After divorcing the woman he'd been with since he was 17, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams, and he's determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done - that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there's a connection between Nick and Bryce from the start - a spark they can't deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn't enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they've always followed or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.
Contains mature themes.
©2015 Riley Hart (P)2015 Tantor
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"Double GFY - amazing narration"
Double GFY people! Yes! It sounds so fantastical, but it is SO WELL DONE! Riley Hart is an amazing writer and she absolutely manages to pull this off.
She spends a lot of time building the relationship (as friends) between the two guys and then showing us that with an open mind (and an open heart) the two can explore their feelings for one another physically as well as emotionally.
I loved the similar yet different reactions each man received from their families. Though Nick had only ever been with one person, his feelings for Bryce follow a similar pattern and it’s totally reasonable that his mother would think he’s jumping the gun again. It’s also fair that Bryce’s family would think his impetuosity is throwing him into another doomed to fail relationship.
But… both men are being true to their authentic selves. Just like the motorcycles, Bryce KNEW Nick was THE ONE. And just like his cooking Nick knows his own heart and has to trust it where it concerns Bryce.
The sex is OFF THE CHARTS hot! But … so is the love. These guys aren’t afraid to reach for one another emotionally and it’s so very sweet and tender.
I loved this book – gave myself a book hangover as I had to read it all in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down at 2 a.m.
I can’t recommend this enough!
Lord! The heat is SCORCHING. Sean Crisden does an absolutely perfect job with this narration! The feels, the smexy scenes, the humor… just perfect! I absolutely adored the book and the audio only makes it BETTER!
I cannot recommend this any more!
6 of 5 stars
Good story with good characters overall. I liked the little bits of humor throughout the story.
"Bravo, Sean Crisden!"
I'll be honest, when I first read this story I wasn't one of its scores of fans. I just didn't get all that into the story. I mean it was *okay* - but nothing I'd shout from the rooftops over, you know?
Then I got the audio. And holy WOW does Sean Crisden BRING THE HEAT.
I *LOVED* EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF THIS AUDIO BOOK! And it all boils down to Sean Crisden.
Bravo, sir. Bravo!
When listening to this I bought their burgeoning bisexualism, Nick and Bryce's love for each other, and the ups and down of navigating not only a new relationship, but one so far outside of your previous comfort zone. I bought it all - hook, line and sinker!
And I loved it.
"Great GFY listen"
This was a great double GFY listen. The story is basically the journey of Nick and Bryce who are neighbors and discover through their friendship they have feelings for each other. Since both have been straight all their life, this comes as a shock to themselves, their friends and family. Some family members are supportive and some have a harder time. There is a little angst, lots of family drama, but mostly about them coming to terms with the relationship and what it means. Overall a well written, realistic story with great, engaging characters. Sean Crisden puts in a great performance and really brings the characters to life.
"Love this book"
No matter how many times I've read this book and now listened to it, it's just as beautiful as the first time.
Riley Hart has made me a fan with this book. The writing was great, the story entertaining and nicely paced. Go for it!!!
"Sophomoric. Author never follows an opportunity"
The better question is what wouldn't I change. The premise of the story left open many roads that could have been taken. As opposed to even investigating one of those roads, the author chose to go with kids discovering sex, and even those scenes were poorly written. This book is hack trash looking to fill pages.
A mystery novel to help clean this gunk out.
He has a great voice, but in this novel he sounded a bit like a 1970s porno movie. He conveyed no emotion to the characters. I did think his "little old ladies" were funny, although he made them far older then they could have been given the characters ages.
Bill and Ted from "Bill and Teds Excellent Adventures". Not the actors, the characters.
"Brilliant! Heart warming."
I love Riley's stories, she writes one of the best GFY books. She makes you see that it's just two people falling in love not just two guys.
This is a comfort listen with a GFY storyline for both MCs. A little short to really dealing with the family drama due to the relationship, even if it does play a significant role. It could have been expanded upon but its not lacking. It is just that as a fan of drama as a part of the making of a GFY relationship i Think that the story lacks a little angst. The to MCs are very Secure about their love for each other and that makes very little room for the dramatics. But all in all i still enjoyed the story and if u are not a fan of drama u May enjoy it even more.
This was a really interesting story just in that neither of these guys have ever considered other men as love interests before. I like straight guys turning and gay for you stories, but this one had the different twist in that neither guy was gay before they met the other. I'll admit I liked it in this particular story, but I'm not sure another author would be able to pull that off. But Riley Hart did it beautifully. And the way she did that was by building the friendship and bond between the two guys very slowly....that worked.
I also thought the author did an amazing job showing the difficulty of this kind of sudden switch for two straight men very realistically. They have no idea what they are doing sexually and I liked that she made sure that wasn't smooth sailing for them. Also, their families are shocked by the changes in the men and not exactly open to all those changes. I loved the realism of that.
But beyond all that is just the relationship between the two men. I liked them and the extremely upfront way they handled this change in sexuality. They're guys...they don't keep much inside, even when it's uncomfortable. And the two guys are very different. Nick is a chef who has only been with one person...his ex-wife who he met in high school. She was always it for him. Bryce builds motorcycles and has never really had a serious relationship except for with his bff. They became romantically involved after Bryce almost died, but I think that was more a reaction to that scare more than anything. Bryce is up for anything. Nick is much more cautious about things, but at their hearts...they're guys. Everything is more upfront and honest with guys especially when it comes to sex.
I love audiobooks and wouldn't have read this book when I did without the audio version of the book, but I had one real beef with this narrator...I could not stand his women's voices. I'm dying to read the rest of the series and would love to listen to them on audio, too, but am just not sure I can handle the books if there is much in the way of females in the stories. Yes, it was just that grating to me. I thought he did a great job with the guys, but gah...the female voices ruined the audio for me.
But I do plan to read the the next books in the series. I just have to find time to slide them into my reading schedule.
"Two straight guys?"
Overall I enjoyed it especially the family issues and the way stuff with family cropped up. Mothers seem to cause biggest issues it seems!!
"A great read"
One of the best if not the best, certainly the best gay book I have ever read
The motor bike rider. I liked all the characters but he stood out for me especially when he went to his partner's mother towards the end
Several but after my comments above I really do not want to spoil it for anyone
This is a nice steady easy listening book, gently written with an interesting story and well read. Some readers plough through with no feelings as to what is being read but this guy is very good, not too fast just with the right tempo for the story.
"Improve by Audio"
Found the story 'okay' easy reading but a trifle ridiculous, an extra star for the sex not immediately being porn-star easy though. Characters are both likeable, banter is fun, families trope overkill.
Listening to the book made the difference. Seriously made a difference. Raised it a whole two stars. This is one definitely improved on by getting audio.
"A real feel-good romantic read."
Two ultra decent seemingly hetero-sexual men discover a mutual love which overcomes family opposition and eventually blossoms into a full-blown sexual affair. Wow! The sex is pretty stand-up raunchy too. The reader is excellent and makes it spring to life. It kept me going well into the odd solitary night.
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