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Splinter

Significant Brothers, Volume 1
By: E. Davies
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Series: Significant Brothers Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

After zero-gravity heroics left astronaut Nicolas Rogers injured, his new job as a park ranger seems perfect. Being a caretaker of his corner of the Smoky Mountains makes him almost okay with having to be on Earth. More importantly, this deep in the woods, Nico's practically a hermit at a remote ranger station. Sure, he has good friends in nearby Knoxville, but he's otherwise free from petty drama and broken hearts...until Deen enters his world.

Caught in a compromising position by relentless paparazzi, rock star and international playboy Deen Jayse barely escaped with his career intact. He needs image rehab and a break from fame. His manager strongly suggests a stint in the Smokies, promoting national parks and being wholesome. That would be a lot easier if Nico weren't there in his sexy park ranger uniform.

Nico already has his hands full with arsonists at the park without Deen adding to his workload. He thinks he has to babysit a spoiled celebrity, but when he catches a glimpse of the man behind the persona, he sees something he can't resist. They've both experienced the isolation of fame, and while their loneliness brings them together, their worlds threaten to tear them apart. Deen can't just drop everything to go live in the mountains, and Nico can't abandon them.... After a taste of being together, how can they possibly face a future apart?

Splinter is a stand-alone gay romance novel with an HEA ending and no cliff-hanger. Book number two, Grasp, now available!

©2017 E. Davies (P)2018 E. Davies
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  • AL
  • 01-07-20

Such an enjoyable story!

Story: A rockstar with a bit of a diva facade plus a park ranger eager to stay away from attention, plus an image rehabilitation attempt = a recipe for a very entertaining story!
I loved the instant attraction and the fumbling on the way to admitting there is more between the MCs. I loved that despite the background plot, the whole focus was on their relationship and emotions!

Narration: A great voice that made the story all the better! Great characters differentiation, all the emotions are there and enhance the story to the next level!

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  • Shandara Majere
  • 03-06-18

Smoky Love

The first time I read this book I couldn't imagine how it could ever get better but when Ed announced that Greg was doing the narration I knew it had.

This beautiful story of love found between two men so dissimilar on the surface unfold in such a way you want to take it all in at one time.

Nico is astronaut whose time among the stars is cut short by an injury sustained in the process of saving one of his crew members. Deen is a world famous singer whose self destructive behavior finds him in a position so compromised that only a month removed from the ever watchful eyes of an adoring public will save him and it does. Beautifully so.

Finding love in the smoky mountains was not what Deen had sought when he ran but finding it doesn't just save him it saves Nico too.

This is a low angst story written by a master wordsmith and performed by one of the shining stars in the field of narration. I hope that he performs the other books in this amazing series. The Significant Brothers series is simply and honestly a joy to read and will leave your heart lightened and longing for the next book and Splinter is an excellent introduction. Enjoy!

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  • Blackwindstar
  • 03-06-18

excellent book excellent narrator

this is my first introduction to this to this author, and I enjoyed it so much I can't wait for the next installment I highly recommend this audiobook. it's a heartwarming tale of two people overcoming their differences.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 10-06-18

Sweet and steamy unexpected romance

I really enjoyed this book! I was expecting it to be high on drama because of the Rock Star theme but was pleasantly surprised when Dean was much more low key and the story really did not put the emphasis on the glorious life of the celebrities.
I really think Nick and Dean worked so well together, I love the funny banter between them and the little jokes. It could have easily been an enemies to lovers book but the dynamics between both men are so much more subtle then that.
The plot is fairly simple, I like that it did not fall in to too many cliche's and did not turn situations into and overly dramatic affair.
Both men have past hurts and issues and although they it affects their lives they do not let them define the choices they make. These characters are full of humanity, and gentle acceptance of their feelings.
*****THE NARRATION*****
Greg Boudreaux is such a wonderful narrator! I have yet to find a book preformed by him that disappointed me. He has a fantastic sense for emotions and how to bring them into his voice, his accent work is superb and each character is clearly defined. He moved me emotionally and bought all the little innuendos of a real life actor into play when he preformed this book. I found myself laughing many times because of his narration and I believe had I read this book without the audio I would not have liked it as much as I did.

This was a very fun, romantic book with lots of great chemistry and attraction and I would gladly read it again soon.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-18

Comfort read for the win.

If you need a soft, gentle, angst-free read/listen then Splinter is the book for you.

Davies has a wonderful take on the almost trope-y Rock-star needs an image rehab, goes somewhere (in this case the Smokey Mountains), meets sexy other, flirt a bit, smile a lot, fall in sex, dive into love; complete with the Rock-star has to go back to the big wide world... But love concurs all.

Splinter is not a deep read but it's the type of tale made for curling up with a book, hot chocolate (or other beverage of choice), pull up a warm blanket and just relax into nice. There isn't enough nice in the world, sadly, so enjoy this simple, uncomplicated, comfort-read.

Add Greg Boudreaux for narration and you'll have a pleasant time of it all.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 02-06-18

Such an adorable story!!

E. Davies keeps in making the sweetest and adorable stories! This is no different! Then to get Greg Boudreaux to narrate the story. OMG!! I thought it couldn't get any sweeter but Greg has proving me wrong. Greg just has a way of doing his narrations that I can't help but fall in love even more then the last time. Such an amazing story to get an amazing narrator to bring Nico and Deen to life!!

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  • Crystal
  • 31-05-18

Beautiful story!!

Sweet romance, low angst, and communication. I really enjoyed listening to this book and meeting the first set of Significant Brothers. At first I wasn't sure I would like Deen but by the middle I was singing a different tune. I love that Deen and Nico communicate their feelings and thoughts rather than let silly things come between them. The way they work through the fact that they are from different worlds was wonderful. Yes the book has insta-love and not all authors can pull that off without the shifter world being involved but E. Davies does and he does it beautifully. The connection between these two lonely men is undeniable and their chemistry is just, well I will just say be careful where you listen if you are using audible :) Which brings me to the narration, which is wonderfully done by Greg Boudreaux, I could listen to him all day! This is a wonderful start to this series and I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this series coming out on audible since my kindle time is very limited these days!

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  • Sue C
  • 07-05-20

delightful

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

Story comment: nice pace, engaging characters and a low angst, entertaining story.
I like that both Deen and Nico are independent, intelligent men who can still show vulnerabilities.

Narrator comment: Greg Boudreaux's masterful performance works perfectly and brings the story and it's characters to life. His rhythm, changes in pitch, intonation's and the cadence of his voice all work perfectly to provide me with a completely immersible audio experience.

I look forward to meeting the rest of the "Significant Brothers".

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 09-04-20

Deen and Nico

Deen comes across as the aloof, cocky rockstar. Nico may be attracted to the guy but he's not impressed by the attitude. It doesn't take long for Deen's true self to show up without all the glitz and glamour and that is the Deen that is way too appealing for Nico to resist. They fall in love each knowing that the other is committed to their career. I wasn't sure until the last how they were going to manage it. There's a bit of cloak and dagger with an arsonist in the forest. I really liked that Deen treated his fans like real people. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Audiobook: Excellent narrator!

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 17-02-20

Good story. Good narration.

A warm fuzzy romance with just enough tension to keep the reader/listener engaged. Perfect read/listen for a quiet afternoon on the sofa with the view of the mountains in a big picture window or in my case a big television. Kinda missing the mountains now though..

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  • E. hughes
  • 08-04-19

ok, but got lost at times

the story was ok but very predictable. I felt the reader at times mixed the characters names and I was lost. also a problem was introduced but never expanded upon. there was a big missed opportunity with that.