Cabin 2: Steele Shadows Security, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From best-selling and multi-award-winning romantic suspense author Amanda McKinney comes the second book in the steamy, edge-of-your-seat, three-part series Steele Shadows Security.
Hidden deep in the remote mountains of Berry Springs is a private security firm where some go to escape, and others find exactly what they’ve been looking for. Welcome to cabin one, cabin two, cabin three.
Always be prepared - that was Axel Steele’s motto. While his brothers were throwing down at the local bar, Ax was the guy in the background devising the getaway plan. Dubbed “the smart one”, the former special-ops Marine believed in structure and routine, a way of life the universe seemed hellbent on challenging.
Amidst a firestorm of family drama, Ax finds a woman held captive in the middle of the woods and in desperate need of his help. With an armful of tattoos as colorful as her attitude, his new client is his antithesis - a free-spirited, spontaneous hippie who tests every bit of his patience...and his self-restraint.
Erika Zajac has been living life on her own terms since she was just 16. But her gypsy lifestyle came to a screeching halt when the horrific past she’d tried so hard to bury came back in the form of chains and cuffs.
Suddenly, Erika finds herself under the security - and scrutiny - of a temperamental bodyguard with the emotional capacity of a rock and a six-pack to match. But no amount of brains or brawn was going to distract her from her goal or the secrets she’d kill to keep.
Deceit, lies, wrath. Ax’s client had them all. The only question was, which of Erika’s deadly sins would she choose? Revenge...or him?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 7 minutes|
|Narrator||Michael Reid, Amy Deuchler|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 27, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #36,227 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,268 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,696 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#9,277 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
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She has a death wish and gets two innocent people killed because of this vendetta she’s on…meanwhile, she’s just bumbling along. And her big victory…..? She gets to spit in the face of the guy who killed grammy. Oooh…I guess she showed him.
And then the Barney-esque way the story is neatly tied up with the sudden reconciliation with her brother and suddenly decidin V g to come out from behind her nom de plume (so to speak). She just traipses ob, scattering faerie dust and patchouli, seemingly not remembering she’d be dead if she’d had her way.
Not a big fan of Axel either. Self-righteous, dogmatic, zealous. No thanks.
So many other loose ends…what about the judgy housekeeper from Cabin 1 (which I really liked, BTW).
Having said all that, here's my issues with the book. As with 'Cabin 1', this book was poorly edited. It's not just that the syntax was often messed up, having words in the wrong order in some sentences, or having extra words that caused other sentences to not make sense. It isn't even the punctuation being in the wrong spots at times. It's the apparent lack of the grasp of the basics of the English language. For example, in one sentence, Amanda writes, "Your reputation proceeds you." Proceeds are funds from something being sold. It should have been precedes. Your reputation precedes you. How both the author and the editor missed that is beyond me! Then she pluralized words that shouldn't have been pluralized and made the egregious error of writing one sentence as "Who's is it?" Ugh! It's, whose is it? Whose, not who's! Seriously, WTF?
My biggest frustration with this book was towards the end when Amanda lapsed into one of the laziest forms of writing there is. (WARNING: SPOILERS)
After Erika was kidnapped, Axel approached the clearing where she was being held, where NINE MEN WITH AK47s stood around her. Axel was armed with only a KA-BAR (a knife, for those of you who don't know), and then he leaped out with a yell, stabbing the man holding her while the nine armed men rained down bullets. And then...the scene faded out and began again two freaking days later with Erika recovering in Axel's bed. We never learn just exactly how Axel and Erika managed to not get shot when nine freaking people standing mere feet away from them were shooting at them! I mean, come on! You can't do lazy writing like that! If you're gonna pull the lame cop out of "fading out" a scene, you have to at least explain later what transpired. Especially when you put your characters in a ridiculously impossible situation and just expect your readers to suspend disbelief and think a man with knife took out nine armed men without getting so much as a scratch! Just, no. No. My eyes rolled so hard they damn near fell out of my head!
A strong action plot with a sensual romance, a good balance. I love the Cassiopeia theme, which gives this story that sensual thread. This series so far has delivered more than expected and with twists that I never saw coming, and I am always looking to see where a story may go. Yes, this book has some language, but you are forewarned that it is a rough, gritty and sexy story, and yes that was spot on.
This is book two of a continuing story, a book that you just cannot put down once you get started. But the good news is there is a HEA for each book. Another great series that is destined to go on my re read shelf.
This is book 2 in the Steele Shadows Security series and it features Axel and Erika. From the moment they laid eyes on each other the attraction was sparking. Even in the extreme conditions of their first meeting, the sparks were flying. She is one tough chick and perfect for Ax! She’s a little too hotheaded and out for revenge though.
This is an awesome story with equally awesome characters. Character growth is so necessary and it happens before you realize it. This author really knows how to write her alpha men. The action and adventure had me on the edge of my seat! I can’t wait for more.
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There are no potential triggers
There are some graphic violence scenes.
The characterisation is good, the fl Erika is strong and potentially stupid with a single minded focus on the bad guys that's borderline stupidity without the skills required to take them on let alone a plan and resistant to help.
The ml Ax, is a better character than his brother Gage but that wouldn't be difficult considering the depths of misogyny Gage stoops to. Ax is slightly more redeemable but still capable of the whole 'time of the month ' rubbish.
The feelings expressed for veterans with PTSD absolutely ticked me off, the whole 'a real man doesn't need pills ' thing is so 1960's and expressly condemns people searching for a way forward through a fog of mental health problems.
Then there's the fl giving proceeds to a PTSD charity, as if the author realised she needed to balance the book with a bit of charity. Didn't work for me, I firmly believe the PTSD and pills episodes in the book are the authors own and that's really off putting when so many active duty and veteran members of the armed forces are taking their own lives each day. I would rather those people took a pill to get them through until they are able to cope than reading the suicide statistics attributed to veterans.
If you are going to write about such a sensitive subject please conduct research and consider the potential impact of the statements made.
I do think the brothers are badly repressed due to their upbringing and the authors inability to differentiate between alpha personality types and repression is confusing the plotline.
Being able to sew yourself up at the age of nine means a lack of parental care, not self sufficiency. Keeping all feelings to yourself means emotional repression and indicates a further lack of parental guidance, it doesn't make an alpha personality.
There are some grammatical and editorial errors, basic stuff such as a couple of missing words, the use of the wrong word and most jarring the mixed tense errors. They don't kill the book, but they are irritating.
The plotline is engaging and ensures you keep turning the pages, however it's told from one perspective and there is a lack of detail (handled by the Feds presumably off page) and I think a more detailed plotline would have enhanced the book.
There are some sex scenes and some swearing.
Again, for me, it's the backstory that keeps me interested, I want to learn more about Phoenix and the Knight Fox.