After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.
The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can't he bring himself to pull the trigger?
After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle - dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.
Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they're forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.
But each man's scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them.
Note: Contains m/m/m scenes and is intended for mature audiences.
©2016 Sloane Kennedy (P)2016 Sloane Kennedy
Yes, I'd recommend this for anyone who likes reading and/or listening to an m/m/m romance with a bit of a who-dunnit mystery, and who enoys a slow-build up and don't require non-stop graphic sex.
I liked the slow buildup, and getting to know each of the three MCs and their backstories. The fact that it's told from all three's POV worked surprisingly well mainly due to Joel's excellent personalization as each character had his own distinct voice.
I love Joel Leslie and his narrations. His vocal range seems endless; US English, British English, Australian English, females, males and children. It's another quality production from Joel, and I won't rate this against his other as each sets of characters demands different approaches and ranges.
I loved it, and can't wait for the next book, both from Sloane Kennedy and Joel Leslie!
I loved this audio the narrator really brought the story to life.I loved the book but this was even better you get to feel all the emotions of each character..I listened to it all in one sitting I just couldn't turn it off.
I loved the audio edition but nothing compares to the written story. Although, I did find the audio useful for sunbathing, I can't read on my kindle in the sun, so the audio version came in handy.
This is my first audio book that I have listened to and I loved it.
Joel has quite a calming voice and it took some getting used to, mainly because he's American and I'm English. After the first chapter I got used to it.
***This story may contain triggers for some listeners***
This audio book was gifted to me by the author. I'm sorry to say that although the story is OK, the narration IMHO is not. Joel Leslie's interpretation of Jonas was fine, cos that must be within his normal range of voice. His narration of Mace however...well, it sounded exactly like his attempt to voice Law Castille in Jez Morrow's 'Force of Law'...poor. Mr Leslie obviously can't narrate the imagined voices of deep, commanding 'alpha' men as he adopts a raspy, wavering, barely there tone which irritates...so why does he bother?? I didn't listen far enough into the audio book to hear what his narration of Cole was like I'm afraid.
As for the story....my Goodreads review April 2016. Have you heard the one about the gay guy, the bisexual and the straight ex Navy Seal?? No?? Well, I suggest you read this story, and prepare to suspend disbelief AND accept a humongous amount of sometimes eye-rolling drama. What could be included in the story was...insta-love, drunken parents, teen abuse, a vigilante squad, death, human trafficking...you name it, it was there BUT for all that, it was a decent enough read and I was happy that there was a HEA for the 3 stars of the story - Jonas, Mace and Cole.
Have to say this series has improved as it's progressed, but if Joel Leslie is the series narrator, I won't be listening to any more.
I loved this story. The building relationships between Jonas, Mace and Cole is well developed. Their past haunts all of them and this pulls them together. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the speed they fell in love, but as the story went on I felt it worked well.
For me the amazing narration by Joel Leslie really pulled me into the various emotions that Jonas, Mace and Cole go through and raised it to 5 stars.
This audio book was entertaining, but didn’t love it. There were too many things that made me uncomfortable about the story, the issues covered, and the way they were handled.
Being an M/M/M romance/thriller, we had three MC’s, Mace, Jonas and Cole, and we got alternate chapters from each POV. The plot began as intriguing, and I was interested in Mace’s mission and Jonas, the man he was sent to kill. However, what distracted me immediately from the story was the narration of Mace’s voice. The man sounded like he’d been swilling whisky, smoking cigars and was about to cry with each word spoken. The narrator did MILES better with Jonas and Cole, but Mace’s melodrama and constant pained angst was completely annoying and hammy.
There are some very nasty subjects mentioned in this story, paedophilia, child rape, and murder, for starters. And this is my main issue with the story. The way both Cole and Mace ‘handled’ Jonas, knowing he’d been abused, made me feel really uncomfortable. For the first 60% of the story there was no sex. It was a slow burn thriller, however, both men were still physical with Jonas, as in touching him, pressing him to the wall, controlling him with their bodies. Anyone who has researched how to deal with abuse victims knows NEVER touch without the person giving permission. Mace and Cole’s behaviour came across as major triggers in my opinion. They were a little more sensitive when it came to the sex scenes, however by the time we got to M/M/M sex at 65% in the story, the plot had become so ‘soap opera’, far fetched and melodramatic that I just couldn’t take the sex scenes or their admissions of ‘I love you’ every five seconds, seriously.
