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Rebel at Spruce High

By: Daryl Banner
Narrated by: Chris Chambers,Cooper North
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Vann, the gorgeous, leather-jacket-clad new bad boy in school, just set his eyes on me.

I'm not really good at making friends. That's simply a fact. I'm happy enough if I can just get through the school day, avoid eye contact with anything that breathes, and make it home where my family can continue ignoring my existence and I can play video games in peace.

But then he crashes into my life like a tidal wave. The hot new senior at Spruce High. The bad boy everyone can't stop talking about. The one with the leather jacket, smoldering eyes, and cloud of danger following him. The one called Vann.

My whole life changes overnight. Now, I want different things. I want an end to my lonesomeness. I want to stand up to the jocks who keep pushing me around.

But most importantly, I want to know what Vann's lips taste like. And why he looks pained every time his dark eyes catch mine in class. And why he keeps paying attention to me when the rest of the town doesn't. And why every time I open my mouth to speak, my racing heart chokes me.

I don't know what's coming for me in my last year at Spruce High, but I sure hope I'm ready for it.

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Daryl Banner (P)2021 Tantor

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What just happened!?!

I Loved the job the narrators did trying to bring this story to life. I enjoyed other books in this series but, this ONE was so long and drawn out. Hot attraction between the main characters but, it never really got HOT.. the sexy scenes were so dull. I did finish and liked some of the plot but, idk how to explain what was wrong. I'm not sure it's worth the credit or your time to listen. 🤷🤦 The Best part of the Whole story is the Epilogue.

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Another great read in the Spruce series

I am a BIG fan of the while series. the characters are so well rounded and, being from Mississippi in the south, i know these people haha.

This book in particular had a more sentimental, emotional feel. maybe it was my reader response, but these characters seemed to bring out real relationship feelings, trials, and emotional depth I really responded to. The steadier scence here were more tame and less explicit, but that added to the tenderness and vunerability the book had as a theme.

As usual, Banner transported me to that small town in Texas, references people I cared about from previous books, made me want a burger form Biggies and to see if that Country Lovin crepe is all it is hyped up to be, and overall made me feel like a member of this small, albeit progressive, southern town. cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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It was a good story.

But to high school for me. A rebel without a cause feel but cute none the less.

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Teen love story

It’s good just after the other books not what u expect. Needs a little bit more of what he wrote in the others

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Really enjoyed

I enjoyed the whole series. It had all the feels, in book 4 I would have enjoyed the story more if there had been a second narrater. I always enjoy the second side of the coin. Worth the cost. Looking forward to the next series.

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This book was AMAZING

There are no words to accurately express how much I loved this book. I could put it down. I listened to it every chance I could. I even had to stay up late to finish it. It is 3:45 am as I have just finished the story of Van and Toby. Even though this book was the longest I have listened to yet at almost 15 hours. It seems like I finished it faster than any of the other books I have listened to so far. And even though it is the fifth book in the not having read any of the others yet. The sheer awesomeness of this book makes me want to check out the other books now too. And unlike some of the other reviews have said I had absolutely no problem with the narrators. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me cheer. I loved the way Van and Toby complimented each other. How Toby was able to calm Van down to not be so mean and angry all the time and help him enjoy life with Toby. And how Van gave Toby more confidence and Self Worth to feel better about himself. And enjoy life with Van. And I have to say this is definitely a work of fiction. Because there could never be that many openly gay couples in small town Texas. But that in no way took away from they story. It was an ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS story about two wonderful boys who had nothing in common fell in love. If you are reading this review trying to decide if this book is worth your time. Just like I read the reviews before I decided on this book. Let me say in my opinion this book is most certainly worth your time and it needs to be the next book you listen to. If you are looking for a beautiful love story that will give you all kinds of emotions. THIS BOOK WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. Okay now I am done gushing about how incredibly awesome and amazing this book is. I just hope you enjoy it as much as I have

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Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours

a coming-of-age story two young men lost and they find each other. well written good angst and a happily ever after could you ask for anything more

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It happens before

Daryl is a master and this audiobook brings the story to life. This is truly a love story.

One of the things I like about this one is how the author takes his time with character development without being boring. There are times though where I find myself saying “get on with it.“

Enter the MCs, one a perceived bad boy, the other a victim of bullying and totally unsure of himself. I find myself at times losing patience with them but it adds to the conflict and helps propel the story forward.

For me, as much of a spoiler as this might be, is the appeal of hearing those three words before sex and it actually happens here. The MCs are together quite awhile before it moves beyond the make out sessions.

If you’re a beginner in the MM Romance genre, I highly recommend the Spruce Texas series, of which I think this one is the best. Sometimes I find myself laughing out loud, at others shedding a tear.

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Outstanding

Great story that builds from beginning to end.
The Critics that say it's tame Need to go rent porn
It's a sweet love story and totally enjoyable
Read all fine books in order so the Story makes sense
I want a sequel on this book for sure!!!

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I loved it.

In this home town love Story, filled with delicious angst and emotions, two lives crash into a love story I won't forget.

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  • 10-04-21

Rebel without a cause fights for love

Grrr. Like the Star Wars movies, the first three books in this series are my favourites and we shall never speak of this book or the last one again. Openly gay, Toby has been systematically bullied by Hoyt and his cronies forever until rebellious bad boy and new student, Vann, befriends him. Quick to anger, Vann scares students and teachers alike and even Toby has his doubts. This started promisingly but the constant teen drama and Toby’s dumb decisions slowly eroded my good will. Bullying in high school was the last book’s theme, so I felt like we’d more than covered this ground, especially the “I only bully you because I love you” excuse. Yes, Freud theorised that homophobia was caused by latent same-sex feelings, but some people are just nasty bullies. I found the bullying scenes hard to take, I don’t think the trigger warnings were adequate. The dialogue sounded way too erudite for high school students, constantly describing Toby’s brother as a ‘mouth-breather’ was pretty mean, it got way too schmaltzy by the end, and why was the sex off-page? Audio narrators Chris Chambers and Cooper North were great but their voices were a little hard to tell apart - pairings in the first three books were better.