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A million likes vs. one true love.

Bryce Bauman is one half of a famous influencer couple...until his boyfriend dumps him and puts the whole ugly scene online.

Several months later, Bryce is at the end of his rope—he’s lost all his endorsements, along with his so-called friends. Licking his wounds, he escapes to the tiny town of Serenity, Pennsylvania, where he’s surrounded by too much nature and quiet. And...the hot as hell owner of the bed-and-breakfast who makes him think there might be life beyond what’s on a screen.

Matty Wilcox has no time for spoiled brats or social media. He must keep the business running, his grumpy grandfather healthy, and himself deep in the closet. In his little town, there’s no way to come out to his friends and family and have things stay the same, so he’s better off alone.

Except life is complicated now that Bryce is staying at the bed and breakfast—he’s entirely too tempting and not as silly and shallow as Matty first thought. Giving in to his desire could only muddy the waters of the life he’s so carefully built. Any slipup would be dangerous for his business, his friendships, and most importantly, his heart. Besides, there’s no place for small-town Matty in Bryce’s big-city life. The two of them, together, don’t make sense.

Then again, since when does anything make sense when it comes to love—the greatest influencer of all?

From Lambda Literary Award-winning author Felice Stevens comes a sexy, slow burn small-town romance full of heat and heart. And a few groundhogs. And maybe a snake. But it's a little one...really.

©2022 Felice Stevens (P)2022 Felice Stevens

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Cute low angst story! It started a little angsty but as soon as the main couple come together it’s nothing but a great love story! Loved the town and excited to read more about it. The narrator was great!!

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A sweet small town romance

I'll be honest, I've been in quite a dry spell lately when it comes to audiobooks. Influenced, by Felice Stevens, is the first book in a relatively long time that I've listened to from start to finish. With just a couple issues, the book was a sweet and entertaining, well-narrated romance novel.

Bryce is a social media "influencer" (barf) who is part of an Instagram power couple. In the very beginning of the book, he is dumped by Grant, the other half of the couple, for one of Bryce's best friends. Grant and his new boyfriend are unreasonably cruel to Bryce (their motivations for this are not particularly clear), and he goes into a downward spiral that finally reaches rock bottom, whereupon he is referred to a country bed & breakfast in the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania, where he meets the proprietor, Matty, and the two embark on a tentative relationship.

Matty is a quiet, reserved, small-town, closeted man who is trying to hold his business together after the tragic death of his parents. He has a girlfriend, Emma, and lives with his crusty, ailing grandfather. He is, at least to me, altogether more likable than Bryce, who can be a bit strident and preachy and sometimes becomes sort of a political mouthpiece for the author. The difference between the way Bryce lectures Matty's grandfather midway through the novel and the way Matty talks to him toward the end is perfectly illustrative of why Matty is a better character than Bryce. Incidentally, this problem has become ubiquitous in m/m romance novels written in the past couple years; I wonder if straight romance novel readers have to put up with a side of social commentary in EVERY novel they read?

The book is sweet and well written, and I mostly like the peripheral characters, except for the ones I'm not supposed to. I wish some characters got more comeuppance than they do (cough Grant cough), but I suppose that isn't really the point. I also love the setting, both the B&B as well as the town itself. It's not really a criticism, but the protagonists run into more gay and bisexual men in this small town than is probably realistic, and I'm not even counting any of Bryce's friends from New York.

Some complaints: the book goes on for about two hours too long, and certain plotlines, especially a few that are introduced close to the end, are extraneous and didn't need to exist, particularly the scene that happens in the diner just before the end of the book. Look, I'm gay, I've always lived in small towns, I'm... let's say, a few years older than the characters in this book, and I've never once had any problem with harassment. If you expect me to believe that in the course of a few months, not one but TWO rather major anti-gay incidents have happened to one of the protagonists, in a year close to the current one, you're stretching my credulity a bit.

Anyway I knocked a star off my review for that combined with Bryce's (and the author's) occasional shrill moralizing, but in general I really did enjoy listening to this book. Declan Winters is a reliably good narrator, and Felice Stevens is a good author.

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Social Media can suck

I really liked this story. The actual love story between Bryce and Matty was sweet and pretty low on the angst meter, a treat to read. The backstory of the toll of social media on not just the influenced but on the influencer was pretty eye opening. The self discovery and acceptance for Matty of his true self as well as the acceptance of those around him was heartbreaking and gratifying at the same time. Highly recommend. The narrator of this story did a great job of representing the characters and made them individuals.

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Another hit, as usual by Felice Stevens. She is one of my go to favorites and I know I’ll love any of her books. Original and realistic storyline with swoon-worthy love and interesting, lovable characters. Loved the added bonus of the grumpy, snarky grandfather and his fatherly mentoring for both MC’s. First time listening to this narrator and he does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life with genuine emotion and distinctive character differences. Makes it that more exciting and fun to listen to. Highly recommend!

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Love it!

