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Roo:

Five years ago, I walked away from Sunbury, Oregon, and left my best friend behind. The move was supposed to get my life on track. I even had a list: Life-changing epilepsy surgery. Check. See the world. Check. Get over my straight best friend... Not exactly. 

No matter where I go or who I meet, I can't let Tanner go. I'm back to tell him how I feel. To get the closure I need once and for all. Only now I'm here and falling for him all over again, it's getting harder to say the words. Because once I have my closure, I'll be gone. And this time it will be for good. 

Tanner:

When my best friend, Roo, left for Australia, it was the worst day of my life. I thought we'd have each other always. But Roo needed the surgery so I let him go, thinking he'd come straight back. Five years is a long time. 

Now he's here, all I want is to hold on tight. I need to show him what he means to me. The problem is, I'm not exactly sure what that is. My draw to him has always been confusing and different - everyone in town says so. But I struggle to understand it. All I know is I won't survive him leaving again. And I'll do anything to make him stay. 

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Saxon James (P)2021 Tantor

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My Roo, Your Tanner, Gahhhh!

I love a good 'not just friends' storyline and this was that at its best! This adorable tale had one of my favorite scenes in any book... in a bar no less. Such beautiful moments of realization and vulnerability. Narrators were perfection. I searched for more from the author and both narrators!

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Fun along with romance

Friendship combined Romance gives this book a sweet vibe. Royse & Tanner have such a great friendship going on, so it's only natural that romance binds them together. Both narrators have done an excellent job creating this audiobook. Also Saxon has written a fabulous book. I highly recommend it to others.

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MM Best Friends to Lovers

This was just darling!! Wow, I loved it sooo much. It was low-angst, best friends to lovers, unrequited love and bi-awakening. First, Tanner was swoon-worthy with just how wonderful of a person he was. I really loved Roo as well, and thought he was mature through everything. I also loved that they didn't have the complete lack of communication that I would expect from this type of book. I loved it that they were able to talk through what they were feeling and there was not an unnecessary uncoupling. I also really, really enjoyed the side characters and cannot wait to read their stories. This narrations is one of my favorites, especially with two of my favorite narrators being Alexander Cendese & Kirt Graves!! Must read for sure.

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Never just friends

Loved both characters from the start! Laugh out loud moments, just waiting for both of them to talk to each other!!! Once they sells so steamy nd just a very satisfying romance. Will defiantly be listening again

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Angst, and love, what a combination!

A really good story, many times I wanted to reach in and smack both of the main characters !
Frustrating but totally worth it ! Highly recommended.
Anxious for next in the series !

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Just Friend's

I loved this Audible book . I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and highly recommend it. I am awful even at my age I have faith that a Cinderella type situation is possible if we continue to be kind,and genuine treat others with respect and consideration that the romance God's will smile on you

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Cuteness, hotness, swoon

If your looking for a well written sweet small town book. With friends to lovers and an actually believable bi awakening then look no further. As a bonus the narration is perfect

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So good I couldn’t stop

What a rollercoaster of hidden emotion. So good !! I need a sequel!!!!! I love the characters.

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loved it

I wish there was more to the story, to me it was to short.
Roo and Tanner got there hearts desire.

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Enjoyable

Roo’s mother had the worst Australian accent I’ve ever heard. Sounded more South African to my Aussie ears. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable read.

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  • Jessica Scott
  • 10-07-21

Perfect

I loved it!
Both characters are likable, dreamy, funny, and authentic. I adored how this book wasn't about how being gay feels bad or wrong and doubtful and needed to be hidden, but it was pure love and trust. just how all types of love should be.
This book will make you believe in soulmates and how friendship can make you achieve everything you set to do.

