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Publisher's Summary

To whom it may concern, 

I can't be sure what you're into. That being said, if you like sexy and sweet romance with a whole lot of quirk, keep reading...

Ever since Clay Saxon's parents passed away a year ago, he's been stuck in a rut, running their business, and suffering from the worst writer's block ever. But when Syrus Albie, a.k.a. yellow sweater guy (you'll see), walks into The End Book Store, Clay's mundane little world turns to sunshine.

I don't want to ruin it, but I can definitely say, when an introverted-as-hell narrator finally meets his favorite author and crush, all of his usual protocols go up in flames. 

Set in the For Him world, this stand-alone is the perfect introduction or addition to this steamy MM collection. 

Sincerely yours,

A.M. Johnson

©2021 A.M. Johnson (P)2022 A.M. Johnson

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Sweet and Sexy😍😍

I absolutely loved this Sexy and sweet standalone contemporary novella.

Clay and Syrus were magnetic together and I didn't want their story to end.

This was such a delightfully sweet listen.

The narrators performance a magical audio delivery and narration.

Absolutely recommend this one

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So sweet!

Even though I read this not even 2 months ago, I had to do a reread and listen to the audiobook, because hello- Aaron Shedlock! I'd listen to that man read the White Pages, his grocery list, the back of a cereal box. He and Kirt Graves were wonderful as Clay and Syrus, I need more!

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Ahh, this novella was the sweetest! Syrus and Clay are both adorable and I loved them. They're each a little vulnerable in their own ways and I just wanted to hug and love on them both. Loved the idea of the author and the narrator developing a relationship. I thought it was so cute how Clay and Syrus met and the sweet friendship that started, before becoming so much more. I hope we see these two again!
Although this is part of the For Him series, To Whom It May Concern can definitely be read as a standalone, and read it you should!

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Clay and Syrus

This book is sweet. Clay is running the family bookstore business, since his parents past away. He is a writer in a slump, Syrus is a narrator who has a crush on his favourite author finds he runs the bookshop he is looking for research material, he is overjoyed. Very sweet and wonderfully narrated

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Loved it!

I had already read and loved the story. Listening to it gave me even more to love.
I loved the email exchange, it was made even better with each of the narrators reading in that character's voice.
It's a great story accompanied by 2 excellent voice actors!

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Wonderfully Narrated Sweet & Thoughtful Novella

First, the narration was fabulous! This could've easily been a single rather than dual narration, but I so enjoyed the complementary performances of both narrators. Kirk Graves always delivers with feeling, and my first time hearing the delicious voice of Aaron Shedlock has me wanting to check out more of his work.

This very sweet and thoughtful novella speaks to the hope that everyone has a perfect partner out there waiting to be found. Voice actor Syrus (40) unexpectedly finds his in Clay (23), a bookstore owner and - as they discover - the author of Syrus's favorite book.

Syrus is introverted, socially awkward, doesn't like being touched, and has accepted living with loneliness...until Clay. Their attraction crackles and they take things slowly, with loving patience and quiet understanding, before things turn steamy, and it's all quite heartfelt.

Syrus is an interesting character with real depth, one whose personal journey I'd love to read more of. This story ends on a hopeful HFN note, and I'm hoping this isn't the last we see of him and Clay. As an added treat, this audio book also includes a preview chapter of the next book in the For Him series. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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Loved Syrus & Clay!

Have been anxiously await this sweet novella! Loved Syrus & Clay’s story. Syrus is an audiobook narrator who gets hired to narrate Clay’s novel. Little did they know where this pairing would lead them. Loved the vulnerability of the characters. Another amazing book. Amazing narration by Kirt Graves & Aaron Shedlock.

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Short but delicious

A.M. Johnson does character building really well, which is an absolute must in a 2h 40m book. I think this story could have carried more words, more content, but I did enjoy it as it is. The way Cyrus and Clay take emotional chances for each other is really touching, and the way they accommodate each other resonates with my own relationship. Recommend!

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  • 03-02-22

Terrific story and narrators

To Whom It May Concern is the first book or audiobook I have ready by A.M. Johnson. It is also book 3.5 in a series. I enjoyed it so much that I put book 1 on my to be read/listen list. I will also take a look at the author's back list for more books to add.

I liked the relationship between Clay and Syrus. It grew organically out of their shared interest, not just physical attraction. I like that people who know Syrus accept him and are not trying to "fix" him. Clay's grief was based in reality. He was so consumed by it that he had not moved forward from the point where it started. There was not anything I did not like.

The narrators were terrific. Kirt Graves is one of my favorites. He has narrated several series I love and what I consider the best audiobook is my collection (my huge, do I really need more, yes I do collection). Aaron Shedlock is a new narrator for me. He has over three hundred titles listed on Audible. I enjoyed his voice. I am going to look through it and select another one to listen to. The two voices together create a wonderful experience. It is very easy to differentiate which character is speaking. The voices they create also fit the characters well.

I am grateful to Gay Romance Reviews which gave me the opportunity to review this title.

