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Summary

Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he's gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. Aside from his rescued pit bull, his only joy is hanging out with his younger brother. Then his mother does the unthinkable and forbids them from seeing each other, leaving Ryder devastated and alone. His friends urge him to date, but Ryder would rather throw himself into working at the dog rescue and figuring out a way to see his brother again.

When Jason Mallory's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he's too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he's hidden deep inside for years.

Jason and Ryder build a friendship - until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they've been fighting. Jason gives Ryder unconditional love and helps him reconnect with his brother, while Ryder shows Jason the passion he's always missed in relationships. Together, they must battle through their family differences and ugly prejudices. Only then can they prove that once you find the right person to love, there's no turning back.

©2016 Felice Stevens (P)2017 Felice Stevens

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Brilliant

Loved Ryder and Jason's story when I first read it but listening to the emotion Charlie David put into the story was beautiful. Rejected by his family Ryder knows all about heartbreak. Working at the pit pull centre he meets Jason when he goes into site to rescue 3 dogs. Jason had just broken up from his girlfriend, and was straight.
Listening to their relationship grows and the way the fought through was brilliant.
Highly recommend. Perfect ending .

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  • 22-09-20

Adoreable

If you are looking for a fairly light hearted book with bisexual awakening and some majorly swoony moments then this is right up your street.

Very cute story with great build up and character development.

Charlie David nails the narration.

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  • Belen
  • 25-03-17

Sweet, sexy & a wonderful HEA!

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This was a low-angst, fluffy, sweet confection. With really, really hot sex scenes. In fact, I was surprised by how, ahem, hot they were. What can I say? This story just made me happy.

Ryder and Jason are two relatable characters, and Stevens does well engaging the reader with POV from both. I loved the juxtaposition of Jason’s supportive family with Ryder’s truly cold-ass-bitch mother. I’m telling you now Ryder’s mother is definitely a character that you’ll love to hate.

The narration for the story is enjoyable, with Charlie David making sure to highlight the more emotional moments well. He has good timing and his tone is good overall, I just wish he’d chosen to do more character voices…all the male voices are really, really similar.

If you’re in the mood for a truly sweet, romantic read with a great cast of characters, steamy sex, and a wonderful HEA, you should check this out.

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  • Tammy
  • 19-06-17

He rescues him right back! Pretty Women quote :)

Would you listen to Rescued again? Why?

Heck yes, it was fantastic! The story had so much meat to it, well paced and Charlie David really brought the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Ryder and Jason connect, become friends first and then move over to the romance.

Have you listened to any of Charlie David’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I buy audiobooks simply because Charlie David narrates them. He's amazing and this book was no different, absolutely loved it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. I laughed so hard at times, but my heart broke for Riley, the way his mother was, what she did to him that you don't even realize the full extent of until the last few chapters of the book.

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I thoroughly enjoyed every little thing about this book. Well written, perfect marriage of action, suspense and romance. And the narration was fanfriggintastic! Definitely, highly recommend you listen to this one and I hope Charlie is getting Reunited ready for my ears as I type!

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 29-04-17

4.5 Stars!!!

Rescued is one of those stories that just stays with you and that I can read or listen several times and still love it. I just love Ryder and Jason and have always thought that the progression from friendship into more was very realistic.

I loved that Jason was so patient with Ryder, who was so wary of getting involved with a supposedly straight man. I loved that Jason set himself to righting every wrong that Ryder had suffered, be it with his parents or finding a way so Ryder and his brother could meet under the radar of Ryder's mother. Not that there weren't a few instances in which I'd have wanted to slap some sense into Jason, but he made up for it... eventually. I loved Ryder, too. I loved how persistent he was in wanting to keep in touch with his brother. My heart broke for how much he wanted his family to just accept him, too. Jason and Ryder were just perfect for each other, their love and chemistry transcended the pages and I adored every scene they were together.

Listening to the audiobook was as much of an emotional rollercoaster as reading it. I got all choked up, laughed, cried, melted and fell in love with this fantastic book and its characters. Charlie David did a great job bringing these characters to life, doing justice to Felice's story with his narration. If I could've asked for more, was perhaps that Jason and Ryder's 'voices' sounded too similar in the narration sometimes, but that didn't diminish in any way my enjoyment of the audiobook.

If you haven't listened to Rescued or read it yet, please, do yourself a favor and do it now, you won't regret it. This is definitely one of my favorite Felice Stevens books!

Highly recommendable!

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  • AT
  • 14-04-17

3.5 stars- A heaping cup of sugar

Rescued is a revised re-release of Miss Steven’s debut novel. I didn’t read the original, so I can’t comment on the editing or new material, but this is a great lower angst, sweet romance featuring good characters. The narration of the audiobook was smooth and kept with the easy going, enjoyable tone of the story.

The heroes in Rescued meet through a pit bull rescue organization. Their attraction is immediate though stifled by the men’s cynical views of love and relationships. The dogs and rescue center play a significant role in the story, and that made for an interesting touch dog lovers are sure to enjoy. Ryder and Jason were both very likable throughout the book. They had bad experiences in the past that made them a bit nervous about entering a long term relationship, but this hesitation was overcome fairly rapidly. In fact, the bulk of the conflicts that rose between Ryder and Jason as well as those involving secondary characters were fairly low-key.

