• Sanctuary

  • Wrecked, Book 1
  • By: Kelly Fox
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What's the first rule of running a gym by and for combat vets? Enjoy the scorching hot scenery, but get your kicks somewhere else.

Never mind that my cousin-slash-business partner ignores that rule every chance he gets. I don't ignore it. Ever. And frankly, between Grindr, and living in one of the gayest cities in America, it's not exactly a hardship.

Hell, it's so easy, I can do it on one leg.

That is, until a pair of blue eyes, swimming with vulnerability, shows up at my door, looking for a job. He's too skinny, too mouthy, and way too young for the likes of me, but he pings that protector instinct in me - hard.

I want to fix whatever put that lost look in his eyes, but to manage that, I'd have to do the one thing I said I'd never do.

Break my own rules.

Sanctuary is an MM military romance, featuring hurt-comfort, found family, and a gym full of ripped men, wearing tight shorts, and lifting heavy objects.

This is the first audiobook in the Wrecked series. The characters - Evie, Scout, Jake and Jean-Pierre - first appear in Scout and the Lavender Girl, written under my pen name, K.C. Littleton.

©2020 Kelly Fox (P)2022 Kelly Fox

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So emotional

I absolutely adored this hurt comfort military romance


This one was such an emotional listen for ne and the author did an amazing job on the world building.

John performed an amazing audio delivery and narration.

Absolutely recommend this!!

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Good performances, but the story was a bit rigid

I think John Solo did a great job with the narration - so many characters done to perfection.

The overall story has great themes but has a few issues.

The first part goes on a bit, then there is a way too short character transition, then it's pages and pages and pages of sex

The changes from beginning to end seem unrealistic because they change too much too fast
I would say, ditch half the sex scenes, and expand the middle of the story so the character development has more flow.

Just my 2 C/s

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100%

I absolutely love Sanctuary. I first read it over a year ago and am so happy it's available in the audible format now. Is it all little over the top at times with the snark? Absolutely! Do I love that about this book? 100%! John Solo does an amazing job with this book. He isn't just reading the book but bringing these characters to life so you can feel the emotions that Kelly poured onto the page. I can't wait for more!

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Superb story!

I love this series! It centers around a gym for combat vets, many of whom have prosthesis and/or mental conditions. The owners are also gay, so there is an open atmosphere of acceptance. Enter Elijah. He desperately needs a job, and is one of the best employees ever, but he is hiding what he feels as a shameful secret. Nick has his ultra strict regime and need to control, along with some post trauma stuff to deal with. Two people who hide pieces of themselves until sh1t hits the fan and then a HEA. A fantastic start to why is a well crafted and highly enjoyable series. The characters are amazingly 3D with foibles like real people.

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DNf- awful narration

Could not finish, the narration was just terrible and cringy. It was so awful I'm not even sure I wanna read the books.

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Great start to a series

I read this when it came out and now saw it was narrated by John Solo. Thus making a listen imperative.

Nick and Elija: Nick wants to take care of everyone and Elija needs a caretaker despite not wanting one. The two of them dance around one another while the steam builds.

We are introduced to several side characters throughout the book and I’m excited to see where their stories go.

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Heart warming

My first listen to John Solo as a narrator but definitely not my last.

A beautiful story by Kelly Fox which grabs you from the very first chapter!

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I’m a former military brat and current military spouse. I spent over a decade as a medical editor in rehabilitation, which included a focus on prosthetics. I hesitated over reading Sanctuary because I know I can be picky about books with either of those themes, much less combined. I’m so glad I decided to dive in; I ended up binge-reading this entire series in a single weekend.

I instantly fell in love with Nick and Elijah, along with the fantastic cast of supporting characters that ensure the central pairing doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There’s nothing better than found family, especially when everyone is open and supportive about their own and others’ sexualities.

A very different sort of sparks flew at this couple’s initial meeting. This usually means a roller-coaster of a ride to get to the happily ever after, and this book was no exception to that rule. I could quibble about the lack of communication between the men at certain points in their relationship, but both had reasons to hold back until external elements forced them into full honesty.

Even better, the ending isn’t really an ending because I still get to check in on these characters throughout the rest of the series. I wish I could be a client at Wrecked, and not just because of all the hot guys! Not only is the romance in this book heartwarming, but also the gym’s excellent vibe that comes across so clearly in Fox’s writing.

