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The Palisade

Lavender Shores
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Series: Lavender Shores, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he's been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.

Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.

Both Andrew's and Joel's worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn't have been a big deal. You can't fall in love in that amount of time. That isn't how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

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Learning to love

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I even listened twice before writing my review and got lost in the story of love unfolding through the telling both times. Even the strongest of characters, both in real life and in the best stories, seek acceptance from people whom logic tells us it will never happen. Learning to choose love over a driving need for acceptance was beautifully explored in this tale, with all the angst I’ve witnessed and experienced around choosing love. Thank you for a quality story and a quality narration. Love is not always straight forward, but it is worth the adventure of loving.

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Wonderful storyline

I love the Unique town of Lavender Shores. Confident Joel strolls in to buy a business but ends up with a lot more then he bargained for. Andrew and Joel are soul mates it's a beautiful connection. Love the secondary characters especially Andrew's dad. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series

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  • Kim
  • 12-05-2018

Insta-love.. not for me!

I loved the playfulness and connection between Andrew and Joel. but, when the hard stuff happened and Joel was ready to flip his life upside down for Andrew after only what, five days? It kind of lost me. it didnt feel real after that. the grief and heartache felt way too deep for not knowing someone, and it made the story feel forced. I did like the ending, but wished it had been after at least a few months of conversations and getting to know each other, not a few months of pining and then suddenly reappearing. they didnt even talk during the separation. the narration was okay, but I did struggle following the characters since their voices were so similar.

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  • Wil Shockley-Temple
  • 16-09-2017

Delightful Romance

The story is sweet and delightful. Believable characters and moves at a snappy pace without damaging the storyline. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the story to life and keeping you engaged. Happily recommend!!

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  • H. Martin
  • 07-11-2017

The Palisade

The Palisade is Book 1 in Rosalind Abel's Lavender Shores. Rosalind Abel is actually Brandon Witt, but books by Rosalind will be different than Brandon's typical books of angst and drama. Just to be clear, that's not an insult, I love Brandon Witt's writing!

The Palisade takes place in small town Lavender Shores in California and sounds like a fantastic place to live! Joel is sent to town by his father to find the perfect location for the coffee shop they plan to open, just another store in their chain of stores. Joel is persuasive, a little used care salesman type personality, and always working for daddy's approval. On his first night in town, he notices the beautiful Andrew. After a hot night together, Joel plans to go about his business of conquering the town and getting what his father wants. Only, things aren't going as well as he planned and he's struggling to find away to get around the rules of the town. Plus, he has to spend his day being shown real estate with Andrew, who he wants more than any man he's ever met.

For his part, Andrew's family are founders of their small town. He loves Lavender Shores and doesn't want to live anywhere ele, which is why he remains single. Andrew longs for a family of his own but doesn't have any prospects in his small town. Andrew feels like Joel is the person he's meant to be with and falls in love quickly, like in a day. I absolutely adored Andrew, his family, and all the characters of Lavender Shores. Andrew's family, especially his dad, were absolutely hilarious, embarrassing and lovable. Honestly, I'd take a book just on his dad so I hope he shows up in the other books in the series!

The narrator of this story is Kirt Graves, who always does a great job with his narration. He has an easy to listen to voice, keeps a good pace, and has no weird pauses. He's able to bring the story to life and give characters individual voices. He really just let me fall into the story through his voice!

This story is an instalove story, but not necessarily an instaHEA one. The men will have to work for their HEA, especially when the truth of who Joel is and what he wants comes out. This is definitely a sweet love story, and one I'd recommend you check out. Especially the audio!


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  • Stephanie VO
  • 10-10-2017

Amazing!!

This book was great before the audio and with the narration by Kirt Graves it was amazing!! I love that the Lavender Shores people felt more real and I loved every minute of it! Kurt just bring these characters to life and it made me so happy. If you haven't read this book or if you have you really need to get the audio.

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  • Lisa Jackson
  • 08-10-2017

Awesome

Loved The Palisade. Kirt Graves did an amazing job narrating this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book and can't wait to listen to the rest of the Lavender Shores series.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 05-10-2017

Audio book is awesome!

i fell in love with Joel and Andrew! The author created multi faceted characters that you dream and cry with. Lavender Shores is now a real place in my heart and i want to go visit and celebrate with everyone!

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  • Amor Leer
  • 26-09-2017

great narration

What did you love best about The Palisade?

Not only did I enjoy the book The Palisade, but Kirt Graves made the character come to life for me.
The narrator was clear in his speech and really seemed to get into character and this made for very pleasant listening.
I will definitely be looking out for more Lavender Shores on audio.

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  • KristyN
  • 22-09-2017

Great narration of a great book!

Love the author and I look forward to every single one of his books! And the audio was fantastic! Definitely did the book justice!! ❤️

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  • Amy Reads
  • 22-09-2017

I really enjoyed my time in Lavender Shores!

The story was very sweet, the sex was very hot, and I loved all the supporting characters. Andrew's family was hilarious! I look forward to the rest of the series, but I will wait until they are released on audiobook. Kirt Graves did an outstanding job narrating this one. He is quickly becoming one of my Top 5 favorite narrators :)

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 27-03-2020

too sweet

It's review time 🎧

Narrator score🎧 ; kurt was amazing as always I loved his performance. it was so sweet and cute.

Level of steam🔥: the book had steam, but it took time. it was lovely and kinda hot in the right places. and I adored it.

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: the book wasn't sad at all. it was a light and lovely story.

The book itself📖: It was the definition of adorable. I loved the characters. the whole concept of the little place with a theme of a color it was adorable. the family was sweet. and the development of the couple was cute and somehow sticky as molasses.