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    3.5 stars- A heaping cup of sugar

    Rescued is a revised re-release of Miss Steven’s debut novel. I didn’t read the original, so I can’t comment on the editing or new material, but this is a great lower angst, sweet romance featuring good characters. The narration of the audiobook was smooth and kept with the easy going, enjoyable tone of the story. The heroes in Rescued meet through a pit bull rescue organization. Their attraction is immediate though stifled by the men’s cynical views of love and relationships. The dogs and rescue center play a significant role in the story, and that made for an interesting touch dog lovers are sure to enjoy. Ryder and Jason were both very likable throughout the book. They had bad experiences in the past that made them a bit nervous about entering a long term relationship, but this hesitation was overcome fairly rapidly. In fact, the bulk of the conflicts that rose between Ryder and Jason as well as those involving secondary characters were fairly low-key. While Rescued has some characteristics of a gay-for-you romance, it’s less that and more Jason recognizing and embracing his bisexuality following his strong, immediate connection with Ryder. I appreciated that the author spread their friendship which evolved into a romance over a couple months, because it made Jason’s acceptance of his attraction and burgeoning feelings for Ryder much more believable. However, I wished the audience had gotten to experience the build of emotions a bit more. I think by glossing over these moments, it kept the angst to a minimum but also coated the romance with an abundance of sweetness. Though I appreciated the easy fit of this couple, at times it got a little too syrupy for my personal preferences. I did enjoy the contrasting family reactions to the men coming out and liked the way the couple approached conflicts as a united front, embracing the friends and family who loved and supported them unconditionally. Happily, this wasn’t the type of sweet romance that shies away from the heat. I was pleasantly surprised at just how sexy the scenes between Ryder and Jason got. It made for a nice balance- sort of like a delicious chili chocolate. Overall, this was an enjoyable audiobook with genuinely nice characters, a cute romance, and a solid performance by the narrator. Was I blown away, not really, but it definitely injected some happy into my day. Should you be in need of a sugar high that also boasts a good storyline and some heat, Rescued is a good choice. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
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    Story Felt Long. Narrated by CD, it was enjoyable.

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Two males, dressed warm and cozy, cuddled together. Below, a black pit bull puppy. Good composition. Strong font and color. Interesting synopsis. > > Looking Deeper < < POV ~> Third-person This event provided me the unique opportunity to listen to the audiobook while following along with my kindle purchased copy. Ryder works at a pit bull rescue and was a lawyer as well. Jason co-owns a construction company with his brother. A discovery of some pit bulls on site at one of the properties Jason was contracted to renovate brings the two men together. While Ryder only had his teen brother, which he had to secretly find ways to meet with, Jason had a large, loving family. Add to the families, there were a few friends and co-workers added as secondary cast members. Ryder is openly gay. Jason is a closeted bi-sexual that was living as a straight man up til now. There were plenty of conflicts, all the way up to the epilogue. Predictability was minimal to nil. The conclusion is solid, wrapping up in a short fast-forward style, providing the reader a glimpse of the near future. I did find myself extremely curious about bartender John and have my suspicions about him. Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.275 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== : : : : : : AUDIO REVIEW : : : : : : : : While I could listed to Charlie David all day long and I really enjoyed the story, the book played out very long and felt too drawn out with scenes and elements that were not crucial to the plot. Mr. David has a supremely enjoyable voice, his pronunciation is crisp and clean. Character portrayal is flawless. Overall performance is always stellar. The pace in which the story is narrated is comfortable. 4.45 for audiobook / narration. =========================== Overall score: 4.35 . ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an audiobook copy of this book from the author's PA, after purchasing the eBook, with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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    Awesome Read!

    I'll start by saying that I had not read the earlier edition of Rescued so I can't speak as too just how much revision there is but I cannot imagine this story any different than it is right now. Felice Stevens has done it again and this time their names are Jason and Ryder. I really enjoyed not only Jason and Ryder's journey but also that of their relationships with, or lack therof, their brothers. It isn't always easy to balance the main characters' loving relationship with familial connections so when an excellent one comes along, it really grabs my heart. If you have never read Felice Stevens before and wondering where to start? I highly recommend Rescued as a great jumping off point.
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