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Can a best friend become a lover without throwing away years of friendship?

Sometimes, all love needs is a little courage. 

Sloane: I know I can be a grumpy bastard, and I’m not the easiest man to deal with, but you’d think my best friend would trust me. We don’t keep secrets, even about our love lives. That’s what I thought until I found out Dean was seeing someone. I don’t like it...don’t ask me why. But there’s more to the story than I thought, and now I have to deal with feelings I didn’t even know were possible for me. 

Dean: I would not recommend being in love with your straight best friend. I met Sloane in Basic Training and fell head over heels. Years later and a deployment under each of our belts, it’s still not easy. All I’ve wanted for six years, six fucking years, was Sloane. Maybe it’s time I moved on. I’ll never have the same feelings for anyone else, but I’ll never get what I want from Sloane, right? 

After one slightly drunken night, will Dean and Sloane ever be able to get back to what they’d been, or has everything between them changed forever?

©2020 Romeo Alexander (P)2020 Books Unite People, LLC

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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 29-04-2020

Best Friends to Lovers

I very much enjoyed listening to this book. It’s probably one of the best depiction of demi sexual awakening.

Sloane being completely straight (or so he thought) found himself questioning his sexuality and the ‘weirdness’ of it all because no guy could do it for him except for his best friend, Dean.

I adore Dean. He’s the perfect balance for Sloane.

This book is low-angst, yet realistically written when someone is discovering a new part of himself that he hasn’t even thought about before. I, most of all, love the strength and bond of Dean and Sloane’s friendship and it was the foundation in which their relationship evolved to something greater.

Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration is excellent, as always. He brought life to this sweet story.

**thank you for the opportunity to listen and and provide an honest review**

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  • Otakuchik
  • 07-05-2020

A sweet, feel-good story

Plot: Friends to lovers, gfy

Feels: sweet, feel-good

Drama: none

Heat: 3/5

Characters: love Sloane’s mom and hope Marco finds his own HEA, and what’s the mystery around Simmons in the epilogue...hmmm...such a tease

Pacing: normal

Length: just right

Ending: HEA

Performance: Michael Ferraiuolo is great - smooth, soft tone, precise enunciation, good acting

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  • Zanthus7
  • 04-01-2021

Best friends taking the next step

This book speaks to every gay man who has fallen for his best straight male friend, who has no idea that his gay buddy is in love with him. We've all been there, done that, cried over it, and vowed to never ever do it again because it ends with your heart broken and watching the Golden Girls marathon. Dean who represents us, is our hero and of course his straight best friend, Sloan, is completely oblivious and to die for. Aren't they always? I loved this book. So many times I could relate to Dean and so many times I screamed, why couldn't that happened to me? Dang it!!! Fantastic book and I look forward to the next.

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  • kestergayle
  • 26-11-2020

Enjoyable

I liked this mm story a lot, and of course it had amazing narration. But it is fairly short title and the authors seemed to be trying to cram quite a bit of subplot into this tale. There was getting to know co-workers, learning about family backgrounds, back stories on the MCs military histories, vignettes from current jobs, and all the current relationship stuff going on between these two very likable men. All of these story lines only serve to muddy the waters imo. I need more clarity as to who the MCs are and what their present day situation is.

One aspect I found very confusing was Dean's job. Was he a doctor? Was he a medic? Was he some kind of physician's assistant? If he was an actual physician, its pretty unlikely he would have been on the front lines, and he is depicted as having been there. Also, if the Army paid for his medical school he would have had to sign up for 20 years, and that doesn't fit the events in the story either. And while this may seem minor, the Army has Forts, but you are 'on post' when you are present *at* the Fort. (Army brat here! Can you tell? Lol!). Trust me, it is not a minor distinction.

So, while I liked this book and recommend it, I would suggest the authors either leave out the extraneous stuff or write a full-length novel (8-10 hours) where all of that background material can be fully explored. Do more research into modern Army life, the vernacular, the job descriptions, etc. If nothing else, read Army Wives; there is a lot of info for newbies in there! One other niggle: I think Sloane is meant to be demi-sexual and a lot of the reviews are describing this as a gay-for-you story. While it is that as well, I think this man's quiet-to-nonexistant sex life fits better in the demi-sexual continuum. It isn't especially clear, but that was the impression I walked away with.

Michael Ferriaiuolo does his usual outstanding job in the narration booth. He has such a versatile voice, his voice acting is great, and he sells the story effortlessly. His is a voice I never tire of, he is both gifted and a gift to his listeners! :::sigh:::

I do recommend this with the above reservations, and I am looking forward to the next installment of the series!

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  • Mark Warneke
  • 24-11-2020

Typical Straight-Gay Fare

I listened to the entire book on a short road trip, so I guess I liked it. (I'm the type to turn an audible book off after 5 minutes if it doesn't hook me right away.)

It's a predictable story with all the expected tropes covered. I kept finding myself annoyed with how many times they said the word "cock." I think someone forgot to text the author other words for the male organ.

