Tied Together

  • by Z.B. Heller
  • Narrated by Derrick McClain
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ryan Keller has it all: a great supportive family, friends, and no limit to his self-confidence. Coming out of the closet was not as traumatic as he would have thought. Navigating through life isn't easy for any man, let alone a gay one. Rest assured that Ryan has it handled.
Brandon Ford comes from the wrong side of the tracks. With a dark past, he doesn't have much going for him, no money, no friends, definitely no charisma, and his family makes people on Jerry Springer look like total winners. Life can't be worse - until it becomes unbearable.
When Ryan helps Brandon out of a bad situation, chemistry sparks between them. Only Brandon has one problem: he's hiding in the closet with no way of finding his way out.
After years apart, Ryan runs into Brandon. This spells emotional turmoil for both Ryan and Brandon. Will years of resentment and bad feelings pull them apart or force them to work on their relationship so they can end up Tied Together?


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Great narration, not the story for me.

Man, I wish I’d read the reviews for this before I started listening to this audiobook!!!!
(Some spoilers included)

I really like Derrick McClain and his narrations, so when this came up for review I was psyched! It looked sweet and funny and who doesn’t like a friends to lovers story?

I was LOVING this for the first 55% of the book. We start off with a smart-mouthed and super confident Ryan who ends up saving the very nerdy Brandon in high school and the two become BFFs. Sure, Ryan secretly wishes Brandon was gay, and sure, Brandon is secretly gay, but these guys are young.

Off they go to college and in the way of all new adults everywhere, Brandon finally sees the light and admits he’s gay and he and Ryan begin a relationship that is physical as well as emotional.

Like I said – the first half of the story is just this – high school and college. The two finding each other as friends then more.

But wait! At the 55 % mark Ryan gives Brandon a RIDICULOUSLY HURTFUL ultimatum where he demands that the newly admitting to being gay Brandon OUT himself or the two can’t be together. So, in a fit of insecurity, Brandon does, but not before Ryan decides he’s been stood up and CHEATS on Brandon. ONE NIGHT! OMG. Poor Brandon gets beat up and then… 12 years pass! some seriously messed up stuff happens that makes me almost stop listening. I was SO MAD!

However, I wanted to see what happened. Well. I wish I’d just stopped.

Our MCs do make it to a HEA but it’s lack luster at best and totally disappointing given how badly Ryan treated Brandon and the vast amount of time.

I cannot recommend this – sorry to say. It made me crazy.

I still love Derrick McClain and think he did a solid job with his narration – as always.

If I have to give this a rating I’d give it 4.5 of 5 for the narration and 1 of 5 for the story.

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- Morgan A Skye

A sweet romance spanning 15 years

Would you listen to Tied Together again? Why?

Yes, I enjoyed the story and the characters. The story flowed nicely. Although a cliché of gay romances now being the couple that meets in high school, has a major break-up and is separated for 10 or more years, then meet again by accident. It's all in the delivery and the characters to make the story work and worth your time. And overall, Heller succeeded. It was well written, but had a lighthearted approach to the whole thing, considering one of the characters grows up being beaten and called "faggot" by his father, leading him to be afraid of coming out and then only getting help after the big break up.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tied Together?

When Brandon and Ryan meet again in the delivery room where Brandon is the doctor and Ryan's foul-mouthed best friend is giving birth.

What three words best describe Derrick McClain’s voice?

Gasping for air. He did this for all characters. If the last word in the sentence ended in a hard consonant, he did a little gasp making the characters comment sound nervous and going up on the end of the sentences. Don't get me wrong, overall he was decent. He kept Brandon and Ryan's voices distinct, but some of the more minor characters blended together. And he doesn't do females that well.

If you could rename Tied Together, what would you call it?

Maybe "Meant to Be"? I wouldn't really call it "Tied Together". They meet in high school (senior year) and both go to college (different schools, but close together) in Chicago. They are best friends, but Brandon has kept his past and the fact that he is gay hidden from Ryan, even though he is in love with Ryan and Ryan is in love with him. They get together finally and immediately break up and don't see each other again for 12 years. They meet again by accident and quickly break up again. Both of them's stubbornness kept them from trying to salvage things after the first break up. They could have been together if they had just talked it out. So, it's more of a "Mean to Be" than "Tied Together".

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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- B. Lane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2017
  • Publisher: Zolie Heller Prior