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  • The Sin Bin: West Coast, Book 2
  • By: E.M. Lindsey
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Soft Hands

By: E.M. Lindsey
Narrated by: John Solo
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Summary

There are a few things Nolan Ouellet has come to accept about himself.

One: that his future with the NHL was irrevocably destroyed, thanks to his reckless actions as a teenager destroying his knee.

Two: that he will never fall in love because the very idea of it sends his skin crawling.

Three: he will bed as many NHL players as humanly possible before he retires his game.

And four: he will never apologize for who he is and what he wants.

Then two men come barreling into his life and turn everything he knows upside down.

He still won’t play for the NHL, and he still won’t change who he is because he’s fought too long and too hard to accept his identity. But suddenly, his future is starting to look a little different than he originally planned.

And that scares the absolute hell out of him.

When he met Marko Rudenko and Luka Wagner—two veterans of the Denver Huskies—they were supposed to be a game, just like everyone else. But now all he can think about is how to keep them around without compromising the person he’s become and ruining the love Marko and Luka have for each other.

Soft Hands is the second book in the Sin Bin: West Coast series which can be enjoyed on its own but is best listened to in order. Soft Hands features a goalie with a hard outer shell and soft marshmallow insides, a confused alternate captain who just wants to give up a little control, and a former NHL prospect who knows who he is, but maybe not what he needs. Soft Hands contains aromantic acceptance, no cheating, plenty of love and communication, and as always, a happily ever after.

©2022 E.M. Lindsey (P)2022 E.M. Lindsey

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Excellent!

This is my favorite of the Sin Bin series, thus far! I adored each individually and as couples and a trio - the character development of both author AND narrator is astounding, Each individual has issues to contend with, plus the already established couple has to reconfigure dynamics & then discover how all pieces fit into their particular puzzle. Getting to see old friends again was also fun, seeing how they help get the trio on track and moving ahead, in various ways. Excellent performance, good accents, character personalities, pacing. It all works together to make this book a favorite of mine for many reasons. Beautifully done, all around.

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More hockey in my hockey romance please

This was just okay for me. I've not read the first book but I don't think that impacted my reading too much.
I knew this was a poly romance going in and that's not normally a problem for me as long as I feel the connection between all three (or more). Unfortunately here I found the existing teammates with benefits relationship more engaging. If have b liked to read about it moving forward onto a more solid footing, rather than adding a third who I didn't really gel with. Also I'd really like a bit more sports in this sports romance.
John Solo does a great job with the narration as usual.

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I was intrigued

I’m always up for some MMM fun and this book crossed my path, so I snapped it up. I listened to the first book in the series, and although it’s not necessary to enjoy this one, it does give you backstory on several of the characters.

I’m from Canada, so hockey is a thing up here. And I’d love to see more inclusivity and diversity within the sport – more like the world E.M. is portraying. Alas, breaking into that macho culture is tough and we’re still waiting for the first openly gay player. In the world of the Sin Bin, though, I don’t have to wait. I liked Nolan. I haven’t seen many aromantic heroes and this made a nice change. He’s also a little banged up, which appeals. I don’t need everyone to be perfect. And although Nolan has no interested in romance, he’s up for sex – and lots of it. He’s even found a good side hustle that has him enjoying himself and getting paid for it. Pretty good deal.

Marko and Luka are professional hockey players. They’re also together. But the relationship doesn’t always feel like it’s on solid ground. When they find someone who intrigues them both, they’re willing to have an open and frank discussion. But Nolan’s secret side gig may prove to be a problem – or a solution.

Nolan gets scared because he doesn’t want to come between Marko and Luka – what the men have to make him see, though, is that they’re better as a triad – three equals within the relationship. And I got my happy ending, so I was thrilled.

John Solo narrates these books and I think he does a great job. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Great charakters

Soft Hands is the second volume in the Sin Bin West Coast series, which can be read as a standalone. I have already read the first book in the series and enjoyed it. Because of that, I was already looking forward to this story.
I have actually never heard of an aromatist, but E.M. Lindsey has described this very well and understandably. Nolan was described in depth by the author. Luka and Markus are a really hot couple and together with Nolan they make a rather atypical threesome. However, what scores points with this story is the relationship dynamics.
I found both the storyline compelling and the protagonists. I was well entertained by the audiobook.

