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Summary

I’m lonely, but am I ready to move on? 

I’ve been Ankh’s old man for as long as Hell’s Ankhor has existed. But Ankh’s been dead for two years, and I need to live my life for me. I love the guys of HAC, but no one’s keeping me warm at night. No one except Mal, and that’s only in my dreams. 

He doesn’t do long term, and he’s one of my oldest friends. Hooking up could risk the club, yet when it comes to him, I don’t care. I’m ready to live and love again. 

Priest makes me want to sin.

I can’t ruin 30 years of friendship because of a little lust. But nothing about Priest is little. The old bear is just as muscular as me, and I’m sure he could pin me. Damn, I want him in the sack.

Making a move risks not only our friendship, but potentially our MC. I’ve never needed a serious relationship, but Priest deserves more than a one-night stand. When a psycho ex-fling comes into town to stalk me, Priest is at my side. With our club we can handle any danger.

Are we ready to handle each other?

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Excellent read!!!

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this fantastic Audible. The narrated in this Audible really bring this story to life. I am really sad this is the last book in this fantastic series. Amazing gives stars!!!!!

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Lovely

It lovely to follow Priest getting his happy ending with Mal, though there were a few bumps along the way and a stalker.

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Great Way to End A Great Series

I almost didn’t want to listen to this, and I most definitely dragged my feet for the last 25%, because, once I finished it, the series would be over. I was not prepared for that to happen. That said, this was a great way to end a very entertaining series.

We’ve gotten to know Priest over the previous nine books. He’s been a solid, dependable, and supportive character in the lives of all the men we have met. He’s offered advice, support, a shoulder to lean on, and a swift kick in the rear when needed. Prior to the series’ beginning he had lost his husband, who was the club president. He’s been grieving for two years, but his heart has begun the steps of possibly opening back up, and it seems it wants Mal, his best friend. Mal seems to be in the same state of mind. This book is their journey towards love’s possibilities. Of course, would it be a Hell’s Ankhor book if there wasn’t a little danger as well? Nope, and it was perfect for this story.

This audiobook was full of all the familiar faces we have become attached to, and even introduced two new prospects to show that the club will continue on, past the last page, and into our imaginations. It was well written and completely perfect. It was bittersweet, as well. I believe it’s time to start the series over. With books/audiobooks, there’s never a permanent goodbye; they’re just a reread/relisten away.

David Allen Vargo has done a fantastic job with this series. I was worried he would change Priest’s voice, with this audiobook, but that was not the case (as it often is). He staid in character. I was impressed! I hope we will be hearing more DAV in the future. I will be keeping my eyes out!

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A fantastic wrap-up to this series

For a man so cherished by the rest of his club, Priest remained surprisingly elusive over the course of this series. I was beginning to wonder if he'd ever get his own happy ending, but now that I've listened to his and Mal's romance I have to say it was worth the wait.

What made Priest and Mal's romance so sweet was knowing how much shared history they had together. These men had been platonic friends for decades, supported each other through some of life's most difficult moments, and grown to be respected members of their motorcycle clubs. In some ways, it feels kinda obvious that these two were meant to be together, but I have a lot of respect for how cautiously they treated the beginning stages of their relationship. As two men who had seen how poorly relationships could end, Priest and Mal were rightfully unsure about throwing themselves into a fling that could have an impact on the rest of the club. I'm not completely sure how they ended up in a friends-with-benefits style arrangement, but I certainly had no complaints about how deliciously steamy their encounters were. Priest and Mal weren't the best communicators when it came to their romantic feelings, but their bodies told me everything I needed to know about their intense chemistry. As the worrisome stalker Mal was dealing with kept escalating, it was comforting to see Priest provide a safe landing place for Mal to escape to. This story did get heavy at times, whether it was Priest battling with his emotions about letting go of Ankh or Mal dealing with his shame at letting his hookups get out of control, but the balance between lighthearted club banter and suspense was nicely done. I was not expecting the chaotic events at the cemetary to have such a disastrous impact on Priest and Mal's relationship, but now that I look back I think it was a break they needed to get over the last of their reservations. Those final few chapters, when Priest and Mal were happily in love and surrounded by their club family, filled my heart to the brim with happiness. I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to say goodbye to these guys, but knowing that they're all settled and in love is as good as it can possibly get.

