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Summary

I've been drowning for a long time. I never thought I'd find someone who knows what that's like....

Self-proclaimed playboy, Aiden Vale, has it all - good looks, successful career, plenty of cash in the bank, and an endless supply of men who know the score...that one night is just that. So the last thing he wants, or needs, is to forge a connection that might mean revealing more of himself than he's ready to. But when fate intervenes, putting Aiden in the path of someone who threatens to knock down his carefully constructed walls, he's quick to realize the young man he's become infatuated with is hiding a painful secret.

I finally have a shot at freedom. I'll never let anyone take that from me ever again....

Ash Valentine is just looking for a way out, and the last thing he wants or needs is another man controlling every aspect of his life. Desperate for the cash that will help him flee his abusive boyfriend, Ash accepts what is supposed to be a temporary job at a local coffee shop. But nothing prepares him for the gorgeous and enigmatic Aiden Vale, and the small acts of kindness the charming coffee shop regular bestows on him or the new friends he begins to make along the way.

Terrified of once again becoming too reliant on someone else to take care of him, Ash refuses Aiden's repeated offers of help in any form. But when it becomes clear that there's something more behind Aiden's need to save him, Ash begins to wonder if he's found someone who needs saving just as badly.

I know he wants to save me, but what if he's the one who needs saving....

As their tentative friendship turns into something more, long buried secrets begin to surface. When Aiden's need to protect Ash clashes with the younger man's desire for independence, memories of the one he couldn't save begin to tear at the fragile cords of Aiden's soul, and he's forced to face a truth he's been hiding from for a long time.

©2017 Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy (P)2017 Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy

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Excellent

I felt like I walked every step with Ash and Aiden. Looking forward to reading the next collaboration. Well narrated.

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Terrible narration negatively impacted the story

The reviews for this title, specifically the narration, amaze me. Unfortunately it has to be the worst performance of a book I've heard, so much so that I can't even fairly judge the merits of the story as it was so negatively impacted. The narrator veers between sounding like he's about to burst into tears and robotic, the inflections and pace completely off the mark. I'm afraid I will have to abandon this audiobook and try reading the print version instead. It sounds like this narrator has done other titles but I'm sorry to say I will have to avoid them.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 14-11-17

Lennox + Kennedy + Pauley = A Must Listen

Normally I start my reviews with the story and move to narration near the end. This time I want to start with Michael Pauley and his amazing performance. I have heard a few cringe-worthy narrations where the narrator tries to convey emotions – a person orgasming (man or woman), anger, delight, or even crying. Often it is over-done and hackneyed.

Michael Pauley never has that problem. He always hits the perfect note, conveying the story with strong and potent emotions while never pulling me out of the world the writer has created. Only at the end of the audio did I reflect on how unobtrusive and smooth the performance was. Michael Pauley is one of my favorite narrators, but this performance was him at his very best.

So, now that I’ve waxed poetic about Michael, I’ll move on to Lucy and Sloane. I found Lucy through word-of-mouth and Sloane through an amazing blurb. I took a chance on each of them – buying and listening to their first audiobooks. The rest was history. I buy their audios the day they come out.

Book 1 in the Twist of Fate series was “Lost & Found.” I really enjoyed the audio and fell in love with Bennett and Xander. Revisiting their love story and seeing how Lucky is flourishing now the two men have adopted him was wonderful. “Safe & Sound” is a stand-alone, but it is always nice to see old friends. Which brings me to Aiden – Bennett’s best friend. At the end of book 1, it was clear there was more to his story, so I was thrilled to learn why he is the way he is. As with all of the characters from these authors, there is more than first meets the eye.

Let me pause and say this is not an easy listen. I thought I had some idea but…well, it’s a good thing I had tissue handy. And every time I thought I was good, there would be some little twist I didn’t see coming that would break my heart just a little bit more.

Then there would be a moment of great levity and I would laugh out loud.

I expect some angst when I dive into a book by one of these women and maybe I should have known I would get a double dose. But don’t let that deter you. Ash’s and Aiden’s stories needed to be told and I’m so glad I listened. There were some really tough issues addressed, including why Ash so desperately needs help, but these things never felt heavy-handed.

I also want to say that I loved the secondary characters (the good ones, anyway, although I guess it’s a good sign that I really hated the bad guy – I mean really hated – and thought of all the men I know who are like him).

Emily, Ash’s boss, and Chance, Aiden’s brother, were integral to the story. And although you don’t have to be a geek or Trekkie, the references are more fun if you are.

But as often as I cried and despite how often my heart came close to breaking, Ash and Aiden did get their happy ending. Not that I had my doubts – this is a romance – but I wasn’t sure how much more I could take.

This book is near the top of my list of favorites because I just didn’t want to stop listening. (Okay, I listened to it in one day). I didn’t want the story to end and in a way it hasn’t because Book 3 is nicely set up. And since Jake has always been a favorite and enigmatic character, all I can say is, Lucy and Sloane – I’ll hold on, but please don’t make me wait too long.

