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  • Surrendering My Affection

  • Sulfur Springs, Book 4
  • By: Taylor Rylan
  • Narrated by: Michael Dean
  • Series: Sulfur Springs, Book 4
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

Cody Wells isn’t sure what he wants in life. He’s watched his two best friends fall in love, but he’s not sure that’s for him. He has a job he loves and friends who are always there for him. What more could he want or need? But if that’s truly the case, why can’t he get a certain someone out of his mind?

Adrian Fisher knows exactly what he wants and is determined to get it. From the moment he set eyes on the younger man at a club, he knew they were going to spend the rest of their lives together. Now, he just has to convince him of that. 

When friends and family decide Cody and Adrian belong together, they join forces to make it happen. But will Cody give in and surrender to the man he can’t quit thinking about? Will Adrian finally stop messing up every time they run into each other?

Surrendering My Affection is the fourth book in the Sulfur Springs series. This is a Men of Crooked Bend spin off, but it isn’t a requirement that you listen to that series to enjoy this one. Familiar faces will be found, but this series takes you off of the ranch and into the lives of those in Sulfur Springs. While each book will focus on a different couple, you should listen to them in order. 

Warning: The book contains sexually explicit material between two men and is intended for adults over 18.

©2018 Taylor Rylan (P)2019 Taylor Rylan

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Cody and Adrian's Romance

Surrendering My Affection is the fourth book in the Sulfur Springs series. I suggest reading the other books in the series first, but this book does well on its own if you don’t.

First, I really liked the characters and found the romance sweet and fluffy. It was a pretty standard romance that I find enjoyable and entertaining. The biggest issue I had with the book was that I don’t think the author understands what the United States Marshall Services does. Adrian is a Marshall, but instead of actually working as Marshall and staying within the parameters of their mission, Adrian acts more like a police officer or sheriff deputy conducting an investigation that has nothing to do with the Marshall Service. I had to really work to suspend my disbelief in order to fully enjoy the book. I felt like the author only wanted Adrian to be a Marshall because it sounded cool and not because she had any interest in what the Marshall Service does. This book would have worked just as easily if Adrian had been an FBI agent or HSI agent if the author wanted a federal law enforcement agency.

All in all, not a bad book with a pretty conventional plot that followed the well-loved tropes, but it could have used some basic research.

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Great series

The pastry chef Cody who is indecisive about his love orientation. But along comes AJ.
This is a great book that shows you the turmoil that goes on when you are tempted but unsure whether to follow what your heart wants.
Great book, well narrated. Loved it.

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Adrian and Cody

The fourth book in this amazing series. Now that his friends have all fallen in love, Cody isn't sure what he wants. He has had some very disappointing relationships which have left him hurt. After going out on a night with his friends, he can't forget the man that chased him all night. But is it a man he wants? After his boss sets him up with a date with her brother, he can't believe he is meeting the man that keeps hunting him in his dreams. Code is careful and afraid, but Adrian shows him he is caring and loving and seems to know what he needs. Adrian has been left cheated on but he's getting to the age he wants to settle down. He can see himself do that with Cody, but will Cody ever let him in? They both embark on a journey unknown and out of their comfort zone, but soon, being only friends is not enough. Read how their friendship turns into love with the amazing narrating voice of Michael Dean.

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as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Michael Pauley/Dean is one of the 8 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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The Firefighter and the Marshal

I love this Sulfur Springs series by Taylor Rylan and Michael Dean (Michael Pauley) is a favourite narrator of mine, so I very much enjoyed listening to him bring these wonderful characters to life. I've encountered Cody in previous books in the series as his best friends managed to find their Mr. Right and now it's Cody's turn as Adrian makes his moves and the two find their way together. It's a journey that I enjoyed taking with them. Highly recommended Contemporary MM romance.

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Great to see Cody get his HEA

I recieved an ARC of this book on exchange for an honest review.
It's taken 4 books to get Cody's story and I couldn't be happier. This wonderful group of snarky and loving men always make me smile. I love a found family and this lot are central to the tale. Cody and Adrian are perfect for each other, but they seem determined not to see it. Found family to the rescue. The slow burn in this book results in a lovely HEA.
Michael Pauley is simply wonderful as always.

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Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed listening to this book and following Adrian as he tries to convince Cody to date him. As Cody doesn’t like the age gap. The narrator also brought the story to life.

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Wow!

Rylan's ability to create a world that keeps you engaged as the series progresses is phenomenal. Cody and Adrian's dynamic is one that keeps you on your toes. I really enjoyed this narration with Dean's talents.

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May-December Love Affair

So this is about Cody’s story, his chance for HEA after his best friends finally got theirs.

With all that said, Cody drove me batcrap crazy in this book. While I understand insecurities, I don’t understand his blatant rejection towards Adrian when he actually liked the guy. His age discrimination sounded cruel at times. I know he didn’t mean it as such, and it was his insecurities showing, but Cody really got in his own way. It drove me nuts. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Thankfully, he pulled his head out of his own you-know-what and finally got his ish together.

