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Jon has yearned for a man’s touch for as long as he can remember. Now two younger men are about to bring his fantasies to life.

Jon Walters is a mess. He’s 38. His roommates are 18 and 20. It’s never gonna work. But Lord, he wants it to.

He’s spent years hiding his sexuality. Denying his desires. Guys don’t come out at my age - do they? Except he did come out once - and went right back in again. How does he explain all this to Del, his brother? That’s a conversation Jon is dreading. Del is the only family Jon has left, and he’s going to be hurt. Angry. Not to mention, there are secrets Jon does not want to share.

And then there’s Chaz and Kendis. Wasn’t falling for one guy enough of a challenge? I had to fall for both of them? And what the hell do they see in me? Because they’re not making it easy for him to say no.

Whichever way he looks at it, Jon’s life just went way beyond complicated....

This is the final book in the Southern Boys trilogy, and it deals with characters introduced in book book, Pride & Protection. Yes, you could listen to it as a stand-alone, but listening to the previous book is recommended.

©2020 to present day K.C. Wells (P)2020 K.C. Wells

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  • 🎧🌹BlueRose Reviews🌹🎧
  • 23-12-2020

Left me giddy, hopeful and positive

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Narrator John Solo went and broke the camel’s back! Shamelessly ruining my innocence and wiping my mind by deleting the cute and fuzzy way I see teddy bears forever! John is an excellent narrator, he picked up on the humor and ran with it. The self-talk and WTF moments left me giddy and feeling naughty. I enjoyed the lighthearted erotic M/M/M romance for the scheming and naughty seduction the two younger ones had going on. Almost, like naughty little elves, being horny and hyperactive. They were busy and they drove the much older Jon up the walls, forcing him to do unspeakable things.

Just when I thought I heard it all K.C. Wells wrote this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It lifted my mood and left me feeling positive and hopeful. Exactly how a Christmas romance should be.

I do recommend this audiobook

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  • Melissa
  • 29-03-2021

Loved this...oh so much

I loved this book oh so much, however I am never gonna look at a giant teddy bear the same way ever again...lol KC did an awesome job with this one and John Solo was amazing!!

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  • Bridget
  • 04-02-2021

loved it!

I freaking loved this book! best one in the series, in my opinion. Each character felt real to me, well fleshed out with their internal insecurities completely understandable. And they were so sweet together!

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  • Dana Piazzi
  • 04-01-2021

Great series!

It has been awhile since I read or listened to a good MMM romance. I am generally of the opinion, the more men the merrier, but it is important for it to be done right. That all three parties involved are on the same page. This book handled the situation well.

Chaz moved in with Jon after he was kicked out of his childhood home. His dad didn’t accept it when he came out but he was never a loving man before that. The age difference between the two men was almost a guarantee that nothing would happen between them, but also the fact that Chaz thought Jon was straight. Everyone thought Jon was straight. Though Jon’s older brother coming out as gay should have paved the road for Jon, a few bad experiences had him living his life in the closet.

Kendis had a small part in book 2 when his car was vandalized and Jon’s brother had helped him. He was brought to the town to play basketball, but he is one of the very few people of color in this homophobic and racist town. Finding a job is almost impossible, until he comes to the bike shop to ask Jon’s brother for help once more. There he meets Chaz, who Kendis feels attraction to. Though they are the first to date and become intimate, they both have a lingering attraction to Jon. And Jon is definitely attracted to both of them and wants to see both of them rise above their pasts. A combination of their age differences, Jon’s past, and the possible complications of a menage relationship seem to have them all hesitating, though.

Luckily, Chaz is kind of precocious and after forming a plan with Kendis, the two men decide to see if Jon’s apparent interest is not just in their imaginations. The way they tackle the situation together lets me know that they are on the right foot as far as avoiding jealousy or anything close to cheating in the pursuit of Jon. Their hard work pays off, but Jon will have to come out, at least to his own brother.

