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The New Guy

By: Sarina Bowen
Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton,J.F. Harding
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A new male/male hockey romance from 24-time USA Today best seller Sarina Bowen!

My name is Hudson Newgate, but my teammates call me "New Guy".

That was my nickname in Chicago, too. And Vancouver. That’s what happens when you keep getting traded. Brooklyn is my last chance, especially after my poor performance last season.

But I can make this work. The new guy knows to keep his head down and shoot the puck. The new guy puts the game first.

What he doesn’t do is hook up with the other new guy—a hot athletic trainer who lives in my building. Gavin needs this job with my team. He’s a single dad with responsibilities.

We can’t be a couple. My arrogant agent–who’s also my father–will lose his mind if I’m dating a dude. And my team needs me to score goals, not whip up a media circus.

Too bad Gavin and I are terrible at resisting each other....

©2023 Sarina Bowen (P)2023 Sarina Bowen
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Great Audio!

Loved it, really enjoy listening to this audible.
Great flow & both voices were amazing.

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Waiting for the movie version

never have I listen to a story when I actually feel like I'm in the story myself. Female writer with a gay romance, dear God, help me please! Why are you so awesome???
I cried, I giggled, felt horny, I felt all sorts of emotions
it's like I'm watching every little bit of the details that happened while listening to it.
this is too good!

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  • 03-08-2023

Cute and hot, with a meaningful plot

Loved this book and the narration was perfect, really bringing the characters to life. Some classic grumpy/sunshine in the best way.

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Oh! I loved this one!

Sweet, loveable characters. Fantastic narration, all the feels AND hockey, what more could you want? Good job Sarina :)

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Swooning hard

This was my first MM romance, and it was exceptional. Never did I think it would be so easy to fall in love with these characters but oh was I wrong. Cannot wait for the next in the series.

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Loved this 💜🏒✨

I can honestly say that these two are my favourite. I loved their relationship. Everything they had been through and some how they they made it to the end . God I hope we get ore . I especially loved listening to Teddy and JF who did a brilliant job bringing this story to life ✨🏒💜🏒✨🏒💜🏒✨

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Absolutely loved this book. A really good story with so much emotion I laughed and sobbed whilst listening. The audio performances were amazing. I’m devastated that I’ve finished the story.

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EXCELLENT

What a great listen well worth the time
Recommended for the hopeless romantic
BRAVO 👏

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Wonderful!

I loved this so much! Hard to put into words just how much I revelled in this story. It’s brilliant and the narration by Teddy Hamilton and JF Harding adds to the magic!

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OMG

Sarina you did it again , I loved Hudson and Gavin such a sweet story . The audio was perfect Teddy Hamilton and J.F.Harding are a perfect match .

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  • Maryellen in Metsland
  • 03-03-2023

Lackluster

Ugh, it pains me to say it, but New Guy is a miss. I can’t remember another Sarina mm story that was so … boring. I almost tapped out with 50 minutes to go because I just didn’t care anymore. New Guy was way too long with way too many unnecessary scenes. And, bizarrely, there were too many critical scenes that happened off page. That Disney vacation where our deeply closeted professional athlete spends two weeks in public with his lover and his lover’s child? Yeah, we don’t experience a single moment of that trip.

There are structural problems, too. Characters appear and disappear at random, whenever it’s convenient for the story. Gavin’s sister? Hudson’s dad? Eustace? When not needed to throw a wrench in the story, off they go, never to be seen again. The Brooklyn organization is hyped up, its inner workings and players described in great detail, and then it’s all basically discarded.

And the MCs? Gavin reads like a doormat and Hudson is so emotionally immature that I have no faith in the sustainability of that “happily ever after” ending. Hudson literally disappears from Gavin’s life multiple times when life gets too difficult for him, and each time, Gavin just stews for a little bit and takes him back, regardless of the emotional trauma inflicted by Hudson. How is that believable? How is that a healthy experience for a child whose father went to work one day and never came home? And don’t get me started on how neither character reads at all like a 25 year old (a 25 year old professional athlete has bursitis? 25 year old jocks drink fancy wine and cook meals in a crock pot?).

