• Sink or Swim

  • RELIC, Book 2
  • By: Maz Maddox
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Trapped on a cruise ship with a man I absolutely hate is not how I wanted to spend this fake honeymoon. Especially when my "fiance" has a deadly ex on the same boat.

Jackson is everything I'm not: brash, careless, and a former fossil thief. But he's my ticket to getting what I want - the original Spinosaurus fossils that have been lost for decades. Now I have to play the part, win the fossils, and try not to kill him in the process.

The danger of being caught, tortured, or killed isn't what scares me.

Navigating the waters of this fake relationship is threatening to pull me under.

And I'm terrified of sinking.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Maz Maddox (P)2021 Tantor
  • Series: Relic, Book 2
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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A+++ for the story….jury is out on narration

Before I get into what disappointed me with the audiobook, Sink or Swim is probably my favorite book out of the RELIC series (and I’ve read them all). I was excited for Baha to get his HEA and it was everything I had hoped for and more! Jackson was the perfect character to complement Baha when he’s a grumpy grumposaurus. My irritation has nothing to do with the author OR the book. Maz Maddox has become a 1-click author for me and I highly, highly recommend the RELIC series. But, one of my major pet peeves with series narrated by the same person with the same characters is when the voices don’t match from one audiobook to the other. And this is such a case. While Baha’s voice is the same as it was in book one (breathe a sigh of relief with me), the voices for the other characters that also appeared in Smash & Grab do not match very well. In fact, they all sound the same. Montana, Dalton and Simon have barely discernible voice differences and were not how they sounded in Smash & Grab (I listened to both back to back). It was so disappointing. Kirt Graves is an amazing narrator and he did a great job with the voices in book one, but this seems like a rushed job to me.

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This was fun

A little suspense. A little sex. A little violence. What else is there to expect from dinosaur fossil collectors?

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Sink or Swim fun

2nd book in series. This one is about Baja, The grumpy one and Jackson the sunshiny one.
I started out this story not sure if I was going to like Baja but ended up loving this grumpy dinosaur.
Once again the story was fun fast paced and a little campy.
Not as goofy as Dalton but very definately enjoyable.
And can I just say, Baja's spinosaurus just melted my heart a little. Entire story of the quest to save priceless relics set on a cruise ship.
I listened to the audio version and
as usual Kirt Graves did a great narration job.

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I love this series

This series absolutely rocks. So this is Baha's story. He is the grumpy Spinosaurus, had not clue what a Spinosaurus was, but they seem really cool. He works for RELIC and they get intel that there is going to be an auction on dinosaur fossils. Enter Jackson, who Baha instantly dislikes because in Jackson's past, he was a thief of fossils and to Baha that is the worst betrayal that a dinosaur shifter can do. Jackson is a Quetzalcoatl, again, no clue what that was, but really cool as well. So Jackson is tasked with getting Baha onto a cruise that his ex, who is a real POS, is running an auction for said fossils. And they go undercover as fiancé's. Well Jackson comes up with the idea & Baha hates it. What I liked best about the story, though I did like what was happening on the ship, was the times they spent alone getting to know each other; from drinks to Baha catching a shark & giving it to Jackson to eat. At that point, it cemented the "mate" between them. Jackson breaks down all the walls that surrounds Baha's heart and heals him.

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  • 08-09-21

Great story and narration

This series is really unique, it’s a great take on shifter stories. Really well written and very funny. Narration by Kirt was great as always. I read another review that stated his voices for the previous characters didn’t sound the same as in Smash & Grab… that was kind of true in the very beginning, but I was still able to tell who was speaking. Later in the book though Dalton and Montana were sounding like they should. Highly recommend.

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Does NOT leave you floundering

I was introduced to Maz Maddox and the Relic series with Smash & Grab last year, which quickly became one of my favorite books of the year! I was worried Sink or Swim would not live up to the first book of the series.

I should not have worried! It was chock full of amazing characters, hot sass, and sweet sex, not to mention a fun story. Absolutely awesome ride!

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 12-27-21

Enjoyable Story

This is an interesting story. Well written and with likeable characters. The narration is good as well.

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  • 08-10-21

Enjoyable listen

This was a fun listen. I would have liked some time with the couple properly together and fighting in a battle, as it all still felt very new by the end so it didn’t quite grab me emotionally as much as it could have. Other than missing that depth towards the end, it was a good book.

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  • Angela
  • 07-05-22

Sweet and grumpy

Probably the most organic 'enemy to lovers' I've read in a long time. There is real friction, they both make mistakes, and they both work through it and come to a very balanced relationship.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 01-02-22

Grumpisaurous!!

I loved it! Baha and Jackson are fantastic! A great enemies to lovers story, with humor, a little danger and DINOSAURS!!! Such a unique, witty and fabulous story, world and collection of characters. I can't wait for more!!!

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  • Kibbit
  • 08-08-21

Another great Dino Shifter story

This series is well worth the credit. Loved it! Kirt Graves did a great job narrating the MCs you could easily distinguish between them. Reading book one isn't necessary but I would because it is awesome, wasn't sure what to expect in an MM Dino shifter story but Maz Maddox makes it believable and fun. So glad I took the chance. More please.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 08-07-21

As brilliant and fun as the first book!

Super grumpy Egyptian spinosaurus shifter, Baha is not keen to trust fossil smuggler Jackson in the undercover recovery of some important fossils. When Jackson passes off Baha as his fiancé on an exclusive fossil auction cruise, Baha is even more unimpressed. This entertaining second book in the RELIC series ticked so many great tropes: fake relationship, enemies-to-lovers, and close proximity. The irreverent, unruffled Jackson was the perfect foil to the uptight, easily angered Baha and their shifter reveals and eventual mutual respect for each other were hugely satisfying! The story had lots of fun, spicy sneaking around and danger - I had wondered how this second book could possibly live up to the brilliance of the first book, and it totally did! The always amazing Kirt Graves provides a credible Arabic voice for Baha and the perfect southern drawl for Jackson - great work!