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To Whom It May Concern

To Whom It May Concern by A.M. Johnson
For Him / Book 3.5
5 Maple Leafs (2022 Top Read)

𝘏𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘢𝘻𝘦, 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳. 𝘐'𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴. 𝘏𝘢𝘻𝘦𝘭, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦. 𝘚𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘺.



OMG! I absolutely loved this book and it gave me all the feels.

Clay notice Syrus when he walks into his bookstore and is totally captivated by him. Syrus, being his nervous self, quotes Clay's book to him and when he realizes Clay is the author, he awkwardly hurries out of the store. As they spend more time together, they realize that they have more in common than just books.

He smiled at me, and my heart tried to climb out of my chest. These reactions he stirred in me were new and confusing, and not all that unpleasant considering my entire world had been flipped on its axis.

Clay and Syrus are so adorable together. I love how they had their own way of flirting with each other. Clay is so patient and understanding with Syrus. Syrus wound his way around my heart and did not let go. He has a special place in my heart as a mom of two boys who are autistic. My only complaint was that I wanted so much more of these two and hope to see them in near future.

Aaron Shedlock and Kirt Graves did an amazing job of bringing the characters and their story to life.

I highly recommend this book.

Book is a ... mm, strangers-to-lovers, opposites attract romance told in the dual first-person point of view.

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Really enjoyed!

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the narrators performance once I got used to their narration style. When I got this book I did not realize it was midway thru a series but I didn’t feel lost or like I was missing story parts.

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  • 03-08-22

Sweet story

A.M. Johnson is new to me and I like the wonderful writing style. The story is short, but the two protagonists were well developed on the few lines.
Clay is an author who gave up writing to continue running his parents' bookstore. He has an open and honest manner that I like. He meets Syrus, the audiobook narrator, at the bookstore and the attraction between them is immediate. Syrus is different, but likable as well.
The story is heartwarming and I enjoyed it.

The two narrators, Kirt Graves and Aaron Shedlock, harmonize so well together and voice their characters perfectly. It was a pleasure to listen to them both.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 03-11-22

Lovely listen

I’m new to this series and so wasn’t sure to expect. The blurb says it is a stand-alone and that’s true. Other pairs of men appear, but I was never lost with my two main guys. Syrus and Clay make an adorable couple. Syrus, the shy and introvert who narrates books and Clay, the bookstore owner and writer who brings words to life. As an author, I have a special relationship with my narrators. Nothing like this, of course, but they are people I consider important in my life.

When Syrus reaches out to Clay to ask if he can narrate one of Clay’s gay romance books, the relationship develops quickly. In a way, Syrus already knows Clay – through his words – and he lets down his guard perhaps faster than he might have otherwise. Although the story is short, it packs a lot of punch. And I loved how Clay respected Syrus’s limits and abilities, never pushing. Never testing boundaries.

Finally, of course, I can’t rave about the book without mentioning the narrators Aaron Shedlock and Kirt Graves. I’ve heard quite a few of Kirt’s books in the past and so was thrilled to have him on the project. Aaron was perfect as the down-to-earth out in the world Clay. Kirt was amazing as the introvert and shy Syrus who obviously was far more comfortable in the booth than with people. This is just a lovely novella and I’m so glad I listened.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 03-10-22

Great performances and story

It doesn’t get more perfect than an author running a bookstore and a shy audiobook narrator meeting said favorite author in that bookstore and them falling in love. If you are like me, that will be enough to ensure you’ll grab that book in one click and immediately devour it. Johnson meets the challenge of creating two wonderful characters in Clay and Syrus to carry this plot. I loved it from first word to sweet HEA. Kirt Graves is a long-time favorite and his performance here is spot on in capturing all the emotions perfectly. Aaron Shedlock is right there with him making this a superbly done dual narration.

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 03-10-22

Novella

Very cute and deliciously smexy novella. This makes me wanna read the whole series! I think it's my first time reading something by A.M. Johnson, I really enjoyed.

Kirt Graves is always a pleasure to liste to, but it's even better with Aaron Shedlock as his duo. Both are fantastic on this!

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  • Trio
  • 03-08-22

Charming & Romantic, Beautifully Performed

To Whom It May Concern is my first experience with the writing of A.M. Johnson, and I’m thrilled to have discovered them! I’m amazed by how beautifully Johnson develops these characters in just one hundred pages, and it’s been a long time since I’ve five starred something so short.

Clay is a marvelous character, I love how open and upfront he is. And the way he is able to draw Syrus out is fascinating.

Syrus, so delightfully quirky, and simply embraces the oddness that makes him who he is… I loved it!

I adore Kirt Graves’ narration, and he makes a spectacular Syrus, and Aaron Shedlock’s warm and soothing voice is perfect for Clay. Marvelous performances by both narrators.

I received an audiobook copy of To Whom It May Concern for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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  • Starwarslover
  • 03-07-22

good

very good.. the story was well written and yummy... so much fun to read and listen to.. the narrator did a good job with the characters personalities and emotions.. it was fun to listen to and be part of their lives.

