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Summary

"I listened to you, years too late."

“I don't have a right to complain.”

Tattoo artist Floyd Turner's faith in justice was destroyed when he was a rookie cop. He struggled for a couple years with drinks and his own anger. He's long past that stage - now he runs a tattoo shop downtown. But despite his fulfilling career, he's nervous about the upcoming high school reunion. Not having a date to bring there reveals his insecurity: he aches for something more. And then, when he thinks things can't get any more stressful, his former patrol partner walks in.

“These tattoos better make a difference.”

After his past caught up with him, cop Greyson Peters became a fitness instructor and moved back home. His old career was hard from the start, and he's always struggled to find a healthy outlet. He's slowly healing, pouring his energy into exercise, but he's still got unsightly scars he wants covered. It's hard to be a playboy when his self-confidence keeps taking hits. Worse yet, his family keeps pressuring him to get back into the force. 

“I turned my pain outward, you turned it inward.”

With Floyd's family chasing him for a debt he's long since paid and Greyson struggling to find closure for the career he still misses, the two old classmates are drawn together. Both men are openly gay now, and they slowly realize they could always be fake dates for the reunion. As their feelings strengthen, can they even hold out until the reunion to admit that they're both afraid of wanting more? And can they open their eyes and see the support all around them?

Crunch is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliff-hanger.

©2016 E. Davies (P)2018 E. Davies

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Enjoyable, but not my favorite of the series

As much as I loved Floyd in the other books in this series, his romance wasn't my favorite. Don't get me wrong--I still very much enjoyed listening to him and Greyson fall in love, but I wasn't as satisfied with the overall storyline. For me, this story ended before I got all my questions answered. Yes, Floyd was able to stand up to his parents, but something about it left me feeling like I didn't get closure. Yes, Greyson finished getting his tattoos and opened up about his past, but their conversation was oddly short and unemotional. Even the pseudo-confrontation with Brett didn't go how I expected it to, and it left me feeling off-balance. Maybe my dissatisfaction came from how great the other three books in this series were in comparison, or it could be that Greyson and Floyd's cop history was never fully described. Whatever the case, I didn't feel as connected to these men as I did to the other couples. 

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

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Two ex cops come together

This is book 4 in the series and the first to not deal directly with one of the brothers. This is Jackson's boyfriend's boss, Floyd, and his old police partner Gray.
So we have two ex-cops, both with troubled pasts and both established in new careers.
* former friends to lovers
* reconnection
* hot chemistry

Both characters had some serious issues but unfortunately I didn't think these were really addressed. If you are going to introduce self harm as a characters background it needs to be addressed.

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More introspection than action

This is the fourth book in the Riley Brothers series and it now moves away from the three Riley Brothers and starts to focus on friends who are close to them. That was a bit of a detraction for me from the series, but this did end up being an enjoyable story nonetheless. This book centers on Floyd, the owner of the tattoo shop Chase (Jackson’s boyfriend) works at, and Greyson, a childhood friend of the Riley brothers. Floyd and Greyson are ex-cops who actually used to be partners. Their backstories are really intriguing and complex. They both have baggage and trauma to work though, but when they meet up again and decide to attend their high school reunion together, things develop between them. As with all these books, there’s angst, sex … oh, yeah, in this one we also get tattoos. Characters from the previous books show up throughout which is an added bonus.

Michael Dean’s narration, as always, is terrific and a definite value-add to this book. He does a great job of creating distinct voices for the characters and delivering that emotional connection. Overall, this is a great addition to this series.

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Awesome

This was such a great audiobook.
Definitely a great addition to a great series.
I am so hooked on this series.
I can’t wait to listen to what comes next.

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Focused on character development

This is an excellent story about two ex-police officer partners who reunite after both have had time to assess their time on the force, its effects and the aftermath. One misses the job, the other doesn't and when they decide to go to a reunion together feelings develop. I really, really liked that this book was about two adult men who acted like adults. They had baggage, but they talked things out. Very much a character driven rather than a plot driven story. Michael Dean's performance was perfect here. He really got inside these characters' heads and made them come alive.

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loved it!

Wonderful story and a great addition to the series. I really loved the found family theme of the book. Some scenes were really emotional and touched my heart. Floyd and Greyson were great together and I loved reading their story. the narrator was as always brilliant!

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a sweet unique second chance

wow! this one was emotional! both Floyd and Greyson have challenging and somewhat trauma filled pasts that they are trying to heal and grow from. Greyson's hit a little too close to home but was written really well I appreciated it even more. These two are so good together and I love seeing them actually talk to each other and grow together. a beautiful story!

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Grayson and Floyd

Floyd is an Ex cop partner was Grayson, they fell out of friendship when Grayson had an altercation with Floyds then violent boyfriend. Time has past and Grayson is back in town working at a gym, lookimg at tattoos to cover up some scars, Floyd is now a Tattoo artist and imagine his shock when Grayson appears. Sparks fly and the rest is history.These 2 make a perfect team

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I really enjoyed this couple and their story

I really enjoyed this book in the series. It was a slow, low-key romance with plenty of angst and intrigue that just really clicked all the boxes for me. The lack of relationship drama and communication issues that could have been in play and weren't was really refreshing, making this story even more enjoyable.

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Redoing this series on Audible

Floyd was a policeman but left and now owns his own tattoo shop.

Greyson was Floyds partner in the police force, but now works as a fitness coach.

Both have backgrounds that haunt them.

A school reunion is coming up, do they go as single lonely Gay adults, if so what will people say. Do they come out to their old school friends.

