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Summary

Eric's grown more confident. He has to admit that. With Marcus's love and support, he's stronger than ever, but it's not enough. His daddy's given him the ability to go after what he wants, but there's so much more that feels just out of reach. Eric doesn't want part of the lifestyle or some of the submission...he wants everything. 

For Marcus, there's nothing more beautiful than watching his boy's confidence grow. Marcus loves every step Eric has taken on his journey, but he doesn't want to push his boy too far, too fast. And when the only part of Marcus's future that's clear is Eric by his side, it's not fair to his boy to rush things. A daddy should be able to provide for his boy. A looming retirement and a questionable future aren't enough. Not when he wants to give his boy everything. 

When it comes to their relationship, Eric is ready to jump in headfirst. But how does Eric show his daddy that everything doesn't have to be planned out to be perfect?

©2018 M.A. Innes (P)2018 M.A. Innes

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Not a stand alone, but a great addition

It was so good to visit with the boys again! Once again, still not my kink, but I loved watching Eric fall into his little personality wi5 much more confidence!
There was some hot scenes! And I liked that some of them was just as a sub at the club, but still not making a Eric something he’s not! I really hope to see more of this couple!

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Fantastic second book to the series.

I really enjoyed silent strength, the first book in this two book series and was anticipating the release of this audio. Kenneth didn’t disappoint. I love the collaboration between m.a.innes and Kenneth obi.

In this book Eric and Marcus continue to develop their relationship and Eric becomes more confident in being a little. There is age play with ABDL, along with some hot sex scenes. This is a really sweet story that I have enjoyed listening to with a perfect HEA.

Kenneth’s narration was spot on and brought this story to life, which is why I really like him as a narrator.

Nathan and Gabriel, from flawed perfection have great parts in this story, and we get to see Eric and Nathan develop their sweet friendship, although I don’t think Eric can cope with much more chocking following Nathan questions.

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A wonderful continuation of Silent Strength

Eric and Marcus are continuing to live a happy life together whilst Marcus' retirement from the police force is looming closer, This causes a bit of worry for Marcus as to how he'll provide for his boy but Eric is worrying that his Daddy is taking on too much stress when he wants things to develop further for himself and Marcus in their personal relationship.
I'm loving this story and the development of the two main characters and their relationship together. M.A. Innes has a wonderful way of writing that draws you into the emotions felt by both characters and the relationship that the two have together may be different from what others expect but together they are wonderful. Written as they are made for each other! We are continually meeting people from characters from other books but if you haven't read them, it doesn't impact your enjoyment of this couple and their story.
Kenneth again does a fantastic job of narrating this story. I was pulled in from the start and enjoy the book throughout whilst we are carried along on the blossoming relationship of Eric and Marcus. I especially love the differential in voice for Eric when he's as his "regular" self and for when he's his Daddy's boy.
Another fantastic book from M.A. Innes and wonderfully narrated by Kenneth. Highly recommend!

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  • Aerielle
  • 22-06-18

Great follow up

The thing I love the most about MA Innes’ “taboo” books are how inherently sweet they all are. Yeah I was a little weirded out about age play but these books just make it so sweet. Kenneth Obi just keeps getting better with each book he narrates. Can’t wait for more from this duo

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  • Karen
  • 28-06-18

Sweet story. Not a fan of the narration.

For all the taboo kink in this story, it was still very much a sweet romance with enormous care and respect between the two MC's, Eric and Marcus. They are very much in love and continue smoothly along the road to their HEA.
Perhaps a bit too smoothly.

There is no conflict at all between the MC's, and I do think a little tension or an emotional setback of some kind would have made this story even better. Outside of Eric's reserve and insecurities regarding the kinky aspect of their relationship, there is nothing else for these MC's to really overcome together, no real test of the strength of their love.

Much of their relationship, or what we see of it, develops during steamier scenes or scenes related to the ageplay. I would have liked it if they had interacted more together in other situations as well. It would have been fun to see them actually start working together, for instance.
I really liked the scene where Eric turned the tables on Marcus and took care of him, instead of it being the other way around. It added some balance to their relationship and it was lovely to see Eric growing confident enough to take that step.

