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From USA Today best-selling author Marley Valentine comes a brand new emotional MM romance.

I couldn’t tell you when I fell in love with Gael Herrera, but I wish I knew how to make it stop.

Falling in love with a straight man is a rookie mistake. But falling in love with my soon-to-be-married-to-a-woman best friend is nothing but heartache.

Through all the years, and all the men I’ve fooled around with, he’s always been at the back of my mind. An unrequited crush I wish I could shake. A dream that was never going to come true.

When I whisk him off to a surprise bachelor party weekend in Vegas, I surrender to the idea that this is an opportunity for me to finally let go of my feelings for him and say goodbye.

But after a heated exchange and an even hotter kiss, everything I thought I knew about our friendship changed.

Maybe I had it wrong. Maybe, after all this time, we were more than best friends. Maybe, just maybe, he felt it too.

Ache is an MM Romance narrated by Gomez Pugh and Teddy Hamilton with a supporting performance by Emma Wilder. This is not a ménage romance.

©2021 Marley Valentine (P)2021 Marley Valentine

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Well done

I wasn’t planning to purchase this so soon but I made the mistake of listening to the sample and I was hooked. The premise isn’t new but it was done in an original way; a very emotional way. Well done.

Teddy Hamilton should win an award for his performance. This is a step above, Even for him.

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perfect love story

Marley Valentine has become my go-to for excellent angst-y emotional MM, and Ache doesn't disappoint. Part friends to lovers, part forbidden love. My second time diving into Jordan & Gael's world, and the narration adds so much.

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50% Perfection

Long story short:
The first half of this story is absolutely flawless. The characters are compelling, the performances are exciting and dynamic, the sex is so hot. Then an incident occurs (no spoilers but it's a huge trope) that makes the second half feel like a slog. Still, I recommend you give this a read. I HATE love triangles and despite that, this story won me over.


Long story Long (spoilers included):
First off Teddy Hamilton and Gomez Pugh did a spectacular job with their performances. Their emotion was so raw, the tension so visceral I was on the edge of my seat every second. The voice actor's commitment to their role was so complete everything else fell away and I was right there with them.

(SPOILERS Below )

However, nothing could make up for that second act surprise.
He got into a car accident and got MEMORY LOSS!?!? Are you flipping kidding me with this sawdust (curse word alternative)?
Up until this point, "Ache" was an M/M romance that was emotionally compelling, it challenged the reader's ideas about right and wrong, every moment of them together was painfully sensual. But most importantly it was so very human. Both Gael and Jordan were two very imperfect people whose flaws made the story feel so real.
So when that car came careening down the track it wasn't just the car that broke to pieces, it was the second half of the book. (in my opinion only of course)
Suddenly the whole story becomes some kind of parody of an old soap opera "what would happen if your lover had an accident and couldn't remember you anymore?" It was so outlandish it completely broke the spell for me, I can't tell you how disappointed I was.
The second act (post-accident) had basically no sex or sexually charged scenes like the first half. There was no excitement like in the first half. Now the story was exclusively a family drama, which was hard to put up with at times because of the ridiculous situation.

HOWEVER, the first half is so freaking good I still recommend you read this. Especially if you have a spare credit, I frequently will go back to re-read this one but only the first half.


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Good Story but also torn

I thought the premise behind the story was very good and well thought out unrequited/friends to lovers story, however the narration for Gomez Pugh as Gael was decent but his other voice inflections were very hard to listen too, the Hispanic accent just wasn't good at all, he tried too hard to change his voice to the different characters which made his performance suffer to me. When he was just Gael he was good and Teddy Hamilton was great, if it had not been for Teddy's performance I probably would not have finished the story based on narration only.

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Loved it! A Must Listen!

Another amazing book by Marley Valentine. Perfect unrequited love/friends to lovers story. I absolutely loved Gael & Jordan’s story. There were so many highs & so many lows. I throughly enjoyed the journey into their world. I’m sad the book is over. I’m already missing them both! Amazing Narration by Teddy Hamilton, Gomez Pugh & Emma Eilder.

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Seriously??? My pet peeves at their worst!!!!

Spoilers (and ranting) ahead....



Oooh no no no no noooooo!!! Why didnt I read the spoilers before hand?! I never would've spent my credit with this book 😭 Cheating (both MCs, with no guilt whatsoever) and then amnesia? Worst plot devices ever!
What a waste of great narrators! Now i want my credit back 🤨

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A book true to its name

Ache is very true to its name. This book was emotionally gripping, morally confusing and a wonderfully torturous love story. I really enjoyed this book, the narration by Teddy Hamilton and Gomez Pugh was fantastic. Gomez Pugh's accent work was fantastic! Some of his narration was a little slow, but not unappealing. He is definitely a narrator I would listen to again. Teddy breaks my heart in the best way, and Emma's narration is a great addition to this story. This is definitely a love triangle, and it was nice seeing all 3 perspectives. This book was one I read for bookclub and there was much discussion. I think it raises a lot of ideas from different perspectives about love and relationships. I definitely think this one is worth a listen.

