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Barred Desires

By: Ashley James
Narrated by: Eric Corbyn, Michael Gallagher
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Publisher's Summary

Luca Gray Hart

I have everything I could ever want—a great family, awesome friends, a girlfriend, and I’m headed off to my dream college. But the past is always there, lurking like a shadow in the night....

Branson Joseph Adler

I love men. I love everything about them. Their feel. Their smell. Their taste. It’s no secret to my friends and family that I’m gay. But I do have one secret....

What happens when you give in to the temptation and your world turns upside down?

It’s forbidden.

But it’s ours.

Barred Desires is the first book in the Deepest Desires interconnected series. It is a forbidden MM stepbrother romance, and it is angsty, emotional, and steamy.

©2022 Ashley James (P)2023 Pink Flamingo Productions

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Really loved the story, the relationship between Bran and Luca is so sweet, supportive, loving but still raw and spicy! Their support of each others trauma is really great too. The narrator for Luca wasn’t my fave but got used to it quickly and didn’t bother me after a bit!

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Overall I did enjoy the book

Barred Desires is book one in The Deepest Desires interconnected MM romance series, each book focuses on a different couple. This book features stepbrother trope.

While Branson and Luca's story does fall into the forbidden with the stepbrother trope I feel there was more in this book than just that. There are moments of addressing their past traumas (please read trigger warnings this might not your jam), genuinely funny moments and moments of pure cute sweetness.

I admit I did a struggle in some moments. More because I was hoping for more angst with their situation. But overall I did enjoy the book and right from the first chapter mention of Knox and Aston I knew I needed book two!

This was an audio reread for me, so the above review is from my first read on kindle. But I do need to add that Michael Gallagher did an amazing job with Bransons POV. However if I NEVER hear Eric Corbyn's voice again it will be too soon, once you hear the breathing you can't unhear it. Plus some of the character voices were very off putting. For a new to Ashley reader I absolutely feel his narration would ruin their read. If you tried and didn't vibe him, I promise you their story is worth it and the rest of the series is brilliant!

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