Never Lose Your Flames (New Canadiana #1) Audiobook by Francis Gideon narrated by Kevin Chandler

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/never-lose-your-flames-by-francis-gideon-8377-b

Blurb

Cop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don’t faze Gabe, but Nat’s innocence might stop him entirely.

Since discovering his abilities, Nat’s lost a best friend, a boyfriend, and trust in his brother. Only his love of concerts and card games get him through life without a home. Rumors of the Judge, a giant dragon who once destroyed half of Canada avenging those he loved, provide Nat with hope of vindication. When Nat discovers his captor is the Judge, he thinks he’s finally caught a break. Through late-night conversations and a shared love of music, Nat tries to convince Gabe he’s not guilty.

Can Gabe continue his cutthroat lifestyle, or will he run away with his dragon hoard like he’s always longed to do? Can Nat escape his legacy, or will his be another spark snuffed out by people who don’t understand? The Oracle, the most powerful wizard in Canada, might be the only one who can provide answers.

Review

I really, really wish I’d read this – if not only, at least first.

This was so much more interesting thank I thought it was going to be from the blurb – the world building is amazing! It’s an urban fantasy which I tend to shy away from but it’s paranormal and the use of magic and powers and abilities is pervasive – which I love!

It’s an enemies to lovers story and those can be some of the hottest romances you find – this was definitely full of sexual tension and while not the hottest smexy times, there were some.

There is also an intriguing mystery/crime to be solved which keeps the story moving forward, but sometimes the pacing was off. There were descriptions of things that either were dropped later or seemed unnecessary. I didn’t always buy the motivations/dialog of the characters – and didn’t have a great “feel” for Gabe and Nat as a couple.

While I wasn’t enthralled with the romance, it was satisfying. I think the crime/mystery and Gabe’s personal growth take precedence in this story more than the romance between him and Nat.

However, all of these superlatives are immensely dampened by the fact that I listened to this.

It was so painful. I really had to push to listen to this and wished I could have read it instead.

We have dragons and Judges and criminals and psychics and fires and allllll kinds of excitement and Kevin Chandler dictated this as though he were reading “how to” instructions for assembling a vacuum.

While he has a nice voice and I’ve heard previous narrations of his that I liked a lot more than this – he did absolutely nothing to make this story come alive and in fact deadened it for me.

I hate to write bad reviews, but I was really not a fan of this narration.

I’d recommend the book, but I’d read it and pass on the audiobook.

3.5 of 5 stars for book
2 of 5 stars for the narration

Total of 3 (rounded up) of 5 stars overall

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