Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he's gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. Aside from his rescued pit bull, his only joy is hanging out with his younger brother. Then his mother does the unthinkable and forbids them from seeing each other, leaving Ryder devastated and alone. His friends urge him to date, but Ryder would rather throw himself into working at the dog rescue and figuring out a way to see his brother again.
When Jason Mallory's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he's too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he's hidden deep inside for years.
Jason and Ryder build a friendship - until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they've been fighting. Jason gives Ryder unconditional love and helps him reconnect with his brother, while Ryder shows Jason the passion he's always missed in relationships. Together, they must battle through their family differences and ugly prejudices. Only then can they prove that once you find the right person to love, there's no turning back.
©2016 Felice Stevens (P)2017 Felice Stevens
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"Sweet, sexy & a wonderful HEA!"
This was a low-angst, fluffy, sweet confection. With really, really hot sex scenes. In fact, I was surprised by how, ahem, hot they were. What can I say? This story just made me happy.
Ryder and Jason are two relatable characters, and Stevens does well engaging the reader with POV from both. I loved the juxtaposition of Jason’s supportive family with Ryder’s truly cold-ass-bitch mother. I’m telling you now Ryder’s mother is definitely a character that you’ll love to hate.
The narration for the story is enjoyable, with Charlie David making sure to highlight the more emotional moments well. He has good timing and his tone is good overall, I just wish he’d chosen to do more character voices…all the male voices are really, really similar.
If you’re in the mood for a truly sweet, romantic read with a great cast of characters, steamy sex, and a wonderful HEA, you should check this out.
"Beautiful, in-depth story of discovering love"
No, not better, but Charlie David's superb narration took a fantastic story to new heights. Really elevated the enjoyability by giving actual voice to some unforgettable characters.
Ryder. He had been hurt by many people who never should have hurt him. Yet, he was able to open up, be vulnerable, and ended up with wonderful partner in Jason because of his courage.
Yes. Charlie always brings a fresh and captivating presence to the stories he performs. His acting abilities are consummate, his delivery is smooth, nuanced - never over the top.
Rescued: Discovery and recovery of the heart.
"3.5 stars- A heaping cup of sugar"
Rescued is a revised re-release of Miss Steven’s debut novel. I didn’t read the original, so I can’t comment on the editing or new material, but this is a great lower angst, sweet romance featuring good characters. The narration of the audiobook was smooth and kept with the easy going, enjoyable tone of the story.
The heroes in Rescued meet through a pit bull rescue organization. Their attraction is immediate though stifled by the men’s cynical views of love and relationships. The dogs and rescue center play a significant role in the story, and that made for an interesting touch dog lovers are sure to enjoy. Ryder and Jason were both very likable throughout the book. They had bad experiences in the past that made them a bit nervous about entering a long term relationship, but this hesitation was overcome fairly rapidly. In fact, the bulk of the conflicts that rose between Ryder and Jason as well as those involving secondary characters were fairly low-key.
While Rescued has some characteristics of a gay-for-you romance, it’s less that and more Jason recognizing and embracing his bisexuality following his strong, immediate connection with Ryder. I appreciated that the author spread their friendship which evolved into a romance over a couple months, because it made Jason’s acceptance of his attraction and burgeoning feelings for Ryder much more believable. However, I wished the audience had gotten to experience the build of emotions a bit more. I think by glossing over these moments, it kept the angst to a minimum but also coated the romance with an abundance of sweetness. Though I appreciated the easy fit of this couple, at times it got a little too syrupy for my personal preferences. I did enjoy the contrasting family reactions to the men coming out and liked the way the couple approached conflicts as a united front, embracing the friends and family who loved and supported them unconditionally. Happily, this wasn’t the type of sweet romance that shies away from the heat. I was pleasantly surprised at just how sexy the scenes between Ryder and Jason got. It made for a nice balance- sort of like a delicious chili chocolate.
Overall, this was an enjoyable audiobook with genuinely nice characters, a cute romance, and a solid performance by the narrator. Was I blown away, not really, but it definitely injected some happy into my day. Should you be in need of a sugar high that also boasts a good storyline and some heat, Rescued is a good choice.
*Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
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