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Oz

Finding Home, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Finding Home, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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What happens when temporary becomes forever? 

Oz Gallagher does not do relationships well. Bored and jobless after another disastrous hook up, he decides to leave London for a temporary job in the wilds of Cornwall. Surely managing a stately home on a country estate will be easier than navigating the detritus of his relationships at home. Six months there will alleviate a bit of his wanderlust and then he can come back to London as footloose and fancy free as the day he left it. 

However, when he gets there, he finds a house in danger of crumbling to the ground and a man who is completely unlike anyone he’s ever met. An earl belonging to a family whose roots go back hundreds of years, Silas is the living embodiment of duty and sacrifice. Two things that Oz has never wanted. He's also warm and funny and he draws Oz to him like a magnet. 

Oz banks on the fact that they're from two very different worlds to stop himself falling for Silas. But what will he do when he realizes that these differences are actually part of the pull to one another? Will falling in love be enough to make him stop moving at last and realize that he's finally home? 

From best-selling author Lily Morton comes a romantic comedy about two very different men and one very dilapidated house. 

This is the first book in the Finding Home series but it can be listened to as a standalone. 

©2018 Lily Morton (P)2020 Lily Morton
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RomCom at its best!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5 (OMG, Joel is just awesome!)

This is truly a Rom-Com at its best!

OMG, I love Oz (and Silas)! Lily’s wit and humor had me bursting with laughter. Oz’s razor-sharp tongue is fantastic and Joel’s narration elevates the book to new heights.

A fast-paced, quick-witted story with a totally lovable “Lord” turned vet, with a giant heart, ready for love, and a slightly jaded, pocket-sized Irishman with sass, snark, and passion just waiting to be unleashed. From the opening sentence, I was snorting with laughed and completely hooked on Oz’s big personality. I loved watching him bomb an interview, shove a Lord (& his new boss) in the closet, take on an insurmountable renovation task, and sass anyone who got it his way, all while trying not to fall for his new boss! These two men will captivate you and have you laughing from the word go.

Be prepared for love, lust, sass, and humor, all compacted into the pocket rocket that is Oz!

If you’re looking for a laugh and a hug (& a good bit of steam too) then this is the perfect book! I loved it so much and can’t recommend it enough 😍

P.S. also get ready for awesome cameos from Lily’s Mixed Messages, Book 3 😉

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Perfect

Another amazing Joel Leslie performance. He brought Oz and Silas to life like magic, exactly how I’d imagined. Perfect!!!!

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  • Roxcell J
  • 06-06-2020

We all need our very own Silas

How I at one point hated Joel Leslie's voice I will never know. His performances are epic with distinct differences between characters. This story was just so sweet on this rainy day, but also funny and oh so steamy. It has minimal but understandable angst to keep it interesting and I have already purchased Milos story.

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  • BlueRose
  • 04-06-2020

Defnitely audiobook of the month June 2020

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Narrator Joel Leslie delivered a sensational romantic comedy with a hop in his step. He must have enjoyed this as much as I did. His performance was impeccably on par with the characters and their personalities. Bravo, for picking the ball up and running full speed ahead. Listeners will surely be rolling, crawling and dragging themselves around on the floor, as they laugh out loud, holding their tummies caused by extreme unrestrained emotions and laughter.

This book was brilliantly written and plotted. There is absolutely no way this could have been done any better. The comedy, characters, and the story hit home so many times. That’s the true recipe for comedy.

Oz, is now my favorite character, and it’s going to take a massive case of amnesia or Aquaman to come to life to tell me how cool I am, to make me choose another.

The realism and dashes of fantasies are woven meticulously together. I loved and appreciated how Silas and Oz have so many issues and unfavorable, almost identical, circumstances overcome it all, by trusting and standing up for each other.

This fantastic recipe, author/narrator made my choice for the audiobook of the month extremely easy. Never have I ever listened to an audiobook, while laughing nonstop from. strat to finish.

I absolutely recommend this audiobook.

Happy Listening

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 20-05-2020

Cornwall magic

Take the gothic type plot of a young, sunny character coming to work for a reclusive earl at his slightly dilapidated Cornwall mansion, mix with two characters I loved from the previous book (Henry and Ivo), a house with some slightly mystical powers, a great dog, expectations shattered, broken hearts mended and hot romance, what more could you ask? Well, if you get to listen to Joel Leslie perform it so that it all comes alive, it doesn't get better than that.

