Friday, December 2, 2016

Audiobook ARC Review: Stranded by HelenKay Dimon

From The Blurb:
Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him. 
Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that. 
With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth. 
Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center. 
Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more. 
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Karen's rating:

I was really excited about this one. I love a good mystery and if there's some steamy romance thrown in with it...well, all the better in my eyes.

Kyle Cabe's last assignment was nearly the death of him...literally, he's done working as a gun-for-hire or he was until his boss hands him one last assignment. An assignment that has him heading for Alaska and a confrontation with the one person he never wanted to see again. Brax Hughes wants Cabe back and with a little luck, a good storm and someone gunning for them, he's hoping to get a second chance.

This had all the makings of seriously intriguing story for me. Two men with a history forced to rely on each other to defeat an unknown enemy and maybe discover along the way if what they felt for each other is still there or if it died with a single gunshot nearly a year ago.

I was hoping for the awesomeness of Josh Lanyon's 'Fair Play', Tinnean's 'Spy vs Spook' maybe a bit of Abigail Roux's 'Cut & Run' or 'Sidewinders' many possibilities were running through my brain. Sadly it was not to be.

'Stranded' was an ok story that just seemed to run out of steam in the mystery/suspense department. Maybe if it had been longer and there had been more development done with the characters and their background, the story behind what caused the separation between these two men was covered too briefly for me and what I got honestly had me wanting more...wanting it filled out and a bit more much potential was there.

As for the romance because the mystery/suspense part of this fell short and for me the romance was very dependent on this part of the story, it left that part lacking as well. The connection didn't fell as strong as it could have been. So when all was said and done this story was only ok with the potential to be so much better and it was the audio that truthfully helped save it for me.

Dorian Bane was the narrator on this one and in general I liked his voice. Overall he did a solid job with things and specifically I loved his interpretation of Brax. Brax's voice was deep and had a gruff, gravelly tone that just did it for me...yep, Brax can whisper in my ear anytime...I'll listen.

While 'Stranded' wasn't the awesome read that I was looking for I saw enough potential to make me want to give this author another try and 20% of the proceeds for this book got to the GLBT National Help Center so second chances are well deserved here.


An ARC of the audiobook 'Stranded' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.,13766895

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