I adore Adrian, he’s a teddy bear and I admire his tenacity. What a brave soul, he kept pursuing even after all the rejection. 💖 He deserved to be happy.

When they finally got together, it was wonderful. Sweet and I was yelling at Cody “seeee!! This is what you’d have missed if you didn’t get your crap together. Now, be happy!” 😂

Apart from the unnecessary angst that Cody put upon himself and Adrain, it’s a wonderful listen. Michael Pauley is always on point with his skills.

Give this book a chance, if Cody drives you up the wall too, keep listening. I promise you, it’s worth it.

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Sweet, low angst M/M romance

I enjoyed this sweet, low angst romance. I only gave the story 4 stars because there are some red herrings and plot threads that didn't seem to go anywhere and left me wondering why they were there. For example, I kept expecting some trouble from the deputy who disappeared, but nothing ever came from that. I'm sorry if that is a spoiler, but it gave me an air of suspense that never came to fruition. The appearance of Adrian's parents near the end also didn't lead to anything, except one scene of low-level drama that fizzled to nothing. Pull out those distractions, and you have an enjoyable May/December romance. When Adrian first approaches Cody, Cody runs and then pretends one of his friends is his boyfriend, because Adrian is a large man, and the prospect of a huge alpha man scares him away. However, Adrian is perseverant, and eventually Cody comes to realize there is more to Adrian than he originally thought.

The narration by Michael Pauley is excellent. I especially love his voicing and accent for Adrian's partner.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 19-12-19

Age gap hotness

I don’t think there is anyone that narrates sexy times better than Michael Pauley and Taylor Rylan gives writes a incredible sexy times for him to narrate. This series continues to get better with each book and I look forward to listening to the next one.

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  • Don
  • 03-04-20

loved it

loved the story and getting to know the characters. The voices used in the narration seems to get a little mixed up though and was hard to follow in a few spots. I could really feel for Cody and Adrian though.

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  • Sadie G
  • 26-02-20

Age gap

I really liked this age gap story. I feel like it's usually the younger guy going for the older guy but it wasn't in the case. Adrian had to work hard for Corey. Really great story. Really great narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-20

Fabulous addition to this series

I love this series. Taylor Rylan writes such beautiful low angst books. Cody and Adrian book 4 in this series and it just keeps getting better and better. Michael Dean has done a wonderful job bringing life to Taylor's characters.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 16-01-20

Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the Sulphur Springs series! It was well written and engaging. Michael Dean once again does a super nice job narrating!

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  • Violet Marshall
  • 07-01-20

A Great Continuation

This is the fourth book in The Sulfur Springs Series. Although you don’t need to, I would read/listen to the previous books in the series. You will get a fuller enjoyable experience doing so. A great book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters wonderful. The characters were developed and thought out. Cody and Adrian are the MC’s of this book. The narration was done well it wasn’t monotone and there were different voices for each character. I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Diane
  • 05-01-20

Great Series

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. Cody has seen his friends fall in love but he's not sure that is what he wants to do. Adrian is a federal marshal and when he sees Cody at a bar he approaches him and is relentless in his pursuit. Adrian's partner and Cody's friends can see the chemistry between these 2. Cody is not sure Adrian is for him because of the age difference. Cody finally gives himself to Adrian, they're meant to be together.

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 04-01-20

I surrender all of me to you, only you


Ah .. another Sulphur Springs story and I loved it. Just what I needed for the holidays, sweet and fun and very low on angst. Just what I need to listen in a cool afternoon in cozy blankets.

Adrian is determined to convince Cody that they belong together. Ever since he saw Cody at a club, he knew they’d spend the rest of their lives together. Problem? Cody isn’t exactly convinced. Cody also can’t get Adrian out of his head but he has his misgivings. First of all, their age difference. Second, Adrian keeps messing up. When their friends and family joined force together to make these two a couple, will they finally way their way to each other and become lovers?

Again, so sweet and very low on angst. I love May-December romances so this is right up my alley. This can definitely stand alone if you haven’t read the earlier books so rest assured. Michael Pauley did a great job narrating this story and I really enjoyed his performance. All in all, a very satisfying read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.


4.25 I surrender all of me to you, only you stars
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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 03-01-20

OMG! I'm freaking moving!

Cody and Adrian...sigh...I just dont know any other words. These two are so stubborn! Love them hard just like the rest of the men in this series. I devour every word that comes from this author as soon as it's released.

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  • Belle9995
  • 02-01-20

Always nice to get back to Sulfur Springs!

I was very excited to meet backup with the men of Sulfur Springs. Taylor Rylan brings us Cody and Adrian this time. We met a Cody in the last several books....it was definitely time for him to have his own HEA. This was a great story, not insta love- Adrian had to work for it! With Michael’s narration and Taylor’s words- will definitely listen again! Totally worth your time😁