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After the Storm

Narrated by: Mark James
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Heartbroken after the death of his eccentric lover, Jenks is left to care for Mutt’s beloved pets on a lovely but isolated estate. With only the animals for company and rejected years earlier by his family when he left school to be with his lover, Jenks worries he’s fading from the world - until one misty morning when he discovers a half-drowned man on the bank of the river. And not just any man, but one who may have been the victim of an attempted murder.

James Griffin is respectable and married...and has buried his true passion his entire life. Jenks’s gentle manner and keen mind stir in him the sort of longing he wishes he had for his wife. The same frustrated wife he now wonders may have plotted his demise. His memories clouded, Griffin knows he must discover his attacker’s identity, resolve matters in his unhappy marriage...and confront the desire he feels for the shy but tenacious Jenks.

Together, they return to London to learn the truth of Griffin’s near murder. The police believe the incident nothing more than an accident, leaving Griffin and Jenks to find their way through a tangle of conflicting desires and ambitions to hunt the truth on their own.

©2019 K. Rothwell (P)2019 K. Rothwell

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Enjoyable time piece

A journey back in time, this book is full of angst, suspense, who done it, attempted murder and amateur detectives.
James Griffin washes up on the manor's river bank and Jenks's life changes, he has been living in his lovers house, thanks to his will leaving it all to the animals, and naming Jenk's as their carer. Jenks wants to make sure James gets back to his wife, even after a short time he has feelings for the man. They go back and find out it wasn't an accident and someone tried to murder James, through the finding out what happened to a happy ending. Quite enjoyed this book

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  • Vania
  • 24-06-19

A great historical novel!

Every time I read a new Summer Devon historical novel I fall more and more in love!

After the Storm is a sweet book about finding one’s way in life, discovering and owning who you are and what you want.
Jenks and Griffin have an instant connection, and are brought nearer by trying to find out the truth about Griffin’s assault, which brought him to Jenks’s doorstep.

After the storm is a well-plotted, intriguing and interesting book, and Mark James’s narration enhances the experience tenfold, as usual!

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 13-07-19

Great characters

I really enjoyed this historical romance. Jenks and Griffin were both good men in difficult situations, and I loved watching them grow closer and begin to make each other happy. The mystery of who attacked Griffin was interesting, and the glimpses of Jenks' former lover Mutt were great. There were sad moments, but overall the story was positive and hopeful. The narrator did a wonderful job of making this book even better. I loved it!

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  • Georgiana
  • 20-06-19

Feel, don’t think

I found both men to be gentle and sweet.

"Be as honest as you can. Hurt as few people as possible but don’t be afraid of life.”

Jenks is a kind man who is left to take care of the animals of his lover who has passed away. Finding Griffin not only makes his life a little more interesting, since now there is a possible crime to solve, but also brings a little light to his life as he helps Griffin discover new desires.

This story is pleasant, entertaining, with light suspense and a little twist.

I read this story first and though I did enjoy it, the audiobook version is way better. Mark James does an exceptional job and brought the characters to life much more than my imagination could have when just reading. He has such a pleasant voice. I love the way the emotions come through in Mark James’s narration.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 20-06-19

Mark James increased my enjoyment of this book!

This has happened to me in the past. I've read a book and really liked it but then get to listen to the audiobook and LOVE it. Mark James performance of After the Storm absolutely increased my enjoyment of a really good story by Summer Devon. His voice is so pleasing to listen to and he gets all of the inflections and pacing just right. I hope he plans on recording many more books.

Below is the original review I posted when I read the book a couple of months ago.

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I love historical MM romance stories!

I have many books by Summer Devon in my digital library and have listened to several as audiobooks. After the Storm is the first one I've actually read (as opposed to listening to) and I liked it a lot.

Historical MM stories always break my heart a little because of how the MCs (main characters) have to hide themselves. Yes, I know that contemporary MM characters sometime also feel the need to hide but it usually isn't for fear of being arrested and possibly killed.

