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Jun’s not better than me, but we might be perfect together.

Jun’s been a thorn in my side for years. Its only gotten worse since we’re both going after the same promotion. Being in the same room with him makes my heart pound. It’s anger. I can’t let it be anything else. 

My family expects me to be the best. I have to earn this promotion and prove that belong on top. But when I catch Jun staring at me with heat in his eyes, medicine is the last thing on my mind. He’s not supposed to be into guys. Could he be into me?

I’ll show him who belongs on top.

Failure isn’t an option, and that’s not a problem...except when it comes to Kairo. The perfectionist doctor has been my only competition since medical school. He’s the only surgeon to ever best me. He’s my biggest rival, and I’m pretty sure he hates me, but he makes me feel...alive.

For years, we’ve sidestepped one another. Now, he’s awakened tantalizing feelings in me that I’ve been trying to ignore for most of my life. Being gay won’t fly in my conservative family. How can I consider coming out before I know he feels the same?

Sparks fly in Love Hurts when Jun and Kairo finally succumb to the forbidden desires that have simmered under the surface for years in this full-length contemporary m/m romance audiobook.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 10-12-2020

An enemies to lovers, hurt /comfort!

I have been waiting for Kairo and Jun's story and this one didn't dissapoint in the least.
This is book 6 in the Caldwell Brothers series and can be listened to as a standalone.

This was one of my favorites in the series.
The characters were likeable and well fleshed out and the writing style was engaging.
Austin Jay performed a phenomenal audio delivery which made this all the more enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Heather P.
  • 20-02-2021

Enemies to lovers Romance!

Kairo and Jun's story was by far my favorite of this series. It is the 6th book in the Caldwell Brothers series and can be read as a standalone.

Ali and Aiden are a powerhouse writing team. Their stories either have an instant connection or a lot of angst and I will say this one fell in the latter category. Jun did get on my nerves at times, but I enjoyed the competition between them to try to get what they both wanted. When they finally came together, holy moly was it hot!!

I'm sad to see this series end, but I'm happy Kairo got his HEA.

I received and reviewed this book as part of Gay Romance Reviews for my honest opinion.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 14-12-2020

Kairo Caldwell's Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

Oldest Caldwell brother Kairo gets his chance at love in this final book of the 'Caldwell Brothers' romance series. Kairo and Jun have been bitter rivals since medical school. Their competition for top physician at the hospital begins to stir up Jun's long-repressed attraction to Kairo. Will Jun accept his sexuality and choose love with Kairo over the demands of his ultra-conservative parents?

There's some medium-angst in the telling of Jun's journey to his true self. Thankfully, the authors don't torture the readers too heavily with it (I'm angst-phobic). Jun's struggles in coming out are realistic. Kairo is Jun's support system while he explores his newly-admitted sexuality, which make for some steamy scenes. Family also plays a big part in the story. The authors do a nice job contrasting the loving Caldwell family against Jun's overbearing parents. The ending neatly completes the family theme of the entire series.

Austin Jay's narrating is a tad over-dramatic for my taste, but it's not to the point of distraction. All-in-all it's a good performance.

This review has been posted voluntarily after requesting and receiving a free review copy of it.

Recommended.

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  • Cfoster00
  • 13-12-2020

Beautifully written friends to lovers! Love Kairo and Jun!!!

Love Hurts is the Caldwell Brothers book 6, Kairo’s story. He’s the oldest brother and definitely my favorite in the series! I’ve loved them all but I think Bates and Lyda saved the best one for last! It’s so beautifully written and I loved the delicious enemies to lover’s HAF story between Kairo and Jun! It’s definitely one that was hard for me to pause for even a second! I’ve loved each and every one of the Caldwell brothers stories so much and I’m just so sad that it’s over. I really enjoyed narrator Austin Jays voices and theatrics making this audiobook come to life! Great job!

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  • LilMommi
  • 12-12-2020

Excellent

I have been waiting for Kairo and Jun's story, and it wasn't a let down. Austin Jay did an excellent job narrating the story.

