Someone to Believe In : O'Neil Family

  • by Kathryn Shay
  • Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  • Series: O'Neil Family
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kathryn Shay creates a world of politics, gangs and her forte - the problems of teenagers. This is the first in the O'Neil Family trilogy.
Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the archenemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens - they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.
Available also: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in Close to You and Taking the Heat.

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What the Critics Say

"Someone to Believe In is a wonderfully written, emotional and extraordinary read and truly deserves a five-star rating." (Affaire de Coeur)
"Shay shines in this starkly realistic story of gang members and people involved in prevention and intervention programs. Shay pulls no punches when describing brutal events, and secondary characters... are especially well developed." (Shelley Mosley, American Library Association)

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Serious Issues Mixed with a Romance

Bailey O'Neil runs an underground organization that attempts to help gang members walk away and start a new life away from the violence, drugs, and hostilities. It's very dangerous, yet has helped countless youth get back on track. The problem? Ms. O'Neil, aka The Street Angel, harbors teen fugitives in her quest to bust up gangs all over. For this, Senator Clay Wainwright has her tossed, unceremoniously, into jail.

Fast forward a number of years. Bailey has been out of jail but is still running her operation to get kids out of gangs. In an effort to secure some federal funds to expand Bailey's operations, she ends up on a task force that also includes Clay. When sparks fly between them, both the career of Senator Wainwright and the Street Angel's agenda may burst into flames. Will such different people with different ideals be able to push aside the disagreements in order to make a relationship work?

I really enjoyed the story behind Someone to Believe In. There wasn't just a lot of flirty eyes and hot sex; there was a plot with importance. Gangs area a huge issue in the U.S. Kids join them rapidly and I found Bailey's dedication to finding them and helping them escape such a dangerous lifestyle honorable. She didn't just pick this life path; there is some history as to why she so fervently works to remove kids from bad situations and even goes into schools to talk about gangs to administrators.

Clay comes off a little strong sometimes. There really is no question that he's used to getting everything that he wants politically and career-wise. He's a bit controlling but his pairing with Bailey brings him down a notch or two. Clay and Bailey really are great together if you can get past the bickering and unnecessary drama.

Two of the biggest issues throughout the entire book was Bailey's resistance to doing what is best for her and her son and her resistance to Clay. Yes, Bailey and Clay started off as enemies - he sent her to jail, for goodness sake - but once they were thrust together in a task force, the chemistry between them exploded. Her insistence to remain independent is respectable except that her insistence and inability to trust Clay, time after time, got to be a bit much and became irritating.

Now, let's discuss the narrator. Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent - and I mean EXCELLENT - job of narrating Someone To Believe In. He has the voice that soothes as he talks about gangs, families, and relationship woes. His ability to change up his voice (tone, pitch, etc.) leaves no questions about who is speaking. The way he spoke in Clay's voice drove me wild - Bailey is, at some points, a complete idiot - the deep tone would have had me melting into a puddle on the floor, in his bed, on the stairs.....Anyway *waves face with a fan* ~ Jeffrey does a great job and I can't wait to listen to another book narrated by him.

Audiobook provided to me at no cost from Audible.com in exchange for an honest review.
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- Sapphyria

Predictable Storyline

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the lame story


What do you think your next listen will be?

Rosalind James book


What aspect of Jeffrey Kafer’s performance would you have changed?

Female voices should sound more feminine


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No


Any additional comments?

The author used every predictable romance storyline in this story - but not successfully

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- LS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2014
  • Publisher: Shay Publishing