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I loved the way this started. The back story with Thea and Damian was so believable and sincere. I would describe Thea a quirky and sincere while Damian is broody and quiet. Two teenaged lovers who want to chase their dreams and make a future together is such a universal tale. I loved the passion they had in the beginning of the story. But, somewhere along the line all the fire got lost in the suspense. I felt like this story dragged on after awhile and a lot of the spark sort of fizzled because they wasted so much time resisting their attraction. However, the danger factor was believable. I was not expecting it to end the way that it did. My only issue was that it was such a slow burn. Everything else was fine.
Tracy Marks was great as Thea but I wish their had been a male narrator for Damian. But overall, good performance
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A flawless love story that was masterfully written and skilfully narrated.. and the result was a captivating dual POV listen that I just didn't want to stop, a whodunnit listen that included drama, suspense and angst.. and a beautiful bitter-sweet listen that brought out so many emotions. It told the story of an unbreakable love between two teenagers who had to wait over a decade before they would finally get their heart's desire.. each other.
We first meet Damian at the sweet age of 5 and by the time he'd reached the age of 9 his Father had left.. ultimately abandoning him and leaving him in the mentally and emotionally abusive care of his Mother who spewed venomous toxic insults at him instead of loving words.. and it would shape the man he would become. However, his sanity and stability would come from a teenage friendship with his best friend Cam, his family who would teach him how a loving supportive family should be.. and Cam's twin sister Thea would teach him how to love, how to hope and how to dream. But their dreams would have to be put on hold for a while because Damian had a lot of pent up anger.. and the army would eventually hone that damaged young warrior into a highly dangerous, highly skilled and highly decorated Green Beret. And Damian would have to wait much longer than he ever planned before getting another chance with the woman who would always hold his heart.
Thea loved Damian right from the start, he was her first everything.. but at 18 she didn't think her first love would lead to her first heartbreak too. And, in the hopeless loveless years that followed their parting, Thea would never forget him, never stop loving him and never stop writing to him.. but she would eventually give up hope of ever getting a HEA with Damian. So Thea would grow to become a strong and successful Book Illustrator, a well loved supportive friend, a kind neighbor and a loving daughter to her widowed Mum. But Thea would have to wait until her life was in danger at 31 before she would finally be able to hold a very changed Damian again. She would have to wait for the capture of crooked cops and the discovery of just who the puppet-master was behind her Dad's murder. She would have to wait until after a twisted betrayal which would leave a loved one fighting for their life. Then, and only then, they would finally find peace and make those long ago dreams come true.
Worth a credit? YES definitely.. it was a well-paced journey which brought out so many emotions as I got to know Damian, Thea and the cast of secondary characters. I was captivated with the complexities Fate had them endure, I laughed as well as cried, I swooned at Damian's heartfelt tender sentiments and rejoiced with them when they finally got their HEA ending.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
Holy moly I was an emotional wreck! My heart ached for Damian and Thea, so much, I was desperate for them to get their HEA, a HEA that they desperately deserved. I cried so much during the first chapters. Damian was so broken, his love for Thea so pure, his hatred for his mother always taking the lead. I hated his mother, I hated what she did to him and how she made him feel. I understood why Damian went away (I didn’t like it, but i understood), as did Thea. This book was perfect. The story, the characters, the angst, the drama, the action, the romance, everything! It had it all. Just perfect. Tracy Marks as usual narrated dual POV perfectly, she lost me in the story.
The books by this author (L.A. Fiore) keep getting better and better. I wish that Yoga-man and Razor each get their own stories told. This book went full journey in its love story along with having a murder mystery aspect to boot. The author did great creating interesting characters that had so many layers. I loved the various facets this book had. The narrator (Tracy Marks) is one of my favorite performers due to her ability to give distinguished voices for the various characters and she puts so much emotion into the performance. I loved this combination and can not recommend it enough. I requested a review copy Audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. My review is not a synopsis of the book but rather my opinion of it. I loved Theo, Damian and Aiden while being intrigued by Yogaman and Razor. The twists this book had were so good and unexpected. I love it when I do not figure out who the murderer is. This is a standalone listen and part of a series.
I'll definitely be adding this author to my list. I won't lie, when I first found this book I was searching for books narrated by Tracy Marks. She narrated the Boston Underworld series and I fell in love with the way she brought the books to life. this book ticked all the boxes for me. it had romance, steam and passion, but it also had a real story line which lacks in a lot of books that are coming out these days. I happily recommend this book, and i defiantly highly recomnend the audio version of this book. now, I'm going back to search for more books in this series! god I hope they exist, there was so many characters in this story that deserve their own book.