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Roman Reynolds needs a housekeeper and Ezra Powell is arguably the best. Despite their rocky start, Ezra is determined to set Roman’s house to rights without any distractions, if only the man would keep his shirt on and stop looking so damn handsome all the time. 

An ex-NFL player and confirmed bachelor, Roman has been on a long losing streak when it comes to men. When his best friend (and notorious prankster) says he’s got someone who’s perfect for him, Roman knows it’s too good to be true. But then Ezra comes along with his shy smiles and thoughtful gestures and Roman’s hardened heart finally begins to thaw. Both men have been hurt before, both are a little shy when it comes to love, but when the opportunity to form a deep and lasting connection arises, will they be bold enough to take it? 

A Soft Touch is a sweet and steamy 73K MM romance novel with low angst, lots of cuddles, and a bona fide happy ending. Content warning for ableism.

©2021 Laura Lascarso (P)2021 Laura Lascarso

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A sweet and steamy opposites attract romance!🔥🥰

This was a sweet and steamy opposites attract romance.

Ezra was absolutely perfect for Roman and I loved the chemistry between them

The setting of the story was interesting and I loved how Ezra and Roman's relationship evolved.

The characters were likeable and well fleshed out and the writing style was engaging and compelling

Definitely recommend this sweet contemporary romance, which is high on the feels and steamy as hell!

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I didn't feel the emotion

This was a nice story about finding love between an ex-NFL player and a very intelligent young man with autism. I loved Roman and his patience and caring toward Ezra, but I just didn't feel the emotion from Ezra. He seemed like a child to me in many conversations and the way he freaked out over things (like the blue cheese incident). That made the sex stuff feel odd. It seemed like he was a child who maybe didn't really understand the significance of everything. Maybe it's just me, but this one was just okay for me.

The narration was okay, but sometimes felt a bit stiff and unemotional. Most of the time it was fine.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Roman and Ezra

This book has it all. Age gap, disability, and race difference. Roman is an older black man, who was a Quarterback, now Restaurant owner. Ezra is a young autistic man, needing a place to stay. Jay hooks him up with Roman as his housekeeper. Watching these 2 shy men come to terms that there is attraction, is very well written. Narration was a blast.Romqn

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Great Story

Ezra is the fresh breeze Roman never knew he needed. The sweet, shy guy who works and lives extraordinarily organized and brings the needed structure into Roman’s life. As Roman’s housekeeper Ezra is dedicated to his tasks and doesn’t need distractions around. Such a sweet story. I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review.

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Fantastic story

I adored this one. I loved how respectful and patient Roman was with Ezra. It was so well written and just as touching the second time around. This was my first book with the narrator and he did a fantastic job. Loved this!

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Nice listen

I really enjoyed the ebook version of this and the audio was no exception! The narrator was a new one for me and did a nice job at bringing this story to life. Nice job!

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Sweet Love Story

Ezra and Roman are a super sweet couple and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. Ezra is hired as Roman’s housekeeper and the sparks fly right from the start. I really like Roman’s patience and understanding with Ezra and how protective he is with Ezra also. It was great that they really got to know one another before they started their romance. The narrator did a good job with the story and the characters. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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Great characters

I loved Ezra and Roman! Ezra is one of the best characters I've read lately. He is totally open and out there, no filters and you always know exactly where you stand with him. He is just what Roman needs to organize his home and his heart. Roman is definitely not your stereotypical ex-NFL player. He's been hurt in relationships before, but is so smitten with Ezra and so able to deal with everything Ezra says and does. James C. Jones does both of these men justice in his performance. We get all their differences and all the love.

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Sweet and steamy love story!

This was a sweet love story between Roman and Ezra. An age gap that really didn’t feel like one. The heat was turned on making this a steamy listen. James C Jones did a really great job with the narration. He’s a new to me narrator.

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The Sweet Love Story of Roman and Ezra

‘A Soft Touch’ is the absolutely adorable love story of ex-NFL player and current restaurateur Roman and computer programming student Ezra. Roman hires Ezra as his live-in housekeeper, where, over time, their feelings for each other grow stronger.

The story is age-gap--as the title says--but that doesn’t really occupy a major theme in the story. A more prominent theme is close-proximity--Ezra and Roman spend ample time getting to know one another. My swoony romantic soul LOVES this. Also playing a large role is Roman’s protective nature and Ezra being just about the cutest cinnamon roll (-ish) man ever. The angst level is so low as to be almost nonexistent. Laura Lascarso brings the sweetness as advertised.

Lascarso also delivers the steam. Ezra and Roman’s relationship slow-burns to the ‘sexy times’ for reasons clearly detailed for the reader. Ezra’s progression from sexual inexperience to exploration of kink is excellently depicted. It reads as natural and true-to-life.

