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Gideon

Finding Home, Book 3
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Finding Home, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Gideon Ramsay is so far in the closet he should be a talking faun.

A talented, mercurial, and often selfish man, Gideon has everything he should want in life. Fame, money, acting awards - he has it all. Everything but honesty. At the advice of his agent, Gideon has concealed his sexuality for years. But it’s starting to get harder to hide, and his increasingly wild behavior is threatening to destroy his career. Then, he’s laid low by a serious illness and into his life comes Eli Jones.

Eli is everything that Gideon can’t understand. He’s sunny tempered, friendly, and optimistic. Even worse, he’s unaffected by grumpiness and sarcasm, which forms 90 percent of Gideon’s body weight. And now, Gideon is trapped with him without any recourse to the drugs and alcohol that have previously eased his way through awkward situations.

However, as Gideon gets to know the other man, he finds himself wildly attracted to his lazy smiles and warm, scruffy charm that seem to fill a hole inside Gideon that’s been empty for a long time. Will he give in to this incomprehensible attraction when it could mean the end of everything that he’s worked for?

From the best-selling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to realize that being true to yourself is really just a form of finding home. This is the third book in the Finding Home series, but it can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2019 Lily Morton (P)2020 Lily Morton

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

I really enjoyed the storyline and how it intertwined with Oz and Milo. I hope there are more. Joel Leslie always does a great job of narration. Thanks Lily Morton.

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  • kp
  • 14-08-2020

Loved!

Joel Leslie does his usual amazing job of bringing this story to life! I love a good redemption story and Gideon is just that. Gideon has been lost for years. He has led a life of great professional success with very little personal success. Having been raised in boarding schools with very little family interaction he us lonely and doesn’t feel worthy of love. Felled by illness he is now in the hands of his hired nurse Eli.

Eli is light and hope he is snark and sarcastic wit. He is strong enough to handle Gideon’s many moods. Eli sees the msn behind the public face.

I loved the chemistry and connection between these two men. Watching their relationship evolve over time was beautiful. They both worked hard to get their HEA Hat’s off to one of the best epilogues I have ever read!

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  • Jennifer's Book Obsession
  • 11-08-2020

Amazing story!

Narrator: ★★★★★ Stars!!
Story: ★★★★★ Stars!!

Loved. Loved. LOVED this story! Gideon definitely doesn't start off as a likeable guy with his IDGAF about anyone attitude. But once the layers start to peel off.....GAH! I love me some Gideon! And Eli was just absolutely perfect for him.

Lily Morton delivers such a beautiful story about being true to yourself and finding love when you least expect it. I think that Joel Leslie narrated this to perfection. He truly brought these characters to life and did such a great job capturing the emotions, the desire and the humor. I enjoyed listening to this story. Another great story from this author.

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  • groa
  • 27-07-2020

Love this series!

I really like all three books that has come out, one gets all the good feelings.
Who will be the next one...?
Also have to mention the narrator, he is just perfect for these books, love all the different voises!

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  • Francis
  • 20-09-2020

Love Joel Leslie

The irony of Gideon being called the man with the golden voice. This is probably my 8th book narrated by Joel Leslie. I find myself looking for them now. He is fantastic as is this series. Every one of their stories has been so great, I think Oz is still my favorite but this was fantastic. Thank you Lily Morton for writing such wonderful escapism in a wolf when we need more and more each day. Who is next?! The attorney? Maybe Eli’s flat mate?!? ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Texan2
  • 10-09-2020

Not My Favorite

This wan't my favorite of the 3 in this series, but still a good story and great narration.

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  • Zara
  • 25-08-2020

Interesting

Interesting story, if a bit predictable. It’s a nice end to the series.
Good narration.

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  • JulyP
  • 19-08-2020

loved the accent

I enjoyed the narration and accent of the narrator maybe more than the actual story

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  • Bergy37
  • 13-08-2020

Fantastic Story Fantastic Narration

I’ve enjoyed the Finding Home series by Lily Morton and was curious to see how she would redeem the irrepressible Gideon. I absolutely loved this story! Eli is a perfect match for Gideon. I love how he met Gideon’s attitude with so much snark and sass. Eli softened Gideon’s edges and helped him accept his truth. It was also great o see Gideon repair the important relationships in his life with his brother and best friends.

Joel Leslie impressed me with his fantastic performance. He really got into the head of each character and delivered meticulous narration. He not only altered his voice to fit each character, he nailed the different accents, flowing seamlessly from one to the other.

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  • jkfan9989
  • 10-08-2020

Lovely

Right now in the audiobook world, there’s no better combination than Lily Morton and Joel Leslie.

