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Scratch the Surface

By: Mary Calmes
Narrated by: Tristan James,Tim Paige
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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes things look one way, but when you scratch the surface, there's more than meets the eye.

Jeremiah Wolfe has always done what was necessary to survive. When a rare night off finds him with the chance to make a quick buck, he jumps on it. A meaningless one-night stand is simple and easy, so he steps into the hotel room - as he has many - without expectation. But the man behind the door is a surprise, as is the instant connection that builds along with passion and a glimpse of his heart.

Cameron Gallagher has never been accused of being spontaneous. He's always been the careful one, so inviting a stranger into his bed on the lure of his gorgeous smile and warm brown eyes isn't only out of his comfort zone, it's entirely out of character. Surprisingly, when he wakes in the morning alone, it's not regret he feels, but the need to find the man who held him in his arms all night.

When they're brought back together, each man believes it's more than luck. They feel as though they've gotten a second chance. Sure, love at first sight is just a myth, the stuff of romance novels, but the more they scratch the surface, the more they realize they've got a shot at something lasting.

©2021 Mary Calmes (P)2022 Tantor
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  • Categories: Romance

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Smooth enjoyment

I don't know how to truly convey how I felt about this story/listen as I often find "insta love" trite and unbelievable - but I believe Mary Calmes pulled this one off beautifully. Two very interesting main characters and back stories but I think it was Mary Calmes' prose that made this story/listen seamless and beautiful. She seems to have the gift when writing dialog and interactions that show you who the characters are without having to explain it to the reader.

I always love both narrators - Tristan James always just does it for me to be honest - and I think their voices just added to the beauty of the story.
It was pure smooth enjoyment and I think one of her better novels.

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Wonderful Read and Listen

I was so happy when this book came to Audible I first read it on Kindle and it was just one of those really sweet feel-good reads. Ms. Calme never disappoints. I love listening to Tristan James he's got a very soothing voice and Ive purchased many books because of the fact he was the narrator. I've also listened to several books Tim Paige has narrated and found him equally pleasing. But those two narrating together is just... WOW!!! They should really consider doing more together. I really got a feel of who both MC's were through their duel POV's and their voices didn't come across as mismatched to where I felt the MC was an entirely different character. Well done gentlemen!
Oh and Ms. Calme still hoping/waiting for third installment of House of Meadoc.

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Sweet story

I really liked this story. The two main charachters are well written and bieliveable. It's the first time I've listened to a story with two narrators, but I think it worked great.

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minus rating if I could give it for this narration

This narration completely ruined the story. I only listed to part of a chapter in my car and, even then, had to stop listening because it completely distracted from the author's nice story.

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Not worth the credit!

I am an avid reader and fan of Mary Calme and chose to purchase this title based on my love of her work. I was very disappointed and I’m not sure if it’s because of the story or the narrator.

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yup like it alot

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cheesy

I can not decide if the writing of this book was cheesy or the narration. This book was good but, not as enjoyable as some others. It was a nice light read.

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Poor. Poor.

This is an OK story. Way too many plot lines, most unresolved. But worse, was the narration. I was bored and aggravated from the beginning. I have never heard such choppy, disjointed sentences and inflection. I won't ever lister to another story narrated by these men.

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  • Mary
  • 10-20-22

This story is a mess

This book isn't sure what it wants to be. It begins with hustler Jeremiah who is looking for tricks at a hotel, and then ends up spending the night with a man named Cameron. I thought then that the book would be an instalove ...but then the story twists then, and gets bogged down with Jeremiah's other jobs because, as it turns out, he's a social work grad student who works as a restaurant manager, and at a mission for troubled teens...and one of the troubled teens was the victim of an abduction...But..... Then we have Cameron...and his story is a whole other kettle of fish. And after I night of hot sex these guys are 'in a committed relationship'. WTH!! It's like the author had a bunch of stories and ideas for backstories and mushed them together. There's no linear narrative, and I have no idea what the story wants to be. it's a mess.
Tristan James narration is really disappointing here. It sounds like he's phoning it in, i couldn't differentiate the characters he read, and the tone was a bit cheesy and unnecessarily sarcastic. Tim Paige was better, but with 2 hours left I was just so confused and bored with the below par writing that I dnf.

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  • Andrea
  • 03-08-22

Scratch the surface

This is my first dual narration and I have to say that I really enjoyed it! I sped up the speed to 1.2 and have found that really works for me

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  • Becky L
  • 01-17-22

Works better as a book

I read this tale and loved the book, but the audio didn’t transition well for me. I couldn’t get on with the narrators and their voices didn’t work with the characters they were portraying. If you like the narrators you’ll likely love the story - it was pure romance with a little bit of a side story but basically all about Jeremiah and Cam and it was just lovely.