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Marlin's Faith

By: A.J. Downey
Narrated by: Ivy Randall,Bob Carter
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Faith. She’d managed to keep her namesake while in captivity, but now that she was free? The daunting task of rejoining society was in front of her, and it seemed that Marlin had to keep it for her.

Marlin couldn’t help how he felt about Faith; she was remarkably easy to like. The only thing he could do for her was be there, and keep his damn hands to himself, which was the real challenge. Neither one of them knew if she would make it out of the darkness intact; only time would tell that.

During trying times, all you can do is hold on and have a little faith…

©2016 Andrea J. Downey (P)2021 Andrea J. Downey

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Lovely tragic happy ending

Marlin & Faith meet under tragic circumstances but grow close very quickly. The narrators do a great job, the story’s emotions really come through. Faith’s growing confidence in herself also comes through. Great story and characters

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Amazing story!

AJ Downey has blown me away with another of her books. Heart wrenching from the start, we meet Faith who was a happy girl going on vacation only to be taken and sold into slavery. Now home, she has to deal with the abuse and drug addiction she is left with. Lucky for her she has Marlin. Marlin is a biker, a bit burly with a big heart. He is staying with Faith through her detox. He has a definite attraction to her, but her recovery is the most important to him. But things are not going to be easy. Faith has a long road ahead of her, between her PTSD, her addiction and melding back into civilian life, she has her work cut out for her. Plus, danger is lurking! With the protection of the MC club, support from Hope & Cutter and the growing love with Marlin, we can only have faith she finds her way. Downey writes with such realism; at times it is scary. I was pulled in and was right there with Faith. The Ashes and Embers references from Carian Cole was a bonus and I love the connection. Again, Downey had my attention, kept me engaged and had me loving Marlin!! I can' wait for the next in his series!

The narration in this story is key to bringing it to life. I loved the team of Ivy Randall and Bob Carter. Randall has the perfect new adult voice, and she brings all the emotions and torturous memories of Faith alive. There are a lot of layers, and she delves deep and gives them all to us. Bob Carter has a rough, alpha sound, but gives Marlin the heart of a teddy bear. I love the conviction we hear in his voice, and the love he has for Faith. It's a fantastic listen!

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Bring the tissues for this one!!

OMG…you will definitely need tissues for this listen!! Faith was rescued by Marlin’s MC after being betrayed and held as a sex slave for two years. To ensure her compliance, her captors got her addicted to heroine. The book starts from her rescue by Marlin and gang…btw…Faith’s older sister is the prez’s old lady. Told from both Marlin and Faith’s POV, we live through Faith’s agonizing ‘come down’ from heroine and Marlin’s gentle care. Beautiful story and narrated with so much feeling that you agonize and sympathize with both characters. Highly recommend. Fair warning, some parts are gut wrenching and will require tissues.

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Great Book

Amazing book about surviving the unthinkable and creating your own future. Very emotional and very well written.
Ivy Randall and Bob Carter fantastic storytellers!
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Tough story line

This is a good story but hard a times. loved Marlin but Faith was a bit whiney at times. loved Bob Carter's voice but the woman who does the voice for Faith sounded like a ten year old. Hope to see more Marlin*s friend Bobby. Over all this was a good book.

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Beautifully Gripping & Intense Story! Great Listen

A.J. Downey continues to wow me with another beautifully written novel, the second in “The Virtues” series. In the first book, “Cutter’s Hope” we watched a fierce and determined Hope on a mission to find her missing sister “Faith”. This book picks up with Faith’s story after her rescue and her road to recovery, healing and learning to live again and love again and not just herself. This is the kind of story that not only grabs and captivates your attention, it tugs on your heartstrings as well. I loved how the author kept it all real, also loved how her descriptive details places you right alongside the characters so you can see what they see, feel and think, with inner dialogue when they are in their own head. Marlin, a bad ass biker, was by Faith’s side while she suffered thru her detox, he failed his brother and was determined not to fail Faith. She has had a rough couple of years, what was supposed to be a fun vacation turnout out to be a life of hell, betrayed and sold into slavery, then used and abused by her captors who kept her doped up. No, Faith’s story is not a pretty one, but her strength to get past it is. Once she gets past her withdrawals, she needs to deal with her fragile mental state, anxiety and PTSD, she also has other obstacles to tackle too. She has help from not only Merlin but the Krakens MC, Captain Cutter and her sister Hope all have her back. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a brilliantly plotted story that contains plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt moments, heart- rending ones too and a slow burn romance. A.J. Downey, thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fantastic narration, A.J. Downey cast the perfect narrators to bring her story and characters to life. Ivy Randall and Bob Carter are talented narrators and versatile voice artists. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, gave each a voice that fit their character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable in every role they played and just as I pictured the characters to sound. Ivy Randall did a great job with Faith, taking her through every step of the way, capturing her strength and her vulnerabilities. Bob Carter’s take on Merlin was perfection, grasping his badassery and his good-heartedness. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and projected them into their performance. These are two entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the great listen.

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  • Katharoo
  • 11-27-22

Have some Faith!

Book 2 Marlin’s Faith
(Narration by Bob Carter and Ivy Randall)

This is Faith and Marlin’s story and continues directly from Cutter’s Hope.

Faith has been rescued from the clutches of deprived men who had abducted her and force her into human trafficking by controlling her with drugs pumped into her.

