Melissa Foster is on the blog today with the first in her Wild Boys After Dark series, also part of the Billionaires After Dark series and narrated by Robert Ashker Kraft. Please read on for my review of
Starting with a bit of interior POV from the heroine, Stella, the story introduces us to her choices: moving to NY to avoid (and hide from) an abusive ex, cutting herself off from family, and keeping a low profile. She’s lonely, caustic and even a bit skittish, and all of that shows in her word choice. Of course, empathy for her is easy. Then she meet Logan: a PI after leaving the military, this man has a protective streak a mile wide, a need to fix issues, and his eyes on Stella. Their connection at first is electric, she’s mesmerized by the blue eyes and swagger: he likes her shape, her smile and knows there is more behind the bravado.
From first meeting to conclusion, their physical connection is off the charts: dirty talk, sexy moments and full-on abandon characterize these moments. But there is more: Logan is determined to protect Stella, he’s even finding it hard to justify the insta-love he has for her, even as she won’t fully open up and share her concerns and worries. He’s going to protect her though, and she blossoms under his attention: perhaps a bit quickly from the drastic measures she took at the conclusion of her last relationship, but she’s got hope. They shared hopes and dreams, background and concerns, and soon are winging their way to a happy ending – perhaps a bit quickly for my taste.
Narration for this story is provided by Robert Asher Kraft, and it was nice, after so many audiobooks from Foster to try a new narrator. My first encounter with his work, the influence from his acting was clearly present: emotions and moments of insecurity were easily distinguished as the story progressed. A pleasant voice, one that enunciates clearly and maintains a steady pace, what I did miss was a distinction between characters, either in pacing or tone, that would have made it easier to determine just who was speaking, especially in moments that were dialogue heavy.
There’s no real new ground broken here in this story, with the exception of the erotic content being amped up from other works from Foster – and believe me – it is steamy, sexy and oh so dirty: in all the best ways. But, the hero is rescuing the damsel in distress: she’s in need of affirmation as a woman, as desirable, and to reconnect with her life before she met Logan, and she gets that chance here, with the full support of a loving and caring man.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Series: Wild Boys After Dark #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga
Narrator: Robert Ashker Kraft
Published by: Self-Produced, World Literary Press
Published on: 14 June, 2017
Source: Audio Producer
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 32 minutes
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Navy SEAL vet turned private investigator Logan Wild has a thirst for justice -- and one-time flings. But when he meets Stella "Stormy" Knight, he finds himself craving more from the mysterious beauty...
Everything's naughtier after dark...
Stella "Stormy" Knight is an expert at hiding--her feelings, her past, and her identity. Sometimes all that hiding takes its toll, and she needs to come out from under that heavy suit of armor and cut loose--but it never takes her long to put it right back on and disappear without a trace.
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Navy SEAL turned private Investigator Logan Wild is relentless in his pursuit to discover the truth for his clients. He works hard, plays even harder, and always walks away unscathed and untethered. Until he meets mysterious and sexy-as-hell Stormy, who leaves him craving more than a one-night stand.
Passion ignites, secrets are shared, and their deep connection is impossible to ignore. But in order to have a future, Logan must uncover Stormy's dark past--and when he does, he'll hold her fate in his hands.
A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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