Teddy is wonderful, as always. The other narrator sounded significantly older than 25 but was otherwise fine. The story itself is just so disappointing. What a shame.

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  • Leesh
  • 04-03-2023

Nothing like a good MM coming out story

Hudson.. a closeted (bi or gay) professional hockey player meets a widowed single father who happens to be the new athletic trainer . One chance meeting a bar aligns their lives . Follow the journey of starting over , protecting parental rights and letting go of a toxic father son relationship . I loved how Sarina wrote such a touching story with lots of funny moments , some sad with medium spice not raunchy. Gavin and Hudson discover truth and love with a guaranteed HEA! Narration Was spot on Love Teddy Hamilton and anything the JF Harding narrates . Check this out you won’t be disappointed

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  • SB84
  • 20-04-2023

It's hard to go wrong with Sarina Bowen

Truth be told, I am tired of Hockey stories from Sarina. However, I am not tired of her characters and plots, so I have to deal!

Let's start with the narration.

If you have to deal with dual narration, then this is about as good as it gets. My first exposure to Bowen's work was the Goodbye Paradise/ Hello Forever series that was so lopsided with Teddy Hamilton and the unlistenable Dake Bliss, thankfully the duos could only get better. Nearly as good as this pairing was Teddy and Christian Fox in Understatement of the year. Teddy and Jacob Morgan are very serviceable, probably best in The Best Men. Back to this book, Harding and Hamilton are very capable, and play pretty well off each other. Hamilton is not at Harding's level for women's voices, but he is so far above the norm, that he seems a Jedi master.

The story is very angsty, lots of curveballs and setbacks. I am not usually a fan of young children as a plot driver - Bowen uses the daughter even more aggressively than in The Best Men. But it works here with the addition of the mean grandmother. With Bowen, reviews mainly nitpick what should have been better as she generally creates a solid story. This isn't her best, to be sure, but there is more than enough to satisfy in a tropey world.

My #1 complaint is that Sarina makes both men too young. We're supposed to believe that Hudson is 25 years old, has been a professional hockey player for 5 years, and has been traded 5 times. He mentions more than once that he is feeling too old for this. Gavin is a couple of years younger and a widower raising his adopted daughter. At 23. And he lands a job with a professional hockey team after working at a college for...a few months? He didn't work for a year after his husband's death. As his job would require a degree, how long could he have worked in the field? An unexpected fail for believability. Both men should have been 3-5 years older.

Anther reviewer rightly pointed out that a lot of time is spent setting up the hockey team dynamics, but skips actual scenes later in the story - only alluding to them, ie the trip to California. Gavin is clearly the lesser character, we spend a lot less time with him over the entirety of the story. That isn't necessarily a negative. Bowen clearly focuses on Hudson. I wish there had been more of the story with Gavin and his father, especially later in the book. Lastly, where in the US is the locker room referred to as the dressing room? I do not understand why Bowen uses that term.

Overall, Sarina creates a workable story that does what too many other MM titles cannot do - feels like you're reading about two men. The story flows, at times a bit imperfectly, but the dialogue is good and I don't feel like all she did was change the pronouns from an MF romance. Bowen's lesser works are still better than most of what is out there. I recommend.

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  • KK
  • 02-03-2023

Excellent Narration

The narration on this was A+ as always. The story was well written with engaging characters. You understood their tramas and how that affected their decisions today.
My problem with this story is that I feel like I've heard it before, it didn't totally hit for that reason.
If you've not listened to a lot of hockey or M/M then it will be new and you'll adore it. If this is your go to trope, you may enjoy it but it's not going to bring anything new to you.

