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Don't...: A Gay BDSM Thriller

Narrated by: Dan Calley
Series: Don't..., Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

“Don’t...bleed for me.” (The Unknown)

Saying "don’t" around Jack Harrison always did lead him into dangerous grounds on London streets. But now someone knows Jack’s head inside and out, and they’re about to twist all perception and lead him into an underground depravity that nearly sent him down in his youth. As Jack slips further into a dark psychological minefield, only two men offer different paths back to sanity: Gray, a man who knows Jack’s every dark thought, and Jan, the first man to show Jack a “soft lad” approach to head and heart. But with deadly games and ghosts bleeding through into Jack’s reality, it’s a fight to see who out of the three of them will survive long enough to find a way out of the vicious game played by someone known only as...the Unknown.

©2019 Jack L. Pyke (P)2019 Jack L. Pyke

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DO listen to this audiobook

Wow, just wow. First off I am a massive fan of this series and Jack's writing, so when it was in audio, sign me up baby!

I've read the book more times than I care to remember, so to hear the characters speaking the words was amazing. From the first words being spoken I was hooked on Dan's voice, he really did a fantastic job of bringing this cast of characters to life. from the brashness of Jack H, the gentle 'soft lad' Jan and then Gray. I was driving when he first said the word "Don't" and let's just say it was very distracting! How I'd never realised he had such a gentle tone to his voice is a mystery to me, but knowing this character I was listening so intently to every word he spoke, hearing the way he exerts such control over a world that is sometimes so out of contro was amazing.

I am looking forward to hearing more from Dan and his amazing vocal talents in the rest of the series.

Can we keep him? PLEASE?!

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OMG

Wow.
Mind-Fucking at its best!

Ngl 3 hours in and I was still confused asf and even though I’ve lived in wales for about 12 years now, English isn’t my first language so I did have to read along sometimes while I listened.
BUT, fuck me once Caught on and everything started making sense,
I bloody well loved it!!

Can’t wait for book 2 to come out in audio.
And hopefully, it will be sooner, rather than later

5 holyshit-whatthefuck-just-happened stars ✨

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Don’t......Put this at the top of your to buy list!

OMG! This is just the most perfect book for me. All my interests all rolled into one extremely well written, informed, sexy novel.
It’s a dark, psychological tension filled thriller with moderate elements of BDSM.
The complex storyline and well rounded characters draw you in right from the first chapter and play havoc with your emotions.
There are 3 MC’s, Jack who has OCD and owns his own garage, Jan who meets Jack when his car breaks down and struggles to fit in Jacks world, then there is the mysterious Gray, who has been in Jacks life for many years.
I especially loved Jacks character and felt great empathy for him.
I can’t wait for Antidote book 2 to be released on audio if it is planned.
As for the narration by Dan Calley it was absolutely awesome!
It’s the first time I have heard him narrate and the first time I have heard a British narrator that didn’t grate on me and I’m British.
All too often, for some reason, authors choose upper class British narrators to narrate their books and unless the storyline warrants this is so off putting. It’s so refreshing to listen to a ‘normal’ accent, in this case London accent, it makes the experience all the more satisfying.
I have often given 5 star reviews and they were well earned, however I really wish I could give this just that little bit extra!
Well done 👏👏👏👏

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Terrific book with superb narration

Just finished and I’m missing Dan Calley‘s wonderfully smokey voice that’s smooth for Grey and rough for Jack. Perfect. I am a fan of this series. I love this psychological thriller with all the suspense and the twists and turns the story takes. Jack is a salt of the earth Londoner, tough but fair with a soft side for those he cares about. He falls for Jan and didn’t mean to pull him into the other part of Jack’s life. That of a Master Sub to Grey. Grey is a man of power and mystery.
With Dan Calley narrating it they all sound like I imagined. Jack is dark and gravelly, Grey is strong sure and smooth with Jan sort of in between. The narration suits the story so well that for me it’s like experiencing the excitement of the book all over again. I wish I could give more than five stars.
Now I’ve got to be patient and wait for Antidote to come out.

