After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.
Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives...but also fighting for their future. A future together.
©2009 Jane Seville (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Absolutely loved this. I already knew the story having read the print version but Alan Smith's narration was spot on and gave the story a dimension often missing from just reading. It was like watching a film in my head. Although sometimes the audio seemed fast, it worked really well, but the dialogue is where this tale excels. The voices were authentic and individual and so true to the story it was great.
The storyline ranks among the top of my favourites in audio
I'm fairly new to m/m romance, but love the protective way D was with Jack.
The main characters first encounter
Hot heartless bad boy!
Love this trope, mean moody silent guy falls for the sweet guy.
The story was original/racy, the damaged-character "D" very well explored, and the actual text well written! Super narration!
A passionate Fujoshi~ Don't mind me I am here for all the BL drama n_n
Zero at Bone was definitely a good read with action and romance but not life changing. The characters are pretty relatable and the plot is consistent although some times slow.
No hesitation! Great story with loads of twists, lovely romantic aspect to the story as well. Alan Smith did a brilliant job of telling the story. Having read the book as well, his voice for D was perfect. All the main characters had a different voice and personality. Really well done Alan!
When Jack first held D's hand in the garden. The first 'hint' of feelings toward each other.
Difficult to choose between Jack or D. But... D has the edge. He came across as complex and deep.
Recommended read if you like this genre.
Really bad narration, I couldn't tell who was who when he was talking and certainly not in character as D. I returned the book. It's a pity but I won't listen to good books ruined by the wrong narrater.
"Loved it in print, love the audiobook"
This is one of my favorite books of all time and it was wonderful to hear these characters brought to life. It has a 4.6 rating on Goodreads with over 4600 reviews, pretty universally loved in the mm romance genre. The narrator did a fantastic job and the story if first rate. The basic story is D is a hit man with a heart who is tortured by his past. Jack is a witness to a mob hit that D is sent to kill. Romance and adventure ensues. The writing is witty and engaging, I've read this book 3x. The only caution I'd give a listener is that I have been waiting for the sequel for years. The author has some pretty good freebies on her website, but not sure if the sequel will ever happen. That being said, still definitely worth a credit.
"It sorta fades out."
Many time, I've wanted to know what happens after. Some stories end too soon, and you're left wondering what happened next. This one, suffers the reverse. A brilliant story, well written, expertly performed and a joy to listen to. The plot wraps up, and then it goes on. And on. It would be improved by dropping the last two hours of the book.
All that said, it's more than worth a credit. It's great and I look forward to more from the author.
"The New Standard for Books w/ Gay Main Characters"
I instantly fell in love with both of the main characters. Honestly, this book has quite a bit of sex but it isn't sex for the sake of sex. It served a purpose and told a love story. So, absolutely. I would definitely listen to this again.
The most interesting would be the entire premise, which is a hired killer unable to kill his target and then they have to run away together. Honestly, it was a good time. The least is the amount of sex. I'd say there's maybe one or two too many sex scenes. Other than that, I'd say the sex was there for a reason.
I absolutely loved Alan Smith as a narrator. He embodied both perspectives with devotion and I was captivated.
I never listen or read a book in one sitting. It's just impossible for me. However, it was a book that I continued to listen to without needing to switch over to a different book for a change.
I'm going to say this, because I believe it whole-heartedly. This is THE STANDARD when it comes to books with gay main characters. There has not been one book I've read/listened to before or after that has come close to impact of how this book made me feel for the characters and story.
I absolutely adored this book. the story was well written. the characters were defined, lovable and annoying at times but great just the same. I loved d the most just because he was so delectably honory.
I saw a couple of reviews that talked about the love scenes and personally I think they are full of crap. I'm glad that the author concentrated on the plot characters and making it all seem realistic than making this about smut.
I really do hope there's a sequel.
Loved this book, I loved that it was not just about the m/m romance but also had a refreshing and interesting storyline.
"Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance"
I first read this book back in 2012 and loved it. As a re-read I still really enjoyed it but sadly felt the narrator fell flat and let the story down.
Dr Jack Francisco leads a very ordinary life until he is witness to a murder when leaving work. Feeling obligated to give evidence at the trial of the men responsible he is removed from his life and placed in protective custody. A contract on his life only further complicates matters.
D is a hitman with morals. He is picky about what jobs he takes and killing a man under Police protection whose only crime was witnessing a murder is not something he is willing to do. When he is blackmailed into taking the job to protect his handler he finds his conscience will still not allow it and he ends up protecting the man he was supposed to kill.
Two more different men you will never find....talk about chalk and cheese! D is a completely closed book. He hasn’t had a sexual relationship in 10 years and hasn’t the first clue about friends, feelings or even being human. No one is more surprised than him when Jack, a man he was supposed to kill, gets under his skin and starts making him feel.
Jack is fantastic. Quite literally dragged from his life and having to rely on a man that was sent to kill him I loved that he could still stick up for himself and be a ballsy! He feels compelled to trust D and stands his ground against the cold and scary hitman.
There is plenty of action and adventure along the way as the pair try to stay alive until the trial date. There is also a slow thawing of a man who doesn’t believe he deserves any love. I love that their relationship wasn’t made easy. There was no quick fix, even after the trial, when they both need each other so much it still isn’t easy.
There is a whole sub plot going on behind the scenes and D has to work frantically to find out who is blackmailing him and why they are so intent on getting the job done. This book has thrill, spills and an imperfect love story...perfect for everyone.
At just under 13 ½ hours this a long book on audio. This was my first book with Alan Smith as the narrator and I just felt it didn’t work. Zero At The Bone is a book filled with emotion, thrills and excitement and the story was lost in a flat narration. There needed to be more pitch in the characters voices to really bring out the story and events.
"Good Story and great Narrator"
The Narrator really made this book come alive
His passion in reading the story. The way his voice rises when the characters are arguing.
Jack in the way he gets Dee to open up from his shell.
"Great Story, Awful Narration!"
A professional narrator! Not some kid who sounds like he just got out of high school.
Out of a few thousand books I read in my lifetime. Zero at the Bone is one of my all time favs. But the audio version was a major disappointment. Actually was very angry that Dreamspinner couldn't cough up the money for a better narrator. I was at least expecting a more masculine voice. Not much difference in voice characterizations and even though there was emotion, it came off as whiny.
If you loved the book, Zero at the Bone, hold it close. Cause you'll no doubt feel like your best friend just died after listening to the audio.
"A Bone to Pick"
I would like to read the sequel if Ms. Seville writes it. Mr. Smith's narrative skills are not to my taste. He's a bit wooden when emotion is needed an over zealous when things could be toned down. He reads like he was picked on to do it and just wants to get it over with.
It wrapped up ok. I would like to find out how they dealt with life afterward.
A more skilled narrator.
"Wish this was more than a gay romance novel."
I really enjoyed the parts of the book that weren't describing the gay sex. It was a great story. Very interesting and compelling. But I'm getting real tired of the fact that everytime I read a "gay" novel, it is practically all about gay sex and not the story. The narrator did a great job I thought in distinguishing between all the characters.
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