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When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn't expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to each other. He certainly doesn't anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt's senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He's gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.
Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He's attracted to Curt's quick wit and easy manner but most of all to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey that reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their shares of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in the future if they are to have one together.
©2014 Lane Hayes (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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By layla on 05-11-15

Kinda Lame

I'm glad it's over, I learned that this was a trilogy. Sadly, I've started with this book first. I have no desire to read the others. Whiny lead characters are so irritating.

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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 03-22-17

Opposites often attract

What did you love best about Better Than Friends?

Sitting back and enjoying the ride as Curt shows Jack it's okay to be more than friends.

What did you like best about this story?

The way their relationship slowly grew as they spent more time together and got to know each other better.

What does Tyler Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I haven't read any of the series, I've listened, and I love how through each book he carries the characters from the previous book over with the some tones and inflections, while creating something entirely new for the current characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed outloud a few times, Curt is something else. I wouldn't say cried, but I was a little misty when Curt confronted Jack at his office toward the end.

Any additional comments?

This has become a favorite series for me. Each book is just different enough, but they are all Opposites attracts stories. Both Jack and Curt were previously introduced in the first two books, but now they get their own story.

Jack is always the one that gets left behind. Whether it be ex-boyfriends or family, no one has ever cared enough to stay, until now. The problem is, Jack is gun shy and keeps everyone at arms length. Thankfully, Curt's a bit wirey and wiggles into Jack's arms and refuses to move. The passion and intensity sparks between these two from the start and they agree to a friends with benefits type of relationship. Feelings quickly grow into something more. They couldn't be more opposite aside from the same circle of friends and a shared love of baseball. I enjoyed these two so much. They are passionate, loyal and insanely funny at times and those emotions were conveyed well throughout.

Tyler Stevens truly brings all the characters to life with their own unique voice and tones, subtle nuances and inflections that make the characters more three dimensional, not wooden. I have to say that I LOVE the voice he uses for Jack, very much the southern gentleman, I was waiting for "shucks" or "dadgum"!

If you like opposites attract, friends to lovers stories, or are a hopeless romantic then you'll like this book. It is the 3rd book in a series and while each book can be read without reading them all, I think you'll better understand the characters if you listen/read in order.

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By Andy on 02-27-15

This series gets better

A great continuation of the Better Than series with some characters from the previous books reappearing, but a new coupling at the centre. The story is very engaging, with emotions that many listeners will be able to recognise - you can empathise with and get irritated at the way the two main characters interact, but most of us will have at least thought the same things, if not spoken or done them! While listening, you are willing things to happen, while cursing Jack for being sensitive, and Curt for being an idiot, and hoping they see sense in the end.

What makes this book a real treat to listen to is the narrator. Tyler Stevens does a wonderful job, making it totally clear who is talking at all times, without the need for "he said" tags. He even keeps the same voices for characters from the previous books, so although his British accent may not be 100% (being British myself, I probably notice it more), the overall listening experience is excellent, with flawless production as well.

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By Rebecca Woodman on 03-13-16

A Charming Read but the Real Star is the Narrator

The Better Than sires is, so far, consistently exceptional. The storylines are sweet and engaging and man, can Lane Hayse write a sex scene. Normally I'm more interested in the romance aspect and character development but in this book the passion is hard to ignore and just listening to Tyler Stevens say dick is an experience in itself ahum. Young master Stevens is a great orator all round actually, all the characters are individual and recognizable.In fact I'd say he made these books better than great. (sorry couldn't help myself)

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