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Socially awkward, 36-year-old virgin, Simon Kadish, knows he wants more from life than a failing bakery and an empty apartment. He just doesn’t know how to get it.

From an early age, Simon’s life has been marked by loss. After the death of his father, Simon and his infant brother are ripped from their home in Tel Aviv and forced to settle in a small mountain town in the US where no one speaks his language. By the age of 12, Simon is an orphan. By the age of 21, Simon finds himself the unwilling owner of his bubbe’s bakery, and the hesitant guardian of his little brother. Terrified of losing what little he has left, Simon dedicates himself to his faith, sacrificing everything to keep the fragile scraps of his broken family.

But, when Simon’s favorite film star’s life suddenly falls apart on social media, Simon makes a choice. He goes against every one of his instincts and fires up his camera, sending a message in rusty ASL. He doesn’t expect anything from it, of course. After all, Simon’s life has been anything but charmed.

Deaf film star Rocco Moretti had anyone's fantasy life, and he wouldn’t change it for the world.

But when Rocco wakes up to his boyfriend leaving, he has nowhere to turn. Rocco realizes in that moment, he wants something more. He’s not sure where to find it, but he thinks maybe the shy video in shaky ASL in his DMs is a good place to start. After all, Cherry Creek is in the middle of nowhere, and since seeing that video, Rocco hasn’t been able to stop thinking about that shy baker’s long fingers, shy smile, and the constellation of freckles on his pale cheeks.

Rocco isn’t sure leaving his life behind is the right choice, and Simon isn’t sure he belongs in Rocco’s world. But the one thing they do know is that this love has a chance to set them both free.

©2020 Elaine Lindsey (P)2020 Elaine Lindsey

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Didn't grab me.

Dunno what it was about this book, but it just... wasn't interesting for me. I liked the characters, there was a plot, I didn't hate it, i just... didn't feel anything. At all. I was a little more curious about the side characters than the main characters, there were some lovely friendships, but we didn't see them enough to add to the story enough to make it interesting over all. The plot was boring, frankly. There was no excitement at all. And though Simon was sweet, i just wasn't feeling it.
But that's just my opinion, others seemed to have connected to it more. I just like a little more action I guess.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 04-12-2020

A sweet hurt /comfort opposites attract romance!

This was a sweet hurt/comfort opposites attract romance between a socially awkward Virgin and deaf adult filmstar.

This one gave me all the feels and the characters were likeable, real and well sketched out.

Nick Hudson's narration breathed life into the characters making this all the more enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Irish
  • 03-12-2020

Amazing

I absolutely LOVE EM Lindsey’s writing and this book is another wonderful example of her skill. Her characters are perfectly flawed, both real and fantastic. I love how she brings in physical disabilities and emotional problems in with her characters. It makes them feel more real! Nick Hudson did a fantastic job bringing this story and the characters to life! I can’t wait for more from both the narrator and the author!

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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 01-12-2020

So good!!

I loved this book so hard! How can you not like a book where the nerdy guy gets his dream guy? I adored every minute of this book! Will listen to this so many more times.

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  • Goldenchels
  • 01-12-2020

Oh my heart!

I enjoyed this audiobook by EM Lindsey so much. The story is so moving and the narration by Nick Hudson does not disappoint! Love this story!

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  • Emma Brown
  • 01-12-2020

Wonderful

I adored this book but hearing the characters was even sweeter. The depth of the emotions and the real ness of the characters was exquisite.

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  • Sadie G
  • 09-10-2020

One of my favorites

I think this is one of my favorites for the year. It's hurt/comfort, low angst, great sexy times between a Deaf porn star and Jewish virgin. I love how you learn something different about people and their culture that you don't really find in alot of books. The narration is ah-mazing. This is my first Nick Hudson but it will not be my last. I think he did a great job. I cannot wait for more books in this series.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 06-12-2020

Great!

Loved the audio version of Love Him Free by EM Lindsey! It was wonderful... full of ups and downs with fantastic main characters and a lovely setting! Nick Hudson did a great job narrating this one!

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  • Sharonica
  • 02-12-2020

So much more than a romance. I loved it!

Love Him Free
MMy Thoughts and Review

This is an emotionally driven, unconditionally loving, and life inspiring love story for anyone who has ever had to sacrifice their own aspirations and dreams on the altar of duty and honor so their family was protected and could have a better life without ever knowing the pain and suffering of the past.

