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Code Red

By: N.R. Walker
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
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Publisher's Summary

Maddox Kershaw is the main vocalist of the world’s biggest boy band. He’s at the top of every music chart, every award show, every social media platform, and every sexiest-man-alive list. He’s the bad boy, the enigma, the man everyone on the planet wants a piece of.

He’s also burned out and exhausted, isolated and lonely. Not in a good headspace at the start of a tour.

Roscoe Hall is Maddox’s personal manager. His job is high-flying, high-demand, high-profile, and he loves it. Maddox has consumed his entire life for the past four years. Roscoe knows him. He sees the real Maddox no one else gets to see.

He’s also in love with him.

When the tour and stress become too much, when the world begins to close in, Roscoe becomes Maddox’s lifeline. But as Maddox knows already, and as Roscoe is about to learn, the brighter the spotlight, the darker the shadow.

©2021 N.R. Walker (P)2021 N.R. Walker
  • Series: Atrous, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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5 stars all the way!

Roscoe and Maddox are in my top 5 fave MM couples. Listening to Nick J Russo bring them to life is just *chef’s kiss* The level to which they love and respect each other is just so yummy! I love how Nic shows how Maddox’s anxiety slowly get worse and worse and how Roscoe supports him when needed. A 5 star read and a 5 star listen for me.

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Phenomenal

Loved this book so hard!!!! This is my first read (listen in this case) by N.R. Walker although I have several of her books in my library. Her writing style is so so good. Her fantastic dialog exposed the characters immediately and pulled me right into the story. They were real and endearing. I love a good rock star romance and this was one of the best! I love Nick J Russo as an audio performer and he is almost an instant click...so it is always fantastic when he narrates and even better when the book matches his level of expertise! In this case it was a perfect collaboration! I will be reading everything I can get my hands on by N.R. Walker and have already purchased Code Blue in Kindle and am anxiously waiting for the audio to be released! Don't hesitate to purchase this audio book!

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amazing!!!

i absolutely loved this book!! the love story is sweet and the timeline keeps you interested throughout. the hea is great. narrator did amazing!! definite must read

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First book by N.R

I actually bought this audiobook strictly bc of Nick J Russo. God I love his narrations. He's very authentic and so good with all the emotions and sexy as hell with the steamy parts if I'm being honest. And as always, he was amazing in this book as well. Now the story, I became an insta fan of her writing and I'm off to look for a next one of hers when I'm done here. Maddox broke my heart throughout the novel and Rosco, I fell in love with his character. But Maddox wasn't a damsel in distress, he protected Rosco too. I loved their love. Ms Walker, ..Bravo!

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A Must Read

I have to admit in the beginning I wasn't sure about this book, but I literally listen to the whole book in one day. I couldn't put it down.

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Best N.R. Walker book yet

I could not stop listening. Amazing story and narration. This story dealing with real issues and unfolds beautifully. Love love the humor, the MC and support characters. Walker makes all her charactera come to life as you fall in love with them.

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Enjoyable!

Fun story with a fulfilling end. I have very few gripes with it overall. Loved the narrator. 4.5/5!

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Emotional roller coaster

This has been the 1st 5 star book I've listened to in a while. Not only was I vested in Maddox and Roscoe's love story, I was vested in their personal life. I could see the spiral Maddox was on and I was wondering how this was going to end. Mental health problems are so real and so relatable. So it made this story more real. This book was a great emotional roller coaster..One I didn't want to get off

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Really enjoyed this one

In the classic NR Walker style, this was a great romance and an enjoyable read. I liked how this novel felt heartier to me somehow then maybe her past books have, but I did miss the back and forth style she has used in the past. Would have loved to hear more from the other main character’s perspective but still really enjoyable.

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Reading this book is a Code Red!

Wonderful characters that were not petty or overly dramatic! They were real, struggled, laughed, loved and supported each other. The author showed the downside of fame- the suffocation/isolation that can occur. Even with the anxiety and isolation the band remained grateful and loyal to their fans and each other. If you like books about friendships, love and living the life of a rock star then this book is for you.

Nick J. Russo brought the characters to life. It was easy to understand who was speaking and just get lost in the story. Fantastic job!

I hope Walker comes out with another book in this series following some of the other band members. I want more! ❤️

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  • Lydia
  • 11-06-21

A great love story and overall read

I love this book both for Roscoe and Maddoxs love story told in a quiet way against the backdrop of a tour which shows the hard work and stress of coping with fame. The portrayal of Maddox anxiety and how he needs a touchstone works so well even down to the end where change real change is needed to make a difference.
The narration worked well for me almost if not quite the voice in my own head when I read the book and really that is my highest praise.

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  • HMM
  • 10-30-21

Amateurish, generic and completely forgetable

I chose this book for Nick J Russo, who does a great job. The story is bland and predictable. Both characters are hot, talented and nice. Nothing more is added. We are not privy to hopes, feelings, worries or any kind of development. Description of surroundings is nothing more than size of real estate and name of the city they are at. Except for Maddox's appearance there is no mention of clothing, body language and facial expressions.
Add to that the lack of plot, arc, surprises and drama, and the result is just words.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 04-01-22

A great story

This story has so much more to offer even though this is about two people, a lead singer in a band and his manager.

The detail that Nic is known for is here in buckets. This author's research is second to none, which means you get an incredible story each and every time.

Nick Russo does an amazing job narrating, but he did have a great book to narrate. But as usual, I sped up the audio to 1.25.

Code Red
By: N.R. Walker
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins

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  • AL
  • 02-02-22

Amazing!

Story: I did not know what to expect when picking up this story but wow! It's a very emotional story that I loved every second of. The MCs and side characters are very well built and the whole story kept me engaged from the very beginning.
N.R. Walker created a brilliant group of characters and I cannot wait for more to come after this brilliant intro!
Narration: Very good easy to follow performance.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 11-30-21

Pressures of a rock star

would never have thought about the pressures put on the people who give us all pleasure and the strain to the mind and body. With the love and romance of another man to help them through. Another gem from N R Walker who must have put a lot of work into this story

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 07-10-22

Boy Band

Such a beautiful love story with two main characters that stole the show.
A boy band story that tells what’s it like on the road constantly.
Everyone puts in over 100% , constant hard work all the time.
This life they have and how N.R. Walker tells the story took me to another world .
Every character is written perfectly, this is another fantastic book from the very talented N.R.Walker.
Nick J. Russo does a brilliant job bring the book to life .

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  • Miss Dysfunktion
  • 08-26-22

This one was disappointing.

Code Red is book one in the Atrous series. A MM rockstar/musician series.

This is my first time reading Walker and I have a few others on the TBR
I love a good musician story and the blurb sounded fantastic. But this book was very flat and slow. It felt dragged out and didn't pack that punch I'd hoped for. Not sure if I'll continue with the series.

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  • Peter Ocic
  • 01-10-22

Fantastic. Loved every moment

Absolutely loved Code Red, Didn't understand the title for a long time. Nick J Russo did the most amazing job at narrating this wonderful story. Has the feels and great character development and an insight into the band life and mental health.

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  • The Smut Librarian
  • 11-21-21

Outstanding!

The glitzy looking world of a pop band along with its darker underbelly is brilliantly portrayed in this moving story of sweet love and longing. I adored the slow unveiling of the personalities as well as the complicated lives they lead as part of one of the world's most popular musical bands. The story is gripping and heartwrenching as well as uplifting with some epically adorable moments. Just simply a brilliant read and I really hope this isn't the last we see of Atrous.
Nick J Russo's narration on the audio is outstanding and really brings the characters and emotions to life.