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She’s the sunshine to his storm cloud 

Stoic, growly Evan Bailey has enough on his plate. A growing business, a pack of brothers who drive him crazy, a gossip-loving small town, and a rivalry that runs deeper than any family feud. Love? That’s a hard pass. He already learned the hard way that he’s better off alone. 

Fiona Gallagher has a problem. Or more like 10, but who’s counting? The trouble with her car is just the cherry on top of the crap sundae, but she won’t let that get her down. 

Besides, she has a plan. Evan Bailey - that brooding custom car builder who happens to hate her father - is going to help her. He just doesn’t know it yet. 

The last thing Evan needs is the overly cheery Fiona crashing into his solitary life. But her offer is too compelling to ignore. 

Fiona isn’t there to pick through the wreckage of Evan’s heart. If he has one, he won’t let her anywhere near it. But the tension between them is hot enough to combust. And when she starts to see the cracks in his stony façade, she realizes she’s getting more than she bargained for - a lot more - in that big surly man. 

Author’s note: A grouchy, broody loner meets an adorable badass (who talks to her houseplants). It’s the grumpy one is soft for the sunshine one with some engine-revving twists.  

The Bailey Brothers series is meant to be read in order. Start with book one, Protecting You!

©2020 Claire Kingsley (P)2020 Claire Kingsley

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Totally brilliant book

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Evan is the lone wolf of the Bailey family always in the background. Working on restoration cars he makes a good living.
Fiona has just had her eyes opened to how much her father and best friend have been using her.
When an idea enters her head Fiona hopes Evan will be open to her offer.
I totally loved this story lots of laughs and watching Fiona flourish, and Evan who knew the man he was.

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  • Book Bruin
  • 28-12-20

Cricket and Wolf

I LOVE the grump + sunshine trope and Unraveling Him is a fantastic example of this trope done right! Evan and Fiona were so wonderfully mismatched, but also the perfect complement to each other. They might be my favorite Claire Kingsley couple ever! These two pushed and supported each other, but also let the other just be themselves. Fiona was such a badass and I appreciated that even though she didn't have all the answers, she never lost her optimism. I also thought her love of houseplants was awesome (plant mama here!) and how she fit so seamlessly into the Bailey family.

Evan, Evan, EVAN. I love a hero who is all in and Evan Bailey was the quintessential alpha caveman with an ooey gooey heart for his girl. His jaded attitude about love was a little anticlimactic once the history was revealed, but nothing a growly declaration of "mine" can't solve. Jason Clarke nearly made me combust with his performance as Evan and when I say that this book and hero did things to me, I really mean it. It worked for me on every level. LOL This was such a fantastic audiobook and the narrators were perfectly cast. Ava Erickson paired wonderfully with Jason Clarke and I could have listened to them forever.

The secondary characters were fantastic again, especially Grams, Gavin, and Cara. They were just the right amount of comic relief and the voice of reason when the story and characters needed it. I didn't really need the drama with Fiona's dad, but the Miles family cameo/tie in was great and the epilogue has me excited for the next book! I was hoping Chief Stanley's daughter, Skylar, would make an appearance and I can't wait for the sparks to fly with Gavin!

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  • Jennifer Bemis
  • 12-01-21

Evan and Fiona in audio....music to my ears!!

This is the first time I have heard Jason Clarke narrate and O.M.G....he is AMAZING! I couldn't stop giggling any time he went from deep voiced growly Evan to happy go lucky Fiona in a heartbeat plus throw in Gram and his brothers....he nailed it. Ave Erickson was the perfect Fiona. Whenever Fiona was having an inner monologue it was so realistic. I look forward to hearing more from those two.

Evan is the grumpy hero that all ladies love and he just wants to be left alone and then the whirlwind that is Fiona Gallagher blows into his life and from that moment on his life is changed. He is a recluse that is happy to be left alone and she is a woman who not only talks to her plants....but names them too. There could not be a more perfect woman for Evan Bailey.

If you have read Evan's story you know the greatness that it is and audio is obviously the way to experience it again. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Lori E.
  • 13-06-21

Such a fun story

The narration was really great. Both narrators bring the story to life in such a way that I forget I am listening to a narration. Plus Jason Clarke’s deep, growl-y voice is just amazing!