I had some issues with the narration. When we're listening to a chapter told from Marcus's view, the narrator doesn't use "Marcus's" voice, but keeps his timbre very close to the one he uses for Eric, instead of the deeper voice he uses for when Marcus is talking. I found that very confusing and it made it harder to connect with the characters.
I also thought the voices of some of the supporting characters, other subs like Nathan & Connor for instance, were a bit too high-pitched and almost childlike, which I very much disliked.

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  • Stacy Thompson
  • 22-06-18

Quiet Strength

This is the second half of Eric & Marcus’s story. In this book we get the conclusion of their story from Silent Strength. What I love about these books is the very obvious connection and bond the two men form together. They just fit so perfectly in every part of their lives and you can tell they really and truly care a tremendous amount for each other in every action they make, no matter what the context is. They aren’t just “Daddy and Boy” but they are also friends and lovers and partners, and that stands out in every part of this book. The Author always seems to write the most Romantically Kinky books with the sweetest guys. I will never get sick of reading and listening to these books. Even when the topic is “taboo” it’s still so dang sweet.

Getting these books in Audio with Kenneth Obi as the narrator is just an added bonus to reading along with the stories. He really does such a great job bringing out the emotions for each character in the way he interprets each of these books. We not only get to see the difference in Daddy/Marcus and the Boy/Eric. It’s also nice getting to hear from characters that came from some of the authors other books being included in this one as well. It makes me want to go back and re-listen to those audiobooks too. But in this book specifically I liked that the author has used the same narrator. And I really appreciated the consistently great narration we got from him for both of these books.

In the first book Eric was still so timid about his thoughts and feelings and wasn’t confident in himself especially when it came to expressing his wants and needs to Marcus. Now in this book we get to see him become so much stronger in general as a person and also when it comes to being “Daddy’s Boy”. He learns how to voice his thoughts and feelings and learns to trust Daddy and trust in the relationship and bond that they have formed with each other. He realizes that Daddy/Marcus will be there for him no matter what. Marcus is the perfect mix of Daddy and Dom. And I am in love with how his character is portrayed here, how he will do anything to make sure Eric is taken care of and knows he is safe. I liked that Marcus was a cop but didn’t really care too much for what he planned to do after that part of his life/job ended and how long it took him to get to that point but it’s cool that they could both end up working together. **What I would like to know is… Where is Zander… What happened to him and will he get a book?** These books were sweet and it was a great ending to their story. I really hope to see these two added into some other books in the future.

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  • Shannon
  • 21-06-18

sweet and tender amazing story

love this one as much if not more than the first. love how characters from other series are brought into this one. hope there are more of Eric and Marcus's story to come.

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  • B. McGrath
  • 19-06-18

growing closer and stronger

I enjoyed seeing Eric become more comfortable in his role/lifestyle choice as a "little" in this engaging age play story. I liked how Marcus pushed Eric's boundaries and Eric's responses to it. I loved seeing the Daddy/boy relationship grow along with the deepening of their love. This was a fantastic follow up to the first book, and I loved it.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 07-08-18

Loving Daddy Marcus and his Eric (an audio review)

At the end of ‘Silent Strength’, March and Eric were settling into their Daddy/little relationship. Marcus’ calming and dominant personality have had a profound impact on Eric, who has never been happier. More and more, the men are immersing themselves in their roles, Marcus as the caring and nurturing Daddy, and Eric as the little boy who basks in Daddy’s praise and attention while occasionally being a bit of a brat.

‘Quiet Strength’ opens with Eric having lunch with his friend Nathan. That young man was in ‘Flawed Perfection, and has been slowly educating himself about the world of kink, in particular, puppy play. Personally, I would prefer pets and affections rather than diapers and colouring books. But as I’ve said before:

Your kink is not my kink

Again, Eric’s earnestness was so touching. It is so easy to love him. He not only wants to please his Daddy, but he wants to make his Daddy proud. That means opening up emotionally, being willing to let down the last of his barriers. It also means seeking Marcus’ advice on issues – such as work – that he’s always handled himself. He has complete autonomy when they are not ‘in scene’, but Eric finds he is happy now that he is inhabiting more and more of his “little” role.