This is such a cute listen! I love Bryce and Matty! They are opposites of each other but have amazing chemistry together. I love listening to their romance story. Declan Winters does an amazing job with this narration. I love listening to the voices of each of the characters. Brings so much life to this story.

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Big City meets Small Town


Influenced is a low angst, Small Town Romance, city mouse/country mouse scenario.
I love Bryce and Matty’s characters. They fit well together like two opposite poles of a magnet, although they have their differences there is no denying their chemistry.

Bryce is so trusting of people especially stranger. He’s so innocent to the world and what people would do just to get their 15 minutes of fame. I hated when he would go out, get drunk and don’t know what happened afterwards until pictures of his escapades were all over the internet. I think I cried a few times while reading.

To me I felt like there was a lot of edging when it came to these two characters. I was just screaming at them. One minute they were getting close, then I thought, yes this scene is when they will have their first kiss and then nothing, all I kept saying was, “come on just kiss,” which prompted me into singing the song Sebastian sang from The Little Mermaid, all now it’s still stuck in my head.
“Yes, you want her. Look at her, you know you do. Possible she wants you too. There is one way to ask her. It don't take a word. Not a single word. Go on and kiss the girl.”

The scene with the snake almost made me scream, I just hate snakes Influenced, but in fact made me laugh.
Earl is a sweet-heart. Although he gruff and seems put off at everything and everyone around him, that’s not the case. I immediately caught on to the phone thing when Earl kept mentioning about the people and their phones. What happened was so sad.
As a reader I try to figure out the plot of books before I even finish reading and as I read, I figured that Earl knew something was up with Bryce and Matty, that is why he kept saying about men should find a nice girl, settle down and have kids. His reaction was not surprising in the lease when he realized his suspicions were right, but he got over it fast and accepted what is.

Felice did a wonderful job on this Matty and Bryce’s story, the secondary characters were no exception, they were all great. Casey and Grant were the exceptions.
Emma was a true friend to Matty, although they were together for few years, they had no hard feelings towards each other. She kept his secret and at times she would try to push Matty and encourage him to go out and met someone.

Thank you Felice for allowing me and the others readers out there to read your lovely work, whilst enjoying the lift of your characters wishing we were there in the story as well…

Thank you Felice Stevens, enjoyed every word.
Thank you Declan Winters for giving these wonderful characters a voice.

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  • 05-31-22

LOVED

I don't think it's possible to describe just how much I loved Influenced.
The small town setting was perfect. I love the sense of community and support that came with this setting.

I thing what surprised me the most was just how much I loved Bryce. At first glance he seems to be a shallow, frivolous person who only values the attention of strangers and material things that come his way. When he is stripped of all of that he is lost, unsure of who he is without all the trappings.
I loved the journey of self discovery he takes. His true self really emerges, like a butterfly from a cocoon. Seeing him realize his true worth is truly amazing.

Matty has his own journey to take towards being his true, authentic self. Having spent years hiding who he is makes it very difficult to switch gears. He knows it is worth it in the end but fears who and what he will lose along the way.

The connection and chemistry these two share is wonderful. I love how supportive Bryce is of Matty's coming out process. There is only compassion and empathy, no judgement.
Influenced is full of terrific secondary characters that add so much depth to an already outstanding story.
Of course I am left with wanting more. I'm hoping for a Levi story!
Declan Winters does an amazing job of bringing this story to life!

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Grant was such a user and manipulator that he made me furious! His skeevy actions later in the story made my blood boil!!! It was nice to see Bryce slowly develop into a better version of himself after the devastation he went through. I was happy for Matty being able to be himself and comfortable with himself. The ending was so sweet it had me tearing up. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters and story to life.

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Small Town Firsts

I am so glad I first experienced this book in audio, because the narration was fantastic! Declan Winters was a new to me narrator, and he really made this story shine! His narration and range for the characters was wonderful and I felt so immersed in what was an equally wonderful story. Bryce, a fallen social media influencer, does a restock of his life at a bed and breakfast. This small town bed and breakfast is run by Matt, who had never been with a man before. Cue the romance and the many wonderful first times these two experienced together! First times is my favorite, and Felice Stevens did a wonderful job with the steam and emotions behind it all. Felice has a way of making me fall in love with her characters, and Bryce and Matt were no exception!

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  • Lesetiger
  • 06-16-22

Sweet small town romance - great narration

I was looking forward to this book by Felice Stevens, because she has an absolutely convincing writing style that always delights me. I was curious about Declan Winter as narrator, because I didn't know him before.
The author takes us to the small town of Serenity. There Matty, the owner of a B&B and Bryce meet for the first time. Matty has recently ended his long-term relationship with his girlfriend, so he is focused on his work and his somewhat grumpy grandfather. Bryce was a famous influencer couple along with his boyfriend, but Byrce ends up at the bottom when he is simply replaced. No job, no friends, so he treats himself to some downtime in a small town.
I loved watching these two get to know each other and realize that the other is definitely appealing. And I had to smile a few times at Bryce's take on country life. Delightful. But the story doesn't just offer sexy main protagonists, it also captivates with great secondary characters. I just loved the relationship that develops between Bryce and Matty's grandfather.
I love this book. Matty and Bryce are totally cute together and I loved the development of their relationship and the strong feelings.

