• Love Me Again

  • Caldwell Brothers, Book 5
  • By: Aiden Bates, Ali Lyda
  • Narrated by: Logan Anare
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I’m not going to let him hurt me again....
Once upon a time Shayne and I were a thing...a secret thing. Seven years later we’re still the only ones that know. And it all when up in flames when Shayne decided I was good enough to have behind closed doors, but not good enough to be on his arm. His hurtful words and actions tore me apart and ruined my self-confidence for years. I’m not the type to hold grudges, but I can’t forgive him. No matter how much it seems like he’s changed.

I don’t know how to say I’m sorry....
I knew I did Leo wrong, but I never realized the extent of the damage. I was so wrapped up in my own pain that I couldn’t see beyond it. But now that I have the chance, I want to make things up to him. He was my first love and best friend before I betrayed him, and now he’s become a man I want to stand beside. But how can I fix the things I broke between us? 

Love Me Again is a second chance M/M romance featuring a first love gone wrong, an ugly duckling who’s grown up into a hunk, and two men who learn to see beyond the surface to the love that lies beneath.

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Second Chances and Forgiveness

This is book 5 in the Caldwell Brothers series and can be listened to as a standalone.
I loved this story of Leo and Shayne.
Their journey through forgiveness, finding love and getting a second chance was very emotional and engaging.
Logan Anare did a commendable audio delivery which brought the story to life.

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love, forgiveness, and a second chance

Love Me Again is book 5 in the Caldwell Brothers series. I love this amazing story about second chances. How wonderful it would be to have a family like the Caldwells, they love and support each other and there's always someone to talk to. This story is about Leo and Shayne. Shayne and Leo were friends but Shayne did some really hurtful things to Leo in high school. It's been 7 years and Shayne is back in town and wanting to reconnect with Leo and apologize. The journey isn't easy but I love how they both decide to move forward from the past to see if they can be happy. I love how Shayne's bother Kane is there for him no matter what, especially when dealing with their parents. I'm so glad Leo and Shayne got their happy ending. Definitely recommend this book and series.
Narrator Logan Anare does an amazing job in bringing these characters to life. I would definitely listen to him again.

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Loved it

Oh my this book! I loved this book in print and OMG in audio Logan brought this book this town these charters to life for me. Logan had this tone to his voice in the book I don't know how to describe it it was like a glass of fine scotch going down your throat. I would give this book 20 more stars if I could.

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Wonderful story

I’ve been waiting for this one and it was worth the wait. Really enjoyed the story and narration

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Second chance at love

Leo and Shayne were best friends and more in high school until Shayne screwed it up. The aftermath scarred Leo emotionally for many years but he has worked hard to make changes and learn to love himself. When their brothers meet and fall in love they have no choice but to find a way to be around each other. Of course old feelings come flooding back for both. Leo has to find a way to forgive Shayne and learn to trust and Shayne has to learn to forgive himself and earn that trust. Unfortunately Shayne's parents make an appearance in this story and I have to say I hate them more than the last book. Some people just don't deserve to be parents. Overall a great story.

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Enjoyable, but not my favorite of the series

I enjoyed this second-chance romance, but I wish there had been more depth to Shayne and Leo's love. In a story with so much emotion, from Shayne's awful parents to Leo's issues with his weight, I was hoping to see more push and pull at the start of their reconnection. Instead, I'm not completely sure why Leo gave Shayne another chance... it seems like maybe he just got worn down by Shayne's persistence? Whatever the case, I felt like something was missing at the start, and despite all of Shayne's claims that he changed, they never really had the difficult conversations needed to move past what happened. Speaking of missing conversations, I'm a little disappointed that I never got any closure on Leo's eating issues. Sure, his volunteer work with Riley and the other kids implies that he's started to move on, but I wish I knew for sure what was going on in his head. In contrast to Leo's storyline, Shayne went through such a significant journey in this book. I experienced every up and down of his interactions with his parents, and despite knowing how awful they were, I still wasn't expecting them to be quite so cruel all the way to the end.

