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Jared just wanted to celebrate his birthday and make new friends, but he quickly finds that clubbing can be dangerous. In fact, the whole world is a different place than he thought it was. 

Werewolves, vampires, and faeries turn out to be all too real. Front and center of it is Steven Chang - alpha heir and all-round good guy. He says Jared's his mate. It's all a bit much for Jared to process, but maybe it'll all be okay as Steve says he's willing to date first. For a while, anyway.

Jared just hopes it's long enough to wrap his head around it all, hopefully without getting disappeared by the mysterious men in suits or anything weirder happening.

©2016 Leona Windwalker (P)2020 Leona Windwalker

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Narration could have been better

Narration could have been better but it wasn't the worse I have heard. The book is well written and the character are well developed. Even though the author gave a warning I still couldnt get past the brutal meet cute. Spoiler Alert. It was just too much for meet to read the same rape scene twice from two different angels. It was long drawn out and blow by blow. I was so disgusted that I did not want the couple to be together. I wanted the victim Jared to just get help and not worry about the stress of dating someone or falling in love. I couldn't give it a chance because it was too heavy and in excess and ruined the meet cute for the couple in my eyes. I wasn't vested in them as a couple although I liked them as characters. Yes I could have skipped the scenes but I am a reader thats wants every single word. and because I am not invested in them as a couple I had no motivation to keep going. But the authors writing skill are exceptional and the fact that scene was so awful and painful shows just how talented the author is because you are so immersed into the scene that its feels like you are being assaulted. So drop me in the scene that deep with just words despite having not so good narrator says that the author is a great writer. Talented. 4/5 stars because even though everything else was great the rape meet cute made the romance cringy. Also the author warns you beforehand so if you can't handle it then you only have yourself to blame. I thought I could hang but I had to tap out. If you can get past graphic rape scene and overprotective alpha's are you thing then this is book for you.

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Really didn't find it worth finishing

I found i really couldnt get into this book and turned it off about half way through. The main male human character was way too whiny and just generally annoying. I'm not 100% sure however if the narrator just made it sound worse than the actual story was. But yer i could not finish this book.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Randi Johnson is one of the top 3 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. And really, his SEXY VOICE is something you DON'T want to miss!! I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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wonderful

a fantastic audiobook with a bit of gay sex. Really well written by Leona Windwalker and narrated by Randi Johnson xxxx

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Amazing book

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too

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I enjoyed the story but not so much the narration

I gave this rating purely for the fact that it was an unusual take on the normal paranormal genre. The way the human MC took to being introduced to the hidden world of supernatural creatures such as shifters and vampires was well thought out and portrayed. The way the shifters teased him about the stuff he doesn't yet know was done in a kind way and came across that way. In fact the story was mostly good. The constant jumping into what felt like someone else's story every couple of chapters did detract from my enjoyment, as did the narrators style. He had this weird way of saying words in such a way they made no sense to me. For example Faerie was said as Fare Ree where as I tend to hear and say it as Fare ee. There were a lot more like this that really made it difficult to stay in the story. If the narrator had done a better job I think it might have got a higher rating.

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A pleasant read

Story as expected with no surprises, but keep my interest till the end. The narration was excellent.

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Mostly pleasant but didn’t quite gel for me

Jared find himself fated to be the mate of a wolf shifter who is the alpha-in-waiting. He also soon finds himself pregnant. Windwalker has created a complex fantasy world with humans, shifters, fairies, vampires, and others, and in an effort to paint this complex world, I felt we got too much irrelevant fantasy knowledge and trivia at the expense of the story. The two unsettling rape scenes which bookend the story were at odds with the overall tone of the book which is light, fluffy and benign, focussing mostly on world-building, banter, minor story arcs, and getting ready for the baby. It felt like the author couldn’t quite decide whether to focus on the MPREG, fantasy / supernatural, or hurt / comfort tropes so didn’t quite cover off on any of them. Randi Johnson narrates extremely well, he has the perfect voice for epic blockbusters so suited the fantasy / supernatural trope; I think he’s a little wasted on fluffy MPREG tropes.

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Steve and Jared

Jared a human, went to a club to celebrate his birthday hoping to make new friends, but his two new "friends" attack him and leave him in an alley where he is found by Steve. Steve is a shifter, he's destined to become the Alpha of his pack as soon as he finds his Mate. Steve never expected to find his mate in an alley beaten and bloody, nor did he think his mate would be human or male - but that's OK he's more than happy with Jared. But for Jared, there are a lot of adjustments to make, who knew that shifters, vampires, and faeries existed it's a lot to get his head around so he asks Steve if they can take it slow and get to know each other before he commits to this new world he's just been introduced to. Steve says he's willing to date first. For a while, anyway. I enjoyed this story although it did end with many unanswered questions, I will just have to listen to the next book and hope for more answers. The narration of this book was very well done, I enjoyed how Randi Johnson brought each character to life, he has a way of narrating which adds that little bit extra to any book he narrated. I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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Great emotion from Randi

Wow, this book is so raw. It’s written very well, however you can tell that Randi gives his everything to his performance. It’s a delicate storyline that has been handled by both author and narrator absolutely perfectly. I wish there was more stars for performance as I “felt” the emotion from Randi. Highly recommend.

