Absolution by Sloane Kennedy ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

AbsolutionTitle: Absolution
Series: Protectors, Bk 1

Author: Sloane Kennedy

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/19/2016

Length: 07 hours 16 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Menage/Poly, Mystery/Thriller, Thriller

Summary:

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them…

Story Review:

This book absolutely blew me away. It had me hooked from the very first word.

Caroline reviewed it here.

Absolution is my first book by Sloane Kennedy but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. If her other books are anything like this one then her writing is exactly the kind I love.

Like Caroline said in her review I love books where I don’t know what’s coming. Here Mace is sent to take care of Jonas, who he believes is a pedophile. Thankfully he doesn’t shoot first and ask questions later because otherwise he wouldn’t have gotten to know Jonas or Cole.

I don’t read a lot of MMM and many of the ones I have read fail to make the relationship equal on all sides. Kennedy does the relationship right making the connections between Mace and Jonas, Jonas and Cole and Cole and Mace are equally loving and passionate.

I enjoy alpha males, especially damaged ones and all three guys here have angsty pasts. The action here is written well as is the sexy, loving parts.

I’m looking forward to more books by Kennedy and really hope she puts more out on audio.

Narration Review:

I’ve listened to Joel Leslie before, the Skylar Foxe books, and thought he did a good job with those books. I liked him here as well even though there were some voices that were on the annoying side. However, he did very well with the three main characters and made their voices distinct from each other.

Links

Absolution on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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