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Rod Nelson is used to being someone's good time, and that's fine with him. Spending his days at his adult toy store, Rods-N-Ends, he never knows who he'll meet. The second Landon Harrison walks in, he has Rod's full attention. It seems as if Landon wants him too, so why won't the man jump in the sack with him already?

Landon never thought he'd return home to the town where memories lurk around every corner. He has to admit, Rod makes the adjustment a lot easier. He keeps Landon laughing. Despite the fierce attraction between them, he's not willing to risk his newfound friendship to get laid.

Neither man wants something serious, but the more they're together, the harder it is to keep their hands to themselves, until eventually they stop trying.

But flings between friends are never simple, and as they attempt to shift gears, diving into their first relationship, they're slammed with setbacks. If they want to truly move forward, before they hit the open road together, they're going to have to let go of a past that could make them crash and burn.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Riley Hart (P)2016 Tantor

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  • JJBG
  • 26-05-2016

Don't love the reader, but a great series

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The reading of Rod's voice is annoying, and makes it hard to like the character

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  • 01-07-2016

Great story, annoying narration

I love the simple, beautiful story, but the narrator's fake, squeaky attempt at sounding feminine when reading the lines of the women (and the bottom!) annoys the hell out of me.

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  • 28-04-2018

This was good, but my least favorite of the series

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Even though this was the 2nd book in the Crossroads series, I read it last because it appealed to me the least - and unsurprisingly, it turned out to be my least liked of the three (Crossroads was my favorite) - because I didn't really like either Rod or Landon all that much. They and the story was ok, but their hang-ups and both of them with the "no one could ever love me" insecurity got tiresome. I usually like Sean Crisden's narration, however in this case, I didn't like Rod's voice too much - it sounded too cartoonish - high and enthusiastic.... it's probably why I didn't warm up to Rod's character.

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  • SassiKassi
  • 12-06-2016

Good story

I enjoyed the story. I've pretty much loved all the Riley Hart books. But I was turned off by the way Sean Crisden chose to give voice to Rod. High pitched, loud and nasally. Nothing sexy about that. But still, the story is a good one and I did listen to the entire thing.

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  • S Wilgus
  • 26-03-2018

A nice romance

A nice story that would have been so much better had the main character, not been so screechy in the narration. The characters were well written and I usually enjoy Sean Crisden's narration, just not his portrayal of this particular character.

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  • Juan Carrillo
  • 26-07-2016

take a chance

If you could sum up Shifting Gears in three words, what would they be?

loving, Passionate/sexy

What other book might you compare Shifting Gears to and why?

don't really want to compare because yes some of the previous characters from another story are used..the fact is Landon and Rod are there own men with there own story

What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

the way that he always lets u know who he is, he never makes u think you will not know who is speaking as

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i laughed and I cried but I also related soon much to there story and because of that I knew these guys

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I hope Mr Hart keeps writing because his passion and his love are fantastic and he is one hell of a story teller

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-2020

Excellently written

I liked Nick but loved Brice in Crossroads. I like Landon but my fave so far would have to be Rod in Shifting Gears. I can relate to Rods emotional self worth. I loved that he was comfortable with who he is even though he had a hard time getting too close to people and holds back in fear of getting hurt. So far I have laughed and cried listening to both Crossroads and Shifting Gears. I love books that allows me to understand the emotions that the characters are going through. I can’t wait to listen to Test Drive and loose myself in the characters in the story. I hope that this next adventure is just as amazingly written as the two previous ones that I have listened to.

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  • Chadmon Kaneakalau
  • 30-05-2020

Excellent

Love it, I struggling to put it down, especially like the parts they both realize they need each other to overcome the problems from their past. The narrative was perfect, loved it.

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  • Laura
  • 09-05-2020

Oh my gosh

I tried for a while, but like other said - Rod’s voice was HORRIBLY DONE. HORRIBLY. How are we supposed to enjoy a story where the leading man sounds like a cartoon??? The narrator has a good voice reading, but when he starts his voices it is so so so so bad. Had to stop listening. I am shocked every time a book narration is this bad because I have to wonder who in the world approved this before they paid the dude for that and then it went into circulation??? Because they are bad at their job.

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  • Jeff
  • 19-04-2020

Understanding Feelings

The story is perfect... two people who were inadvertently searching for the time, place, and person to effectively move their lives forward to a place of love, laughter, and living. Landon and Rod searched each other’s desires, comforted each other’s fears, and in the end held each other in love. The journey was something tender with all the actions of erotic exploration. I very much enjoyed the story.

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  • David Jackson
  • 24-07-2016

Really good story

The characters and storyline is well written and developed. Great listen. Really enjoyed it :)

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  • 08-04-2020

Not am absolute must read but still enjoyable

I have recently discovered Riley Hart’s books and I am devouring them one after the other. The author is so talented, the writing strong, great characters and really interesting plots which do not rely on implausible coincidences and devices to get to the end of the book. The MCs draw the reader in and, despite any flaws they may have, I always fall in love with them and look forward to their happily ever after. I am straight but really enjoy M/M romances. When the chemistry is right it is smoking hot, as in the first book in the series, Crossroads. Shifting Gears started really well but kind of fizzled out as it progressed and I found the ending rushed, hastily tying up the loose ends in a rather unsatisfactory way. No spoilers, but we were led to believe that London’s trauma concerning his father was deep-seated and believable. The resolution was not. I always want the MCs to find the one and only but, honestly, I could not suspend my disbelief with Riley and Landon. Landon had every right to hold onto his upset, instead, he deflated like a balloon. I could not reconcile this turnaround with the character the author had created. With all of those caveats, I still appreciated this second book in the series. The characters were nearly there and I think I see what Hart was trying to achieve with them. Sean Crisden’s narration was really well done although, for me, I did not think he got Rod’s voice quite right. His narration in the first book was excellent and I will definitely be downloading more books that he is reading. The characters are so well portrayed and defined and the thought put into the portrayals was evident. I will be reading the final two books in the series. Riley Hart is a must read author for me. Even if this book did not get my heart racing, I still appreciated the writing and loved seeing Nick and Bryce still madly in love. I particularly enjoy the way Hart takes ordinary men and makes them fall in love extraordinarily. As a side note, I have noticed that some readers have said in the reviews that they are not fans of the hyper romantic turn of phrase , Particularly when the MCx Express their love and feeling for each other. I disagree. If that is what you think then I don’t think you get the books at all. For me, there’s nothing like seeing two men unable to keep their hands off each other and express their feelings. Sigh…

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