Yes, there is a sexual component to the relationship, hence the taboo aspect, but this is nowhere near incest. Marcus has no interest in having a boy under legal age. In fact, Eric is all he’s ever wanted, and all he’ll ever need. As his retirement from the police force nears, though, he is increasingly at loose ends and it is Eric who encourages Marcus to investigate alternatives. Now, I saw the solution well before the characters did, but I enjoyed watching them navigate through their new relationship.

As in the previous book, there are diapers. This time though, I kept thinking, ‘just pee already!’ I was so caught up in the story that I really cared about these characters.

Although this is an M.A. Innes book, it intersects with her ‘Bound and Controlled’ series written under Shaw Montgomery. I love revisiting the men from that series that takes place at the BDSM club. Marcus and Eric finally do a scene in a private room and wow, I was jealous.

Two more things happened. The first was Eric taking Marcus home to meet his Aunt Sylvia. She had dropped broad hints in the first book, so her reaction wasn’t a surprise. Secondly, at the beginning of the first book – first scene, in fact – Marcus was seeking a carpenter to build him a particularly unique…piece of furniture. When it arrives at the end of this book, I smiled.

See, Eric and Marcus have made it. They’ve found their perfect partner – a man who will readily accept their kink – a partner who will love them forever.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Eric does have a mischievous side. Just ask Marcus after the edging scene.
Kenneth Obi has narrated every book in the series and keeps the different voices distinct – for over 15 men. He also does a fabulous Aunt Sylvia.

So thank you to both M.A. and Kenneth for a wonderful happily ever after for my two favourite men.

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  • Trio
  • 25-07-18

Wonderful Story, Kenneth Obi is Fantastic!

I absolutely love these two! Marcus is so understanding and patient, it makes me so happy to see the way he gives Eric the time and support he needs to feel good about himself. I just couldn't enjoy this story more.

Innes shows great insight into Age Play. The way she's explaining all the nuances - both specifics and generalities - definitely makes this particular kink understandable and desirable.

Both of these characters were so desperately in need of a partner, and while everything hasn't been perfect, watching Marcus and Eric work through it all has been wonderful. This is one of the main reasons I read romances...I love a happy ending.

Here's hoping there will be many more episodes to come (with Kenneth Obi narrating!!!).

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 18-07-18

Very enjoyable!

Quiet Strength is book 2 in this MM Age Play series by MA Innes and it needs to be read/listened to in order.

While I enjoyed Quiet Strength, I think the first book is my favorite. Still, I really liked to see Eric feel more confident in his relationship with Marcus and with others, and have it bleed into other aspects of his life like his work, in this new book. And Marcus was just the perfect blend of Daddy/Dom/partner, always there for Eric for anything he needed.

I loved the sweetness of Marcus and Eric's Daddy/little boy dynamics. I just had no clue that it could be like that, which is why I was wary before starting Silent Strength, and it was even better this time around since Eric found it easier to open himself to Marcus. I also liked that we saw Marcus and Eric as more than just D/lb, but also D/s and as a couple, to the point that Eric offered his support to Marcus as his partner and not just took what he needed as his submissive/little boy.

I adored Nathan, who is such a sweet, funny guy. His interactions with Eric were hilarious!

Kenneth Obi did a great job with the narration, especially with Eric, his voice is perfect for him and just made me feel more connected to his character. I liked his voice for Marcus, too, but I think in the end, when there were other Doms in the scene, their voices tended to be too similar and difficult to identify, which didn't happen with Eric, Nathan or even Zander. His tone is very pleasant and even if the narration wasn't as even as in the first book, it was still very enjoyable.

Overall, though, this was a great addition to the series and I'm sure this isn't the last time I'll listen to it.

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  • GiniSue
  • 14-07-18

OMGosh!

The only time I didn't like this story was when I had to stop listening to it. I've listened to all the books by this author but I think this one is my favorite. The only thing I would have liked more was if there a complete ending. I would have liked to hear more about the restaurant and the crib. Hopefully the ending means that there is another book.

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  • JD
  • 08-07-18

love

I enjoyed the first book and loved this one too. The narrator does a great job with all the voices and portraying the characters emotions.
I like that we get characters from other books from the Author, but that you don't need to read them to enjoy this book.
A great story with wonderful voices.