In book one, More Than Friends, Ryan is struggling to get over the break up from his long-term girlfriend. When he finally decides a fling might be exactly what he needs to move on, he expects to find it in a woman. But when he meets Drea's hot cousin, he feels an attraction that he's never felt before. But Drea's cousin is a guy... and Ryan isn't gay.
In book two, Drunk in Love, Ryan and Zach have been together for eight blissful months. Just as they are about to take their relationship to the next level, a visit with Zach's ex changes everything. They each make mistakes that could destroy everything they've built together.
In book three, Choosing Happy, Steve lives his life in a cycle of work, hookups, and regret. He's ruined every relationship he's been a part of and knows he's not cut out for love. The highlight of each day is seeing the hot college kid that walks by his waffle truck every evening. When Steve suspects abuse, he steps in and makes the situation even worse. He has to fix what he's screwed up, and maybe he can fix himself in the process.
©2015 Aria Grace (P)2016 Aria Grace
The first two books are Ryan and Zach's story. In More Than Friends they meet and fall in love. This is a very sweet gentle romance where Ryan realises he is attracted to men and Zach in particular. With Drunk in Love they hit their rocky patch. The difficulty in their relationship is triggered by Steve, Zach ex. Steve is a selfish character.
Choosing Happy is Steve's story. We get an explanation of his actions and he becomes a more likeable character. This is my favourite story of the three. There is a lot more than the growing relationship between Steve and Joey, there is an element of suspense. Joey is in a bad situation with his master, Topher, and when he gets away Topher wants him back. This puts both of them in danger.
The first two stories are narrated by Douglas Dale. Unfortunately I don't think he does them justice. I don't think his narration lifted the stories or bring out the emotions, which was a shame. The third book narrated by Michael Ferriola, was so much better. He is very good at characterisation, giving each their distinct voice drawing you more into the story.
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Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance.
I enjoyed listening to all three stories. The first two feature Ryan and Zach, and although I couldn't understand their agreement to the threesome, I enjoyed the angst that followed. The third story redeemed Steve in my eyes as he came didn't come across in a good light in book two.
Good narration by the two narrators.
"Really Good Series"
This was a really good series. At first I was disappointed when I realized the third book had nothing to do with Zach and Ryan, but really got into the drama of Joey's (Little Ducks) horrible situation and was extremely relieved with the ending.
I like that I got to listen to more than one part of the story and how the three story mix very well together, super love stories of friends and ex-lovers. A must read and listen too!!🆒😁
I didn't read the print version, but I enjoyed listening to the story. I felt like the story was a little over the top, but good overall.
"Such a fantastic start to a series."
I happened to come across book 7 in this series first and I was immediately hooked. I had to go back and start where it all began.
From what the author has said, these are her first books but you can't hardly tell. Book 1 was slightly different than the other 2 and not quite as deep but that's only being nit picky because it was great and 5 star for me.
The deep, emotional and angsty trials that a man must face when being gay out in the world... Aria Grace really does these characters justice. I felt their pain and the new, exciting love as they build relationships. Let's not even talk about how incredibly hot and steamy they are, because Aria can write that scene and make anyone's temperature rise.
The first narrator, Douglas Dale, I wasn't crazy about. I felt like he was reading a book. Not reading the story of his life. With Michael Ferriola, it was the opposite. I really felt like it was his story that he was telling.
I seriously can't wait to continue on with this series, I am binge listening to all of them. I was able to purchase on Amazon for cheap and add audible narration for cheaper than what the books were on Audible directly. Check that method before purchasing through Audible but absolutely purchase them. They are worth it.
The narrator for this story was wonderful! His voice was so easy to listen to! This is my first experience with an Aria Grace book and definitely won't be the last!
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