Audio Review: Sloane Kennedy – Absolution (The Protectors #1)

61w63nngsbl-_sl300_Author: Sloane Kennedy
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Narrator: Joel Leslie

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…

Hands down, this is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard—and not because of the book itself—but because of voice actor Joel Leslie’s outstanding performance. Not just a narrator, Joel Leslie is an exemplary voice actor who brings so much emotion to this story that I couldn’t put it down until the last scene. Even now, I’m eagerly anticipating book 2 in this series and planning to relisten to this one.

And, did I forget to mention that not only are each of the three male MC’s voices unique, the sex scenes are so smoking hot I had to reboot my device a few times. Not to mention wipe the drool from the corners of my mouth, drag out my personal fan, and…

The story is not terribly complex, but it is dramatic. Mace has been working for a company of hit men who kill those who committed heinous crimes but managed to elude imprisonment. He’s been given a hit for a young man named Jonas Davenport, an artist remodeling a newly purchased building so he can teach art to young children. The problem? Jason has been identified as a pedophile, a man responsible for the murders of three young boys and the attempted murder of a fourth. But as he cases Jonas, his gut tells him not to pull the trigger until he learns more. Posing as a construction worker, he gets the job of renovating the place Jonas bought, but as he works by Jonas’s side, he comes to believe there’s no way the young man can be guilty.

And then another man enters the picture—Cole, a big, burly, ex-Seal, the brother of a young woman who was murdered in Jason’s presence eight years before—and suddenly Mace has more trouble than he bargained for because he finds himself attracted to both men, and later finds out both men are attracted to him!

As the story unfolds, the danger from outside sources increases, as does the romance and the heat between the three men. When everything hits the proverbial wall, all the loose pieces can be finally tied together, and the men, now committed to each other, can at last have their HEA.

I liked the way the author wove all three lives together and, at the same time, set up for the next book in the series. Here again, Joel Leslie piqued my interest as he read a short passage from the next book. I can’t wait until it comes out! I swear this man can narrate the ingredient label from a can of soup and send my heart into a palpitating mess.

If you plan to purchase this book, by all means pick up the audio version. And if you ever thought about trying an audiobook, choose this one for sure.



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One Comment

  1. I’ve still never tried audiobooks. I don’t know why, I really need to get on that. lol! I DID read this book though and really enjoyed it. Glad that you enjoyed it too!

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