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Somebody to Hold

By: April Wilson
Narrated by: J.F. Harding,Jack DuPont
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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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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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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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Not too much, not too little. Just perfect!

I’m not the leave review type but I really love this series and I came back to listen again and as I was trolling down to see the auto-recommends for another gem like it I saw it only had one not so good/ detailed review so I thought “why not give it some justice?!”

First off this is book 2 so I’d recommend listening or reading book 1.

The mysteries aren’t connected in both books but the romance between the leads are.

If you’re listening for the smut… go elsewhere there’s not alot in it as the book focuses on solving the cases etc. the sexy time we do get though are bomb. And it does enough to remind you hey this is a mystery romance. Think NCIS or Law and order. The romance doesn’t overwhelm you and I like that a lot!

Both the narration and writing is good in my opinion. The writing isn’t cringe and make you feel like some 13 year old wrote it in 5mins and hit publish without reviewing. You actually think wow they sound like actual detectives! Lol hope this helps.

Honestly I love it so much I got the ebook as well as the paperback. A GEM!

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A good sequal story - 4.5 stars

This is book 2 in the series of Tyler and Ian's relationship - should be read in order.

I really liked these two and their relationship. The characters relationship was much better than the plot. Yes, there are some HUGE problems with the "suspense" part of the storyline but I overlooked it. I also didn't care for the Layla plot line (not my type of heroine stories).

Great performances by J.F. Harding and Jack DuPont - They made this story what it was. I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much reading it.

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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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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 09-20-22

Melodrama central, wildly entertaining!

Chicago PD Det Tyler Jamison is facing criminal charges after publicly beating up the sleazy Brad Turner for assaulting Tyler’s boyfriend, Ian Alexander. As Brad continues to play his sick and twisted games with Ian and the threat of jail time and job loss looms over Tyler, Ian’s sister goes missing and the pressure on Tyler and Ian is dialled to eleven. Folks, this is melodrama central. If you don’t think to hard about it, if you can ignore Ian and Tyler’s lack of common sense and strap yourself in, you’ll enjoy the entertaining emotional rollercoaster ride. There’s an art to stringing out the tension long enough to keep the drama interesting, but not so long that it causes the reader to give up in frustration. April Wilson is a master at this. Just when I’d be ready to punch something over Ian or Tyler’s umpteenth lie of “Nothing’s wrong, really, I’m fine”, they’d finally have to come clean. Don’t get me wrong, I love the big lugs and their chemistry together, but the way they withhold information from each other is completely condescending. God forbid they trust the other to act maturely! Dream team JF Harding (as Ian) and Jack DuPont (as Tyler) are excellent on the audiobook.

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 07-09-22

Wonderful!

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