John Solo narrated the audiobook and he did a good job. I liked his way of bringing the characters to life.

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Unique & Interesting Story

E.M. Lindsey's standalone Sin Bin series continues with Soft Hands.

Lindsey tackles the menage trope where an established couple invite a third into their affair. There are all sorts of interesting issues blended into the story (family drama, career drama, identity drama, and relationship drama).

All joking aside, Soft Hands is an intense, fast moving story with complex characters and a unique and interesting plot. I'm definitely going back to read Breakaway.

The audio version is performed by John Solo.

an audiobook copy of Soft Hands was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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Second book in the series MMM.

2nd book in the series MMM

Book one sets the scene, and it is best to read it before you read book two. It just helps with the characters who appear in both books.

Nolan's story, he is a-romantic and knows that he will never have a relationship like his parents and friends and has accepted that he will be alone.

Marko and Luka are NHL stars who have a relationship, but Luka is unsure whether Marko feels the same as he does. Marko has his eye on Nolan and isn't sure how Luka would feel about it. Whilst Luka watches a cam-boy and doesn't know how Marko would feel about it.

They all need to sit done and talk. But isn't that the same in most relationships early on?

Great writing and good characters. I love how the writer handles the delicate moments. Well worth a read, in my opinion.

John Solo did a great job narrating this book, I didn't need to speed up much, so I listened at 1.15 on audible. Clear and concise narration.

Soft Hands
The Sin Bin: West Coast, Book 2
By: E.M. Lindsey
Narrated by: John Solo
Series: The Sin Bin: West Coast, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins

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So good

The characters were all unique and certainly captivating. I loved the portrayal of the different types of personalities and that love didn’t fix them, that they are who they are.

The narration was fantastic with good differentiation of the characters so i was easily able to hear who was who. Certainly worth a listen.

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Finding what they need

This is an interesting story with very unique and intriguing characters. This was my first-ever story with an a-romantic character. I have read many stories with asexual characters, but never an acknowledged a-romantic one. I really appreciated the care and sensitivity with which the author expressed her characters, and that they remained true to themselves, rather than suddenly changing to meet mainstream expectations of sexuality. Nice work. Although this can be enjoyed as a standalone story for Luka, Markus, and Noah, I found myself questioning who Zayne was and what happened with Adrian and other mentioned characters and events, so you might was to read or listen to book I before this one.

The narration was okay, but sometimes Luka's voice sounded soft and quiet, and others he sounded louder, more take-charge. I wasn't sure if this was intended to be reflective of his character or if it was the narrator's changed delivery.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Great addition

Another winning story by EM Lindsey. Great characters and interesting story that keeps you addicted. John Solo did a super job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Learning to open up

We've all read the romance books where the only reason the couple isn't together by page ten and the story over is because the author refuses to let them talk to each other in some contrived manner, ugh. Thank goodness this is totally different. Luka, Marco and Nolan do have difficulty communicating with each other about their feelings but they are written so three dimensionally that it totally made sense for me. Watching them get to know each other behind the facades and learn to see how they fit together made for a wonderful, perfectly paced story. John Solo gives an amazing performance that captures the men behind the masks as those masks start to slip.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 08-11-22

Two Become Three

I enjoyed Luka and Marko's story and their time together. They've been together for a while and decide to spice things up by adding a third. However, once Nolan settled into the picture, the relationship dynamics felt unbalanced and rushed, something was missing. Ultimately I preferred Luka and Marko without Nolan.

John Solo did a great job narrating all characters.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 10-10-22

Excellent

Loved this new one from EM Lindsey! It was compelling, well written and definitely held my interest! This is a great addition to the series! John Solo did a nice job narrating this one.