As for the narrators... Alex was excellent!!! But Kirt was horrific... he seemed bored, unattached, slow, and just plain wrong. So terrible it almost made me stop hearing.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 12-20-21

An interesting character but nothing else new

Tanner Everett can’t wait to see his BFF, Royce (Roo) Williams, again. The two were inseparable until Roo’s parents took him back to Australia for crucial brain surgery to alleviate his epilepsy seizures. It’s been five years and Roo is nervous about returning to Sunbury, OR, the town where he was teased abut his epilepsy and his close friendship with Tanner. He’s also nervous about coming out to his straight best friend. This second-chances / friends-to-lovers / gay-for-you romance was inoffensively pleasant and low-angst but the plot felt like it was going through the motions without much new to offer. Each chance for some drama or angst was resolved so effortlessly that it bleached the plot of colour. Tanner was thoroughly decent and likeable, but so ridiculously oblivious to his own infatuation that he seemed kind of dumb. Most readers will disagree with me, but Roo’s more neurotic personality - his glass half empty, worrying about an epilepsy relapse, disliking people’s focus on his illness, trying to fight off his forever-crush on Tanner but daring to hope - was the most real and interesting thing in this story … I could recognise myself and people I actually know in Roo. Two of my favourite audio narrators, Kirt Graves (as Roo) and Alexander Cendese (as Tanner), were well-chosen for their roles, but like many narrators, Kirt should not attempt an Aussie accent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-21

Loved it

I felt close to Roo as I had an operation from a benign brain tumour when I was 17 so I became epileptic, but I had absent seizures which aren’t as bad as full on seizures. I also had the operation to stop the epilepsy when I was like 24 and I’m also an Aussie. I haven’t had a seizure for 6 years now but the doctor said anything is possible I could even have them if I fall pregnant but only time will tell. So I know what it’s like not to have a normal life and for friends and family to break down and cry while they watch me go through the seizures because there is nothing else they could do but wait. I also have a tattoo on my wrist saying Epileptic. I almost cried listening to this book sometimes with knowing similar feelings of what Roo was going through. Loved this book thank you

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  • The Word Nerd Reviews
  • 04-26-21

A beautiful Friends to Lovers Story

I have a very large soft spot for a true Gay-For-You story. Where the ‘straight’ MC is really not interested in men per se, only the other MC. Add in inseparable friends from childhood and it’s a perfect blend. Neither Tanner or Royce (Roo) have ever formed an emotional and/or romantic connection with anyone else besides each other. Although Roo is perfectly aware of his feelings, Tanner is completely oblivious, and half the fun is watching him slowly catch up.
This book demonstrates the author’s wonderful sense of humour and comedic timing. The writing just flows from page to page and it is well paced, ensuring the reader’s attention doesn’t drift. It shifts from moving quickly along from scene to scene, to slowing down and allowing the reader to revel in the romantic and emotional passages.

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I have read this book twice. The first time was a read through only with just the book. The second time, a few months later was with the audio using Kindle’s Whispersync function. The narrators, Alexander Cendese and Kirt Graves, did an amazing job of bring Tanner, Roo, and the rest of the cast to life.
I’m a huge fan of Alexander’s and I loved his take on Tanner. He was able to portray Tanner’s energy and exuberance for life, but also his confusion and complete obliviousness in regard to Roo, but once Tanner catches up, Alexander’s inflection of Tanner’s internal dialogue means that there is no denying how he feels for Roo. Kirt Graves made Roo sound exactly like he did in my head. Roo is a quieter character than Tanner. His lifelong battle with epilepsy, especially when he was younger, left him more introverted than the energetic and outgoing Tanner. Kirt managed to capture his personality without making him out to be a depressing or ‘downer’ character. He expressed beautifully Roo’s hope for returned feelings from Tanner, but with the underlining emotion that it likely wasn’t going to happen.
For me the narration pushed this book from really, really good to absolutely amazing!

Regardless of how you enjoy this book, I’d highly recommend checking it out. It’s one of those feel good books that just leaves you with a smile on your face, and that is the absolutely best type of book!