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Made Mine: A Protectors / Made Marian Crossover

Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

What happens when a group of tough vigilantes meets up with a big-hearted family with boundary issues?

Reese: It’s supposed to be an easy job. You know, the kind you get after you’ve been gone a while and the boss is unsure of how capable you still are? But then there’s a mugging, an abduction, two thugs, and a blackmail scheme.

And smack-dab in the middle of it is a beautiful lost soul who needs me. The scared, young gamer-geek pushes all my protective buttons and awakens something inside me that’s ready to dive right in and inhale the man.

But how could I have anything to offer someone like Ben? I’m a mess. Injured, scarred, practically closeted, the recognizable son of a famous man...There’s no way I can ask him to give me a shot at forever. Right?

Ben: It seems like I’ve been looking out for myself my entire life. Heck, I was even given away the day I was born. And, yeah, maybe if my adoptive parents had survived, I would have had a nice life. But they didn’t. And I don’t. Instead, I’m forced to put up with a hateful, scheming foster parent for the sake of sticking around to care for my little sister.

Only, when a blackmail plan lands little Georgie in the hands of thugs, it’s clear I’m her only hope. At least until I meet the big, strong bodyguard someone sends to watch over me.

Reese is everything I’ve ever daydreamed about: protective, attentive, affectionate, and dedicated. But he’s hiding something, and I don’t have the time or energy to figure out what. Because time is running out, and Georgie is the only family I have left.

Until the biological brother who never wanted me shows up and turns everything on its head.

After having finally accepted it’s just Georgie and me, suddenly falling for my protector and being surrounded by Griff and the Marian clan makes me question everything I’ve ever known about myself and what defines a family.

Can a guy with a broken past ever build a family with someone who seems too good to be true?

Listening order note: Can be listened to as a stand-alone.

While the authors recommend listening to both the Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox and the Protectors series by Sloane Kennedy, it isn't required in order to understand the story. At the least, you may want to consider Grounding Griffin (Book 4, Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox) and Unexpected (Book 10, The from the Protectors series by Sloane Kennedy) to get a little bit of background. However, this novel, despite being a crossover, has been written in a way that it can be listened to on its own.

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  • Cyndi Marie
  • 11-03-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I went into this one having only listened to the Made Marian series, I was worried I would feel like I was missing something since I haven't listened to the Protector Series and to be honest I did but only a tiny bit and that just made me want to start that series right away. The only reason I would say that I wished I had finished both first is because I knew all the Made Marian characters and felt like they had all these friends I wasn't privy too LOL. I loved this story even if it was a little insta-love for my taste. I also loved all the alpha men with cute kid moments. I'll be impatiently waiting for the rest of the Protectors series to be on audible.

The narration was good. He isn't my favorite but he is growing on me.

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  • danielle
  • 20-09-18

I Miss the Marians

So my policy is to give a 5 star review if I listen to something because I know that the 5 star rating system is really binary and the nuances between 3, 4, and 5 stars negatively impact books and book searches which is an author's livelihood and I want both of these authors to keep writing.
On that note I love Michael Pauley and I love Lucy Lennox but......Sloane Kennedy and the Protector series can be really dramatic and overly angsty. And unfortunately that was a main feature of the first 7+ hours of this book. I think I wanted this to be a mostly Marian crossover and I was sorely disappointed. I missed the Marians sooo much...They have almost no role except to be the focus of Ben's bitterness. They are nothing but concerned and kind and all Ben can do is focus on his attraction to Reese, his bitterness that Griffin had it better than him, and of course the fact that he is being pursued by mostly mysterious villains (a common feature in the protector series but did not translate for me in the Marian world.) The lengths that the Marians go to help Ben and Georgie (at the expense of their own safety no less) are largely dismissed and it made it very hard for me to like Ben at all. I usually enjoy the dual POV but I felt the attempt to blend the Protectors and Marians was largely one-sided. Reese performed his part as a bridge because he was actually connected to all the Protector characters but Ben's tenuous at best/antagonistic relationship with the Marian characters made me want to rant at him which took me right out of the story. Perhaps if you are a Protectors fan and not a person that has read or liked the Marian series this book will be right up your alley otherwise be prepared to miss your Marians.

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  • Troy Michael
  • 05-10-18

so frustrating!

