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

Great narration

What did you love best about Tied Together?

I enjoy a good second chance romance and this one almost does everything right. I enjoy stories about relationships built from genuine friendships and this one fits. Ryan was out and proud; Brandon was shy and closeted, but they found a way to build a solid friendship.


If you’ve listened to books by Z.B. Heller before, how does this one compare?

This was my first ZB Heller book and although I liked most of the book, the internal monologue of MC Ryan was just silly. The cast of supporting characters fit well with the general theme and angst of the book. I love HEAs and HFNs, so this book was a good read for me. I already have the second book in the series and will read it soon.


What about Derrick McClain’s performance did you like?

Derrick McCLain does a fantastic job with his performance! This was my first time hearing him and I most definitely will be looking for more of his work. He was able to bring life to a sometimes clichéd storyline and brought the characters to life. He nailed all of the 'feels' and it make for good listening.


Any additional comments?

Although I did enjoy this book, I have personal issues with years long separations. I especially did not like the fact that the MC Ryan issued MC Brandon an ultimatum regarding their relationship (this is always a no-no). Ryan seemingly totally disregarded Brandon's struggle with coming out and for me it diluted what was a solid friendship. Ryan wronged Brandon in a big way, so I would have preferred a little more groveling before Brandon took him back so easily and after such a long separation. But they get their HEA so I'm good!

I was provided a free copy of this audio book at my request for an honest review.

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- DivaColumbus

Book Details

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