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  • Love222
  • 12-12-2020

Great addition to the series

I was looking forward to Kairos story and I really enjoyed how it all played out. I loved the development from enemies to lovers. Narration is done well.

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  • Esther A
  • 10-12-2020

Rivals To Lovers

Love this story eventhough I hate to see this series end. I've seen Kairo throughout all of his brothers' stories and their HEAs as he stood by each one of them with his unwavering support. I'm so glad he finally got his HEA! Jun and Kairo have been professional rivals for years and now are up for the same job. As they work alongside one another, their chemistry is unavoidable but Jun is deep in the closet because of his family. They have a few bumps along the way but I love their well deserved HEA. The narrator did a great job with the characters and with the story itself. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • The Book Wench
  • 10-12-2020

Dr. Jun Park...ugh!

This was a truly painful even if powerful story. I really didn't like Dr. Jun Park a whole lot for half this story and wondered what exactly Dr. Kairo Caldwell saw in him. And the reason for his animosity, after all this time, is juvenile and ridiculous. Although Kairo isn't perfect, at least he's far less uniformly awful than Jun. Yes, the reasons for Jun's belligerent and fearful behavior -- his horrid, rigid, homophobic parents -- and for his inability to recognize, admit, and own his feelings are understandable, but it doesn't really make him any more likable. And that whole accusation against Kairo for what has really been all on him is shitty on every level. He really ruined what should have been a wonderful love story with his attitudes. God bless his best friend Micah...his patience with Jun is remarkable. The secondary characters -- Kairo's parents who are in stark contrast to Jun's, Jun's aunt, and Kair's brothers -- provide great support for the MCs. The narration was well done.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 10-12-2020

Loved Kairo and Jun

This story was fantastic!! I’ve been anxiously awaiting Kai’s story and it didn’t disappoint! Sooo good!! Austin Jay did a fantastic job with the narration.

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  • JKS
  • 07-12-2020

Kairo and Jun

Love Hurts is book 6, and the last book, in the Caldwell Brothers series. I love this beautifully written enemies to lovers story about Kairo and Jun. Kairo and Jun have been competing since med school, so when they were both up for the chief of staff position at the hospital their competitive nature came out. But something else happened as they developed less than hateful feelings for each other. I really enjoyed Kairo and Jun's journey as they discovered their love for each other and Jun's self acceptance as he went after what he wanted and not what his parents want for him. Definitely recommend this book and series.
Narrator Austin Jay does a marvelous job.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 12-12-2020

Great enemies to lovers

What if the hate you felt for him wasn’t really hate? What if it was something else? This was a question both Jun and Kairo found themselves face with, and it was one that both fascinated and frightened the heck out of them. They knew what to do with hate, but had no clue what to make of it if it was...more like...love.

Kairo is the oldest of his brothers, and the inly one who hasn’t found his guy, yet. His job has been his everything, but he’s starting to want more. Jun’s parents are never happy with his accomplishments; they’re never enough. He has spent his life fitting into their mold, despite it not being enough; and he wants more. Jun and Kairo make me want to jump in the book and hug them, both. I want to yank Kairo away from his miserable parents, too. I enjoyed watching their relationship progress from hate to neutral, from neutral to interested, and from interested to pursuing each other. Could they be more? I was captivated by their story, and had to find out. I listened to this in one sitting, at a faster pace than normal. Someone once told me your brain adjusts to the speed, snd they were right. At one point I was listening to it at 2.2, because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to sleep until I finished. I had to find out how their story ended. Yes...I could understand the narrator perfectly. No...I can’t explain how that’s even possible.

This is book 6 in the series, and I read (and listened) to them all. I live this series, and this family. This story is a great addition to it. It was written in a way that kept me on my toes, grinning, laughing, concerned, and dying to know the rest of the story. If that’s not good writing, then I don’t know what is. I would absolutely recommend this book, this series, and these authors. They write well together, and separately.

