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I liked a lot of elements of the story, like the slow relationship build while still getting hot sexy times, and getting to spend time with Liam and Jamie (who we first met in Loving Jay), but I really loved Joel's narration.
Joel Leslie brings this story to life! His character voices, the pacing, timing, and voice-over were all absolutely lovely. I adored his voice for Jamie so, SO, much!!
I'm consistently impressed with Joel's voice performances, and this is no exception. His Aussie accents just keep getting better!
Told entirely from Kee's POV, Don't Twunk With My Heart can be read as a standalone. This is a pleasant romance with low angst, passionate encounters, some humor, and a sweet HEA.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
So, Loving Jay was the first book I read by Renae Kaye and it’s what got me hooked on her as an author. We get to see Jay a lot in this story and it was great to see him and Liam still going strong.
In this book we see two gay men dealing with aging – wait, you say – angst?. Nah, not really. There is some, for sure. A bit more than in Loving Jay. Kee has some scars and Tate does as well, but their issues are treated fairly easily and without a lot of OTT drama. I liked that. A lot.
I really appreciated that these guys talked to one another. For the most part they had their issues but they talked them out.
The physical times are super hot and yet, especially for Kee, at times touching as well.
It’s liberally laced with loads of humor and very Australian, but that’s what we expect from this author and she delivers in spades.
I had to look up the choreographer – Yanis Marshall – as he referenced a couple of times in the story and I recommend you do because – YOWZA – way hot!
I really felt these guys connected and made the other whole. It’s a very touching and sweet story, with not a lot of angst, but enough to drive the plot and keep you turning pages. (I didn’t love the casual almost rape near the end and how it was sort of brushed off, nor did I love how Jay was portrayed a little bit more bitchy than I remember him, but the “epilogue” more than made up for it!)
4.5 of 5 stars
Yay! I’m so glad the author decided to go with Joel Leslie here! I think these books feel so “Australian” and to not have somebody with an accent just feels weird. In addition, Joel is so GOOD! He’s great at giving characters a unique feel so that it’s easy to know who is speaking, and he’s great at giving us emotion.
One thing I’ve come to really appreciate about good narrators like Joel, is that they ADD to a story with their interpretation of the story. So, it’s important that they “get” the story and can “emote” appropriately. Joel times his stories expertly and really helps to bring a listener into the action.
5 of 5 stars
Overall, 4.75 (rounded to 5) of 5 stars
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I adore this book and I love listening to Joel bring it to life xx
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If you love Renae Kaye's work you won't be disappointed, it's a fun filled romp with cute twinks, handsome twunks and lots of other characters. Jay's friends find themselves in all sorts of interesting situations, eating chocolate cake in nightclubs and breaking into houses to save sick friends. Not to mention the sexy times for them and your reading pleasure.