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Michael:

Two years ago, I made a mistake, a big one. Then I added a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life, but I survived. Now I have the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in NZ. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to rebuild my life. But I’m taking a new set of rules with me. 

I don’t do relationships.

I don’t do commitment.

I don’t do white picket fences.

And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.

Josh:

One thing for certain, Dr. Michael Oliver is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I barely survived the last one of those. He might be gorgeous, but my daughter takes number one priority. I won’t risk her being hurt, again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain-in-the-arse parents.

I don’t have time for games. 

I don’t have time for taking chances.

I don’t have time for more complications in my life.

And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is. 

©2018 Jay Hogan (P)2020 Jay Hogan

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Not even fab narration could save this book

I was really looking forward to this book because of the blurb and narration. Gary Furlong's narration is flawless, but the writing is far from that.
While the story begins well, when the two mc's eventually get together what happens next is basically two chapters...of around an hour of audio, of 'painting by numbers' mm sex. Every cliched line you can think of was included in the sex scenes. They were unoriginal, interminably boring, and gratuitous- solely the fault of the writer not the narrator. They didn't push the narrative at all and made me want to dnf the book
I did put the audiobook aside for a time, and then persevered. Sadly, I'm not impressed and won't be buying any other titles by this author.

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If only people would talk

A touching story of two men who could have managed to talk to each other they could have saved a lot of heartache. Touching story well written and some witty moments with a ten year old daughter. Well narated with great accents.

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Do they dare to love again?

Michael fled the US to work overseas in New Zealand after his live fell apart. Josh is a k-9 police dog handler who lives for his daughter and does not believe he can find a man who will be his alone.
They discover they mean more to eachother than they expected. At this point their lives especially Michaels turn upside down. However they find their HEA at the end.
They audio is adequately done. There are some annoying audio glitches in this book, especially in the beginning and some later on.3,5* foe audio 4* for the book.

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Much prefer Crossing the Touchline...

Not as good for me as Crossing the Touchline, so that mirrors the books and I'll leave the rating the same too. There were some errors in this one, and to be honest, I hadn't noticed how much sex there was in the story until I listened to the audio, but happy that Mr Furlong wasn't as monotonous as he is reading the Soulbound series by Hailey Turner and Dal Maclean's Bitter Legacy series. Maybe I'll give the Bitter Legacy series another go come to think of it, but am looking forward to him reading John Wiltshire's More Heat than the Sun series if he maintains the same upbeat tone [which doesn't send you to sleep 😴😴😴] that he's employed for these Auckland Med. stories.

***Book Review November 2019***

4.25 stars from me. Another well-written story from Jay Hogan, so that's 3 out of 3 for me now.

I have to confess I did read book 2 Crossing the Touchline first, as there was some problem with the original publisher and Dreamspinner then picked up the series [phew, talk about out of the frying pan into the fire 🙁...], but really enjoyed this one. Redemption for Michael, and a sort of second chances thing for both he and Josh. Yes, throw a feisty pre-teen into the mix and anything could've happened 😉, but glad to get the backstory to Cameron Wano, MC of Crossing the Touchline after the event so to speak. Have to say Josh's parents were just dreadful, and can't blame Sasha one bit for acting up around them.

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Brilliantly narrated.

Although this is a mystery/suspense story, which I did enjoy, it's also a beautiful romance. Well written, with two very strongly written MCs, who were obviously meant for each other, despite the fact that they disliked one another at first.

It was definitely lust at first site, but both Michael and Josh allegedly want different things out of a relationship, and decide to be, let's say, enemies with benefits. l loved their banter, and how, throughout the story, it reflected their growing relationship and feelings for one another. Feelings they tried to ignore.

Both had reacted in different ways to unpleasant experiences in their pasts. These had shaped who they had become, but together, throughout the story, they became whole and totally complimented the other, helping the other heal. Even if it did take them a while to suss this out!

There is some angst, caused by both avoiding the inevitable, and the suspense element, but it really didn't spoil the flow of the story. The other characters are also very well written, and I'm hoping that at least two of them will get their own stories.

I also really enjoyed the mystery element, but the star of the book was the relationship between the two MCs and how they heal each other. I so hope we get a follow up, to see how these two get on. Gary Furlong dies an excellent job as narrator. Very highly recommended.

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  • Lady Di
  • 05-12-20

Really good

What can I say....Gary Furlong narrating is awesome. He’s truly outstanding. The story line has action mixed with angst. I didn’t feel the connection of the two MCs in the beginning but as the chapters went on that changed. Absolutely loved the story and ending.

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  • Christina Wade
  • 15-01-21

I will listen to anything Mr. Furlong performs

I really liked this book when I read it so listening to it was a no-brainer, especially when I found out who was performing it. I will listen to anything Mr. Furlong performs.

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Here is my original review of the book after reading it.

4.5 Stars so rounding up to 5.

I’m impressed with this first-time author. The story moved at a good pace…the romance and the suspense. I liked all of the characters (except Josh’s parents), flaws and all.

Michael is a bit of a mess after trauma in his hospital in the States and after reading the opening scene he doesn’t appear to have much under control still. He’s a good guy but he’s buried that and gives the world his devil may care attitude. He’s immediately attracted to Josh but Josh wants nothing to do with him. Unfortunately for Josh, they’re forced to be around each other…and they cannot deny the sexual attraction and chemistry. When they finally give in to their attraction they’re fantastic together. I didn’t like their lack of communication about their true feelings (I never like that in any book) and I thought Michael was a huge coward near the end of the book. Thankfully Josh took over and fixed everything. :)

The suspense plotline was good and not over the top…there was even a late twist which surprised me (and that’s not easily done). I really, really nope Mark and Cam get books…they are both REALLY outstanding. The ending is pretty perfect!

My one complaint surrounds Michael and him being an American (and I’ll admit it’s a bit nitpicky). I suppose it’s possible Michael picked up the dialog and slang in the time he’d been in NZ, but he definitely didn’t sound like he is from the States.

This is definitely a must-read by an author that should be on your radar!

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  • Reeverse
  • 01-03-21

Come for a story, stay for the performance.

I loved this book. I consume MM romance like its going out of fashion so I do tend to get bored with the standard tropes and humdrum story lines. There's nothing particularly special about this story line. It's your standard boy meets boy, falls for boy, conflict, breakup, resolution storyline. It is, however, very well written. The characters are well developed and interesting. The relationship feels real and developed enough to not feel contrived. It also has that laconic feel that kiwi people have which feels less fake than some American writers.

The narration is top notch and the NZ accent is pretty good (although I'm Aussie so it could be worse than I think). There is some muddying of accents around the interchange between the American and Kiwi accent but it's generally not too bad. Only criticism is that the narrator reads in a kiwi accent even when the story is written from the POV of the American character.
All in all a well written story with a stellar performance.
I'll be following up both the author and narrator for other books.

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  • Sofie
  • 21-12-20

This One’s on the Re-Listen List!

Gary Furlong did an absolutely phenomenal job narrating this book! The entire time, I felt like I was watching the story rather than listening to it. Definitely recommend listening to this one if you’re looking for a new book!

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  • Bridget
  • 20-12-20

loved it!

great story, great characters, engaging story line, interesting setting (I love books set in New Zealand! ) and a top-notch narration. I loved everything about it!

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  • Sonnyboy
  • 06-04-21

New Zealand here I come.

without giving a detailed synopsis, this delightful story and a perfect narration to boot, held my interest through to the end and I could have listened for hours more.
We have characters in conflict who become lovers; criminals who threaten lives, disapproving parents to mollify as weii as breakups and separations.
All these things are handled in ways that hold our interest and concern for their outcome. So for me Jay Hogan's story pressed all my buttons., and hope tob"read" more in this series.

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  • Laura Anderson
  • 30-03-21

Awesome writing and narration

I absolutely enjoyed every minute listening to this book. I love mm romance but have been yearning for more intense story and plot than a lot I’ve read recently. Jay Hogan is a new author for me and I am her newest fan. The characters she’s created are real, flawed and wonderful; the New Zealand-based story complex and always interesting. I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next!! The incredible Gary Furlong, with his gift for accents, really nails the soul of each character...both major and supporting. I am on to the next book in the series and can’t wait to see what happens.

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  • Kat E.
  • 25-02-21

Amazing Audio Performance

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I read book three in the series first and immediately went and purchased the first two. I would suggest you read the entire series as the character development is simply fantastic. This author’s writing is incredible. The characters are so fleshed out and real. Their problems are not over exaggerated, felt so true to life, and so relatable.

I need to disclose that Michael Oliver is one of my favorites and I might be a tad protective of him. He is dealing with some serious inner demons that nearly caused him both his job and sanity. Moving temporarily, to work in a hospital in New Zealand, from the states is how he has decided to cope with his past. He may appear care-free, but this brilliant physician is barely hanging on. He uses his sharp wit and avoiding any lasting relationships to mask his pain. Joshua is a police officer that is a dog handler. Being in the K9 unit is the perfect fit for this devoted cop and father. Michael meets Joshua when a fight, that leads to a stabbing, happens at a club he is visiting. Wrong first impressions are dispelled as the two men get to know each other.

I was riveted to the fast paced storyline and read almost non stop to the finish. The secondary characters are just the best, and the charge nurse, named Cam, demands your complete attention. Josh’s daughter, Sasha, was a pure delight.

A scorching romance, along with the perfect amount of angst and suspense, grace the pages of this well written story. If the men can realize how much they mean to each other, then their lives can drastically change for the better. I highly recommend this intriguing and brilliant story. Happy reading!

Audio: Narrator: Gary Furlong

I love this narrator’s voice which was a combination of sultry and soothing. I always appreciate when you are able to tell who is speaking in a story and there was never a time I was lost. The narration did justice to the book and was fast-paced and perfect! Mr. Furlong’s interpretation of Dr. Oliver was impeccable and matched his giant and snarky personality to a tee. I highly recommend this audio and urge you to give it a try. Happy listening!

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  • Texan2
  • 24-02-21

Enjoyable

Good story, good characters and the usual brilliant narration by Gary. I enjoyed this completely.

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  • Blave
  • 15-02-21

loved it

read the series first and was delighted to see it was available on audible. the narrator did a great job and I hope he will do all of the books.