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Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.
James Gallway's life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of 18, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by 28, he's lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can't believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.
©2014 Eli Easton (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By JC on 07-18-15

Equal parts sweet, funny, sexy, and touching.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mating of Michael to be better than the print version?

I read the ebook several months ago, and while I loved it even back then, the audio version just made it even better.

Even the parts which I thought made the ebook drag in places (namely the excerpts from James' novel between chapters) didn't bother me in the audio version and actually made me interested in reading the full version of that story.

What other book might you compare The Mating of Michael to and why?

It's hard to say since I haven't read a lot of romance stories where one of the characters has a disability. But I guess, "The Rebuilding Year" by Kaje Harper, "Dance With Me" by Heidi Cullinan, "Never a Hero" by Marie Sexton and "Puzzle Me This" by Eli Easton have similar themes, but they weren't as sweet as The Mating of Michael and had different conflicts.

What about Michael Stellman’s performance did you like?

Michael Stellman just has the kind of voice I enjoy listening to. It's nice, deep, slightly husky and he reads at just the right pace.

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

Yes. I listened to it for several hours and would have kept going till the end if it weren't for the fact that my ears needed a rest from being squashed by my headphones. Pain was the only thing that kept me from listening to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for some hurt/comfort with lovely, likeable characters who also happen to be SciFi geeks with a dash of snark and great chemistry, with a good narrator, you'll love this. When I first read the blurb for the ebook, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it since I'd never read a romance where one of the main characters has a major disability or where the other character is a sex surrogate (which was something I'd seen in a TLC documentary before, so I knew what the profession entailed). It was a new dynamic that made me pause for a bit, but since I'd already bought all of Eli Easton's other stories and enjoyed them, I decided to trust her and read it. There were times I felt Michael (the character, not the narrator :D) was too good to be true, but he does have some flaws that keep him from being completely perfect.

Definitely worth the credit.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 09-08-15


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Another great story by Eli Easton. She has consistently delivered with each book of hers that I've read so far. Even managed to get me to cry this time too. Loved, loved, loved it!!

The hurt/comfort in this story is immaculate. When I first met Michael in The Trouble With Tony I thought he was an irrepressible little flirt and I liked him very, very much. When I got to see a bit more of him in The Enlightenment of Daniel I fell just a little bit more than in like with him. But now? I am totally all about Team Michael. I love him so much! His loneliness and vulnerability just cut through me. I wanted him to get his HEA. (Spoiler: He does!)

For me, this book is all about Michael (and Lamb). James and his flashbacks are all right, but frankly, if he didn't make Michael so happy I wouldn't like him very much.

The narration is terrific!

Michael Stellman doesn't do a lot of voices; he doesn't strike me as a huge performance narrator. His narration is more emotional. The way he delivers the words to you draws you in and blankets you in the story. He's not about the flash, he's all about the feeling.

And boy did I have the feels.

Eli Easton brings you a story steeped in hurt and comfort, with so many emotions, and then hot sex, and maybe a little too much backstory, but it's all just freaking fantastic. Personally, it's (by far) my favorite story in the series so far.

Get this book! Get the audio! Just...GET IT!


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4 out of 5 stars
By S. E. Errington on 01-06-16

Sugar and Spice!

Would you listen to The Mating of Michael again? Why?

I probably would, because of the diversity of the two main characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael. He was such a caring, thoughtful and loving character. The world would certainly be a nicer place if there were more Michael's in it!

What does Michael Stellman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Michael Stellman definitely enhanced the story and added to my enjoyment

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

Initially, no, as it took me a little while to get into the story, but certainly by the half way point I was hooked.

Any additional comments?

As much as I enjoyed this story I have to confess that it's not my favourite Eli Easton book. It's good, but not up to the standard of 'The Lion and The Crow'

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jimmy Alexander Roberts on 05-26-16


I loved the concept of this book but the execution is just so cliched and tiresome. I really struggled to get through all the sex. The novel felt like a badly written erotic fantasy with a story tacked on. The narration was also not very good. This was the first novel I've read by Eli Easton and it shall be the last.

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