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What You Own is both a friends-to-lovers and a second-chance story. In high school, Ryan and Adam were best friends, up until Ryan publicly came out as gay, and Adam's father pressured Adam to break it off. Little did Mr. Langley know, but Adam and Ryan were interested in more than just friendship. Soon after, the two were bashed in a parking lot, and once again Mr. Langley intervenes to keep the two apart. Now, three years later, the two meet again – and the sparks start to fly.
There's some drama involved, but nothing too heavy (not like Arthur's newest release, The Truth as He Knows It). Fans of Arthur will love this sweet romance, watching Ryan and Adam work things out and fall in love. There's ample chemistry, a solid friendship, and a good bit of sweetness involved, especially towards the end when Adam puts his heart on the line for Ryan!
This was actually my first time listening to a male/male romance. Michael Pauley did a wonderful job. He put emotions into the narration, rather than simply reading the words. His voice would speed up during times of high emotion, and deliberately slow down for other situations. His different voices were done well, and he even gave both boys slightly different voices when reading a flashback to their high school years. My only complaint is that sometimes I had a hard time differentiating between when the characters were speaking out loud and when they were thinking to themselves (when the two would occur back to back in a scene). Otherwise, Michael truly brought this story alive and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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I liked the way this story centers on the two boys, who just on the verge of discovering them selfes and each other, becomes the victims of violence and lies and the story actually starts when they se each other serveral year later.
So they have a lot of baggage to overcome if they are to become a couple.
The story has a lot of flash backs from either MC and normaly im not a flashback fan. It works for this story and the author is able to write it so that you feel like you are seing the world from a younger and much more innocent boy.
Maybe not my top ten but Its worth a listen.
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