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God of Pain

By: Rina Kent
Narrated by: James Joseph,Mackenzie Cartwright,Shane East,Jason Clarke,Desiree Ketchum
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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Rina Kent comes a new stand-alone grumpy-sunshine college romance.

I made a terrible mistake.

Being a mafia princess, I knew my fate was already decided.

But I went ahead and longed for the wrong one.

Creighton King is bad news with a gorgeous exterior.

He’s silent, brooding, and obviously emotionally unavailable.

So I thought it was over.

Until he awakens a beast inside me.

My name is Annika Volkov, and I’m Creighton's worst enemy.

He won’t stop until he breaks me.

Or I break him.

This book can be listened to on its own.

©2022 Rina Kent (P)2022 Rina Kent
  • Series: Legacy, Book 2
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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✨ 4.25 ✨

God of Pain was an absolutely entertaining, spicy and emotional read. I definitely enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one in the series, as these characters and their romance had a lot more depth and passion in my opinion.

I was able to listen to the audiobook at the same time as well and I have to say that the narrators did a fantastic job and definitely immersed me in the story more.

This is the second book in the Legacy of Gods series and while the main characters of this book are the second generation of the Royal Elite series and the Deception trilogy, those are not needed to be read before starting this one. The family tree and background of these characters were well detailed and explained in this book.

I would highly recommend though, checking the content and trigger warnings before reading.

It is dual POVs of the main characters, Creighton and Annika, and has some amazing tropes like: grumpy-sunshine, opposites attract, an innocent heroine and a dark romance.

The overall plot and storyline were beautifully written and well-paced. There were some heartfelt, amusing, action-packed, angsty and heartbreaking moments. There were also some twists that I was not expecting, but definitely pulled on my heart strings and made me tear up a bit.

I will say though, there were a few subplots that weren’t as explored as I would have liked and somewhat rushed at the end, like Annika’s OCD.

The romance and development between Creighton and Annika was fantastic. Their tension, chemistry and spice was perfectly written and explored. I just loved how different but compatible they were; they definitely brought out the best in each other. Creighton’s possessiveness and jealousy was also my favorite.

There were definitely a few similarities with Creighton and Annika’s romance to their parents, which I actually really loved.

I also liked all the hints and snippets to the other potential couples in the series. It definitely made me more curious on where their stories are heading.

The banter and group chat between all the guys was absolutely hilarious as well. This book definitely seemed to focus more on Creighton’s side and group, which I didn’t mind.

I gotta say that my favorite moment was the confrontation between Aiden (Creighton’s father) and Adrian (Annika’s father). So intense but hot as hell. I also just loved Adrian’s chapter, he will always be one of my favorite characters.

The ending was a bit rushed but still good. The epilogue also gave a few hints to the next book in the series and was honestly just the perfect conclusion for Creighton and Annika’s story.

Overall, just a fantastic and enjoyable read and audiobook.

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Outstanding Story & Narration🎧 Riveting & Intense

Rina Kent continues to wow me with another amazing novel set in her “Legacy” world, a series of standalone novels that feature different offspring of characters from earlier series. You do not need to have read or listened to those books to enjoy these because everything you need to know is in the descriptive details. This “opposite attract”, grumpy sunshine romance is Annika Volkov and Creighton King’s story and holy moly what a story it is! Annika is a mafia princess and the only daughter of Adrian and Lia Volkov, she has lived a sheltered life and the only reason she could attend art school at Royal Elite University aka REU was because her brother, Jeremy, who attends The King’s U on the same island has a safe place for her to live and he could look out for her. Creighton is one of Aiden and Elsa King’s son, he and his brother Eli are attending REU together on Brighton Island in the UK, the same school Annika attends. Her brother may be rivals with Creighton and his friends, but that does not stop her interest in him. Creighton is a man of few words, but Annika talks enough for the both of them. There is great chemistry between these two and he tries to fight it, thinking he is too dark for her, but she surprises him with having a dark side of her own. Creighton’s past haunts him and still has nightmares of what happened that one tragic night, his parents never talked about it so he is looking into it himself and what he uncovers blows his mind and throws him into the deep end and he is set out for revenge. I loved the layers to this story and the web Rina Kent wove, especially when it unravels. This brilliantly plotted story contains plenty of drama, angst, some twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments, and some steamy hot romance with a side of kink. Rina Kent, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration is performed by a brilliantly talented cast. James Joseph and Mackenzie Cartwright do an amazing job portraying Creighton and Annika. They are joined by Shane East who returns in his role as Aiden King, Jason Clarke returning as Adrian Volkov and Desiree Ketchum as Lia. These versatile voice artists are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. They have a complete understanding of the characters they are portraying, give each a voice that suits their character’s persona perfectly sounding believable in their perspective roles. They set the perfect tone for the story and capture all the character’s emotions and project them in to their performance. Thank you for another exceptional listen.

