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Summary

He can’t see past his own scars... 

After he was left for dead in a wildfire, Ian can’t help his monstrous appearance. No one could love him with his beastly features, not even his own family. Add in the fact that he’s an omega raising a daughter on his own, and he’s destined to remain single for good. 

But when Steve looks at him, there’s a different kind of heat in his eyes, one Ian wants to reach for, if he can guarantee he won’t get burned again. 

He’s not strong enough for a mate of his own...

Detective Steve Daniels may be an alpha, but he’s not nearly as strong as the other members of his pack. He’ll never be alpha enough to claim a mate of his own. But Ian’s scent drives him crazy, and spending time holed up with the man and his daughter makes Steve wonder if he might be just the mate Ian needs to heal and grow.

The wolves can’t make it work as long as Ian stubbornly refuses to perceive his own worth. Steve sees the man, not the scars, and he’ll do anything to prove that his mate is worthy of love. He’ll have to find inner strength of his own to claim his omega and protect their growing family, and this time, Steve will be worthy enough to love everything he holds dear.

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Nice twist on Beauty and the Beast

A twist on Beauty and the Beast. Ian has been badly scarred with burns from a dragon shifter who is still out to get him and his daughter. Police detective and werewolf, Steve, provides protective custody and sees beyond the disfigurement. I liked the world building, the characters, and the exploration of self-image after disfigurement. Great narrative performance by Jack Bellows.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • B.McGrath
  • 27-02-20

Riveting

This one hit me in the heart right from the start and kept on hitting it. Emotions bleed freely throughout the story to the end. I loved the resolution and justice. High recommend this. The narrator did a great job. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest review.

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 23-09-21

Lotta Hurt in Hurt/Comfort Fates Mates Love Story

While investigating the case of a dragon-fire victim, detective and alpha wolf shifter Steve makes another astonishing discovery - his fated mate. Human omega Ian has lasting scars - inside and out - after nearly dying and is resigned to living only for his young dragon shifter daughter Skylar.

As one might expect, there's some angst in this hurt/comfort love story and it comes from all sides - the lingering threat of Skylar's bio alpha father, Steve ensuring Ian and Skylar's safety, an unplanned pregnancy, and Ian coming to terms with his injuries and opening his heart to his fated mate.

With Ian, Skylar and Steve on protective lockdown at the pack compound, there's an effective and steady build-up of tension and suspense leading up to a dragon/wolf showdown. Tensions also explode between Ian and Steve, where nasty, hurtful things are said, and I didn't like how much of that was glossed over later with Steve chalking it up to having kept his inner wolf caged too long, and Ian's PTSD being mentioned but left unaddressed.

Overall, this story was engaging, and had some heartwarming moments and - mostly for Ian - some very frustrating, hurtful and disappointing ones. In the end, I couldn't help but feel Ian deserved to be treated so much better, fated mates or not. Also disappointing is that the cover, which is clearly supposed to be Steve, does not reflect his being described as a POC.

This is my first time hearing narrator Jack Bellows, and I enjoyed his performance and smooth delivery. It may be worth noting, too, that the "Daddy" in the title refers to being a parent rather than Daddy kink. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Zach
  • 12-04-21

Another wonderful book

quite enjoyed this one. Had the same pattern of events and level of drama but definitely had more action than what of the series so far & a hint of mystery to watch out for in future books.

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  • Dolores
  • 13-05-20

OMEGA HUMAN & ALPHA SHIFTER

A lovely sweet coming together after a horrific tried & tested havoc of near death of Human Omega Ism whose ex an Alpha Dragon Shifter Mike tried to kill him after asking for a bit of child maintenence.
But its whilst Detective Steve Daniels whose in charge of the situation & decide to be involved in the foster care of Ian's 2 yr old daughter Skylar.
And its during this time whilst Ian's in a coma & he's getting closer to Skylar that when Steve sents Ian that he is, his Lifemate.
Things start off fairly swiftly & @ ease to begin with, though there is some saddening moments, where I did shed some tears, but I get told I'm a bit too soppy 😢😍💞
I like the narration by Jack Bellows

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  • Donna Warren
  • 23-04-20

Heartwarming m/m story!

Intense situations, heartmeltingly sweet emotions and quite a few surprises lead the way on Ian and Steve's journey towards a lifetime love.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 23-04-20

emotional

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

Story comment: emotional story, has good pace, engaging characters and a hard won HEA.

Jack Bellows is a new narrator for me and I enjoyed his narration of Protective Daddy. His voice suited the characters, he has good rhythm and intonations and I felt the emotions of the story. I had no real problem distinguishing each character, but if i was being super critical, I would have liked just a smidge stronger difference between Ian and Steve's voices just to make them a fraction more distinguishable from each other.

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 02-04-20

Ian and Steve

4.5 stars. Ian picked a nasty guy to shack-up with but I admired his strength to leave for his baby. His scars have him doubting his worth. He may not think much of himself but he's willing to defend his baby girl against anyone. Steve is a protector at heart. His lack of self-confidence causes problems along with the neglect of his wolf. He made me want to smack him at times. I liked that Ian, the stronger of the two, was the first to apologize. He didn't hold back or point fingers, he just acknowledged his mistakes. The ending was beautiful. I loved the bonus chapter and getting to see their beautiful family a few years in the future.

Audiobook: Great job by the narrator.

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  • F. Moon
  • 14-03-20

Dragons and Wolves and Omegas, Oh My!

Dragons and wolves, what's not to love? In some worlds, dragon and wolf shifters are mortal enemies. In Liam Kingsley's world, while not "besties," they do have a good working relationship. Until rogue dragons attack a human omega, setting him on fire. A wolf shifter witnessed the assault, and there was no doubt in his mind that the dragon was intent on murdering the omega.
Fortunately for the omega, the witness was able to get him to the hospital's burn unit.

Alpha Steve is a wolf shifter detective. He was assigned to the case. He was not able to question the omega as his burns were too severe, and the hospital staff kept the omega isolated to keep the chance of infection low. Steve kept making rounds to the burn unit, checking on the omega.

There is an adorable baby girl featured in this story, needing a special foster family while her daddy is healing. She is a dragon shifter.

Kingsley builds a complete world, one that is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy. If you have read other stories, you will be able to place characters easily. This is one of my favorite stories.

Narrator Jack Bellows has a lovely voice, strong and deep, perfect for an alpha. Two things kept me from a five star rating. One, when Bellows was in alpha mode, he would sometimes forget and use the same voice for the higher toned omega. Two, words were pronounced differently, and it was distracting. An example is bassinet, baze-on-ette. Overall his narration is quite enjoyable and I will listen to this story again.

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  • April
  • 06-03-20

Loved it!!

I love Skyler! A true dragon princess. This is a fantastic story.
Really brought to life by Jack Bellows!

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  • Loyia T. Lopez
  • 29-02-20

He's Done It Again!

Liam Kingsley is a amazing writer and storytelling, and this book just proves it. He's another one of my favorite authors in this genre. This story at times was cruel and heartbreaking, but it still was such a loving and beautiful story. I really enjoyed it. One thing I absolutely adored was the Interracial relationship. There are a few books in the Mm/shifter/alpha, omega/mpreg in this genre that have interracial couples, but hardly with an African American man.😔 But, Mr. Kingsley did.(ThxU) Jack Bellows did a fantastic job with his narration of all the different characters. He brought them to life. I highly recommend this book.🙂