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Publisher's Summary

I thought I knew what love was… My name is Hunter Willis and I’ve found love. The problem? I’m not sure I’m ready for the rest of the world to know I’ve fallen for my best friend. Everyone knows Max is gay. Me? They think I’m straight as an arrow. So did I, until Max and I shared a kiss three months ago that blew that theory right out of the water. Now, by the ocean in Florida, thousands of miles away from prying eyes, I’m finally ready to admit to myself that Max and I have something special. Max has been ready for a long time - and he’s been waiting for me. Really waiting. As in… he’s still a virgin. There's nothing I want more than to be Max’s first lover. But I know when Max gives away that part of himself, it won’t be just a summer fling. It’ll be for keeps. Max deserves the best. I’m just not sure, when it comes right down to it, that I won’t break his heart. Did I mention I’m scared as hell?

©2009 Cooper Davis (P)2014 Audible Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Hard to like

The character if hunter and his whining makes this a hard story to like or get into and the sex scenes that should be hot are very contrived. Not my favorite

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Double GFY/OFY-awesome!

Hunter is a straight man who falls in love with one of his best friends, Max. This is their story, told in a series of flash backs and leaps forward. We start with Hunter and Max on vacation in Florida. They’ve been hot and heavy for months, but not actually committed to each other or had full relationship with a man. Max, a newbie, doesn’t want to make love to someone unwilling to be with him fully. After much deliberation, Hunter agrees that the time is right for them to come out as a couple and he’s “rewarded” with Max’s innocence.

Then, we are shown, back in time, their original meeting, when both were “straight” guys who were drawn to each other. This then leads through the months and years of each man’s road towards discovering their preferences and finally to the culmination where they both come out to their friends and cement their relationship as long term partners.

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I really enjoyed this double GFY/OFY story of two men discovering love with one another. It’s told from Hunter’s POV as he is the most confused of the pair, he has to process a lot of emotion. I thought the author did a tremendous job of being fairly realistic in how slow it would be for two men to go from dating women to dating each other and since the story itself is short, we get important highlights from those years, not every minute detail.

I’m not sure I really appreciated all the back and fort between time periods, as a listener it was hard to follow sometimes.

However, the narrator did an excellent job. He was really good at reading the dialog and the smexy times, but didn’t try to take over the story with a variety of voice types. Everyone was voiced the same, but he really did a nice job showing emotion appropriately in the right parts of the story. He seemed to “get” what he was reading.

I hadn’t heard from this narrator before, but I’d look for him again.

I look forward to the next installment, Taking You Home.

I really enjoyed both the book and narration and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.

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eh.... similar to a long winded journal entry

I think my expectations were too high because I was really disappointed. For some reason, I thought the two guys were teenagers, not grown men. A lot of the inner turmoil was a bit too juvenile for me, and I found myself getting more annoyed as the story played out.

I felt a bit lost when I realized how completely anti-climatic everything was. And I still don't know what went on between Max and his sister!!! What happened in that conversation? I hate unanswered questions... I liked the happy ending, but didn't feel very invested in their journey. There's nothing special here... at all... so I think it's a story you can skip.

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Don't waste your 2 hours 9 mins with this

This felt like listening to an adolescent's badly-written journal. I couldn't make sense of it despite this being only 2 hours long. I bought this because it's the prequel to the couple's story but it is so badly written, disjointed, and most parts irrelevant to the storyline that I had to conclude there isn't one.

The narrator's voice is masculine and sexy but his narrating needs polishing. Not enough expression so a boring story is made even worse. I bought the sequel together with this and I hope that's better.

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Conflicted main character

I really didn’t like this book. The main character thought one thing then said or did the exact opposite. I felt no connection to either of the two lead characters. I’m sorry I suffered through the whole thing, but I kept hoping that there would be something redeeming, but, that never happened.

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Not a bad story, but..

It's a fairly cute story, but there's some internalised homophobia going on, not to mention some misogyny.

Aspects of the happy ending felt a little forced into place.

Also leaves the reader/listener with an unanswered question or two.

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Great

You want these guys to make it. The story line is real especially for a guy who is just coming out and fell in love with his man. Highly recommend and get the second book Taking Him Home.

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Short, but leaves you satisfied

I really enjoy this title. For anyone looking for a quick listen about a gay love story, I would highly recommend this! The story itself keeps you very focused and also talks about the complexities of coming out to those who matter to us. Highly recommend!

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Surprisingly good for a novella

I can’t for the life me understand the complaints about the confusing timeline. There really wasn’t that much jumping back and forth. Just a guy laying in bed thinking back over the previous few months.

The only real faults to this story are due to its brevity. It comes off as a coming of age story in the beginning, like it’s a spring break trip or something. The MC’s backstory isn’t shared and it’s a jolt when you realize they are fully grown men with careers and established incomes. Relationship history between the MCs and their friends are not fleshed out. But fir a 2 hour read, it’s very sweet and worth reading if you need something to fill a couple hours.

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Short, sweet, and lovable

Contains all of the typical romance tropes but the characters are likeable and genuine. The writing is pleasant and while the smut is okay, the center focus is clearly on the romance and character conflicts. I really did enjoy this book and I recommend it if you want something short and sweet to listen to