The reader did a really good job of voicing the different characters. I never struggled to differentiate any of them. While I would listen to him read most books, his voice took me out of the story a few times. His voice just didn't sound like it would belong to the two main characters (My husband caught me listening to the end of the book, the middle of an explicit scene, and said "Not the voice I would have picked to read that scene.")

To be fair, I'm hypercritical of things I enjoy, and I did enjoy this story. Overall, it's worth the time it takes to listen to it. Despite the few drawbacks I've mentioned, I don't regret my purchase, and I'll probably be checking out other books by the author.

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  • Lord_Theoden
  • 01-06-2020

Good but felt short

Good book but it's like it ends once it gets started I want more. Only credit worthy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2021

entertaining and wonderful

Loved it. Loved It. Loved it. Great story. Had to listen to the entire story before I could go to sleep. it made me laugh and chuckle out loud. Great story line and reading. Couldn't help to feel the emotions that were portrayed.

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  • Michael Blatzer
  • 26-05-2021

A+ performances making a subpar story actually good

I needed something to pull me out of my 90 hour plus fantasy book so of course I’d chose a crappy romance novel. They’re a guilty pleasure usually crappy writing and awful stories.

I want to lead with the fact that the writing is amazing considering it’s a romance novel. Change the audience and this could be a bomb tv or movie series. However I rate it so low story wise because the premise is pure utter fantasy. The straight guy you’ve crushed on suddenly realizing he’s not gay, but madly in love with his best friend. Mind you it’s in the title so I wasn’t shocked but it got to cheesy sometimes, but had a healthy balance of romance and fluff that helped cut that suspension of disbelief for me that I still enjoyed it and will read the other books.

Now saving the best for last. Michael Ferraiuolo is by far the best narrator I’ve ever heard in terms of character voices. Most voice actors have some over lap between characters no matter how long or in depth the book can be. I never questioned which character was talking and the emotions he portrayed had me believing I was listening to multiple actors! Gold star and A+++

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  • Andrew
  • 11-05-2021

wonderful definitely recommend

I've loved this story but honestly I need to restart I fell asleep through the middle of it

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  • Vania
  • 01-03-2021

Gay for you, best friends to lovers.

Ooooh, I loved this one!
Best friends to lovers and one heck of a bi-awakening!
Surly and grumpy Sloane is usually growly with everyone, but he becomes a cuddle monster with his best friend, Dean.
Dean has been secretly in love with his super straight best friends for years, but now he has decided to let it go and move forward…
Sloane does not take it so kindly and one night of drunken confessions turns everything to awkward, until it isn’t…
Great performance by Michael Ferraiuolo!

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  • Lesetiger
  • 05-11-2020

Dean and Sloane

The idea of best friends falling in love is certainly not new. But Romeo Alexander and John Harris tell the story of Dean and Sloane convincingly and warmly. It was nice to see the deep friendship between the two. I fell in love with Dean and Sloane while listening, and I found them both very sympathetic. The story was interesting and I liked the dynamics between the main characters. Dean has more feelings for Sloane than he should. Does their friendship still have a chance? Listen for yourself!
I found the audiobook unexpectedly good and very entertaining
Michael Ferraiuolo is a brilliant narrrator and it’s really fun to listen to him. Those were very entertaining hours for me. I listened to the whole audio book in one afternoon. Dean and Sloane are sweet together. Please get more of it!

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  • Saiyaku
  • 04-05-2020

Sweet GFY story

It's a sweet "gay for you" military story with almost no angst (Dean's PTSD didn't played a very big role IMO).
I have to admit that I enjoyed the the deep friendship between Sloane and Dean a bit more than when Sloane realised that he feels more for his best friend.
I would have loved to get to know more what will happen after both got together but I understand it's a novella. ^_~
Michael Ferraiuolo is a wonderful narrator and voiced the characters perfectly.

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  • Magnus
  • 03-05-2020

Heart Warming

Romeo Alexander & John Harris has written an amazing story of two best friends. Michael Ferraiuolo made Sloan and Dean pop from the pages. Highly recommended for to romance lovers.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 10-08-2020

Fantastic audio performance, really good OFY story

It's no secret that I LOVE audiobooks performed by Michael Ferraiuolo. His vocal talent can turn a so-so story into one that I'd listen to over and over again. This was far from a so-so story and I really enjoyed it.

I love this length of audiobook because I can usually listen to the whole thing without interruption. Unfortunately, even though I knew better, I started listening to this too late at night to stay awake to finish it and I really wanted to finish it.

In any case, I thought this was a really good out-for-you story as well as a great friends-to-lovers one. Both of these tropes are favorites of mine. The blurb is pretty good so I'll just say that I loved the connection that I felt between the two MCs – even before anything physical happened between them. Michael's performance was perfect and the different voices he did for the characters made it easy to tell who was speaking. I really liked the secondary characters, too and would love to read a story for Marco.

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  • Ulrika
  • 14-07-2020

Friends-to-lovers

This is low angst friends-to-lovers bisexual awakening done right. Sloane and Dean are sweet together and they find out what the listener already knows: that they’re meant for each other.

Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration is, as always, a pure joy to listen to and makes this love story even more enjoyable.

