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Summary

Who’d want a guy like me?
Sure, I can make my MC brothers laugh, but I’m not good for much else.
Muscle? Sure.
Smarts? Not so much.
At least Brennan knows I’m one hot mother.... Well.... You know.
No one ever wants me for more than a roll in the sheets.
No one except Brennan.
Will he still want me when he realizes how messed up I am? 

Joker is more than just fun and games.
He’s full of wisecracks, seems to live to rile everyone up, but the club enforcer has hidden depths.
Depths that only I see.
When the MC has a job for me, it’s the perfect opportunity to get close to Joker.
I want to keep his smart mouth busy.
With my lips.... And other things.
But the closer we get, the more of his pain I see.
I want to find a way to help him heal.
Will he let me in when he’s spent his whole life hiding? 

Joker always has a wisecrack ready, but Brennan can see the secrets and pain he’s hiding. These two collide in Joker, Book 8 of the Hell’s Ankhor stand-alone m/m romance motorcycle club series.

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Joker....

I loved seeing Joker be vulnerable and tear down his walls to let someone in. I can't wait to see how he evolves with the "dirty" jokes in future books because he can't let that completely go.

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so this book is a favorite of mine.. the narrator not as much but it wasnt horrible. it was good and i liked it.. i will def listen to more of this authors stuff..

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Don’t Judge a Biker by His Jokes

My heart ached for Joker. He had the worst self esteem, and wasn’t used to anyone caring for him, and when he finally found people who did, he had trouble believing it was true. I wanted to hug him throughout the entire story.

Brennan was such a great guy. He was perfect for Joker, and vice versa. I loved how encouraging he was and how he saw Joker for the man he was trying to hide.

This series has weasled it’s way into my heart, and I love these guys. I cannot wait to listen to Nix’s book.

David Allen Vargo does a phenomenal job bringing these men to life. He can capture the gritty couces needed for these tough but gentle men.

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Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was such an entertaining addition to this great series.
I can't wait to listen to more audiobooks from Aiden and Ali.

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Funny

This one was really funny and also super spicy.
Really enjoyed the characters and the way they interacted
Looking forward to more from these authors

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Another amazing romance!

I've said it for every audio in this series, but I'll say it again: David Allen Vargo is a fantastic narrator, and I especially love the way he's been bringing my favorite MC club members to life. I had my suspicions that Joker wasn't the menace everyone made him out to be, but even I couldn't have predicted what a heart of gold this sweet man had lurking under his rough exterior. I've always been a sucker for the misunderstood ones, the guys who seem tough and abrasive but are really just hiding behind a shield. Joker was the perfect example of that kind of man, of a man who would rather be loud and annoying than invisible but who would never admit his insecurities to anyone. As I learned more about his past, about his family and his amazing volunteer work, my heart absolutely melted and all of Joker's actions made sense to me. Every crude joke, every outburst of anger wasn't coming from a bad person, just a person who didn't know how to be anything but the class clown and lone wolf. As this story progressed, it was such a joy to see Joker shed that outer skin with Brennan and finally start to open up to someone. Gaining Joker's trust was a fragile, delicate process, but Brennan was up for the challenge. I absolutely adored watching these men take pleasure from simply being around each other, and their sexual chemistry was off the charts. What elevated this story from a lovely romance to something truly special was seeing Joker gain acceptance from his MC family after so many months of tension. By the end of the book, Joker was almost unrecognizable from the closed-off, loud-mouthed man I met before. Seeing him happy, seeing him find peace and love with Brennan and feel worthy and supported by his Crew filled my heart to the brim with happiness.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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Another enjoyable audio in this series

Joker is the wisecracking, sarcastic club enforcer that keeps everyone at arms length and that everyone takes for granted, but the pain he’s hiding beneath the surface is no joke. Brennan sees it and wants to uncover what Joker is masking and help him work through it and heal. The result is a really steamy, romantic (in an MC gritty kind of way), emotionally charged story. As usual, it’s well-written and the characters have dimension and depth. In terms of narration, David Allen Vargo gives a solid performance. His voice fits with the tenor of the book and the series because it has a richness and depth to it that is the appropriate counterpoint to the characters and the story. He created two distinct voices and consistently delivered them. All in all, another great story in this series.

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Another winner

I felt so sorry for Joker as this book started. He doesn't think much of himself and he really is such a great guy. A sweet, marshmallow interior hidden behind the enforcer walls of jokes and smart remark so that no one can get close to him. Then, there is Brennan who is just the man to get past those walls and let us and Joker see how great he is. This is a romance where love really does change a life and stories like this are why I will never miss an entry in this series. David Allen Vargo did a wonderful job with these characters. You totally believe his Joker with no self-confidence at the beginning and you can actually hear him change as the story progresses.

