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Jake thought he had life all figured out. He had the perfect girlfriend, a starting position on the Varsity baseball team, and a raging social life. He was living the dream. That is, until he discovers that he’s in danger of losing his scholarship. The ultimatum? Get a tutor or get out. Jake has no choice but to buckle down and put his head in his books. No sweat, right? The only problem is that the only person available to tutor him is a quiet nerd who would rather be alone than spend any time with a headstrong jock who isn’t used to applying himself to anything but sports. 

For Kyle, college was only a formality. He didn’t need the degree, and he barely attended his classes and still passed with flying colors. Instead of sitting in class, he’d rather be chasing his true passion - designing and programming an original MMORPG game. Kyle doesn’t need a social life, and he definitely doesn’t need a boyfriend, especially because that would require stepping out of the closet, something he has no intention of doing any time soon. The only problem? He’s been assigned to tutor a handsome jock who would much rather be out on the field than stuck in a classroom. 

When it comes to having life figured out, Jake and Kyle will have to realize that there’s more to life than good grades and games. Neither one of them is ready for what their newfound camaraderie will mean, but the bases are loaded, and it’s time to step up to the plate. 

Trading Teams is a stand-alone college romance featuring a nerdy gamer and a jock with his head in the clouds. This steamy romance includes intimate scenes of graphic sex and is intended for mature listeners only. Batter up!

©2018 Romeo Alexander (P)2018 Books Unite People

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  • Annika
  • 30-01-2019

Not the best narration

I was in the mood for something light-hearted and sweet and figured I'd give Trading Teams a try. It was new to me authors and narrator so I went into this book without any preconceived notions of either.

Baseball jock and basically the man on campus; Jake has it all, the perfect girlfriend, a sport he loves and a social life that would make many guys green of envy. Slowly that starts to change – he changes. His low grades puts him in danger of losing his scholarship and spot on the team, his perfect girlfriend dumps him and suddenly he’s more interested in studying with his geeky tutor than going out partying with his friends.

Kyle is not really into the whole college scene. It’s more of a stepping stone to where he’s going, so he doesn’t care much one way or another. That being said, the boy is a genius and excels at everything the does, so classes are child's play to him. So when Jake asks him to tutor him he’s not easily persuaded. In the end he’s unable to resist…

I liked the story for what it was. It wasn’t a masterpiece or very deep. It didn’t evoke many feelings in me, but was all in all a cutesy story of coming of age, self-discovery and coming out. Sure it was a bit too picture perfect at times for my tastes. Then again, it didn’t require thinking on the listener’s part, it was effortless that way. So if you go into this book without looking for a masterpiece, anything deep and don’t mind all the perfection going around, you will be totally fine. Otherwise, you might want to look elsewhere for your next read.

Kaeomakana Tiwanak is a new to me narrator, and a quick search turns up only a handful of narrations in total to his name. Sadly this shows clearly in this book. I kind of got the feeling that either he's bitten of a bit more than he can chew, or more likely he hasn't quite found his feet yet in the narration field. Bear with me and let me explain. I think the one thing he had going for him with this book is that his voice sounds young and that really fits with the characters as it's a college romance and they are still wet behind the ears. That part really works, but then it kind of goes downhill...

You probably know me by now. You know that I love when narrators use different voices for different characters and add feelings into the words. And well, Tiwanak tried that. Don't get me wrong, he had many different and very distinct voices for all of Jakes friends, but sadly he's not able to maintain them and in the end they are all a bit jumbled together, accents and voices mix in a way they shouldn't so there is no way to keep track. Not even the voices of the main characters are consistent during the book. But I can live with that. What I had a really difficult time with was the voices for Jake's friends. Remember when you were little and playing pretend, you created these strange voices that you thought represented the character you were playing - rarely being true. The overacting you did. Those voices made me think of that - and not in a good way. They didn't sound credible and really took away from the story.

All of this might give you the impression that it was a bad narration all over, but that was not the case. When it was just Jake and Kyle I loved the story and was invested. Those parts were great – and was the main part of the book, but it was just when Tiwanak got creative that it didn’t quite work for me. I do believe with more practice, more narrated books Tiwanak will find his feet and become a much better narrator, so while I'm not going to pick up any more of his narrations right now, I won't discount me doing it in the future when he's got more experience under his belt.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Nick
  • 10-01-2019

Great storyline - Not fond of the narration

This story was written by one of my favorite authors (and now co-author), and I always look forward to an interesting plot line and good character development – I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed this book and it is worth it for anyone who likes a sweet story about two young adults without too much drama about coming out/being gay.