Simon is a 36-year-old baker, and Rocco is an adult film industry star. One uses ASL to communicate and the other has never been kissed. One just got dumped and their ex shared it with tens of thousands on social media and the other lacks the ability to communicate effectively, with those in his own town. The two are as different as night and day. However, it seems the stars have aligned to help these two souls, and the more time they spend in each other’s company the more communication barriers for each of them crumble.

This story had me from the first few minutes of listening. I was so fascinated by Simon’s character and his relatable personality. Rocco too held me in sway because he was beguiling and even with a disability he could walk into a room and steal away the conversation from the speaker with just a glance. Even with all his special brand of je ne sais quoi, once Rocco meets reclusive Simon, no one else stands a chance.

Oh, how I adored this grown-up romance that dealt with real grown-up issues in daily life. The characters were quite relatable and very likable… even the “unlikable” overprotective boyfriend of Simon’s younger brother.

The only part of the story that did not hit home for me was the conflict. It took away from the more mature side of the romance and would have been better suited for a young adult romance. I was glad it was brief and not drawn out.

Truly a delightful story about so much more than just romance. Love of family, love of community, and love of self. Truly exceptional.

The Story: 4.50 🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨
The Narration: 5.00 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Overall: 4.75 🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨

I received a complimentary audio copy of this book from Gay Romance Reviews to read and review. 🎄📚🎄





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  • Susie Umphers
  • 01-12-2020

Great meeting is just the beginning

I knew I was going to love this book as soon as I read the author's take on the meeting of her two characters. It isn't exactly a meet cute, as one of them has just had a major Twitter incident, but the concern shown by Simon melted my heart right up front. These two have to get acquainted and work out some issues, but watching that happen is just magical. Nick Hudson was the perfect narrator for this story. He caught every emotion perfectly, from the caring to the prickliness to the heat. This is definitely going into my re-listen often pile.

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  • Bookoutbelow
  • 30-11-2020

Absolutely perfect

I loved everything about this book. Simon and Rocco were absolutely perfect and so full of love you could feel it. When I read this book when it came out, it was one of my favorites I had read all year, with Nick Hudson’s narration, it was somehow even better and I fell in love all over again.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 07-12-2020

The Jewish Baker and the Deaf Porn Star

Simon lives a solitary existence. As a refugee from Israel, he came to America with nothing but his mother and brother. His mother died years ago and their grandmother not long after, leaving the kosher bakery to Simon. He’s made a life for himself – baking treats and trying to keep his head above water financially. He’s found a way to set his brother up for security while sacrificing his own. Now he’s facing selling the only true home he’s ever known. His brother hasn’t always been appreciative of Simon’s efforts, and there is a chasm between the brothers. Simon has a few friends in town, but there aren’t many he holds close. At thirty-six he’s a virgin who’s given up on finding love. Then one day he takes a chance and reaches out to a stranger. What he’s not expecting is for that stranger to reach back.

Rocco is a gay porn star. And he’s deaf, but he hasn’t let that hold him back. He’s made a successful career and his interpreter is also his partner in life. Until everything goes sideways. Needing an escape from the unrelenting pain, Rocco drives all night to show up in Cherry Creek. To see if the man in the video who spoke to him in sign language really is as special as he seems.

The celebrity trope can be fun when it’s done well. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of some celebrity coming to sweep us off our feet? To take us away from the drudgery of our lives? Well, Simon never really went there. Oh, he reached out to Rocco, in his halting sign language. But mostly because he recognized pain and wanted the other man to know he wasn’t alone. He certainly didn’t expect Rocco to show up on his door.

Slowly they build a relationship. Simon opens up about his past and Rocco shares his disappointments. Eventually they layer on a physical relationship. I have to say, for a thirty-six-year-old man, Simon has a short refractory period. But anyway, Rocco initiates him into the world of carnal pleasures but Simon’s insecurities are on full display when Rocco’s past catches up with him.

There was something special about this book. About two lonely men finding each other. Of course I wasn’t sure how the book was going to end. I mean Simon’s life is in Cherry Creek and Rocco’s is in California. Never fear, the author has a solution for that. And there are four future books to come. Needless to say, I hope they all come to audio. I enjoyed Nick Hudson’s narration, so I hope he is able to helm any future books as well.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 07-12-2020

Simon and the Sex Star

Nick Hudson does a great job giving voice to E M Lindsey's characters in a way that you feel their frustrations so deeply. I very much enjoyed how Simon learns to share his burdens with his new boyfriend and also with his younger brother.
I like how Rocco seeks a safe harbour/refuge when his "perfect" life falls apart so publicly only to find the love of a lifetime.
Highly recommended contemporary MM romance where "I love you" is heard on a deeper level.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 03-12-2020

loved it

such a different book. I really enjoyed the plot and the relationship that developed. the narration was great too.

