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Santori

Narrated by: J.F. Harding
Series: The Santori Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Summary

The Kage saga continues....

Michael Kage Santori has just inherited a thriving hotel and millions of dollars. He’s poised to become an MMA champion. Things couldn’t be better between him and his college boy lover, Jamie Atwood - especially in the bedroom, where Jamie is more than eager to let Kage take out his aggressions on him.

Kage seems to have it all, but success and happiness have come at a steep price. After all of the childhood trauma he endured at the hands of his controlling uncle, Peter Santori, it’s a miracle Kage has any shred of sanity left. And now, because of him, Jamie is a murderer.

More than anything, Kage wants to be good. He wants the be the kind of man who is worthy of Jamie’s love, but fate has other ideas. His uncle’s legacy has a stranglehold on him, and it keeps dragging him further and further down a rabbit hole from which there seems no escape. Worst of all...Kage knows he’s going to pull Jamie down right along with him, and he would rather die than let that happen.

©2017 Maris Black (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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J.F. does it again....

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for the story, but 5 stars for the narration. J.F. Harding is perfection itself when narrating these stories. Every subtle change in pitch and cadence shines through...whether he's being menacing, in pain, sexed out or just simply narrating the story. Most of the latter part of this particular story deals with the revelations Kage reads about in Peter Santori's journals, and discovers that he and his uncle are not so different after all. Have to say Giorgio Rivera gives me the creeps, but Theo Brown is even worse...

So happy that Audible responded to my pleading and released this audio on the same day that Santori Reborn was due to come out. What's the point of releasing book 2 when book 1's recording hasn't even seen the light of day??

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  • Rachel BGP
  • 13-02-19

Great story and narration!

So glad to continue Jamie and Kage’s story. Can’t wait to start the next one! The narrator was beyond good! They way he voiced all four main characters (and even the minor characters) different was great! I could always tell who was speaking!!

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  • VHB
  • 14-02-19

YES!!

Love love love this continuation of Gage.
Amezing Narration
Entertaining audio.
A keeper for sure.
Worth the credit.

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  • Mark
  • 12-02-19

Maris Black and J.F. Harding have done it again!♥

This story is so great! I love the way we get Peter's point of view! It actually makes you feel like you're there with them! No other pairing could do it then Maris and J.F! Can't wait for the next one!!

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  • Amy R
  • 21-04-19

Not a favorite

I preferred the previously trilogy but since I've started I'm going to try and get thru the next 2 books.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 13-04-19

Oddly constructed but compelling serial installment

Huh. Having read the prior Kage trilogy, I figured this would be another unresolved ending and it is. Listened to the whole thing and want to hear more. But I kind of don’t understand what I like about it. Here’s why.

In this book, Kage behaves badly. He thinks his intentions are good, kind of. He wants to shield “innocent Jaime” from the sins of his inheritance. But ignorance & innocence are actually different things and if you keep your life partner ignorant of most of the details of your life, your relationship will fall apart. This entire book is Kage causing the Big Misunderstanding that is my least favorite plot line/trope. If Kage had reliable, daily non-Jaime backup, he *might* be able to dissociate Jaime some from his work life & still be ok. But he’s walking blind into a minefield much bigger than he was expecting and he really should be dead already.

The only things that makes me remotely understanding is that, having lost the foil of his uncle, against whom Kage has always pushed, he hasn’t yet defined his personal direction outside of “not what my Uncle says”. When Kage was fighting his uncle, Jaime was his support & ally. Now he’s trying to be his own support, and Jaime’s support by modeling his Uncle. (Although maintaining body guards would be the one behavior he should emulate, he doesn’t do that.) He doesn’t have his usual outlet of fighting. He’s not on the schedule for this chunk of time & he’s restricted training to deal with his inheritance. It’s blindingly obvious to the reader that he can’t keep hiding his life from Jaime & that he should talk to his coach and figure out not just his enemies, but develop his allies too. Does he do these things? Not in this book.

Jaime is doing his best to maintain their relationship and getting shot down at every turn. I understand his frustration with Kage completely. (Although I’m waiting for the unvetted psychologist he found to turn up evil.) I am, however, unsympathetic to his “woe is me I’m boooooorrrrrrrrred” attitude. Thankfully Kage instructs him to write a blog about the MMA. But somehow this requires serious funding? The blog job details that exist are sketchy & wrong. New blogs are free. They just require you to write. Getting followers takes effort and probably funds at some point but when just starting and already having access to a famous person’s social media? Uh... Jaime needs to have a job but the blogging gig is not realistically described.

The narrative arcs are scattershot and partial. There’s a trip to see Jaime’s family with a funny scene. There’s some emotional cleanup from the previous series but then Jaime’s family is dropped like hot coals except for brief mentions of how much he’s ignoring them. Then there’s Kage blundering into his inherited businesses and investigating all manner of shady things with no plan and no backup and no warning to Jaime. He just starts to figure things out when… he finds a family journal and the entire book jumps track so we can “read along” in the journal until almost the end of this book. Wait, what?!? (insert sound of vinyl record scratch.)

It bothered me that the “journal” chapters (yes, chapterS) were written in the same style as the non-journal chapters. If you’re going to write a journal, write a journal. Otherwise say something like “Kage imagined the scenes as he got engrossed in the journal” to excuse its not being a journal. But to poof a journal into existence near the end of a book and detouring to it exclusively for way too long is just bad structure. I nearly jumped ship mid “journal” but I was driving and had no other book loaded.

If you’re thinking that this will be a touching, sexy epilogue to the previous Kage trilogy where our plucky heroes take on the world together (except when Kage has solo UFC fights) sort out the Vegas inheritance, & have great sex…you, like me, would be wrong. So very wrong. The guys barely speak to each other. They’re both miserable the whole book. Kage has no UFC fights. Anything good was over a few chapters in. That these guys’ bodies haven’t been dumped in the desert is solely due to everyone seeing how clueless they are and assuming that they aren’t worth the bother of killing…yet.

But the author did something to make me think these characters are salvageable and could be lovable again. It makes a bad story like this compelling, and the narrator has a soothing voice and I kept listening. I think I’ll even listen to the next one. But if the main characters don’t start talking soon there will be no point.

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  • Piper
  • 22-03-19

read before you listen

loved reading the book . so of course in had to listen. It was just as good . leaves you speechless and wanting more

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  • Dee Winston
  • 02-03-19

secrets

I can't get enough of Kage and Jamie. But all this secrecy is killing me. And seeing this side of Santori is shocking and very intriguing. This books just raises more questions that I can't wait to get answered. I dont like the man Kage is becoming even though he thinks he has Jamie's best interest at heart. So we'll be see where this all ends.

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  • Captivated Listener!!
  • 19-02-19

Amazzzzingggg!!!

OMG...🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
I did not expect this audio book to be so good. And part 2...didn't see that coming. I want more. more. more.
J.F. Harding is a fantastic narrator!!! Maris Black...what can I say, you wrote an awesome story here. On to the next book because I just can't wait for the conclusion.

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  • Kelly
  • 17-02-19

Friggin Amazing!

I was waiting for this to come on Audible and it exceeded my expectations in every way! I wasn’t sure how the story of Kage and Jamie could get better, but it has. Now there are new/old characters the we get to meet and the story kept me on the edge of my seat.

Thank you Maris Black!