Now for the narration: On the positive side, I really enjoyed the narrator's portrayal of Kyle – the nervous, high tones lend itself extremely well to this main character and his personality. However, his take on the “jocks” felt like an amateurs attempt at accents, was (at times) cringe-worthy and, if I’m honest, at one point, slightly insulting (think of a really bad impression of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets).

I wanted to love the audio version of this book - I truly did! However, I found Kaeomakana Tiwanak’s narration difficult to listen to most of the time – it felt a little like a first time narrator still trying to get their arms around the concept of having to portray a different voice for different characters. It was like he was trying to get through the reading without putting much thought into making it really entertaining for the listener.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 06-12-2020

A sweet opposites attract nerd-jock romance!

Jake has the perfect life. A gorgeous girlfriend and a starting position on the Varsity team no less.
But there is just one little hiccup. He is on danger of losing his scholarship and the only solution is getting a good tutor.

Kyle would rather be following his passion than being stuck in a class tutoring a jock who would rather be out on the field than couped up in a classroom.

But fate has other plans for them when their paths cross and they might just discover that they have a lot more in common than they originally thought.

This was a sweet opposites attract nerd /jock romance.
The characters were likeable, relatable and well fleshed out and the writing style was engaging .

The narration was decent.

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  • James Camp
  • 17-01-2019

The voices

The story is decent, typical nerd/jock trope. The reason this was so hard to listen to was the narrators voices. Like why did every other male character sound like yoda? Just read it in a normal voice if you can’t change your voice. That would have been a better decision.

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  • L. Cothren
  • 15-04-2019

The Narration is lacking

The story is ok. I enjoyed it as a quick, feel good story. Nothing deep here.
The narration though...it’s terrible!
I’m not sure what was up with the voices the narrator used. The college friends of Jake...simply horrible.
If you listen to this book, be prepared to wonder why the narrator chose to use those particular voices. They sound like aliens and were no consistent. Much could be improved.

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  • Charlie Murphy!!!
  • 28-02-2019

Love - Hard to find...Harder to keep...

There's no formula for love, no instruction manual - and what worked for some might not work for others. Sometimes, you find that what you thought was love was far from it - and what you thought couldn't be anything...turns out to be the biggest, most important something in your life.

Jake is the BMOC, the hot jock who could have any girl he wanted - and he wants only the best, the hottest. Kyle is the nerd, the computer geek - the loner with no friends and a tragic past of hurt and loss. On paper, they have nothing in common, would never see the other in a crowd. But sometimes, circumstances lead where you didn't think you'd ever go...to discover what you didn't think you'd ever want...and to fight for what you didn't think you'd ever need.

An old-fashioned "page turner" - I know because I stayed up to the "wee small hours" to finish it. Jake's desperate need to find a way to stay in school leads him to recognize other needs that he never thought he had. Kyle is pushing himself through life - but, in a way, he hasn't really lived for a while. Find out what happens when on the way to finding themselves, this seemingly mismatched pair finds each other.

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  • Charlotte McDonald
  • 31-01-2019

Cute

It took me a while to get used to the narrator, and at times I had to pause because certain things just didn't work for me with his voice. At times I couldn't differentiate between the characters but the story was cute, rushed at some points but good.
I'd definitely read this on my kindle in the future. I'd have loved for there to be a couple more pages or chapters on how things went after they got back together and with Kyle dealing with his issues. I guess he got over them since in the epilogue they're still together with a daughter, getting there would have been a fun read is all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2021

Couldn’t listen

The voice of the Narrator was so annoying I stopped listening. Can’t say anything about the book or any contents because of his voice.

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  • Michael Woodard
  • 31-05-2021

I liked it but.

The story was ok. I would've like the story more if they had chosen someone else to read this. The voice of the narrator threw me off, their attempt at accents and different voices were... bad.

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  • charlotte K.
  • 30-03-2021

Meh!

The story was sweet, and I'm sure the narrator would do a great job in other stories, but I have to agree with the majority that the voice was not doing it for this one. But I liked the story☺️

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