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Down & Dirty: Axel

Dirty Angels MC Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Ava Lucas
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

Welcome to Shadow Valley where the Dirty Angels MC rules. Get ready to get Down & Dirty because this is Axel's story...

When you’re a cop, life can be complicated when the woman you love is MC born and raised....

Though the club blood runs thick in Axel’s veins, he’s despised by them for being a cop. They also hate him because his family turned their back years ago not only on the club but his brother, the president of the Dirty Angels MC. However, he's loved Bella forever, watched her marry the wrong man, one who broke her in almost every imaginable way, and yet she's still the strongest person he knows. Despite their rivaling families, he won't let anything stand in the way of making her his this time.

Bella hasn’t known anything other than alpha bikers her whole life. Her marriage to one turned into a tragedy, one that changed the rest of her life. She was never the same after that one fateful night that Axel came to save her. Though he remains on the outskirts of her life, he’s always there: watching, waiting, worrying about her. Especially when a rival MC continues to wreak havoc on all of their lives.

Like Romeo and Juliet, his family may never accept her, and hers him, but they’re both determined to tear down the wall that divides them.

Note: This audiobook can be listened to as a standalone. It includes lots of steamy scenes, biker slang, cursing, some violence and, of course, an HEA. If you like alpha males who like to take charge, this book is for you.

©2018 Jeanne St. James (P)2018 Jeanne St. James

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emotional!

one of my favorites this is. the raw emotion and attention to detail is yet again done to perfection. and yet again ava has pulled it out the bag along with teddy with the melt your heart voices. it was great to get an understanding of the reason behind her story and a push and pull romance battle between the 2. these 2 were made for each other and they are exactly what each other need. all in all a fantastic listen. and onto the next i go. DAMC men and sisterhood are truely an amazing read!

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  • Krisz
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  • 02-03-19

Deeply emotional

Axel and Bella's story is one of the most emotional ones in the Dirty Angels MC series. Their love is endless but also tragic. They both come from different worlds with issues seemingly unsurmountable for two young people. Both of them are suffering because they have to suppress their feelings. Their longing is so great it's a constant ache with no relief in sight. Bella thinks Axel deserves somebody else. Somebody less damaged, less complicated. Who fits seamlessly in his world. Axel knows what and who he wants. He only need to convince Bella they can make it work against all odds.

Both Ava Lucas and Teddy Hamilton did a great job. I liked their narration, the way they formed the characters. They both did really give more to the story.

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Loved this!

Loved listening to this fantastic story! Bella and Axel’s story was super emotional and touching with plenty of heat and action to keep things interesting. Fantastic narrators. Loved the duel style and both Ava Lucas and Teddy Hamilton brought so much emotion to their performances really allowing the reader to connect with the characters and story. Fantastic series that I highly recommend and can’t wait to hear more of! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • DMA
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  • 05-12-18

Love it!

each of these books make me fall in love more and more with the family orientated characters. But I think this one is my favourite so far. Axel and Bella have so much to deal with in the present as well as the past!
this is a wonderful story! Gritty, brutal, funny, sexy and loving, it has is all!!
the narration pulled that all out into 3 dimension. Awesome!

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Better and better

This series just gets better and better. I love finding out about another couple. Bella is such a strong lady she has been through the mill but come out of it stronger. Axel has the DAMC running through his veins but he is a cop and wants to keep his life on the straight and narrow only problem with that is he is madly in love with Bella always has been but she stays well away because she is DAMC and that is not about to change like ever. You could just feel the pull between Bella and Axel but also the angst because of the situation. This is so hot I was a little worried (not really it's queen St James after all) that Axel would be soft and have no back bone but he is amazing and I fell in love with him just like I did the others.
Ava Lucas is again the queen of the series she can do no wrong and she tells the story so well making you feel everything. Teddy Hamilton is smooth and totally Axel he was spot on for the part. I love love love this series and so glad I found itI just can't wait to carry on the DAMC journey. Jeanne St James is the queen of MC romance I would love to be her friend and pick her brains she is a cool chick.xx

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Love this series

Loved Axels story! I hope to read more about his MC! Love the fact that he determine to get his woman even though she belongs to the dirty angels.

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Fantastic

These books are getting better and better the more I listen to them! Jeanne has such a great way with words it’s amazing. I love Axel’s struggle so much. Excellent narration from both narrators.