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  • AL
  • 01-06-2020

One interesting friends to lovers story!

Story: I really liked the dynamics between the MCs and the friendship they shared! The whole story was really interesting, although I'd love to see some aspects of their personality, that were hinted at, to be more pronounced, like PTSD, which almost felt like an afterthought for the most part. Overall though. it was a very enjoyable book!

Narration: While the voice was pleasant to listen to,acting out the emotions could use some more work. At times the cadence sounded almost bored and the tone not always matched the plot.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 05-05-2020

as great as the ebook

The story is always full 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. Michael Ferraiuolo is one of the top 5 narrators for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow.
I'm just not yet finish with the book, just 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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  • Alan
  • 01-05-2020

Pleasant but not quite believable military characters

Long time army buddies, Dean and Sloane, try to sort out their feelings for each other. I really wanted to like this, it’s performed by one of my favourite narrators and I quite like military-themed novels. It was a pleasant and low-angst story but I found it was just ok. I puzzled over why it didn’t didn’t sit right and I think it’s the military setting, it’s just been pasted on. I had the privilege of working with military personnel for years and I haven’t met any, even the out-and-proud ones, that act or sound like these characters. If it had been set in, say, an office, a club, or a hairdressing salon, I think it would been much less incongruous. Secondly, I didn’t feel the spark between Dean and Sloane; I thought there was better chemistry between Dean and his original boyfriend, Marco. 🎧 Finally, no one does sassy, comedic, arch, or sarcastic characters better than Michael Ferraiuolo, I’ve loved every previous performance, but this story and these characters didn’t call for his talents, and I didn’t feel his voice or tone suited a military setting.

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  • Kay-Anne
  • 30-04-2020

A great read

I would highly recommend. Excellent narration and a great story. No significant angst or cheating just a great read.

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  • Leslie Lagan
  • 29-04-2020

Not So Straight

Before I get started with the review for I’m Straight, Right? By Romeo Alexander and John Harris, I’d like to go ahead and say that I was given a free audiobook copy of this novel for an honest review. I’m stoked to report I not only loved this book but also both author’s writing style! To be perfectly honest, I’m not a super-duper picky person when it comes to books, but I do want something with some substance and this book really delivered. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the book. I’m not the sort of person that likes to ruin the plot with a bunch of spoilers, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re out of luck here. Now, if you want an honest opinion, keep reading!

Dean and Sloane have been best friends since meeting in Basic Training six years prior to the start of the story. They’ve always shared everything with one another, or so Sloane thought. He wasn’t aware of the fact that Dean’s been in love with him from nearly the start of their friendship. Nor was he aware of the fact that Dean’s been dating a man named Marco while trying to move beyond the unrequited love he has for his best friend. It isn’t until Sloane runs into Dean and Marco in town that he realizes that Dean is dating, and boy is he pissed about it. This caused some discord between the friends which leads them to reevaluate the situation when they can’t stand the rift. Friends become something more, which brings with it confusion and personal consideration that eventually leads to a HEA.

I honestly loved all of the characters in this book. It’s a common issue with a lot of authors to create amazing main characters but neglect the supporting or secondary characters. That wasn’t the case at all here. I feel a little bad for assuming that Marco was going to eventually be a total tool, yet I was pleasantly surprised that Marco was a sweetheart! I love how Michael Ferraiuolo read Marco’s parts. The accent was brilliant! Sloane’s mom won my heart over from the first phone call she had with her son. You could tell that she was a great, loving mother for her children. I also fell in love with Sloane calling her Mama. It was so cute! Troy, Trisha, and John were all great characters too. I enjoyed Trisha’s dry humor while on duty with grumpy Sloane and clueless John. It was fantastic. Troy isn’t to be forgotten either! He seemed like a good friend, even if he drove Dean a little crazy sometimes. I’m intrigued by the history that is obviously between Oscar and Troy, too.

The flow of the story was good until the very end. There was a consistent progression throughout but the end seemed a little rushed. I mean, Sloane was trying to figure out how he felt about everything as a not-so-straight dude. When Dean came over it was as if a switch flipped and Sloane was suddenly okay with this new orientation and his feelings. It wasn’t awful, but it did seem like a bit of a fast turnaround if you ask me. The sexy scenes were pretty good. I would say there was a medium heat level but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you don’t mind it.

I’m Straight, Right? was read by the talented Michael Ferraiuolo. I’m a bit biased because he’s one of my favorite narrators. He killed it with his performance for this novel and it made my whole listening experience incredible. Michael does a great job of giving each character a personality that you can truly feel. I don’t have a single complaint I can think of that needs to be mentioned.

My overall opinion of this book is very positive. It’s not too fluffy and it’s not too dramatic, it just seemed to flow with an enjoyable tone. I finished with a smile on my lips due to the great story and the awesome narration. It definitely left me feeling happily satisfied with the time it took to listen. The authors wrote a fantastic piece of fiction that’s engaging and enjoyable. If reading or listening to military gay romance is something you’re into, I think you’ll enjoy this book. Alternatively, If you’re new to the authors or narrator give them a chance. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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