This series is really good, but the romances are somewhat complicated. The town these characters live in definitely needs to step into the modern era. The homophobia and racism runs strong. As much as these three know they need to keep open lines of communication and trust in order to make their unique relationship work, their relationship will be one that doesn’t really see the light of day. Even though I am happy for them, I feel sad for them for their having to hide their love from the public. I guess there are rays of light trying to poke through the clouds. Two other gay couples are living their lives out and proud, and the rumors of a woman living with two men might ease the way for the three men, eventually.

The author has said that while this book is over that the southern boys still have more to say. I hope we can get a glimpse of these three in the future so I can check in on their happiness. I definitely recommend the series and this book. John Solo narrates the audiobooks, and he does a great job voicing these three different characters, making for an enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 04-01-2021

Beautiful listen!

I love Chaz, Kendis, and Jon's story! They are so amazing and perfect together. K.C Wells just makes such beautiful story that I can help but to love. Then to have John Solo doing the narration makes me love the story even more. He just brings these characters to life and I love the voices he did for these three. I absolutely love this story!

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  • JMFang
  • 01-01-2021

So Good

I loved reading the book and the series, and was really excited to get the audiobook to listen to. K. C. Wells weaves a wonderful story with characters that you can really relate to, The characters problems and personal demons resonate on many levels. Ms Wells' story telling works through the trials and tribulations beautifully. John Solo's narration is first rate. He gives the characters voices which draw you in. This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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  • Erica Fisher
  • 24-12-2020

A three way love

Jon, a shy closeted gay man, is in a cycle he wants to break but doesn’t know how. Kendis, struggling to find his way in a town who wants nothing to do with him since he helped them with the basketball team and graduated high school. Chaz, living with Jon since his dad abused him when he found out he was gay. three unlikely men start out as a couple between Kendis and Chaz realize that Jon also occupies each other’s heart. I really enjoyed this book. It was a window into showing that Jon is stronger and lovable than he thinks but with Kendis and Chaz they each balance out the other in the most unexpected ways and bring out the best in each other. John Solo was wonderful as he gives voice to all the love, longing and happiness that was perfect for this book.

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  • hussfan
  • 22-12-2020

Good Story, Slow Burn

I enjoyed listening to this slow burn love story very much. All characters are vulnerable and adorable, and each have hurt trauma in their past. Narrator did a good job with this story. Overall this was a good listening experience

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-2020

Another fantastic book 😍

I just don't have any more superlatives how to describe K.C. Wells work 🔥❤️ and coupled with John Solo's narration, you just can't miss out on it... Well worth it!
There is a sweet threesome with 2 younger men "persuading" 😉 a.k.a. quite funnyly seducing the older one into a caring (and hot!) relationship where they complement each other beautifully...and it is happening during Christmas time 🤩

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  • Karen
  • 19-12-2020

Beautifully crafted poly romance!

Jon … and Chaz … and Kendis. Didn’t see that coming in the previous books! Talk about a lovely surprise. There’s something to be said for a shy guy, and an adorable, shy bear like Jon finding love not once but twice? Well, that turned out to be a perfect recipe for a heartwarming romance, filled with sweet, funny, and moving moments, and some naughty ones too, of course ;-) I was also incredibly pleased to find out more about Chaz and Kendis, who both more than deserve a chance at love and happiness.
This is a beautifully crafted love story and the author takes her time to let all the connections build between the three main characters, so definitely more on the slow-burn side. I liked how three-dimensional all three of them were, their personalities and character growth very well-written throughout the book. Romance and rose-colored glasses are all very nice, but realism and authenticity also need their moment in this story, which I found added depth to the bond between Jon, Kendis and Chaz.

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John Solo’s performance was wonderful as always. The nuance and emotion he brings to his narration is perfect and makes this into a truly mesmerizing, moving listen. I loved the voices he did for all three main characters.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 21-03-2021

Adorable, sweet and hot

Two young virgins, Chaz and Kendis they fall for each other even though both are interested in Jon. Jon is Chaz's roommate and boss. Plus that Jon is a closeted gay guy, everyone believes Jon is straight, but Jon has been keeping it a secret even at 38 years old, scared to tell anyone.

This book has everything you could want from virgins, closeted, age gap, polyamorous relationship, really-hot sex and an excellent read.