This is my first listen to a James C Jones narration. He does such an excellent job giving voice to Roman and Ezra that I look forward to hearing many more performances from him in the future.

This is a voluntary review that I have written after requesting a free review copy of the audiobook.

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  • 03-06-22

Most Enjoyable, Easy Listening and Sensual

One of the best audio books I have purchased. One well written, excellent narrated enjoyable story. Pure credible love and intimacy all the way through. The sex between Roman and Ezra is truly amazing. A book you can listen to many times and enjoy it as much each time and every time

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  • 02-07-22

Warm, funny and hot as fire!

This story grew on me page by page til it cemented itself in my top three! It's wonderfully warm and snort-laugh funny frequently. If you think that means it's not hot though, you'd been mistaken. All the key elements are there and perfectly combined.

The story is engaging and low angst and the couple sweet and sincere. By the end you're delighted for the couple's HEA and it leaves you with that warm feeling in your chest.

Well worth the read!

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  • XG
  • 11-08-21

WOW!

I had the rule that I only hear audiobooks that I already read in other format but after reading the blurb of this book I decided to break my rule. This is the first book I have ever read written by Laura Lascarso and I was not dissapointed. The story of Ezra and Roman was sweet and cute, but also intense and steamy. I loved how the author managed the dynamic between them and how slowly, they understood and accepted each other. Mr Jones also made a wonderful performance, with a very nice and smooth voice and great acting skills. I loved this book so much!

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  • Gwen
  • 11-02-21

So good!

Roman and Ezra are not the typical couple. Roman is an exNFL player and Ezra a very special student. An age gap romance, sweet and light. I loved Ezra, so raw and honest and dirty minded. Roman is full of patience and love, catering to Ezra’s needs. They are great together… and the narration makes it that much better to enjoy.

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  • Rebekah
  • 11-02-21

Brill

This is a brilliant and immersive story as we follow them from house cleaner / roommates to lovers.

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  • Anne M
  • 11-01-21

Such a sweet story and fantastic narration

I was given a free audio copy from the author and the GRR arc team for review.

I am so glad I was chosen to review this one. It was amazing. It sucked me in right from the start and I could not stop listening. Both men were hurt and reluctant to trust but had instant sparks and helped heal each other. They were both fantastic and well developed characters and they had amazing chemistry. This was super sugary sweet and really steamy. There's no angst, just love. Ezra is autistic and I thought that it was represented both accurately and sensitively. There's one scene with a rude person that may offend but is portrayed in a manner that it isn't tolerated. It was well written. There was great world building but the friend who played a big part in this one was someone I'm not sure I would want to read more about. Regardless I absolutely would recommend this to anyone who likes sugary sweet romance.

The narrator did a fantastic job. He had a really pleasant reading voice. He kept a good pace and he was age appropriate. He expressed the emotions amazingly and brought the story to life. He did different character voices for the characters and they suited the character really well. It was a wonderful listening experience. I hope this narrator does more m/m.

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  • loveQhuay
  • 10-30-21

Sweet love story

Loved both the story and the audio. The narrator was really good and I enjoyed listening to this.

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  • Lovesbooks1986
  • 10-30-21

Great story.

Really enjoyed the story the author really got the autism right. but I found the narrator voice a to deep which made the narrating different characters voices difficult especially the women.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 10-28-21

Wow

Have you ever read or listened to a book and thought now I must have imagined just how good that was and listened to it or read it again? This was what I did here. The characters were well thought out, planned and researched and it was just sweet there was no over the top drama etc it was just beautiful.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 10-25-21

Great Book, totally unexpected.

Roman and Ezra, Ezra is introduced to Roman through Romans friend Jay as a housekeeper.

Two completely different people, Roman being a retired NFL player with a shoulder injury, now a restaurateur and confirmed bachelor, who didn't need a housekeeper. Ezra is a complete nerd studying computer programming and needs to categorise everything in his life and other people. Slightly autistic, especially when it came to food, with a love of games.

I enjoyed this book immensely, the dynamics between the two main characters are well balanced, and I love how Roman was so caring towards Ezra and very protective, even before they got together.

The story is well written, especially around how graphic Ezra is when talking about anything, especially his biological reactions.

Main areas - Age Gap, Interracial, Nerd/Jock, Autistic MC, Graphic sexual acts, Food phobias.

Well narrated, clean and clear, good accents. James C Jones is new to me narrator, it was enjoyable to listen to, and I will lookout for more books narrated by him. I sped up to 1.25 on Audible, which is usual for me.


A Soft Touch
An Age-Gap MM Romance
By: Laura Lascarso
Narrated by: James C. Jones
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins

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I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.