’ll not go into details as that would be playing spoiler. Suffice to say that this one is blistering hot, lusciously naughty, and laugh out loud funny with fabulous character development and great narration. I absolutely loved it!

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  • Lesetiger
  • 04-05-2021

Vane and Jaxson

It took me a while to get into the story, which was probably the direct nature of Deputy Mayor Vane Elwood.
Vane Elwood finds the Intern Jaxson attractive and doesn’t take much time to make an offer. Jaxson wants to make a quick career in the job and therefore agrees.
Vane Elwood’s style was a perfect match for that of a politician. I thought Jaxson was kind of cute, but he’s totally determined and knows what he wants.
But what happens when real feelings come into play? What if a jealous intern comes along with a blackmail attempt?

The longer I listened to the story, the better I liked it.
Vane Elwood has a strange kink, but you just have to get involved.

With the narrator Barney Parkwynne I had my difficulties at first, because he read me much too slowly and too monotonous. I raised the speed to 1. 35 and I was able to listen to him much better. I also found that his emphasis got better over the course of the audiobook.

The book is well written and the narrator’s presentation was quite passable.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 27-05-2021

It took me a while, but I ended up liking it.

It took me three attempts to actually get into this book. Start-stop, which is so unlike me.

I'm still not sure why that happened, but eventually, I managed to stay tuned into the audio and ended up liking this book.

After the first chapter was out of the way, I settled in and was not expecting this story, not having read the blurb, which is my norm. I go in without any preconceived ideas and never knew I was missing this kink in my life.

The two main characters are well written, along with the story. Enjoyed the story.

I was not too enamoured by the narrator and had to speed him up to 1.60 on Audible, which is way higher than usual.


Staking His Claim
By: Ki Brightly, M.D. Gregory
Narrated by: Barney Parkwynne
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins


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  • Liliana Ferreira
  • 24-05-2021

Jaxson and Vane

I already had read this story and love it!
For me, Vane Elwood has a kink that I had never read before but it was so good. I really appreciate the kink and the book!
Both MC are great, and they complete each other and are amazing together!
Regarding the narratation, for me, Barney Parkwynne read a bit slowly so I raised the speed to 1.25 and I was able to listen to him much better.

Cant wait for Mark’s book!!!!

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  • loveQhuay
  • 18-05-2021

Hot erotica with great narration

I liked reading this book and was really excited to listen to the audio version too.
I thought the audio will make the book better, but it's still 'just' a 4star read for me. I like the story, the situation and the characters are interesting and the kink is so, so good! I wish there were more book out with this kink (male pregnancy).
The audio was good, I liked the voices, but they weren't as different as I'd like.
Good book, but something is missing for me.

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  • Sadie G
  • 09-05-2021

Scorching

This book is scorching hot. Not your usual kind of kink so it may not be everyone’s jam. The narration was rough. The narrator’s ‘s’ totally sounded like the basilisk in the Harry Potter movie. I bumped it up to 1.5-2.0 speed.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 07-05-2021

Kinky

For some reason this was not what I expected but it was so good! Not like other kinks I've read but really clever! I love the intertwined world of New Gothenburg.

Dominance, drive and devotion would work for this story and its main characters (mostly). I liked that this is a book of passion and kink first and they happen to fall in love. The steamy times was often at the forefront but with unique and captivating underlying storylines it kept me engrossed to see how it all played out. I like that these characters didn't change who they are, they were strong and passionate throughout. A unique kinky read that I really enjoyed!!!

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 02-05-2021

Written well

This was a new kink to me. I must confess I found it a little bizarre in the beginning however once the storyline progressed further I really enjoyed the dynamic of the relationship. With lovely characters and something new to me I found it very enjoyable.

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  • Bev
  • 30-04-2021

well what can I say about this book.

I wasn't expecting to listen to this kind of kink but it made me think that the world is very different. this is my first time listening to both narrator and author.
some of the narrator characters was strange. I was given this opportunity to listen to this book for free and review.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 29-04-2021

Wow

This was a first for me to listen to but wow was this well written and narrated. I loved meeting the main characters they were intriguing and certainly not what I was expecting. This was the first book I have listened to by this narrator however it certainly won’t be my last

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  • JaxBlu
  • 29-04-2021

This needs a trigger warning.

This is probably a me problem and not anyone else's, but due to personal issues, this kink is a trigger. I had no idea this was a kink. To the authors, I get that you want to keep it a surprise, but for me, this brought so much pain. It's a DNF for me.

The narrator is slow, but I sped him up to 1.35x and was easier. He has a unique pattern to his speech that might not appeal to all, but if you can get past that, I think he could be good. I like his baritone.

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