Choices and Changes

  • by K. L. Belanger
  • Narrated by Jonathan Waters
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the cusp of his 25th birthday, Bo Sanford grows frustrated with his directionless life. Slaving away at his father's construction company all week and partying every weekend leaves him little time for introspection, but he knows it's time for a change. When his best friend Mac drags him to a college party, Bo catches sight of a girl. But not just any girl - the girl of his dreams: a delicate blonde-haired beauty with a pink scarf and a smile that promises warmth and humor. There's just one problem: She isn't a girl.
Even after Bo discovers the truth, he keeps seeing Erick, and the choice to follow his heart despite the obstacles has profound repercussions on not only his sense of self, but his relationship with his family and even his job. Being with Erick makes him all the more determined to be his own man and claw his way out from under his father's thumb.
But Erick faces choices of his own: the choice to get involved with someone redefining his sexuality, the choice to trust again, and even the choice to believe love can last beyond the temporary.


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Pretty good gay-for-you!

**3.5 stars**

"A little less conversation, a little more action."

Yup, that's what I'm talking about!

I LOVE a good GFY. Give me a guy whose never been with another guy or has never been into guys before and yadda, yadda, yadda ---> SEXY TIME, and I'm a happy girl! What can I say, I'm easy to please! I also usually adore lots of talking. I love characters to really get to know one another and establish a great connection before moving on to a relationship. But here, it was HOURS (in audiobook time) of talking, hours of self-discovery, and while I appreciate the effort that went into developing these characters, it sort of dragged at parts.

This book was certainly insta-attraction and, arguably, insta-love. The two MCs had a spark between them that really came through to the readers. I usually hate any sorts of "insta" in my romances, but it kind of worked here. I bought the idea that these two guys saw each other from across a crowded room (awww) and felt that "this is it" sensation.

I also loved the way that we got to know the characters. I really felt such a sense of connection to them, and I understood exactly where each of them were coming from.

Just a warning for some readers; there is very little sex content in this story. Sure, there are some scenes, but they are pretty sparse. If you are looking for something scorching hot, look elsewhere.

In terms of the audiobook narrator, I thought he did a decent job. There wasn't as much differentiation between the voices as I would have liked, and the narrator was pretty forgettable, but I was able to focus on the story and get into it. He had a pleasant voice that was easy to listen to, and while he won't make my list of favorite narrators, I would listen to a story from him again.

All in all, if you like slow-paced GFY with a good heaping of angst and lots of self-reflection, this story is for you!

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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- Heather

Just as good, if not better, than the e-book!

Where does Choices and Changes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Close to the top. Perfect marriage of written words and narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Bo and Erick slowly fall in love with each other.

What about Jonathan Waters’s performance did you like?

Everything. Especially the way he put so much venom in the character of Bo's dad, the man is truly ignorant and hateful, and you could literally hear that in his character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was, but it took 2 days.

Any additional comments?

It's been almost two years since I initially read Choices and Changes, as it was not only a favorite read but my first gay for you type story, I was anxious to dive into the audio version and visit with Bo and Erick again. Jonathan Waters did an amazing job of bringing Belanger's words to life, of giving Bo and Erick a distinct voice in his retelling. These two young men are portrayed so realistic, relateable, flawed and approachable that you can't help but fall in love with them, and root for them to find their own little piece of happiness.

Something that stood out more so in the audio version for me than it did in the print was the overbearing and abusive personality of Bo's dad. While this isn't the type of story where there is a villain per say, this asshat still managed to achieve villain status in my mind while I was listening to this story. I thought I was going to have to take a chill pill, literally, when he started in on Bo in the office the first time Bo tried to quit. And then to find out the truth behind what happened with Bo's mom, I seriously wanted to strangle the SOB. And Waters truly found this gravely, mean and hateful tone for the father that conveyed just how ugly a character he really was. Great job sir!

Colorful narration brought to life this richly written story about a strong young man that is struggling to figure out who he is and refuses to be labeled. If you have the opportunity, I suggest both reading and listening to this story, as each version is just as good as the other, and both are just a treat!

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- Tams (TTC Books and more)

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC