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Santori Reborn

Narrated by: J.F. Harding
Series: The Santori Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Michael Kage Santori doesn’t think his life can get any more complicated. Juggling a new business, a fledgling UFC career, and the only real relationship he’s ever had is taking a toll on him both mentally and physically. After being attacked for daring to question the inner workings of his own business, he is left broken and confused. The discovery of his uncle’s journals has brought him face to face with a past he never understood, and the new perspective has him reeling. Add to that the fact that he hasn’t been totally honest with the love of his life, and you have a recipe for a serious nervous breakdown. 

When an old friend resurfaces with new information, Kage discovers things are only going to get worse before they get better. If he ever hopes to free himself from the chains of his uncle’s dark legacy, he’s going to have to become something he never wanted to be. 

And risk losing the only person he’s ever truly loved.  

Jamie Atwood is in over his head. Instead of the happily ever after he’d envisioned, moving in with Kage has only been one disappointment after another. Kage has come out to the entire world and still managed to keep his reputation and his UFC contract intact, but mysterious forces Jamie has yet to discover are transforming his sexy alpha fighter into someone he doesn’t recognize anymore. 

If Kage doesn’t come clean soon, Jamie fears he’s going to have to leave. With his journalism degree and a newly flourishing MMA blog, he knows he’s got what it takes to make it on his own financially. It’s his heart he’s worried about. Because without Kage by his side, what is there to live for?  

Meanwhile in another lifetime...  

Peter Santori has found his bliss. Being Gio’s boy is a dream come true for a guy who thought he was doomed to a life of abuse and poverty. His confidence and sense of security are flourishing in the warm glow of Gio’s love, and he has started to believe that maybe he can have the fairy tale after all. 

Never mind that he’s got to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret. Never mind that one of Gio’s associates seems to have something against him. And never mind that sometimes he gets the feeling that there’s a lot more to Gio than meets the eye. All that matters is that he and Gio are together. 

4 ever & ever...  

Previous books in this series (in order): 

  • Kage (The Kage Trilogy, Book 1) 
  • Kage Unleashed (The Kage Trilogy, Book 2) 
  • Kage Unmasked (The Kage Trilogy, Book 3) 
  • Santori (The Santori Trilogy, Book 1)
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Outstanding Mr Harding...just outstanding!!

4.5 stars for the story, but ALL the stars for the narration...and talking of the narration, Mr Harding has excelled himself once again. For both this and the previous Kage series, AND the last few stories of the Cut & Run series, his narrations have been outstanding...in fact I'd go so far as to say that his narration is better than the stories insofar as Maris Black's work is concerned. His characterisations are spot on, each voice [and even accent when needed] is distinct, and when emotion is called for, JF is there with bells on. Tremendous stuff, and providing the author is someone I read [and like], he will be an auto-buy for me from now on.

As for the story, the quality has improved without a doubt, but I really am gobsmacked 🤯 at the level of naivete of all the main characters.

KAGE for not thinking that Theo Brown, sick b*****d that he is, would not be out to get him for apparently waltzing in to his uncle's business and taking what Brown regards as rightfully his. You can't trust that guy as far as you can throw him Kage!!

JAMIE for clearly not anticipating the possible repercussions of his MMA 'scoop' [including pics] with Rodriguez(s). He knows how jealous and possessive Kage is, and yet still pushes those buttons...😉. I do believe however that they'll be together at the end of the trilogy...they've [hopefully] got one of those forever love things going.

PETER for living in cloud cuckoo land, and not believing that Gio doesn't have blood on his hands. If he ignores it, it will go away...well no, it doesn't really work like that, sorry. Your 'love' with Gio doesn't alter the fact that he's a mob boss, and has the blood of many on his hands regardless of whether or not he actually murdered them. Oh, and it has to be said that his journals must be ginormous as they've taken up quite a lot of this trilogy to date....

I hate that AARON gets to blackmail Kage into doing his dirty work, using Jamie's involvement in the death of Santori as leverage, but it is what it is. How else will the government discover all the dirty details of who's involved in the seedy and sordid world of Las Vegas crime?? Will the end justify the means?? Oh God...let's hope so. At least Aaron has a reason to try and keep Kage alive...

I despise THEO Brown, both as a flaky teenager and now as a vengeful older man. The archetypal pantomime villain...everyone would boo and hiss at him during performances, or throw rotten veg at him onto the stage.

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  • Carol
  • 26-05-19

Fabulous storytelling

This trilogy is amazing I can’t get wait to get to number three. So often sequels lose steam at Maris Black in JF Harding have really done it.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 22-05-19

Ms. Black sure knows how to keep me on edge!

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Man, oh man! I don't even know what to say. Ms, Black took me right to the edge a couple of times with this book, pulling back just in time to keep me from completely going over. I actually had to turn it off at one point, because it was too much for my heart to handle! But then I had to turn it right back on to make sure it wasn't really going to go in the direction I thought it was.
And yes, here I am- still having *feelings* for Peter!!! Ugh.
My love for Kage and Jamie is still going strong, but Kage is once again driving me a little crazy! I know why he's keeping things from Jamie, but again...ugh! What is he thinking, doing some of the stuff he's doing?!?
I did like seeing Jamie stand up for himself. He loves Kage so much, but I can't blame him for how he's feeling.
Agh, I need book 3 now!