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  • Beth I-L
  • 09-06-2020

Great book, fantastic performance

I had already read the book so I was familiar with the story. You might think that would cut down on the giddy reaction. Nope, exactly the opposite in fact! Joel’s performance brings a great book to life even more and there were spots I had to pause the narration as I was laughing so hard I was crying and missed parts. Had to go back. And the driving lesson scene?! Nearly wet my pants I was laughing so hard...kept hitting rewind to listen again! Bravo Joel on a highly entertaining, fantastic performance of Lily’s great book!

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  • The Book Wench
  • 28-05-2020

Funny and heartwarming and utterly sexy!

I don't usually begin with a discussion of the actor, but I have to say that Joel Leslie sold this story to me big time with his absolutely spot-on performance of Oz's character. I couldn't believe my ears, and being the untrusting soul that I am, I actually did a little research to find out if his was an actual Irish brogue. I was so glad to find that it is entirely authentic! He did Silas proud as well, and I'm full of admiration of his ability to move between those two distinct accents and all the others, including that broad Cornish one. I'm an avid language lover, and this book was a treat for my ears. It'll be on my re-listen list, which is pretty short, because it is such a wonderful thing to listen to! BRAVO, Mr. Leslie!

The story itself is sweet and funny and warm. Both Oz Gallagher and Silas, Earl of Ashworth, are delightfully drawn characters. They are very much alike in their desire to be accepted and loved for who they are, not for what they have or how they appear to the world. But each comes to that commonality from different spheres of life and must learn to trust not only each other but themselves if their relationship is to take root and grow. They are wonderful together, but that is a result of Oz's sass and Silas's sense of humor, of Silas's charm and Oz's forthrightness, of Oz's passion and Silas's hunger. This is a fabulous story, and even without the "bad guy" secondary characters, it stands on its own merits as a sweet and yet sexy romance. I love it!

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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 20-05-2020

I laughed so hard!

OMG! Oz is hysterical! While I adore their sexiness and interactions, because that window scene was hot but the snark and laughter totally made this book! So great! Joel Leslie did a superb job with this book. I would give it more stars if I could.

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  • virgo_bookcase
  • 09-06-2020

Very entertaining

Oz is now my spirit animal. The narrator did an awesome job. The story drags you in. Keeps you laughing from the very beginning.

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  • Christina
  • 20-05-2020

4 stars

When the opening of the book makes you laugh, you know it’s going to be a good book. Lily Morton doesn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed Oz and Silas making their way through this book and falling in love. Joel Leslie did a fantastic job brining them to life.

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  • Crystal
  • 20-05-2020

I love Oz and Silas!!!!!

This book is "my kind of perfection" and has won the spot of favorite book by Lily Morton. I'm sure that will become a constantly changing thing because this author writes amazing stories that just pull you in and don't let you go. The perfect balance of heat, humor, romance, and story line. The relationship between Oz and Silas was so well written and watching these characters grow from single men that had become jaded into two men that were perfect for each other had me smiling and of course laughing. Oz's level of snark had me laughing so many times throughout this story that there's no way I could give this less than 5 stars. I will be honest, it had been so long since I had listened to Henry's story that I was half way through this book when I realized that Silas was his brother, very embarrassing but I'm so glad we got to hear this story. I still don't like their mother, I'm not sure anyone could. Joel Leslie did an amazing job with the narration, so many voices and so well done. There was one point where I was wondering how in the world he did that many voices in such a short section haha. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the next book in this series.

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  • Darnell Williams
  • 19-05-2020

lovely story

Great book and lovely characters. Good narration. So very, very funny.
Silas is real stand up guy and has a good heart. Oz is the best and his parts of the book were my favorites.

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  • Antony Jones
  • 31-05-2020

I spent ages not wanting to listen, but......

I was fascinated by the mixed messages series and didn't want to move on from them. After my third listen I thought I'd read the info on OZ and noticed a name I was familiar with.
I love the way this series are entwined with the previous and the familiar humor, love and details that Lily Morton is famous for. Then you have the wonderful Joel Leslie narrating. I can never say enough about these two. They make a good team and I will await impatiently for the next book to be released.

