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  • MM Romantic Suspense (West Coast Forensics, Book 4)
  • By: Elle Keaton
  • Narrated by: Michael Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Real Hazard

By: Elle Keaton
Narrated by: Michael Dean
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Summary

They're not looking for love, but it finds them anyway. Can two very different men find common ground and claim a future...together?

Foster

Things I love: my kid sister, the no-hope dogs I rehabilitate, my job as an EMT, and maybe my new friend Dutch.

But Dutch isn’t gay, and physical attraction isn’t something I feel often. Are these feelings real, or am I just tired of being alone?

Dutch

This is all Hazel’s fault. Hazel the Hazard.

Hazel made me come to first-grade safety day.

Hazel blurted out—loudly—about the beautiful fireman.

Hazel invited the beautiful fireman over for a party.

I swear I’m not gay, but Foster Jennings is the most beautiful man I’ve ever met, outside and in.

Dutch is the single dad of a precocious daughter. He moved to Piedras wanting a better life for Hazel and himself. Things are shaping up: He’s landed a permanent job at Brooch Resort, and Hazel has quit having nightmares that someone is going to steal her away.

Then everything goes sideways; Dutch’s past threatens his future, and he doesn’t know where to turn.

Something is wrong; Dutch is pushing him away and won’t tell Foster why.

When Hazel goes missing, Dutch can’t hide anymore, he needs his... Foster to help him get Hazel back.

#Demisexual #BiAwakening #SingleDad #FindingFamily

Real Hazard is book four in the West Coast Forensics series, is dual POV, and can be listened to as a standal-one but may be more fully enjoyed if you start with Real Trouble.

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  • 19-11-22

Demi and bi couple

I’ve enjoyed the story, even when I could have done it without the action part, though, I knew the series contains a mystery/action plot and I was ready for it. Two things have surprised me pleasingly—no spoilers—, one of them being the deserts in the epilogue and the conversation previously held at the very same place. Awesome.

Another pro was having a tattooed ex-MC enforcer blushing so much, it was super cute, I loved it.

On the cons side, I was confused with the voices sometimes, the narrator has a different voice which, occasionally, was very similar to main characters and I wasn’t sure if it was narration or conversation. As well, a little bigger pause inside chapters would have been appreciated, I was lost sometimes in changes of scenes and when I checked the digital book there was a space indicating the change. I listened it at normal speed, so, yes, a couple of seconds would have been a good indication.

Anyway, I’ve liked the book and recommend it. I wanted to listened to Dutch and Foster’s story from previous audiobooks and now I’m looking forward to Cody and Wade’s.

«Daddy says I have to apologize for saying my thoughts out loud. He says there are thoughts that sometimes should stay in my head».

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Another Piedras Island winner!

Foster Jennings is an EMT on Piedras Island. He has raised his sister, Becca, since she lost the use of her legs in the car crash that killed their parents. Because of his amazing looks, he gets plenty of offers but feels attracted to no one … until he meets Dutch Schumach. Dutch is an ex-biker working as a short order cook and single-handedly raising his young daughter, Hazel, who is a force of nature. As Foster and Dutch form a friendship and then more, the only looming hazard is Dutch’s biker past. I’ve enjoyed all the Piedras Island books and, although this one doesn’t have a mystery to solve, I thoroughly enjoyed this too. I loved the friends-to-lovers / bi-awakening plot. I also liked the single dads angle, although Becca can pretty much look after herself, and I loved how involved they were in the plot. Audio superstar Michael Dean is always superb and he does a great job here.

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I love this series!

I love the West Coast Forensics series and was really looking forward to this audiobook. Dutch is a single father who has moved to Piedras Isalnd to put his past behind him. His daughter Hazel, with her sweet and irresistible nature, has arranged for paramedic Foster to be invited to their home. Foster is lonely, but he has been taking loving care of his little sister since the death of his parents in an accident.

I really liked the dynamic of how the initial meeting developed into a friendship and more between Foster, who is demi, and Dutch, who didn't even know he was bisexual. It was wonderfully described and you could feel the sparks between them right away as you listened. Great chemistry and the emotions were great portrayed. The story is really sweet and 9 year old Hazel played a big part in that. You can't help but take her to your heart. She is very smart and clever and is brilliantly voiced by Michael Dean.
In general, he delivered a great performance. He did a fantastic job of protraiting the emotions, giving the characters appropriate voices and his way of narrating Hazel was just sweet. The audiobook was very entertaining, the relationship develops slowly and at the end it gets really exciting. A sweet and heartwarming story
The audiobook was very entertaining, the relationship develops slowly and at the end it gets really exciting. A sweet and heartwarming story.
I received a free review copy of this audiobook and volunteered this honest review.

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Beautiful Demi/bi awakening romance

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Foster is an EMT on the island and meets kitchen manager Dutch, and his daughter Hazel, at a school event. Hazel is an absolute hoot and invites Foster over for a tea party. Slowly but surely Foster and Dutch develop a friendship that they both desperately need.

