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How far would you go to protect the one you love?

Allowing a man into his life would be one distraction too many for security consultant Lee Adams, especially when the ink’s still wet on the career-defining deal he’s just signed with a high-profile property tycoon. 

Dominic Russell can’t help but notice the out of place, moodily good looking guy in the sharp, corporate suit who’s sheltering from the rain in the radical bookshop where he works. Just like he can’t help flirting with him.

With strands of bright dye running through Dominic’s dark hair, and his rainbow wristbands, Lee tells himself there’s nothing the two of them could have in common. Yet when Dominic asks him to a campaign meeting to save an iconic LGBTQ venue from being bulldozed out of existence, Lee says yes when everything tells him he should be saying no.

Against the background of Lee and Dominic’s unlikely love story, the Save Charlie campaign is falling apart. Nobody’s interested and nobody cares. When a stranger with vision, passion, and conviction arrives on the scene he’s the shot in the arm the campaign needs, and he’s come with a full syringe. 

But something about Charlie’s savior doesn’t add up. Lee’s determined to find out what, and why. 

As the disturbing, sinister truth is unearthed, it’s not only Lee and Dominic’s future together that’s in danger, it’s their very lives.

Radical Hearts is a tense, grip the edge of your seat opposites attract romantic suspense novel. No cliff hangers, guaranteed.

©2018 A E Ryecart (P)2020 A E Ryecart

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The Truth Will Set You Free

Lee darts into a bookshop with a cafe upstairs to get out of the rain. He never expected that small nondescript action to change his life.

The server of his coffee was cute with black hair and dyed tips. As colourful as the man sporting the do. Flirty smiles abound round a brief conversation.

A conversation that neither Lee nor Dominic could forget, so it was hardly surprising that Lee ended up back there. Lee and Dominic hit it off and become a couple. Each one complimenting the other.

Trials and tribulations come and go, culminating in what could have been an horrific tragedy. Will love win out in the end......?

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stunning follow up!

I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book.

This is book 2 in the Deviant Hearts series, but it can totally be read/listened to as s stand alone book. Dashel and Billy from book one do pop up, but they are not central to the plot. I do, however, suggest you DO read/listen to Captive Hearts, cos you know, I said so!

Lee is out of the police force, after one particular undercover operation tips him over the edge and is currently building his security business. Finding the cafe to wait out the storm brings Dominic into his life, and things are not ever going to be the same again. Dominic is head of a campaign to save a rundown pub from development, and its floundering. A saviour comes to help, but is he all he seems?

So! Again, I need to say, usually I try to keep two seperate parts to my audio reviews, one for the book and one for the narration. Increasingly, especially with first person books, I can't do that. So not gonna really try to!

Lee is part of the plot of Deviant Hearts, and I knew when I was listening to that book, I needed to hear his story. So glad I got the chance!

There is immediate attraction between lee and Dominic, that much is obvious, but what I particularly liked about this one is that much of the "action" is off page! Go figure, me, who likes her books down and dirty, and this one . . .isn't so much! Oh don't get me wrong, it's hot and it's sexy, it's all just that little bit out of reach and I really did love that.

There was MUCH going on, aside from the romance between Lee and Dominic. MUCH. There is the campaign to save Charlie's. There is Dominic's ex, who he has to work with, still trying to get back with Dom. Lee's ex, causing him problems too. There is the new guy taking up the baton for Charlie's too. Dom's dad is trying to make amends with him for what he did all those years ago, and Lee's business is taking up a lot of his time. All of these items come together in a spectactular fashion!

Dan Calley again narrates. The man is growing on me, big time!

He gets over all of Lee's need to be ENOUGH for Dominic, to be the best he can, regardless of what his ex said. Calley gets over every single alarm bell that Lee has about *everything*! But I loved that Lee is listening to his instincts, and Calley gets that feeling across beautifully. Calley gets over every single thing Dom thinks of his father, of his brother, and how much he loves his little sister. What Dom feels about Tiger, the ex. What Dom feels when all becomes shockingly clear and how much that hurts him.

And Calley gets over every single thing Dom feels when things come to a head.

You can READ the words, and you get a picture, you know, but LISTENING to them? Paints a totally different picture to the one you read. It's why I really enjoy listening to a book AFTER I've read them.