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 03-12-2020

Great story

I really liked this story. I admit I love stories with imperfect characters who really get to find themselves. And there’s a baker, I mean, I’m all in when it comes to baking. I liked this story, it’s pace and I do like insta-love. It was hot and sweet.
I really liked Nick Hudson’s narrating, he has such a nice voice and I liked that he changed voices for different characters. He was so enjoyable to listen to and his pace was very pleasant.
I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Larissa
  • 03-12-2020

Slow start to a sweet story

This is a sweet, heartwarming tale about 36-year-old virgin, Simon Kadish, and deaf porno film star Rocco Moretti. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more mismatched, unlikely couple, but these two actually work as a couple. Simon has had a difficult life with his family slowly being whittled away by one death after another. Now, it is just him and his younger brother, Levi, who Simon has sacrificed everything, including his own dreams and happiness, for. He’s relegated to trying to save the failing bakery he inherited from his grandmother, and has pretty much given up all hope of that as well. His sole goal seems to be trying to save and nurture Levi, who is bitter and hateful to Simon, yet Simon just turns the other cheek and takes it all. Simon dedicates himself to his faith in the hope that will protect Levi, but it seems he’s even starting to doubt that. He wants more from life, but at this point, he doesn’t know how to get it, or if he should even bother. His outlook is bleak and in the early parts of the book, your heart just breaks for him.

Rocco has had a successful life so far, albeit not without challenges due to his deafness, but that all falls apart in a very conspicuous way - on social media - when his longtime boyfriend leaves him. Simon sees the implosion and in a very atypical, impulsive moment, he sends an ASL message of support to Rocco. Little did he know that it would lead to Rocco showing up on his doorstep.

This story is really unusual and lovely and I enjoyed seeing how these two very different men find a way forward together. The beginning of the book is quite slow, though, and I struggled a bit to get through it. This is where I think Nick Hudson’s terrific narration really helped. On paper, I may have stopped reading, but his narration kept the momentum going enough that it carried me through to the latter parts of the book which definitely have better momentum. His intonations and delivery are spot-on, and he is very authentic in conveying the feeling behind the words. Nothing is flat; nothing seems fake. He takes these characters right off the page so you feel like you are with them IRL. Overall, this is a sweet story and an enjoyable read which is elevated through the audiobook.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 02-12-2020

Fantastic and genuine diverse representation!

I'd forgotten how much I love E.M.'s genuine stories and their ability to incorporate a variety of deaf (& disabled) characters in their stories that grab your heart and change your outlook on life! I loved all the characters in this one and want to get to know every single persons story! I loved the s*x positive undertones and normalisation of the p*rn industry.
I loved Rocco and Simon and the fact that they are unique and not like other characters I've come across. I just loved it!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 01-12-2020

Awesome

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

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  • KBR
  • 01-12-2020

Love Him Free - low angst, high heart

Nick Hudon rocked this narration and made this book for me. Great story with deep connections. I'm iffy with hurt/comfort, but this one sat just right. Low angst and high heart factors. A good listen.

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  • Wilkinwonder
  • 01-12-2020

Awwww am so full of love now

This was my first encounter with EM Lindsay..

When I saw it was about a Jewish man, I was a bit wary ( don’t judge me, l’m really untaught about the Jewish faith) . But Simon Kaddish was a revelation.. such a sweet, sweet man who has had no luck AT ALL in his life. From his soldier father dying when he was young, to a grieving mother who never got over her loss, to his grandmother doing the best she can by him.

He follows Sylent’s career and when things fall apart for him, Simon messages him with act of faith,


You will not regret listening to this. I read and listened at the same time.

I will now be waiting for the second book which I hope will be Simon’s brother Levi’s story.

It was narrated by another new to me narrator , Nick Hudson.. He did a fantastic job and his accent for Simon was brilliant

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 01-12-2020

Simon and Rocco

The book starts slow with Simon's background, but picks up from there. Rocco is a Deaf porn star who Virgin Simon reaches out to when Roccos 15 yr relationship ends. Rocco wants to meet Simon and the rest is history. I enjoyed it story 3.5 stars

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