Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Body and Soul
Author: Lucy Lennox and Sloan Kennedy
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Series: Twist of Fate #3
Heroes: Oz & Jake
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Publisher: Self Published/Skill Books
Release Date: March 1, 2018
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Oz: Escaping the international modeling scene to design my own fashion collection is the first step to shucking my bobble-headed supermodel reputation and proving to the world I’m more than just a pretty face. But the minute I have to accept roadside help from the sexy man next door, I feel like the airhead people think I am. And what’s worse, the man clearly doesn’t think I’m worth the time of day.
But despite trying to ignore my attraction to the mysterious doctor, I can’t help but be drawn to him. With every moment spent together, I begin to realize he’s hiding more than just some details of his past. He has one foot out the door.
As soon as I start to feel like everything might be coming together for me, I realize the man I’m falling in love with isn’t who I thought he was.
Jake: After three years on the run for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I’ve finally found a seemingly safe place to settle in Haven, Colorado. With friends, a job, and a cabin in the woods, I have everything I need to live a simple life without drawing attention to myself. Everything’s fine. Fine.
Until I meet my new neighbor. The gorgeous man is anything but subtle and brings color to my life that I didn’t know was missing. But I learned years ago that falling in love with someone wasn’t an option anymore when simply being seen with me could have dire consequences. It’s time for me to run again, but I wonder if it’s safe to stick around just long enough for a taste….
Just when I begin to realize Oz is the missing piece to bring me back to life after years of hiding, my past catches up to me and throws everyone around me into danger. I know I should run, but what if it’s time to finally stop running and make a stand, once and for all?
While Body and Soul is the third book in the Twist of Fate series, each novel can easily be enjoyed as a standalone.
Well, on a good note, this audio was nowhere near as harsh as book two, Safe and Sound. However, Jake and Oz don’t have it easy either. I have to say up front that Michael Pauley’s performance of Oz was everything. He did that so well I could almost picture him in nearly every scene. He was a lovable and beautiful goofball, one Jake just could not resist…even knowing he was not sticking around.
Oz is a supermodel who wants to get away from people who may recognize him, so he retreats to a cabin in the woods of Colorado, and just focus on his fashion design. Jake is a haunted and hunted man. No one knows his story, only that he is a doctor who pretends not to be one. You have to read it to understand it. Unfortunately for Oz, who has a big ol’ crush on big ol’ Jake, Jake treats him like he’s dense. And maybe he his in the ways of roughing it in the wild, but Oz is nothing if not a generous and loving soul who just wants to be taken serious based on his craft, not his looks.
Jake may be attracted to Oz but he can’t do more than temporarily act on it because Jake is in hiding, just nobody knows it. At least until Oz is recognized and Jake’s face and location is plastered all over the world. This is when things really kick it up a step and I was totally not expecting the direction the story went from there. Talk about throwing a curveball into a story that you think you’ve already figured out. Wow.
Michael Pauley really brought this story to life. I was totally onboard from start to finish and his performance took this installment to the next level. I have no qualms about recommending this book, the entire series, and the narrator to everyone.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*