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Gage has been in love with Alicia since high school, but at the time she was with his brother Rick who then broke her heart. Now Rick has debts to pay and is in trouble with the mob. Gage is asked to protect Alicia as part of his job as a cop because Rick intends to go after Alicia to get hold of some money. Within this story, there is also the story of Shannon, who is Alicia's best friend, and Jareth, an FBI agent who is working with Gage. Alicia and Shannon are both struggling with demons from the past, and Jareth and Gage have a few secrets, too. The listener never finds out exactly what happened between Alicia and Rick though. As this is the first book in the Believe series and ends on a huge cliff hanger, maybe more details will be forthcoming in book 2, which isn't available yet.
It was a very short book at just over 3 hours, so I realize the author had to get the action going quickly, but the development of the relationship between Gage and Alicia was practically non-existent. They had exchanged what felt like approx. 5 sentences before they were pulling each others' clothes off.
There was a lot of switching back and forth in the timeline, which made the plot feel quite disjointed for me. On the one hand there was a lot of detail missing, e.g. when it came to Gage's disappearance, but on the other hand there were additions, such as the very first chapter, whose purpose I still haven't figured out.
It was an ok listen with some suspenseful moments, a couple of good twists and a lot of very steamy and explicit scenes and some quite intriguing characters. I actually especially liked Jareth and Shannon who weren't the main characters. But I wasn't totally gripped by any of it.
Part of the reason for this is probably the quality of the production. The volume was so up and down, I was constantly adjusting it. There were several sentences I could hardly make out at all. There are a lot of sound effects used. Some worked well, others were annoying and distracting, such as the motorcycle noise. The volume issues combined with the sound effects made it hard to get really engaged with the story. It just wasn't a very pleasant listening experience.
The narration is done by two voice artists although only the female one is mentioned by name on Audible. Charlotte Kyle did a very good job. She was a great fit for Alicia and Shannon. The male narrator's voice sounded a lot older than the characters he was portraying, who were in their late twenties. That was a little distracting, but was only a minor niggle. I got used to it. The main problem really was with the quality of the production.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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