Fiona is fun and quirky. Her upbeat, positive attitude is the perfect compliment to Evan. Love and family and even some action and intrigue. Highly recommend!

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  • Karen S.
  • 11-06-21

Rooting for Evan and Fiona!

This story captures your attention on page 1. Evan, whose growly rasp is perfectly captured by Jason Clarke's deep timber, had something happen to him that turned him off relationships. He lives off the beaten path with his best bud, Sasquatch. It is adorable how he talks to his dog and looks to him for advice.

Fiona, our plant-loving, animal-whisperer heroine, is ready to spread her wings and get away from the toxic relationship with her dad and best friend. Ava Erickson portrays Fiona's sunny disposition in her tone during the narration. Reading about her taking control back in her life and leaving behind the people that use her had me rooting for Fiona.

"Bravery isn’t the absence of fear,” I said, surprising myself with my reply. “It’s feeling fear and doing it anyway.”

I also love her interactions with the different animals throughout the book! Seeing Grace, Cara, and the Bailey brothers welcome Fiona into their circle and befriend her is heartwarming. This story has steamy hot sex scenes, new friendships, happiness, sadness, love, Fiona finding her self-worth, and Evan struggling with his feelings and slowly lowering his walls. And, of course, some Bailey/Haven pranks and crazy Bailey pranks on each other. Gavin is hilarious and tends to "steal the show" when he is in a scene! It's great how Gram welcomes Fiona in with open arms and gave her a nickname of her own. And, as always, shares her wisdom on the nickname "Cricket is who she is. She’s the evening song that soothes the spirit of the restless wolf."

Jason Clarke and Ava Erickson seamlessly transition their voices between characters and perform this narration flawlessly.

Another stellar book by Claire Kingsley!

"Wow. Women of the world, get yourself a man who looks at you like Asher Bailey gazes at his girl."

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  • Vger83
  • 21-07-21

🐺❤️🦗

The Audio for this story does not disappoint. The narration is perfect. Seamlessly brings the story to life! Jason Clarke 🥰🥰🥰🥰

Quirky, lovable, bad a$$, 1/2 glass full heroine who talks to plants! Grumpy, growly, loyal, lone wolf hero! Everyone deserves to find their person!

Add in the Bailey family and shenanigans!! This book is alll the wins! Some Miles family cameos!!! Pranks, awesome cars, plenty of Gram wisdom!


“She tilted her head and smiled at me, like I was a child who didn’t understand a basic concept. “Cricket is who she is. She’s the evening song that soothes the spirit of the restless wolf.” I gaped at her as she patted my arm, then turned and walked to her car. The evening song that soothes the spirit of the restless wolf. Holy shit. That’s exactly what she was.

“Cricket is who she is. She’s the evening song that soothes the spirit of the restless wolf.” I gaped at her as she patted my arm, then turned and walked to her car. The evening song that soothes the spirit of the restless wolf. H@ly $h$t. That’s exactly what she was.”

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  • Dan Heinrich
  • 14-07-21

Scorching hot

I love opposites attract and grumpy men and this has both. It was sweet where it needed to be and dirty in others and I didn’t want it to end!

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  • SueG
  • 10-07-21

Sweet story

Another 5 stars for this series. Sweet Fiona warms hardened Evans heart. Great story with some suspense.

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  • Becks
  • 11-06-21

Fabulous

Absolutely AMAZING. I loved this book so much!!! Evan was the perfect growly hero and Fiona is amazing!!! The narration was great!

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  • k.vano
  • 28-05-21

Laugh out loud funny

Loving this series. Decades long family feud that results in hilarious town pranks making you laugh out loud. Five alpha brothers, the best book grandma ever, and girlfriends we all wish we had in real life with some intrigue mixed in. Looking forward to the next Bailey brother story.

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  • Sara Lee
  • 27-05-21

Bravo

Thank you for having a plot that was a bit different and not so predictable! The romantic scenes were just the right amount of erotic. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I really enjoyed this one.