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  • Goldenchels
  • 26-05-2020

Hilarious and Heartwarming

Lily’s stories never disappoint and Joel’s narration is always on point. I loved every minutes of Oz. The countryside feels warm and dreamy. Oz is wonderful and so deserving of the love he finds. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 24-05-2020

Definitely worth the 5🌟

I absolutely loved this audiobook - it’s definitely going to be my ‘go to audiobook’ if I ever need cheering up!

I adore Oz, if I ever had a best gay friend it would be him - his attitude, sense of humour, quick witted sense of sass/cutthroat sarcasm, we’d be a formidable friends as it sums up me to a tee.
His upbringing is also similar, so was able to empathise with his character and his insecurities and his feelings towards Silas.
Silas is a dream come true. His look, his demeanour etc.. are all the traits of what I’d look for, but like Oz, wouldn’t believe would even be possible.

This audiobook has to be my No:1 of the year so far - I think because I can relate a lot to the main character, and because I haven’t stopped laughing since I started listening. I have listened to this audiobook in one day as just couldn’t stop - definitely ‘the’ audiobook I could listen to over again and one to keep in my repertoire!

Of course, what makes an audiobook is the narrator - the wonderful JL - he is the perfect fit for this series of books, and possibly to most of Lily Morton’s books, like the ‘Mixed Messages’ series - he’s just ‘perfect’ for them.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next instalment ‘Milo’ - now this is going to be interesting 😉
Hopefully won’t have to wait too long for it to be released in audiobook format.

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  • Stephen, liverpool
  • 23-06-2020

Great story

Joel Leslie again does a sterling job of narrating, his whit and vocal expressions are sublime.

The characters in this story are likeable, warm and funny. Apart from getting the job he was not experienced to take on and managed to do miracles (I am a project manager so know how long things take) the story moves in believable circles, the story itself is good with excellent pace.

Well worth a read, will make you laugh and filled with a warm feeling all over.

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  • Cassi
  • 05-06-2020

Fantastic listen

IM a little amazed at how well Lily can balance the emotions and deeper issues of the story where her olympic levels of snark and humor. This book was so funny and witty I couldn't stop laughing, yet it also had a lot of emotion and I was really able to connect to the characters and their issues. It was heartfelt and hilarious all at once. Joel does such a fantastic job with the delivery of this diverse book, his continues to amaze me.

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  • Book addict
  • 22-05-2020

4.5 stars - enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this. I’ve enjoyed some of Lily Morton’s other books even more than this one which is why it has a slightly lower rating, but it’s still good. It’s just a sign that she’s written some even more amazing books!

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  • choccygrl
  • 21-05-2020

Blooming brilliant

This is absolutely adorable. Funny. Heartwarming. Endearing characters. A glorious love story. Opposites attract with a bit of an age difference. Oz is lovely but I absolutely adored Silas.
Lily Morton's glorious story is made even better by Joel Leslie's excellent narration. The accents are spot on and the performance is superb.
Highly recommended.

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  • Wilkinwonder
  • 21-05-2020

/Make your own minds up

his is an new series by Lily Morton.

I love Lily's stories and this was no exception. What I didn't realise was that this is an offshoot of the Mixed Messages series.

So in the last book of Mixed messages we met Henry Ashworth, This book is about his brother Silas's story.

It had me in stitches in places. I actually had to finish this off whilst in hospital and was getting very funny looks from my roomates when I kept bursting out laughing.

Now don't get me wrong, I usually love listenng to Joel Leslie, but for some reason his Irish accent for Oz did grate a little on my nerves. I didn't know whether it was Irish or Cornish as it kept melting into both. (Sorry Joel).

The story itself was first class and I really enjoyed Silas and Oz and I think I fell a little bit in love with Milo.Can't wait for his Story

If you liked Mixed Messages, you'll love this.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 20-05-2020

Perfectly lovely

Absolutely brilliant, Oz is one of my favorite characters.
Silas is a wonderful grouch.
I loved the comedic wit and banter between them.
Plenty of heat and a great secondary cast of characters.
Joel Leslie has, per usual done a bang up job on narration, bringing these characters to life so vividly and the accents are spot on.

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  • Shannon
  • 20-05-2020

Outstanding

This is one book that you should not skip! Morton does such an outstanding job with her writing, making the characters realistic and lovable, and the settings vivid and lively!
Joel Leslie does a truly outstanding job bringing this story to life. His vocalization of the characters were distinct and made it easy to follow along with the story while being pleasant to listen to!
Outstanding listen!