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From the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Vixen and the Vet comes an unforgettable story about loss, redemption, and the healing power of love.

My name is Cassidy Porter.... My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was convicted 20 years ago for the brutal murder of a dozen innocent girls.

Though I was only eight years old at the time, I am aware-every day of my life-that I am his child, his only son. To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known. It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...Unloved.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Katharine Gilliam Regnery (P)2018 Tantor
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  • Categories: Romance

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Loved this story

What a change , this is such a lovely heart wrenching story, Cassidy's story is just wow I don’t won’t to include any spoilers but it really had me wanting to know what on earth would happen next I know there is a HEA but the journey to get their is so different from the norm I totally recommend , and the narrators were perfect for the roles , this was my first book from this author but it won’t be the last I gave it a really well deserved five stars all the way 😀

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 26-03-18

A SWEET AND SPECIAL LOVE STORY

Brynn and Cassidy’s touching love story was all I hoped it would be.. a totally entertaining five star listen. It’s got a sad start which turns sinister.. but from then on it’s sweet, thought provoking, tender and beautiful. Brynn had been grieving a lost love for two years and was finally about to move on and gentle humble hermit Cassidy was a prisoner of circumstances and had retreated to a self-imposed wilderness prison. They found each other and slowly healed one another.. but Cassidy had a painful secret - one that shaped his entire life, restricted a relationship and enforced an end date.

Worth a credit? Yes, a sweet and special story, with selfless lonely characters, some sex and great dual POV narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-19

Religious undertones

Overall an entertaining read. The strong accents were a bit hard to get used to, but they were well done in dual narration. The main characters were believable and their backgrounds drew me emotionally into the story. The primary issue I had was with the vaguely religious undertones combined with an odd genetic angle. Like, I can understand how Cass has a mental hangup about being the son of a serial killer, but the whole tainted blood angle that everyone seemed to believe and was reinforced by the plot is just ridiculous. No, sharing genes with a serial killer does not make someone a serial killer in waiting. Without giving anything away about the story, I was disappointed about how the author resolved the storyline on multiple levels. If it weren't for the last 2 hours of the book I'd have probably given the story 4 stars.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 22-03-18

Unbelievably beautiful!

If you are looking for a book that has everything, this book is the listen you should get. Katy Regnery will captivate you from the first page of the book and keep you there for the entire story. A novel with despair, love, danger, suspense and hope, you will be entranced from the start. Brynn is our heroine, dealing for two years with the tragic, sudden death of her fiance is taking steps to put her life in order. She travels to the one place she knows that Jem felt connected, Mount Katahdin in Maine. With closure in mind, she climbs the mountain, but danger is lurking. Cassidy Porter, a man living off the grid sees this beautiful woman and with his instincts is there to protect her. From this point on, we get to see how the crazy circumstances that has the paths of these two meet grow. The heart wrenching back story of Cassidy is horrific. This poor man is full of innocence and purity, and it is impossible not to want to help heal him. From a very young age, he has been told that he is secrets are too dark to admit to anyone, and as he falls for Brynn, he holds himself back from her. Brynn finally finds the medicine to heal her heart only to have Cass just out of arm's reach. With suspense and twists of fate, Regnery has masterfully woven this web of a story to create an romance that has every feel imaginable, from sadness to love, despair to hope. She continues to me a one click listen for me but I have to say this is my favorite of her books with incredible imagery and passion.

The choice of narration is key for storytelling, and this team for this book is beyond compare. Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden perform this story with impeccable accents and emotions that will tear you apart and build you back up. A better duo could not have been chosen for this story.

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  • Misty
  • 24-03-18

Guhhh... beautiful!

This is the book that grips you so hard, you have no choice but to listen straight through. I hung on every word and felt every emotion.

Told in first person through alternating chapters in the eyes of both main characters, Cass and Brynn, it was the most magic combination of the perfect author and narration. Katy Regnery painted a very vivid wilderness world while Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell’s voices were able to bring the characters to life so vividly.

5 stars all around.