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  • anny
  • 27-02-20

WOW

I love love love this book,, it will be one I go back to read and re read over and over. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the development of the characters and story line. Randi Johnson did a fantastic job with the narration, I love how he can make the characters come to live,I can't wait for the next book in the series I hope I can get them all.

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  • Gunhild
  • 25-02-20

Strangely flat

The narrator does a decent job, but the contrast between the explicit rape scene and the lackluster romance is just too much. Not hot, not engaging, just disappointing.

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  • Marliese B
  • 27-03-20

Interesting new fantasy world

This fantasy world is interesting enough that I finished the book in one day and already put the next installment in my wish list. I love the humor, had me smiling a lot. The reasons I only gave 4 stars instead of 5 are that I'm not a fan of mpreg, I think the story didn't really need that. Also, I think Jared's rape wasn't treated seriously enough, I don't remember it even being called rape at all. The narrator was just great, I loved the different accents and voices, it was easy to tell who was speaking.

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  • 💕 Amanda Urbinato 💕
  • 14-09-20

I love this!

I can't believe it but I REALLY LOVE this book. It was so funny and cute. Totally not my normal kind of book. When I first figured out what it was about I thought, "Oh God...," But I really did love it. The narrator did an awesome job. I honestly can't believe that it is the same guy the whole time. I can't wait for the next book! I am already a fan! This book was given to me at my request. *Thanx StoryOriginapp* I am providing a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Audible Cusomer
  • 12-09-20

I Love It!!

I enjoyed this book from start to finish, Although the rape scene was hard to listen to, once I got past it I enjoyed Jared. Leona Windwalker did a great job creating a unique world and Randi Johnson's narration was excellent.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 22-08-20

Jared

Mpreg… Other than the Mpreg stuff I liked this book. I wasn’t a fan of the rape scenes but it did give context to the rest of the book. I loved when Jared and Steven come together it’s a slow burn kind of love they let Jared heal and come to terms with things. Jared is a human and Steven is a Alpha shifter who finds his mate. I like that he explains everything in a way that well it does freak him out but doesn’t scare him off. The stuff in the other is a little confusing and sometimes I wondered if we were there or here. But overall I enjoyed the book. I liked the narration, Randi Johnson gives each character a voice without over doing it and that is always a good thing.

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  • Krystle Smith
  • 30-07-20

Spoiler alert

I'm so sorry to say this but I'm so glad the bad guys were caught. This was a good story, you got to learn everything as Jared did. And Jared seriously played the "female" male role really well. Now I have to find the next book (I hate cliffhangers, ugh) it will be OK. The narrator did an excellent job depicting each character and their personallity as well.

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  • Bruce D. Parker
  • 19-07-20

Too Sappy to Finish

Okay story but a bit sappy. The narrator keeps the characters well defined and separate. Unfortunately to do this some of the voices are a bit overcooked.

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  • Dynasty14
  • 08-07-20

good book

At first I wasn't sure if this audible was for me especially since I've never listened to one such as this but I gave it a chance and im glad I did. I really enjoyed it and it made me laugh, the storyline was good and the narrator was good also.

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  • Andrea
  • 10-06-20

overall, eh?

So, to start with, I sorta like the story, but not enough to want to keep the book. The worldbuilding is nice, seems thought-through. The pacing ... not so nice. But then, I'm not a fan of 'insta-love'. I don't hate the narrator, but I do feel like his intonation isn't perfect. Now, what has been overshadowing my experience is the disclaimer that the sexual violence in this audiobook is there because it is necessary for the story and worldbuilding. Which it isn't. There is no need to feature a graphic display of oral rape and people urinating on the narrator in detail. My issue is not that the description of the act is there, however. My issue is that the claim is that it is necessary for worldbuilding and story purposes. This is a distinction I can make because I have not been the victim of either. I cannot fathom to imagine how someone who had experienced this type of abuse would feel. My problem here is that the author or whoever wrote the disclaimer .. trigger warning? deemed sexual assault in excruciating detail necessary for the story and worldbuilding instead of simply adding a trigger warning ... I don't feel like leading into the story with a sexual assault from different points of view, repeatedly, adds anything to the story. You see, I can't disconnect from the content warning and its claim that the content is necessary. It really hinders my enjoyment of a mediocre audiobook.