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Nixon's Promise

By: Riley Edwards
Narrated by: Erin Mallon,Joe Arden
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Former Navy SEAL Nixon Swagger is home. After 12 years of service and twice as many deployments, all Nix wanted was quiet. He’d sought the solace of the land he’d grown up on and found the peace he needed to silence the noise and figure out his next move. 

Nixon’s stay was supposed to be temporary. He wasn’t supposed to meet a feisty, headstrong woman who made his pulse race and set his body on fire. Falling in love hadn’t been part of his plan. Taking a government contract to stop a homegrown terrorist group hadn’t been, either, but when the organization threatens to attack Philadelphia, he had no choice but to accept.

McKenna Wilson was living. Every day was the same. Raising her two teenage siblings didn’t leave time for much else. Most days, she was okay with that. Then, she bumped into the sexy war hero and, in an instant, her world changed. She had no idea falling for Nixon would be so dangerous. Now, she was going head-to-head with the small-town’s dirty sheriff who was hell-bent on ruining Nixon and avenging a 15-year-old grudge. She’d lost her heart, but losing her life wasn’t part of the plan.

Nixon Swagger had learned a few things as a Navy SEAL - adapt, improvise, and overcome were among the many. In the middle of an inferno, so ominous even Dante wouldn’t buy a ticket, Nixon must adapt to his new surroundings and overcome multiple threats before he loses the woman he loves.

©2021 Riley Edwards (P)2021 Riley Edwards

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Great Romantic Suspense…Phenomenal Narration

Audiobook review: I really enjoyed this book. The story was so great and the narration was phenomenal as always with Erin Mallon & Joe Arden.

Really loved how Nixon helped with McKenna and her siblings. I really loved the connection he made with Zach. He was the man Zach needed in his life and he taught him how to work.

While Nixon and McKenna’s attraction was immediate, their relationship grew slowly. They didn’t rush into anything and both wanted to make sure her siblings were ok with their relationship. I loved how she was able to come in and help him with his team and their mission.

I’m definitely excited to continue this series and I truly hope Erin and Joe narrate the other books.

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Dixon and Mickie!

Swoon!! I adore this type of suspenseful romance! While there is most definitely drama, and twists and turns. It's not in the relationship which for me made it 100% better. I can't even with how sweet Nixon was with Zack! All the feels!!

The narrators were outstanding! They are both people I look for when considering audiobooks!.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Nixon's Promise

First for me by this author.
I was pleasantly surprised, to be honest with you I wasn’t sure what to expect but I sure did enjoy these characters.
McKenna has just become guardian to her two younger teenage siblings and it isn’t an easy transition.

Nixon lives next door and fines out that his new next door neighbour is McKenna and her siblings.
I love that he takes her brother under his wing.

It did feel a little like insta-love but I am not mad at it because so much happens from the time they meet until the end of the book it’s understandable why we get that feeling.

I like that McKenna understands Nixon’s job what was great was how McKenna became an asset to the team too. I wasn’t expecting that and quiet liked it.

Narration, I love Erin’s narration she just does the voices so well she gives everyone their own sound I love it. Joe isn’t my favorite but I still enjoy his work.
Think I might have to invest in the rest of the series.

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fantastic!

This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last! Awesome story and narration. Suspense, passion, and I really liked the push of the message against sexual abuse. Can't wait for the next book!

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Loved reading it. FLOVED listening to it.

I loved this book (and entire series) when I read it. Joe Arden and Erin Mallon truly brought it to life. Fantastic performances/production.

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Promising new series

This was one of the books that can’t stop listening to and wait to get home to! Really loooking forward to all the other ones to come in this series!

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  • KR
  • 06-25-21

Love Riley Edwards

I have been waiting for more to be released from Riley Edwards and this book didn’t disappoint! Two of my favorite narrators and a great story. Keep them coming!!!!

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Nixon and McKenna

Nixon and McKenna’s story was packed with sadness, love, family, and togetherness. Nixon is former seal who has now made in back home to live a great non stressful life. He has started taking care of the family farm and meets this beautiful, smart, caring and feisty woman who completely caught his eye.

McKenna has lost a part of her life that means everything to her and because of hat has decided to be her siblings guardian. McKenna has her hands full with two teenagers who have lost not one both parents. There are unanswered questions, feelings that have not been addressed, hurt and pain from everyone with loss. She is trying very hard to make life as easy as possible for them but she’s also having a hard time showing them a parenting side and also being their sister.

Nixon and McKenna have more in common than both of them think and the fireworks begin at first site. Their story is sad but also refreshing for not only Nixon and McKenna but also her brother and sister. They get to see true love take place and what they should and need to expect while forming their lives. I loved all arrows thrown their way and the fight each of them had to overcome it all.

Can Nixon and McKenna overcome it all? Will they continue the fight to save the ones they love?

The narrators did a fantastic job bringing this story to life.