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A great and addictive story!


This book was crazy intense and insanely addictive, once I started listening I couldn't put it down!

Rina Kent really knows how to keep you glued to your kindle and in my case I was lucky enough to listened to the audiobook as well and let me tell you the narrators did a fantastic job bringing a different edge to this story. FANTASTIC, I have no other words to describe this story.

I knew Creighton's story was going to be intense based on his personality but I didn't expect his darkness to run so deep. His past was a shocking revelation to me.

Annika was such a great character. She was not the brat Creighton though she was. She was a ray of sunshine he never thought he could feel and once he decided she was his there was no stopping. Their relation was intense, dark and full of passion. Annika truly showed Creighton that she was not breakable at all and that she could match all his defiant tastes.

The revelations in this book were truly shocking and they took me totally by surprise, amazing plot twist!

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Love this story

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I am obsessed! This is literally one of my favorite books of the RK world- I just adored it. It’s just such a compelling and addictive story- the character arcs, the drama, the intricate ways the secondary characters come into play, the chemistry. But most of all, it’s surprisingly sweet, Rina’s most darkly swoony with some epically romantic Romeo and Juliet vibes.

I had been so desperate for Anni’s story because her parents are my favorite Rina couple ever, but then she goes and pairs Anni with another favorite couple’s son- and while our prior pair had some of the worst of their parents’ characteristics, these two ended up more with soft and tender hearts of their mothers’. This couple is everything! A sweet, grumpy sunshine on the surface with a more hidden submissive-sadist connection - they are so delicious! The chemistry is just so great- I love how they bring each other out in their own ways. Creighton makes Anni more independent and brave and self-assured, and she makes him feel lighter and more content. And I love the juxtaposition of their world and their sexual tastes with actually how innocent and sweet their relationship is. Like she’s so in love with him and so vulnerable about it, and he’s so obsessed with her and over the top and it’s kinda sweet and super swoony. They are just SO endearing and compelling together.

Rina also is really amplifying the ensemble dynamic and I am here for it! Each secondary character playing their part and catalyzing or creating obstacles for this couple. For the parents, we get so much GREAT nostalgic content (Adrian and Aiden in the same story! I’m in heaven!) No one outshines the others (or the main couple), but they all sparkle in their own way, and just when I’m like overly obsessed with one, someone else comes along and steals my heart. I was already fascinated by Jer but I am RAVENOUS for him now- his darkness and protectiveness with his sister, gonna be so yummy with his love interest. But the PARENTS. MY GOD. Pitch perfect. I really love how Rina is making the parents flawed even in parenthood, letting them be the true characters we know. Aiden is stil a PYSCHO, Adrian is still a controlling ruthless mafioso, so OF COURSE they aren’t gonna be perfect, loving, Hallmark parents. But they show up for their kids in ways that are just right for them- and I live for those full circle moments.

Without revealing much Rina does some great things narratively that really let us saturate in this couple and the looming conflict- including a great twist that flips this story around. I loved the tension, getting to see them grapple with it, getting to explore it from multiple emotional angles (with each other, in isolation, with their families), and it just made the conflict feel more emotionally heavier. It also sets up some amazing character arcs. The way they understand themselves and each other gives them a lot of complexity. There are real “coming of age” moments, but obviously with the big ole Rina weighty addition of them facing some dark stuff. I loved how their connection to one another was the catalyst to exploring parts of themselves they didn’t fully understand, and ultimately was the catalyst to them facing the baggage they each had.

I AM SERIOUSLY LOVING this second gen series- it’s truly the best compilation of that various tropes and strengths in the various connected series Rina has done, like the most decadent buffet of all my favorite Rina things.

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Loved having so many narrators- and getting the parents' voices- Adrian! Ah! Annika's narration was perfection- Mackenzie Cartwright captured all the energy and emotion of Annika- her spirit. And I loved James Joseph carefully captured the thinly controlled stoicism of Creighton with the undercurrent of intensity. He wasn't quite what I imagined for Creighton accent wise, but still brought all the energy I wanted for our Cray Cray.

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Dark, twisty and steamy!

"God of Pain" is a dark, steamy story that took me on a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions.
Annika and Creighton's story was dark, twisty and I loved every word.

Annika is a mafia princess and has had her whole life planned for her. When she is finally to break
somewhat free, she attends university in England. There she meets the quiet and always brooding
Creighton. Creighton has his own demons from his past that he is battling and wants to avenge. Annika
is intrigued by Creighton and even though he warns her to stay away, she is still drawn to him and his
other interests.

