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Asher Black

The Five Syndicates, Book 1
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
Series: The Five Syndicates Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Summary

He was supposed to kill me.

I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then...we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. But when their fixer comes to kill her, he ends up sparing her life in exchange for a favor - be his fake fiancé or die.

Note: This is a full-length novel with sexually mature situations unsuitable for underage audiences. Please, proceed with caution.

©2017 Parker S. Huntington (P)2017 Parker S. Huntington

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very funny and unique

I've now read the book and listened to the audible narration and since I already liked the book A LOT- it was quite fun to listen and hear Lucy's inner rambling said aloud. the story has some typical romantic tropes but I felt they were introduced in a new way that made the story feel new and unique and seriously I laughed out loud quite often. The narrator was new to me and she has a unusual cadence and speech pattern that took a little while for me to get used to but eventually that went away and I was just happy to listen to the story. I think that Lucy and Asher have a great story and I recommend both the book and audiobook.

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I love Lucy!

This book kept me hooked from the intrigue, twists and turns, romps, harshness, tenderness, betrayals and courage. The characters were well written and the whole thing brought to life by the fantastic characterisation of Lacy Laurels voice! I think this would make a great movie! (Well it did! In my head!)
I was hooked and I love Lucy and Asher Black!

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Lots of angst

Wouldn't mind meeting Asher myself after reading this rollercoaster story between Lucy and Asher. Plenty of action mixed up with boardroom battles and mafia connections. Well written storyline with excellent narrative. Can't wait to listen to the other stories in this series.

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Narration was boring could not get into story because it was told by narrator who had no presence when telling the story

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Epic

This book is just amazingly epic. I did not want to put it down, in fact I stayed up ridiculously late in order to finish this one

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Good book but narration poor

Good story, but the narrator is poor in my opinion. Pauses in strange places, always sounds surprised and struggles saying simple words such as ‘cavalry’ - also random weird words said such as ‘stupecation’ which I assume is supposed to be ‘stupification’, with pauses in front of some words. Dual narration would also have made this a more vivid listen.

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Parker S Huntington does it again

I loved the story of Lucy and Asher, Parker’s writing is pure magic.
Unfortunately the Narration was a big disappointment for me and that’s why I couldn’t give a 5* review.

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a mafia romance like no other

whilst this has aspects of mafia romance its not the main focus which I loved, Asher is one hot book boyfriend
narration was absolutely perfect and lacy laurel does both voices so well
even tho it's the first in the series it is a stand alone
cant recommend it enough
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Asher Black will make you swoon

I enjoyed listening to Asher Black. I loved the narration, it was easy to follow and the performance was great. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes mafia books, rich business men, funny independent women, or a combination of all the above. This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I’m looking forward to reading more.

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The whole package!

Lucy Ives was a foster kid, she didn't have an easy upbringing, floating from foster home to foster home. She hightailed it out of the country to volunteer abroad as soon as she turned 18 to escape her awful life and what it had become. She's back now, and her roommate talks her into going to a club on her first night back. When the unthinkable happens and Lucy is stuck in a situation, she makes a call to the cops which she realizes belatedly was the absolute wrong thing to do. When the mafia's fixer comes to take care of her, he ends up doing her a favor and sparing her life. Now he tells her she owes him a favor, play the role of his fiance or he will finish the job he was suppose to do in the first place.

Asher Black is the mafia's fixer, he works for the Romano family. He is cold, calculating, and oh so dream worthy! He spares Lucy's life realizing he can use her to his advantage.

Lucy and Asher have an instant gravitation towards each other. They keep you rooting for them the whole time. When things start to fall into place everything just feels right in the world. Lucy realizes she wants this thing between her and Asher to be real and she keeps reminding herself it's just for show, even though the signals Asher are giving don't seem fake.

This book blew me away. It was sweet and dark and suspenseful and loving and just everything all wrapped up in one. Of course I do have a soft spot for mafia romances, they are always the books I am drawn to. I love the suspense of them and the sweetness as well. You get to see both sides of the coin when it comes to the male lead. You see the lethal side and the loving side and realizes they are really just one in the same, they are lethal because they are protecting those they love.

Asher was the epitome of perfection! I was taken with him from the start and I never looked back!

This book was a favorite for sure and one I will revisit often. I loved it with all the action/drama/romance.. I just can't get enough of the Romano family. Parker really has a way with words and knows how to keep you engulfed in a book so much to where you forget where you are. You feel as though you are there immersed within the pages, living along side the characters. They feel so real it's as though you know them personally and are a part of their lives.