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Worth fighting for

Nixon has gone back to his home town and has a small horse with a goat taking along on his property. Their owner throws him for a loop that he never expected. This is the beginning of Gemini series. The narrators are good.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Love this Story

The narrators are great and bring the characters to life. I liked the overall story and it had me enthralled where I finished the audiobook in a day.

The only criticism I have is that the male lead was to infallible. It made him seem too good to be true. I still loved him, but he made no mistakes.

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  • lisagk
  • 12-04-22

savor the story

Listening to Nix and McKenna's story allowed me to savor the story. I fell in love with this team, this series, on my original read quite some time back. This is the couple that started it all, the couple that is the beginning of the big happy family. I love the strength and life choices that Nixon brings to the Wilson siblings. His cool, calm sureness brings peace to McKenna's brother and sister and that soothes her own soul. Theirs is a wonderfully meaningful and emotional filled journey of love and happiness bringing their friends together to form a family filled with love and joy. The narration team does an great job separating the voices.

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  • Heather B.
  • 11-28-22

This series is such great ride!

Nixon “Nix” Swagger is a man in need of a mission. Recently separated from the Navy Seals, he returns home to his old family farm, neglected after the passing of his father. Thriving on his reputation as a bit of a loner, he thinks that’s what he needs. Until McKenna turns his head and his heart, almost from the start.

McKenna is a brilliant computer engineer, working out of her rural homestead while raising her orphaned half-siblings. She’s not sure what to make of Nix, as he at first lends a helping hand and then begins to integrate himself into her family. There is no denying their chemistry or how good they are together.

When Nix’s former SEAL Team Member comes calling from his new job at Homeland Security, Nix creates Gemini Group. Working on government contracts, their expertise and bravery bring them all immediately back into the fray. But danger can be close to home, as the corrupt sheriff and his equally corrupt son, continue to harass him and McKenna’s family.

This book is such a great introduction to this series. So well-written, both the hero and heroine are strong, independent, and so good for each other. Even when they try to fight their attraction, it’s so obvious that these two soul mates call to each other.

Highly recommend this series. While the books are fine as stand-alones, they are even better enjoyed in order.

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  • Nicole
  • 11-03-22

Nixon and McKenna pulled me in

Nix and McKenna are adorable I enjoyed listening to their story and watching as things fell into place. The supporting characters have pulled me in too and I can't wait to start the next book!

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  • JoJo
  • 10-18-22

Nixon & McKenna

Nixon’s Promise is the first book in the Gemini Group Series and is McKenna and Nixon’s story.
McKenna is feisty, independent and sassy. Nix is protective, caring and hardworking. When the meet in the downtown area of their very small town the chemistry is sizzling and impossible to ignore. By chance they find out they are neighbours and Nix starts helping out in her farm and becomes the male presence McKenna’s siblings need to be able to grieve the loss of their parents. When Nix’s small town past comes to haunt him McKenna and the kids are caught in the middle with severe consequences. But it’s Nix’s Navy Seal past that seals their fate as a couple when Nix’s new formed company hires McKenna as an IT expert.
This book had it all: romance, suspense, banter and small town shenanigans. It also has two amazing narrators that brought these characters to life with their incredible performances.

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  • Escape to the pages
  • 10-14-22

Meltingly amazing

*sigh*

I’ve read this book, multiple times. It’s actually already one of my favourite Riley Edwards books. I still don’t actually know what I was expecting when I set off on the audible journey though. I’m not (or wasn’t..) a fan of listening to a book be read to me, I’ve tried and failed several times but long journeys are a feature of my life and I do love a romance novel and so I persevered…

Turns out Joe Arden + Erin Mallon + Riley Edwards = awesome.

I honestly loved listening to this book, the narrators were amazing and really brought the story to life. There is no wonder Joe Arden is called the King of F***. There were times listening to this I didn’t want my journey to end, and I found myself fanning my face in an effort to cool down!!

I recommend anyone give this audible a listen, highly addictive, satisfying and thrilling it ticks so many boxes to leave you wanting more.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • TheSassyNerd
  • 06-06-22

OK story. Great narration

Audiobook review: This was my first book by this author and I was an OK listen. The narration was on point, but that is to be expected with Joe Arden and Erin Mallon. Unfortunately I struggled to connect with Nixon and McKenna throughout the book. However, the authot can tell a story well, and I do want to listen to the next book.


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  • Jocelyne
  • 05-15-22

Great Romantic Suspense!