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

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was a great addition to a really great series.
I can’t wait to listen to more.

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Finally we get Priest's story ...

Ten books in and it seems like Priest may finally be the conclusion to this amazing series. This whole series is terrific, but they may have saved the best for last.

Priest and Mal have been best friends for decades but now they start having non-platonic feelings for each other. This is complicated because of their fear of how these feelings will impact their friendship. There’s a lot of history between them and shared friendships with others, like with Priest’s late husband Ankh, that add layers of confusion for them to parse through. More recent events and relationships (particularly for Mal) muddy the waters as well. This story is emotional, but I appreciated that the best friends to lovers trope didn’t play out as it often does with lack of communication. While Priest and Mal grapple with what these new feelings mean for them, there’s always an underlying certainty that whatever happens, these two will work through it.

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. Overall, another great entry in the series, and if it is the end, they picked a great couple and story to go out with.

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Great addition

Another great story by Aiden Bates and Ali Lyda. Priest and Mal where great character to get to now better. David Allen Vargo did a super job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Exciting

I love stories like this and I was excited for this instalment of the series. I’m looking forward to even more writings from these two authors.

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A favorite series

I have loved every entry in this series and finally, we get to see Priest have his chance. He's been the rock for all the other men in the club, tending their wounds both physical and emotional but has never taken anything for himself. Watching Priest and Mal find their way to each other and watching Priest in full-on protector mode when Mal is threatened was glorious. I read this when it first came out and have been waiting for this audio. David Allen Vargo was perfect with all the characters, but he especially caught Priest's world-weariness and then hope as the possibility of a relationship blossomed.

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love comes full circle

I haven't read the whole series but I've felt for Priest in the books I've read. He's strong, kind and grieving but love finds a way.

I really enjoyed the diverse characters and found family of Hell Anchor. I feel Priest was the patriarch of the club and he build the club with Ankh into a strong family focused club, now after years of grieving, his oldest friend Mal sparks a change.

Mal's a strong and passionate man and I like how he and Priest TALKED to each other like adults and openly communicated their thoughts and feelings throughout the story, they were honest (mostly) and built on a foundation of lifelong friendship. it seemed inevitable that these two would end up together but I liked the journey and healing along the way.

I'm kinda hooked of the Hell's Anchor crew and now I need to read all the others!!

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 06-06-21

Stunning!🤩

This book was the perfect ending to this series.

I absolutely loved listening to this one and it's definitely going on replay Playlist!

The narrator performed an exceptional narration and audio delivery.

Absolutely recommend this compelling series

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 22-05-21

Touching Ending to Stellar Hell's Ankhor Series

What a perfect and touching conclusion to a terrific series, and Priest and Mal's HEA was worth the wait. And cheers for an older (over 50) couple taking center stage!

Building on their longtime friendship, what begins as a friends-with-benefits agreement for the Hell's Ankhor/Liberty Crew founders quickly deepens to more on both sides. As Priest struggles to reconcile his lingering grief and newfound happiness, Mal is faced with a past fling-turned-stalker who threatens his budding romance. Their hard-won HEA summarizes this series in a nutshell - gritty, angsty, sweet, tender, unexpected, and loving.

Narrator David Allen Vargo delivers another stellar performance here, as he's done throughout this series. His deliciously deep and gravely voice, and distinct character voices and accents, elevate this series from a must-read to a must-listen. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Anne M
  • 22-05-21

Great story and even better in Audio

I was given a free audio copy from the author and the GRR arc team for review.

I have only read Blade and Joker before this one but so far this is my fav. It is the epitome of all the feels.

