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A very enjoyable series with some super hot storylines and this is definitely one of my favourites stories. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it’s worth starting at the beginning to get a feel for the various main characters that pop up as housemates in each story. It’s definitely a good idea to go back and check up on Shawn again if you’ve already read them. No wonder he was always grumpy! He’s certainly different in this story and now we find out why.
Much of this story takes place in the house these guys share (and Jude’s bedroom). The focus is on Shawn and Jude and we are given both characters’ points of view as they fall for each other and share some sizzling scenes together on and off the camera—with a little bondage and domination mixed in. These are some of Jay’s hottest and with an added edge to them. Shawn eagerly lets Jude guide him in the joys of gay sex, along with plenty of dirty talk and exhibitionism. Phew!
I liked how the tension built around Shawn’s denial, his gradual self-awareness of his sexuality and his need to keep their relationship secret. Both characters are endearing as they try to work out if, and how, they can be together outside of the bedroom. Although I thought Jude became a little too pushy too soon for Shawn with regard to coming out as bi. I could appreciate how Shawn was torn and felt fearful. I always like these angst-filled times when characters are sorting themselves out.
I liked that previous characters were involved here—Mac and Jez especially, and also Dev and Ewan—not only to see how their relationships have developed, but also for their interaction with Shawn and Jude and the humour they add to the story.
The story flowed effortlessly and kept my attention throughout. All scenes and dialogue are there for a reason and nothing felt superfluous. The ending works well and is HFN. I loved Shawn and Jude together. Fabulous story.
Changing narrator midway through a series must be a daunting prospect for an author. But no worries here. This was the first time I’d listened to Lewis Carter and I soon took to his voice and style of narration. He did a very admirable job at making the voices distinct and recognisable. He set the right tone and mood for each scene, and delivered the steamy scenes superbly. A great voice that matched the characters and story. Great job.
I absolutely love this book and have read it at least a dozen times since it was released in ebook. This audio book is incredible. The narration was spot on, and I got lost in the story. I meant to only listen to a few chapters before bed but ended up staying up until almost 4 in the morning to finish it because I didn't want to interrupt the flow. Amazing, I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!
It's always a gamble listening to a book when you've already read the book and loved it. I've listened to quite a few narrators and sometimes their voice just doesn't sit right with the story. However, I abosolutely loved this audio. The narrator was clear and his adaption to the characters talking within the story was really good. It as also great to catch up with Shawn again, he's one of my favourite characters in the Housemates series. It's also a really good story and plot, I'm very tempted to download book 3, that's my favourite book in the series.
I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Watching and Wanting and I would highly recommend.
I adore this series and had just finished listening to 'Practise Makes Perfect' when the 'Watching And Wanting' audiobook was released. Perfect timing. A perfect listen.
I loved the new narrator, Lewis Carter. Although Mark Steadman did a great job, Lewis' accent seemed better suited to Jay's boys. The story itself is a luscious addition to the Housemates series. Jay has yet to write a character I didn't delight in.