There is a third book, but I'm not entirely sure where the characters in that book fit in with Billy and Dashel, or with Lee and Dominic, but I look forward to listening to that, when it comes out in audio. I don't like to flip between listening and reading in the same series, it sor of spoils it for me a bit.

5 stars for the book
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5 stars overall.

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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The sins of fathers...

The King's Head, in it's heyday a Mecca for the local LGBTQ+ youth .
A place of fun , of belonging, of coming of age , but today it's a derelict building that lies at the centre of this story. We have Dom, who loved the place in his youth , but only remembers the bitter end , his father, a big time developer, whom he hates. Then there is Lee, who is into security, but meets and falls for Dom and gets sucked into the campaign to save the King's Head. Together with Tiger and Jezz and so many more side characters this story weaves it's tentacles around everyone with some shocking results.

This is a great story with some quirky and some sinister characters , all brought to life by the brilliant narrator Dan Calley. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Stealing my heart <3

I have to admit this is a brand new book to me so I headed in with no idea what I was going to hear, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Lee was a character I knew from the previous book in the series, and given the way events ended in that it was good to hear what happened next.

As an ex-police officer now working in private security the last place you’d expect him to end up, or even find someone he’d fall in love with is a niche bookstore and vegan café, but he does. Add in the fact there’s an LGBT landmark pub to be saved, a snarky ex and secrets abound and it all adds up the perfect book.

Dan Calley does a great job as always of voicing the cast of characters while making it easy to keep track of who’s talking and adding all the emotions and liberal sprinkling of angst we need as the story unfolds.

I know there is a third book in the series, and I say bring it on!

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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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Wow what a book.

This book had just about everything. Love. Laughter, angst, betrayal, twists after twists in the story.
My heart stopped a couple of times but I loved it and would recommend to everyone.
I listened and read this book, I loved the audio version. Can't wait to read more books from this author. Excellent.

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Yes!!! Lee's story!

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Yes!!! Lee's story!

I just knew there was so much more to Lee and knew he had a good heart! After a chance meeting, sparks fly for Lee and Dominic. Both with their own baggage and issues they forge a tentative connection that leads to more. With some questionable characters, dubious intentions and some good old fashioned intrigue, we are taken on a twisted story of warped revenge against someone in Dominic's life. (no spoilers, LOL).

Now I must say, I was actually surprised by the links between the characters and looking back I can't believe I missed it! I think I was just too focused on the allusive and shady Jez! I feel these links between all the characters were very well done and I honestly thought there were parallels but no connection until the big reveal. Whether I just missed it or it was actually that well hidden I'm not sure but I still loved the twists and turn, danger and sparks along the way.

I really like Dom & Lee and liked that we got more of Dashiell & Billy too. A great follow up and great audio too!

Thanks for reading!

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Great story with a twist.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. A.E.Ryecart draws her characters particularly well. If I met them on the street I’d know them. Even the subsidiary and minor characters have a depth to them. I loved the narration which suited the characters and made them distinguishable one from another. The story starts simply with boy meets boy but soon an undercurrent is detectable and the story enfolds into a family drama and a ‘who’s going to do what?’ which keeps you gripped to the end. I highly recommend this story.

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A radical heart...

Interesting romance. A security guy, serious about his job. An out and proud guy who works at a library but likes to raise his voice for what he believes in. A bit of suspense and characters that surprise you at the end. The plot thickens in every chapter. Good book!

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Enjoying this series

I listened to Captive Hearts, not knowing what I was getting into. The book was violent, heartbreaking, and emotional. I loved it, and it’s up there on my really enjoyed list. When this second book in the series came out on audio, I nabbed it, and I’m so glad I did. I think I was expecting violence, and there was some, to be sure, but it was more unexpected and therefore had just as much emotional impact on me as the last book did.

Lee Adams was in the last book as a grizzled undercover police detective. He was critical in rescuing Billy Grace. He became friends with Billy and Dash, even visiting the B&B they opened. He intrigued me, and I was thrilled to see that his book was to be next in the series. Billy and Dash make a cameo in this book, and it’s nice to see the progress Billy is making in his recovery. Not always easy, but with Dash’s support, he’s making improvements.

