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  • Storm Season

  • Accidental Roots, Book 1
  • By: Elle Keaton
  • Narrated by: Nick Gallagher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, Romance
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

Death brought him home, will love keep him there?

Agent Adam Klay is home to bury his father, not to fall in love. Improbably, it fell into his lap.

Micah Ryan's been running on remote since his family died; the arrival of Adam Klay brings to life feelings Micah never thought he'd feel again.

A series of ominous events force Adam to face his feelings, can he protect Micah from a killer's crosshairs without losing his heart?

Storm Season is a dual POV about a terminally grouchy Federal Agent who discovers his softer side and a sweet man who thought he had nothing to live for. The Accidental Roots series follows a different couple in each book as they try to stop killers and unravel a human trafficking ring.

©2017 Elle Keaton (P)2020 Elle Keaton

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Painful

The narration sounds like it was recorded in a barn; there is a strange echo and unsettling distance. The MCs are so unrealistically awkward in their actions and mannerisms it makes the story grinding on the nerves, as the clumsiness is just continually reiterated with no end in sight. The single narrator makes no effort to give each character a "voice", and as his voice is so hard to listen to, I had no option but to give up before the first hour was up. PAINFUL

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Thrilling and steamy

I really enjoyed this adventure. A somewhat twisted case mixed up in his childhood town, Adam starts to uncover the secrets and dangers of his town.
I enjoyed adorable, awkward and clumsy Micah and liked seeing him grow into himself and his confidence.
The case isn't closed but great headway is made and I hope to see more of Adam and Micah in book 2. I felt like there was many thoughts, cases and paths created in this first story and I hope they are all unraveled in the future books.
Enjoyable narration by Nick. I look forward to hearing more from him.

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Good start to the series...

4 Stars!

This is Elle Keaton's first book and it kind of shows. The flow is off and the book feels, well, jumpy. I had to pause and rewind a couple of times until I realized it wasn't that I had missed something, but that the scene had ended and another had started.

I found to be Micah adorably clumsy, at least at first, since he got over that once he and Adam got together. Adam was gruff and serious (and emotionally stunted and quick to jump to conclusions, which made me want to throttle him more than once *sighs), but with a teddy bear core where Micah was concerned most of the time. They had a lot of chemistry and seemed to fit together, mostly because Micah was an angel and was really patient with Adam.

The mystery plotline was a bit choppy, but still intriguing enough to keep me interested and while the procedural part needed some work, it definitely showed a lot of potential and I'm very intrigued over how it will play out in the next books in the series. Nick Gallagher's voice made the overall experience more enjoyable, his pacing and the way he brought the story to life were really good and I will definitely be on the lookout for more audiobooks narrated by him.

Recommendable!

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I enjoyed the story

I liked the story line for this book. The relationship between Adam and Micah was a slow burn for the love but in the end it conquered.
The narrator was OK.. At times I just couldn't distinguish who the character was.
But overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it.

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Great start to the series

An eventful, scene setting opening story. I loved Adam and Micah - both have been hurt but this story allows them to come together and begin to heal. There was humour and pathos in this book. They got their HEA but the over-arching mystery is just beginning!

I thought the narrator was good - he had a smooth delivery that was easy to listen to and the characters were clearly delineated. I am looking forward to listening to the other books in this series.

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Adam and Michah 💚💙

Coming back to his home town not so happily, Adam meets Micah. A sweet guy who’s attracted to the brooding officer. There is a mistery to solve and Micah is thrown in the middle of it all. Danger, mistery, local crime, angst, and a hot romance. The journey to be together is not easy but Adam has great friends with opportune advise. I enjoyed listening to this story. Great narration from Mr Gallagher.

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  • C. Muehl
  • 08-06-20

A good story ruined!

I read this book a while ago and enjoyed it, so I was happy to see it come out in audio. Unfortunately, the audio was poorly done. The narrator was very monotonous and the recording quality was poor. Do not waste your money or credit on this one.

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  • 17-08-21

Great start to a different series but somewhat tied to existing stories with the characters being familiar.

My only grip would be sometimes I felt there were pages skipped during the reading. It just felt like Nick was starting in a middle of a sentence. Over all I did enjoy the narration. Good story line but I kind need to know now how these stories fall in line with the other series with the characters that are here that are in other stories. I need a timeline.

