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There’s lots to relish about this story. I particularly like single POV narrative, so that was a plus. Rand comes across as a strong character who knows his mind and can stand up for himself and what he wants for his band. For much of the time he oozes confidence and takes control of situations. I like that he is bi and that after he falls for Will he is not seduced or tempted by the viperous Leah.
Will’s character is interesting. He’s an adorably shy geek and a highly talented musician. He’s also a sexy cross-dressing virgin who becomes the bold Billie. When he wears the make-up, wig, fishnet stockings, and high heels he’s transformed, becoming more outgoing and confident. I love how Rand and Will embrace and celebrate this cross-dressing side of his character. In fact, I would have liked this aspect of the story to have been explored more fully. Did Will decide to use the clothes and make-up as a prop to become someone else or was it a reflection of his true self?
‘Love is like a bagel’
“It’s a never ending circle. No two are exactly alike, and best of all they come in many flavors.”
Although both guys are sort of in the closet at the start, their friends and band members soon realize something is going on between them. But for most of the story they have to keep their relationship a secret. I enjoyed the chemistry between Rand and Will, how they spoke to each other, and their explorations into a relationship neither of them had experienced before. There’s lots of banter and fun times for them. I loved how Rand cares and looks out for Will, as well as the sizzling sex scenes.
I was happy with the resolution and ending of the story, although I would have liked more book time spent on the events that were raced through in the epilogue when everything was hunky dory.
There are several aspects of the story I didn’t particularly care for. I couldn’t get my head around the massive student loan Will had racked up and this was a major point of the book. It was all tied into the idea of being ‘bribed’ into going back in the closet and returning home after he’d finished his schooling. I wanted him to stand up to his cliched wicked parents and I grew more frustrated with this ongoing issue. Why not tell them ‘no’ and make his own way in the world with his caring and loving new boyfriend? I didn’t want him to give up his happiness with Rand in New York. Will’s parents and the so-called family friend were hypocrites and their main role in the story was to add conflict and angst.
And Leah and Terry’s only purpose seemed to be to add conflict and ramp up the angst for both Rand and Will. I found Leah especially infuriating. But then she was meant to be. Rand should have told her to take a hike sooner rather than later. All the time I kept telling myself she’d get her comeuppance. I’m still not entirely clear on her motives. What did she want— a famous rock star husband, the money he could potentially earn in the future, or just a route to PR stardom?
Seth Clayton is a relatively new narrator on Audible. He did an excellent job and he has a fine singing voice too. I enjoyed his narration and the pace he set throughout the story. He made each character’s voice distinctive, which seemed to suit their personality. The ‘break up’ scene was superbly narrated by him. I had to go back and listen to it several times, and each time it brought tears to my eyes. This scene in particular shows how much these guys love each other and should be together. I sincerely hope Seth narrates the next story in the series.
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I'm very happy with this audiobook!!!!!!
It wasn't perfect... the narrator, Seth Clayton, while giving some charachters like Tim and Benny identifiable voices, has the MCs sound practically the same... there were a few times where I was confused by who was saying what. Seth also has some odd stops and starts in his sentences, which are noticeable throughout but not anything that bothered me, it just seemed odd.
Now the bonus points....
#1. HE SINGS!!!!!!!!!!!! Just a couple lines here and there but that was a first for me!!!! Holy crap!!!!! It's awesome!
He also adds in all kinds of goodies, expected and not. At one point he speaks while eating a cheeseburger and it sounds realistic and later he speaks while eating m&ms and they sound different and totally believable!! How?! And it doesn't even say Rand is doing that, it's just natural and feels right and keeps you in the story. Very cool!
He's also fantastic with expressing emotions when people are speaking... going from soft to yelling to excited to happy... it's all there and it's all conveyed.
OH, and his George?! He is INCREDIBLE! He somehow perfectly sounds like a middle aged friendly New Yorker.. you can HEAR his smile! There has to be a real life inspiration for that voice because it's just perfect!
The narration truly makes this story even more enjoyable. I love a lot about this book and while the story isn't perfect, add in this narration and it gets 5 stars from me.
I look forward to the audio of the rest of the series, even though no one can top Rand & Will <3
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I love this series (Benny's story comes out later this month). In virtual newcomer Seth, Lane and Dreamspinner Press have found a narrator who not only voices a multitude of US accents really well (I loved George) but also has a pretty good singing voice. I have to admit I thought Rand was a little full of himself at the start, but quiet, shy and modest Will won my heart pretty much straight away, and when I discovered the double standards his parents were quite prepared to accept in themselves but no-one else, I was really rooting for the pair of them AND for Spiral. Leah and Terry?? Well, the less said about them the better as far as I'm concerned. An awesome audio book presentation, and I hope Lane asks Seth to narrate Benny's story when the time comes.
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