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I don’t have enough words

I cannot put into words the emotions I get throughout this book. I read it directly after reading Without You 3 times. Ache was definitely the best title it could have been given. I love Marley Valentines style of writing and wish she had 100 m/m romances that I could could listen to in my car. The storyline was phenomenal and it hit home with my and many areas of my life. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. You won’t be disappointed. There are a lot of ups and downs but worth every word and tear.

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Ache is a good title

So much slow angsty agonizing. The story finally gets brighter and finds some forward motion, and then *bam* tragedy! Eventually there is an HEA , but you really have to pay your dues to get there. I was really rooting for these characters from the beginning, but it was a hard listen. If you’re looking for light and feel-good, maybe skip this one.

Teddy’s narration is great, as usual. Small part by Emma is as well. Gomez is slower and flatter. Was an ok listen, balanced by Teddy’s parts. I don’t think I could have made it through an entire novel with only Gomez Pugh narration.

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Exceptional performances!

This maybe my new favorite Teddy audio he was just absolute perfection in this. Every single moment he had me. I just loved him as Jordan.

Gomez is new to me, but he is being added to my list. I also really appreciate the care taken in finding someone who can narrate a Hispanic character. I find that accents and proper pronunciation is forgotten in romance books. But he did a fantastic job. I absolutely adored him. He brought so many levels to Gael and his entire family.

Even more incredible is the portrayal of a Hispanic family. How large and involved we are. Also how we bring people in like family. La familia is everything in the Hispanic culture and that was truly felt.

This story was so beautiful with the love these two felt for each other. They just fit so flawlessly. They were absolutely magnetic. The intimate scenes absolute fire. Fire fire everything melted down.

Mad props to the legend my fave the goddess Emma Wilder. She came in for 2 chapters and she was absolutely exceptional.

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  • Jessica Scott
  • 08-31-21

Meh...

It started GREAT, but it's annoying when the main problem can be solved with one simple talk. It kinda make them sound like teenagers and not successful grown-ups.
Also, it takes like 4-6 chapters on topics that aren't as fun or as exciting to hear and as soon as it gets good, it jumps to the next week and to the next boring subject.

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  • Dee Roberts
  • 11-03-21

loved it

loved Gael and Jordan. hadn't read the book but was hooked on the audio. after Gael had his accident desperate to finish.
beautifully narrated, best friend to lovers .

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  • C M Silver
  • 10-26-21

Earache

Horribly narrated. How such fine narrators made a dog's breakfast of this is hard to know; perhaps the imitation of the Spanish accent and foppishness of the characterizations? The narration creates a picture in the mind of the MCs: this was not favourable. Gave up before I finished hour 1. DISAPPOINTING

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  • Nina B.
  • 10-20-21

Good from start to finish

MM romance. I love the characters in this book. A little bit of cheating but they are in Vegas so does it really count? I really enjoyed this entire story and didn’t want to stop listening. The narration was great, I definitely recommend this book. 🎧Audiobook Obsession

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  • Muzla82
  • 08-27-21

Worth persisting till the end

At first I didn’t really like this, not sure if it was the characters or the story. But I’m glad I carried on.

The middle was brilliant, great story and perfect performance and full of angst, romance then heart break.

Really DID NOT LIKE the whiny female voice and tbh it really did not need it. It didn’t add anything to the story or the characters development.

The very end ruined it for me. It felt rushed. And a shame given the first 3/4 felt like time was dedicated to really slowly let the characters develop.

I still enjoyed it, but definitely not without its flaws.

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  • DanNet
  • 08-08-21

Beautiful story

Wow, what a truly beautiful and heart-felt story. Really emotional to listen to but perfect ending.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-31-21

5 Stars

I’m such a huge fan of Marley Valentine’s work. This book was devoured all in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down!! This book has all the feels and the hot and sexy moments you would expect from Marley’s work. And it was fun to have characters from a previous book show up as well. Definitely worth the credit!

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  • BookLover
  • 08-27-21

This is a great book

However Teddy Hamilton’s narration lifts this book to new heights! Definitely worth a read! If you liked this book you should check out ‘Devilry’.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-12-21

beautiful

this book is about allowing your heart to find love, discovering your true self, family, loyalty. hot sex amazing friendship. a fantastic story well worth listening to

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  • Rachel
  • 08-06-21

All The Feels

Ache is a standalone MM contemporary romance with lots of angst and a couple of great twists and turns.

Jordan and Gael's story was a journey full of emotion, and heart ache, I adored how intense the characters feelings were for each other and was anxious for them to finally get their Happily Ever After.

The narration for Ache was excellent, I loved Teddy's narration of Jordan's character, there were moments I felt so bad for Jordan and wanted to hug him. Gomez Pugh and Emma Wilder were brilliant as Gael & Elena.