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  • 03-05-18

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Intriguing and creative plot, but the coincidental wrap-up was too much for me. There have been too many books in the last 5 years that try to have these type of shocking or crazy coincidences that unless they are completely believable or realistic, they just don't work for me. They seem as if they are trying too hard and end up looking unoriginal. This is the 4th book by Regnery that I have read and I'm coming to the conclusion that I might not care for her writing style. I was completely optimistic while reading the first half of this story and began to think that this might be the book that makes me a Regnery reader. Unfortunately, from the point that the two main characters meet, the plausibility and enjoyment took a nosedive. I can easily suspend reality and enjoy moments of implausibility, but there were just too many of those moments in this book. Great beginning and certain moments throughout, but the middle bulk of the story and contrived coincidences are what brought my rating down. Disclaimer: My review is wholly subjective to my personal reading quirks.

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  • Jacqueline RC
  • 01-02-21

I need to go back to the beginning!!

I wish I could go back and re-listen to this without knowing anything about it. This is one I will never forget. This is one that will stay with me forever. One that I will think about for a long time to come. Please don’t pass this one up.

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  • Nightmaredoll
  • 20-10-20

Deserved ALL 5 stars!

God Lord but I have had this book on my wishlist forever. I am so pleased I listened to it!

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  • Ashley M
  • 17-07-20

Sweet Love Story with a Problematic message

Brin’s fiancé died tragically in a mass shooting. Though not a hiker herself, he was passionate about the outdoors. To honor him, she travels to Maine to bury her last memory of him. That is where our story really takes place.

Brin experiences serious depression after her fiancé passed and went into self isolation for about two years. Her trek to Mount Katadhin in his honor was very uncharacteristic as she is more of a city slicker. She runs across a bad guy who attacks her and she is rescued by our super reclusive hero.

Cassidy, our hero, is the son of a serial rapist and killer and was reminded of this his whole life until his mom takes him out of school and they live off the grid with his grandfather near mount Katadhin. He has had little to know adult interaction with others since moving to the wilderness as a sort of penance and protection of other people - believing that the same evil gene in his father would cause him to harm others as well.

And yet... when he first lays eyes on Brin he sort of falls in love at first sight... there’s a zap/zing/whatever. He denies this interest due to his fear of eventual hurting her but when it is clear she is in trouble he doesn’t hesitate to save her, protect her, heal her... clearly this is a good, decent man. And the love that blossoms between the two is clear and sweet.

However Cassidy’s fears pop up again and where I have issues with this book occurs in the last 1/4... and here’s where it gets spoilery:

SPOILER ALERT!

Instead of running with the idea that in SPITE of having “serial killer” blood, that does NOT mean he too is a bad man. Instead of that kind of sweet lesson we learn Cass was switched at birth. Cass is ACTUALLY a pastor’s son 🙄 and that guy who attacked Brin? Well he was ACTUALLY the serial killer’s son 🤦‍♀️. I mean what. A . Shitty. Lesson. I mean, sure it cleans things up very nice and tidy but a much better lesson would have been to talk about people with evil in their blood being capable of good an evil ... I’m sure some statistics would have helped here. The lesson that you’re only as good as your blood is a bad an irresponsible lesson to be conveying imo. So while I liked the story and even the Nancy Drewing that Brin did in discovering all these facts, the lesson was a poor one and I think there could have been a number of better ways (like maybe THERAPY) to resolve the drama.

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  • AudioObsessed
  • 04-03-20

3 1/2 ☆☆☆

Heartbreaking in many ways. I did not care for the heroine in the middle of the story. She was too pushy with the hero even after he made his feelings clear. It came off as selfish especially considering that she wanted him to change his feelings in the span of a few weeks. Twist at the end that was a bit too coincidental but overall I enjoyed the story.

Narration was great. This may be my favorite Joe Arden narration so far.

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  • txammug
  • 01-08-22

Great story!

I believe this is the first book by this author that I’ve read. First starting out I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like or not. Turns out I loved the story. I was pleasantly surprised about the ending. Both of the main characters were awesome. As usual joe Arden gave a supreme performance. This is one of those stories I would like to see a book 2. So much more could be written about how life played out and the challenges they must encounter. I highly recommend!