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💚💜💙

I received this audiobook by the author and this is my honest opinion.💛
First of all before I even listened 🎶 to one word of this book, this would be a hard sale for me and had a mountain to climb to impress me as I don't really do audio books for the main fact is either they are not to my imagination or I just can't follow the story. But I had to try this one, I've loved💘 these characters from the start and for someone to actually breath and give voice to these stunning 😘characters was just too great a temptation for my abhorrent of being read too.
The moment I heard a gravelly cockney voice I was hooked, it was just like Jack had stepped off the page and was whispering in my ear, seductively, like😜. Grays voice was hubba hubba, with his Queens English toff voice💂. You knew it was one person bringing these voices to life yet he made each unique and separate from the others. It was funny really that when you read books yourself you tend to say a name how you think it sounds and then are completely surprised it is in fact said entirely different😀.
I wasn't a fan of Jans voice to begin with as it threw me out of what I was expecting but it grew on me. Likewise for Steve and Sam's voice. All in all I enjoyed listening to this story and it made me fall in love with these trio and surrounding characters.

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Ooh surprised

I really enjoyed listening to this story, it had a suspenseful mix of everything.
I enjoyed the narrator Dan, he had a lovely rough dirty voice which was perfect for this. I loved the fact he said Arse most of the time but occasionally an Ass slipped in and English people sound wrong when they say Ass. Other than that thoroughly enjoyable.

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New author and narrator

Wow how intriguing did not guess who was after Jack after all those years. Kept me on my toes. Really enjoyed it

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A fab story elevated with great narration

I first read this series a long time ago & loved it, so I was really excited to listen to the audiobook. Dan Calley’s narration was excellent. Great gruff tone for Jack and other distinct voices for Gray and Jan. The fact that the narrator is British lends a depth of sincerity to the story. The pacing and timing were spot on and I was engrossed. I even seem to pick up on some elements I missed when reading first time round. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series. If you like your stories a little darker then this will definitely be right up your street. Highly recommended

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Gripping

I'm new to audiobooks, and Don't... was an amazing introduction.

Story: well written and peopled with fully developed, complex characters. I really felt like I was able to get under the skin of the leads, Jack and Jan. The developing relationship was well handled and l loved the flow between them, showing both the flawed Jack and Jan to be multifaceted, displaying their strength and vulnerabilities. There is strong stuff in this book (or should I say audio) and the violence and sex is graphic but not gratuitous - it's all there for a reason and is integral to the plot and character development. This is a gripping story, and I am keen to accompany these two on their journey (and Grey, too, but you'll need to listen to this to find out more about this intriguing and equally compelling character).

Narration: excellent. Each character had a distinct voice (as in actual voice). Dan Calley really did the work justice and was truly an inspired choice to narrate this strong, gritty book.

Highly recommended.

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Dark, sexy and full of twists

This story took me a bit to get into, A lot of characters and details. Once it got started, I couldn't put it down. Narration was good, and kept me interested in the story. If ypu like MM you'll like this one.

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  • SilkeeeeeeReads
  • 19-06-19

Fourth Read and Still Five Stars

This book had all of the characteristics of a Five star book. MM - check; Hot sex- check; BDSM - check; Dark Subject - check; Suspense - check; Romance - check: Ménage - check; HEA - check.

So, if you DON'T like hot, dark MM erotica, DON'T read this book. No, it's not the darkest book ever written but there is enough darkness to wet my appetite. It definitely starts you off with a, "WHO IS THAT VOICE?" All through the middle it's, "What the f*ck? DON'T do this to me!" You rapidly progress to, "No! DON'T do this now!" You end with, "I DON'T know who is in love with whom." You DON'T find that out until the end, as in any great book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE DARK AND/OR BDSM MM READER. If you DON'T read this you DON'T know what your are missing!

(6/18/19) This book is lovely on audio. Dan did a wonderful job with these much-loved characters.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 03-07-19

Edge of my seat.

Now in the beginning of this story I was like what is going on. However as the story continue I just couldn't stop. So much is going on in the story and I was just at the edge of my seat. Now Dan Calley is a new narrated to me and I think he did a great job in bring this story to life. He definitely put me at the edge of my seat even more with just listening to this story.

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  • Joseph Lance Tonlet
  • 23-06-19

Simply Brilliant

I’ve been a fan of this series from the moment I read this first book five years ago. Now, re-edited and rereleased, it’s even better—if that possible. An incredible read. It’s thrilling, dark, sexy, sweet, and the BDSM/Ds elements are not only really well done, but also hot as hades! The voice actor, Dan Calley, does an absolutely incredible job. Utterly fantastic! I can't recommend this more.