Back to Lee. He’s left the police department and has moved into private security. He’s got a couple of lucrative contracts but his personal life is on the downslide. He broke up with his long-time partner and has moved into a crappy little flat, unwilling to sell the joint property, more to spite his ex than any worry about getting the highest market price. Bitter? Just a bit. And rightly so. One day he enters a bookstore to get out of the rain. There’s a café serving healthy food, but that’s not what draws him in. He meets a young man who snags his attention. There’s a bit of flirting, but Lee perceives a rival for the man’s attention and he’s not into playing games. He doesn’t fish in anyone else’s pond.

Dominic Russell is intrigued by the stranger, and annoyed his ex-boyfriend won’t let up in his pursuit. Dom literally found the slimebag in their bed with someone else, and he has no interest in going there again. The ex swears he’s changed, but I’m glad Dom recognizes he got lucky. Now, though, the stranger has disappeared and there’s no chance they’ll ever meet up again, right?

Lee’s curiosity brings him back to the bookshop. There’s a local LGBTQ pub that is about to be demolished, and the owners of the bookstore are leading a campaign to save it. Lee’s wary of activists and becomes concerned when he sees Dom is involved. By then he’s becoming involved with Dom himself. This sets up the conflict nicely – Dom wants to save the old pub by whatever means necessary (short of violence), while Lee wants Dom safe and sound and at home in bed.

Part of me was torn. Activism is often the best way to accomplish goals, but I always wonder just how much difference these acts of defiance make. I drive past a group every weekend who are protesting the treatment of chickens at a processing plant. I admire their determination. I feel guilty about not being a vegan. Then I move on. I have a friend who was arrested for that activism (he broke into a processing plant). Do I admire him? Yes. Would I join him? Uh, no. I’ll sign a petition, but I know that doesn’t really make a difference. Should I be more active? Do more when I see wrongs? I’m quite sure the answer is yes. I’ll continue to donate money strategically, sign petitions, and share stories, but that’s as far as I’m able to go. Will I ever be a radical? Doubt it.

Did this book push me? Yes, it did. I wanted Lee and Dom to get their happy ending and they did, but man it was a rough ride. Like I said, there was violence in this book. Should I have seen it coming? Possibly, but if I had I think that might have lessened the effect. In the end, I loved this book almost as much as I loved the first one.

Dan Calley is quickly becoming one of my favorite British narrators. He helms this series as well as Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t books. He’s got gruff and grizzled down pat, but he also has a surprisingly lighter voice for Dom. The differentiation with the different voices worked, and this was another great performance by this talented narrator. I hope to see more of him in the future. And I can’t wait for the final book to come out on audio.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 11-03-20

This is a great series!

I have to be honest. When I listened to the first book in this series, Captive Hearts, I wasn't sure how I felt about the narrator. You see, I'm American and Dan Calley's British accent was different from other ones I've listened to, and it was a bit tough for me to get used to. However, my opinion changed completely after listening to the second book.

As I said above, it took me a bit to get used to Dan Calley's accent but once I did, I was captivated by the story while listening to Radical Hearts. So much so that I went back and listened to Captive Hearts a second time. He does a good job with different voices for the different characters and I loved the soft tone of his voice. What this experience tells me is that I shouldn't judge a narrator solely by how much I did/didn't enjoy just one book.

Below is a portion of my review of the ebook from when it was first published:

Radical Hearts had a brilliant twist that I never saw coming. I knew that something was brewing when the character called Jez showed up but the author did a great job of keeping us in the dark and kind of stringing us along. I don't mean that things were too drawn out, rather I was kept on the edge of my seat, so to speak, waiting with anticipation and trepidation for the bad thing to happen. I surely didn't see it coming when the first thing was revealed and then another thing happened. Sorry for being deliberately cryptic but I don't do spoilers in my reviews (at least not intentionally).