Austin Jay did a really good job with the characters. I really enjoyed his voice for Kairo. Sometimes it reminded me of JF Harding’s voice for Farrow Keene. I’m quite okay with that. I hope to hear more from Austin Jay.

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  • Amelia
  • 12-12-2020

My favorite of this entire series!

Out of all the Caldwell brothers, Kairo always seemed like the golden child. First born, successful surgeon, confidante to all the other brothers.... it didn't seem like there was anything Kairo couldn't do. Maybe that's why I loved seeing Jun challenge him in this book so much. The concept of two med school rivals butting heads yet again in their competition for a promotion was so fun and exciting, and I thought it was executed really nicely. The heated sparks of passion, bitterness of prior wrongdoings, and intense focus these two men gave off was thrilling to listen to. As Jun and Kairo realized their mutual hatred was masking some pretty intense desire, it was easy to let myself bask in all the deliciously steamy sexual tension. Austin Jay was a fantastic narrator for these guys--so expressive and emotional in all the right ways. I felt like I was there with Kairo and Jun as they figured out how to balance their professional relationship with the intense flames of their attraction. In addition to the fantastic romance, Jun's journey towards self-acceptance was particularly moving for me. I didn't expect this story to get so deeply emotional, but the decisions Jun had to make were excruciating. Whether it's because I knew how hard the journey was for Jun or that I just connected with him and Kairo so intensely, I was overwhelmed with happiness when these two managed to make a real relationship work. Seeing them happy together amongst the other Caldwell couples was the perfect way to close out this series for good.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 11-12-2020

Steamy competition

One position and two applicants make for difficult romantic waters. Jun is trying to live up to nearly impossible parental expectations and Kairo has those in addition to a conservative family who would never accept that he is gay. When these two longtime rivals that clearly feel more for each other than just competition are in line for the same job, it seems inevitable that someone will get hurt and/or hurt their family. Thanks to good advisors, our two guys learn to evaluate what is most important in their lives and go for it. Austin Jay gives a spot on performance. Characters are nicely delineated with the voices and he captures all the emotions.

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  • Lex Buchanan
  • 11-12-2020

Hilarious

This was a really funny enemies to lovers story. The characters were really well developed, and their relationship built up really well.

The narration was alright but I really enjoyed the story behind it.

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  • Magnus
  • 10-12-2020

Fantastic

A super addition by Aiden Bates and Ali Lyda to the series. Enjoyable from start to finish. Love the Caldwell family. Austin Jay did a great job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 07-12-2020

Awesome

I really enjoyed this very entertaining story.
This was a great audiobook to listen to.
Definitely an awesome addition to an awesome series.

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  • Tanya
  • 05-12-2020

story great narration needs work

I found that the narrator had lots of Irish style accents especially when it came to Jun who is Korean. outside of that the story was on point and just as great as the others in this series

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  • A.K.
  • 02-12-2020

Lovely listen

Kai and Jun were equally matched in school, in work, in everything but love. Jun's parents had a very dated outlook on how Jun should live his life and Kai had an extremely supportive family who was proud of his accomplishments, but also of him.

They'd been competing for years as surgeons and now that a single position for advancement was opening up, they were back at it. But, this time was different. This time, there was more on the line for both of them.

I really enjoyed how this story fell into place and was a great enemies to lover's romance. Jun was given the room, space, and environment to grow and be himself for the first time ever, and Kai had to fight for what he wanted for the first time. An exciting listen!

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  • Modwena Farrell
  • 02-12-2020

great enemies to lovers story

This is the final book in the Cladwell brothers series and I have loved every one. This book follows Kairo, the oldest of the brothers and is a fantastic enemies to lovers story.

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  • PL
  • 26-11-2020

Enemies to lovers

It’s about time Kairo got his own HEA, he totally deserved it.

This is an enemies to lovers story and it was absolutely amazing. Kairo’s story was everything I wanted it to be and so much more.

Narrator’s performance was fantastic.

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