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  • Joan
  • 13-02-21

very hard to finish

The narrator was not the right choice. the book was a bit dry. needed someone to help bring it to life. Bad combo. took me a week to finish. I go through 7 books in a week. this is not worth a credit. sorry

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  • A. Clark
  • 30-01-21

DNF

This was a DNF for me. I got about 5 hours in and just couldn’t do it any more. I didn’t want to waste another 3 hours on characters I didn’t care about

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  • AvidReader
  • 25-01-21

STORM SEASON

Very enjoyable audio with a good narrator. This will definitely be a relisten for me!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 26-10-20

loved it

I loved this story. It captured my mind and heart
quickly, and I became invested in Adam and Micah and their journey and rooted for them. I enjoyed the intrigue and the discoveries, and I'd like to kerp the momentum up following along with the next book. I enjoyed seeing some good come out of all the ugliness. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator was excellent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-20

had this book for a long time

as ive said ive had this book for a long time. finally got to it in my reading list. really wish i had moved out forward. so good! love everything about this story buying the next one right nowand starting it immediately!

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  • Bridget
  • 07-08-20

good story

I greatly enjoyed the mystery and the romance, it heard a great plot and interesting cast of characters. The narrator's voice was wonderful as well. knee thing that did bother me just a bit was the quality of the sound production; at times I could hear some background machinery running type noise.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 23-07-20

Season of Storms

I live near the Skagit region in in the Pacific Northwest, so I can attest to the storms (even if the town is made up). Torrential rain alternating with occasional bursts of quick sunshine that you revel in because it’s not going to last. Sometimes that rain can go on for days and you wonder if it’s ever going to stop.

Micah Ryan has lived there his entire life – except a stint away at university. While he was gone, his parents and beloved sister died. He returned to the family home and has lived it in ever since, struggling to survive while mired in grief, anxiety, and a clumsiness that brings unwanted attention whenever he goes out.

Adam Klay is the opposite of Micah. The Federal Agent is confident, competent, and nimble. He’s also one of the best investigators in the bureau who never takes a day off. When his father’s estate needs to be settled, his mentor and boss sends him north from California to dreary Washington State with the mission of settling ghosts to rest once and for all. In that way, he is very like Micah – having unresolved issues with his parents. Adam grew up with a father who was an artistic genius and a terrible parent. The stories of what Adam endured growing up were harrowing – the emotional abuse rather than anything physical. Was it any wonder he ran from town as soon as he was able to join an organization that thrives on order, hierarchy, and continuity? A steady force. The exact opposite of the chaos he endured as a child.

So when Adam sees the clumsy Micah over and over again at the local coffee shop, something clicks. He feels empathy for the man and, eventually, they speak. It’s the night they meet at the only gay bar in town that things take a turn. In the arms of another man, Micah isn’t awkward. He isn’t clumsy. He comes apart in a way that takes Adam’s breath away.

But all is not as it seems. Bodies of young women are turning up. A local charity that is supposed to protect teenagers is coming into question. People are dying. Fires are being set. Life is turning chaotic for everyone involved. And suddenly Micah’s past – the past he’d believed long left behind – comes roaring back. Suddenly there are bad people at every turn and all is not as it seems.

Okay, so plenty of mystery. And most of it was logical and made sense. Except Micah did one thing that made me want to pull my hair out. Okay, it moved the plot forward, but I was like, really? He’s that, uh, stupid? A minor point but it did niggle. (In case you couldn’t guess.) Aside from that, I enjoyed the book. From the emotional struggle Adam goes through sorting through his father’s belongings, to Micah’s necessity to finally deal with his parents and sister’s passing, there was plenty to sink my teeth into.

This is book 1 in the Accidental Roots series and I can’t wait for the next one. On to narration – I enjoy Nick Gallagher’s narration but there were technical problems and if you use high volume, they are apparent. Not enough to detract from the enjoyment, but there nonetheless. Overall I enjoyed the book and I look forward to more.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 14-06-20

I loved this book; narration needs a little work.

I originally read Storm Season back in February 2018 and I absolutely loved it. Excerpts of my review from back then will be below my comments on the narration.

This is the first book I've listened to narrated by Nick Gallagher and he did a decent job. His voice is easy to listen to but there's not a lot of differentiation in voices for each character; for some reason this didn't really bother me with this particular story.

My biggest issue with the audio is that there were background noises that shouldn't be there. I suspect that this narrator doesn't have a lot of experience and maybe his recording environment needs some work. He doesn't have a lot of books on Audible so maybe he's just getting started. I know that quality recording equipment – microphone, booth, etc. – isn't cheap but some of the background noise (humming) could probably have been eliminated with software. I thought his pacing and vocal inflections were really quite good and I would be very willing to listen to more books that he performs.

Below are my comments on the story itself from when I read it two years ago.

The MCs (main characters) are Adam and Micah. Both of these men are somewhat broken but manage to find happiness with each other. Adam is a federal investigator who returns to Skagit to settle up things after his estranged father's death. Micah stayed in Skagit after his mother, father and sister were killed in a car accident. After the accident he became somewhat of a recluse. When he meets Adam at a local coffee shop, he feels something that he hasn't felt in a very long time – alive. Mystery and suspense are plentiful in this story.

The romance for the main characters in this book is resolved but not the mystery that much of the story is about; that will conclude in book 2.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.