Jenks was left to care for his dead lover's animals and doesn't have much of a life. He finds James nearly drowned in the river one morning and everything changes.

James is married to a lovely woman but there is no passion between them and both of them are unhappy. After he is saved by Jenks he realizes why he's not happy with his wife.

There is a great mystery in this love story: who knocked James out and left him in the river to die? The story takes many twists and when the culprit is revealed I was totally surprised. I liked how the problem regarding James unhappy marriage was resolved.

This was a really great novella; if it comes out as an audiobook I will be ready and eager to experience the story all over again.

An advanced copy of this audiobook was generously provided to me by the author but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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  • VHB
  • 11-07-19

This was a good all storie.

nice audio.
not too long
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  • nolmstym
  • 01-07-19

Historical Romance

This story is a historical romance. Grif wakes up in the water and has little recollection of how he ended up there - Jenks finds him and brings him in. Jenks has been on his own caring for his deceased lovers pets. They work together to find who may have tried to kill Grif, falling along the way. Its a short sweet slow burn story.

Narration by Mark James was great.

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 29-06-19

You make my world colorful and alive again

Summer Devon + Narrator Mark James = Eargasms! 😁🔥😉 Seriously though, when it comes to MM historical romances, Summer Devon has always done right and this is yet another win and an enjoyable listen! 💜

Jenks has been living a half life since his lover passed away. In a very eccentric home with the pets he acts as a caretaker, Jenks no longer knew the meaning of life. Life is so monotonous and dull and unchanging. Until one misty morning, he discovered and rescued a half-dead man in the river he always go to row and exercise. Griffin is kind, handsome and definitely Jenks’ type. Except the man had no idea how he fell into the river, soaking wet and look half dead and very much married. Griffin also has been living a lie and a half life. Although he loves his wife as a friend, he has no physical desires towards her. And as a result, his marriage has been difficult and unhappy for awhile. And he argued with his wife and went for a walked and fell into the river and luckily barely alive? That can’t be just coincidence and mere luck. Meanwhile, his savior and rescuer seems too much appealing and scrumptious. If Griffin wants to know who wants him dead, he has to work with his savior Jenks who can possibly become more than his life saver.

Although this is a historical romance, I would say this story is much more heavy on the plot and world building than the actual romance. ☺️ Yes, the attraction, UST and romance was there. However, the story focuses much more on the mystery and thriller aspect of who was the killer. And you will be gobsmacked when you finally found out who. 😱 I think Jenks and Griffin is made for each other and are definitely adorable together. ❤️ The epilogue was lovely. And I love how everything was untangled in the end. And as always, needless to say, Mark James did an excellent job narrating this lovely story. 👏 Highly recommended to those who love their romances with some mystery/thriller aspect in it. 😊



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  • Stephanie VO
  • 28-06-19

Love!!

Summer Devon has been becoming my favorite historical romance author. Just these stories have away to make me love them everytime. Jenks and Griffin's is so sweet about finding love and being you. Then I am just absolutely in love with Mark James narration. He just pulls me into the story even more. I just fall for this story. Love it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-19

How did I get here...

The story starts when Jenks finds a man floating in the river close to where he lives. That man is James Griffin from London. Neither Jenks or Griffin know how Griffin ended up miles from his home after being bashed in the head. Did he have an accident or was it more sinister. Jenks and Griffin search for answers to what really happened the night of Griffin's disappearance from home but they also have to decide where their future will take them "after the storm". I really enjoyed this story and the narration by Mark James. Highly recommended.

I received an arc in exchange for my honest review.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 22-06-19

Endearing

You can't help but feel empathy for Griffin with his ambivalence and indecision about the changes taking place in his personal life and acknowledge his feelings. i liked that Jenks saw what Mutt's real intentions were with his will stipulations. I loved the strength of both guys to take that hige leap and try to cohabitate together. I enjoyed the narrator's accent and expressions.

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