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  • Jen Valencia
  • 09-08-2020

Morton & Leslie do it again! 5+ stars!

Ah, how I loved revisiting this third and final book in the Finding Home trilogy, only this time around in audio form, and if it's one thing I've learned from experience, the combination of Lily Morton's writing and Joel Leslie's narration is the stuff aural dreams are made of. Gideon is the story of thirty-nine-year-old actor Gideon Ramsay and twenty-seven-year-old nurse Eli Jones. Gideon's good looks and acting talent may be what he's initially noticed for, but his hedonistic lifestyle has finally taken its toll, Diagnosed with pneumonia and ordered to take it easy and rest, Gid's going to require one heck of a nurse to make sure he behaves himself, and lucky for him, Eli isn't the type to shirk from a challenge. Soon, the two find themselves mutually drawn to each other, but nothing could ever come of it, not with the twelve-year age difference, Eli being under Gid's employ, or the fact that Gid's sexuality was a secret.

There's just something about listening to the audiobook edition of a story that I fell in love with when I read it. Gid and Eli's story of two strangers who find common ground and become the unlikeliest of friends and then go on to fall in love has that wonderful mixture of heart and heat and all that wonderful humor that Lily Morton is known for. Or maybe it's more apt to call her stories snarky, sweet, and sexy. Then you bring in a narrator like Joel Leslie, and everything is taken up several notches of awesomeness. Leslie, unsurprisingly, is fabulous, bringing to life this cast of characters and doing justice to Morton's fantastic writing. I highly recommend Gideon to M/M romance listeners. I'm handing this audiobook favorite five-plus stars. ❤️

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 16-08-2020

Princess Sparkles the Guinea Pig

Gideon Ramsey is a spoilt actor with too much money and not enough sense. This book opens with him having a near-death experience and he still doesn’t get it. He has a brother who cares for him dearly, and two close friends who would do anything for him, but he sees none of that. He was almost a spoiler to the couple in the last book. I wasn’t even sure I liked him very much, but I knew he was getting his own book so I held off judgement.

This book is about Gideon’s redemption.

And his comeuppance, so to speak.

Although Gideon didn’t die, he does have the slight problem of needing to get from Italy to England without setting foot on a plane. And I can tell you driving is not an option. So his loving brother Milo books him on a cruise for pensioners that will land him safely back in the UK. Oh, and he gets a minder/nurse to keep him company.

Now, I liked Eli very much. He’s quite a bit younger than Gideon but has some miles on him. He’s got life experience and a good head on his shoulders. He calls Gid out on his bull repeatedly and, eventually, earns Gid’s trust. In fact, the cranky old guy starts to like his hot young nurse. There’s this one exchange where Gideon challenges Eli.

“The only way I see six o’clock in the morning is when I am coming home to go to bed.”

“Well, Mick Jagger, that wild way of life is over for the moment, so, instead, we’ve got Wake the Day Meditation.”

“Did you just compare me to a rock star who looks like a raisin on a pair of legs?” I blink. “Wake the Day Meditation?” I say in a tone of absolute disgust. “What the f- is that? Am I to be responsible for the sun coming up on this ship too?”

Eli tosses a bundle of clothes at me. “I’m sorry to interrupt your messianic leanings,” he says, not at all apologetically. “Put those on and hurry up. We’ll have breakfast afterwards.”

I look down at the tight grey mull full-length leggings and black vest in dismay. “Surely there must be something else we can do,” I say and I can hear the desperation in my voice. “My brother’s the spiritual yoga person in our family.”

He stops and looks at me curiously. “Is he? Is he any good?”

“Very,” I say, hearing the pride in my voice. “He teaches a class in the village now.”


That would be Milo he’s referring to. I love the acerbic wit of this interaction. As with all Lily Morton books, there’s plenty of snark. I was in heaven.

Eli has scruples, though, and there’s no way he’s getting involved with a patient. So they part ways. But keep in touch. Gideon uses his time wisely, getting to know his brother better and, frankly, becoming a better person.

When they do finally get together…it’s magic. Oh, but one little hiccup. Gideon is a huge movie star who is very much in the closet. Eli has to decide if he’s willing to live there with Gid. When they are nearly outed, all comes to a head.