Declan Winter has a very pleasant and very sexy voice. I love how he reflects the emotions and the voices he gave to the characters. He did a great job and was a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to more audiobooks with him as narrator.
This audiobook is highly recommended, a beautiful story with a happy ending and a great voice.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 06-12-22

Loved this slow-burn, small town romance!

It takes an accomplished author to make you feel bad for a character, make the same character slightly unlikeable, then make you root for the same person! That was Bryce, After being dumped and betrayed and left with very few living options, he finds himself in a small town for a month. Matty owns the B&B that Bryce is staying at. Bryce starts off as rude, bratty and Matty is quite put off by his overall attitude. Slowly though, they both see past each others façade. Bryce is hiding his bruised heart, Matty is hiding himself. Once they begin to really get to know each other, they develop a friendship, though it was amusing to see how they were secretly attracted to each other, (loved their inner musings). Once they realise their mutual attraction, the slow, sensual romance starts. It is a joy to listen to! A really enjoyable story.

Declan Winters made the story unforgettable. I loved his cadence, characterisation, inflection and the emotions infused into the characters and the tone of the story. Excellent way to enjoy this low angst, beautifully romantic story!

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  • AL
  • 06-05-22

Great take on a contemporary world

Story: The premise of this book is a great approach to a modern society and differences between worlds. Bryce's collision with harsh reality was painful to watch and I must say I didn't like him much for quite a chunk of the story. Felice Stevens is great at creating very interesting and engaging characters though, so I had little doubt for his redemption. Matty's journey was equally painful to watch, but in the best way. His coming to terms with his own identity was very well written and their attraction was palpable on the pages.
Influenced was all in all a really entertaining and thought provoking story for me. And very well written, but that's a given with Felice Stevens books.
Narration: A really good performance that I thoroughly enjoyed! The voices really fit the characters!

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  • Susana
  • 06-01-22

So good!!!

Influenced is Bryce Bauman a famous influencer and Matty Wilcox a B&B owner, BB or Bryce was a famous influencer until his ex-boyfriend cheats and dumps him, poor Bryce!

Bryce lost all his endorsements and he is in a really bad place, so he ask for help and escapes to the tiny town of Serenity, Pennsylvania, here he is surrounded by nature and he doesn’t know what he is doing there, What he doesn’t expect is the hot as hell owner of the B&B.

Matty Wilcox is very dedicated to his B&B and he must keep the business running, he have zero patience for spoiled brats and doesn’t care about social media. He lost his parents and is taking care of his grumpy grandfather, living on a small town were is no way he thinks he can comes out to his family and friends and being accepted so he is so deep in the closet.

Now that Bryce is staying at the B&B and Matty is really attracted to Him, spending time together he is starting to see the real Bryce, his growing attraction is making him very difficult to ignore and he is afraid of acting on his desire and lose everything. Besides he thinks that Bryce didn’t want to stay on a small town.

Bryce just wants to be love and Matty is the most amazing guy he ever meets he is nothing like his ex and he is starting to feel things for him, I love watching them together and enjoy getting to know each other and finally act on his attraction. This two are really sexy together! Their journey is amazing and I love that this is very sweet, I love how Matty and Bryce sound, yum!!! I enjoy Declan Winters performance, he sound so sexy and I love listening this audio! I highly recommended

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  • Dee Roberts
  • 05-30-22

beautifully narrated love story

love Matty and Bryce's story . sweet ,slow burn romantic.
Declan brought the characters to life with all the emotions.
thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Katie townsend
  • 05-26-22

amazing performance perfect for the story

matty and Bryce were such amazing characters and declan winters brought them to life just as I pictured them to be like

I was so into the story and narration and didn't want it to end reading the story was beautiful i fell completely in love with bryce and matty and listening to Influenced made me fall in love with matty and bryce all over again

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  • Vania
  • 05-26-22

Loved Matty & Bryce!

Felice Stevens takes us to the small town of Serenity, Pennsylvania where a deeply closeted B&B owner, Matty, has his lived turned upside down when Bryce shows up from NYC to lick his wounds. Previously the half of a famous Internet influencers couple, Bryce is lost, unsure of who he is and of what and who he can trust and doesn’t seem to have a compass in his life to follow.
Both Matty and Bryce thought they were happy, or at least content with the lives they were living before meeting each other, but, despite being very much opposites and having apparently nothing in common, they soon realize the other man is what they needed, without knowing it, to make them complete.
A lovely, sweet story, with not too much angst, but really strong on the emotions. Another great story by the always wonderful Felice Stevens!

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