I thought I knew what love was... My name is Hunter Willis and I've found love. The problem? I'm not sure I'm ready for the rest of the world to know I've fallen for my best friend. Everyone knows Max is gay. Me? They think I'm straight as an arrow. So did I, until Max and I shared a kiss three months ago that blew that theory right out of the water. Now, by the ocean in Florida, thousands of miles away from prying eyes, I'm finally ready to admit to myself that Max and I have something special. Max has been ready for a long time - and he's been waiting for me. Really waiting. As in... he's still a virgin. There's nothing I want more than to be Max's first lover. But I know when Max gives away that part of himself, it won't be just a summer fling. It'll be for keeps. Max deserves the best. I'm just not sure, when it comes right down to it, that I won't break his heart. Did I mention I'm scared as hell?
©2009 Cooper Davis (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Hard to like"
The character if hunter and his whining makes this a hard story to like or get into and the sex scenes that should be hot are very contrived. Not my favorite
Hunter is a straight man who falls in love with one of his best friends, Max. This is their story, told in a series of flash backs and leaps forward. We start with Hunter and Max on vacation in Florida. They’ve been hot and heavy for months, but not actually committed to each other or had full relationship with a man. Max, a newbie, doesn’t want to make love to someone unwilling to be with him fully. After much deliberation, Hunter agrees that the time is right for them to come out as a couple and he’s “rewarded” with Max’s innocence.
Then, we are shown, back in time, their original meeting, when both were “straight” guys who were drawn to each other. This then leads through the months and years of each man’s road towards discovering their preferences and finally to the culmination where they both come out to their friends and cement their relationship as long term partners.
I really enjoyed this double GFY/OFY story of two men discovering love with one another. It’s told from Hunter’s POV as he is the most confused of the pair, he has to process a lot of emotion. I thought the author did a tremendous job of being fairly realistic in how slow it would be for two men to go from dating women to dating each other and since the story itself is short, we get important highlights from those years, not every minute detail.
I’m not sure I really appreciated all the back and fort between time periods, as a listener it was hard to follow sometimes.
However, the narrator did an excellent job. He was really good at reading the dialog and the smexy times, but didn’t try to take over the story with a variety of voice types. Everyone was voiced the same, but he really did a nice job showing emotion appropriately in the right parts of the story. He seemed to “get” what he was reading.
I hadn’t heard from this narrator before, but I’d look for him again.
I look forward to the next installment, Taking You Home.
I really enjoyed both the book and narration and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.
"Inspiring and Beautiful love story"
I couldn't stop reading this beautiful love story! Very inspiring and at moments found myself smiling uncontrollably!
"Don't waste your 2 hours 9 mins with this"
This felt like listening to an adolescent's badly-written journal. I couldn't make sense of it despite this being only 2 hours long. I bought this because it's the prequel to the couple's story but it is so badly written, disjointed, and most parts irrelevant to the storyline that I had to conclude there isn't one.
The narrator's voice is masculine and sexy but his narrating needs polishing. Not enough expression so a boring story is made even worse. I bought the sequel together with this and I hope that's better.
"eh.... similar to a long winded journal entry"
I think my expectations were too high because I was really disappointed. For some reason, I thought the two guys were teenagers, not grown men. A lot of the inner turmoil was a bit too juvenile for me, and I found myself getting more annoyed as the story played out.
I felt a bit lost when I realized how completely anti-climatic everything was. And I still don't know what went on between Max and his sister!!! What happened in that conversation? I hate unanswered questions... I liked the happy ending, but didn't feel very invested in their journey. There's nothing special here... at all... so I think it's a story you can skip.
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