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  • By: S. E. Lund
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  • Length: 15 hrs
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Drake Restrained: Book 1 in the Drake Series

By: S. E. Lund
Narrated by: Jack Calihan
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Drake Morgan, MD, neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist - Dominant. He doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He has his surgical slate at New York Presbyterian, he has a charitable foundation providing surgical tools to hospitals in Africa, he has his Brit Invasion cover band, Mersey, and he has his secret life as a Dominant in Manhattan's BDSM community. 

Into bondage, D/s and the occasional dungeon scene, Drake keeps every part of his life separate, the divisions between them neat and tidy. His weeks are filled with surgeries, music, and D/s sex, and none of the well-planned and scheduled parts of his life intersect. That is until Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, for Drake is smitten, and things are going to get messy....

©2015 Susan Elizabeth Lyons (P)2019 Susan Elizabeth Lyons

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Drake Restrained

I listened to The Agreement a couple of years ago (which is basically the same story but told in Kate's point of view) which I loved so when I saw this book told in Drake's point of view, I knew I had to listen to it. I remembered the basic plot from The Agreement but I loved hearing Drake's side of the story. Jack Calihan did a great job bringing this story to life.

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Great Audible Listen🎧 💖Drake Morgan, MD💖

This book mirrors S.E. Lund’s “The Agreement” in her “Unrestrained Series”, it is told in Drake’s POV with new material, Drake’s thoughts, added. I think I liked Drake’s version more than Kate’s. Not because he is the more interesting person of the duo, but because we learn more of who he is in this story. I knew I was going to love this story right from the start, S.E. Lund ’s Drake had me at the 3 things you should understand about neurosurgeons: “Huge Balls, Laser-like focus. Hero Complex” Ha, arrogant much? The story flows nicely and as in the past book there is lots of drama, some angst and the start of a great romance. Yes, there is some kink, mild D/s as well as plenty of emotions.

I listened to the Audible edition, Jack Calihan is a wonderful narrator and voice performer. He brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. You can hear the emotions of the characters & the drama of the story in his performance. I loved his take on Drake, he gave him heart and he nailed his alpha Dom persona too. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Loved it!

Drake Morgan, MD, neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist - Dominant. He doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He has his surgical slate at New York Presbyterian, he has a charitable foundation providing surgical tools to hospitals in Africa, he has his Brit Invasion cover band, Mersey, and he has his secret life as a Dominant in Manhattan's BDSM community.

Into bondage, D/s and the occasional dungeon scene, Drake keeps every part of his life separate, the divisions between them neat and tidy. His weeks are filled with surgeries, music, and D/s sex, and none of the well-planned and scheduled parts of his life intersect. That is until Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, for Drake is smitten, and things are going to get messy....

This book was good to me. It is similar to 50 Shades of Grey but different. Jack Calihan did a great job at bring this book to life.

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Wow

I really loved listening to this book!!💖 Great story and characters, the narrator did an awesome job!! Listen and find out about Drake 's story now I need more. Thank you Audio book Obsession Review Group for another awesome book. I recommend as a must read \ listen

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Great

I loved 50 shades of grey and I loved this book as much. There are some similarities but it is it’s own read. S E Lund has now made a new reader. I will be reading/listening to others by this author. Narration was great and help with not wanting to stop listening

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Perfect for fans of Christian Grey

Drake Restrained is a dark, passionate story, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. This audiobook is a retelling of the author's previous novel, The Agreement, from the hero's perspective, but you do not need to have listened to the other version first.

When I picked up this audiobook I was expecting it to be a real tonic, after all it purports to be everything I keep saying I want in a book of this type. I don't think I've reviewed a steamy book without mentioning how much I like having the male POV included, so knowing that this story is told through Drake's eyes meant that it held my attention from the start. I was excited to see that he's a handsome, talented neurosurgeon, as I've swooned over many a fictional doctor in my time. That he's also a little older than the heroine and loves classic British soft rock was the icing on the cake.

I was also looking forward to it because I love the narrator, Jack Calihan, and knew he would be the ideal choice for a character like Drake. Throw in a smattering of Calihan purring his now-infamous "Good girl..." and I suddenly didn't mind at all that this audiobook was 15 hours long.

Unfortunately, the more I listened, the clearer it became that there were several major flaws in this novel, with some of them being impossible to ignore. The thing I think many listeners will struggle with the most is Drake's behaviour, especially in the early part of the book. I think there's a responsibility when writing this type of book to be careful not to romanticise abusive behaviour, and be clear about what is actually part of the Lifestyle and when someone is crossing a line.

Though a lot of time was given over to explaining Drake's motivation from a D/s perspective, it would not - as I understand it - be considered best practice within the community.

It all made it really difficult to like Drake, and even tougher to be attracted to him, which was mind-boggling given that on paper he ticks almost every box on my pick'n'mix romantic-hero wishlist. I did warm to him as the story unfolded, but it never really felt as if the listener truly got inside his head. It often appeared that he was simply narrating the story rather than living and breathing it. The intimate scenes that I expected to really delve into his pleasure and his experience often shied away from much detail. It also finishes on a fade-to-black, which feels like quite a whimper to end on after investing so much time in a story.

Still, everything I've noted so far is subjective, and others may well like the fact that Drake will not take no for an answer and that the intimate scenes dial back the heat a little. Romance novels, and especially steamy ones, cannot possibly please everyone because we each have different limits and peccadilloes.

The thing that really made this audiobook difficult for me to listen to was the clumsy and repetitive writing. I appreciate that I'm especially picky when it comes to certain aspects of storytelling, but after listening to sentences like "She stood in front of me, her face turned away as if what I'd said was too hard to face," I really don't think I'm being too hard on this book.

The story and characters have been fairly well developed, but it felt like I was listening to a beta-read; technically the components are there and in the right order, but the basic storytelling is lacking. This is also demonstrated by the odd chapter at the end where the protagonists summarise, in detail, the timeline of events that we have just listened to.

Regrettably, it appears that I'm going to leave Drake and Katherine feeling rather conflicted about their story. Now that I have come to know them, I'm intrigued by how they will fare in their next adventure, but I found their first outing tough going. Overall I think that this book would be perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, especially those who enjoyed the books from Christian's perspective. Anyone who struggled with "those books", as Drake calls them, may find this series challenging for very similar reasons.

*I received this audiobook free of charge from AudiobookObsession in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Fabulous listen!

Having read the books from both Kate and Drake's POV I really looked forward to listening to Drake tell his side. So good! Jack Calihan captures the feel if Drake really well and has just the right kind of depth and sexiness to his voice. Just fabulous! And there's more!! What more can I ask for! 💖💖

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Life of a Dom

This book gives you the insight of a Dom and was very refreshing. I usually read from the woman’s POV and this was written very well it was a nice change. Jack really does have a fantastic perfect voice for a Dom. Low gravely and very commanding.

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Not your typical dominant male character

I want to start out with my favorite part about this story is the fact that we have a dominant male who is in the DS lifestyle but he's not perfect. I found it refreshing to see the growth of the male character and him not being your typical alpha male. I found the story to also be an interesting listen for the fact that it was told from the males point of view. so if you're looking for a story that has D/S relationship in it from the males point of view and where you see a lot of growth from him this is the book from you.
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Promising but long start to trilogy

This is the first book of S.E.Lund’s that I have read or listened so this telling from Drake’s point of view was all new to me. I must admit I found the story needed editing as there didn’t feel like 15 hours of substance, too much repetition and the story continues in 2 more books. That being said I thought Jack Calihan did a good job with the narration and bringing the characters to life. I received this audio via Audiobook Obsession.

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