Audiobook Review: When He’s Torn (The Olympus Pride, #5). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When He’s Torn by Suzanne Wright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been said that Bailey Bryant lives with her middle finger up in the air. She can agree with that. But there’s one thing she fails to be breezy about: her unrelenting attraction to fellow enforcer Deke Hammond. Broad, inked, and ruggedly masculine, the grumpy cat shifter could attract a stone. He’s also currently riddled with touch-hunger and much crankier than usual. So she should probably stop poking at him for fun—he already despises her. Or so she thinks . . . until one of their disputes leads to an explosive kiss and an exchange of truths. That lip-lock creates a major issue—she now wants more. And there seems only one thing for it: She’ll have to kiss him again.

Deke is a man of logic. He doesn’t like what he doesn’t understand. And he cannot explain why Bailey compels him like no one else. Constantly teasing and provoking him, the snake shifter drives him nuts. She takes nothing seriously—him included. Yet, he’s often come close to ravishing her mouth. When touch-hunger comes calling, he loses the strength and will to fight his attraction to her. The more time he spends with Bailey, the more he realizes he’s made many incorrect assumptions about her. There’s much he doesn’t know. Much to admire and respect. Much he truly likes. And there seems only one thing for it: He’ll have to just keep her.

When He’s Torn

The black mamba and the pallas cat!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️💖
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: ☹️🙃😍😘
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The heroine: Bailey – she is a black mamba snake shifter who lives with a pride of cat shifters. She acts like she takes what life has to offer in stride but there are hidden depths to her that not a lot of people know about. She is an enforcer for the olympus pride and is very good at her job. The venom doesn’t hurt either when it comes to taking down foes. Though, she doesn’t kill those that do her wrong, she finds it more fun to break their minds.

The Hero: Deke – he is a pallas cat shifter and an enforcer for the olympus pride. A pallas cat shifter is one of strongest breeds of shifter and are one of the most vicious animals. Despite looking like cute balls of fluff, they can fight like crazy. He is big, burly and inked and is ruggedly masculine. He has touch hunger, which happened to shifters if they haven’t had sexual touch in a while. He was promised to another shifter named Dana who lives far away, so they had an agreement that each other can deal with the touch hunger with another.

The Story: Bailey loves to stir the pot and none more so than with Deke. She is always joking and teasing him, and she frustrates him to no end. Bailey loved Deke’s gravely voice, and he made her feel things she had never felt before. She though he was always stoic with an underlying danger which was very attractive to her. So when Deke’s mom started coming around her place with food, Bailey wondered if she was trying to set her up with him despite him

Deke had pulled out of his vow to Dana, though he hadn’t told her yet or anyone else. She had promised to come home within a year when she went to Australia to help her pregnant sister, but Dana has been gone for 2 ½ years now and is not sure she will ever return. I liked both of Bailey and Deke. They had chemistry from the start and I liked how they were together.

I enjoyed the fact that Bailey has a personality that leads everyone to be frustrated with her. She does things and says things to get on their nerves and enjoys doing it purposely. However, I saw it as a defense mechanism she employed due to her abandonment issues. She wanted people to leave her before she got too comfortable so she wouldn’t be hurt like she was when she was betrayed by her people.

Narrated by Samantha Cook, this book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. She has a great voice and narration style and is terrific at doing different voices for different characters. She did Bailey’s attitude so well. I usually don’t like listening to solo narration, especially when it is done by a female narrator, but I love these books and Samantha did a good job.


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