The narration actually made me laugh out loud during the sex scenes, and really, I’m sure that wasn’t supposed to be the desired effect.
The M/M/M relationship was instantaneously true love, which I found completely unrealistic, seeing as Cole had said he had never even been attracted to a man before and suddenly he’s in love a two *major eye roll*.
Unfortunately, i should have gone with my gut feeling. This book was not for me.
I'd already read the book but when I saw that this was available on audio I couldn't resist. I'd really enjoyed the book, but as an audio addict I knew I'd enjoy having it narrated to me as I commute to and from work.
Having the characters brought to life by audio doubled my enjoyment of what is already a wonderful story.
I love the characters - they're all messed up in their own way but together they make sense.
Mace. Oh God, that voice sent shivers through me. So perfect.
I've searched out and purchased another audio by him I loved his performance that much. The only other narrator I did that for was Sean Crisden and that opened up a load of doors to author's I'd not read before so I hope this does the same!
I wish that I could - no time for that sort of luxury - but I found I couldn't wait for my next trip in the car so I could listen for 45 minutes or so.
Buy this book!
I bought this book because it was a whispersync deal and I liked the cover. I never even read the synopsis so I had no idea it was a M/M/M romance. I have read a few M/M but usually dnf and up until this book there was only 1 I had finished and loved. There are just certain things I don't like in m/m romance and I've found that most of them have all of those things but this one did not! I listened to this one straight through! I enjoyed the characters, all 3 of them were so different and I loved that. I think it made their attraction to each other seem so easy and natural (I mean natural like it couldn't be any other way, it just made perfect sense and it was there from the very first time they met). The only downfall for me was the insta-love. I absolutely felt the pull between them, I felt the attraction and I felt like I could see them falling in love one day but.... the first week. I can not wrap my head around being in love when you barely know each other and that was what was happening here. If the story would have been a little longer with a little more time for scenes that helped show the progression of their relationship I think it might have been a 5 star read for me. The story was action packed with lots of baggage and lots of sexy scenes. I can't wait to check out book 2!
The narrator does a great job doing all 3 voices so different that I never once was confused about who was talking and that isn't easy for me normally with single narrated audiobook! I didn't think his voice was perfect for the characters but that's just casting.
"Hooked on this series!"
Oh man this was good! I’m not usually one for dramatic suspense but this one had me HOOKED! I obviously knew Mace won’t end up killing Jonas, but the reason why wasn’t apparent for a good long while and in the meantime I kept worrying for our boys!
I loved the way all three members of this triad were equal and that virtually nothing happened without the other there. This is a true equal relationship where they all fell in love together at the same time. It’s remarkably well done.
The angst is painful and hard to read. I think Mace’s story hit me the hardest. As a parent there is NOTHING as hard to live through (or imagine) than the death of a child and Mace’s guilt in this is gut wrenching.
I appreciated the imperfect way that things ended for our guys. I liked the work around the author gave us for solving some of the trickier problems, and the way that some issues just can’t be readily fixed.
Cole’s father and his situation was a nice side story as was the leading in to the next story with Ronan. I’m already hooked and his story hasn’t even started yet! (But you can bet I’m reading it next!)
This was a wonderful book – sweet, sexy, tense, dramatic, romantic, suspenseful and sappy. Just perfect!
Joel Leslie gave us another outstanding performance. He manages to differentiate the MCs and the other guys in Mace’s group. (I love, love, loved Mav’s voice!) He does a good job with the female characters and the children as well. He has a great sense of timing and emotion and moves the story along at a good pace, too. He definitely added to the overall enjoyment of this story.
4.5 of 5 stars
"A definite hit"
This was my first Audible experience and I must say it was amazing. I had already read Absolution but was offered the chance to listen and review for free. Can't pass up on that :)
Being able to hear the voices gives another level of meaning to the story. You can just feel it more. I was not disappointed and will definitely do more audio in the future.
"Heart and panty melting!"
The title of this book says it all. Who wouldn't want to be set free from the guilt of past actions, sad memories, traumas or experiences? Sloane Kennedy manages to tell the story of three men who in their way have something to overcome and they do it while discovering love for each other. As a woman I never thought that the description of three men having sex would be so arousing! As a reader I feel I am going through the emotions of each character as they tell the story from each of their point of view. I read the book before I had a chance to listen to the story on Audible and I wasn't sure what to expect. Joel Leslie manages to give each character their own voice and I really couldn't stop until I was able to listen to the whole book in the space of 24hrs. I really cannot wait for the other books in this series to be released. Well done Sloane for the amazing writing you do and great choice of narrator for these books.