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Beneath the mask

This is another incredible story in the Hell's Ankhor series. The authors did a great job job slowly revealing Joker's fears and insecurities, his past, and all the things that made him so volatile, going from open to shut down to flying off the handle in seconds. I really liked Brennan. He was so strong and understanding, giving Joker every chance, not being put off by his moods. He was truly the first, and maybe only, person to ever really SEE joker. The kids were great, and I loved how the motorcycle club once again showed what a committed part of the community they are. It was also fantastic the way they treated Joker after they learned his secrets, and offered to help him, like a true family would. I'm still puzzled as to what was wrong with Joker's parents and why they would devote their lives to one son and completely ignore the other, but I suppose it happens.

The narration was very good, full off emotion, and really brought out the characters' feelings. Good pacing, and voice differentiation for the characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Surprisingly sweet!

Honestly I wasn’t sure I would be super into jokers story after his less than likable nature in previous books but the authors did a good job making his struggles clear without starting a pity party or making excuses for his bad behavior! I liked Brennan a lot! He was perfect for joker and really brought out a surprisingly vulnerable and sweet side of such an abrasive character. This was a solid addition to my favorite motorcycle club series! The narrations was on point the whole way through and I just can’t wait for more!

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  • JoshEsquire
  • 15-03-21

It's Hard Work Being The Funny Man....

I am not always about story lines with a 100% alpha character and a 100% beta character. People are complex...we are all over the map. When I started listening to this book, I expected a 2-dimensional group of characters. I was immediately proven false.

The saying is..."Don't judge a book by it's cover." That pertains to this book but also to the central characters. Joker is a man who wants what all of us want...family, connection....to belong. This, unfortunately is complicated by a touch exterior and a sarcastic, biting humor that drives people away. These coping mechanisms are there for a reason though...he holds enormous grief and has his own shameful secrets. It takes an "art project" and the patience of Brennan to make his walls start to crumble. Even this process wasn't magically clean and uncomplicated. He ran and came back and hid and pursued. As he started trusting Brennan and then the rest of the crew, he found that family and love heal when nothing else will. I really enjoyed this book.

David Allen Vargo was an unexpected surprise. When I first heard his narration I almost jumped out of the audio version. Initially it sounded like a mix between a backwoods old man and a poorly executed Georgian accent. I hunkered down, thinking maybe he would grow on me. This guy got inside my head. The rawness that he gave Joker was amazing. I'm not necessarily a stoic kind of guy, but haven't ever choked up in an audio book till now. The vulnerability in his voice in the last quarter of the book as Joker opens up to the man he loves and to his brothers MESSED. ME. UP. If I could give David 6 stars I would. I have my favorite narrators but none of them have knocked me over like Mr. Vargo. Phenomenal.

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  • LilMommi
  • 05-03-21

Love Joker

David Allen Vargo just took a good book and brought it to life and I loved it. Joker stole my heart even more while listening to it then reading it.

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  • Esther A
  • 19-02-21

Sweet Joker

I was so happy to get Joker's story and get to see the real him. Everyone sees him as a sarcastic jokester but he's really just a strong facade that hides such a tender heart. It takes a special person to see beyond the facade to the real person inside and that perfect person is Brennan. Brennan really takes the time to see beyond what Joker portrays to get to know the real him and just how loving and caring Joker really is and all the pain he has suffered. I truly enjoyed watching Brennan and Joker slowly build a deep and lasting connection. This is my favorite one in the series so far because it's a truly heartfelt story. The narrator did a great job with the story and all of the characters. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • SarahH
  • 19-02-21

Beautiful soft centre hiding beneath the barbs

Another amazing book in this series! Joker started out as very difficult to like because of the barbs he seemed to continually throw at others. But as the book went on I started to see the soft, vulnerable side of Joker. The side that desperately wanted to be loved but was so scared of being rejected that he was afraid to show it. Brennan saw beneath the brash exterior early on and gave Joker endless patience, and reassurance that he was going nowhere. This slowly gave Joker the confidence to slowly open up to Brennan and let him see the vulnerable side of him. Despite the brusque lead character this book was soft and sweet. Really enjoyable.

I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review. Reviews of all the earlier books in the series have been left on my Audible Australia account.

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  • Anne M
  • 19-02-21

story just ok but really good performance

I was given a free audio copy from the author for review.

Story 3.5
Narrator 5

I'm in the minority here but this didn't work for me. IMO the others need to be read first to enjoy this and it doesn't work as a standalone. Too many side characters and I did not like Jokers character at all the first half. Like I say maybe if you got to know him in the other books u might feel differently but I haven't read any of the previous books and I couldn't stand him the first half. He was so rude and a total jerk. I just didn't get the appeal at all. I'm all for characters that are standofish and insecure that need to coaxed out but not when they are that abrasive to the point where u question what the other MC sees in them. I will say though that when he opened up I did feel bad for him and liked him alot more the last 40% but it took alot of effort just to get to that point.

