• Sanctuary Found

  • Pelican Bay, Book 2
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Dean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (611 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Coming home should be the easiest thing in the world, but I've never felt more lost....

When his stellar military career comes to an abrupt and terrible end, 32-year-old Maddox Kent returns to the town he never planned to step foot into again, hoping to mend the rift he himself caused with the brother he left behind. But coming home means facing some hard truths about himself and his actions. When he has the chance to start making amends by helping his brother with the wildlife sanctuary he runs, Maddox is thrown another curveball when a stranger appears....

As long as we keep moving, everything will be okay. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway....

For 21-year-old Isaac, Pelican Bay is only supposed to be a stopping point on the trek from San Francisco to New York. With his little brother, Newt, in tow, Isaac is just looking to make things right by returning something of value to a person he wronged. But "getting lost" in the next big city proves to be a problem when the brutal Minnesota winter claims Isaac's car and strands him and Newt at the animal sanctuary. When the owners of the place offer him a job, a desperate Isaac agrees, despite the presence of a man Isaac instinctively knows could be his downfall....

It should be so easy to let him go, but I can't. And not just because I want to protect him....

Nothing about Isaac makes sense to Maddox. Not his piercings or makeup or flashy clothes. And most certainly not the snarky mouth that doesn't match the vulnerability Maddox sees in the younger man's eyes. But one thing does make sense to the hardened former soldier. Isaac is running from something, and Maddox's gut is telling him not to let Isaac and little Newt go until he can ferret out the truth.

©2018 Sloane Kennedy (P)2018 Sloane Kennedy

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solid story with a kinky twist

I was so excited at the end of the last book the Discover Isaac and Newt and could not wait for their story. I really enjoyed the story and I felt like it tugged at my Heartstrings. all the characters were wonderful and I adored Newton and Loki. I'm looking forward to the next book and I'm hoping that is Jet in Ford and not Ford and Cam.
typically I love when Michael Pauley narrates a book but this time I wasn't a huge fan. there were times where I felt like he was a bit too much for a scene. Also when he does Maddox voice sometimes it seems to shift and I had to remember whose POV we were listening to.
he does use some of the best sex scenes but sometimes it's a bit harsh when I feel it should be more intimate, in this book was an example of that. But he nailed it when he did Newton's voice.
all-in-all in all I would definitely recommend this book and the book before it and I cannot wait for the next book.

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I. Love. This Story. GREAT!

Maddox and Issac's story was so suspenseful. I could not predict where their story would take me. And I fell in love with Newt, Issac's little brother. His role was an important part of this exciting plot. The narration was GREAT! If you want to just chill out, while listening to an amazing story, you are at the right place. I highly recommend this read. ENJOY!

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Best M/M romance story I've listened to!

I loved this story and the many interesting characters in it - from 4 year old Newt to grandfather Aaron; estranged brothers Dallas and Maddox; Nolan, Sawyer, Ford and Isaac; Jerry the ornery zebra, Loki the half wolf, Gentry the bear, and Snotrod of the kitten - and the drama and romance that unfolds. Michael Pauley did a phenomenal job voicing each one. Excellent!

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Sloane has done it again!

I love to read all of Sloane Kennedy's books, but it's just so much better to listen! Just LOVED the narration by Michael Pauley!

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So hot and so sweet, and so hot! 🔥

My favorite trope is enemies to lovers! No actual enemies exactly, but misunderstandings with grumpy and cautious lead up to some super hot 🔥 scenes! When the author can do so much with just looks, whispers, and kisses... Well you know you got the good stuff! This IS the good stuff!! Nothing like a bonus kink to really seal the deal! As usual, Kennedy nails it!
How does Micheal Dean do it? Perfect delivery EVERY time! I often read the story while listening to it, and I swear he picks up on the most subtle things you might miss while just reading the book. You get SO much more from the story when you have the privilege of listening to Michael Dean read it to you!

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Sloane does not disappoint!

I love this book and the series. Michael Dean brings the story to life. Great story development and some steamy scenes.

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5+++++

Sloan is one of my favorite authors. The stories are well balanced. The steamy parts are not not too long but are appropriate to support the characters . The outcome is an interesting story that keeps me engaged and entertained.

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loved it!

great book from the beginning... the chemistry was insane and this one is a reread for sure!!!

