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Publisher's Summary

Kestrel and Rory are the very best partnership in Wester Fleet's elite Mountain Rescue Team. They've trusted one another with their lives for five years. They're closer than brothers - but Rory's feelings for his handsome, daredevil partner are far from fraternal. He knows better than to tell Kes the truth. Climbing partnerships are a delicate balance of love and practicality, and the Fleet MRT has a strict nonfraternization code. Rory could lose everything by making a confession. And Kes is an enigma - sometimes distant, sometimes seeming to crave the very devotion Rory longs to give him.

Kes is all set to become the MRT's next leader. He's a shoo-in for the job - except for his impatience with amateur climbers and his inability to hold his tongue. When he and Rory are given the job of guiding two important visitors across the Fleet range, it's a test of his tact, to say the least. But nothing about this mission is as it seems, and soon Kes is facing the most terrifying challenge of his life.

©2013 Harper Fox (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Okay Story, Lousy “Romance”


Interesting premise, and if it wasn’t in the Romance category I might’ve liked it. Kes was horribly cruel to Rory, and Rory was crushed and rightfully angry, but then just got over it without even a decent apology, much less the groveling and explanation he deserved? Nope. Bummer though, because I think with just a little more time and effort it could’ve really been a wonderful short story.

I usually enjoy Joe Arden’s narration, but this story was not the right fit for him. At all.

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Oh My Word

This is such a phenomenal book and so heart wrenching at times t and don't get me started on the narration Joe Arden ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC really brought this book ALive a must listen!!!!! this is my first book by Harper Fox and definitely not my last!!!!

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Great short story

Loved both the story and the narrator, wish it was longer! After listening to the audiobook I bought plane tickets and plan to see a bit of Scotland:)

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Wrong narrator ruined it

The narrator was not poor just completely inappropriate. It was so distracting that I can recall more about the narration than the story.

A very British story set in Scotland narrated in a north American accent, mostly. Common British phrases were mispronounced of course but others, such as 'arse' sounded so strange in an American accent that I would concentrate on that for a minute and lose track of the story.

The text says that they tone down their accents when speaking in front of tourists but revert to stronger accents when speaking to each other. This must be why the narrator chose to do most of the dialogue in a North American accent and then occasionally use a strange attempt at Scots.

The audiobook should either have used a British narrator capable of the accents or transposed the setting and dialect to North America.

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Letting go...

Letting go is never an easy thing to do, particularly when you are in denial. Not to mention, the journey is subjective. Kestrel and Rory are an enigmatic pairing who have to come to terms with the now and incorporate the past, which can be challenging. This is a realistic tale of that journey. Enjoyable short story.

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Good Story Not so good narration

I hate to be picky but this is a story about 2 Scottish mountain rescue guys and is narrated in an American accent. Very weird hearing an American say "arse" and "lassie" It would have been much more enjoyable if it had been narrated correctly. The narrating is good just not for this book.

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I wanted them to all fall off the mountain just so that the book would end.

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Confusing narration

I have never been more confused by listening to an audiobook. About 95% of this audio book was narrated in a North American accent, but a few lines were thrown in, out of the blue, that sounded like an attempted Scottish accent. That, plus the clear use of British phrases and slang in an American accent, were jarring. I adore Joe Arden--he's one of my favorite narrators--so it pains me to give the performance one star. The producer, author, and narrator all should have realized that there was a major problem. That being said, I found the narrator's French accent delightful to listen to and the story engaging. Al in all, I enjoyed it.

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Started Off Well, But Ended Confusing

I was really looking forward to this book. it started off well and it really held my attention but then I started getting confused. You couldn't really tell who's perspective it was and you couldn't tell who was talking at times. The narrator didn't have any distinction between voices for the main character and he wasn't consistent with accents. Also the sex aces at the end sucked. There was no flow and it felt really jilted. This book left much to be desired.

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What an odd choice of narrator

This book was ok, which makes it significantly less wonderful than the usual Harper Fox. The narrator was such a strange choice, though. His performance was good, but his accent couldn't have been more wrong. Did the world run out of British actors when I wasn't paying attention?

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  • Rebecca McManus
  • 01-11-22

Liked the story but the accent ruined it for me

I liked this as a short and sweet standalone story, however setting the book in Scotland and having multiple references to the Scottish accent whilst having the book narrated by an American was very off-putting.

It would have done the book justice to have it read by a Scot, or at least someone who could do a Scottish accent rather than the fake and cringeworthy American we got.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 05-14-22

wow dramatic what

Interesting story of a test on mountaineering which goes wrong but has a touching ending of love between two mountaineers , interesting and enjoyable.

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  • London Showtunes
  • 10-08-21

Minor Fox, weird narrator

The ‘Scottish’ accents wandered all over the UK and Ireland, and some inflections (‘dooVAY’ instead of ‘’DOOvay’ for ‘duvet’) were clearly American.
And despite an interesting milieu and the clear research, this is very minor Harper Fox.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-21

Not my usual 5⭐ for Harper Fox.

This story seemed a little rushed from all of her others ....was it a novella? I feel we were not getting the depth of the characters like in other stories.

The vocal performance was not believable. ?? Did the narrator have an American accent? when not putting on the Scottish accents.