With Hazel constantly wrangling invitations, these two wonderful characters soon spend every spare moment together. Without any relationship angst or upheaval they soon fall for each other, declarations are made and a beautiful romance begins, with a lovely balance of sweet and heat.

But drama does comes calling for Dutch when people from his past come to threaten the life he has built for himself and Hazel. Once the threat is over Dutch and Foster get to enjoy their lives together and their HEA.

This is an enjoyable and engaging read with a great cast of characters, including those from previous books in the series.

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Michael Dean gives a flawless performance with each characters tone and cadence maintained throughout the entire performance. Each character was clearly distinguished from the others and his enthusiasm for the story never waned. It was a very enjoyable listening experience.

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Great Book

Real Hazard is the fourth book in the West Coast Forensics series. The book can be read as a standalone, but I found the series to be more enjoyable when read in order.

I loved this book! Dutch is such a sweetheart and his devotion to Hazel, his daughter is deep and heartwarming. Foster was the perfect partner for Dutch, and I loved how naturally their relationship developed. Elle Keaton is a talented writer who creates interesting and vibrant characters. The suspense and action was intense at the end and left an impactful conclusion. This series keeps getting better with each net book.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean who did a wonderful job. Michael voiced each character perfectly and created an engaging performance. The audiobook production was well done.

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  • XG
  • 11-11-22

Loved it!

This is one of those books that are a must hear for me. First because is part of one of my favorite series written by Elle Keaton, second because the voice actor is Michael Dean, and I am a huge fan of his narration's style, beautiful voice and acting skills, and third because Dutch and Foster's story is full of amazing characters (I loved Hazel especially) and even if there is a little angsty, the heartwarming and steamy moments and the chemistry between them balanced out any angst I could find. A very enjoyable book! Loved it!

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Family forever

I loved watching the relationship develop between Foster and Dutch but just as much I loved watching them interact with the young women in their lives. They are supportive and protective of them and that drives the mystery part of the plot as Hazel disappears and Dutch has to confront his past and open up about it to Foster. As a fan of the Emergency TV show, I'm always up for a story with an EMT and this one also rescues/rehabilitates dogs, so that is perfection. This may be my favorite entry in this series. Michael Dean did a great job bringing all these characters life.

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Sweet, single dad, self discovery romance

I absolutely adored Hazel AKA the real Hazard.
She's the shining star of this book.
This little girl is so sneaky, sassy and sweet.
The friendship to something much more was a slow burn of the best kind because it allowed Dutch and Foster to actually get to know one another and explore together.
There's some mild angst due to Foster having difficulty letting his younger sister Becca go off to college as a result of losing their parents and also Dutch's past catching up with him but everything is dealt with for a HEA.
Michael Dean did an excellent job narrating and bringing the story to life.

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Always a pleasure to be back to Piedras Island!

Loved this sweet story about sweet good-hearted Foster, and ex-bad-boy, now-loving-single-dad Dutch. The story is quite a slow burn, seeing as Foster is demi and Dutch has never even realized he was bisexual before meeting Foster. Hazel (aka Hazard) is the most cute and sharp 8-years-old there is!
This book is perhaps lower on the mystery and action than the other books in the series and focuses more on the budding friendship and relationship and then on all of them becoming family!

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When the past catches up.

MM, Bi Awakening, Demisexual, Small Town, Contemporary, Romance. The fourth book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone but I think the series is great so well worth listening to the entire series. Told from a dual point of view, the narration is great and really brought the story to life. A great listen with drama, action, twists and turns, and angst all while falling in love. Guaranteed HEA.

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  • StarDragon
  • 14-01-23

Restarting Life

Dutch and his daughter Hazel leave Salem to start their life on Piedras island in the Pacific Northwest. Dutch used to be an enforcer with a MC but left to care for his daughter. Dutch is a chef at The Brooch a resort on the island. Foster Jennings is an EMT and dog retrained, he also takes care of his sister who’s in a wheelchair. This is a story is full of discovery, adventure and finding a family.

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  • WY_reader
  • 01-01-23

Opposites attract with the help of scheming family

This is a solid opposites-attract romance featuring a single dad needing a second chance and an EMT who has been shouldering burdens beyond his years. Dutch's daughter and Foster's sister help play matchmaker between the two, and remind them that they each deserve happiness of their own. The narration is well-done and engaging.

Disclaimer: I received an audio copy for free and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-12-22

Another great story in the series

I have really enjoyed this whole series and this is no exception. This book was a bit different in that both MCs had children (although one was a sister) that they were raising. I loved that the way the kids were included and that they were both MCs first priority but that the relationship also developed separately as well. I also really liked that the timeline of the relationship was realistic in that there were spaces between on page interactions despite the fact that the MCs were both all in with big feelings pretty quickly.

In all I recommend reading the other books Elle has written both in this series and other related series first simply because she has created a wonderful world full of interesting characters and storylines that are so much more intriguing when you see them develop slowly, but there’s no reason that you couldn’t start here and really enjoy the story as a standalone.

