Audiobookworm Promotions Presents: Wired

Author: Leslie North

Narrators: Rebecca Roberts

Length: 3h 36m

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Genre: Romance

Series: The Solomon Brothers, Book 1

Released: April 19, 2017

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Star quarterback Marcus Kingston lives and breathes football. He’s trusted his abilities and instincts to get him this far, but an injury last season nearly ended his career. When his coaches want him to wear biofeedback technology to analyze his game, Marcus thinks the idea is ridiculous. Plus, the mousy scientist behind the project knows nothing about sports, and she quickly gets under his skin. But with another QB waiting on the sidelines, Marcus can either agree to participate, or be benched—permanently. Scientist Clare Wynifred values intellect above most things. With her brain constantly working, she has little interest in her appearance and zero interest in sports. She never imagined her wearable tech being used to improve someone’s game, but its success with the team could get her a military contract. Clare may be too late to save her brother, but her technology could save the lives of countless soldiers. She just has to make it work with the stubborn quarterback, and she’ll be one step closer to her goal. Marcus and Clare butt heads at first, but their mutual attraction quickly grows. And yet, with everything to lose, it’s easy to ignore that together they might be able to go the distance.

 

 

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Limited copies of Celi-bet (The Solomon Brothers #2) are available for interested reviewers on the Adopt-An-Audiobook page.

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres. The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east. Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
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After a career in finance, Rebecca Roberts became inspired to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. Her ingenuity and ardent desire brought her to voice-acting which has rapidly grown into her thriving audiobook narration and production company, Atlantis Audio Productions. She has narrated and produced over seventy audiobooks for indie authors and major publishing houses. Rebecca delivers her stories with a mature and intelligent style characterized by a believable tone, and versatility in creating memorable and individual characters with her various accents and vocal qualities. In short, she narrates with her whole heart. Rebecca is a native Floridian, proud mother to three sparkling children, and wife to the man of her dreams.
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Even if you are a reader who doesn't necessarily love football.  You won't be able to help falling head over cleats for star quarterback, Marcus Kingston.
His old school "love for the game" makes him the odd man out however; to a management and team owners who are all about the wins and losses...and the money.

When his team owners decide to employ "biofeedback" technology, in order to "help the players be the best they can be."  Marcus has had enough, and he wants nothing to do with the whole affair.  Or the quietly cute techie with the beautiful brain, responsible for turning the game that brought his dreams to life; into the stuff of nightmares.

Clare Wynifred has a job to do.  That job, keep the players on Portland Rogues injury free and winning.
To use the state of the art technology that she developed to keep players healthy, on the field, and alive.
Something that she and her advancements had not managed to do for her brother.  A solider, who lost his life on the battlefield.  A fallen gladiator for whom a chance to "score a win for the team" would never again be an issue.

So, when Marcus is told that his career hinges on the fact that he helps Claire to perfect the "bells and whistles" for the tech that he hates.  He begrudgingly complies.
Not knowing that Claire and her gadgetry is destined to change not only the way that Marcus plays the game he loves.  But the way that he loves...forever.

This first book in the Salomon Brothers series achieves the perfect blend of sport, romance, and drama.
What sets this story apart however, is the fact that the two main characters are brought together by tech.  In a setting where tech is not usually a factor.  This blending of the neo and the traditional within the scope of a sports romance, scores a big win for the plot of the read.  Giving two characters who would under any other circumstance, clearly never swim in the same pond.  A very natural context in which to exist.

In fact, everything about these two and the way that both they and the story come together is perfection.  With only the slightest disconnect coming at the crescendo of the conflict and the secrets surrounding it.
Hence the 4.5 star rating.

Narration Review:  Rebecca Roberts offers a stellar performance in her expressive and seemingly effortless performance.  Her narration offers a crisp and clean contrast to her character portrayals. 
Although her decidedly southern take on Marcus does take a bit of getting used to.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Leslie North. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



       
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