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.
such a sweet story with unexpected twists and turns along the way. I can't get enough of Lucy & Sloane's stories. always relatable and very moving
What made the experience of listening to Body and Soul the most enjoyable?
From the first words the story held you
What was one of the most memorable moments of Body and Soul?
To many to account - read the book and see for yourself
Which character – as performed by Michael Pauley – was your favorite?
Oz - he's funny, sweet, totally unique
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It make you laugh and cry - I loved the book - listening to it added something extra
Any additional comments?
Lucy and Sloane are amazing - this was my favorite of the three and Michael made it even better
What else could you ask for? I fell in love with Haven, the people who live their and the many twists and turns this story took. Their very exciting, and sometimes hilarious, love story made my heart melt! It was great to see Aiden, Ash, Lucky, Benny and Xander again ❤️. Oh Jake... you make my heart go pitter patter. Sexy!!!!
Jake Prescott has intrigued me since the first time I met him in Book 1 of this wonderful series. Secretive, reclusive, and yet there to help the moment he’s needed. It was clear both that he had medical training and that he was hiding secrets.
I love mysteries.
Oz, on the other hand, is more of an open book. He wears his heart on his sleeve and although up until now he has only let the world see the superficial supermodel side of him, there is a whole lot more to him than meets the eye.
The meeting of the two men is inauspicious and each encounter between the two of them has the opportunity to ramp up the antipathy – but it also ramps up the attraction. Except Oz believes Jake is straight and Jake believes he can’t get involved with anyone. The perfect set-up for conflict and drama. Add Jake’s obviously dangerous background and the fact Oz has hidden his celebrity status, and you have a typical Lucy Lennox/Sloane Kennedy challenge.
One thing I love about the book is the secondary characters. Oz’s best friend from NYC is Zoe. Their bond is strong, and when she shows up unexpectedly in Haven, Colorado to visit him, the love between Zoe and Oz is clear.
Xander and his husband Bennett, along with their adopted son, Lucky, are important characters. Aside from the fact they are in full-preparation mode for their wedding, they often get pulled into Jake’s and Oz’s dramas. Ash and Aiden make an appearance, and I’m glad to see Ash is thriving, with good news.
Finally, I have to mention Xander’s aunt, Lally. The proud nudist invited her nearly deaf friend Wanda and Wanda’s son, Steve, to Thanksgiving dinner, along with gay Keith who wants to date Oz, Xander, Bennett, and Lucky, as well as Oz and Jake. What ensues is possibly one of the funniest scenes I have ever listened to. I was standing on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, waiting for a bus and laughing my ass off. Out loud. Repeatedly. Oh, to have been a guest at that table.
As always, though, it is the men I fall in love with. Oz is quirky, out, proud, and dedicated to succeeding as a fashion designer – couture, no less. Jake is equally dedicated to protecting those around him, and unofficially, helping out at the local medical clinic. Against his better instincts, he has become part of Haven. And so has Oz and his infectiously happy personality that endears him to everyone. Soon, he is also helping out, often quietly, and behind the scenes.
It takes a crisis to show the men how great a town Haven really is.
So, these men are easy to love, faults and all. Of course, Michael Pauley is a big reason for that. His narration always hits the right tone. And – I’ve said this before – he makes the love scenes even hotter than I think the authors intended (which is already pretty steamy). He goes for it every time and I’m so glad.
I always give recommendation reviews for Lucy’s books and Sloane’s books, and now, for the books the two women write together. I’ve heard they have something new in the works – a visit to old friends – and I, for one, cannot wait.
One last note. Boo. OMG, Boo. Or, as Jake calls her, Princess Cujo or Princess Piranha. We all should have a Boo in our lives. A Bear wouldn’t go amiss either.
Jake’s story is one I’ve been looking forward to ever since I read the first book. There was just something mysterious about him and I just had to know more. Who was this man that held himself at arm’s length from everyone else? I’m happy that his story delivered and I enjoyed listening to this book immensely.
Oz is tired of being a model and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. He rents a cabin in the middle of nowhere to be able to create his clothing line before the next fashion show. Only problem is, he’s been living in the big city and is having issues with the rural conditions he finds himself in. His first problem being that he can’t find the button for the snow tires on his car….
Jake is returning home when he sees a car stuck in the snow. Meeting Oz for the first time is far from smooth and it goes downhill from there. The two couldn’t be more opposite from each other; Jake – the strong silent type borderline antisocial and Oz – lively and colourful and more of a social butterfly. They are also perfect for each other.
I really enjoyed listening to how these men fell in love. Yes, there was a lot of back and forward between them, but I can totally understand why. My heart ached for Jake’s past and the loneliness he’d have felt before arriving in Haven. And I kept hoping for him to finally find a safe place to call home.
My only issue with this book probably won’t bother most people and I know that, but when Oz and Jake finally got together, they really got together. And that started to bore me after a while, I mean sex scenes in general aren’t my favourite parts in books and when they are on page after page and after page it gets to be too much for me. Nothing makes that more obvious than listening to the audio. The scenes never end, but seem to go on forever. I do however recognise that most romance readers love plenty of hot and steamy sex scenes, so you guys will love these. Don’t let me keep you from loving them!
I love Michael Pauley’s narrations, I love his voice and his ability to take the listener into the book and make them a part of it. He narrates with emotion and passion. He distinguishes between all of the characters and he is definitely one of my favourite narrators out there.
As seem to be the norm with these two authors, the writing is engaging and the characters you can’t help but fall for. I had a great time listening to Body and Soul and I’m looking forward to more books in this series.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes
Would you listen to Body and Soul again? Why?
Absolutely, in fact, I've listened to parts of this story multiple times and this is after reading the bookI do love the work of these authors, I'll admit it. Sloane Kennedy is known creating families of the heart with angst, passion, recovery from pains of the past. Lucy Lennox for humor, tense and passionate encounters and mending relationships. Put these two authors together and the story is a work of art - full of laughs, characters you want to know and love.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Body and Soul?
There were so many memorable moments - when Oz was describing how his Jag has the "snow tire option" if he could only find the button...Too much!!!
What does Michael Pauley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
In the same way that I have favorite authors, I have favorite voice actors. Some narrators do just that, narrate or read the story and there is nothing wrong with that but you never lose yourself in the story. There are a few who bring the characters to life, with all of their quirks and colorful personality, in the performance. These performers have a gift. The reader becomes part of the story and knows the characters, sometimes intimately. You forget that this is a single actor reading a story. Such is the talent of Michael Pauley. I thought I'd lose it when OZ is describing how his Jag ended up in the snowbank. You could absolutely see Oz explaining this to macho Jake.If this were a competition - He would have my vote.
I have been waiting for this story. I have been intrigued with Jake's story ever since I read the first book with Xander and Bennett. i plundered through Ash and Aiden story even though I really didn't care for that book just to get to this one. and let me tell you it was so worth it.
first and foremost as always Michael Polley does an amazing job with the voices. I really enjoyed the Story from beginning to end. I even love the dog, princess Cujo. I always enjoy a book with characters that seem real in these characters seem so real.
I will patiently wait for Lucky and Zack story. this book is a must if you love M/M Romance