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Summary

Ryan:

After my divorce to Barb, my life has been just me, my little boy, and my job. Some people might call me overprotective, but as the sheriff of Umberland, I know a lot more than they do about what can happen when you let down your guard. When my high school best friend Christian comes to visit, sure, I remember experimenting with him as teenagers, but what I can't ignore is the fierce attraction that still burns between us.
What's even more, Christian makes me feel safe and protected - something I do for everyone else. 

I've never been attracted to a man since Christian...but as soon as I lay my eyes on him, I don't think I'll be attracted to anyone else ever again. 

Christian:

I knew I was gay forever, it seems. But my first love was the one that stuck with me all these years: Ryan Rainier. He's a big deal in the police department now, and as a man in uniform, he's every bit as gorgeous as he was in those young years. 

But Ryan's straight, right? So why does he keep looking at me that way, with hunger in his eyes? 

Am I just seeing what I want to see? And can I risk losing a lifelong friend for a shot at love?

Breaking In is the second audiobook in the Rainier Family series and can be listened to on its own. Full of trusty, lusty, second-chance love, breaking down walls, Rainiers for days, and a whole big, bustling small-town family waiting for its HEA.

©2018 Ashton Cade (P)2019 Ashton Cade

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Ryan and Christian

Having already listened to the first book in the Rainier series, I was looking forward to "Breaking In". I really liked the story of Ryan and Christian.

Ryan, the sheriff of Umberland has just gotten his divorce and now a new chapter in his life begins for him and for his son. Then Christian shows up in town again, Ryan's best friend from his youth. It quickly becomes clear that the two enjoy each other's company and you can feel the mutual attraction. There's more than friendship there, but how does Ryan deal with his feelings for Christian?
There are some ups and downs in the budding relationship. You can tell that the sparks are flying and there are heartwarming moments. Towards the end it gets really exciting and I really felt for the two of them.
Michael Dean did a great job reading as always and brought the story to life with his soulful voice.

A great story about a second chance, great writing and fantastic reading.
Absolutely recommended! I'm already looking forward to the other volumes of the Rainier series.

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a nice second chance

Very enjoyable. I really like books with young kids and this one didn't disappoint.

Narrator was great.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Michael Pauley/Dean is one of the 8 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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Gorgeous story of finding love and passion

Christian and Ryan finally finding their way to each other after years apart is heart warming, funny and sexy. Loved it.
Bit of drama to keep things intresting too.
Narration was silky and smooth as always. off to down load the rest of the series

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Breaking In is the second book in the Rainier Family series, and although I thought it was more fun to read this book in the series order, it can easily standalone. Ryan Rainier is a single father and the Umberland Sheriff. He’s recently been through a difficult divorce that only adds more stress to his life. Enter Christian, Ryan’s best friend from high school, who has finally come back to Umberland. Christian turns out to be not only everything that Ryan ever wanted, but everything he needs as well. Which is extremely important, because Ryan will be faced with every father’s worst nightmare and will need to lean on Christian’s strength. I loved the family dynamics and second chance love elements. The drama was exciting, and the romance was tender and sweet. I really enjoyed this book.

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I had forgotten that I liked this book

I was given this book for free with no expectations of a review. I started listening and remembered that I already had this book on another account.

I'm glad I did. I had forgotten how sweet this story was. Michael Dean's narration was great as usual. Great listen.

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Ryan and Christian

Newly divorced Ryan is swimming with his son Troy when an old school friend surprises him after a decade apart. Sparks fly and love is in the air. Beautifully written and narrated

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  • 09-04-19

Disappointed:(

Im not a big fan when Michael uses a feminine voice for a male character. Its very stereotypical, why cant both gay men be masculine? If we wanted a story with a female lead, we wouldn't be listening to gay romance. it takes away from the story all together!

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  • Tim Young
  • 03-03-22

Not like the first book, but okay for the series.

Well it was the second book in the Rainier Family series, and it appears to struggle a bit. Initially one of the main characters appears as stalking almost, and that portion of the story of Christian as a professional never seemed resolved.

But there was good, extremely predictable action .

Narration wasn't as good as the first, but seems difficult on a budget to modulate for multiple characters.

I've listened to worse. It is okay.

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  • NaSheba P.
  • 08-06-21

Friends to lovers and I love it!

I really loved this story! I'm a romantic at heart and love the idea of second chance and finding your person...regardless of sex. One MC was in love with the other since high school and the other was his best friend who had a kid and got married. But after reconnecting they work together to make the relationship work. What i also loved about the story was that it was low angst. Although the MC's messed around in high school, one still considered himself straight. But when they reconnected, they didn't questioned their true feelings for each other. All in all, the story was well written.

Not the biggest fan of the narrator voice for one of the MC...especially when it came to their sexual encounters. It sound too feminine and like an actual other third person in the story. But of course the entire book wasn't about sex so it didn't completely took away from the story and I was still able to enjoy the story.

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  • Aerielle
  • 15-08-19

Great low angst audio

I enjoyed Breaking In. I really enjoyed seeing the two friends, Christian and Ryan fall in love or back in love. It was so sweet and tender. I especially liked any scene with Troy, Ryan’s son.
Michael Pauley did a great job with the narration.

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  • Blanchard
  • 14-05-19

Great story, great narration

The story flowed nicely and I enjoyed the narration as well. I liked the character description and their story seemed to flow nicely. plan to look out for more from this author or Narrator.

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  • Jenn D.
  • 08-05-19

Man oh Man!

The story had me yelling at the characters for being boneheads, but true to form Ashton Cade's story telling is phenomenal.

And Michael Pauley could read me a grocery and make it sound sexy. Outstanding all around.

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  • SoCalBookFiend
  • 07-05-19

Breaking In, Rainier Family book 2

4.5 Stars

05/07/19 - Update to Review after Listening to Audio...

Ryan and Christian were best friends in high school who lost track of each other after Ryan got married to a woman. Christian has always been in love with Ryan but couldn’t stand to watch Ryan move on without him, and I really don’t blame him for that. Once he learns Ryan is divorced he comes back to town, looking to see if the connection they had years ago is still there.

This book was a lot hotter than I was expecting it to be. After Ryan and Christian Meet back up and make a connection again they basically go from zero to a hundred in forming a relationship and having some hot and steamy sex. They have some seriously amazing chemistry together. But Ryan’s dumb ex is still in the picture. Along with Ryan’s adorable son. We get some ex drama and some homophobic drama causing some needed angst in this book. But of course it all works out in the end. And we get a pretty great book in the process. I really enjoyed reading this one straight through to the end. It totally captured my attention to the point where I went back and purchased book one to read as well.

Audio - Michael Pauley did a good job narrating this one. Nothing bad to say at all. But also nothing super outstanding either. Still my favorite book of the series especially now that I have the audio for it too. Michael's such a solid narrator at this point I just don't really have all that much to say either way on this one specifically but since I did really enjoy the story the narration just adds to it.

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 13-04-19

Enjoying this series

While I liked the first book better than this one, this was still a good book. Christian swoops back into Ryan's life, stirring up old feelings that he had never really addressed outside of some experimentation with him in the past. So, same kind of theme as the first book...someone from the past that hadn't acknowledged their feelings comes back and a romance ensues. I like that Ryan isn't hesitant about his feelings and a relationship with Christian. I think Christian is the one that is holding back more.

The more I think about this book, I really do see how much similar it is to the first book. Just change out an athlete to a single (newly divorced) dad.

I would still recommend if you liked the previous one. I am hoping the next book has elements that are a bit different than this one and the first.