Varro Dacien spends his life riding toward the next adventure. Brian Christie, his best friend and touchstone, the one person who's always truly seen him, plays sidekick on these madcap adventures and subsequent trips to the hospital until he can't take it anymore. While Brian can see Varro, Varro has never caught on that he's breaking his best friend's heart.
Without Varro, Brian builds himself a life that's all about just getting by, doing his best to ignore the hole in his heart and his life. Without Brian to balance him, Varro pushes harder and takes more risks to reach that ultimate high. His job racing high-octane bikes on suicide-level courses makes it easy to get that rush...until it's no longer enough, and Varro realizes it's not the race but who's waiting at the finish line that truly matters. Now he just has to convince Brian to be there.
©2013 Mary Calmes (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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"Greg Tremblay gives good eargasm. 'Nuff said."
Quick read about friends to lovers. No reinvention of the wheel, but entertaining nonetheless.
I actually had a hard time with this story. I just could not get passed the way Brian strung along the guy he was seeing by not being completely upfront about how he (Brian) felt for his best friend Varro.
It was borderline cruel every time the poor guy asked if he should stop trying and move on since Brian was clearly showing signs of his love for Varro, but Brian would give the poor guy a tiny piece of hope that he wasn't planning on anything romantic with Varro. I'm glad the guy told Brian exactly how he was acting (like a balancing 'maybe I will, maybe I won't) towards him and Varro.
Anyway, I couldn't enjoy the blossoming relationship of Varro and Brian because he truly did toy with that guys heart and emotions. I ended up disliking Brian completely.
"The race is on."
Of course, it's Greg Tremblay!
The Mangrove stories by Mary Calmes. Same author, narrator and type of stories.
Many, he's fantastic.
The race is on.
Brian Christie and Varro Dacien have been best friends since the day Brian watched Varro launch a homemade contraption off his roof and subsequently wind up in the hospital. That day set the stage for their lives moving forward. Varro is the daredevil and Brian is his conscious. Best friends and foster brothers, the two were inseparable until Brian realized he was in love with Varro. While Brian tried to put distance between them, Varro continued to pull Brian closer all while tearing his heart in two with constant trysts with random women and groupies. When Brian finally has enough and completely pulls away, both men are left in stasis, not really moving on and constantly thinking about each other, both too damn stubborn to do anything about it. There is nothing like a little competition to make a man admit his feelings, in abundance.
Calmes is the queen of sexy short stores, and Greg Tremblay is her court jester. The only reason I’m giving this one 4 instead of 5 stars was the pain in my ass miscommunication and stubborn resolve to forever wallow in self-pity, miserably that Brian wore like a badge of honor. I seriously wanted to snatch him up by his hair and slap him a couple times. I tell you what though; the conversation on the phone toward the end, Tremblay used some amazing vocal chops during that part of the story. He gave voice to every word and emotion and had me hanging off every syllable and frustrated groan. And who knew that Tremblay could pull of an Irish baroque?
Great story for fans of the author and narrator, angsty but fun and I think the last thirty minutes was my favorite part.
"Just OK story; great narration"
This is a short novella, that I'll be honest, I would not have enjoyed as much if Greg Tremblay was not narrating it. The story is OK, I like Brian, but I really didn't like Varro; he was a jerk throughout the book IMHO. Yes, I know this is a coming out/gay for you tale; but really, he just didn't get redeemed for me when he finally pulled his head out of his ass. The story is told from Brian's POV, so the narrator made him so engaging that I was pulled into the story and really enjoyed it.
"Not the best"
I'm a huge fan of Mary Calmes but I didn't connect with the characters at all in this one. Greg Tremblay's narration was excellent as usual.
"Quick and easy and fun"
The men really know each other, so I was a little surprised it took Varro so long to realize that maybe the feelings he has for Brian are more than brotherly love.
A sweet audio shorty in true Mary Calmes fashion.
"love the book"
the storyline was awesome and the narrator brought the book to life . It is so romantic when two kindered spirit who know they belong to each other from kids.
I've read this book in ePub and loved it, so I thought I'd give it a go on audible. The narration was magic truly bringing the mc's to life.
"Lovely story with one of my fav narrators"
Varro and Brian have been best friends since they were thrown together as foster kids. Varro is wild, crazy, an adrenaline junky and straight. Brian is quiet, studious, a rock and gay. Of course Brian has wanted Varro forever, but not been willing to act on it for the obvious reasons.
Varro is a motorcycle racer and Brian goes out on the circuit to help him stay focused and safe for an entire year. During that year it becomes clear that Brian can’t stay around Varro without completely losing his heart so he opts to leave the circuit to pursue his own dreams.
Varro misses Brian and begins to evaluate his feelings more closely.
When the two get together it is super-nova hot and sweet at the same time.
Though I hate to “spoil” things for you - this is one quote that epitomizes their relationship for me:
“I love you, Brian.” I leaned forward to meet his dark gaze and whisper the words he needed to hear and I needed to say.
“I love you, Varro, so much.”
“Swear it,” he said and held out his pinky with his right hand as he fisted my cock with his left.
“What’re we?” My voice dropped off. “Ten?”
“I am. You’re nine. Now swear.”
I hooked his pinky with mine as he pushed up from under me. “Jesus, Varro, you feel so good.”
“So do you.” His voice sounded like sandpaper as he reached up and hooked a hand behind my neck, drawing me down to him.
I highly recommend this amazing and wonderful book!
Greg Tremblay is one of my absolute favorite narrators. I simply adore him.
He always amazes me with his ability to infuse passion and emotion and humor into his narrations. He truly brings the words to life.
He does another amazing job with this – a fantastic Scottish accent, a slight Hispanic, and Italian… seemless and wonderful! My only complaint and I can’t say it’s anything he did poorly – but in my head Varro had a deep, rough, slightly accented, maybe East Coast accent – very growly and in Greg’s interpretation he doesn’t. So I was a little disappointed but – that’s really artistic opinion and all that…
A wonderful audiobook and still very, very highly recommended.
"An okay story made better by Tremblay"
*** 3 racy stars ***Audio edition, narrator Greg Tremblay.2 hours 5 minutesOverall: 3Performance: 5Story: 3A sweet audio shorty in true Mary Calmes fashion. The plot points don't really make sense, or they kinda do in Calmes. You just have to go along with them.
Varro and Brian has been friends forever. Ever since Brian watched Varro drive down the roof of Varro's house and crash into a tree (!). Apparently Varro was chasing the adrenaline kick very early on. Brian is a foster kid, and Varro's mother takes him in to live with her and Varro and his brother Nico. They all grow up together. Brian is gay and comes out to them early on and everyone is fine with it. Brian have fallen in love with Varro, though, and is carrying a huge torch for his best friend slash foster brother. Brian loves Varro so much that it's becoming painful to stay with him, and also painful to watch Varro race and gamble with his life over and over again. Brian knows that Varro has his heart, but where does Varro's heart lay?As always, I liked this more because of Tremblay's narration. He is excellent, and he gives such life to the characters through his voice that I can't but help feel the characters. And I'm a sucker for happy ending when it's a long time coming.
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