While Rescued has some characteristics of a gay-for-you romance, it’s less that and more Jason recognizing and embracing his bisexuality following his strong, immediate connection with Ryder. I appreciated that the author spread their friendship which evolved into a romance over a couple months, because it made Jason’s acceptance of his attraction and burgeoning feelings for Ryder much more believable. However, I wished the audience had gotten to experience the build of emotions a bit more. I think by glossing over these moments, it kept the angst to a minimum but also coated the romance with an abundance of sweetness. Though I appreciated the easy fit of this couple, at times it got a little too syrupy for my personal preferences. I did enjoy the contrasting family reactions to the men coming out and liked the way the couple approached conflicts as a united front, embracing the friends and family who loved and supported them unconditionally. Happily, this wasn’t the type of sweet romance that shies away from the heat. I was pleasantly surprised at just how sexy the scenes between Ryder and Jason got. It made for a nice balance- sort of like a delicious chili chocolate.

Overall, this was an enjoyable audiobook with genuinely nice characters, a cute romance, and a solid performance by the narrator. Was I blown away, not really, but it definitely injected some happy into my day. Should you be in need of a sugar high that also boasts a good storyline and some heat, Rescued is a good choice.

*Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*

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  • Trio
  • 23-06-21

Super Chemistry! Wonderful Performance by C. David

Super, freaking sweet romance, with tons of some of Felice Stevens' best MM physical romance scenes. There's wonderful chemistry between the main characters, and while I was wishing for just a little bit more story to balance out the physical romance, what is there is wonderful.

Audio by Charlie David, who is one of my all-time favorite narrators, and he does a terrific job with Rescued.

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  • 💋 Serenepw
  • 03-03-21

WONDERFUL READ!

A romance novel that also includes one of the main characters had a rescue for pitbulls was a pleasure to read. A little bit of education goes a long way no matter where you get it regarding the plight of pit bulls. Plus, the story of two people falling in love was heartfelt. Ryder and Jason's story was one of warmth and understanding what it takes to build a relationship. Their story was totally enduring. The narrator did a really good job. I totally relaxed, while listening to this wonderful story being read to me. I totally recommend, enjoy!

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  • Rachel BPG
  • 27-10-20

Why did I wait so long to listen?!

Really enjoyed this book. Great MCs. I loved the families even with the little drama. Oh and the dogs!! Great easy listen.

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  • Kat E.
  • 20-10-20

They Rescue Each Other

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My heart simply bled for Ryder. His mother is a horrid homophobe. She considers his sexuality deviant behavior and believes he needs to stop acting out and settle down with a decent woman. His mother always heaps endless opinions about his career. I hated her from the moment she opened her mouth. Ryder stands firm and tells her until she can accept him, he is done with seeing his parents. However he loves his little brother so naturally she tries to keep them apart. Ryder is an attorney but not at his father's firm which considering their attitude who can blame him? He mainly works for an animal rescue with pit bulls along with being a lawyer. Unlucky-in-love both with partners and family, poor Ryder has so much on his plate.

Jason is dating a vapid woman who cares about her own needs over anyone else, especially her boyfriend. The relationship is sour and the attraction has fizzled. Being pressured one time too many to commit to marriage, an ultimatum is issued and James has had enough. He is now single and quite relieved.

On his construction work site several pit bulls were left chained and abandoned. Along with his best friend Emily, Ryder is called in to help. I won't go into details but it was a challenging rescue. The dogs are safe and Jason is smitten with one of the pups and maybe there is also an attraction to the gorgeous guy with the beach dude vibes named Ryder. Assaulted by these new feelings really starts to freak him out.

The connection between the two intensifies and they can't stay apart. Jason has to deal with the whirlwind of emotions from recognizing his hidden feelings about his sexuality to what others think of his growing relationship. Ryder is also fearful of having his heart shattered again. Jason is confused and Ryder is weary but the electric pull just can't be denied.

Expertly written and full of emotion on how reality can really come crashing down, I was riveted to this romance. I highly recommend this sweet story of new beginnings. Happy Reading!

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Narration by Charlie David

This clear and perfectly paced rendition of Felice's story was very enjoyable and satisfying. I loved the rough and sexy rumble of Jason's voice. He did all the characters justice and had me in tears during the emotional scenes. A wonderful audio presentation that I wholeheartedly recommend. Happy Listening!

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  • H. Spanarella
  • 14-10-20

Ryder & Jason

I knew this was going to be a win-win listen for me. Charlie David is one of my favorite narrators, and Felice Stevens is one of my favorite writers! I read this book what seems like forever ago, but it was well before I got as into Audios as I am now. Charlie did a great job bringing Ryder and Jason to “life” for me! As always, Charlie was able to draw me Ryder and Jason’s story. He did a great job making me feel the emotions of these characters. I loved their personalities, and together they had an amazing chemistry I loved. I loved the easy friendship that developed between Ryder and Jason. I could really feel the attraction these two men had to each other, despite Jason having always identifying as straight. Ryder really struggled there with not wanting to get involved with a straight man but could not deny the chemistry they had together and how he was feeling about Jason. I love when a MC starts to explore his sexual identity and it really pulled me into the story here. Hello super steamy sexy times here!! I enjoyed the side characters that added to their story. Each man had their own family demons they were facing. Ryder’s family had disowned him for being gay, and Jason’s family had their own issues with him coming out after having dating women in the past. I enjoyed them working through those who felt the need to meddle in their happiness and I feel it worked out the way it should have. I really was a great read, and a fantastic listen!

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 07-10-20

fantastic!!

This was a fantastic love story. Ryder is a lawyer that works for an animal rescue. One day he is called to rescue some pit bulls from a construction site. He meets Jason, a straight man and they become friends and develop a strong friendship. Over time Jason realizes he's may not be straight but bi. This was a fantastic story! Seriously loved Ryder and Jason!! Charlie David did a great job with the narration!