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Love this book

I really love this world of Kelly’s, and I really enjoy this book in particular. Their dynamic is unique and special and funny and a little dramatic. Unfortunately I am not a fan of John for these characters or series. John Solo works for certain books, but not this one.

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Perfect Narration to an Incredible Story

I have read Sanctuary too many times to count so I was very excited to give the audio book a try. John Solo was the perfect choice to narrate Nick and Elijah’s story. The way he captured their unique voices, and even gave all the side characters their own voice really elevated the audio book. Nick is a former Navy Seal, and gym owner. He has a rule about not looking up with employees but he just can resist Nick. Nick is an army vet trying to get back on his feet after going through some person struggles. He’s a hard worker and loves his job at the gym. He is also so drawn to Nick and can’t resist him. Their relationship is beautiful and John Soli literally gave me chills multiple times during the story. I will definitely be listening to this book again and again.

I did get a free copy of this audio book but that did not influence my review.

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  • Elle Kay
  • 05-19-22

Amazing book, beautiful audio

Fox’s first book in the Wrecked series, Sanctuary, is a wonderfully layered, emotional love story which takes place in a gym for combat vets.

I’ve long loved the book and the characters of Nick and Elijah. The found family aspect of the novel is dreamy. Fox excels in this area.

The hot times are smoking, the vulnerable times endearing.

John Solo’s performance as he narrates the book is exceptional. The best word for his voice is smooth. It’s an honest delight to listen to.

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  • Luciangal2
  • 03-29-22

An OK listen

Not a blown away listen, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Kept me entertained just wanted to explore more of guys background.

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  • AL
  • 03-28-22

Perfect match of story and voice!

Story: A really well written story of two fantastic characters. The Wrecked world is full of great personalities and Kelly Fox delivered a really emotional journey.
Narration: John Solo is an absolutely perfect match for this series. Perfect performance with all the right feels!

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 03-26-22

Perfect match of story and performer

I knew I was going to love this book from the moment I heard Elijah's job interview scene. I laughed out loud and startled my cat. It also showed that Elijah was nobody's fool and could hold his own with all the other guys in the gym as well as masterfully handle the clients. As we come to know Nick and Elijah we learn that neither of them feel they deserve happiness. Nick, because of the guilt he carries from the incident that cost him part of his leg and Elijah because of the way his mother treated him at age 14 when he came out to her. It is heartbreaking when Elijah has a happy moment in the book and immediately stifles it and says to himself, "People like me don't get lives like this." This sums up both his life and Nick's until they start to open up to each other and begin to hope. Elijah, however, is hiding a secret that the reader figures out before Nick does. When Nick does figure out what has been going on with Elijah, he tries to express concern and his wish to help and the words come out all wrong from Elijah's perspective and Elijah runs away.

The secondary characters are amazingly well drawn and all are interesting, Roly, Jake, Jean-Pierre, Scout, Evie, Jules, Leon and the wonderful Mr. Morris who helps Elijah get the job at the gym. All of these get their moments to shine and tell parts of their story. Books about most of them seem to be coming soon or are already out (Scout/Evie). There is one character whose change might just require tissues but no spoiler from me. It is totally unexpected and a lovely surprise.

The other boxes this checked for me are all the details given about running a gym, planning programs for it, helping vets with injuries in their physical therapy and what I'm not sure is a recognized trope but is at least a scene I am coming to love, the one where a homophobic or transphobic character gets their comeuppance. So satisfying. Once Nick and Elijah start getting together the scenes are very hot and very tender at the same time and are beautifully done.

I've both longed for and dreaded this one coming to audio. I've read it so many times I was afraid it wouldn't get the performance it deserved. Thank goodness it was handed over to John Solo. He let me hear all those different characters Kelly Fox gave us and he captured the humor and the hurt Nick and Elijah experienced perfectly. My favorite scenes as described above were done just as I wanted them to be. Perfect mix of story and performer.

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  • HMM
  • 03-24-22

Bit boring

It just went on and on. I won't listen to the next novel. Narration was good.

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  • Vicki Williams
  • 03-21-22

Great story perfectly narrated by John Solo

John Solo perfectly captured all the nuances required to give this wonderful cast of main and secondary characters the voices they deserved. The tone between characters was clearly differentiated and the quality of the cadence’s was maintained throughout the entire performance. Solo is the perfect fit for this audiobook and gave an outstanding performance that brought the characters alive.