I liked this narrator's style, but I admit that I was initially thrown off because the previous book is narrated by someone else. It normally wouldn't bother me at all, but Kane and Adrian made several appearances in this story, and it was weird to hear a totally different interpretation of their voices.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions

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Great 2nd Chance

So this one hit all my marks. 2nd chance, years lost, freinds to lovers to enemies to friends back to lovers and of course the big crazy Caldwell clan. They can all stand alone but iI do reccomend reading/listening to book 4 before this one they kind of go hand in hand. Narration is done well.

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Second chance to get it right.

I fell in love with this story when I read the ebook version, and I couldn’t wait for it to come to Audible, like the others.

Leo’s story is heartbreaking. I feel his pain. It hurts my heart. Emotional scars left over, from an eating disorder, never fully heal. Throughout the book we see his inner struggles with it. Knowing the right things to do, and having all the tools in your toolbox doesn’t mean you stop thinking about it.

Shayne is Kayne’s brother. We first met him in book four. Shayne and Leo, who is a Caldwell brother, have a shared history; one that didn’t end well. Shayne destroyed Leo, when they were teenagers. As an adult, Shayne returns and runs into Leo. Shayne wants a second chance, but Leo isn’t having it. It isn’t going to be easy. He has deal with the aftermath of his behavior first. Shayne’s parents are a piece of work, too. We first met them in Kayne’s book. Man, I dislike them.

It was just as easy to become invested in the audiobook as it was the ebook. The story tugs at your heart, and doesn’t let go. As with the other books, we get to spend time with previous characters. This is a great family.

I’ve never heard anything narrated by Logan Anare before. He did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. I enjoyed the overall quality to his voice. He did a great job differentiating between characters. I’d definitely listen to his narration again.

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Leo Caldwell's Second-Chance Romance

'Love Me Again' is the 5th book in Aiden Bates and Ali Lyda's 'Caldwell Brothers' romance series. This installment focuses on Leo, second-to-youngest Caldwell brother. Leo and Shayne developed a relationship in high school that ended in betrayal and false assumptions. Seven years later Shayne is back in town looking for forgiveness and Leo is not sure he's ready to give that to Shayne. Even with their enduring love, can they work through past hurts to seize their happily ever after?

As with the other book I listened to in this series ('Sweet On You'), Leo's brothers and parents make cameo appearances, but the book is able to stand alone. In addition to the second-chance storyline, there's discussion of Leo's past high school body image issues of which Shayne was partially responsible, causing Leo to still hold resentment toward Shayne. Both men still love each other despite these actions of the past. Leo has overcome most of his image issues but can he forgive? Does Shayne deserve it?

I enjoyed this seeking-forgiveness story. It takes a while for these two guys to get back to a place of happiness. There's no insta-forgiveness. The book is fairly light in the angst department, but includes a few obstacles to navigate along the way. It's a wonderful, believable and well-written story of overcoming your past, the power of forgiveness and a second chances at love.

I haven't listened to a narration by Logan Anare before hearing 'Love Me Again'. He does a great job conveying the emotions depicted by Lyda and Bates' words. I'd certainly listen to more from this narrator.

I received this audiobook as a free review copy from a reviewer list. This review represents my voluntary opinion of it.

Recommended.

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Enjoyed It

OkLeo is a Caldwell who needs lots of cuddles. So this is a second chance romance, with a soured past. This book deals with bullies, self image, mental health, and forgiveness, but as always it ends sweetly.
This is my first time listening to this narrator, and he did a pretty decent job, I would like to hear more from him.

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  • KBR
  • 11-02-20

Love Me Again - great second chance

I really liked this audio. It was a great second chance story with pretty good narration. There were many emotions, and loved the themes, especially bullying and self-concept, which are explored. Overall, is recommend.