I could not put this story down. I loved the innocence and strength of Annika. A mafia Princess needs to be tough, and she absolutely was. Annika never backed down from a challenge and that included anything to do with Creighton. Creighton might have a tough exterior shell and some dark tendencies, but he's a softie for Annika, even if he doesn't want to admit it. These two are the perfect grumpy and sunshine combo. The twists and turns Rina Kent threw in had me threw a loop and I loved every one of them.

James Joseph and Mackenize Cartwright were phenomenal as Creighton and Annika. James was the perfect choice to bring the broody Creighton. This was one of my favorite performances by Mackenzie. Annika had so many emotions to bring to life and she was so good.

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Whoa what a book

This book. I don’t even have words. This book had some twists I did not see coming and never could have predicted. Annika and Creighton were grumpy/sunshine to the extreme. I loved that Creighton brought some darkness into Annika’s life and she embraced it and in turn Annika brought love and acceptance into Creighton’s life and it was exactly what he needed. These two took me on a roller coaster and had me either loving every second of them or wondering how they were going to mesh their personalities together in a relationship. This book is not for the faint of heart and was surprised at some of the darker turns it took. But oh man. So good.

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Phenomenal love Creighton

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This book was everything and more. The possessiveness Creighton had over Annika was top tier 🤌🏼 The mix between pain and pleasure in this book was 🥵🥵 I love how Annika was able to bring Creighton out of that dark place. And Creighton helped for Annika in the woman she was always meant to be. My heart broke for the childhood Creighton had until The Kings saved him. And gave him the love and affection he deserved. Even though Anni brought light into Creighton’s dark world I did enjoy that dark side of him it was so dang hot. And the ending was such a good one. I love the love hate relationship Creighton has with Anni’s dad it was so funny. I can’t wait to read Jeremy and Cecily’s story.

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Absolutely loved

Omg so hot loved it when Aidans chapter came on. OMG melted can’t wait to read the other couple books. I really want to hear Ava and Eli story Landon is crazy. He reminds me of scar from lion king can’t wait for the other books

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Annika x Creigh

Review God of Pain

Annika x Creigh


Audiobook 4.8⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Anni and Cray Cray

Review
Spoiler God of pain 💜📖
First of all I need to talk about how I waited for this book for so long and the last week before its release I couldn't do anything but think about this book.
Yes I am addicted to rina kent's books.
More just thinking about finding My favorite thinks AidenElsa. yes they are my favorites and eli is my 2nd gen love so imagine how i was and not to mention i love AdrianLia.
i mean i almost died of anxiety

So let's go to the review, I swear what I have to say is that I didn't expect at all what happened this was the best part of me that book was intense and made me cry.

i loved ANNI Since God of Malice and Cray cray too, she is the sweetest and not afraid to go after what she wants and i fell in love with her love for her family it was the most beautiful thing to see.
What to say about Cray cray oh my god
Hot, my god, he left me breathless in this book, I was so angry with him at some point, but I understand what he went through.
i love that he always looked at anni but wanted to protect her from himself.
This book is for anyone who loves an intense and passionate story.

Best moments
- Kiss on the rain
- Cray cray seeing anni in another woman's face and realizing he wants her.
- Every moment between the two of them is my favorite
- all times Eli and Cray and Anni and jer
- Aiden and Adrian
- I loved seeing my favorite family and seeing how much aiden loves his children they are the best.
and now I'm going to count the days for the next book cecily and jeremy
- another thing that doesn't get out of my head is the other couples mainly EliAVA.
RINA KENT WILL BE MY DEATH BUT I LOVE YOU NEVER STOP AND WRITE
#rinakent
#gododpain #legacyofgods.

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DEAR GOD HIS VOICE

My favorite male narrator by far. His voice suits the MC perfectly. The female voice was amazing as well but damn, i don’t think I can ever forget that voice, and frankly I don’t want to! Such a sexy sexy book. Not sure if there was a trigger warning but there probably should be for those with the faint of heart… he is a full on sadist and I loved every minute of it. I cant wait to read the rest of these books!

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  • rosegold_bibliophile
  • 11-27-22

Creigh & Anni

Story: 3.5⭐️
Steam: 5🔥 heavy smut, see content list
Audio: 5 🎧

CONTENT AT BOTTOM OF REVIEW! Also make sure you read the authors note before reading.

First of all, the way Rina Kent writes is just addictive. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of this series! This book I enjoyed but not as much as book one. It did feel a bit repetitive and I lost interest a few times while reading. I think maybe it’s just too long and could’ve been reduced by a lot. I like Creighton and Anni but I did feel like it dragged a bit.