The narrator did a great job. He had a pleasant reading voice that suited the characters and was age appropriate and he kept a good pace. He expressed the emotions well and did different voices. Wonderful performance.

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  • SarahH
  • 22-05-21

Beautiful end to a great series!

This has been such a good series and I’ve been really looking forward to Priest’s story. He and Mal are the two oldest members of the clubs and as such they’re the unofficial parents of all the other members. They’re both guarding their hearts romantically - Priest because his husband died and Mal because his wife left him after the birth of their child. They’re both attracted to each other but both have to overcome their own pain to be able to trust that it’s ok to love again. The men are gentle, patient and kind with each other. Meanwhile their “children” enjoy teasing them about their new found love life. Great story

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  • pdaake
  • 17-05-21

Excellent!

This is a wonderful friends to lovers listen! Priest and Mal are older and experienced, or are they? I loved the way the storyline played out. The narrator 🤩🤩🤩, I love!

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 17-05-21

Priest and Mal!!

Gah!! Priest and Mal!! Mal is the President of the Liberty Chapter and Priest the VP of the Hell’s Ankhor’s. They’ve been friends for a lifetime. When Mal gets a stalker, both men’s eyes are opened and they start to have feeling for one another. This was sooo good! I’m sad that the series is ending. I’m going to miss it. David Allen Vargo did a fantastic job with the narrative!

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  • Maude Allen
  • 14-05-21

Grand Finale to a great series

Through nine books Priest has been the rock everyone has depended on. Two years ago Ankh was taken from Priest. He survived but now he's watched everyone find love. He's lonely and depends on Mal for friendship. He's known him for years and the friendship gives Priest the one thing that has been missing since Ankh died.
Mal was friends with Ankh for 30 years and watched him and Priest make a life. He was abandoned by his wife and he raised his son by himself. He has abandonment issues from that.
He embarks on a friends with benefits with Priest. This works until things start to change. Then an event changes everything. The pushing away was hard to read. At several points I wanted to shake some sense into Priest but leave it to the brothers to rearrange Priest thinking. I was throughly happy with this story and how everything worked the way it was supposed to.

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  • Dmauritzen
  • 13-05-21

Exciting

Love this series and book 10 was amazing. The storyline is insightful and intriguing. Loved the way the characters are together. Priiest was a great wonderful character who has danger and adventure everywhere. Thee way the characters connect is wonderful. The narration was great.

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  • Susan R
  • 13-05-21

Loved it!

I don't want the series to be over :(
man what a way to end it. The series has grown so much since book 1 and with each new book, I just fell more and more in love with these guys. Once again David brought the guys to life. As I sat there listening to the book I could see the scenes playing out in my mind. I felt like I was there watching it all play out. sorry to see it end but man what a great book to end it with.

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  • Frank Benns
  • 12-05-21

Didn't think I'd love it, but I did.

This installment was a nice-wrap up to the Hell's Ankhor series. It focuses on the budding romance between Mal and Priest; two very deserving guys. At times, I must admit, I wanted to slap the two of them silly and tell them to get over themselves and their constant fretting over whether they should be together or not. It was hard to believe two old crusty bikers would have quite that much angst over a romp in the hay. But, on the other hand, people do tend to go through those dilemmas privately in their minds, which is something we're not privy to. And something the authors do well in revealing to the reader. We get to hear the inner machinations of the mature mind, proving its doubts and fears are still there long after the uncertainty of youth has faded. I love the interactions between all the club members in the series too. They've all become like family to me and I hate to see them go with this final installment. I have just one question: How does he do it? David Allen Vargo, the narrator, I mean. Not only are the voices different, but the cadence, the tempo, the tonal qualities - it's like listening to a whole cast performing and not one person. He is quite a talented individual. I wonder where he'll go from here now that Hell's Ankhor has come to an end. I'll be on the lookout that's for sure. Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll narrate more from this fine team of authors, Bates and Lyda.

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