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Jack of Hearts

By: Sandra Owens
Narrated by: Amy McFadden,Sebastian York
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Publisher's Summary

Alex Gentry doesn't scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to a notorious drug lord Alex is trying to bust. Alex has befriended Ramon as part of his cover, and Madison has unknowingly become his informant. Falling for her could risk this case - and both their lives.

All Madison wants is to get her new bookstore business off the ground, and for her creepy cousin Ramon - to whom she's unfortunately indebted - to leave her alone. If she could only stop fantasizing about his mysterious new friend, Alex...

As the Alonzo cartel investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But will the secrets they're keeping tear them apart - or get them both killed?

©2017 Sandra Owens (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Sadly This Wasn't For Me... 😥

Jack of Hearts had all the makings for a great story. An FBI agent working to infiltrate a drug ring to gather intelligence to bring down a drug lord. He co-owns a biker bar with his brothers who he works closely with. Then there's a romantic interest in a woman who has family ties to the drug lord. However, the story never grabbed my attention, and I felt underwhelmed with both the plot, and characters, and gave up around 47%.

From the portion I did listened too, the story seemed to be more on the serious side, but wasn't overly emotional. The plot came across as dull, lacked intrigue, and I never really felt the chemistry, and attraction between the H/h.

The bottom line for me, this story lacked exciting suspense, action, steamy romance, and humor. I'm sure others will enjoy it, and appreciate the more serious tone, but sadly this wasn't for me. Since I DNF the audio, I gave the story two stars, but an overall three stars to be fair for not completing the story.

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Very good Story. Fantastic Narration!

This was a great story. I really enjoyed every bit of it. I really liked Alex and Madison together. They made a great match and they had some great chemistry together. There was a little sex in the story which was perfect. It didn't take away from the from the actual story or the characters.

The story line and plot was great. I really liked the undercover FBI agent story. I enjoyed the three brothers very much and am looking forward to reading their books. Drug dealing, murder, undercover hot, badazz agents. What's not to enjoy.

As for the narration, it was fantastic. I love Sebastian York, he is fantastic! Amy McFadden did a great job too. I really enjoyed both of them very much!

I especially liked that this was NOT written in the first person.

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I love Sebastian York

This book was a good listen but I had a problem with the female narrator and character. She was too weak and her voice was very mousy. Sebastian York always makes it worth the listen .

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  • KD
  • 02-25-17

Not worth credit

Sadly this audio book was not worth listening to. Sebastian York was excellent as usual but the story was so boring and poorly written even he couldnt salvage it.

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Amy McFadden ruined the book for me

I guess to each his own. It took me 3 days to listen this book and still didn't finish it.

I could not stand Amy McFadden's narration. It was like listening to two books, Amy's narration was adolescent like and the females sounded like airheads with the way she reads. Her male voices were actually better than her females in my opinion. Even though Sebastian is made to read the alpha male role with his deep smoky voice he still made the female sound sexy and sophisticated. It was hard to go from AM narration of an immature adolescent type book to SY narration of a more alluring romantic listen.

I stopped listening due solely in part to wanting to literally slap AM every time she reads and bought the book to read myself. I really wished SY did the entire book.

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5 Stars !!!!!

Great start to a new series. Kept your attention all the way through. Definitely got to know all the characters for the next books.
Can't wait for the next one. Sebastian York is always a great choice.

Kim B.

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4 stars for McFadden and 2 for York..

I love Sandra Owens book because they’re more than just a silly romance. This one is about a drug kingpin, drug smuggling, disgusting cousins lusting after another cousin and the FBI agents looking to topple the drug trade of the Alonzo drug business and, of course, Alex’s growing love for the cousin of the pervert Ramon. It’s about the horrible childhood that Alex, Nate and Court lived through and of their mother walking out on them when they were just little boys. It was a great story from beginning to end. Except I wasn’t crazy about the 39 times Alex called Madison “grasshopper.”

There was some crazy sexual tension in this book, and want, and desire, and explicit sex. Awesome!

There was swearing and the F-bomb was released 14 times.

The epilogue was fascinating, inasmuch as it was from the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to it!

As to the narration: Amy McFadden did a decent job on the men’s voices but, good grief, Sebastian York totally sucks at women’s voices. It’s like when Alex and Madison are talking romantically it’s like two men talking, totally horrible. Mr. York has a great reading voice but the women stink and he reads without emotion, no laughing, no whispering, no nothing, and Ms. McFadden reads with all kinds of emotion. And they don’t read the men and women’s voices separately, they read both voices, which I totally don’t understand. If two narrators are going to read all the men and women’s voices why bother having two to begin with. I couldn’t even listen to the sex parts that SY started because Madison sounded so manly. I was so glad AM took over the bedroom scene.

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Love it

Great author, I'm so excited about this new series. The first one already has me hooked.

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I can't wait for the next one!

I really enjoyed this book. The twist at the end has me so excited for the next one. I have enjoyed all of Sandra Owen's books that I have read.

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GREAT READERS, OK STORY, TOO MUCH GRAPHIC SEX

I am giving this 3 stars only because I will listen to just about anything read by AMY McFADDEN. The male reader was also good.
The story was weak. Not much reasearch, I'm guessing, went into the works of the FBI, biker bars, money laundering or even book stores to prepare for writing this book. The details are superficial.
I'm not into voyeurism. I skipped the graphic sex. If you like that sort of thing you will enjoy this book.

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  • Avidchic reader
  • 10-02-22

enjoyable

I saw all the reviews in this series so I thought I'd give it a go. it had pace and suspense and all the romance and steamy scenes. the plotline was well written even though the intricacies of certain things in place seemed to be glossed over.
I've just finished M.L. Buchman "target engaged" and he is 80% action 20% romance, he crosses i's and dots T's so I wondered if I was making a mistake listening to a light book. I'm in 2 minds as the romance is definitely more than 20% but I still liked it and it moved further to completion just when you thought it was over. there is a strong sense of love and family which is heart-warming and the HEA comes with a hold your breath moment.
if course narrator's shut the front door!!! love Sebastian York and Amy did a great job as Madison.

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  • bunny18
  • 04-05-19

Don’t miss this great read.

Loved this book. Thanks Sandra for your fabulous storytelling.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to go on to the next one in the series.
Amy and Sebastian really bring the characters to life. Thank you.