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  • Donnan
  • 22-11-17

OMG

I have cryed, smiled, gotten so mad and have finally got through this book. This book has so many ups and downs and twists. There's nothing I can say about this book this is one that you just have to read for yourself to know how amazing it is.

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  • Drmwalkr
  • 19-11-17

this is amazing

i loved listening to the audio as much as i loved reading the story.. Aiden Vale has everything in this world but happiness. He runs into a smart Sexy but shy man Ash Valentine... Ash is running hard from his past where all he knew was anger an pain.. Instead Aiden shows him how love can be protective an safe. Just as the worlds collide Ash's past catches up with him can he safe Ash in time. Can they last forever.

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  • Dilette Villa
  • 09-08-18

i’d like to say I have no words but, I have so many!

This was everything! Everything you could possibly want in a story, a romance & a performance! Lucy & Sloane outdid themselves but, Michael Pauley breathed beautiful life into these characters. I was lost & then found in this story. It just gives you all the feels! Absolutely loved it!!! One of my favorite series. Even better than the first book & sequels rarely are. A must listen!

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  • Smitten with Reading
  • 06-07-18

B+ rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Narrator: 4.25
Story: 4.0

This book takes an unusual approach from most romance in that one of the main characters is in another relationship when the story begins. Normally, I definitely wouldn't go for that, but it's really important in this book so that the reader understands exactly where that character is coming from.

This story is really about two broken men who are broken for two very different reasons.

Ash was in college...a football player, when his world crashed down around him. I don't want to give much of the story away, but it left him heavily reliant on another for help. He doesn't know how to be his own person anymore.

Aiden was broken at a younger age when tragedy struck his family. That tragedy still haunts him and is affecting him every single day. He needs to let go, but doesn't know how.

The two men find one another and begin to heal...

And that's all I'm going to say because I don't want to spoil anything.

It was another really good read from these two authors. The only reason I gave it 4 *s instead of 5 is because I saw the twist coming almost immediately. I wish that could have stayed hidden for a bit longer because I think it would have made the book an even better read. BUT even with that, I still definitely enjoyed the book, and already have #3 queued up on my iPod to listen to.

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  • Leaster
  • 02-06-18

Wonderful Love Story

Love, love, love this love story! Ash and Aiden have such a strong and pure love that pretty much saves them both!

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  • Wanda
  • 12-05-18

Teary Romantic Story: Lots of Ups and Downs!

After listening to most of Lucy Lennox's books, I must say this is not the typical. This book has more teary moments and lots of ups and downs. The "downs" are really down!

Sadly, the least amount of sensual scenes as I am accustomed to with her books. I would have preferred more romantic and hot scenes.

The picture on the cover seems to be misleading. One of those guys can't possibly be Ashton. That is not how he's portrayed in the book. No biggy.

As for Aiden, he didn't seem anything like how he was introduced in Lost and Found, Book 1. Totally different in this book. Again, no biggy.

The story line is quite involving and keeps you guessing on what will happen next. Very well written and involving. Lucy is simply amazing.

As for the narration, you can't question perfection. I have already learned many books ago that Michael Pauley is perfect. He brings the book to life like no other. You just can't go wrong with Michael. Simply AMAZING!!

This book is definitely worth the read. A perfect story with the perfect narration. However, if you are looking for the hot and steamy ... this is not it. Get your tissues ready instead. It lacks humor and laughter that I'm accustomed to as well in Lucy's books. Definitely not a "light fluffy romance". The story will grip you till the end and you won't be able to put it down.

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  • Claudia AP
  • 02-05-18

This book is AWESOME

I loved this book and the Audiobook is even better!!!
The narration is great and brought to life all the feelings and emotions the story carried.
AWESOME BOOK - AWESOME NARRATION
LOVED IT ❤❤❤

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  • Rem
  • 23-03-18

Incredibly romantic and energetic story line

Any additional comments?

I’ve listened to Audible.com for over a year and this is the best fiction book I’ve listen to so far. It literally made me sit in my car to finish the next chapter and screaming at the radio during a few scenes. I would highly recommend the first two books of this series but especially this one.

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  • Stacy Thompson
  • 22-03-18

Safe and Sound

While this wasn’t necessarily a Dark book. It was Darker than book one in this series, since it does have some mentions of Physical & Mental Abuse. I feel like Sloane’s writing came out a lot more in this book. Lucy tends to write more light hearted scenes and that wasn’t really what this book was about. There were times I just didn’t want to know what happened next I just felt so much Hurt and Heartbreak for Ash. And there were times I just really felt for Aiden, finally knowing what made him tick and why he acts the way he does (coming from book1) his past is just as tragic as Ash’s but in such a different way. But when these two men finally got together it’s like everything in their story’s finally had a spot to click into place. And they are a great match, each keeping the other from drowning in the storm.
Now, I only have the Audio of this book. I haven’t “read” it. So my first time with this book was listening to Michael Pauley trying to rip my heart out with his Narration account of these characters story. He did such a great job (like always) but man somehow he made this one just More. More feelings. More emotion. More Passion. More Intense.