Treading Water

  • by Jessie G
  • Narrated by Andrew Reyna, Casey Hunter
  • 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After devoting 18 years of his life to the US Navy, Petty Officer First Class Shane Parker is struggling with the very real possibility of becoming unnecessary. If he doesn't make chief petty officer before he's 20 - and it doesn't seem likely that he will - he'll be retired from active service and placed on the Fleet Reserve list until his mooring lines are officially cut forever. While it would all be very honorable and ceremonial, he simply wasn't civilian material.
Before even swearing-in, Julian Brand knew he wasn't cut out to be a soldier, but refusing wasn't an option. Generations of Brand man made careers in the military and the expectation of every Brand son was to follow in those prestigious footsteps. Though the prospect of being rolled back hindered his every step, he survived Battle Stations and did his time. Six years out of uniform and Julian still struggles to find familial acceptance as he fights to live life on his terms.
On the surface, they couldn't be more different, but when Jared Ramos calls, neither are capable of refusing. If they can find a way to work together, they might be able to save a friend and each other in the process.


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Customer Reviews

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A great listen

Wow, I loved this story and will be reading/listening to more of JessieG.

The story flowed quite nicely and you got a feel for all the characters and what struggles they go through.
I am looking forward to more in this series..

The only real gripe I had with this audio is that there was no pause between the end of the chapter before the announcement of the next chapter but this does not stop you from enjoying.
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- DML 🤓

Beautiful story though struggled with narration

What wonderful stories. Having read Micah's Soldier I was really looking forward to listening to that and Treading Water.
Jessie brings her characters to life with their thoughts, emotions and interactions with each other. The world created in these stories is an extension of her Sizzling Miami series. Jared covers Miami and Forgotten Soldier as well as quick appearances from Bull, Red and their family.
Micah's Soldier is a quick read/listen but is full of emotion and experience from both Micah and Garrison. You are pulled in quickly and rooting for the couple to come together and be strong enough to support each other through what's to come.
Treading Water is a new story for me and I really enjoyed it but struggled on two points. Shane and Shaun are very similar names and through audio it's easy to get the two muddled up. Also what detracted from truly enjoying the story was the narration. Andrew is a good, clear speaker but there wasn't any inflection or accent to differentiate between the characters. I sometimes found it hard keeping up with who was talking within conversations.
I adore the way Shane and Julian come together for their best friend/cousin. The way their relationship blossoms feels very natural and flows through the pages. The support that they offer each other leads to them growing even more in themselves. Shane is still in the closet at his navy job but Julian could possibly be the man that he wants to be his true self for. Julian has been happy running his B&B on Key West but meeting Shane leads to him wanting so much more in his life and willing to put in the work to get both Shane and Shaun happy in his home. Shaun is a strong character, fighting for himself and the life he now finds himself living. You're quietly rooting for him with regards to his health and love prospect in Esme.
I'd definitely recommend the book(s). Looking forward to the next release from Jessie G. I would advise listening to a sample of the audio book before purchasing to ensure that you fully enjoy such a great book and are happy with the narrator throughout the book.
I received an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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- Meph666

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2017
  • Publisher: Jessie G Books Inc