Excellent narration from John Solo. Although, like usual, I sped up the audio, and I listened at 1.40 speed on audible.

Desire & Denial
Southern Boys, Book 3
By: K.C. Wells
Narrated by: John Solo
Series: Southern Boys, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins


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  • Trio
  • 28-02-2021

Timeless Message, Gorgeous Performance by J. Solo

While each of the books in K.C. Wells’ Southern Boys series has a different flavor, they’ve got several themes in common. Ms. Wells deals with bigotry and racism, coming out, family drama, and (of course) love and romance. Not sure if it goes without saying, so I’m just going to say it: K.C. Wells writes some of the all-time hottest erotica on the planet! And with the whole series performed in audio by the marvelous John Solo, you are in for a treat!

The first book Truth & Betrayal stands alone, but I recommend reading the three books in order as the characters from Pride & Protection and Desire & Denial overlap.

Okay, so I really liked Del in the second novel, but his younger brother Jon was a mystery. He seemed closed off and a bit of a grump. Turns out Jon’s story is quite moving, and we get all the details in Desire & Denial.

Jon’s partners Chaz and Kendis have good stories too, and the way these three men heal each other is well done. There’s great chemistry between each pair, and when all three come together, oh yes, it’s smokin’ hot. Jon had no idea how taking up with these young guys would change his life!

And speaking about changes, I really like thinking about the changes this diverse group of characters brings to the small Tennessee town. The messages K.C. Wells includes about tolerance and acceptance are poignant and timeless, and simply can’t be repeated often enough.

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  • Debbie Attenborough
  • 05-01-2021

beautiful 3 way love story!

This is the final book in the Southern Boys trilogy, and I have not read/listened to the other two. While I did NOT think I missed anything by not doing so, at some point I want to go back and read/listen to them. I don't NEED to, but I would LIKE to. The author recommends you do read Pride and Protection first though.

Jon has been hiding for his whole life. And now he has not one, but TWO men after him. But Chaz and Kendis can't possibly want an old man like him, can they?

What I particurlarly enjoyed about this book was, it was a 3 way awakening. Chaz and Kendis are young, and they haven't been with anyone. Chaz is far more forward about what he wants and WHO he wants, but Kendis catches on real quick. When these two both trun their sights on Jon, the man doesn't stand a chance! But it really is a chance he wants to take. And take it he does!

It takes time for the three of them to finally . . .FINALLY. . . get together, but it certainly is worth the wait! So beautiful when Jon gives in to his needs, when he makes the decision to think about himself for once, and the world can wait til tomorrow. When Jon eventually manages to pluck up courage to tell his brother, Del (Pride and Protection, book 2) that he is gay and that he has embarked on something that could be amazing, you feel for Jon, but for Del too. It could have all gone so terribly wrong for Jon but it doesn't, and I loved that.

Jon Solo narrates.

I loved the narration here. His voices for all three guys, I thought, were spot on. Jon's much older, mature voice is a marked difference to Kendis and Chaz, the youngest of the three. Solo gets over all of that youth and excitment that Chaz has, all the dawning realisation that Kendis has and every bit of desire and denial that Jon puts himself through!

Solo's reading voice is deep and even, and I found myself stopping what I was doing, to just listen, you know? Usually I putter around the house but I had to stop and sit and just listen to Solo tell the beautiful story of three men falling in love.

Thank you, Ms Wells, for my copy.

5 stars for the book
5 stars for the narration
5 stars overall

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 04-01-2021

A grand finale to a great series

I have loved this series since the first, and am sad to see it end, but what an ending it is. Book 2 was Del and Taylor’s story. Del’s younger brother Jon was there, of course, but he didn’t have a huge impact on me but wow, he really shines now that he has his own book. I really loved Del and Taylor so was interested to see where this series was headed. Have to say, I certainly didn’t see a triad in Jon’s future.

