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Breaking Ground

Castle Harbor, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan Lee
Series: Castle Harbor Series, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Fail, and you lose it all. Win, and you lose him.

Braden is determined to get this resort project off the ground but has one little problem. He faces a very enthusiastic gang of environmentalists protecting puffins. And one of those protesters is awfully cute.

Jesse came to Castle Harbor to open the puffin refuge and never left. He’s willing to risk everything for his beloved wildlife habitats. Though he’s well-acquainted with wild beauty, he’s not expecting the habitat’s enemy to be so handsome.

When Braden confronts Jesse to discover how to get what they both want, the two realize what they want is unspeakable. This can only be worked out behind closed doors.

Can two deeply devoted men find those feelings in each other?

This enemies to lovers gay romance audio book features a pair of polar opposites afraid to lose it all, only to gain more than they imagined possible. This audiobook and all other audiobooks in this standalone series can be listened to in any order.

©2019 Equal Love Publishing (P)2019 Equal Love Publishing

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  • Readers 4Life
  • 11-10-19

Really pretty bad all around

DNF at 21%
I received an Audible code in exchange for a review. The narrator killed any chance the story had for me. It was too flat and stiff. The story itself was pretty bad, too. I didn't have any interest in the MCs and felt their dialogues did not match their internal thoughts. The environmentalist was an irritational blow hard, yelling unreasonably at the developer he's supposedly crushing on.

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  • Love222
  • 14-11-19

OK listen

The narration was a little stiff and wooden here and there and the pacing of the story is off but overall it's a nice start to the series.

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  • Rachel BGP
  • 27-10-19

Just okay

I was enjoying the story and then it just wrapped up to quickly. It just felt too rushed. I will be listening to the next one tho.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-19

Great start to a new series!

Great enemy to lovers story! I loved the tension between the MCs. I hope to see the supporting characters get their HEA!

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  • Voska
  • 18-10-19

Okay

The story was okay except for the fact the main characters go from enemies to in love so fast that it’s very unbelievable. The narrator also doesn’t do the book any justice. There is no distinction between the voices and a lot of the times he sounds very wooden, like a high schooler reading a text book in front the class. Honestly I’m going to avoid books by this narrator in the future.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 17-10-19

Good Start To Series

I surprisingly ended up enjoying this short low angst book. My only issue was the new to me narrator who did not vary the voices of the two MC but did great with side characters. He was also a bit monotone. That being said if you are looking for something light hearted it is still worth listening to or reading.

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  • Esther A
  • 17-10-19

Enjoyable Story

A very enjoyable story that kept me entertained. I really like the back and forth banter between Jesse and Braden especially with the sexual chemistry buzzing all around them. Their arguing leads to some great explosive sex as they try to come to some kind of compromise about the resort. The narrator was okay but just a bit flat and monotone through a lot of it. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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  • Sue C
  • 13-10-19

good series start

Good story (providing you don't need a lot of character development or character background) with a good pace and an interesting cast of characters.
Narration was a little flat and it was sometimes hard to distinguish which character was speaking, but overall I enjoyed it.
I look forward to book 2.

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  • Marianne H.
  • 11-10-19

Enemies to Lovers mm romance

Breaking Ground by JP Oliver is about two polar opposite men; Braden, a suit who has been given an assignment by his higher ups and is determined to get his project off the ground and Jesse, an environmentalist loving puffin. You can only imagine the trouble when these two meet and differences clash. When Jesse came to Castle Harbor to open the puffin refuge, he never left. Castle Harbor is his home and the puffin refuge is everything he stands for and he’s willing to fight for that, even if it means sabotage the hot AF suit who’s appearance has shaken Jesse. So when Braden confronts Jesse, and tries to reason with him by collaborating to build the resort, emotions get tangled up and soon they discover that what they both want isn’t something they expected. Only time will tell if these two devoted men can work behind closed doors to discover what kind of passion they can agree upon. It comes down to trust and loyalty, not just with their life’s work but with each other.

Breaking Ground is an enemies to lovers gay romance novel that contains minimal drama, humor, and hot sex!

This is my first listen from Ryan Lee and although this does a good job, I wish he would given the characters a little more characters and differentiate their voices to show more personality. I’ll admit that I’m spoiled when it comes to narration and I tend to listen to narrators who play around with their voices but all in all, I think Ryan did a good job. As for JP Oliver, I enjoy reading his stories, they’re not to heavy in drama which I enjoy from time to time and he writes secondary characters well enough that I’d love to read about them. Overall 4 stars for JP Oliver’s Breaking Ground. Happy listening all!

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  • Denice
  • 09-10-19

A WORK IN THE MAKING

I really love J.P. Oliver’s stories. This is the first book of the series and I didn’t like how the story progressed. It was hot and filled with funny innuendos from a sexually frustrated man. There didn’t seem to be much depth in the story, but lots of emotions being thrown around. I have read a later book in this series and the plots have gotten much better.

The narration was pretty good and the arguments had me fully engaged. There could have been a bit more inflection and voice changing for the different characters, but I was still engaged by the narration.