3 and a half hours in and I'm having a really hard time connecting to Ben's character.

6 hours in and I'm convinced his only redeeming quality is his devotion to his sister.

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  • TNI
  • 25-09-18

the best part was a the tarantula<br />

I love the Maid Marian series and I love Michael Pauley but this story was a miss for me.
I think there were too many characters and an unrealistic storyline. Somebody's on the run looking for a computer chip and all these men can drop their lives to protect Ben and Georgie. REALLY?
I'll be honest with you Aunt Tilly drives me nuts in these books.
if you're devoted to both series, get it, but if not I would say pass on this one.

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  • Esther A
  • 21-09-18

Sheer Perfection!!

Absolutely brilliant crossover of 2 of the best series ever! The storyline is magnificent and I love seeing so many of the Marians and the Protectors. Watching Ben and Reese’s relationship develop is spectacular. They are so good together. Love Georgie, what a great kid. Ben and Reese have a lot of personal issues to work through but I love how they do it together and I love how protective Reese is of Ben. It was great to see Griff finally find his brother and I love how supportive and loving both the Marians and the Protectors are with one another. I would definitely love more crossover books!
Michael Pauley was a brilliant narrator for this story. He managed so many different voices expertly. It really was incredible to hear all of the different characters and really feel all of their emotions!

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  • Nathan Wyrick
  • 19-01-19

Unbelievable

I had a really hard time getting into this book. There were just so many parts of it that I felt were unbelievable. Maybe a part of it was the writing approach of the two authors or the two worlds of the previous book series, but I couldn’t feel for the relationship. A majority of the beginning of the book was in a hotel room and then finally a winery that felt like a vacation for the characters. The lack of reality when it comes to children, crime, and holding a job was hard to suspend. I think you really needed to read the other stories to understand the characters in this one. But the angst was too much and if that what the protectors series is like then I doubt I’ll ever read them.

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  • Amazon Customersam
  • 24-06-19

super story.

I truly loved this book. It lets you know that anyone can be family. Thank you.

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  • Marianne H.
  • 20-06-19

I will forever be a fan of Michael Pauley..

Michael Pauley can narrate the entire section of the obituary and I will still one click it and listen now! He is definitely in my top three favorite narrators, because damn is voice is swoon! Anyways, huge fan of Lucy Lennox, read all her books and love Sloane Kennedy, I've read about 35% of her books (don't hate me).

i enjoyed Made Mine (I wish the Marian clan would adopt me) and I loved it even more because Michael Pauley narrated it. The only, only thing I did not like but didn't affect my rating, was how whiny Ben was. That was the only thing I did not enjoy, however I stick by my 5 star rating because Michael Pauley made it bearable. Happy listening all!

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  • Angie
  • 04-05-19

A Good Mine

This was a really good book! This was a crossover book between the Made Marian and A Protectors series. I love the Marian family and have read all the books in that series I have not read any of the books in the Protector series and since I do have a few books in the series that's going to change. Reese Shaw is the son of a former President on his last job he was badly hurt on while saving another man's life. When his boss calls him to have him check on a man who was badly beaten in the hospital he knows that this is his chance to prove himself. Ben was badly beaten trying to safe his little sister Georgie her father got her kidnapped. This was a really good read Reese is a 33 year old virgin he is afraid to put himself out there because he is afraid of what the public will say and the fact that he has scares from being hurt. These two didn't know how to trust each other. Turns out Ben is the little brother of Griff Marian from book 4 in the Marian series. He is bitter and upset he thinks that Griff didn't want him. When he shows up to get Georgie back he is hurt again but Reese followed him and was able to get his sister back. They go to the vineyard to rest and heal Reese's boss shows up and his men will do anything to help Ben even though he had a hard time being around the Marian's. Each man learns to trust each other and they begin opening up to each other. As with this family there is some funny things going on. Georgie has a pet tarantula that she named Princess Kitty that Reese was afraid of and she also called him Mr. Kitty and then their was Aunt Tilly who is always in everyone's business. This book kind of made me cry the Marian family accepted Ben, Georgie and Reese and made them part of the family. This was a well written book with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading more from both of these authors

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  • LaRee Wilton
  • 20-04-19

This story is great!

The book starts out with Reese tracking Ben and ends with a marriage. Excellent stry and excellent job reading!