Jon and Del own a motorcycle shop in Tennessee called Rainbow Racers. Not exactly subtle and, to say the least, not everyone has been welcoming. But they’ve persevered and have turned their business into a profitable enterprise. Jon had always assumed Del would leave town once the shop was in the black, but he later realizes Del is staying for Taylor. One of the opening scenes in the book is Jon walking in during an inopportune moment and he realizes he has to find a life beyond his brother.

In the last book we met Chaz, and Jon has invited the eighteen-year-old to move in. Chaz’ parents discovered he was gay, and it did not go over well. Jon wants to soften the blow by being an ear for the younger man. Then there’s Kendis. The young man came to town to play basketball with his older brother. Now Marcus has moved away and Kendis has graduated high school. He hasn’t been able to secure a long-term job and his prospects are bleak. He decides to try to get a job at Rainbow Racers and winds up with so much more.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the three men bond. In unexpected ways. And although Jon has all kinds of reservations, Kendis and Chaz don’t. And although I was expecting a dark moment, there really wasn’t one. Was the discussion between Jon and Del a tough one emotionally? You bet. Did it make me love the brothers even more? Yep.

This series has brought me in from the start and I was glad Jake and Liam from the first book got a mention in this one. A completing of the circle. I also liked that there were two interracial couples in the series. Writing a book with those themes can be tough, but Ms. Wells did it beautifully. I highly recommend the series.

Finally I’ll mention John Solo. I really enjoy his work, and this trilogy was one of his better performances. I really can’t say enough good things about these books. I suggest they be read in order, but read all of them for sure.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 28-12-2020

Even better as an audiobook!

I loved this book so much when I read it but John Solo’s performance made me love it even more; he is one of my absolute favorite audiobook performers.

This is the third book in the Southern Boys series. While it can be read as a standalone, you will better understand the characters if you read book two first. The whole series is so good that I really recommend reading all three books in order for best enjoyment.

This is one hot story with two very horny young virgins and one older virgin who gets lured into their web and never wants to get out. I think the chemistry between Jon, Chaz and Kendis is off the charts. Jon has a lot to think about because he's been keeping secrets and he knows that coming out of the closet won't be easy – especially to his brother whom he should have told a long time ago.

Chaz, Kendis and Jon get a HFN but it's one that left me feeling confident that their relationship will last. I'm really sorry to see this series come to an end but maybe K.C. Wells will come up with more for them in the future.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 23-12-2020

as great as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • Bette
  • 18-12-2020

Outstanding Story & Listen🎧 Gripping & Heartfelt!

I loved everything about this audiobook, from K.C. Wells’ wonderful writing style to the characters and storylines she created to fabulous narration performed by John Solo. This story grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it all the way to the end. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with. I adored each of the lead characters, Jon Walters, Chaz Monroe and Kendis Sesay. Jon and his brother Del own “Rainbow Racers” a bike shop in Lafollette, Tn., Chaz works in the shop. When Chaz father found him with gay porn he went ballistic on him, needing a place to stay Jon took him in. Kendis has not had it easy, he moved to the town with his mother and brother who was recruited for the HS ball team. It was a challenge for the two brothers being the only two African Americans in school, they had to deal with bigotry, even their mother had to deal with hate and prejudice at her job in the hospital. Kendis has not had the best of luck landing a job and remembered a friendly face at school, Chaz. Knowing he worked at Racing Rainbows he goes there hoping to land a job. It was his lucky day, no he did not land a job that day but he gained much more, the start of a new friendship first with Chaz and then Jon. K.C. Wells does an awesome handling and covering real life situations, dealing with racism, bigotry, coming out, self worth and insecurity issues. Those are sensitive and heavy topics but with clever plotting she balances the story out by adding heart and humor to lighten things up. Heart includes caring as well as the chemistry between the characters. I loved how everything played out in this book, also love how much the characters had grown. This book is the 3rd in the series but can be enjoyed on its own. K.C. Wells, thank you for this outstanding story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, John Solo is a wonderfully talented narrator and voice artist. He brings these characters to life, humanizes them giving each their own distinct voice making it easy to follow along and tell who is who. His portrayal of the characters is spot on, he takes each role and makes it his own and grasping their persona as well as all their emotions which is projected into his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another outstanding listen🎧

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