The Sound of Silence AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by M Policicchio

The Sound of Silence AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink


4 out of 5 Stars


Gianna Valentini thinks she found the perfect man in Ethan Walker.  Ethan is loving, kind, a police officer, and seemingly everything she wants.  Once the wedding vows are exchanged, Ethan starts to change.  Ethan is more of a nightmare than a dream.  Once Gianna makes up her mind to leave, she stays to plan carefully and accumulate everything she needs to get away from Ethan.  But nothing ever goes as planned.  


Derek Mills is a budding entrepreneur.  He just happens to be at the same hotel as a wedding reception for Gianna and Ethan.  When a chance encounter between the bride needing a moment and this stranger, the sparks fly.  Several years later, when Derek assists a stranger in the hallway to his fitness center, he discovers the bride from the chance encounter.  She is not the same.  She is going by a different name, her hair is shorter and darker, and always looking over her shoulder.  Could this beautiful woman be on the run from someone?  


Dakota Willink delivers on the suspense, the drama, the heat and the heart.  You can’t help but root for Gianna as she fights for her independence.  The heart-wrenching scenes are balanced by hope and healing.  Ethan got off way too easy.  Gianna is brave and resilient.  Dakota put in the time to make Gianna real and believable. Amazing story and characters!    


Trigger Warning:  This book contains scenes of domestic and sexual violence.  May not be appropriate for all audiences.

The Sound of Silence AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
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Genre – Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller
Listening Length – 10 hours and 7 minutes
Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Sarah Puckett, Connor Crais
Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author, Dakota Willink, delivers an emotionally gripping, dark romantic suspense that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!
There’s a common expression I remind myself of every day: that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
People think I live an idyllic life with my perfect husband, but they don’t know what lies beneath the façade.
Like the delicate petals of the daisies he loved to give, I was easily crushed—broken, just as he wanted me to be.
I’ve learned to accept what is, but I won’t let it destroy me.
Instead, I do the only thing I can to survive—I run.
I knew she had a story. I knew it most likely contained violence, but never did I imagine the horrors she’d been though.
I’d waited so long and she’d experienced so much. She was perfectly imperfect, her scars more than skin deep.
It was near impossible to separate truths from lies, but I knew her secret. Yet, I couldn’t help wanting to get closer. She was strong, and there was beauty in strength.
I was drawn to it—drawn to her.
I wanted to erase her horrors and give her something new to dream about.
*** TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains situations of domestic violence and abuse. Some aspects may be sensitive for some readers. ***


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Dakota Willink is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author. She loves writing about damaged heroes who fall in love with sassy and independent females. Her books are character driven, emotional, and sexy, yet written with a flare that keeps them real. With six published titles, a magazine publication, and the Leave Me BreathlessWorld under her belt, Dakota’s imagination is constantly spinning new ideas.


The Stone Series is Dakota’s first published book series. It has been recognized for various awards, including the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Gold Medal in Romance. The Cadence duet was a finalist in the HEAR Now Festival Independent Audiobook Awards. In addition, Dakota has written under the alternate pen name, Marie Christy. Under this name, she has written and published a children’s book for charity titled, And I Smile. Also writing as Marie Christy, she was a contributor to the Blunder Woman Productions project, Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too, a 2019 Audie Award Finalist and Earphones Awards Winner. This project inspired Dakota to write The Sound of Silence, a dark romantic suspense novel.


Dakota often says she survived her first publishing with coffee and wine. She’s an unabashed Star Wars fanatic and still dreams of one day getting her letter from Hogwarts. She enjoys spending time with her super-supportive husband and two witty teenagers, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Katie Matthews

Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK

By Dakota Willink

4 Stars


After listening to book 1 in this series I was really excited to find out what was going to happen to Cadence and Fitz. This followed on from book 1 albeit 17 years later. I would highly recommend listening to book 1 first to fully understand the dynamics of this couple’s relationship. I’m not 100% sure I liked this book as much as book 1 but it was still a really enjoyable listen, some great twists and turns in the story too. The narrators again were excellent and really brought the story to life. They still kept tup that connection between the two characters and made it feel real and genuine.

I really enjoyed listening to this duet and I would absolutely recommend it.


Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Heidi Schoolman

This is the 2nd book in the Cadence Duet series.  This is an audio book and is just over 8 hours listening time.  This story follows Cadence and Fitz.  Their story began almost two decades ago, and it was one where Cadence was left holding her broken heart.  Figures they would run into each other.  Cadence runs a nonprofit and Fitz is the CEO of a firm that represents the politicians who fight against everything she does.  How on earth could a relationship survive this?  Would Fitz be able wriggle out from under his father’s thumb for a second chance?

Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by S. Bittles

Defined (Cadence Duet: A Second Chance Romance Book 2)Defined by Dakota Willink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Book 2 in the Cadence Defined series, a novel about a second chance love story which picks up 17 years after the first book ends. Although there is a large time gap between novels, Willink maintains her characters personalities throughout their developing timelines.

I listened to the audio book and both narrators did an awesome job; great chemistry and performance! Having two narrators helped to keep events and conversations separated, as without words to follow it can get mixed up in your mind.

Willink has created a great developing plot, which is easy to follow if you haven’t read/listened to Book 1. Reading Book 1 will give you more insight to the characters past and how they were as young adults.

Be prepared that there are firm political views that arise, which were hard not to skip, but other than that Willink has delivered yet again!

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Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Kerry Baker

Cadence Defined Audio Book by Dakota Willink is the second book in the Cadence Duet. This book picks up 17 years after the events in book one and really does need to be read in order.

I enjoyed how well the author transitioned the characters from young adults into grown people which complex lives and needs. When I started this book it was easy to keep the two separate. It took no time at all to be drawn back into Cadence and Fitz. Their journey was still anything but easy and to see how everything had played out so far was great.

I loved how easy it was for the characters to connect again. That bond was so strong.

I have really enjoyed everything about this duet. It was well written and emotional. The characters were engaging and had a depth to them that you don’t always see.

This is a brilliant series that I would highly recommend.

Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Sunday Barnaby

Cadence Defined by Dakota Willink 

Narrated by Lacy Laurel and Zachary Webber

Five Stars


Cadence Defined is the second book in the Cadence Duet by Dakota Willink. These books need to be listened to in order, and they are both hot listening. This is true love with twists and turns. I like that the books were 17 years apart and the growth of the characters was amazing. This author is definitely a one click for me and I look forward to whatever is coming next.

Lacy Laurel and Zachary Webber did an excellent job with both books in this diet. They really brought the characters to life. I will also be watching for these two narrators in my upcoming audible listening pleasure.


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Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Shelly Kittell

Cadence Defined Audiobook By Dakota Willink cover artCadence and Fitz were summer loves. Unfortunately he had other plans that didn’t inclue Cadence. He left her with a beautiful baby girl that he knows nothing about. With the help of her parents, Cadence has worked hard to raise her as a single mother and is now runner her own agency. Fitz is running a PR agency in DC and his father is still trying to run his life. Fitz is still pining for Cadence and has been for 17 years. He did marry in an arranged marriage. The only thing good to come out of it wa shis son Austin. You can only imagine the panic when Callie’s date to prom is Austin. Oh the drama kicks in. Cadence picks up on the resemblance then runs into Fitz and here comes trouble. His father’s threating him to run for the Senate to he get what he wants. What kind of person threatens a grandchild? I love the drama and conflict. I felt like I was listening toa poor version of Dynasty. Cadence is a very strong woman and her spirit is strong and fierce. I do wish it had been an ensemble read as some of the narration was a little lackluster. I would still highly recommend.

5 stars!

Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Robin Rankin

Cadence Defined: Cadence Duet,  Book 2 by Dakota Willink

I was dying to get this second book and listen to it and was so not disappointed in the story or narration of this book.

I love Cadence and Fitz so much and was curious to find out how they were going to find their way back to one another and wasn’t disappointed one bit.

Both Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel did a great job of pulling me in once again into Cadence and Fitz’s lives and I enjoyed every second.

There are some surprises that I wasn’t expecting and think I may have gasped out loud when things were revealed.

Loved this book!

Defined (The Cadence Duet Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

I loved this story!! This book is the continuation of Cadence and Fitz and picks up where book 1 ended. Years later… you find out how each of their stories played out after being apart since their one summer together 17 years ago. You learn what happened to Fitz and his journey of what his father had in store for him. Also learning what happened to Cadence, her parents and Camp Riley. Everything comes in full circle when Cadence and Fitz bump into each other again. There where secrets revealed and some bumps along the way….and a few jaw dropping moments for me. Will love prevail!? Listen and see….Please listen to book 1 first then definitely continue the story with this book 2. It is truly fantastic!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