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Jared Bradford delivers a wonderful performance. He adds a richness to the story, drew me in, and kept me engaged and entranced until the very end.
Bradford's narration highlights the erotic romance between Rich, an out and proud gay man, and Johnny, a straight-up-until-now eighteen year old, football player giving all the wonderfully filthy things they do to each other a real spotlight. Bradford also captures the strain and anger Rich has with his father beautifully, as well as the roller-coaster of emotion Rich and Johnny's relationship goes through.
My biggest complaint is that Johnny is pretty immature relationship-wise, which is somewhat expected given his age, but no less aggravating. Even though I understand the decisions made, it doesn't make me any less rage-filled when it happened.
While I had some issues with the story, they are pretty quickly resolved, there's a very sweet HFN/HEA, and I enjoyed the narration thoroughly.
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What did you love best about My Hero?
The slightly raunchy edge Vos gave the story that sets it apart from other GFY type stories.
What did you like best about this story?
The way the two characters were with each other for the most part.
Which character – as performed by Jared Bradford – was your favorite?
Johnny's mom, that woman was a spitfire! And his cousin Anita, I want to be her best friend.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was and I came close. I couldn't put it down or focus on anything else, this book had all my attention.
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When Rich Miller, the dorky, openly gay, Olympic hopeful diver is befriended by Johnny Milloway, star football player slash super jock… Rich is a bit dumbfounded. Until Rich learns that the big, burly football player is the same lanky teenager Rich saved at the local pool when they were teenagers. Johnny is overly protective of Rich from the start, and Rich doesn’t quite know how to act around him. The two become fast friends, taking trips home together and working out in the mornings at school. One kiss changes everything.
Johnny is confused and curious all at once. He doesn’t understand his body’s reaction to Rich, but he wants to explore it. Rich is conscious enough to realize this is an ill-advised adventure; but he is already falling hard for the big, burly, hairy, super sweet jock. The two make a pact; they will explore the mutual attraction only if they remain friends regardless of the outcome. When one heart is certain while the other is clouded in a haze of confusion, someone is bound to get hurt.
I procured a copy of this audio for a review not really sure I would enjoy it in the end. Let me tell you, I was lured in after the intro and Bradford’s retelling of Vos’s words kept me engaged throughout. I am a huge fan of gay for you stories and I really enjoyed how Vos gave this particular story his own rusty edge. Rich is older, more established, and confident and smart. While Johnny may be younger and oddly, a bit naïve, he is massive and intimidating. His team mates gave him the nickname ‘The Dragon’ and I can assure you, it fits. They are inexplicably drawn to each other and I found myself rooting for them to really make it work.
I could have done without the cheating, well, let me correct that a bit, I could have done without the way it played out. I’m also not a fan of angst and I found myself at one point toward the end rolling my eyes, it was that bad. And Rich’s best friend Ruthie, I wanted to strangle the life out of her, she drove me insane. Aside from that I really loved every dirty, filthy, raunchy passionate tryst these two had. I loved watching Johnny grow throughout the story, aside from a few lapses in judgement, and I especially loved that Rich gave him hell for it.
And now for the narration portion of my repertoire, Jared Bradford, I am loving his voice. Both young men had a touch of southern in their roots, to be expected given where they lived, with Johnny’s a bit more pronounced. Even if the story hadn’t been clear on attitude, mood and demeanor for the characters, I would have known their mindset by the different tones and inflections in Bradford’s voice. I think my personal favorite though was Johnny’s mom, she was a spitfire. And his cousin Anita, I want to be her best friend.
If you are looking for a gay for you story with a raunchy edge that is so well voiced, grab a copy of My Hero. I’m on pins and needles now hearing that there will be a sequel, My Olympian, out soon. Write faster Max!!!
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