ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Change of Pace (Northern Lights #3) by Freya Barker

Release Date:
 November 30, 2020
Publisher: Spectrum Audio Books
Format: Audio
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes
Narrator: Stephanie Nemeth Parker, Matthew Maddox
Genre: Romance 
Buy: Audible | Kindle


Once a man who lived by the letter of the law...

Newt Tobias will do anything for his little girl, even take early retirement, sell his city home, and move to cottage country, hoping that the simpler life will provide a better balance for his troubled teenage daughter. 

Yet, not long after they’ve settled, he finds himself toe-to-toe with a stubborn, fiery-tempered woman with pretty brown eyes. 

Once a recluse preferring to live alone...

Working with troubled adolescents, Frederique Marchand doesn’t suffer fools and won’t put up with bullies, especially handsome strangers like Newt, who think they can run roughshod over her. She loves her work, but on her own time she much prefers the company of her menagerie of animals.

But with the welfare of a teenager at stake, she must put aside rocky first impressions and work with a man who needs her as much as she’ll come to need him. 


I really appreciate this series, they are all standalone so no worries if you haven't read the one before. Free on Kindle Unlimited.  The characters are not in their 20's they don't have perfect bodies, they are grey and they have baggage but that doesn't mean life ends.  Newt thinks moving to the small town will help his daughter heal from the death of her mother from Cancer and stop self harming.  However things are a little more complicated than that and he winds up needing the help of a therapist who unbeknownst to him is the vigilante woman who has set his heart alight every time he runs into her.  

Fred is happy with her life, with her menagerie of pets and work with kids she feels fulfilled but when she runs into Newt she realizes that although she is fulfilled there is could be more to her life.  Having survived Cancer Fred doesn't take life for granted and tries to take every moment as a gift.  

The narrators are fantastic and the sex scenes are pretty tame. 

Trigger warning there are some hard topics in this book, cutting, cancer, alcoholism, child abuse and attempted rape. This is not a frilly romance with no substance.  I'm grateful to Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.