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Axel...my new favorite

Sometimes a series comes along that you cannot get enough of, and this series is it for me. Each book has something in it that keeps me riveted to the story and makes me feel like I am part of the club experiencing it all with them. Jeanne St James explores the relationship between Axel and Bella this time and while I thought Diesel was the one I loved the most, Axel is the ultimate hero. Axel has the club running through his veins, but circumstances throughout his life have kept him away. With his job as a cop and his brother as the president of DAMC, things are definitely at odds. Bella is part owner of the town bakery and is DAMC straight through. Nothing will pull her from the club, but her feelings for Axel are strong. Will these two be able to overcome their issues? This modern day Romeo and Juliet had me listening all night to see how their story would turn out. Bella is a strong woman, has lived through a horrific attack and needs to decide if a relationship with the man she loves will work out. Axel is clear on what he wants, but will he be able to live with the love of his life being in the club? St James masterfully weaves the tale with love and care with these two. Axel is not only honorable and hot, but he is determined to make things work. Bella has some self confidence and trust issues she may not be able to work through. Add in the men of DAMC and Axel's dad fighting the relationship and things are not looking good! The best part of these stories is nothing is easy. The couples have to work through their problems, it may get worse before it gets better, but there is no immediate fix. It's true to life and makes the stories so much better. Love this one, hoping we get to see where these two go in the future in the next installment.

Ava Lucas and Teddy Hamilton are a narration team like no other. This particular narration I found incredibly moving. Lucas gives voice to all the women in the club, but her portrayal of Bella is emotional and full of feeling. Bella has been through a lot, and you can feel her struggle in this story. While you want to shake her, Lucas gives her the voice so you can feel compassion and hope for Bella. Hamilton is the perfect voice for Axel. He needs that clean cut sound that Teddy has for him, but also gives him that alpha feel. He pulls it off without a hitch making Axel the man to love.

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  • Tiffany S.
  • 13-01-19

Down & Dirty: Axel (Dirty Angels MC, Book 5)

I had the opportunity to listen to this audiobook, and I jumped at the chance. I read the book when it was first released and fell in love with Bella and Axel. I couldn't wait to hear had the narrators portrayed the story. What follows is my original review of the story along with an added review for the narration.

Let me start out by saying that I absolutely love this series!! The women are all tough as nails and love fiercely. The men are no nonsense alphas who protect their women to the ends of the earth. I was so happy to finally get Axel's story. He's made appearances in the other books but we didn't really know much about him except that he was a cop, Zak's brother, hated by the DAMC, and into Bella. As for the type of man he was or his personality, that has been a mystery..... until now.

Just like the other men in this series, I fell in love with Axel. He was a great guy and fiercely loyal to Bella, no matter who tried to keep them apart. He would go down fighting for her. The way he made Bella believe she was worth fighting for had me tearing up at times. Bella had a horrendous past and vowed to never let herself be vulnerable again. Despite loving Axel, she fought her feelings, knowing there could be heartache in their future. Thankfully they got their HEA, although it wasn't without struggles. I definitely recommend reading Bella and Axel's story to see how they got there.

Once again, Ava Lucas and Teddy Hamilton gave a terrific performance. I was especially drawn to Ms. Lucas' narration of Bella's inner dialogue and thoughts. Bella has such an emotional story and the way she feels about herself is heartbreaking. The narration conveys these emotions beautifully.
*I was provided a copy of this audiobook and voluntarily chose to leave a review. This is my honest review.*

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  • Nicki Holt - The Overflowing Bookcase
  • 06-01-19

Narrators brought the characters to life

All I can say is WOW - you better have Kleenex available when you listen to this book!! I have always been a fan of this series and my favorites were always the couple it all started with but they have now been dethroned as Axel and Bella have won my heart. This audio book was filled with so much drama, anguish, angst and love that I had to stop listening and wipe my tears before I could continue. The narrators were spot on and brought the characters to life. Two extremely broken souls finally finding there way to each other. But will their families accept them or are they going to have to walk away from their entire lives to be together? With an extremely emotional journey as the storyline and characters who have become bigger and better than the rest in the series this book cannot be missed. Jeanne St. James has outdone herself!!

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  • Danielle
  • 04-12-18

Modern day Romeo and Juliet!

This book takes you on an emotional journey of unbridled forbidden love! Bella, born and bred with DAMC blood and loyalty in her veins, is a strong survivor of a woman. You cannot help but love and respect her! Try as she might she just couldn’t fight the attraction she had to Axel, who is not only DAMC president Zak’s brother but also a cop. The two know they should not be together due to the long standing bad blood between Axel’s father and the DAMC but nothing seems to be able to extinguish the flame between these too! This book gave me hot, heartache, and happiness with the HEA Bella deserves! Teddy Hamilton’s voice was pure magic in this narration. I never wanted him to stop speaking! Ava Lucas like always brought the book to life and made this a quick listen. Another wonderful addition to the DAMC world!