Thankfully Hope and the Kraken MC have found her but she’s in dire straits. But Marlin has her. He has a past that has dealt with addiction so he is asked to help in her healing. Along with a doctor and a psychiatrist they all work to get Faith back. It’s a struggle but with patience and perseverance they all make it through. But not without a bunch of consequences that pull all of the MC into the fray.

The development of the budding relationship between Faith and Marlin was encouraging and Marlin is one man to swoon over. Wow he has so much to offer Faith and he’s not afraid to let her heal so he can claim her as his very own.

I loved when Faith had a super spunky moment and thru Johnny’s wife Lynn into the water😂 and told her off! She was quite the ass!

The healing is happening at its own rate and seems like the group of men who had Faith may still be around and it’s a worry for them all.

Again loved Bob as Marlin in this book. Ivy Randall was good as Faith. Faith was subjected to a lot being abducted into sex slavery but I found her a tiny bit irritating at times but who the heck knows how a gal would behave having gone through the ordeal she did.

What I loved most was Faith’s belief in her sister finding her and her will at staying alive until she did! So much emotional trauma by Faith it’s no wonder she was an emotional wreak for awhile but Marlin was her saviour .

Seems like we are finally getting ready to meet the last sister Charity soon and I think I know who she may end up finding love with. Now I’m onto see if I am right in my suspicion.

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  • Jade B
  • 02-15-22

Marlin's Faith

This book is edgy and very dark, it is still sexy and all the feels a good dark romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!

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  • mangankillarney
  • 01-11-22

Faith

Perfect dual narration with Ivy Randall and Bob Carter

Faith was rescued by Marlin’s MC after been held as a sex slave for two years. her captors got her addicted to heroine. Faith is determined to persevere and come out on top of everything that was forced upon her after her friend sold her to traffickers.
This is an emotional and serious subject.

Amazing , I went through some many tissues. Such emotions , brilliant listen

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  • Sara B
  • 12-14-21

Beautiful story!

Marlin's Faith is a beautifully written MC romance, emotionally charged, touching, sweet, steamy, and so much more. The characters are very well-developed and totally captivating. Marlin and Faith are absolutely perfect for either; their connection is deep, passionate, and charged. Faith is broken and damaged, and Marlin is gentle, caring, and protective, the hero that helps glue herself back together. Their story is engaging and a tearjerker, wrapped in suspense, danger, healing, recovery, and a chance at discovering love.

Ivy Randall and Bob Carter did an excellent job bringing the story to life. They portrayed the character's personalities and emotions flawlessly. Marlin and Faith's story was beautiful, one I really enjoyed and will highly recommend.

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  • VoraciousBookDragoness
  • 12-11-21

Good listen

I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Good listen

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  • Bette
  • 12-02-21

Beautifully Gripping & Intense Story! Great Listen

A.J. Downey continues to wow me with another beautifully written novel, the second in “The Virtues” series. In the first book, “Cutter’s Hope” we watched a fierce and determined Hope on a mission to find her missing sister “Faith”. This book picks up with Faith’s story after her rescue and her road to recovery, healing and learning to live again and love again and not just herself. This is the kind of story that not only grabs and captivates your attention, it tugs on your heartstrings as well. I loved how the author kept it all real, also loved how her descriptive details places you right alongside the characters so you can see what they see, feel and think, with inner dialogue when they are in their own head. Marlin, a bad ass biker, was by Faith’s side while she suffered thru her detox, he failed his brother and was determined not to fail Faith. She has had a rough couple of years, what was supposed to be a fun vacation turnout out to be a life of hell, betrayed and sold into slavery, then used and abused by her captors who kept her doped up. No, Faith’s story is not a pretty one, but her strength to get past it is. Once she gets past her withdrawals, she needs to deal with her fragile mental state, anxiety and PTSD, she also has other obstacles to tackle too. She has help from not only Merlin but the Krakens MC, Captain Cutter and her sister Hope all have her back. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a brilliantly plotted story that contains plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt moments, heart- rending ones too and a slow burn romance. A.J. Downey, thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fantastic narration, A.J. Downey cast the perfect narrators to bring her story and characters to life. Ivy Randall and Bob Carter are talented narrators and versatile voice artists. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, gave each a voice that fit their character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable in every role they played and just as I pictured the characters to sound. Ivy Randall did a great job with Faith, taking her through every step of the way, capturing her strength and her vulnerabilities. Bob Carter’s take on Merlin was perfection, grasping his badassery and his good-heartedness. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and projected them into their performance. These are two entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the great listen.

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  • angeljoy
  • 11-30-21

Marlin

Loved this series when I read it. Good read and romance! Loved the narrators, hope to hear more of their work

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  • Rossana V
  • 11-30-21

not an easy listening, but a good story

ok, the topic is very delicate and pretty dramatic, so it's not everybody's cup of tea. this doesnt mean it's not a good book. the characters are very nice and the plot well written. feelings are expressed very clearly and they are fairly realistic. taking off 1 star for the story just because i felt it dragged a little in some parts. i had to listen to in across 3 days because sometimes it became too much. Bob Carter did a fantastic job with his part of the narration. he has a great voice and he acts appropriately to the story. Ivy Randall i feel is a good actress, her overall performance was ok, but she overdid it a little. the tone she picked for the main character is too marylin monroe's like and whining constantly. i get that the character is goig through a lot, but i feel the whining could have been toned down a notch, expecially when doing the narration part and not the dialogues. at times i felt i couldn't take it anymore. this is the reason why i deduvted a star to the narration.