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“I don’t have time to grieve. I have to hold it together, because we can’t afford for me to fall apart.”
 

Jace Payne never dreamed he’d be a father at twenty-four - or an orphan, either. After his parents pass away in a plane crash, he’s determined to do right by his two brothers - regardless of what anyone else has to say. The complication? His parents didn’t want Jace to raise his siblings - they wanted his dad’s best friend to adopt them, instead.
 

"He’s beautiful. I only want to help him. It’s my sacred duty, and I take that responsibility as seriously as my Hippocratic Oath."
 

Rowan Baron spent most of his life in love with his best friend. For the most part, it didn’t cause any issues - but a falling out a couple years ago means that the news of Aaron’s death and Rowan’s new responsibilities catches him completely by surprise. He’s conflicted - he believes in Jace, but he’s also got a responsibility to see Aaron’s wishes through. If that wasn’t complex enough, he’s quickly shouldering another problem...his attraction to Jace has him in way over his head.
 

Welcome to Worthington, Texas, where the heat doesn't just rise in the summer - you'll feel it all year long in these stories of older men and their younger lovers. Every book in the Worth It series can be listened to on its own, but with so many familiar characters to love, why stop with just one? This audiobook features the pain of working through complicated grief, the rush of allowing a new love to bloom, and the hope that comes when you form a new family to protect and treasure.
 

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  • JDHB
  • 21-10-2019

Another great listen!

This is a sweet story mixed with little tragedy. I loved that it made me cry but also made me happy when the characters get their HEA. I definitely recommend it!

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  • Love222
  • 07-10-2019

A little slow

It dragged a little here and there but the story is sadly sweet. Muckajev Does a good job with the narration which makes it worth the listen.

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  • enjoys a great read
  • 27-09-2019

Slow going

Wasn’t sure where this one was going, but finally got into it enough and it was interesting enough to finish.not my fave.

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  • Denice
  • 21-09-2019

TRULY ENTERTAINING

Jace Payne is Finn McNamara’s friend and Rowan is Jace’s father’s best friend. Jace has had a crush on Rowan since he realized he liked men. There is a great twist in the story when Jace’s parents are killed in a car accident and Rowan is named custodian to the younger children. Jace wants to be their custodian and the battle begins on two fronts – Jace’s love for the older man and custody for Jace’s siblings. The dynamics of this story are wonderful with a great twist.

The narration is superb; voice changes and emotions shown in reading.

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  • Donald
  • 20-09-2019

Payne

The beginning of this audio was so sad that I had to stop it a couple of times.
The narrator did a fine job conveying the fill of the story. Everything thought the story flowed with a wanting for more and I couldn't stop listening to it. This is a very good audio and without the sex scenes I would recommend this to young adults and older. But with them, it is for ADULTS only.

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  • Clau
  • 19-09-2019

Not for me

This story was really not my cup of tea. It creeped me out from the beginning. I know that Jayce was 24, but he was acting like a teenager. And seriously, what with that kiss and them almost having sex, when there were children around?

And that without taking into account that they both were grieving, hadn't seen each other in years and, basically, were strangers to each others.

And, sorry. but it had an incestuous note, with all the uncle-not-really-uncle who had a thing for the father...

I don't know, it simply wasn't for me.

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  • Guy Venturi
  • 24-06-2019

Despite the obstacles love makes things better

Somehow tragedy and love can make men out of boys and boys out of men. Differences can become uniting forces and understanding can bridge floods of tears. Listening to the needs of adults and kids can guide healing and produce true friendship and fellowship as hope blossoms in hearts awaiting the next book in the series.

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  • alias11
  • 11-06-2019

Conflict and Consequences

I loved this story that deals beautifully with the conflicts that come when duty wars with attraction, as Jace and Rowan try to pursue their own love and needs for each other with trying to support the younger children.. I especially felt so sorry for a family doing it's best to stay together under the heavy hand of social services. I thought the book dealt very well with the reality of grief and the way younger children can act out as a way to express what they may not be able to communicate verbally. Very well done!

The narration was very good, and expressed the feelings and emotions wonderfully.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook through the author, and this is my honest, voluntary review.

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  • Patricia Brost
  • 11-06-2019

So well done!

We are in Worthington, Texas once again, and the story is more complicated than usual. Rowan Baron has been in love with Aaron Payne for many years. This has been a love from afar. Aaron and his wife die in a plane crash and Rowan is asked to take care of their children.The oldest "boy" is in his mid twenties. Rowan and Chase become involved. Chase has had a crush on Rowan for years. When Rowan comes to help Chase with the boys, Chase is very confused by his feelings. He finds out that Rowan had feelings for his dad and that makes things even harder to understand. This makes it even harder for Rowan and Chase to coparent the younger boys. In addition to understanding each other, Rowan and Chase must become employed in order to adopt Porter and Henry. There are many obstacles to obtaining a happy ending in this story. Worthington does it's magic, once again. The journey to resolution is well worth taking. I love the stories that are set in Worthington. Peter has created a wonderful environment for love. Nikola Muckajevhas given another wonderful performance. I recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Lana
  • 27-05-2019

Not bad

It was over all not a bad story. Don't know if it is because I have not read the other books in the series. The narrator's voice was monotone and I felt not much emotion. But over all not bad.

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  • Rebekah
  • 02-10-2019

Fab

I thought this was a fabulous book to listen to as I enjoyed following the struggle Jace that was going thru and then meeting up with Rowan again and some old history.

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  • Brian P Castle-Rees
  • 05-07-2019

Awesome story

As usual Peter writes an amazing intricate story that touches the emotions. I really enjoyed this book and the performance of Nikola. Unfortunately it’s let down by the quality of the recording as it is often slightly distorted at the beginning or/and end of a sentence. That apart it’s well worth getting. B x

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