Stare Him Down : Stare Down

  • by Riley Murphy
  • Narrated by Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Series: Stare Down
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When he agreed to walk away from the lifestyle for her, he never expected she'd subversively push him back into it. Until she did.
After tragedy stole the only man James Barrington looked up to, his perfect and orderly life hit a brick wall. One minute he was the right-hand man to the owner of the company, and in the next he was the boss fighting to stop a hostile takeover the only way he knew how. He needed to marry his late mentor's over-protected daughter, Michaela Donavan, and stay married to her until the threat to the company was averted.
While they were together, James had no intention of disrespecting his in-name-only wife by remaining entrenched in the lifestyle. For the time being, he was prepared to walk away from his Dom-like pursuits. He had to. Michaela was the opposite of everything he embodied. She was soft, where he was hard. Gentle, when he favored rough. She was refined and elegant. The epitome of a virtuous woman, and he wasn't going to do anything to change that.
Circumstances may have forced them to enter into a marriage of convenience in order to keep her father's legacy alive, but the moment that legacy was secured they'd both be free to go their separate ways.
Michaela knew this may be her only opportunity to finally get the one man she has always fantasized about. She's spent years studying him. Idolizing him. Wanting him in a way she wanted no other. And now? Well, her father always told her to seize whatever good came out of the bad, and Michaela was ready to do just that. Heartbroken over what happened, and faced with the task of saving the company, she sees James' sensible offer as the perfect solution. A way to achieve two things she desired most at one time. James may consider this a marriage of convenience, but she's determined to covertly change his mind on the matter.


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5 Stare Stars

Holy freaking Moly, this was a first for me by this author and wow. I am hooked.

James Barrington, wow yummy goodness. I can say that just look at the cover!
He is a stand offish kind of fella. With a different lifestyle then what is classified as the "norm".

He is not ashamed (or should he be ) of his lifestyle he embraces it. So when he sets his eyes on Michaela Donovan he knows he can’t have her one because she is to young but she is also the boss’s daughter. But he got a few glimpses of her growing up and he couldn't shake her from his thoughts.

Michaela grows up to be an incredible women, one she can be proud of but she is insecure as well. But when she sets her sights on James.. He is toast. Or will be she won’t let his standoffish way detour her. She fights for what she wants. She believes he is a sheep in wolf's clothing. The is some a softer side to him.

There are things Michaela can’t or won’t tell James and he is getting right upset about it but because it was from before he doesn’t have to like it but he accepts it.

“A man shouldn’t have to ask for the truth from a woman. If its’s deserved it should be freely given to him.” – James

This quote stuck with me from the time he said it to the end. Because for them it’s pretty much a truth, I believe anyways.

I think what I enjoyed most was how Michaela didn’t jump in blind, she did the work. So she was naive sure but not so much as in experienced. I wondered if James appreciated it.

Over all I can’t get enough of this book I want more, more, more. I was sad it ended. It really has you thinking, not everything is as it appears.

I loved the duel narrations, esp. for books like these. Keeps you sucked it, I didn’t want to put it down not at all.

*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*
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- Pam Audio-Fanatic "Audiobook Addict, yep that is me. There is a group of us! Check us out on FB. >:-)"

My favorite in the series by far!!!!

What did you like best about this story?

Riley Murphy writes so beautifully and always finds a way to capture my heart. I loved the element of surprise she added to the end of the book. It was something really unexpected.

Which character – as performed by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross – was your favorite?

I loved James and Michaela's undeniable chemistry. Kai and Wen performed them perfectly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt so many emotions listening to this book. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. And sometimes all at the same time.

Any additional comments?

This was my favorite in the Stare Down series by far. I can relate to the story in so many ways. Having special needs children myself, it's hard for people to understand and to explain the many aspects of Autism. The struggle they face each day is sometimes hard to watch as a parent, but each and every milestone they overcome is a tremendous victory. I want to thank Riley for not only writing a beautiful and still completely hot story, but for also bringing humanity to it as well. This will definitely be on my re-listen list.

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- Nicole Garcia "N.Y. Times Bestselling Author"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2016
  • Publisher: Renegade Publishing