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  • Dr. Street
  • 23-10-19

Finally! A Real and Gritty BDSM story

Ms. Pyke seems to know much about the actions of men in very advanced gay BDSM. But what makes her stories so compelling (and erotic for me) is her deep understanding of the psychology behind the compulsions that drive these men to crave such relationships. It takes a full 14 chapters into this novel before one really has an idea of what's going on, but it is definitely worth the wait. This may be the most darkly compelling erotic fiction I've encountered since the work of Aaron Travis a few decades ago. Thank you "Jack" Pyke for re-awakening in me an appreciation of such fantasies.

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  • Amocca
  • 17-10-19

Confusing, creepy and engaging

I received a free copy of the audio book in exchange for an honest review, through the Don't Buy My Love program.

I don't know. I really don't. At first I was soooo confused, tehn I was kind of weirded out be the reveal, and then sad and angry over the development - then I was kind of scared... So many emotions and yet, I'm still not sure I liked it... But it was certainly engaging... and I will probably continue the series too, at some point.

The narrator did a great job and the writing was engaging. Still not sure what to think, but 4 stars for Jack, Jan and Grey, because I was certainly engaged and interested all the way through.

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  • Sharon
  • 14-10-19

This kept me on the edge of my seat

I read Don't by Jack L Pyke a couple of years ago and loved it. I gave it a five star rating on Goodreads.
When I was offered a free copy of the story in audio I jumped at the chance. I listen to audiobooks when driving long distance and I was really sorry when I had to get out of the car. The story was as good as I remembered and it kept me on the edge of my seat. The narration by Dan Calley was perfect for both this book and the subject matter.
Highly recommended.

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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 10-10-19

Talk about WOW!!!

I don't even know how to describe this book. It really is a psychological thriller. Jack, Jan, and Unknown. Even Gray. In the beginning, I admit to being a tiny bit confused but wow. I was hooked by the narrator's portrayal of jack and i just wanted to keep listening. Then the story drew me in. The suspense is such that you do not know if you want unknown to stop or if you need him to go on.

I am already in love with these characters and the series and this is just book 1.

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  • Dennis
  • 29-09-19

Awsome Book and a Top Notch Thriller Needs 50 Star

What can I see it is a book so well written that you can not stop listening. At one time being part of the S&M Community I had a feeling of what was happening due to some the scenes in the story I had seen myself. The narrator did a superb job bringing the story to alive being a person who like Australian and English accents he had me at the first word he spoke. There was voice I personally did not like and that was Jan I felt it was to female sounding and in some way was a downer for me.
In the time I have been listening to audible books this one hooked me from the start and due to you could feel and sense ever item or sexual scene come a live and you could feel you was there on the sideline. The description of each and ever character was brought to life by the narrator and it was not listening to a person just reading a book he brought heart and personality to each person and to be honest I hated seeing the first book come to an end.
Have gotten the rest of the books and tonight I start another new adventure with writer and narrator.
There is so much in this story I can not really write a review that would be worthy of this book or author all I can really say is buy it read and be ready for a very dark and adventurous trip.

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  • Dale Federico
  • 22-09-19

Extraordinary

Superbly written book and fantastic narration by Dan Calley. He brought the characters to life

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  • Ana
  • 02-09-19

Great book

I read the book not so long ago so I was a little worry I wouldn’t enjoy it as much because I still remember very well most of it. I was wrong. Even though I knew what was going to happen, listening to the audiobook is a whole new experience. As with the ebook, It took me a little to get myself into it, but after a while, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I loved the voices given to the characters. I loved Jack in angry mode, such a beautiful voice and a perfect contrast with Jan’s sweet and calm voice. It had a perfect steady pace and the changes of voices made it quite clear who was who.

What I liked the most about the book was the characters. All of them had an interesting story to tell. I liked Jack because the mystery there was inside him. There was so much to know and to get to understand about him. He was a fascinating character. Jan and his journey into Jack’s world was entertaining. He was a nice character. It was easy to like him and to hope for his relationship with Jack work. Even though I liked those two, it was Gray who got my attention the most. He was intriguing. There wasn’t a thing about him I didn’t like and I can’t wait to keep reading the series in the hopes of getting to know him a little better.

I loved the BDSM on it. It addresses more the psychological elements of it than the actual scenes, even if it doesn’t lack them. I have a wonderful time reading it. I can’t wait to start reading the next instalment.