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  • alias11
  • 03-06-22

Short, sweet, sexy story

I loved this short, sweet, sexy story about two guys (an author and an audiobook narrator) who meet by accident and bond over the author's book, which the audio narrator loved (when apparently no one else did). Their meet-cute as strangers was adorable, and the attraction was instantaneous, though unspoken at the time. I loved Syrus' nerdiness and knowledge of miniscule facts and statistics about EVERYTHING. (It seemed he might be on the autistic scale, especially with his aversion to social situations and people, although this isn't addressed by the story.) And the way they - ahem - 'bonded' during Syrus' recording of Clay's novel was super hot. I loved the low-angst nature of the story and Clay's complete acceptance of Syrus as he was, quirks and all. Fantastic, fell-good story. I would love to read (or listen) to more about these two. And the sneak-peak of another story at the end...man do I want to listen to that one, too.

The narration was great and really highlighted the differences between the two MCs. Aaron Shedlock was a new narrator to me, and I thought he and Kirt did a great job on this story.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Macbandit
  • 03-05-22

Stirring

This is a heartwarming story. Two guys at a point in their life needing more. Clay is an author who has set aside his writing to run the bookstore his parents left. I don’t remember the author identifying Syrus’s personality and emotional sensitivities gut he really lacks the ability for a comfortable social life. He is an audio book narrator which gives him the ability to do his work privately. When these two meet it’s almost instant attraction. Clay is able to look past Syrus’s issues and Syrus has this fan attraction to Clay without really knowing who he is. Their journey is touching. I think this author has a unique ability to develop characters and situations in a novella that made this an enjoyable story to me. The only part I disliked is that I feel it is a HFN more than an ending. I had read the book before getting the audio and have to say it took my a little to get used to these narrations but it also made the story easier to visualize.

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  • Debbie Attenborough
  • 03-04-22

short and sweet with all the feels!

Independent reviewer for gay Romance Reviews, I was gifted the audio version of this book.

To Whom It May Concern,

This is book 3.5 in the For Him series. I didn't read/listen to the others, but they are all stand alone books, so I didn't miss anything by not doing. I WILL, at some point, either read or listen to those books though!

This is a delightfully sweet, cute and quick read/listen.

I loved the meeting, the instant attaction, but slow burn to get more physical. I loved that Clay made Syrus push his self infliction boundaries and strict rules. I loved that Syrus made Clay feel again after so long.

I did not love the ending. It does say, "the end, for now" at the end but I still found it kinda cut off mid scene, almost!

I loved the dual narration by Aaron Shedlock and Kirt Graves. I don't think I've listened to Shedlock before. I don't know who voiced which character here, but I did have to slow my narration speed when listening to Clay. But that's not a fault on the narration, more a production. Once I'd settled on a slightly slower speed, things were better for me.

But the thing I'm left with, the thing that I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED is this: I want to read the book Clay wrote! I want to read The Branches Between Us! And it pains me, deeply, because I know I can't!

So, all in all, a short, sweet, cute read/listen, that I hope and pray will be given a follow up!

4 stars overall

much love,

me.

*same worded review will appear elsewhere

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  • Anne M
  • 03-02-22

Should have stuck to one narrator in this case

I enjoyed this. It was very sweet. I really like the characters. It's nice to see 2 nerdier types bond for a change in what I normally read. I do think there were hints of Autism rep but it wasn't flat out said so I'm not sure if the author was going for that or not. Even though I really like this I got to give it 3 stars cause it wasn't even a complete novella. This reads more like a preview. It's for a book in a new series to come later, that I would have expected to see in an authors newsletter and not in a published piece, especially not audio.

The last chapter is a preview of book 4 and it seems really interesting.

The narrator reading Clay talked way too fast and I had to drastically slow down the pace to 1.0x. He did have a pleasant voice and he expressed the emotions well enough. He differentiated the voices enough to easily follow. Overall I enjoyed his parts. The narrator reading Syrus read much more slower so I increased the speed again. I wasn't overly found of this narrators voice. He didn't really express any emotion or differentiate the voices and he read in a tone that made me want to zone out.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 04-10-22

Another great addition to this wonderful series!

Clay: ‘“Anticipation seemed to thicken the air, and I sucked it down like honey. Sweet and rich”.

I love this romance series about authors and publishers! When best-selling gay author Clay Saxon meets a cute fan in his late parents’ bookshop, he doesn’t know that Syrus Albie is an audiobook narrator until Syrus emails him with the offer to narrate his latest book. This was such a beautifully and tenderly written romance, so of course I wish this sweet novella (101 pages; 2.5 hrs on audio) was a full-length novel - so glad they will reappear in a spin-off series! Both men displayed a lovely vulnerability: Clay still aching from the loss of his parents affects a well-practiced nonchalance; Syrus (maybe on the spectrum?), is disarmingly awkward and honest with no experience in relationships. So. Sweet. And when Syrus narrates the sex scene Clay has written - perfection! Superb audio narration by Kirt Graves as Syrus and Aaron Shedlock as Clay - these guys do such justice to the well-written prose.