This is the first book in the Gemini Group series, a Romantic Suspense. Nixon (Nix) and McKenna‘s story is well written, and suspenseful, filled with mystery and action. Nixon, a former seal, is handsome, protective, and supportive. McKenna is beautiful, talkative, feisty, smart and caring. They are opposites attract, and they are perfect together. The cast of supporting characters is impressive. I loved McKenna’s siblings Zack and Mandy. I liked the family bonds in the story. Nixon's teammates are intriguing. I liked their brotherhood. The storyline is entertaining, and captivating. Erin Mallon and Joe Arden did an excellent job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward for more in the series.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 05-06-22

Unexpected but sweet

It may be because of the cover but I think I expected more suspense with the story. In fact, while there is a bit of intrigue because there is a set up to Nixon's group, the Gemini group, overall, the focus of this story is on McKenna and Nixon's romance and the restoration of McKenna's family after the death of her family. Somehow, with Nixon and her relationship, her brother and sister start to open up and they become a family again. I'm not sure I really got that story arc.

That said, I was especially enthralled during the last third of the book, where McKenna shows off some of her skills as a computer expert to help Nixon and his group determine who the terrorist is that they are asked to find. It really highlighted the strong feminine voice and I overall enjoyed the development of the relationship between her and Nixon.

I listened to the audiobook and absolutely love Erin Mallon and Joe Arden so having them read such a good book just elevated the story overall. Their mastery of multiple voices as well as their pacing and infusion of emotion really draws the listener into the story. A fantastic way to experience this story!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 05-03-22

Fantastic romantic suspense

There is s a reason I love Riley Edwards. She knows how to write a story that has grit and romance and always keeps me riveted until the end. This first book in her Gemini Group series feathers Nixon Swagger, and yes, he has got it in spades. A retired Navy seal, he has come home to relax and get his life in order. Meeting his neighbor McKenna is a surprise he was not expecting. She is like a breath of fresh air for him, but she comes with baggage. McKenna is guardian to her two younger siblings. While not expecting this role, she is doing her best to help her brother, Zack and sister, Mandy acclimate to their new life. Trouble in town existed when Nix was there years ago, and it still seems to be around with the same culprits causing the problems. As the relationship between Nix and McKenna begins to sizzle, the danger begins to surround the girls. Now Nix has taken the job to keep the family safe. Add in the Gemini Group as Nix takes on a new job, and the suspense and danger really begins. This story is fantastic from start to finish. Nixon, the strong, protective type is just the kind of man you want around. McKenna is definitely an independent woman, and I love her interactions with her siblings. Both Zack and Mandy have a great roles, and getting a glimpse at the Gemini Group partners is just whets the appetite for the rest of the books in this series. I can't wait to see what's in store for the others,

Erin Mallon and Joe Arden are amazing and teamed together I knew I was in for a fantastic listen. Mallon plays the part of McKenna with ease. She falls in the motherly part, hearing the frustration and love for her siblings as she takes on her new role. And she easily turns on the professional when McKenna becomes key to the group. Arden has a tone to his voice that has me melting in every role. He is the protective Nixon and shines his love through his voice. In the next breath, he is the militant soldier, ready to take on the mission given. I love these two and together it's a must-listen.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 05-01-22

Entertaining small town romantic suspense

My first book by this author, and the first book in this series, and I loved it (book 2 will be in my future very soon). War hero Nixon ‘Nix’ Swagger returns to his small town farm to find he has a new neighbour, McKenna ‘Micky’ Wilson. McKenna has moved into a small holding of sorts, after having taken the job of looking after her two younger siblings, 15 year old Zach, and 17 year old Mandy, following the death of their parents. Lots of chemistry between McKenna and Nixon, I loved the tension and the banter, they worked so well together. Then there’s lots of added drama and suspense as they both contend with a crooked Sheriff and his lecherous son (the deputy sheriff), who are determined to make Nixon pay for their own transgressions. Lots of emotions - happy, sad, intense and totally suspenseful. Lots happening to keep me entertained throughout. Also, something different do me, McKenna is written and narrated in the first person and Nixon is written and narrated in the third person. It was a little strange to begin with, but to be fair it really worked well, and fit in totally with the story. Narration was perfect, with two of my favourites giving it their all, Erin Mallon and Joe Arden, they truly brought the story to life.


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  • Toni
  • 11-14-22

Loved It!

Who doesn't love listening to a protective Alpha. Nixon's devotion to protect McKenna and her family shone through right away. I enjoyed the pace of the story from the suspense of a secret mission through to the steamy chemistry between Nixon and McKenna. Thank you Riley Edwards for a great story and for casting the perfect narrator team of Joe Arden as Nixon and Erin Mallon as McKenna. I will definitely continue with the Gemini Series as I now have to know more about the new characters I met in this book.

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  • Tracey Grant
  • 11-07-21

Great start to new series..

Great narration by Erin Mallon and Joe Arden..touching story line deals with overcoming grief, finding love, and little bit of action.

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  • Avidchic reader
  • 07-18-21

yay I just loved it

was so excited after reading red team, and then I discovered Nixon. it was just the right amount of angst, ops and security romance.
love the way it moved along at a good pace and the plot line was awesome.
some of Riley's stories are novellas and I don't see the price is worth the hours of listening so was glad to have a good length.
so enjoyed the narrator's they are awesome as always.
looking forward to more from Riley.