I really loved this book and I’m sorry to see the series end. I am hoping more of Ms. Morton’s books come to audio soon. And, of course, I have to mention the inestimable Joel Leslie’s fantastic narration. These books stand on their own, but Joel’s voice brings the men to life in the most wonderful way. This is a series I plan to return to again and again.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 15-08-2020

Redemption story

We've met Gideon before in this series and let's just say he wasn't my favorite person. There were clearly issues there but I wasn't sure I cared enough about him to want to see him work them out. Then, along comes Eli and I so wanted him to get his HEA that I became very anxious to see this romance play out. It did not disappoint. From a truly despicable villain to an amazing take on the grump/sunshine trope this book was a winner all the way. Joel Leslie was his usual amazing self. You could hear from the shadings in his voice how Eli's warmth mixed with his take no mess attitude was melting Gideon's frozen interior. He made Gideon's change/redemption totally believable. As always, it sounded like there was an entire cast of performers rather than one man in a narrator/performer booth.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 14-08-2020

Great pairing: Gid and Eli (or Morton & Leslie!)

Such a joy to listen to the last in the Finding Home series :)
When we last met our 'hero', Gideon was a not-so-nice ex (to Niall) and brother (Milo). I was hoping he'd get his comeuppance and HEA and I was not disappointed. As an added bonus, Gid becomes a really nice guy ... but only for Eli :) And Eli, such a lovely person - handled Gid like a pro, with fun (and steamy) results.
Now to the narration.
Is there any type of praise that has not been heaped on Joel Leslie? Fantastic performer - check, awesome narrator - check, maestro - check (wish I had thought of that!). So I'll just say this - Joel Leslie is truly gifted. He is so in tune with Lily Morton's characters that one would think she wrote the books solely for him to bring to life.
I have enjoyed my auditory journey to Gideon (from Oz to Milo) with Joel. It has been a fantastic time. Ms Morton, you couldn't have chosen a more perfect artist to bring your men alive. Thank you both!!!

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  • Magnus
  • 13-08-2020

Super Romantic

You can never go wrong with a Lily Morton & Joel Leslie combination. Another brilliant story that will keep you entertained for hours, maybe months depending on how many time you relisted to it and the rest of the series. It was real interesting to get to know Gideon. Wonder who will be next to have their story told...
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Modwena Farrell
  • 13-08-2020

Full of LIly's fantastic snark

I have loved all the couples in this series so far but I think Gideon and Eli might just be my favourites. Gideon has spent years living the A-list lifestyle and denying his sexuality, at least in public. When a serious illness hits he is forced to take a sabbatical and meets Eli, a private nurse.
Gideon is a surly and snarky as we have come to know him through the last couple of books but Eil is more than up for the challenge. I love how Eli refuses to be intimidated by Gideon and is happy to give as good as he gets. When the sparks start to fly, Eli is determined to keep their relationship professional, for now.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 13-09-2020

Great characters, voices and story

Once again Lily Morton writes another terrific book.

Gideon
Finding Home, Book 3
By: Lily Morton
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Finding Home, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins

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Read at 1.10 speed on Audible.

I'm rhis book we meet Milos brother Gideon, who's a famous actor but deep in the closet.
Gideon has gradually drunk/drugged himself that mixed with a serious illness lands him a stay in hospital.

Eli, softly, but firm spoken make nurse is brought in to keep an eye on Gideons recuperation. He puts up with Gideons sarcasm and grumpiness to the point that he actually fancies the grumpy actor.

This book has wonderful side characters that also made me laugh.

The narration us again first glass, beautiful soft Welsh accent for Eli and a very nice neutral accent for Gideon. The contrast is so easy to listen to. Beautiful book.

Well worth the read/listen. A must have.

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  • Helennnlouise18
  • 04-09-2020

Great listen.

I simply loved this book. I normally put audible on to fall asleep too and in the end I had to turn it off because Joel Leslie really brought Lily Morton’s characters to life and I was addicted to every word so didn’t fall asleep. I wasn’t a fan that real life kept getting me in the way of me finishing it. Highly recommended!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 19-08-2020

Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was such an entertaining story.
I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks from Lily.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 18-08-2020

The truth can be devastating

Gideon was not a character I particularly liked from previous books.
He was vain, selfish and had a cruel streak.
Obviously I knew his backstory was going to be horrible which would of course soften my inclination towards him.
Would he be able to redeem himself for his own sake?
I can absolutely say that yes, he did and it was a beautiful struggle and study in healing.
Eli was the perfectly sweet and unfazed foil to Gideon's snarky and grumpy git.
Joel Leslie has of course done an implacable job of bringing these delightful characters to life.

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  • Gwen
  • 16-08-2020

The closeted actor...

Gideon has has a tough life, rejected by his parents and taken on by a selfish manager very early in life. He is a good actor, always working but one pneumonia and he finally takes a break with a beautiful nurse caring for him. Eli makes him come out of his shell. Love makes him change his ways. I hated the manager... awful dude. Great narration, made me feel the characters a bit more.