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"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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I loved this book. I loved the simplicity of it. There was no unnecessary drama for the sake of it. It was just life and all the twists and turns, ups and downs that come with it, and I loved every minute of it.
Bo is dragged to a college party by his best friend and is reluctantly trying to have a good time. That is until he sees her. The One. He instantly recognizes her as the person he’s supposed to spend his life with. The is only one problem. She is not a she. She is Erick, a psychology student and a man. Shocked by that discovery Bo literally runs and hide to try to make sense of what he’s thinking and feeling. Only Erick follows him and they strike up a conversation, a conversation that lasts all night and is brutally honest and real.
They start something that night that neither of them is sure of. They have this instant connection, but are unsure what to make of it. If they can trust it – or each other. The relationship is a slow-burn one, and watching them grow into the relationship was beautiful.
One of my favourite things in books is when I can believe in the story and the characters. I don’t want picture perfect and flawless, nothing bores me more. Give me flawed, insecure or scarred characters – human characters and I will be truly happy. Belanger delivered that in spades. Choices and changes is the one and only published book by this author (as far as I know at least). But that doesn’t show with this book. It’s well written with a well thought-out plot and developed characters. If she ever decides to publish more books I will happily read them.
Jonathan Waters end up in the okay column for his narration of this book. A huge plus for me is when the narrators adds feeling to what they narrate and not only reads the words. Waters did that really well. The only thing I wished for was more distinction between the voices, at times it could be a bit difficult to follow who was speaking.
This book is real, everything about it is genuine. It’s heartfelt and simply beautiful. You can’t help but falling for the characters, feel with them when they struggle, and be happy with them when things are good. It’s just a wonderful read and one I highly recommend.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes
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