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Forsaken

The Protectors, Book 4
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: The Protectors (Kennedy), Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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Eli: I didn't know how to tell him how afraid I'd been that I'd never have this moment with him. This moment where it was just the two of us. This moment where he made me feel whole without even trying. 

Abandoned. Abused. Betrayed.

Ex-cop Maverick "Mav" James needs only three things: his Harley, an open road, and his work in an underground organization that delivers justice when the law can't.

Family? They left him long before he left them. Friends? A liability. A place to call home? Doesn't exist.

Mav's motto is simple: Get done and get out. Work, sex, doesn't matter. No emotional connections. Simple. Until he meets him. Alone. Hiding. Broken.

At 15 years old, Eli Galvez had nothing. No family, no friends, and only his body as a means to make enough money to survive. But a chance meeting changed all that, and eight years later, he's well on his way to having the life of which he could once only dream. He's been accepted into medical school, and he's finally returned home to Seattle to be closer to the men and women who don't share his blood but are the only family he's ever really known.

Only things aren't what they seem, and the secrets Eli has been hiding are about to come to the surface with dangerous consequences.

One final chance at a real future.

Guys like Eli just aren't Mav's type, period. Yet he can't deny his intense attraction to the younger man who only looks at him with fear in his eyes. Until the day there's something else in those eyes, too. Something that draws Mav in and refuses to let go. Something that makes him want to forget his rules. But Mav's learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to something. And while he vows to protect Eli after a violent attack leaves the younger man shaken, protection is all he'll offer.

Because anything else would just cost too much.

Trigger warning: This audiobook does contain a possible trigger for some listeners. 

Full-length novel. This is audiobook four in the series but can be listened to as a stand-alone story - no cliff-hangers.

©2016 Sloane Kennedy (P)2018 Sloane Kennedy

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The Best so far!

Forsaken has always been my favourite of The Protectors books and the audiobook has just taken it to an amazing level.
Michael Pauley is one of my top 3 narrators but when combined with the talent of Sloane Kennedy he appears to surpass all others and go straight to number 1.
I can’t wait for the rest of the series to arrive on audiobook

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  • Esther A
  • 05-04-19

Spectacular

This series was already spectacular but now with switching narrators, it really hits out of the park! The previous narrator was really good but Michael Pauley just takes it even further with his character voices and he perfectly captures all the emotions of the characters and the story. The story itself is outstanding. Eli and Mav are great together and I love Mav's protectiveness over Eli. Watching them slowly grow their relationship is wonderful. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

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  • MelRose@BlueRoseAudiobookReview
  • 02-12-18

Could not finish it

I was so disappointed and frustrated because the narrator was changed and although I was able to listen and follow the narrator with a prior book, i tried my best to sit this one through because i loved the series extremely. But by chapter 10 i had to give in and stop the audiobook because i was so irritated with the bad narration. The way he sounds like a racehorse commentator taking in his breath after extremely long sentences. Also the difference between characters is sometimes so poorly done that i have to intentionally stop and skip backward to figure out who said what. I would really recommend going back to the original narrator because this one is spoiling the book and could potentially mess up the whole series. Which will be sad because it started out as 5 stars for book 1, 2, and 3. Now I barely want to give it 2.5 stars

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  • Tracie
  • 20-01-19

Wow!!!

Definitely recommend this series to everyone. This is the 4 th book and kept my attention the whole time.

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  • Angie
  • 18-11-18

Good

This was book 4 in "The Protectors" series. At fifteen years old, Eli Galvez was saved by Dom and Logan when he was taken off the streets he was working when his sister went missing and was killed. After going to college on the east coast he returns to Seattle to get ready for medical school while waiting her volunteers at the hospital that Mattie is in when he meets Maverick. Maverick James has worked for Ronan for a few years Mav is afraid of commitment and letting people get close to him he doesn't think of the guys has is family because the family he was born into left him and disowned him because he was gay and half white and half native American. While working as a cop he ran across police corruption and the other cops turned against him. When he sees Eli after someone beat him up he knows that he has to protect him. What he found out was heart breaking with so much sexual abuse that Eli had to go through. Each one of the guys are having a hard time with the whole thing about how we make a family. Eli doesn't think he is good enough for the Barretti family and Mav never thought of Ronan and the guys as family. When a family tragedy Mav tried to push Eli away but he refused to go so they go together and Mav realized that he had someone that is not leaving him. When one of Eli's friends is hurt while returning his dog he was mistaken as Eli. When everything comes out Eli got to see that the Barretti's are his family and will do anything to protect him also both families meet. This was a good read although I wanted to slap both of them. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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  • Kiwitosh
  • 18-01-19

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Story great, characters wonderful but the narrator sucked and made it hard to get through

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  • Lorraine Du Bois
  • 09-10-19

Forsaken

Excellent book enjoyed every minute of it! This series is GREAT READ.... It keeps you on the edge of your set ,the entire series is a keeper

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  • Debbie Attenborough
  • 03-09-19

not sure about the narraotr for this book!

This is book 4 in the Protectors series, but you don’t need to have read/listened to the other three before this one. Also there is some crossover with the Barrettis series by the same author and I am reading that series and listening to this one, all out of the order the author recommends. Spoilers, is all.
Mav stops an attack on Eli in the hospital stairwell and is immediately drawn to the much younger man. He tries to stay away, he really does, but he keeps coming back to check on Eli, but he doesn’t want to get too close, because everyone leaves Mav. Everyone. Eli has other ideas, but he doesn’t want Mav to know about his past. He did some terrible things. When those things come back to affect his younger brothers, Eli knows, he KNOWS all will come out, and Mav will walk away.
I’ve been listening to this series, rather than reading it and I struggle to split the narration from the book, like I try to do when writing my reviews for audio books. Also, here? This is not the same narrator as the first three books and I wondered how that would come across, how the VOICES, more importantly, would come across.
Had I listened to these back to back, I might have noticed some difference in the voices of previous characters, but I didn’t, either back to back them nor notice the difference in the voices, so I really cannot fault the voices of PREVIOUS characters.
What I DID struggle with, at first anyway, was Mav’s voice. I don’t think he actually says a word in any of the other books, although he is mentioned. It’s LOW, so very low it dipped in places outside of my hearing range. Which is odd, cos usually it’s the HIGHER pitch voices I lose. But this is a problem I seem to have with Pauley. The dipping of the voices. And since this is written in the first person, there is no reading voice, as such. It’s either Eli, or Mav, with the other voices breaking it up. So struggled a bit, quite a bit at the beginning. It DOES get better, maybe I grew used to Mav, maybe I grew used to Pauley again, after a while. I don’t know, but it did get better.
I cannot fault the story line though!
SO much pain carried by both men, for so very different reasons, and Pauley does get that across well, the pain these men have.
5 stars for the book
4 stars for the narration (but it was very nearly 3!)
4.5 stars overall
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