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Summary

If you stop running, you fall.

Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief...and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser's life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.

Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can't seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah's chaotic existence all over again, and they're running together - from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, the policeman and the thief must find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them....

©2015 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A litte bit of spoiler in this reveiw. Have highlighted it just in case....
I loved the first 3 books of the magpie world. all 3 of them gripped me from start to finish. So I was excited when I saw that the story continued from a different view point and characters. But for me, this book was weak, dull and just went nowhere. The start was great and thrilling but once they were on the run, it felt like the same story of Ben mopping about and J asking for forgiveness all the time.
MINI SPOILER.....
Nothing excited happened in a thrilling way BUT what i did like was them falling back in love again. The ending felt rushed and too Disney like ending. Please don't get me wrong, I'm happy of the ending but, it just was too sugary happy and nice nice nice.
END OF SPOILER.........
Plus also, I do cringe at the sex parts. Man on man sex isn't like that at all. I get it that it's a fantasy but as a gay man himself, it did make me tut a bit. If only it was that easy. Lol.
As always the reader was spot on. Although 1 thing that I struggled with, Ben and J sounded very alike so at times I struggled to understand who was talking. BUT that didn't take away the story and I can't wait to hear the next book. Just hope it's a bit more gripping.

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I love this book.!

Heart-wrenching and heart-warming by turn. Villain turned hero, true love and friendship. It's all here.

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Brilliant spin off!

I am a big fan of the Charm of Magpies series and I was so looking forward to a spin off of the main storyline characters. I so quickly grew to love Jonah and Ben, and the cross over parts with the central characters from the other books were so good. There was less drama and heavy plot lines than some of the other books but I loved it just as much!

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out on a limb.

It's a chancey thing to do, swoppimg character's mid set of books, but K. J. Charles fleshes out a fresh direction with skill. A wonderful addition to the Flight of Maggpie' so world.

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  • Violet B.
  • 31-01-18

Fly me to the moon

This was wonderful.
This was just after the end of the third book
Of the Magpie lord adventures.
Its about Jonah The wind walker and Ben.
What a great sequence to these great books .
Highly Recommend the entire series , exellent narration, superb writing amazing storie

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  • Ronda
  • 27-06-20

Magnificent!

This story brought me to my knees. Abandonment, betrayal, redemption, and love, so much love. I was crying hard by the end, and I don't cry. KJ Charles is amazing! Cornell is a joy to listen to. I have been buying up every KJ Charles audio and ebook I can find😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-21

✨Can’t believe I almost missed out on this !!!

I was so enamored with Lucien and Stephen and after reading the first three books, I thought to myself:

‘What’s the point of continuing with this series if the most charming couple isn’t the main focus’

‘How could I ever fall for a couple the way I fell for these two’

‘Who wants to read a story about that gross icky Jonah anyways?? I can’t even stand that guy’

BOY OH BOY WAS I WRONG 😲.. 😍

Wowww, I really can’t believe I almost missed out on this. I felt more for this couple than I have for any other book. I was brought to tears. At times the story was sweet and tender and lovely. At other times it was heartbreaking, despairing and absolutely crushing.

Jonah is amazing, such a sweet guy who had a tough break in life and with no guidance, made poor choices. Ben was a sweet guy as well and was so desperately in love with Jonah and yet so utterly hurt by him. Who could trust such a flighty character with their heart? ♥️

I’m so thankful that Kj Charles has shared this gem with us. And of course, Cornell Collins brought it all together. Stunning performance !!!

If you have any doubts.. ignore them and get this book ☺️




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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-08-20

Perfect Second Chance Romance

I've read or listened to most of Charles's books and enjoyed them all. I think this one is the best. Part of the Magpie universe but perfectly readable on its own, Jackdaw is a exemplar of the Second Chance Romance. The lies and betrayals that initally separate the couple seem insurmountable obstacles to the HEA. But though the characters poor choices have dire consequences, they also have realistic understandable motivations. So you can't help but root for the couple as they find their way back to each other.

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  • AAHickman
  • 21-02-19

Gorgeous book, beautiful narration

Possibly my favorite KJC book. It doesn't matter how often I read or listen (and I adore listening) to this book, I am always finding new things to love. The scene in the bar at the end is masterful and so very funny. The only other single scene I've enjoyed so much is in A Gentleman's Position when everyone plays out David's plans. I am always brought to happy tears by the end of this book as well.

Audio: I love this narrator, I love how distinct his voices are, and the emotion he puts into his portrayal. Plus, he has a wonderful voice. I admit his choices are some times questionable, but I'm also assuming he was either given no direction for the voices or given bad direction.

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  • 01-09-21

excellent conclusion to the magpie lord

let me start by saying this is my second attempt at reading jackdaw. im Not a fan of excess angst. having said that, i am very glad i took a second chance. jackdaw is perfect. ben and jonah are wonderful and the story ties up questions of the magpie lord series. highly recommend the book

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  • Phx17
  • 31-07-21

Half the action, Double the sweet heartache

Although set in the magpie world, this book is different in tone as it switches from the Crane/Day couple to follow thief Jonah and cop Ben. The gothic horror backdrop is entirely gone, as is the upper crust setting that came with Lord Crane. The mystery and action procedural is replaced with an angsty, tragic story of two lovers torn asunder by circumstance, on the run and in despair.

There’s only a few scenes with the series’ old regulars. And, because we’re telling Jonah/Ben’s story, we only see the series regulars as the public sees them: aloof, menacing Crane; unbending justiciary Stephen; brute enforcer Merrick; and swift, sassy Saint.

The first half of the book is a grim journey of poverty and pain. The second half turns the corner into a sweet and ultimately uplifting HEA for our MM couple, but the listener is still left with a scarred heart. I preferred the darker, monster mystery stories of the first three books, but this tear jerker won me over by the end.

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  • Amy BD
  • 04-06-21

so good to hear Jonah and Ben's story

continuing from the magpie Lord series we get the story from Jonah's point of view, and where he goes next after reuniting with his betrayed lover

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  • Rileigh Elizabeth Welsh
  • 17-03-21

Amazing

I have loved this reader from the first book and still do. As for the storyline I didn’t know how to feel about it, mostly because it was against the characters that I grow to love. But as the story went on I learned to love the side characters just as much and the resolution to the story is just too perfect. It’s like a wonderful extended story to the series main books and only adds without any detracting.

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  • Angela D Dufurrena
  • 03-12-20

Not as good as Magpie series

Excellent narration, but the author took a left turn with this one. I very much enjoyed the original Magpie series, but the characters we know from Magpie are nearly unrecognizable their behavior is so far out of character in this book. Day, Esther, Merrick and Crane are particularly unlikable,cold, unjust and self-important. I dislike storylines built around poor communication, so I found Ben and Jonah's behaviour throughout the first half of the book quite frustrating. I almost stopped listening more than once.
I probably won't go on to the next book in the series, which is a bummer because I usually love the author's work.