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 11-02-20

I loved it!!

I liked the narrator's voice and pace. I really enjoy listening to him.

I really love stories with enemies to lovers, huge growth in an MC and this book delivered. I actually feel that both MCs really grew in the time they were apart. It was so interesting to read Leo and Shayne’s story, where there was so much left unknown. I loved that Leo’s family, his amazing brothers were really there for him and each other. And that he had such supportive parents. I like that Shayne had a great brother too but I like that their experience with their parents was so different. I liked the gradual build and how we learned about the past and how they both changed so much. It was romantic, hot and sexy. There was just enough humour to offset the more tense moments. I loved it and would definitely recommend this book. And I still need to go read the rest of the series and hopefully get to listen to the rest too.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 11-01-20

Having the courage of your convictions

This is a wonderful redemption/second chance romance. Shayne as a you g man was unable to stand up and show the world how much he loved Leo and in his own pain said and did some "unforgivable" things. The question for Leo becomes, are they really unforgivable? There are some second chance stories where the forgiveness seems to come too soon and the remorse seems unbelievable. This is definitely not one of those! Both characters behave in a completely believable fashion and the pace of their new beginning seems just right. I really enjoyed the performance of Logan Anare here. All of the emotional beats were hit perfectly. My heart was broken and put back together perfectly.

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  • Magnus
  • 11-01-20

Great addition

Aiden Bates and Ali Lyda did it again by adding another great story to the series. Leo & Shayne will draw you in and keep you listening. Logan Anare was brilliant with the narration, hope we see more from him.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Tanya
  • 11-01-20

overall pleasant listen

I have been addicted to this series. this story was not a disappointment and loved seeing the other Caldwell Brothers. can't wait for the next one

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 10-31-20

Shayne and Leo

Second chance redemption story. Leo and Shayne were best friends then lovers behind closed doors. Shayne hurts Leo when he won't be seen with him. 7 yrs pass and they have to get over the emotional turmoil from then and learn to trust one another again. Really enjoyable book, new to me narrator who did a good job

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  • XG
  • 10-30-20

WOW!

WOW! This second chance love story was really intense and emotional. Some of the topics were triggers for me so many parts of the book made me cry and caused me distress specially the part about bullying and its consequences. Of course, as always, love and forgiveness are the key to a happy ending. Besides the story, this Is the first book I have heard narrated by Mr Anare and I enjoyed a lot his voice acting and charismatic performance that enhanced the emotional aspect of the book. A wonderful book!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 10-30-20

Awesome

This was such a great audiobook.
I have loved listening to this series, and this book was no exception.
I can't wait to listen to more from Aiden and Ali.

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  • alias11
  • 10-30-20

Hurt and Healing

I had trouble with this story, but it's probably a good romance for someone who has not experienced serious bullying. I have experienced bullying, and I just couldn't get into what happened, the apology, and the *redemption.* First, the initial betrayal and bullying was just too harsh. If you "love" someone how could you possibly be so awful to them? Second, if you were the victim of that kind of betrayal and mistreatment, how could you ever want to be with that person? I can see forgiving or forgetting after lots of therapy, maybe, but I would not want to be near that person again. Finally, Shayne's apology just wasn't enough for me. He seemed to think he DESERVED to be forgiven. Good for Leo if it made him happy, but I just wasn't convinced. Still, if you've enjoyed the rest of the series, you'll probably like this one, too. Maybe I am just too jaded. Despite my reservations, I do have to say I loved Kairo and the way he backed Leo up. So, in summary, probably a great listen, unless you've been bullied.

The narration was good. Mr. Anare did a great job capturing the characters' emotions.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 10-27-20

A great listen

I really enjoyed that this one had believable characters that were interesting and willing to listen to each other. They actually worked through their issues rather than it just being enough that they had feelings for each other. I found this book to be really well written and I will definitely be listening to more by these authors