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Summary

It was just one night.
It was just one mistake.

FBI Agent Noah Downing had questions about his sexuality that a single night in Vegas should have answered. But dawn finds him on a plane back to Iowa, back on the trail of a vicious serial killer who disappeared six years ago and has suddenly resurfaced. There's nothing like a murder investigation to escape an existential crisis.

FBI profiler Cole Kennedy is still reeling after finding a heart-stopping connection with a seemingly perfect man, only for him to vanish. When he's sent to Iowa to profile the killer terrorizing America's heartland, he finds more questions than answers - both about the murderer and about Noah, the last man he ever expected to see again.

A twisted secret stretches between Cole and Noah, tangled with questions they both have about each other. But now, thrown together, they'll have to unravel the killer's profile and follow his trail...back to the very beginning, to where everyone's questions are answered once and for all.

This is an M|M romantic suspense stand-alone novel, featuring a second chance romance, the hunt for a twisted serial killer, and one man's journey to acceptance. Eighty thousand words.

©2021 Tal Bauer (P)2021 Tal Bauer

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I can't stand it any longer

So this is about a special agent in charge who has the weird urge to imagine his daughter in place of every victim and go over and over all the gore and pain of every crime scene he knows. Page after page. How this man ever became a successful agent is a mystery.
Next to the constant wool gathering about murder victims, he is obsessively telling himself he can't be gay and what will happen if he is found out. A lot of crying, whining and repeating himself.
The narrator made it worse by sounding like he was on the verge of crying during most of the text.

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Tiresome

Sounded interesting, but after 4 hrs of whinging and whining, twoing and froing, impossibly silly vacillations by supposedly intelligent MCs, I gave up. The narrator sounded more like Michael Pauley, whom I avoid like the plague with over emphasis and breathy sentences giving them an exasperating intensity not befitting them; then when the tension in the story starts, it seems less intense as it was all read in that voice, made even worse by having just one narrator, it was hard to know who was saying what. DISAPPOINTING

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Tal Bauer stories and John Solo...

John Solo seems to be narrating all of Tal's stories at the mo [Whisper coming along shortly I understand], but he surely can't let him do The Jock? Not only is he far too old for a late teens story [and yes, that also includes Keira Andrews Amish trilogy], but I dread to think how many breathy comments, intonations AND how much mangling of the French language there would be 😕...anyhoo I digress. As far as this particular story is concerned, I thought he was OK, so I won't change my rating. The MC's are what mid/late 30's? One major criticism I have of him is that he's yet another narrator who doesn't seem to have a huge range of 'voices' in his locker, so one MC nearly always has a deeper voice [Noah and let's not forget Ethan from EotS] and one has a higher tone [I suppose we should be grateful that he's not monotonous as well]. He's much more suited to older characters voices.

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4.25 stars from me. Welcome back Tal, and thank goodness your mojo returned 🎉🎉🎉. Hopefully your annus horribilis has well and truly disappeared with the back of 2020!!

I loved the romance aspect of the story - it was obvious right from the get-go that Noah and Cole were well-suited, with Noah being in the late bloomer 'am I or aren't I' camp as far as being gay was concerned BUT he'd never acted on his feelings and had spent all his time since his 'amicable/acrimonious' divorce, looking after his daughter Katie and working his job for the FBI. Cole on the other hand, was out and proud in his job as an FBI profiler in DC, and when the two met at a conference in Las Vegas, sparks flew [cos of course what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas apparently 😉]. There was just an inevitability about it all, and when Noah had to return urgently to Des Moines the following morning, Cole was more than a little annoyed but took it on the chin...and of course, we all knew which profiler would be flying to Iowa to advise on the new murders that the serial killer they'd hoped had all but disappeared back into the woodwork, had committed.

I have to admit here that I could've cheerfully smacked Noah several times upside the head throughout the story for his careless/thoughtless/selfish attitude towards Cole...it seems that he only thought of himself and his daughter, and not about how his switching hot and cold would affect anyone but him and his little family of 1. However, there were several puddle of goo moments for me, and despite this story predominantly being a murder mystery, it was SO a romance too.

Now, as far as the mystery was concerned, I called it as soon as we were introduced to that person, and when Tal threw in that inescapable curveball towards the very end of the story, colour me gobsmacked 🤯🤯. Ingenious!!

Did I get my HEA?? You betcha, although not without some nail-biting moments towards the end.