The performance of this book was great! Lacy did a fabulous job narrating this book! I look forward to listening to more of her work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-20

Narration is horrible

I was looking forward to this book; however, the narration completely ruined it. The main character's narrator hurries through every sentence and has a slight lisp. I just can't listen to it. I think if she slowed down and read the story with emotion and not as though she is ready for her lunch hour it would be a compelling audible. I may just go and read the book and try to forget I ever heard try to give it a listen.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 04-01-18

Amazing!

Parker S Huntington has written and amazing story and the narration by Lacy Lauren just made it that much better! This is not your typical mafia romance book. It has some tension and angst in the beginning but with a few times that you will giggle yourself silly. You can see the way this relationship grows from beginning to end with no parts skipped. I love the way it started, the way it continued and the way it ended. There is no part in this book that is not loved and you will not regret getting this audiobook to listen to. I myself can’t wait for the next!

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  • Nicole B.
  • 09-11-17

Hilarious and Hot

This audio was laugh out loud funny. The story of a young, very smart, attractive woman forced into a situation with an Alpha mobster due to her own actions. The internal ramblings of her mind quite often had me laughing out loud. I did find that if I was interrupted at all I would have to go back in the Audio because I wasn’t sure if she was speaking to herself or if she was in a two sided conversation. Asher Black was dark and brooding but he also was protective, intuitive, and sexy as sin. The narrator has a very distinct cadence to her voice which was distracting for me and did little to help the story. If you’re looking for a quick witted listen, this audio is for you.

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 08-11-17

I need more!

This book was awesome! It had me hooked from the beginning. I could not put it down. The story was so well written. I fell in love with the characters and became so invested. The chemistry between Lucy and Asher was crazy. I was yelling at them in my head so often. Lucy is perfect for Asher- they just need to get their S together. I can not wait for the next installment!

Narration and production is flawless. I have had the pleasure of listening to several of Lacy's narrations and have loved them all. She always gives a great performance!

Highly recommend!

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  • Darla Low
  • 04-09-19

Hard Listen

I absolutely loved this story. It was recommended by a friend who was READING the book. This narrator was so hard to listen to. The cadence and inflection of her voice was completely off. Several mispronounced words. If not for the great writing of this author and the very interesting story, I would have given up. Serious debate about going on to the next book, but Parker is an excellent writer. Maybe going "old school" and actually turn a written page. Sad, I usually love listening.

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  • Book Bruin
  • 04-01-18

A Hilarious and Unconventional Romance!

Asher Black is not my typical read/listen. I actually don't think that I have ever read a mafia book/romance. I'm so happy that I took the chance though to discover this new to me author!

This was a really entertaining audiobook and the heroine had me laughing throughout most of the book. Lucy's inner monologue and her back and forth banter with Asher was fantastic. Throw in the whole fake fiance trope and this was an awesome debut novel. Even though there are some heavier and more serious moments in the book, Lucy and Asher's interactions and chemistry kept it more lighthearted and playful. Readers/listeners may find a few parts of the story a little over the top, but for me it just made it more fun. This is my first time listening to the narrator, Lacy Laurel. I thought that she did a great job as Lucy and I felt her performance was perfect for the character.

I didn't find the book to be super mafia heavy and though the overall pacing was fine, I felt like the end was a little rushed. I would have loved to have Asher's POV, but overall, this was a really enjoyable book and I look forward to reading/listening to more by this author.

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  • Michelle
  • 30-01-20

meh ..

I had to make myself keep listening a couple times mostly just because of the narrator... I mean I've heard worse but not by much. i was really impressed with Huntington's "devious lies" but this barely hold a candle to that one.. but it may have been the narrator.. I'll get the next one with different narrators and see.

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  • Christy D
  • 09-01-18

Asher Black

This story was a fun and quick listen for me. The overall story line was a mixture of fun, action packed, & romance. Lucy’s roommate is rather fun, and sometimes annoying. But she is the first real friend Lucy has ever had. Asher doesn’t really have anyone either and that really pulls them together. I will be honest to me the best part of the story was the last couple of hours of listening, that is when the main action is happening. The book does have a bit of humor as well! The narration was very nice and easy to listen to.

I must be honest on this part though the blurb was a bit misleading to me. I never felt Lucy was in danger form Asher. And I was expecting way more mob ties throughout the story but their is very little mob action in this story.

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 31-12-17

Loved listening to this!

Great listen. Loved the story and the characters, plenty of humor too. Really enjoyed Lucy’s mental ramblings. Excellent narrator who made it very entertaining to listen. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-06-19

good story!

didn't love the narraration. Also the beginning kind of rambled and I gad to make myself read though it. after the push through it got good. mystery love amd mafia....what else do you need lol

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