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Rough Canvas

Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
Series: Nature of Desire, Book 6
Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
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On the death of his father and debilitating tractor accident of his brother Thomas is forced to give up his burgeoning art career in New York and take on the responsibilities of providing for his family back in North Carolina. Marcus is a dashing gallery owner and Thomas' former lover. He offers him an agreement that will let Thomas continue his craft but it also includes working with the Rough Canvas of the human body and the relationship of a master and slave. Maxine Mitchell earnestly narrates this steamy romance with heart whose characters will put their hooks in you and keep them there.

Publisher's Summary

Book six in the Nature of Desire series.

When his father dies, Thomas is forced to abandon a burgeoning art career in New York. As difficult as it was to give up his lifelong dream, it's nothing compared to walking away from the man he loves. Marcus taught him to embrace who he is, a sexual submissive who responds to the touch of only one Master. But why would the sophisticated Marcus need some farm kid from the South?

Then Marcus shows up and offers him a way to continue his art career and help his family. There's only one hitch - he asks Thomas to spend a week with him in the Berkshires. Thomas knows he should refuse. But he's never been able to say no to his Master.

©2007 Joey W. Hill (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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excellent, erotic, romantic, gut punching love

This is the most involving storyline I have come to love. A must-have in any good library. I have listened to it over and over and not tired of it.

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  • Heather
  • 17-10-2013

So disappointed........Why? Audibles Why?

This is a GAY romance and it's narrated by a woman. I am seriously disappointed in this audible book. I Love this story, I was so looking forward to having this in my audible library as well as my ebook library. I have read it many time - Its one of my all time favorite Gay Romance novels. Hell, its one of my all time favorite romance novels regardless of genre. A go-to read when I want a pull your heartstrings romance with HEA. And I just can't listen to a woman read it, I could just weep. I do understand having the same narrator for a series when the same lead characters are the main in each book, but the same narrator just because the Author grouped the books as a series is totally ridiculous! Joey's complete series is a number of different couples and their relationship, but somebody decided because it was a "series" they only needed one narrator. Sigh........Didn't anybody take the time to find out what the story line was before contracting the narrator? I love this story so much that I tried to overcome a woman's voice reading for male characters, but I could not take it. I will be asking for my money back. I hope that Audible will realize their error and will re-release this book with a male narrator. I will gladly repurchase if that ever happens.

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  • Leah Petersen
  • 17-08-2015

One of my favorite books...HORRIBLE AUDIOBOOK.

Would you try another book from Joey W. Hill and/or Maxine Mitchell?

I love Joey W. Hill books. Love.

How could the performance have been better?

A woman reading m/m sex scenes DOES NOT WORK. How anyone in their right mind ever even had the IDEA this would work, much less listened to it and said, "Yep! That's what I want!" boggles the mind. I've loved this book for some time. I've read it over and over. I wanted to scratch my eyes out listening to a woman, with a high voice no less, reading it. And, like a fool, I kept at it, hoping eventually the bleeding from my ears would stop. Spoiler: It didn't.

Honestly, it's actually made me like the written version less now too. Took away the magic of how I'd imagined it. WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS??? I want my money back.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The actual written version is great. Buy that. You'll love it. Avoid the audiobook at ALL COSTS.

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  • BlueRose
  • 06-05-2019

DNF for me

Why do you use a female narrator for a M/M romance. This was horribly painful to listen to. I could not finish chapter 1. Its so irritating it’s actually funny 😆

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  • 🎧📚 addict📚🎧
  • 30-09-2018

GREAT ANGST FILLED LOVE STORY

I wasn't thrilled about a woman narrating an MM novel, but overall the performance made up for the lack of masculine voice. I still can't give it 5 stars though.

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  • J
  • 05-08-2020

Great narration, problematic story

The narrator did a great job but I had problems with the story. This novel was trying too hard. There were aspects in it that were enjoyable but there were also disturbing and inexcusable elements. Most notably, this story romanticizes a toxic and abusive relationship (even without the shoddy BDSM element). I didn’t care for Marcus’ abrasive personality. He verbally and emotionally brutalized everyone around him. If Thomas were a female character, I don’t think most readers would’ve thought twice about recognizing Marcus’ behavior as abusive, but because he’s a gay man with a sad background story, that somehow demotes him to just a “mean SOB." The sex was a mixed bag, partly erotic and partly rape. Some sex scenes were too violent and too reckless to consider healthy. At some point, one of the MCs recognizes he is being raped by his “loved” one because he won’t stop when he asks him to, so he gives up resisting and decides he might as well try to enjoy the burtal sex. Seriously? The fault of this book is not in portraying this behavior but failing to acknowledge it as abuse and making excuses for the character’s violent tendencies. The BDSM element was not the problem in this story, in my opinion. Nevertheless, Marcus is a terrible dom. He does not communicate and he pushes past limits. Also, there was more drama in this novel than I normally care for. So much so that it felt like a goddamn soap opera; It felt forced, artificial, and not at all moving. Not to mention the normalized elitism and prejudice. I am giving this book two stars because I can’t condone the relationship romanticized here, which in my opinion is the antithesis of a healthy relationship. I could use this book as a case study for the "signs of an abusive relationship."

