Even a hot mess needs a happily ever after.
With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian "Baz" Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends - his buffer zone - are preparing to move on while his own life is at a crippling standstill. With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up - then opens up - with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz's carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn't terrifying. Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn't used to having a happy herd of friends. He's even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy's affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp.
When Baz's mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz's and Elijah's pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they're stronger together...or apart.
Warning: contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role-play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.
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Tough couple to tackle but still an excellent book
- katelyn "“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss"
Excellent narration, but disappointed with story
Definitely Iggy Toma. He's one of the best narrators I've listened to so far since joining Audible. His narration is easy to understand and follow, I never feel like I have to read the book to understand what's going on. And while he does inject some acting when it comes to character voices, it's never over the top of annoying. Just enough to give the characters a distinct voice.
I'd recommend it for those who read/listened to the first two books in the series since the characters from those books all have cameos in this one.
The scenes which dealt with Lejla/Lewis. I'm assuming there's going to be a book about her...
'It' doesn't get better. 'We' get better.
Okay, while this wasn't bad, I didn't enjoy the story as much as I did Love Lessons and even Fever Pitch. Elijah and Baz's penchant for drugs and other intoxicating substances just wasn't my cup of tea and made me feel really detached from the characters. Plus, this got heavy handed in the drama Llahma department a few times.
While I do know of and actually loved the anime series Black Butler, I didn't like how it was injected into the story, practically giving a synopsis of that series. It made parts of Lknely Hearts drag for me, and the role play as Ciel and Sebastian just felt like overkill. The constant references to Studio Ghibli movies also kind of killed things for me in a way the Disney stuff in Love Lessons didn't manage to do. It was just... Too much. I'd rather focus on the characters of THIS story, not characters from some other stories.
And the epilogue, kind of went too far in the sugary direction for what I felt would be appropriate given what I know of Elijah and Baz's personalities. The constant presence of the Ambassadors and Salvo members got a bit grating at times for me, too.
Anyway, not my favorite installment in this series, but it wasn't terrible, either. And Iggy Toma did an excellent job so it was still worth it.