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Freak

By: E. Davies
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: The F-Word, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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Five years ago, Zeph met River. The timing couldn’t have been worse. An orphan with something to prove and the ghosts of his past breathing down his neck, Zeph took the offer from a pro-MMA gym to live and train in the Midwest. River let him go easily. If it was a convenient excuse to escape emotional intimacy, neither of them had to admit it. Until now.

Drag queen and makeup artist River isn’t easily fazed, but meeting Zeph on his home turf throws him for a loop. Something about Zeph still gets under his skin. And River’s next job, a drag show in LA and Vegas, will require a security guy to look after the performers. Who better than a tattooed mixed martial artist who still gives him smoldering looks?

It doesn’t take long for them to fall together. They’re opposite as can be, but dating for 10 days wasn’t long enough the first time around. Another 10 days could get it out of their systems...but are they fighting for or with each other? 

It’s easy to get hard. It’s hard to be easy. Vulnerability is off the table, until the table turns. How long do you have to have known a guy to put your life into his hands?

©2017 E. Davies (P)2019 E. Davies

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  • Esther A
  • 04-03-19

Awesome Second Chance Romance

I absolutely love this second chance romance. The storyline grabbed me right from the start and sucked me right in. Zeph and River are fantastically perfect together and I'm so glad they got their second chance. I love how protective Zeph is and also how understanding and patient River is with Zeph. They have quite a few obstacles in their way but it's a great journey as they navigate their way through them. The narrator did a great job with this story and truly made it even more enjoyable. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • C. Mullican
  • 03-03-19

Wonderful

I love this series, and River is my favorite character, so of course I love this book. Lots of drama and angst along the way to the happy ending -- stalkers and baggage make their relationship complicated, but they break through all the barriers in the end.

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  • Susan R
  • 01-03-19

amazing second chance

What a second chance romance this was.
Ed has a way to his writing that sucks us into his world that he created for his books. We want to be the friends and be there cheering them on. In this book, we Get Zeph and River.
Five years ago, Zeph and River had 10 days together before Zeph left for the Midwest to train for the MMA.
River, a drag queen, and makeup artist doesn’t do relationships. River has been burned and does not want a repeat of the hurt.
After running into each other at a bar in LA, River gives Zeph a business proposition, River needs someone to do security for his drag show trip to Vegas,
Will these two be able to overcome their obstacles and see how right for each other they are? Joel did an amazing job on this one. His voice was just perfect for this book.

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  • Kendra T
  • 01-03-19

Very sweet story!

Another fabulous book in the F Word series. This book stars Nic's best friend, River. River is a drag queen who identifies as non-binary. it is really refreshing to see another book where the gender identity is not the usual depicted in an MC. Zeph is an MMA fighter, and has a past full of trauma and abuse. He struggles with relationships and letting people close. Both of these guys had stumbling blocks in their path, but they were able to overcome them with patience and support.

I am a big fan of E. Davies' writing style, and he does not disappoint with this book.
Like in book 1 (Flaunt), I love how the characters are not the stereotypical MC's that are in most other books. The exploration of transgender and non-binary is nice to see. The chemistry between Zeph and River was electric. Loved this book.

Edited to add audiobook review--So I listened to this, and the book remains amazing, even after almost 2 years have passed. I loved the characters and their journey together. The narration was good and fit with the characters. Joel Leslie did a nice job.

I'm voluntarily reviewing a free advance reader copy I received from the author.

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  • T. Walters
  • 28-02-19

So much sweet and sassy fun

I really loved getting to know these two guys. River and Zeph are just so good together. They have an amazing connection and very intense chemistry that just leaps out at you. The fun that they have with one another is great and I really love seeing how accepting Zeph is of River and who he is. I absolutely loved how unapologetic River is about who he is and what he likes. These two have had a long journey to get to here and there are lots of hurdles that they both have to go over to be what they each need. I was impressed by the narrator and the amazing job that he did with this story and these characters.

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  • Rachel R.
  • 28-02-19

Can't wait for the next

Another great narration by Joel Leslie and story by E. Davies. Zeph and River are two amazing characters that come to life with a great tone and flow that draws you in. Love how Leslie can draw emotion and realness from each scene. Great way to catch up on the series for me being able to listen and work at the same time. Can't wait for the next.

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  • Crystal
  • 28-02-19

Excellent story and narration!

Zeph and River, oh were to start! These two are so awesome together and this installation of the F-word series is superbly written and the narration absolute perfection! Zeph and River weren't looking for love but it found them and it rocked their world. These two have been through so much in their past that they have to work through what they are feeling for one another even with their chemistry pulling them together like magnets, Zeph more so than River. There were several times that I wanted to shake Zeph but I had to remind myself that everyone deals with grief differently and once he was able to face his past the walls around his heart crumbled magnificently. The angst here has a nice balance with the rest of the story so I consider it to be on the low side but you will go through a myriad of motions with these men before the HEA that E. Davies gives us so well. I will warn you though, Joel Leslie does an amazing job with this and there are parts where you definitely want to make sure your headphones are working properly and the book won't play out loud haha. I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series and if I could give this one more than five stars I would.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 28-02-19

Love it!

I am so on love with this second chance at love! I love Zeph and River! I have been waiting for River story and E. Davies disappoint. Then to have Joel Leslie doing the narration just pulls me into the story more then before. I just feel so immersed into the story that I didn't notice that I was to the end until the end hit. Just absolutely love this story and this whole series.

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  • Irish
  • 27-02-19

Second Chance Love for the Win

Five years ago, Zeph and River has 10 days together before Zeph left for the Midwest to train for the MMA. River, a drag queen and make up artist, doesn’t do relationships. After running into each other at a bar in LA, River gives Zeph a business proposition, to do security for his drag show as they travel to Vegas, for the next 10 days. But after they fall back together in bed, will 10 days be enough?

This book is an amazing follow up in the F-Word Series and it’s great to see River get his story! I do wish we could have revisited Nic & Kyle more from Flaunt, but understand that this is not a continuation of their story! I like that the author is able to explain things like the drag culture or MMA that the reader may not know about in a way that makes sense and is easy to follow. I feel I say this with all of E. Davies’ books but, I can’t wait for more! These books are the perfect mix of drama, humor and heat! Great read!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-19

Love E. Davies

This author is a balm to my soul. I wish the world would accept all.