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Wonderful

I don't usually read suspense, or murder novels, but boy am I glad I did. This author was recommended because of the excellent writing style, and I now understand why. The book carried me away, the romance completely embraced me, and I even got into the tension around the murder mystery. My heart was broken and mended and swept away. I now want to read everything this author has written.

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Fantastic audio

I've already read this book in print and loved it, but the audio lived up to every expectation and then some. Brilliantly performed, with different characters even from one narrator. Tal Bauer's fantastic story telling with great narration - what's more to like?!

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Romantic

Loved the build to happy ever after ending. Good story. No spoilers as had read book previously so knew the kiler.

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  • AmazonReviewer
  • 01-04-21

Okay story, awful narrator

The written book is probably better than the audio because the mannerisms of the narrator were annoying and ruined a lot of the book for me. Not only does the narrator not do a very good job with multiple voices (they’re all similar enough they’re often indistinguishable), he also has an odd acting formula (overly whispery or overly aggressive plus stunted speech alternating with frantic speaking that I think is supposed to make things seem more intense but actually just sounds obnoxious and over-acted). And he can’t voice women, especially teenagers without them sounding like whiny parodies. The narrator also doesn’t seem to understand punctuation because there isn’t any pausing at the end of sentences so the book resembled a collection of 15-minute-long run-on sentences.

The story had an interesting mystery and if it had stuck with that plot then the book probably would have been above average. Unfortunately, the mystery took a back seat to the character development and romance. I was so fed up with Noah’s whiny, poor, unlovable me persona, that I came very close to not being able to finish the book. I understand insecurities (believe me, do I ever) but this went beyond most otherwise well-adapted, mature adults with a smattering of neuroticism or insecurities, to a full-fledged ‘I’m not sure this person is capable of coping with life on his own’ lack of confidence and quite possibly clinical depression. I doubt the author had that intention, but the written dialogue combined with the whiny tendencies of the narrator made the character mostly just pathetically needy instead of an average person with relatable insecurities.

All-in-all, the book could have been a decent or average read if not for the narrator and with a less sorry for himself MC.

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  • KatB
  • 17-03-21

Flawless

One of the things I love about John Solo is how he can take a book I’ve read and loved, and make me love it even more. Not for the first time, I’ve had different reactions to scenes while listening than I did while reading, and it surprises me each time in the best way. He takes a wonderful book, and makes it more. Especially this one.

This author and this narrator are a one-of-kind experience. I look forward to them working together again.

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  • Sara
  • 12-03-21

The narrator was perfect for this book!

Story was great but the audio narrator? He made this book brilliant! You could feel the emotions in his voice and made it worth my money!

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  • BookFan67
  • 10-03-21

****So goooooood!! Highly recommend!!****

This book is an awesome thrill ride of emotions. Tal Bauer is an awesome writer. John Solo's narration is top notch as usual. The two put together is a great duo! Read and listen to this book. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Kyle The Gnome Waiter
  • 29-03-21

This book had everything except spaceships.

....but that's totally fine because the author wrote excellently with a fantastic plot and the narrator was totally on point.

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 07-03-21

so so

Love Tals work! Usually like John, bad choice this time. Storyline was amazing, truly amazing.

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  • Buscatlady
  • 15-06-21

Love Tal Bauer books

I loved this entire book! I’ve the main character development. A love story ! The killer was a surprise to me!

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 13-06-21

Great story. Great narration.

This was my favorite type of story. A Vegas story that beats most of mine, a serial killer mystery tossed into the middle of corn country, an interesting plot twist, and some epic character angst.

I am a mystery fan first and foremost. I learned to tolerate romance in my mysteries because it is so prolific. Tal Bauer's writing compels me to look forward to the romance. Bauer knows how to capture the emotional tension that real humans experience when they are trying to balance careers, family, and romance.

Reading this story was a tension filled adventure, and listening to this story was equally tense even though I knew the end. John Solo did a great job of showcasing each character's personality with nicely constructed voices.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 22-05-21

enjoyed it

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

📖 Story comment: Good pace, likeable characters, interesting and engaging plot.

🎧 Narrator comment: I enjoy John Solo as a narrator, his performance isn't flawless, but for the most part he has good cadence, inflections and intonations and it's easy to distinguish the characters from each other. Overall an enjoyable performance and he bought story to life

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 7
• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list • 8 kept me up past bed-time • 9 recommended to family/friends • 10 own it in multiple formats • 11 keep a copy with me at all times
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  • Trio
  • 10-05-21

Great Thriller

Creative story with a nice twist. I really liked this couple, two very strong alpha men (and the opening romance scene is fantastic).