Radical Hearts is a great story. If you like your M/M romance with a bit of mystery and suspense and an HEA you should enjoy this one a lot.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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  • Cat
  • 06-10-20

I loved it

Radical Hearts is book two In the Deviant Hearts series. We do meet Lee In book one and there is an appearance of Billy and Dashiell in this book but I think it’s safe to say it’s not necessary to have read the first in order to enjoy this one… but I recommend book one!
Now having said that… I did enjoy this book, though it isn’t quite as dark as the first.
Lee is starting up his own business as a security consultant, going through a rough breakup, and finds himself in a vegan café/bookshop. The worker behind the counter catches his eye and he finds himself pulled there more and more.
Dominic is trying to help save an old LGBTQ pub from being torn down and converted into swanky flats for the rich but his innocent help and the secrets he has could put his life in danger.

I loved Lee and was eagerly waiting for his story from the first book. I have to say this was not what I expected but I loved it. I loved the characters; the story was intriguing and kept you glued to the page. It is hot and sexy and the twists near the end nail-biting.
I listened to this on audio as I love Dan Calley and I think he really made this even better if that’s at all possible. I love his accents and the way he carries a story so I do recommend if you can get the audio!

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  • Joan
  • 27-09-20

Finding the one

This audiobook will draw you in and not let you go. I was quickly immersed into the mystery, the story and the lives of Dominick and Lee. What a great listen and I highly recommended you give this a listen!

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  • Troy
  • 26-07-20

Great sequel

This was a great follow up to book one. If you loved that one you’ll love this one too.

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  • Vania
  • 14-07-20

I am loving this series!

I loved this book. Lee and Dominic are great together and I loved how their love story flows almost seamlessly, despite things going wrong left and right all around them.
From Dom’s relationship with his father, to Lee’s turbulent confrontations with his ex, and then all the mess surrounding the pub’s sale and the campaign against it.
But despite all that, their bond stays strong and they both lean on each other and vow to be completely honest to one another. I loved this book; it’s very romantic but also packs a lot of action.
Book 2 in the Deviant Hearts series, but can totally be read as a standalone.

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  • Joan
  • 01-07-20

Just o.k.

I listened to this book at 1.35x

This was an o.k. listen, Not as good as the first book. I'm giving it a 4 star because it just didn't pull me in.

Looking forward to book 3.

Dan Calley did a great job reading and portraying this book /series.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 23-04-20

Good story. Great narration.

Lee is looking for refuge from the rain and an unpleasant break-up. He finds both in a bookstore/cafe.

In spite of the negative reference to vegan and gluten free baked goods, I enjoyed the story. (People beg for my gluten free sugar cookies. No joke). The characters are engaging and the story has just enough plot twists to keep you listening past your bedtime.

The narration is amazing.

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  • Sadie G
  • 18-04-20

Great listen!

I really enjoyed this book. There were twists and turns that you don’t know where they were going. The narration was on point. I’m excited for more

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  • L.D.
  • 25-03-20

New Starts

Lee Adams has had enough of police work. It’s taken a toll on him and he had to get out and find a new direction before he broke. Working as a security consultant, Lee can still utilize all his skills, and have a social life at the same time. And it’s the perfect time for Lee to get a social life – he’s broken up with his boyfriend, he’s secured a lucrative work contract – everything seems just right for a new relationship. Dominic is definitely new to Lee – he’s colorful and bright, working at a bookshop and trying to sustain a campaign to save a run-down pub.

I adored Lee and Dominic’s relationship. They are both such independent characters who have been hurt by past relationships, and yet they were able to fit together so perfectly. They had to work for it, but they never stopped, despite the obstacles (some of them quite terrifying) that popped up.

The narration was fantastic!!!! I love Dan Calley’s performance. I love the energy he infuses into his book. The steamy moments are even steamier, and he brings such an intensity to the action sequences.

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  • 22-03-20

Heart-pounding suspenseful romance

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Narrator Dan Calley downright successfully delivered a foreboding heart-pounding suspenseful romance, in which two lovers are manipulated by the machinations of mentally ill stalker. Dan’s killer British accent infused each moment with pure angst and nervous anticipation.

The plot was sustained throughout the book. If we were conversing in Icelandic, I’ll tell you all about the raisin at the end of the hot dog! 🌭 Expect an unexpected surprise at the end of the book.

The character building was done brilliantly as the author managed to tactfully twist the storyline enough to obscure the road towards the unpredictable ending.

I recommend this audiobook and look forward to more from this author/narrator duo.

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