Re-release of best-selling 2009 novel - What happens when Rory travels halfway across the country to meet the girl of his dreams? Certainly not what he expected.
Rory's just a simple southern boy from St. Antoine's Parish, Louisiana, but he knows what he wants - the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane. He's loved her since junior high school, and now he has the chance to meet her. He chucks everything and travels 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach just so he can tell her. He's determined that nothing and nobody are going to stand in his way.
Turns out, Ran Yamane isn't a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He's trusted fans in the past and paid the price. So when he meets Rory he is understandably wary, but resigned. He isn't prepared for his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory's apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the chaos that ensues when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.
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I really enjoyed this audio book. The narration was really good and there was an entertaining range of accents on display. The relationship between Ran Yamane and Rory was gorgeous. I suppose this could be pigeonholed as 'gay for you' and Insta-love, but don't let that put you off. The writing is solid, fun, and the story, a roller coaster ride.
"Almost Perfect !!!"
The cover of Drawn Together caught my eye, I liked the synopsis, I've had good luck w/ ZA Maxfield and Audible Studios; but it was Greg Boudreaux (Tremblay) who made it an immediate download.
So, even though it was 1am and I needed to be conscious in the morning, I couldn't resist a quick listen. ZA & Greg had me hooked from the first sentence. Sometime after 4am I managed to tear myself away for a few hours.
I REALLY don't like angst in my fiction or thrillers or books with psycho stalkers who torture & kill. I REALLY don't like plots where a character makes a "difficult decision for the good of them both" and "big misunderstandings" ensue. I LOVED this book anyway!
How can you not love a book where one character is described by a friend as being 1 part John the Baptist, 1 part John Holmes and 1 part Elmo; while the not girl of his dreams turns out to be an anime artist who personifies Bishōnen?
A lot of stereotypes get flung around, but the characters alternately own & defy them.
ZA Maxfield has created a wonderful, humorous, dramatic, romantic, & fun M/M story. Add to that Greg's Exquisite performance, and you have a book that's nearly impossible to pause for bothersome details like food or sleep. Thank you Audible Studios for bringing us this!
It's not perfect, but for me the only thing that would make it better is seeing Ran Yamane's art.
"Greg Boudreaux rocks this!"
Drawn Together was one of the first M/M books I read. I have really fond memories of this story and when I found out it was being re-released as an audiobook...well, I was happier than a pig in mud. Then I found out Greg Tremblay, performing under his steamier "Greg Boudreaux" moniker, was going to narrate and my excitement knew no bounds.
I absolutely loved the narration! Greg does not disappoint with his wonderful southern drawl for Rory, Yamane's lighter tones, the pure creepiness of Amelia, and the perfectly pitched side characters.
I'll admit I did some eye rolling and teeth gritting at the story this time around. This is one of those times I had a hard time re-reading a book I loved years ago.
I completely credit my ability to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story and flow directly to the awesome narration by Greg. He totally rocked this!
This was a fun, wonderful listen!
"Voice actor extraordinare!"
Storyline was good but was brought to life by the incredible performance of Greg Boudreaux (aka Tremblay). Greg's southern drawl was a thing of beauty and the emotion he puts into each scene is so moving that it brings me to tears.
Live long and keep on keeping on!
"4.5/5 : Great for what it is."
This is an adorable fluffy romance between two interesting and desirable men who have sweet, mild sex. There are a few eye roll moments but this is not to cringy a book. It's fun and delivers a happy ending that leaves your heart warmed.
I'll be looking for more from this author. Well done.
"What a treat this is!"
The blurb does not begin to let you know what a delicious treat this story is. It is truly marvelous from start to finish, and I cannot recommend enough.
"Delightful Story (with one really troubling scene)"
I really loved almost everything about this story. It was such a great adventure and romance with a fairy tale quality to it. The main characters were well drawn with realistic qualities and flaws that made them compelling. And their chemistry is fantastic. There were a whole host of interesting secondary characters as well.
The narrator is fantastic, as many have said.
I didn't love the villain being a mentally ill fat woman as that plays into some nasty stereotypes, but it didn't bother me too much.
However, there was one scene that really, really bothered me because it involved serious, red flag consent issues that weren't ever resolved or dealt with. SPOILERS BELOW for this scene only.
In the scene in question, Yamane has been drinking and is passed out/asleep in their shared hotel room. Rory has had a few drinks, but isn't drunk. Rory undresses Yamane and touches him all over before finally rubbing off on him. Yamane is unconscious for all of this and is completely unaware. In the morning, Rory feels guilty, but he never tells Yamane about what happened. They have sex before this scene and afterward, but that doesn't change the fact that Yamane was not conscious to consent to this particular instance.
This is at best a serious breach of trust and at worst out and out rape. It's still bothering me because, aside from being creepy, it doesn't seem to serve any narrative purpose. The story wouldn't have been changed if this scene hadn't been included. And Rory is presented as being a knight in shining armor character who is otherwise extremely scrupulous, so it's also out of character.
Bottom line, I'm sorry this scene marred an otherwise great story, and I will probably not try any of the author's other works despite enjoying the story as a whole.
this story was a wonderful surprise, I've over looked this book due to the comic cover, but taken at the beginning. The narrator is awesome, love the different languages with the southern twang. I give 5 stars to the author, love diverse books.
An adventure and a romance, well told and perfectly performed. I recommend this. Overall, worth listening to again!
"What an awesome surprise!"
This is the first time I've listened to a book narrated by Greg Boudreaux. So I was totally flabbergasted to hear the voice of one of my top 3 narrators start reading. Another great listen for me. So now that I know about Greg Boudreaux/Tremblay, I have several more audio books to buy!
I really loved both Rory and Yamane. I especially liked what Rory's friend's kids called Yamane.
Sometimes I like GFY and sometimes I don't. I really think Mary Calmes did great with it in this story.
"Loved every second of this book."
It was great. The characters are easy to fall in love with. The narrator is the king of character transitions. His voice acting made this story all the more perfect.
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