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Since being thrown out of his home by his parents, Caden has been struggling to survive on the streets. 

He lives in constant fear, stresses over his next meal, and dreads trying to find a safe place to sleep at night. He eventually finds an unlocked car and settles in to sleep, but is soon interrupted when someone steals the car. With little choice but to ride along, Caden soon learns that first impressions aren’t always correct. 

Seventeen-year-old Damario has been raising his little brother and sister by himself since his parents were deported. He never knew how hard it was going to be paying the bills and making sure there was always food on the table. Or how hard it would be to hold his family together when they all depended on him to do it. He finds himself stealing cars to make ends meet, but he never expected to find someone sleeping in the back of one of them. And he really didn’t expect this stowaway to change his life. 

When Damario brings Caden home, it was supposed to be just for a shower and a hot meal, but he can hardly kick him out onto the streets again. There is no way he could have seen that by saving Caden that night, he was also saving himself. When Damario’s world starts to fall apart, they both realize that the answer to all of their problems is helping each other, and although the world tries to drive them apart, they really are better together. 

©2018 BL Maxwell (P)2021 BL Maxwell

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  • WY_reader
  • 13-09-2021

Sweet and heartwarming despite heavy themes

Better Together is a very sweet coming-of-age story. Caden and Rio have each been dealt some serious blows by life. While Caden lost his family because of his sexual orientation, Rio had his disrupted by the immigration system. The boys find family in each other, as well as Rio's younger siblings, neighbors, and co-workers, and discover that love and family are what you make of it. Overall this book is very heartwarming and positive despite the very heavy themes it addresses. The audio narration is well done and adds a lot to this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-2021

Good read

Beautiful relationship, unique story, narration was heartfelt and great to listen to overall. I would recommend

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  • F/u
  • 25-07-2021

Great work

Would listen again, very well written and spoken narration! Love it, it’s the best thing I have found for awhile.

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  • Michelle
  • 18-07-2021

Very Well Done and Worth A Listen

This is an angsty read but very good. I was immediately drawn into the story and quickly came to care about the characters. Damario and Caden are going through rough times but as we watch them find each other and support each other, they are truly better together. I was invested and engaged in these characters and their lives. The narrator does a great job with voicing this audio and bringing the emotions of the scenes to life. I recommend this book and will listen to it again.

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  • michael moscato
  • 10-07-2021

loved it

I loved this book. Curtis Michael really brings this story to life and makes you fall in love with the characters even more. After being thrown out by his parent Caden is struggling to survive on the streets. Demario is 17 and after his parent are deported to Mexico he has to raise his brother and sister. Struggling to keep his family together he has to do things he wishes he didn't. This is how he finds Caden and offers to help him. Can one act of kindness bring his family together? Will Damario and Caden find love with each other? And can they overcome all the challenges together? After all they will be better together.

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  • AL
  • 05-07-2021

Definitely better together

Story: Sweet, emotional and slightly angsty tale of two young men fighting for themselves. I loved the overall idea of the story and the characters BL Maxwell created in this one! Caden and Rio are very likable and I couldn't help but root for them from the very beginning. The author did not spare them any punches, but it made the conclusion all the sweeter!
Narration: Great performance! I liked this audio a lot. Definitely amplifies all the feels the book brings!

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  • HelenMK69
  • 26-06-2021

A true to life, cute story

Caden and Rio. Both 17 years old and coming to terms with what life has dealt them. Cade was kicked out of home for being gay and is now living on the streets.

Rio, his parents had been deported and that left him looking after his younger brother and sister.

Circumstances bring these two together, but love and necessity bring them closer until they become a couple.

Well written, good solid characters that we can relate to and either know or have known—a love story of how strong you can be with someone by your side. Beautiful HEA.

Good narration from Curtis Michael. Very clear and easy to listen to. Although, like usual, I sped up the audio, and I listened at 1.40 speed on audible, but I prefer all my audios to be quicker.

Better Together
Better Together Universe, Book 1
By: BL Maxwell
Narrated by: Curtis Michael
Series: Better Together Universe, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins


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