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Jared

Urban Wolves, Book 1
Narrated by: Randi Johnson
Series: Urban Wolves, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

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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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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Fated Mates shifter romance!!

The author does a fabulous job with the storyline and the development of the characters.This is a well written story that will leave you wanting more from this author. I can't want for the next book in the series.
Warning: this book contains some sexual attacks.
The narrator does a fantastic job with the characters and the voices of each characters making it easy to distinguish between the characters. Randi is very good at male and female voices, which is fantastic in and of itself. I absolutely loved listening to this audiobook and can't wait for more by Randi Johnson and Leona Windwalker.

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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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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 25-03-20

Interesting

This is my first book by Leona Windwalker and I have to say, it’s a little weird but interesting. Randi Johnson did an amazing job at narrating

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  • Keith b miller
  • 24-03-20

i love this

you will love it too it is so worth it you will not be disappointed I wish it would never end so many people that I think should have a story of there on can't wait for the next book!

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  • Booknerd In WV
  • 13-03-20

In depth World Building

Warnings: There is elements of sexual assault. There is also Mpreg elements.
I liked the characters and the fact that Steve and Jared took their time getting to know each other.

The POV's start out as just Steve and Jared, but later on a lot of different POV's are added. It was startling at first but it was set to build this world and what a world it is.

There were some continuity issues but nothing major. The only problem I had was I felt like there was alot of unneeded details, but it didn't take away from the story.

I was given a free copy for an honest review.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 07-03-20

uggg

story wasn't bad but the narrator was HORRIBLE I actually got a refund and bought and read the book, the narrator sounded like he was reading a children's story...it was bad

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 06-03-20

I loved it.

the narrator did an excellent job of bringing the story to life. the author left herself lots of room for future book.

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  • Tjhill
  • 04-03-20

Loved it.

Jared just wanted to go out and have fun. He met two guys and they tricked him and they attacked him. This scene could be a problem for some. His mate Steve whom he has never met, finds him in the the alley and takes him home. Steve has to tell him about being his mate and wolf shifters and a whole other world that Jared had no knowledge of. It actually goes pretty well. The story is very good , very detailed. I like that it also focus' on other characters and sets up for future books. Randi does a really good job with all the different character voices and the emotions( there were a lot). I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 03-03-20

Enjoyable listen.

This is such a great start to this series. I really like Jared and Steve together. Jared had my heartbreaking with all that he has suffered. So I just love that Steve saves him right when he needs him. I really like this twist into the paranormal world and how these two relationship develops. Randi Johnson does such a great job with the narration. I get pulled into the story even more. Such an enjoyable listen.

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  • Crystal G
  • 03-03-20

Imaginative!

This book is so full of imagination, I love that about it. It's unlike anything I've heard as of yet! Narrated amazingly.