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Great story

Book 2 in the series doesn’t disappoint! This one brings a beautiful young man into the wildlife sanctuary. His gentle yet ferocious care of his 4 year old brother, his bravado in the face of challenges large and small, his skittishness, his trust issues- they all point towards something deeper. Then there is our soldier who has just put his relationship back together with his own family at the sanctuary. This gruff, closed off, mysterious man. This story is interesting in the way it portrays the seemingly straight man coming to terms with a full on attraction to someone he, at first, distrusts and the way he shares that attraction to his love interest. The story unfolds in true Kennedy style- lots of bumps and hiccups, a twist or two of heart palpitations and angst- but nothing too teenage girly. Throw in guyliner, gauges and lipgloss, as well as silk panties bullies, PTSD, and a newfound family member and this story throws quite a surprise party. In the end, there truly is a happily ever after! Michael Dean- Kudos again on great acting! His narration draws you in and lets you feel the story instead of just hearing it.

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Even Better Than the First in the Series

Absolutely loved this book! Better than the first in the series. Romantic and heartfelt, I truly love Sloane’s writing style. Pair that with my favorite narrator, Michael, and it’s always going to be a win! Highly recommend!

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  • Mandy Tunstill
  • 10-23-21

Absolutely Brilliant 💞💞

Amazing series can't get enough Love.... Love.... Maddox and Issacc they are simply perfect together not forgetting little Newt so adorable it's an emotional but beautiful journey you're taken on and Michael Dean as done a fantastic job of bringing them to life i recommend so much. 💖💖

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  • Adele duffy
  • 07-08-20

A wonderful story

I absolutely loved this brilliant story. The voice in this audible really brings this story to life. The characters are so likeable and the chemistry between sizzling hot!!! This is definitely one story not to be miss!!!

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  • Michelle Hayden
  • 07-07-20

Loved every word

Absolutely loved this book and the audible version makes it even better, thank you Sloane and Michael. Will definitely be listening again and again.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 06-06-20

Isaac and Maddox

Sloane and Michael perfection. Isaac has been on the run with his little brother after his father put Newton's head through a wall, as he had done to Isaac before, with there mother dead he has no other option, they arrive in Pelican bay to return Nolan's violin and meet Maddox. An adventure begins and so does love . Beautiful story

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  • Grace
  • 05-24-20

Beautiful and Real!

I loved Isaac and Maddox’s story in writing and loved it even more on Audible, their story is beautiful and real not necessarily easy at times but so worth the outcome they get! Will be listening to again! Well done Sloane Kennedy and Well done Michael Dean for bringing the characters to life.

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  • Claudia CG Lezar
  • 05-05-20

as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Michael Pauley/Dean is one of the 8 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B


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  • Cassi
  • 04-23-20

Amazing story, Sexy characters

I don't really have enough words to describe how much I loved this book. We get a ton of the guys we loved from book 1 and then a whole bunch of new characters to adore. Both MCs in this book are AMAZING AND HOT AF also the little brother is beyond adorable. There are so many scenes in this that are just SO SO good. It's a re-listen for sure. These are 2 of my favorite Sloane characters and will always have a piece of my heart.

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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 08-05-18

one of Sloane Kennedys best

This is the 2nd book in the Pelican Bay series and I think it is better than the first. The differences between Isaac and Maddox are significant, but there story is both heart warming and hot.

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  • Helennnlouise18
  • 06-10-18

Great listen!

No words can define the magic that is the duo of Kennedy's writing and Pauley's narration. I had already read Sanctuary Found and had fallen in love with the characters but Pauley manages to bring the characters and their emotions alive with his flawless narration. As always with Kennedy's novels you're guaranteed a happy ever after but I sure love the journey Maddox and Isaac had to achieve it. You're gripped from the minute you press play and suffer from a book hangover when it ends. I look forward to the next Pelican Bay novel and the audible that'll come with it.

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  • DML 🤓
  • 06-05-18

Sanctuary is found.

I have read and listened to both books in this series and they are Fabulous. You know there will be a HEA but boy there are twists and turns before you get there. I can not wait for book 3 so I can read it then Listen the Audio a few months later. Michael Pauley does a fantastic job of interpreting Sloanes’ words and bringing them to life.

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  • Larwos
  • 07-15-22

Another heart wrenching my happy book

Beautifully written story of desperation, memory of trauma and a beautiful cast of characters I just loved and wanted everything good for.
Brave Isaac, adorable Newt (wait till you get to the palm spitting, it’s hilarious) Loki, the half wolf, the cranky zebra, the sad bear, the kitten called Snot- and they are only some of the inhabitants of the Sanctuary.
I laughed, teared up, and got furious with the way Isaac had to live before Sanctuary.
Maddox seemed an enigma until you heard his story and grew to know the huge generous heart he had.
I could go on, but do yourself a favour and read this lovely series.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 07-31-18

omg I just love this series so much

Its everything you want. Heartwarming, deep, complex, beautiful characters and a touching love story. I can't wait for the next story in this series!!!

I often re-read this one over and over again - Still an all-time favorite
So much emotion, heartbreak and redemption. I loved this story in my first, second and every subsequent read through. it's so powerful, emotive and full of heart. I love these two men and their story

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