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Forsaken

The Protectors, Book 4
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: The Protectors (Kennedy), Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.7 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Summary

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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fantastic

Loved Eli. Very spicy. Good story but there are a few times when you want to slap someone on the back of the head. This series seems to all go in a certain dark and depressing direction that is getting worse with each book and this one is no different. I'm personally not a fan of large differences in ages but I'm in the minority and it didn't bother me as much as it usually does in this one for some reason. I enjoy this narrator but looking at the reviews you either love him or hate him.

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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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  • BlueRose
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kiwitosh
  • 18-01-19

Narration

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

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  • shawn
  • 17-07-20

Story amazing..narrator stinks..

I was so disappointed i cant even tell you....joel leslie is amazing..ive listened to almost every book he has narrated...his voice is ao sexy and each character is perfcted by his voice....im just so so disappointed...i hope i can make it thru this book...cause each story is amazing

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  • JD
  • 29-06-20

You can't go wrong with a book by Sloane Kennedy

I love all of Sloane Kennedy's books and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed Eli and Mav's story and have read or listened to it 4 times now and I am sure I will again.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 02-06-20

Mav and Eli

I felt so sorry for Eli, with everything that he had endured in his young life was terrible. Mav saw Eli on a daily basis when he volunteered at the children's ontology ward, he thought he was cute but not his type, when Eli gets assaulted in the parking lot, Mac comes to the rescue. They quickly fall in love and Mav had tried to leave numerous times, but so glad that he couldn't go far. They make a wonderful couple

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  • FHR
  • 20-05-20

Stepping up

When Maverick comes across Eli, his protective instincts kick in. Eli doesn't feel like he belongs, even after all these years with his new family. This is a sentiment which Mav can relate to. A protective detail leads to them both having to face their past, insecurities, fears and emotions. The story whilst engaging does deal with issues which can be triggers for some. The narration however, takes a while to get used to. It was a bit hard to discern the characters and the pitch of voice most times didnt suit the characters. Overall, an average listen.

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  • Dominique bast
  • 08-04-20

two souls

So love this story hate what happen to Mav and Eli.A huge part wants them all to suffer, for hurting them.i so Want the mother side of the family to suffer for hurting mav . but also love the HEA. they truly need it.