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Love and Payne

Narrated by: Mark Westfield
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart...until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something - or someone - is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be....

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Not this narrator

Love the thirds series and I was really looking forward to Zach and Austen story.
Love audiobooks but can’t stand this particular narrator so I usually read the books.
I made the mistake of buying this audiobook and OMG Mr Westfield voice was beyond irritating!!
Loved the story and these guy really deserve their HEA
I have to add... buy the book!!

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  • Karma’s Mercurial Reads
  • 12-07-19

DNF due to narrator; switching to ebook

Don't know how to rate just performance so middle rating for story. Narration by Mark Westfield sounds more like TTS. Couldn't even make it to the 30-minute mark that I normally give to adjust to a narrator.

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  • A T
  • 05-05-19

I suppose I expected much more

I’ve heard all the buzz surrounding the Thirds series, but had yet to take the plunge. When I realized Love and Payne was billed as an off shoot from that series but could be read on its own, I decided to give it a try. Even better, I had yet to listen to any books performed by this narrator. Although I found the story itself pretty interesting, Love and Payne ended up being just okay.

I started Love and Payne pretty excited. Though there were multiple references to past plots, couples, and specific scenes/events, the author also provided considerable background to let us newbies follow along and understand the different terms mentioned. Unfortunately, where this background fell short was the couple. I should have loved the pairing of sweet Zach and the surly, closed off Austen, but I never felt that initial connection or chemistry. Instead, I perpetually felt on the outside of their relationship, almost as though I’d missed a chapter or two of their story and I have to wonder how much of the groundwork for these two occurred in other books. The action and suspense surrounding the attempts on Zach’s life was fairly interesting and did keep me reading, particularly the final fight and resolution. And yet, it wasn’t enough to rescue me from the floundering romance.

In the same vein, the narration had positives and negatives. I liked the narrator’s voice and thought he read the scenes with an appropriate amount of emotion without it feeling overacted, even offering some sound or tone effects to make the scene come alive. However, his softer voices for the gruff characters and odd intonation at the end of sentences gave me pause and continually jostled me out of the story, even as it picked up in intensity. Overall, Love and Payne was an okay listen but not quite all that I had hoped for given the praise I’ve seen about the Thirds series.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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  • CMN0320
  • 14-08-19

DNF - will get book instead

I just couldn’t take the narration. Most sentences ended with a comma rather than a period. Very sing-song and repetitive in tone and cadence.

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 27-03-20

Exciting & Sweet

SPOILER: I am so happy that Austin has found his family in the Zacharys. It looks like this is a new beginning in the Thirds universe or at least I hope.

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  • Janee K.
  • 21-03-20

great story. not so great narration. <br />

Story = 4⭐
Narration = 2.5⭐

This was a sweet paranormal romance by Charlie Cochet set in her THIRDS universe. Austen and Zach are what could be described as a pair of star crossed lovers. They've yearned for each other from a distance for some time. Then when an the job injury sidelines Zach and lands Austen on his protective detail, the combination of close proximity, intense emotion and danger forces all that's been hiding to surface.

I didn't know before I started this book that there's a whole other series written in the THIRDS universe but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of this story. It totally worked as a standalone. Though I'll have to go back and read them at some point now as Cochet did some great world building and wrote some Intriguing characters. My curiosity is piqued.

My only disappointment was in the narration by Mark Westfield. He has a beautiful, deep natural tone that he used for Zach's character. But then his cadence was so odd . It's hard to describe exactly but it was almost like listening to a seesaw the way his rhythm kept going up and down. It's off-putting enough that I'll actually read any of the other books in the series without listening to the accompanying audible narration as I've become accustomed to lately if he's listed as the narrator.

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  • Tessa.
  • 20-02-20

Narrator was disappointing

Why does each sentence seem to be read like a question?...it normally takes me a good few minutes to get used to a narrator...but I just could not adjust this time around. I was quite irritated and could not get into the story.

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  • L.D.
  • 15-12-19

Finally Austen Has His Story!

I fell in love with Austen throughout the series and I’m so happy he finally gets a book focused on him. This book was just as exciting and snarky as I would expect a book focusing on Austen would be. I loved the story, I love the romance, and the sex scenes were hot and spicy.

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • 06-12-19

Austen and Payne are finally together!

This is finally Austen's book. We met him way back when and he has always been just in the background making moves. Zach is someone who is a big bear of a man, literally. He is the baby of his family and he is treated as such. I am so happy when I realized that Austen and Zach were going to be together. They have been doing this dance for years.

When this story opens up Zach is out of commission. He is injured and the last people you would think that would contact Austen, Sparks, let him know about Zach. We come to find out that Austen is just if not more in love with Zach than anyone knew. I loved the fact that Zach fought to be with Austen.

Austen has been hurt and used in the past so he is unable to trust anyone. The few people that he does 'trust' is only at arms length. The whole Zachary clan accepting him for being a Tin operative is shocking to him and he does not know what to do about that. I think that is so cute that no one judge him for his past and only cares about how he treats Zacy.

SN: There is just something about Sparks that I am interested in. The fact that she is a mother figure to Austen. I want to know more about her past since it was briefly mentioned in this book. There is a lot of things we do not know about her and I am really excited for her book if that every happens.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-10-19

Love and Payne

The narrator sounded just a tad bored. But when we get into the actually characters the story really picks up. As always Charlie Cochet did a Super Job on the action and depth of story!!

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  • Cat
  • 06-02-19

Love it! Just what I've been waiting for!

I have been waiting for Austen to get his happy ever after and learn his story forever! (by the way, I love this cover and it helped me visually see Austen. Austen tries to stay in denial and push Zach away until Zach is hurt and his life threatened. He takes him to hide and protect until Zach's family steps in an Austen finds himself in the middle of something else besides love he doesn't believe in...Family.
Zach is the baby of a large family of bear shifters. When Zach's life is in danger after saving a little girl, they all step in and go to their private village. Austen and Braden go along.
This is not a continuation of the THIRDS books but a standalone in the same universe. Several of the characters have been introduced in the THIRDS books but enough explanation is there for you to follow just fine. (If you haven't read the THIRDS you should because it's great!) there are many great memorable scenes in this book. but near the front the little girl telling Zach she liked him because he reminded her of her Teddy because he keeps her safe, then what happens next was breath -taking.
Mark Westfield does a great job giving the characters great voice. I loved the personal touches and I always like how it sounds like they are on the phone or using technical devices. I can't wait for more in this Universe!