The narrator did a great job though with the 2 different voices and accent. Showing the emotions and keeping a good pace. Made it easier to listen to a story that I otherwise would have marked DNF had I read it.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 18-02-21

Loved Joker and Brennan!!

Joker is a member of Hell’s Ankhor MC. He hides behind his attitude of being a jokester, but underneath he’s full of anxiety and fear. Brennan has been hired to renovate the clubhouse and they’ll be in contact more. He flirts with Brennan, but Brennan doesn’t really like him or so he thinks. Brennan gets to know Joker and realizes there’s so much more to the jokester personality that Joker shows his brotherhood. This was sooo good! I felt this story was the best of all the Hell’s Ankhor stories yet! This one was the hardest for me to read, I teared up in a few places! Joker had been thru way too much in his young life! When Brennan starts seeing the real man that Joker is, he cannot help but fall in love with him. I felt that David Allen Vargo did a good job with the narration.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 17-02-21

Sweet, steamy and heartfelt. 

Sweet, steamy and heartfelt.   I really enjoyed the narrator, he really developed each of the MC's and gave them dimension with his focus on expressing their personality with his voice.  Plus he gave all of the characters their own voices and that really brought the whole group to life. 

Joker really had gotten so good at hiding behind his very bad jokes that he was losing all connection with the other club members. I really loved how Brennan looked, really looked behind the obnoxious exterior and saw the real man.  His acceptance and steady presence really made all the difference for Joker.  I really enjoyed these guys finding a connection and slowly building to an intimate relationship. This is a slow-burn, compared with some of this series, but it is so worth the read.  

 This is the eighth book in the Hell's Ankhor series and can be read as a stand-alone.  I do however recommend reading the books in the order of the series because it will give you a lot of insight and back stories of the many characters in this motorcycle club.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 17-02-21

Joker and Brennan's Unexpectedly Sweet Love Story

This eighth installment in the 'Hell's Ankhor' series can be read as a stand-alone. I, however, have read 5 previous books and have already been introduced to the main characters. I had some trepidation going into this book. Joker was not a likable character in the books leading up to this one. Since I had already listened to and liked all the books that came before, I took a chance and requested a free review copy of Joker's story. I needn't have had even a moment's hesitation; Aiden Bates and Ali Lyda give Joker's behavior realistic causes. By the end of the story, his character is changed for the better.

Joker has found a family in the Hell's Ankhor Crew MC but still feels like an outsider. Because of events in his past he is insecure about his ability to contribute meaningfully to the club, so when scrutiny is placed on him he reverts to his angry and abrasive reactionary defense mechanisms. Brennan, a construction worker hired to do renovations at the clubhouse, recognizes this in Joker and patiently draws out the softer side of Joker. As Joker's deepest shameful secret comes closer to being revealed, will he allow Brennan to continue to lend support or will he fall back to pushing him away?

This is my favorite kind of romantic story. The main couple have conversations until they consider themselves to be friends, they do romantic things together and then move on to something more intimate. I love when an author lets the couple actually spend time alone together for several scenes before the sexy times get stated. It makes it more real-life for me. Another thing the authors do a terrific job with is Joker's backstory. The reader gets a sense of his struggle to keep things hidden for fear of disdain or abandonment by his friends. Brennan is there to help him understand he can trust that everyone will stand with him no matter what. It's a very well-written journey the reader takes with Joker.

David Allen Vargo's narration is well-done as well. He infuses a lot of emotion into the telling of the story.

This is my voluntary reaction to 'Joker', the 8th book of the 'Hell's Ankhor' series.

Recommended.

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 16-02-21

An Unexpectedly Deep & Emotional Journey for Joker

"Joker" is by far my favorite audio book in the Hell's Ankhor series, in equal measures because of the story and the fantastic narration of David Allen Vargo. I hadn't been expecting such a deep, emotional story, but perhaps that's fitting seeing as Joker himself is a much deeper well than he'd have others believe. Joker discovering his own self-worth and finding the strength to reveal his true self to his Hell's Ankhor Crew brothers and to Brennan is at times raw, hopeful, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, and I loved it.

Narrator David Allen Vargo delivers another fantastic performance in this series, including voicing an especially unique accent for Joker, and his narration alone is worth giving this a listen. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Phoenix
  • 14-02-21

Loved

This was a wonderful read and listen. I loved the narrators voice! Nicely done for both narrators and authors! Great characters!

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