The narration by JF Harding continues to be perfection. He really does give it his all with these characters, especially now that we're getting 3 points of view and all the extras. I love how you can really feel the emotions coming through from him. Just completely outstanding.

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  • N Florida
  • 22-05-19

The story gets better

We delve into more of the danger that faces Jamie and Kage. What Kage has to do to keep Jamie alive . The journals continue of Peter's and Gio's lifes. The narrator does a wonderful interruption of the characters as they age.

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  • Kelly
  • 22-05-19

Favorite Series Ever

I love the Kage world so much. Take the leap and spend the credit; I guarantee you will be hooked! JF Harding knocks it out of the park too. This book is hot with a great plot. Total book hangover.

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  • Dana Piazzi
  • 17-05-19

A roller coaster ride of emotions.

I need to start with this amazing crazy cover. Crazy because seeing Kage with a gun in his hand made me freak out a little bit. He’s always been a tough guy, an MMA fighter who doesn’t lose, but seeing him carrying makes me wonder all sorts of things about what will happen in this book. The model is perfect for the character, the dots in the SANTORI look like lights in a marquee sign which is perfect for the Vegas setting in this book. It’s just a really fitting cover for the book.

I was so excited to read this book. Kage and Jamie are one of my very favorite couples. As they start this new journey of running the Santori business, it is a bit rocky. Kage has always had a protective streak with Jamie. Trying to keep him from the less savory aspects of the business is leaving Jamie feeling isolated and alone. It’s so hard for me as a reader. I can understand Kage’s reasoning and respect him even as I know that he isn’t treating Jamie as an equal and is wasting all the work they put into the relationship by jeopardizing it. It really comes to a climax in this book as Kage tries to get close to a crooked business partner for reasons unknown to Jamie. His intentions are well and good, but the position Kage puts himself in is not. Jamie’s anger and response are justified even though it hurt me to read some of this. All the drama makes my stomach clench in worry, but pulls me into the story even deeper. I think it is a mark of a good storyteller when I am so invested.

There is a secondary story that runs through this book. Kage reads the diary of his late uncle, the hated Peter Santori. Hated, until I read some of the story through his point of view. As Kage reads the book, my thoughts were that he would identify with Peter and how he was pulled into this world of running a casino and trying to control his career. Neither man even intended for their lives to take that turn so I thought he might be in danger of following his uncle’s footsteps. Instead Peter reminds me more of Jamie, and the Alcazar’s previous owner and Peter’s lover, Gio, reminds me of Michael Kage. Kage (maybe subconsciously?) draws the same conclusions as he puts on Gio’s hat and looks in the mirror.

This trilogy has parallel stories that focus on how men can become monsters. This book is heavy as Kage struggles with living this new life and trying not to lose his heart and humanity. He needs Jamie, but trying to keep him while juggling his secrets is difficult. Some of the things that happen aren’t for the tender-hearted. Things look kind of bad at the end of this book, and I desperately need the next book so I can see how the author pulls our heroes out of the mess their lives have become. If you like a book with a lot of emotion and a suspenseful plot I definitely recommend this book and the series.

As usual J.F. Harding's narration really brought the story to life.

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  • 4The❤️OfBooks
  • 03-04-19

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT

I love Kage and Jaime and can't wait for the next book. This is one of the best MM romance books out there. Please start from the first book Kage. This book is 2 stories in one. We get to learn more about Kage's uncle Peter, which is also an interesting story. I have faith in Ms. Black that Kage and Jamie will overcome their problems. There's no other outcome for the two. I think Jamie and Kage has done some seriously stupid things in this book that could jeopardize their relationship. What were they thinking? J. F. Harding did an awesome job with narration.

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  • Lori
  • 30-03-19

I can’t get enough!

I’m hooked on Kage and Jamie’s story no doubt but I’m also intrigued by Peter and Gio’s romance. JF Harding brings these men to live with his talented performance. I could listen to him speak all day. Waiting for #3 in audio...

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  • suedog
  • 14-03-19

OMG

I love this book. I need book 3... I loved the Kage Trilogy and now the man Peter I hated is tugging at my Heart strings as a boy... And Gio.. Man I need Jamie and Kage back together. They just do not make since apart. I am so upset I now have to wait for book 3... and Harding telling the story is everything. It would not be the same if it was someone else telling it..

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  • Dee Winston
  • 08-03-19

WoW

The parallel between Santori and Kage's life is uncanny. Im scared to see where this story is going but I can't wait. And to see Jamie grow into his own person.

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  • Sue C
  • 08-03-20

better than Book 1

Let me start with I love the Kage trilogy and have listened to it multiple times. I've waited until I have all three books in the Santori trilogy before starting them and my hope was overall they'll make for a story as good as the Kage trilogy, but even after finishing Santori Reborn it's still falling short of my expectations.

The story-line is getting better and has a definite direction now but I'm getting over the constant withholding of information and upheaval in Jamie and Kage's relationship. Two hours of this book is dedicated to "Peter Santori's journal's", which other than painting him as sweet and innocent, isn't really keeping me interested. I would have liked more Jamie and Kage interaction that didn't involve them either at each other or having sex.

JF Harding has done another stellar performance with what he had to work with. Each character has his own voice, the emotions and frustrations they experience come through and he bought the story to life.