"The Power of Three"
I absolutely love this book! I have read this book already but to put a voice to the characters brought it more to life for me.
The raw emotion that is felt between the characters of Jonas, Mace and Cole is so intense and I was able to feel it through the narrators voice!
Three lost souls searching for love and a way to forgive themselves of their horrible pasts come together sharing, their strengths, weakness, fears, and love!
Mace a once cop struggling with a past that has made him hard and at unable at times to see the good in people only the absolute bad.
Jonas kicked out at 14, struggled living in the streets suffered at the hands of some horrible people. Now as an adult never let's anyone close to him in fear of what they may take from him.
Cole former Navy lost his family the day his sister was brutally murder, his mother slowly died of a broken heart/illness and he lost his father to alcohol! Just wants some the pain to go away and wants to start to life again but doesn't know how!
Lies and betrayal bring these three men together but will love keep them together once the dust settles?
"Good story, great narrator"
Jonas felt the most real to me. I worried that his character would be a "damsel in distress", while the big men protected him, but fortunately, that didn't happen. He had his own agency, and that was nice.
I love listening to Joel Leslie. He does a good job with character differentiation, and he is easy to listen to. He doesn't do any weird pronunciations, so it is easy to most past listening to immerse yourself in the story.
It was good. I will probably check out the next book.
"One of the best Trio love stories ever"
This book ranks as my second favorite polyamory (menage) story behind Bound by Law by S.E. Jakes. It was one of the most angst filled books I’ve ever read and I loved it! I enjoyed the narration, but I was the only one in our group read that liked the narrator. I found him easy to listen to and was able to follow the various voices quite easily,
Mace Calhoun was a hired mercenary with an assignment to take out Jonas Davenport, a gay pedophile who supposedly used his art to lure young artists and molest them. In the course of his surveillance, Mace began having doubts about Jonas’ culpability, so Mace began insinuating himself into Jonas’ life for more tangible proof of his crimes against little boys. Mace learned that Jonas was still recovering from the murder of his roommate, which he was an eyewitness too. Soon Mace and Jonas became attracted to each other. Just as their attraction was peaking, Mace’s plan was discovered by an ex-navy seal Cole Bridgerton, who was the older brother of Jonas’ murdered roommate.
When it was revealed that someone was after Jonas, Mace & Cole teamed up to protect Jonas and that’s when the three of them came to rely on each other. The three men had such baggage and were so emotionally damaged. It was a group of drowning men barely holding to each other to keep from drowning. It was an emotion plot, and I felt for all three equally. I really applaud this author for not making one character “more” important in the trio. Despite having different needs, I felt like Mace, Cole and Jonas were equally important members of their triad. Each person had chemistry with the other so any two of the trio could have been a hot couple. The author balanced them really well and thus I never saw them as anything but a threesome.
I wish the rest were available in audio because I would have gone right into the next book. It appears that there are at least 2 more books in this series so I am planning to read them as soon as I can.
"One of the best stories EVER"
I loved the narrator voice and speed and the story was will written. easily one of the best books I've heard on this site.
I think this has to be one of the best books that I have listened to. I really hope they keep this series going. It was a menage with m/m/m. I thought it had some great action, angst, love, and suspense. This book was a must listen to and must read.
"The narration is as intense as the story."
The narrators ability to take on many different characters, and give each one their own distinct personality.
When Jonas finally, fully opens up to Cole and Mace. Emotionally, physically, mentally... he lets down every barrier and truly lets them love him.
Is that a trick question? Everything! I will say that he's an Auto-buy for me i enjoy his talent just that much. For this book particularly he was able to take 2 strong, overbearing, alpha male types and stay true to their character while not overloading the voicing with testosterone. It really worked, which was also my favorite aspect of the storyline.
I just really enjoyed it. So much so that I'll probably listen to it over and over again.
This is a new Author to me, I've not read any of her books. As I said, I get everything Joel Leslie narrates because I enjoy his talent so much. It was amazing to listen to how he brought Kennedy's story to life. There are two alpha males in this threesome, but for whatever reason, it works. I love that Kennedy found a way to write these characters, Cole and Mace, and Leslie was able to convey that in the voicing that stayed true to their personality and characterization. Each man wants to be in charge, but for different reasons. Each man brings something different and valuable to the relationship and they when to bend, so it flows well. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this Author, highly recommend this lovely listen.
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