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Publisher's Summary

In this second installment in the Tyler Jamison and Ian Alexander romantic suspense series, Tyler and Ian face their greatest challenge yet.

Homicide detective Tyler Jamison is facing the unthinkable - a prison sentence for beating the man who assaulted Ian. But that's only the beginning of their troubles, because when Ian's younger sister goes missing, Tyler risks everything to save the sister of the man he loves.

©2021 April E Barnswell (P)2021 April E Barnswell

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Pretty Good Follow up Book

I love how this book just follows up on the first one without missing a beat.
Thank you April Wilson for using the same narration team - they are excellent together. I just love how Jack DuPont's interpretation of Tyler is so 1950ish private eye sounding... JF Harding is always excellent, especially in a dual narration setting.

I really liked how this book seemed so realistic - I mean in real life not everything works out ideally and why should it always in books - kudos to April Wilson for some much appreciated realism without saturating the book with it.

I will definitely revisit this book and my much loved book one - Seems like there might be a path to a longer series, without having to write cliffhanger in either book - again KUDOS to April Wilson for having some integrity not to "sucker" readers in to sequels but relying on just good plain story writing.

Highly recommend both novels.

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great performance but ...

I know that people are supposed to be "mindless for love", but the plot for this book is soooooo shallow. There are so many reasonable, logical holes in the plot that I was pretty turned off to the entire series by the time I finished this book.

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WOW another amazing book!!

Book two “Somebody to Hold” is just as amazing as the first book “Someone to Love”….. April Wilson know how to write romantic without be sappy. The Narrator she hired are absolutely perfect.

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I love Ian and Tyler

I love Ian and Tyler but this book wasn’t as good as the first one. I feel like too much time is spent on waiting to see if Tyler is going to be arrested. It made the book a bit slow. Gets way better during the last quarter of the book. I look forward to the third book coming to audible.

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Wanted to love it but...

It feels like this book struggled to sustain the interest and dynamics of the first one. I felt like Ian seemed to be worse of in the relationship than before it. Some of the character descision points felt forced to fit the drama so came across as contrived rather than natural progression of the character.
The narrators did an excellent job, I just felt the material was lacking.
Couldn't get behind this one.

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Not the worst thing you’ll listen to

I really enjoyed the first title in this series. I had just suffered through the third in the Like Us series - an absurdly conceived concept that was not worth the time. Audible refunded the 4th book and I found this series. The first book has a grounded storyline and characters who are worth the investment.

Jack DuPont is a very dramatic and breathy narrator. Overall he’s fine, but not my favorite. JF Harding is probably my favorite narrator, and he doesn’t disappoint.

What did disappoint was the storyline for this title. It just felt sloppy. The first book ends with Tyler coming to Ian’s defense and beating the dastardly Brad to a pulp. We expected some sort of repercussion in this volume. Well, we more or less got it. It just was not that smartly conceived. The timeline feels rushed - very little time has passed from the first book. And this book spans an equally tight timeframe. This sword of Damocles over Tyler’s head either needed to be like, the next day, or a few months down the line. It seems highly unlikely that the incident could have been kept that quiet based on the eyewitness videos taken at the time. If Tyler was lucky enough to have it stay quiet, then months down the road would have made for a darker cloud over our boys!- heightening the tension.

But let’s step back a second and acknowledge why this whole plot is ill conceived. Tyler is a cop. Ian was assaulted in a public space - left with bruises on his neck from nearly being choked to the point of unconsciousness. Tyler didn’t file at the very least a report? Ian’s family would just sit by and not do anything about a man who attacked their son? None of it adds up.

Yet Wilson digs in and commits. Next, Brad is blackmailing Ian - promising to bring charges against Tyler if Ian doesn’t put out. He is seen harassing Ian twice by injured body guard Miguel, who goes along with Ian in keeping the secret. When all the deadlines pass and Brad finally presses charges, no one thinks to bring up all the threatening text messages Ian has because somehow Ian’s father convinces Tyler that Ian can’t be allowed to testify in a trial. Ian is treated much like a child in this book, too fragile for his own good. What’s worse, Ian talks about how much he like that the nearly 16 years older boyfriend takes charge and is the alpha (daddy) figure. It doesn’t sit well.

Ian retreats into self doubt and despair, there’s a whole out of the blue side story with Ian’s sister and there is way too much sex between the boys.

What saves this from being a complete waste is the broader world Wilson created is pretty solid. For example, Tyler’s mother is a great character. To her credit, Wilson doesn’t make the mistake of writing too much. The book is a reasonable length for as little happens. Strong narration also helps. I’m sure there will be a third installment, and I will give it a chance. A guarded recommendation for those who enjoyed the first volume.

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Faith this is what's happening

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beautiful story great narratives great writing. this is a beautiful love story the voices were so similar but great.

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Lovely sequel.

When I got book 1 in audio, I knew I had to get book 2 as well. The story is so engaging and I love the MCs. Ian is a sweetheart and Tyler is a honorable guy. I also love that there are relatable faults both MCs have and even better, no stereotypes about their sexual dynamic. It's a wonderful story.

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An Amazing Part 2

Honestly, the book was a pleasant continuation from the original first story. both Tyler and Ian have grown a lot in such a short amount of time and this story really is an amazing continuation of their journey. without giving too many spoilers, they're happily ever after is achieved but with some twists and turns that I believe every reader would find unexpected. moving from that point, I feel as though the author has definitely given these characters a lot of depth and The storyline definitely leaves more to be told. I hope the story of Tyler and Ian continue because I feel as though they have so much more to give. that being said the narrators as always did an amazing job and if this is your first audiobook with JF Harding you will not be disappointed! Also, Jack Dupont is an amazing pairing for Harding and the chemistry between both narrators is felt in the first story as well as this one.

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Great Series

I love this book and the first. Tyler and Ian are so sweet. I did get made Tyler had to go to jail and loses his job for doing a good Dead but I love him and Ian so it was worth the read.

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Wonderful!

The whole story was a delight- the narration was perfect by J.F.Harding snd Jack DuPont .