I should also say that Michael Dean has done another wonderful job with this book and the narration really draws you in.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 23-11-22

Great eat story. Great narration.

I have been listening to this series in audiobook, and I will continue for any more additions because I really enjoy the narration by Michael Dean. The mystery element in this book was minimal, but the tension of a looming danger is still a part of the story. The romance was rather sweet compared to earlier books, and the inclusion of a precocious little girl added to the feel. Foster and Dutch's romance just wouldn't be the same without the input from the women in their lives.

The romance had a nice and slow "getting to know each other" feel which reflected the personality of the characters well. I was really happy to get a demisexual character who was an accurate representation of what that means. Sigh. I feel seen.

Great read. I can't wait for the next addition to this series.

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  • Devin Bundy
  • 23-11-22

Dutch and Foster’s story is precious.

4.5 stars. Dutch and Foster’s story was so precious. A slow burn, friends to lovers, single dad story. Dutch is a ex-enforcer of a motorcycle gang, looks big and tough on the outside but is really a softie on the inside. His love for his daughter and their relationship was so amazingly sweet. Hazel is a force, so smart and loving. I liked learning more about Foster. His work with the dogs, Gorp, his relationship with his sister and his demisexuality. The slow pull Dutch and Foster towards one another, wanting to be in each others orbit until, pretty much unknowingly to them, they fall in love. They’re blended family was perfect.

Michael Dean is one of my favorite narrators out there. He is so insanely talented. It’s so easy to tell who is who when he is speaking. I just love his voice and the inflections he uses. He is amazing.

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  • majda
  • 20-11-22

Another swoony addition to the series

Piedras Island is becoming one of those places I really want to go. I want to meet all these people and experience the community in real life. But I have resigned myself to having to settle for books and I was very glad that it was now Foster's turn to meet his person and get his HEA.

Foster is demisexual so crushes and love at first sight don't really happen for him. Not that he has had time to miss it having raised his younger sister after the death of their parents as well as being one of the island's EMTs and running a dog-training business on the side.

When Dutch decided to keep and raise his daughter on his own, he knew this couldn't happen in the environment he had spent most of his life in so he moved to Piedras for a new start himself and Hazel. Things are going quite well; he has a job at the island resort and Hazel is thriving. She is also full of energy, outspoken, and wihtout a filter. Which is how Foster ends up at a tea party with Dutch and Hazel. And things just evolve from there. First to friendship, then something more.

I was just beginning to worry that this book would be all sugary sweetness with none of the crime/suspense parts we've gotten in the series so far, but my worry was unjustified. Dutch's past catches up to him, and Foster and Dutch's other new friends get to show him that he is one of them. Of course everything ends well and the epilogue was perfect.

Oh, and did I mention dogs? Everything is better with dogs.

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  • SarahH
  • 19-11-22

So good!

It’s so good to finally have Dutch’s story, I’ve been hanging out for this! Dutch has sole custody of his daughter Hazel, and to keep her safe he’s run from his past in a motorcycle gang. He’s rebuilt his life, has a good job, and of course he has the ever talkative and open speaking Hazel in his life! Foster has looked after his disabled sister since their parents died in a car crash, and has been her surrogate parent ever since. When the men meet (courtesy of Hazel!) they start making a tentative move towards friendship. This soon becomes a solid friendship and then so much more. Both men are strong characters, but both are also gentle, caring and understanding. I loved seeing this gentler side of their personalities as their friendship and love blossomed. Hazel, as always, is hilarious - you’ve got to love 7 year olds and their views on the world!

Michael Dean did a fantastic job narrating this book and bringing the characters to life.

I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review

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  • JulyP
  • 17-11-22

Cool listen

The narration was good; I felt like the story fell a little short. I did enjoy the synopsis and what the tale was about, but it didn’t seem to deliver.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 14-11-22

Insta Love and a Little Action

I recommend this audio for anyone that like low angst, insta love, sassy relatives, and a fast pace story. Romance is the first half of the book and the action happens at the end. Narration by Michael Dean was great.

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  • Alison Daniels
  • 14-11-22

Amazing friends to lovers story!

Elle Keaton is a master of her craft but there is just something about this book in particular that is absolutely specular! I love the dynamic between Foster and Dutch as well as how sweet and happy their little family of four are at the end of the book! I love a good single dad story so getting two single dads as MC's was wonderful. There is so much love between both men and the strong women they are raising and you can see just how much family means to every character on Piedras. As with all Elle Keaton books, the suspense plot was captivating, creating a storyline that sucked you in with lots of surprises along the way. I always love that there are a lot of return characters within this series and that we get to see what is going on in their lives now even after their books has ended. Hazel was a freaking firecrackers throughout the story and I loved all her and Becca's hijinks to get Foster and Dutch together! The epilogue was truly amazing and I hope we will get to see more of this sweet little family in the next book! I am not ready to say goodbye to the amazing people of Piedras Island but I am so excited for Cody to finally get his HEA! The narration was amazing, as it always is with Michael Dean! I always love his work as he adds to the story without distracting from it!