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  • JKS
  • 10-10-22

Soft Hands

Soft Hands is Book 2 in The Sin Bin: West Coast series and is better enjoyed in order. I really enjoyed this book. Marko, Luka, and Nolan are an unlikely trio that come together and fight for their happy ending. I loved the moment when Marko and Luka realized who Nolan was. This book is steamy and everything I expect from an E.M. Lindsey book. Their characters are always complex and I know I won't be disappointed. This is a book I will enjoy again and again. Definitely recommend. 
Narrator John Solo does a marvelous job. I've listened to several of his narrations recently and he never gets old. It's always a joy to hear his voice and know I'm going to be drawn right into the story. He really brings the characters to life and makes the story easy to follow. 

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  • kp
  • 09-10-22

Love this series!

Soft Hands by E. M. Lindsey is the second book in The Sin Bin: West Coast series.
This is Luka, Marko and Nolan’s story.
Each are very different in personality but fit together perfectly.
Of course there are ups and downs as they try to figure out the dynamics of their relationships.
Each characters has their own unique personality and needs. Working together they create a bond that works for them.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
John Solo does an amazing job of narrating this story.

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  • Amanda McCormick
  • 09-10-22

Loved it!

The narration on this book really brought to life the story that was already amazing. I really loved John Solo's performance and the emotion and depth that he gave to each character.

I am such a fan of E.M. Lindsey and the Sin Bin series in general, so I've been really excited about this book, and it didn't leave me wanting. Luca, Marko, and Nolan have such an interesting dynamic between them that I could hardly put the book down.

I actually haven't read many books with aromantic characters, so seeing this and the way that the characters navigated their relationship was honestly so interesting and appealing to me. Seeing multiple forms of representation popping up in books more frequently now makes me so happy, especially when I feel like the authors did a good job at what they were portraying.

I honestly found this to be a super fast read, and I really enjoyed all of the characters involved. My only complaint is that I wish I could have seen a little more of what happened/how things kept on, but I guess that's a complaint an author wants to get, since it means that I'd snap up another book with these characters in a heartbeat.

Overall, great story. Great characters. Another great book!

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  • Kassandra Knight
  • 09-10-22

Soft Hands

Overall it’s a fairly good story, it’s just not what I was expecting and seems kind of slow burnish to me. I think there’s spoilers for book one so I’d probably recommend reading that first.

I do recommend it, especially John’s performance.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Gay Romance Reviews and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 09-10-22

Interesting story, engaging narration

Interesting MMM romance with an aromantic as part of the throuple.
It starts off with 2 hockey players, Luka and Marco, who started as friends with benefits but become a couple. Then they discover that they are also attracted to Nolan, a former player turned coach. what follows is a solid story about making a relationship work between 3 people. It was refreshing to see that it was not about an equal partnership, but balance so that all partners get what they need from their relationship. Really good story.
John Solo did a good job (as always)with the story, especially with the steamy scenes. I thought he did a really good job with the accents as well. Really enjoyed the narration!

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  • Harri
  • 06-10-22

Was okay

This was my first book with an aro MC so I was interested in how he would integrate into a romantic relationship between the other 2 MCs. While I applaud EM Lindsey’s storytelling skills, I was left feeling unfulfilled by this story. There is hardly an intimate interaction between all 3 men, and Nolan doesn’t have an interaction with them in that way until 60% into the book. The friendship is there, and I enjoy the platonic scenes between all 3 but I wanted more once they’ve decided to deepen the relationship involving all of them. It doesn’t matter that Nolan is aro, he’s gone from just friends to more than but there’s so little full interaction. I wanted more of all 3, as well as seeing Nolan and Luka together as they have zero interactions without Marko there but Nolan and Marko do. I would have preferred either a longer story after things are settled between the 3 of them, or a story that only focuses on Marko and Luca. While I enjoy John Solo there are several mispronounced common words that kept pulling me from the story. I did enjoy his accents for Marko and Luca however. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook.

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  • Dawn
  • 06-10-22

a unique hockey romance

Marko, Luka, and Nolan are three completely different men who eventually find themselves in a relationship none expected but all accepted. They had some trials getting to their happy ending but did get there. The narration by John Solo was done really well.

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  • Daire
  • 06-10-22

Different

I’ve never read a story where one of the main characters was aromantic before so this story was extra interesting for me I enjoyed the differences in the characters and the communication that was hard to work through but eventually worked to help them build something that worked for all of them