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One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!
Declan Ramsay's brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairytale castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided that Annabelle's gay younger brother would share the best man duties with Declan. Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn't meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.
But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.
But, is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?
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By Belen on 12-31-17
The narration is terrific and Gary Furlong is a pure pleasure to listen to. I really enjoyed his accents, easily distinguishable character voices, the infusion of humor and emotion he puts into his performance, and his great pacing.
I really liked the that there is plenty of humor in the story with both Sam and Declan being quite witty and quippy. I’m also a big fan of The Princess Bride and I loved all the nods and winks to it.
I was less thrilled with the multiple POV changes that were sometimes difficult to follow along with (especially while only listening), and that there wasn’t a single positive female role in the entire story. Also, I was quite honestly a bit baffled by the way the story sort of flips from a fun and funny rom/com to a spy thriller with a tentative HFN and a cliffhanger ending. Even though I was a bit confused by the ending, Furlong’s narration was so good I can see grabbing book two, Illuminate the Shadows, to find out what happens next.
Gary Furlong’s performance is pure entertainment and he is definitely on my narrators to watch to list.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 05-23-17
An emotion-filled 5 stars...outstanding narration!
I absolutely loved this story. It’s a wonderful look at one man’s journey to find what-and who-he truly wants after so many unsatisfying encounters with women, and another man’s attempt to find love and settle back into a normal life-if his controlling father will let him.
God, I adored these characters. Sam is so lovable, bubbly and bright and outgoing-though at times hiding some bit of sadness that we don’t get to find out about until the absolute end of the story. And Declan…there’s just something about a person discovering his sexuality and breaking free of expectations that endears Declan (and other characters like him) to me from the start. The two together are intensely passionate and the phrase “explosive chemistry” was probably coined with their eventual pairing in mind.
Watching as Declan explored his sexual boundaries as he learns just what he needs and wants is emotional for the reader as well as Declan himself as he experiences it. He and Sam weave such a tight bond with each other, and as a reader I was just as devastated as Declan when their time together at the castle for the wedding comes to an end…especially the way it did.
I’m really glad the way things tied up at the end, I don’t think I could have taken any other ending. I’m am totally hooked for this series and can’t wait to dive in to the next book. 5 stars for As You Wish, and I can guarantee no matter how this series progresses from here that I’ll still be re-reading this one in the future! Recommended for M/M romance fans 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.
Narration: I am thrilled with the narration of As You Wish. Gary Furlong does an incredible job, nailing the different accents perfectly which gave the story an authentic, realistic feel as I listened. The pacing was just right, and even with the heavier accents the enunciation was spot on and easy to understand. When it came to that scene I mentioned earlier when Declan and Sam's time at the castle ends, the narration was injected with just the right amount of emotion that I might have needed a tissue... 5 stars for the narration, and I certainly hope Mr. Furlong continues to narrate the rest of the series!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Jackie Thorogood on 08-26-17
Would you listen to As You Wish again? Why?
Yes without a doubt, the whole story sucked me in, cannot wait to listen to the next book in this series, fabulously written, I sat and listened to it this afternoon,
What was one of the most memorable moments of As You Wish?
I think myself it was how Declan and Sam interaction with each other, Sam's sister wedding with two best men, very entertaining. Also there's a surprise at the end,
Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favourite?
Gary Furlong was amazing, his smooth voice set the tone of the whole book, his take on all the characters was astonishing,
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laugh, I got upset, I also said thank goodness a few times
Any additional comments?
I've never read any of the authors books before, but I will now.I was giving this audible for an honest review, which I have done. It was a joy to listen too.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Lo on 09-04-17
A Great Listen
I really liked this audiobook as it had a bit of everything: Angst, Lust, serious moments, really funny moments etc.
Gary Furlong did a great job of narrating and his accents were brilliantly done.
I can't wait to listen to the other books in this series.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
1 of 1 people found this review helpful