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  • Tfw
  • 01-03-2023

I love ❤️ 😍 💖 ❣️ 💕

I love this book so so so so much. I love the words that flow off the pages, I love the feels that sworn through my body, I f..ing love the narration. I've listened 🎶 3x and still love this book as much as the 1st time. it just speaks to my soul. My chicken soup 🍲 😋

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  • Karri
  • 13-03-2023

NOT MY FAVORITE

First of all I have to say that I'm a huge fan of Sarina Bowen, that being said I have to say I was a little disappointed in 'The New Guy'. I can't really identify what I found wrong with it other than it was just lacking.... in something. To be honest I found it a little boring and skipped through a couple chapters. it read almost like a Lauren Blakely book and I refuse to buy those because every single one of her mm books is repetitive and just used up. it's the same book with a different title every single time. Sarina you are better then this. 'Top Secret', 'Him' series, 'Ivy Years' Hello Goodbye', all wonderful books. I just don't know what happened here. JF Harding who is one of my favorite narrators didn't cut it on this book I don't know what happened there either. Teddy, you were great as usual.

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  • Nathan Giberson
  • 06-12-2023

Great story

Just wanted to leave some stars. Great listen as usual. Makes you cry then leaves you happy

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  • Ellisreads
  • 05-12-2023

Another Hit!!

Omg..Sarina Bowen....love love this story. Hudson and Gavin are fantastic. I laughed, worried and love how they evolved. And let's just talk about Teddy Hamilton... One of the BEST narrators I've heard. I think I am on the 5th book. Teddy...your performance is excellent. Just they way you tell the story and make these characters come alive. Its just fantastic. J.F. Harding and Teddy Hamilton are a great combo. SO good .... Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-2023

I love these books.

Man. I want to go play hockey now. This book is great. This is a real romance novel that will make you laugh and feel good about yourself and the world . It’s a must hear book. The two guys that read it are fantastic! The writer is outstanding!!

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  • Stephen Brown
  • 14-11-2023

Tears from a romance novel

Love the book. Teddy H is my favorite voice artist. Kind of thought it might end the way it did but still I was unprepared for the emotion it evoked for me. I very much enjoyed this book.

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  • ZOHRA
  • 05-11-2023

Definitely recommended

Such a lovely story, not too dramatic and well written.
The narration is very well performed 👍🏼

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  • anthony
  • 27-10-2023

Love is still alive

Great easy listening, definitely recommend. I need to get the rest of the series now

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  • James
  • 23-10-2023

Very pleasant listen 👍🏻

Very enjoyable story and believable characters, sadly something that is often missing from a lot of the gay romance offerings. Happily recommend 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-2023

Absolutely delightful

I enjoyed it and love the story ❤️❤️❤️
Teddy Hamilton and J.F Harding are such a great Narrator, every words and emotions I felt it.
Love it so much ❤️👏
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  • Tammy
  • 11-08-2023

Another beautiful read

Absolutely LOVE this. Another beautifully written story by Sarina Bowen. The AMAZINGLY talented Teddy Hamilton and J.F. Harding did not disappoint 🥰

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-2023

A top ‘Go To’ read

I love Serina Bowen books and this is no exception. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read/listened to this one now but it’s a definite go to book of mine.

It has all the feels, the MC’s are both lovable for their own reasons and I relly enjoyed the story that runs through it.

It’s only enhanced by my love of the two narrator’s who do a fantastic job to bring the 2 MC’s to life aswell as the supporting characters.

It is low angst, high in content and even when I know the story I fall in love with them all over again.

I really can’t wait until the next book is out ‘I’m your guy’ and you get to meet him in the end of this book - not a spoiler!
Enjoy x

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  • Sarah @becks.goes.bookish
  • 15-06-2023

Even better than I expected!

I always know Sarina’s books will be a good listen but this blew all my expectations out of the water. The writing and story was beautifully told, with nothing but respect for Gavin’s lost spouse. Even if the tropes & plot beats are things you’ve read before, this was a very enjoyable listen and I can’t wait for book 2! Plus the narration was of course amazing!

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  • Teresa evans
  • 08-05-2023

The new guy

Brilliant had everything I love in a book. I rely love this book. Worth a read.

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  • Nicolette
  • 31-03-2023

Amazing storytelling and character development

Brilliant narrators which helped bring the story to life
This author never fails to make you care so much for the characters

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  • 24-03-2023

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Wonderful story l love teddy s voice Harding is new to me but i will be looking

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