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Crossing Swords

Narrated by: Michael Mola
Series: Crossing Swords, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Rush is not gay.

But after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he finds himself crossing swords with his best friend Jeremy Pratt. Who's also not...gay.

It was a one-time thing.

It didn't mean anything.

They like girls.

At least, that's what these boys of summer tell themselves as they pretend it wasn't more than experimentation. With only four weeks left before they leave town for college, Christopher and Jeremy awkwardly navigate their way through a series of unfortunate (or very fortunate) events. Often leaving them breathless, conflicted, and dressed in nothing but a pair of socks.

Because socks are less gay.

As their time together comes to an end, will Christopher and Jeremy accept that love doesn't discriminate, or will they put their swords up for good?

©2017 Mary Elizabeth (P)2017 Mary Elizabeth

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Knuckleheads in love!

Christopher and Jeremy are a pair of immature knuckleheads about to finish school and head interstate to college - guys who are always wrestling, insulting, and punching each other. They’ve been friends forever and have girlfriends but start to develop feelings for each other. This was a guilty pleasure: there was plenty of humour and tender moments, but I could have done without the misogyny and internalised homophobia. All I can say is that they are on a journey, a LONG journey, to adulthood. Michael Mola narrates extremely well but the audio lacks quality and editing.

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  • Loyal Listener
  • 20-04-2019

What an ugly, hateful little story

This has so much potential... coming of age, friends to lovers, coming to terms with one’s sexuality. That potential is what kept me listening. It was never realized. This book reads like it was written by a homophobic 14 year old who is intrigued by the idea of gay sex but horrified by the idea of gay intimacy or romance. The words “fag” and “queer” were used incessantly and not in the positive, life-affirming way. Just so disappointing. The poor production of the audio itself is hardly the worst part of this book but it’s also notable. The narrator himself is decent but there were so many pauses, swallows, repeated phrases, and background static. Avoid.

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  • HF
  • 12-04-2019

Disappointing

So much internalized homophobia, violence, poor communication, and essentially nothing redeeming - a woefully missed opportunity to show an arc of growth, compassion, self discovery, etc. Spent the whole time just waiting for the author to flip that switch, but only grew more and more dismayed by the negativity, not to mention, amateurish writing style.

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  • Jordan Danz
  • 29-04-2019

Homophobic trash

I have never read such a homophobic book and it is supposed to be gay romance! They amount of time “fag” was thrown around by the main characters as if it was nothing made feel ill. Also, they way they talk about women in the book is awful. So much slut shaming and objectification. Also the recording sounds like it was made in someone’s garage. I could only last about 5 chapters before I had to turn it off.

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  • Kate M
  • 29-05-2017

Such a good book!

This was such a good book! I couldn't stop listening to it! I will say they use the words "gay" and fag a lot. I can't wait to listen to more by this author 😍😍

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  • Adrienne Percival
  • 03-08-2020

No no no. Not a positive young gay romance

This should have been so much better than it was. The two high school best friend guys who are absolutely not gay tripping into something sounds cute and angsty. But first, as a parent, where they heck were any guiding adults?? These two have blow out parties, go to a strip club, drink heavily, etc in high school. Then there is this 17 year old violence over and over, which is credible, but also sad. This is just about high school guys having sex, lots of sex, but not growing, not LGBTQ identity, not forming a supportive partnership. I've read other great gay YA novels, and this one just doesn't make the cut.

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  • SilkeeeeeeReads
  • 28-08-2018

Oh boy

If you are a stickler for politically corr ct, move along, this book isn’t for you. Silliness, immaturity and some hot sex scenes, plus humor, if you aren’t stuck on being politically correct, is what you’ll find here. I’m sorry, but the narrator didn’t prep for this book and apparently there was no editing or proofing. Loads of mistakes by him. Numerous repeats of the same sentences and phrases in error.

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  • Sue C
  • 27-08-2018

just didn't grab me

There isn't anything particularly wrong with this "coming of age" story, personally, i just struggled to engage with it or become invested in the characters. For me, sometimes the language was just too crass, there were too many misogynistic references and unnecessary "f" bombs (one 36 minute chapter uses it 61 times). I get that it's the behaviour of some eighteen year old boys, but used excessively I find it unnecessary and distracting to the story. Given the quality of the narration/editing that is available these days, this production really needs to be better edited for background noise and repeated phrases. The narrator did a reasonable job, but I would have liked more distinction between the two main characters, sometimes I found it difficult to distinguish which character was at the forefront.

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  • VHB
  • 02-06-2017

It growth on you.

This was a interesting proses . I could not get in to it at the beginning but after a while i got I n to it.
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I got used to and it was not bad.
By the end I liked it very much .

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  • Charo
  • 20-05-2017

Best story for me this year

I read this book about 2 months ago and it was so amazing that up had to get the Audiobook... so Please see my review of this book in kindle Amazon.
Story = 5 stars.. Such a deliciously hot, funny and sexy story
Narration= 4.3 stars-I would have scored the narration higher except for the background sounds. I listened to the book's twice already. Michael Mola was the perfect choice.
Overall= 4.7 stars
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  • Cassie
  • 17-04-2017

So much yes!

I absolutely loved this coming of age m/m story! Her debut is just perfect. It'd crass, funny, honest, and simply spicy! Michael did a fair job, there was some background noises that took away from some of the scenes, but overall I enjoyed it. I've reread this book four times and it's still as good as the first.

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  • Veronika
  • 07-04-2017

Good book and fun narrator but...

Any additional comments? This is a really fun story and if you want to know more there are some good reviews on Amazon. But I want to talk about the performance. So let’s start with the good stuff. It was great to hear a narrator’s voice that is matching the age of main characters. Michael Mola has a potential to join Tremblay, Russo, James and Crisden in the top notch narrators’ first league. Now on the the not so good stuff. The audio production is very amateurish. Poor Michael had to record some the sections in his bathroom and I presume he had to open a window occasionally, to let some air and traffic noise in. And I swear that at one point I can hear a high school music orchestra practicing somewhere in the background. The editing is less than perfect, and I am being generous here. There are sentences repeated twice when Michael had a 2nd go. You will also notice the mismatch between sound levels when Mike had to take a break (I am guessing to open the bathroom window ;-). But don’t let my review put you off this book. It’s definitely worth a credit. If more of us buy it, next time Michael may be allowed to a decent recording studio, perhaps when Trembley is not using it.

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