As with book one, I didn’t really enjoy the cameo POV chapters from the main characters parents. I also feel like the nicknames in this series are awful 😂 little purple? Not feeling it. Lan and Bran? I don’t know why but I hate it so much 😂 on that note, if Brandon and Niko aren’t end game I will RIOT.

CONTENT WARNING: suicidal thoughts, SUB/DOM dynamic

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  • Sarah
  • 10-20-22

A fun read, an even better listen!

I devoured this book in like two days when it initially released. But this audiobook was leaps and bounds better! I should’ve known because James Joseph & Shane East narration never misses, but the full narration cast was a 10/10!

Creigh & Annika served everything we love like grumpy/sunshine, praise, and dark college romance, all with a side of super swoony date scenes and softness. That’s right, Creigh & Anni actually go on dates, and I loved seeing Anni’s character growth throughout the book.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 10-16-22

Intense

This is the second book in the series and can be listened to as a standalone


I found the characters to be intense and well fleshed out.


The storyline was interesting and compelling



The narrators performed an emotional and heart felt audio delivery and narration.


Definitely recommend

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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 10-09-22

All the masochistic, sadistic, dom/sub perfection!

God of Pain is book two in the Legacy of Gods series and is the standalone grumpy sunshine college romance of Creighton King and Annika Volkov.
Annika Volkov, Bratva princess and daughter of Adrian Volkov and Lia Morelli. Being the daughter of the head of the Bratva, Anni knows that women are used to form alliances between families through arranged marriages so she understands that will be her fate one day, however, in the meantime she is an art student at Royal Elite University. Anni is a shining light, a ball of talkative energy around campus. Behind her sunny exterior Anni has OCD and would love nothing more than to throw caution to the wind. She has a beautiful soul and see’s the best in everyone which is how she becomes fascinated and besotted with bad boy Creighton King. To avoid an arranged marriage, she begins a fake relationship with Creighton, only she has real feelings for him. Will Annika be able to drag Creighton into the light and have a proper relationship or will she be forced into an arranged marriage by her father?
Creighton King is the adopted son of Aiden King and Elsa Steel. Creighton loves and is loved by his family but has always felt something is missing in him. He has flashbacks and nightmares of the night he witnessed a murder at the tender age of three years old and is determined to get to the bottom of the murder and get answers to what happened to his biological family. Despite being a quiet, reserved guy, he has dark desires, deviant tendencies and when he sets his sights on Bratva princess Annika he is determined to show her that a little bit of darkness is good for the body as well as the soul. What starts out as a fake relationship to save Anni from an arranged marriage soon develops into real feelings. Will Creighton be able to control his masochistic ways when it comes to sweet Anni or will his sadistic, dominant tendencies scare her away?
The incredibly talented James Joseph and Mackenzie Cartwright bring Rina’s words to life. James’ portrayal of the quiet, brooding, menacing Creighton was outstanding. James excels at a dark, savage, and dominant anti-hero and my goodness, Creighton King ticks all those boxes and plays to James’ strengths perfectly. Mackenzie’s performance as the sweet, kind, caring Bratva princess was beautiful. Mackenzie perfectly showcased Annika blossoming from a shy sweet girl to sexually awakened submissive woman. The incredible Jason Clarke, Shane East and Desiree Ketchum pop in for cameo appearances and as always were flawless. They brought the moody, dominant feels that you expect from the head of the King and Vilkov families.
Rina Kent took depraved and obsessed to a whole new level with these two. Why chose between masochism, sadism, dominance and submissive when you can have it all and they are executed to perfection. Oh, and let’s not forget the kidnapping, shooting, punishments, and rivalry. Gah…simply magnificent!!! I cannot wait for Jeremy Volkov’s story in God of Wrath coming in November!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 10-06-22

Intense and Passionate!

This is the second book in the Legacy Series, a next generation series. I like next generation series! Creighton and Annika's story is breathtakingly well written, dark, passionate, intense, and captivating. James Joseph, Mackenzie Cartwright, Shane East, Jason Clarke, and Desiree Ketchum did an outstanding job with the narration. The audio production is excellent. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listening to God of Wrath, the next book in the series. I highly recommend this series.

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 10-05-22

Grumpy-Sunshine College Romance

God of Pain by Rina Kent is a grumpy-sunshine college romance that I listened to on audio narrated by James Joseph, Mackenzie Cartwright, Shane East, Jason Clarke, and Desiree Ketchum. This is this the second book in the Legacy series and can be read as a stand-alone.

