That's all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind for the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he's in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate, Danny Wallace.
Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn't seem to view Julian as anything other than that--a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can't think of a good reason to say no.
Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he's positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He's ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.
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The narrator alone is worth buying this audiobook!
Julian has had a crush on his roommate, Danny, forever, and just when he’s given up on having him – ie moving on – Danny makes a play for him.
There is a lot of humor in this story. Julian is a hysterical gay man with a lot of fun quirks – clumsiness, sugar addiction, a flair for fashion. His mother is hysterical as well, and has a big heart. Gabby, the female best friend also provides comic relief.
Danny – well, I just never liked Danny. As the story progresses we see and finally “understand” more about Danny and his motivations, but it was really hard for me to forgive him… and that, ultimately influenced my opinion of the book.
I think that this is one of those books that will either hit it’s mark and make you a fan, or it will count as a miss. For me it was a miss (not enough to deter me from trying another Ethan Day book). The romantic in me was just so unsatisfied by the ending. I really needed Danny to do more to win Julian back and the lack of “making up” left a sour taste in my mouth. (It is a HEA, though.)
World Building/Characterizations 5
Humor 5 – it is really funny!
3.5 of 5 stars
Jason Frazier, hands down is one of THE BEST narrators of this genre. He is a PERFORMER. He gets inside the heads of all the characters and makes them all unique and outstanding.
I had read the book before and was not impressed by the story overly much (as you can tell by review) but when I saw that Jason Frazier narrated the book I had to have it anyway.
I’ve said it before and it still holds true, Jason’s narrations remind me of the old days of radio soap operas in that he can create this entire “movie” without pictures for us just by how much personality he puts into each one of his characters.
There are a few truly gifted performers in this genre who bring a story to life more than just tell a tale and Jason is one of them.
I adore his narrations and give this one a 6 out of 5 stars.
- Morgan A Skye
Short, sweet and funny with excellent narrator.
My biggest problem with Jason Frazier is...
As soon as I finish anything Jason narrates, the first thing I want to do is listen to the audiobook again. Which, as you can imagine, is completely counterproductive to clearing the pending items in my Audible library. I've actually lost count of how many times I've re-listened to Blame It On The Mistletoe which became my default comfort listen after I got it a few months ago. Jason's been one of my Top Three narrators since then, and I got "As You Are" primarily because he's the narrator (I didn't even read the blurb!)
The thing I love most about when Jason Frazier narrates is that it always feels like he transforms into the characters in the story rather than just narrating events happening to them. It's almost like you're in the same room as these characters. And to date, I've yet to listen to another male narrator in the MM genre who does such a convincing female voice as Jason. Seriously, just an amazing job overall.
The story was actually more of a 3.5 but I rounded it up to 4 stars because there were a lot of places that genuinely had me laughing out loud. Julian's almost like what I imagine you'd get if you mashed Carrie Bradshaw and Charlotte York together, then turned them into a hyper gay man. His thoughts were all over the place and sometimes you'd be yanked from the present to one of his rants or into a flashback. Yes, he likes to go on tangents, which I'm finding to be somewhat of a theme with this author's work (Boone from Sno Ho had a similar affliction). If that kind of thing annoys you, then proceed with caution. I've only read two other books by Ethan Day prior to this which left me with a sort of lukewarm feeling, and admittedly I only bought this audiobook because Jason Frazier is on my auto-buy list, but I'm glad I did anyway. I liked both Julian and Danny and wish there'd been more of an epilogue of sorts because the story ended somewhat abruptly right after they declared their feelings for each other. Still, the resolution was nice and sweet so wasn't too disappointed that there wasn't more. People who like the friends-to-lovers and everyone-knows-they're-in-love-but-them tropes will likely enjoy this. I know I did.