Stranded by HelenKay Dimon, Narrated by Dorian Bane

Stranded by HelenKay Dimon, Narrated by Dorian BaneStranded by HelenKay Dimon

Narrator: Dorian Bane
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on November 21, 2016
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Enemies who were once lovers, dangerous storm, second chances…

Stranded dove right into the middle of a story that began long before when Cabe and Brax worked together and became something more all the way up to the point when Brax inexplicably shot Cabe.  Cabe spent a long time recovering from the gunshot wound to his chest and never learned why his lover shot him before he heard that Brax had been killed on another mission.

But now, doing one last job for the mercenary company he has worked for, he encounters the man who ended everything.  Cabe is suspicious from the start about this job of carrying a message for his boss to an operative hidden deep in the Alaskan wilderness, but now, he has no idea what to think when Brax is both alive and Cabe’s boss obviously kept it from Cabe.

Brax wants one more chance and knows that he has to get the hostile Cabe to hear him out and believe him about what really happened when he pulled that trigger.  Somehow things are not working toward a resolution and something else is afoot placing him and Cabe in danger.

So, this one was swift and hard-hitting from the get-go.  I’m used to romantic suspenses- particularly those featuring black ops characters- diving into the middle and leaving me off balance, but eventually there are twists and reveals that restore the balance.  This one gives most of the answers, but brings into play a third character and leaves a lot of mystery about his role and why he was part of the story.

The passion and emotion between Cabe and Brax was off the charts.  These guys had physical chemistry down, but for the life of them they struggled with communication.  Cabe goes off half-cocked and Brax gets caught between lies and silence.  Definitely a pair who would have benefited from being locked into a room and not let out until the issues were resolved.  Though, I have to admit there was a lot of fun in their angry sex and make-up sex.

I enjoyed this story in the audio version with narrator, Dorian Bane.  He did a splendid job of bringing the angry Cabe and frustrated Brax and cunning Sean to life.  His pacing and storytelling meshed well with the writing style and tone of Stranded.

In summary, this was a hot and spicy and suspenseful holiday read that I appreciated for something fast and furious during the busy holiday season.  Those who enjoy more thriller-style enemies to lovers romantic suspense should give this one a try.

My thanks to Riptide for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’ve not heard of this book before, but I LOOOOOVE Dimon’s books. Her romance novels are among some of my favorite adult romance novels out there. Her most recent one, The Fixer, is publishing in a few weeks. It was good! I really liked Mine, and Under the Wire. =) Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed this book, especially the chemistry and romance! 😀

    Great review, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I’ve only read a couple of her books and really enjoyed them. She does great twisty rom susp. I want to read The Fixer. Glad it was good stuff.

  • I remember seeing this one on NetGalley quite a while ago. I requested it but got denied, boo! lol! I was disappointed because this one sounded really good. I really like Dimon’s books so I’ll probably just end up buying it. lol Great review!

    • Hope you like it when you get the chance, Julie. Watch Riptide’s site for their occasional sales and it might be cheaper to buy direct.

      Grrr on NG sometimes. I got denied for one the other day that I really wanted to read, too. 🙂 I will definitely be buying it.

  • Some bookish couples really could benefit from being locked in a room to talk through their issues, but seeing them slowly work through the issues throughout the book is nice too. Seems like this one has a nice mix between the romance and the suspense elements. It sounds like a fun one to read or listen to during the holiday season. Great review!

    • Haha, yes, I envisioned a few times that I hand-cuffed them together and made them work it out. It was a good balance of the two, Lola, and also was a good change-up from all my sweet holiday reads.