Rina is an amazing writer! She pulls me into the story and makes me fall in love with the characters. I loved the relationship between Creighton and Annika. I really enjoyed getting Creighton, Annika, Lia, Adrian, and Aiden's points of view throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

James, Mackenzie, Shane, Jason, and Desiree did an amazing job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you love grumpy-sunshine romances or college romances.

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  • TheSassyNerd
  • 10-04-22

YOU NEED TO READ THIS!

Holy hell! I have not read a book by Rina that I did not love and this one didn’t disappoint! I absolutely loved Annika & Creigh! They were so unique.
This was deviously dark and addictive as hell. I couldn’t get enough!

I loved the narration, you can’t go wrong with Jason Clarke, Shane East and Mackenzie Cartwright, and I think James Joseph is going to become a fast favourite!

5 stars!

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 09-29-22

Emotional experience, difficult but not unpleasant

What a journey it was. And not an easy one! Dark romance at its finest.

There couldn’t be people more different than Creighton and Annika. She’s a mafia princess, but has been kept away from the family business, and though she knows what’s going on, she’s never been involved. She’s kind of pure, with a love for ballet and the color purple, and she’s genuine. Creighton is the opposite. Sure, his family has some dark secrets, and his father and brother have a twisted mind, but they aren’t mafia. But due to a dark past–that he barely remembers–he has some peculiar tastes, and he relishes inflecting pain. He’s somber, and somewhat reclusive and apathetic. Yet they meet on the most unexpected common ground: they’re sexually compatible.

I was sometimes disturbed with the stuff they experiment together. There’s nothing deviant or abnormal, just Creighton often pushes Annika’s boundaries, making their relationship dubiously consensual. But in the end, she finds what she needs, so I just had to accept that Creighton had to bring her outside of her comfort zone.

There are also genuine feelings in this story–though power and control are its core. Creighton has fascinated Annika for a long time when she finally approaches him. She has a typical case of bad boy, falling for the broody mysterious guy of the group. Though she’s girly and a bit too innocent for her own sake, I loved that she defies him, challenges him. She even takes control a couple of times. Through sheer determination and stubbornness, she brings Creighton into the light.

This is the story of a battle between the light and the dark, really. And the conclusion is that you’re never truly yourself until you find the grey inside you.

The narration was great. To assist the main narrators, who do a perfect job with Annika and Creighton, three narrators come back to play characters who appeared in previous books by the author. I’m not sure those chapters were totally necessary, but I enjoyed listening more to favorite narrators doing accents. And I really loved what the main narrators did with their characters. Annika’s energy and Creighton’s dark mood were on point. It was an emotional experience, sometimes difficult, but not an unpleasant one.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 09-22-22

I finished it.

While I enjoyed this fine and all I didn't love it as much as I've enjoyed previous books in this series. The vulnerable moments between Creighton and Annika were heartbreaking. But there were times I wasn't as invested in picking this up. The spice was good (although I wouldn't use this in any way as a how to guide for BDSm) and I'm invested in how the other stories will play out. I liked seeing the other previous couples make tiny cameos though.

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  • Teriann
  • 09-22-22

Dark, Broody and lovely!

God of Pain by Rina Kent was such a wild ride and I was all in!

Annika Volkov (IYKYK) is the perfect sunshine - If she is not her mothers child. Loved Anni so much. Her personality was so fun, constant random word vomit, standing her ground and just all around the perfect Purple.

Creighton King - Whoa! Talk about obsessive, possessive and just so protective of those few he holds close to him. Creighton was so dark but so caring of his Little Purple. Watching Creighton soften to Anni through this book was kind of adorable.
”Since when do you do that?”
“Since you.”
“You also laughed.”
“I only laugh around you.”

The twists and turns in the plot constantly had me guessing and that is what I love about Rinas’ books! It was dark, dirty and oh so good!
Mackenzie Cartwright and James Joseph were perfectly paired for this book. I love the ominous, dark side that James brought to Creighton while Mackenzie gave us all of Anni’s sunshine. Additional narration from Shane East, Desiree Ketchum and Jason Clarke ( who had me laughing so hard as protective Dad Adrian.)

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Rina mixed two of my favorite stories and made one perfect book baby.

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  • Cas
  • 10-09-22

One Click

Wow, just loving this series. Such an emotional roller coaster this story, had my heart pounding and tears flowing. An amazing story. Loved it.
Narration was awesome.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Fiona McLachlan
  • 09-24-22

Loving this Series

Another great story from Rina Kent and an awesome audible cast 😊

When I realised James Joseph was narrating I couldn’t wait to download this book. After listening to him narrate Noah in the Mate Games I knew he would be amazing as Creighton.