This book has a lot of hurt, self harming and coming to terms with life. But saying that this is a well written book, fun parts that made me smile. Lots of tattoos and well built men with muscles. Oh and some sex. What more do we need in a book, yes a HEA.

The whole Riley brothers series are hot. Great narration from Michael Dean, love that these books are written as points of view.
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Crunch
The Riley Brothers, Volume 4
By: E. Davies
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: The Riley Brothers, Book 4
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins



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  • RACHEL REED
  • 01-12-20

A steamy opposites attract friends to lovers!

This is book 4 in the Riley Brothers series and can be enjoyed as a standalone.

This was a steamy opposites attract
Greyson and Floyd were adorable together and I loved the chemistry between them.
Two ex cops who were partners once reuniting and rekindling feelings between them was simply intense and exciting.

Michael Dean's audio delivery was nothing but outstanding!

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  • Lisa Neal
  • 07-12-18

The Riley Brothers sage continues

Now that the Riley brothers have all found their one true love, we find ourselves following their friends on their journey's to find their own HEA.

This book finds Greyson and Floyd reconnecting after losing touch some years ago. Greyson finds himself back home and running into Floyd unexpectedly.

Floyd and Greyson find themselves forging a friendship that they lost so long ago and that friendship turns into so much more.

I can always count on E. Davies to provide me with a feel good comfort read and not only did this one not disappoint but when you add Michael Pauley on narration there is nothing better in my opinion.

I am looking forward to seeing what these two bring for us in the next Riley brothers story.

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  • IceWanda
  • 07-04-19

Ex-cop partners... reuniting... M/M hotness!

First of all, Michael Pauley is one of my favorites. So, I already know I'm going to enjoy listening to the book regardless of the story. He never lets me down. He is AWESOME!!

This is an addition to the Riley brothers story ... not related.

Two Ex-cop partners coming together years later... wow... to think they worked so closely together but weren't attracted to each other then. Hmmmmm Hard to believe. But it happened. LOL

Floyd's mother was a wack-job. Her way of thinking drove me nuts. I feel sad for people who actually have a parent like that. Interesting character for sure. I wanted to hit her! ;)

Love the way the Riley brothers include them as part of their family (of friends). Heartwarming. Great author.

You will enjoy this book.

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 04-12-20

You are a tattoo on my heart


I loved it when two mature men fall in love. Floyd and Greyson were partners when they were in the force and then they went their own ways. Now years later, Floyd is running a tattoo shoo and doing okay. And Greyson has become a fitness instructor. He has overcome a lot to reach where he is and he wants to cover his old cutting scars with tattoo and reborn anew.

When these two formers partners meet again, they realized that they can’t escape destiny. They were meant to be back then and they were meant to be now.

Low-key, sweet, charming and makes you feel all good and snuggly inside. I love stories like this. E. Davies really is a great writer which can make you feel all things. And as always, Michael Dean did a fine job narrating the story. Enjoyed it.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 02-12-20

Floyd and Greyson's Love Story

'Crunch', Book 4 of the 'Riley Brothers' series moves focus to tattoo artist Floyd and fitness expert Greyson. The two men have a history being police officer partners. After an incident in their shared pasts brings each to the brink of self-destruction, can they grow past that and find happiness in one another?

While the focus has shifted to non-Riley main characters, all three brothers, and their boyfriends, are still around. Davies incorporates them, and the set-up for the next book, nicely into this couple's story. The plot's a little bit friends-to-lovers along with a smidge of second-chance inside a story of overcoming one's past by moving forward with the person you love. Despite their difficulties, the guys have an easy, low-angst developing relationship. E Davies' well-written story will put you in a good mood, for sure.

Michael Dean has delivered a wonderful narration performance with 'Crunch'. He's done a great job with this entire series. His voice acting makes E Davies story very real.

This audiobook was given to me as a free review copy that I requested. This is my voluntary opinion of it.

Recommended.

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  • Phoenix
  • 02-12-20

Love

This was a great read/listen. I have not read any of the other books by this author and I was not lost or anything. I will go find the others because I am interested in them. I liked this story , the characters were sweet , but not the sickly sweet. They both had a past to get through which they did together. It is a hea story! Good narrator!

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  • Diane
  • 02-12-20

Great Series

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. This is an amazing series. This story is focused on Greyson and Floyd who are great together. They overcame a past to build something beautiful together. Michael Dean does a great job narrating the story.

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  • Love222
  • 01-12-20

2nd chance vibe

This is a great feel good, little sad comfort read. We branch out to the Riley brothers friends and I really enjoyed getting to know Floyd better. Narration of course was excellent. Overall a great listen.

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  • JulyP
  • 30-11-20

4.5 stars good audio

This was well done, with maybe a little more introverted thought rather than action. More presumption , not what event happened, was more often the case.
The MC's aren’t family, but become close to the Riley's. They're local boys who went to school, joined the local police, and met again years later. Much of both men's stories are told through introspection and is so well told by the narrative...
I felt like it was me in this story... totally worth the listen...

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  • BookWyrm
  • 28-11-20

Getting it right

Floyd and Greyson both had so much from their pasts to overcome in order to be mentally and emotionally ready for a relationship. Their journey has more than a few bumps, but I was glad to see the Rileys and their partners provide so much support and friendship. While the story can mostly stand on its own, it is better as part of the series. Michael Dean did a good job with narration, though I found his performance during the sexy times to be so over the top that it was somewhat off putting to me. Still, an enjoyable experience overall.