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 26-11-18

My favourite to date

I really love Ms. St James’s style of writing, she packs such a punch into her characters. Raw and gritty there is something about this series that truly captivates me.

From start to finish Jeanne St John and the narrators Teddy Hamilton & Ava Lucas drew me in and kept my attention.

Axel and Bella are two halves of a whole and are meant to be together. They have history together, after all he has kept her secrets from her DAMC family even though he knows it would be better for her if she were to tell them.

Axel’s a cop and Bella is property of the DAMC, totally on opposite sides in the fence and yet they love one another deeply and passionately. Circumstances have conspired to keep them apart, but what will happen when the walls finally come down.? Will his family accept Bella or more importantly, will her biker family accept that Bella’s man is a cop, even if he is the estranged brother of the DAMC President?

I loved how brave and determined Bella was, her feisty attitude and the fact that she wasn’t afraid to stand up for her man, once he finally admitted his love for her. I absolutely adore Bella but it is Axel who captured my heart, he was totally swoon worthy.

Axel may well be my favourite book in the series to date.

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  • Mrs Taz
  • 26-11-18

Love this book!!

I love this book!! The love between Bella and Axel is great! Axel has loved Bella for the longest time so them coming together is so sweet! Axel’s interactions with Diesel are too funny. Jeanne St James writes another masterpiece here! The audio of Teddy Hamilton and Ava Lucas are top notch!

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 30-11-18

Oh Axel...Swoon

Axel almost, almost, kicked my man Diesel from his number 1 perch. This book for me really gave me perspective into a non Dirty Angels MC character and what it’s like to be on the outside. That doesn’t mean Axel is any less Alpha or possessive because of he sure as heck isn’t.
It was just nice to see the other side.

Bella’s story broke my heart as it would anyone but her strength in the face of it all really draws you to her character. I can completely see why she didn’t want to start anything with Axel because they are from two different sides of things. But isn’t that what makes the best love stories.

I swooned, I teared up, I laughed and smiled. This book really shows you all the emotions of having a tragic past but a hopeful future if you have the gut to put yourself out there to have it.

What do I say about the narration that I haven’t already said about these two fantastic narrators? Ava and her man voice I swear she gives me the shivers in a great way and Teddy, oh sweet Teddy when you say the naughty words I am a pool of mush I tell ya.

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  • Debrasad
  • 10-09-19

Hot Sweet Addictive

I cant get enough. The Down and Dirty Angels MC series does not disappoint each, book only gets better. I started this series just over a week ago and I have listen to 5 books and anticipating number 6. This book is Axel's and Bella story a cop and biker woman. This story is emotional, sweet, and hot. I highly recommend this listen total 5 star. This story will move you.

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  • K. Rowley
  • 08-09-19

The wild ride continues..

**i was gifted a copy for an honest review**

This book is exactly what you come to the DAMC for, Jeanne has again taken us into the world of our favorite brotherhood.. but this ride gets bumpy when you realize neither Axel nor Bella will turn their backs on their families.

Can they make it work?
I’ll let you find out..
I am looking forward to getting deeper into the fray!

My only issue with the narration was the female narrator, when she did male voices irritated me, but that could easily be personal preference.

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  • Jennie Eickhoff
  • 11-08-19

Get your Kleenex

Jeanne St James makes you feel the emotions her characters are going through.
Bella has a tragic past and doesn’t trust anyone with her heart, especially a cop, even if he is a club members brother.
The narrators are perfect!! Can’t wait to listen to the next in the series.

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  • Shannon
  • 06-08-19

Axel & Bella... Shadow Valley's Romeo & Juliet

Bella is DAMC thru & thru while Axel is the straight laced cop. As the story starts, you realize they've wanted each other for most of their lives. Axel decides he's done waiting for Bella to give the signal she's ready. They have to overcome their differences in lifestyle and at one point, I didn't think they would make it. Both characters grow through circumstances and situations during the story and have to learn what true compromise is. They learn that accepting the parts of each other that are different from them is worth the end result of being together. Axel is a different type alpha from the other's in the series. He's more outwardly sensitive but most important, he's perfect for Bella. Ava Lucas continues to do a fabulous job as the female and Teddy Hamilton had a great voice for Axel.