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  • MBlack
  • 05-06-2018

romantic

excellent writing, mesmerizing way to thread a love story. and the narration over the top.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2013

Surprising Listen

I chose this book to branch out and try a new author and I was very nervous to listen to this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself connecting with Marcus more as the book went on and event though there were parts of the book that felt slower than others I am very pleased with this pick.

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  • Candateshia Pafford
  • 18-10-2013

Just couldn't finish!

I just couldn't finished. I got bored... Ok start, but too way to long to get to the action... I guess I bore easily...

Maybe a credit if you have the whole series. Narration was ok..

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  • Kd
  • 16-11-2013

Over-the-top Intensity

My experience of this book was only okay because it seem to be—both the story & the narrator’s depiction of it—at the highest level of emotional and mental intensity without end and not in a good way. Life generally works in ebbs & flows, and I just didn’t experience the book in that common and, apparently, at least for me, desirous way. One positive is the author’s verbal style; it added to the extreme nature of my experience of the book, but the high degree of explication & explicitness—not just sexually—was also a minor source of beauty. Though some might experience it as just wordiness or unnecessary descriptiveness. As a result of the level of intensity, what was depicted was less love and more an unhealthy interdependency. Plus, I quickly grew tired of hearing the dominating “endearment” Pet. Things improved some in the second half b/c it focused a little bit less on sex and much more on character development and answering questions about Marcus’ past, but this improvement was not enough to sustain or meaningfully ignite my interest. And Marcus’ history was pretty predictable just b/c, unfortunately, it happens too often in real life. That’s the last positive; the book is very plausible. I will likely not be returning to this author.

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  • Angel Claire
  • 04-11-2013

Marcus and Thomas - a must read story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Now that Audible has grouped many diverse books under the Contemporary Romance banner I have found myself straying off into genre's I would not normally preview.

I read Rough Canvas because of the recommendation of other reviewers- it was a leap of faith because until FSOG (which I know most of the female population have read) I would never venture into the section where the books are usually kept under the counter. But after discovering this series I know I will be reading many more of Joey Hill's books.

Rough Canvas is a book of many levels - BDSM , the D/s lifestyle, family love and dynamics, friendship and commitment, violence and misunderstanding, and the most surprising for me - God and faith.

I would recommend this book because it is harsh and loving, brutal and beautiful, full of hope and despair but ultimately of completed by love and acceptance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is really hard to choose between Marcus and Thomas. Marcus is the Dom and the Master and yet Thomas is the strength and the power.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't possibly put it down to one scene. This book was complex - each scene relying on the next to bring us further intrigue, frustration, tears, love, anger and finally acceptance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

To be able to take on all that was going on in this book it would be impossible to read/listen to it in one sitting. In some places it was so confronting that I needed to walk away and regroup. This is a book I will need to listen to again because I'm sure there are parts that will become more clear the second time around.

Any additional comments?

This book mentions Josh and Lauren from Holding the Cards (first book in the series) and so I guess I will need to download that book which I know in turn will lead onto the reading the whole series.

If you want to read a really thought provoking book then this is the one for you. If the BDSM scenes are too much - just skip them - no foul in that!

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  • Leigh UK
  • 26-07-2015

Beautiful and steamy!

I love a book with a solid storyline, well developed characters and beautiful writing. Throw in some "please fan me" sex and oh wow! Instant favourite!

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  • Faraday94
  • 22-04-2015

Spoilt by one word!

This is a superb story and was relatively well narrated.
I too, like one of the previous commentators, felt it should have been read in a male voice. One word spoilt it for me. When I first heard the word 'pallm' instead of 'palm' I passed it off as a mistake but the word palm is in the book numerous times. Each time it was pronounced wrongly it irritated me. I even googled the US pronunciation in case that is how it is said in America!