Brad spends his days swinging a hammer and his weekend nights pouring drinks just to keep his nose clean. At only 21, he's already had enough trouble to last him a lifetime. But when he realizes the boy upstairs has new injuries that coincide with loud shouting matches from that apartment, he knows he has to do something to help.
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Definitely at the top of my list, one I would certainly be listening to again. I really enjoyed following Luka's determination to bide his time until he reaches 18 and escape his Father. Brad is a neighbor but doesn't know about the abuse until he has to stay at home after breaking his wrist.
Whilst I feel it should be Luka it's Brad who is my favourite. He steps in to protect Luka and give him a reason to believe there is a better future. They make such a good couple. He is so gentle with Luka.
I have listened to Hands on, book 5, in this Series also narrated by Tim Todd. He is a very good narrator. Brad comes across as a straight forward guy and Luka's strength in the face of abuse really shines through.His portrayal of Luks's father was very good.
Yes definitely, unfortunately I listen while traveling to work so time is limited.
I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This was an incredibly sweet little story. The story and characters are very well developed for such a short story. Lots of drama and angst. Very much enjoyed this. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of this series.
The narrator gave a wonderful performance. His reading style was somewhat sedate however. I speed up the book to 1.5x and I enjoyed it much better.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
"An Unexpected Saviour and the Man He Saves"
My Name is Luka is a touching book about a young man who is weeks away from his 18th birthday who can hardly wait to escape his physically abusive father.
After one beating that caused a mild concussion his downstairs neighbor who is 21 takes him in and helps him recover from the concussion. After a second literal whipping almost to the point of death Luka, the near-18 y/o, is taken my Brad, his friend and neighbor, to a couple who volunteer at an LGBTQIA homeless youth shelter.
I must congratulate Brad on his self control because he refuses to do anything untoward until Luka turns 18. Luka gets the best birthday present ever. Not just great sex but a life-partner.
I recommend this book. Aria Grace is never shy on taking on the tough topics that face the LGBTQIA community and the greater community at-large.
When I started my binge listening Aria Grace, I only read the description of 1 book. After that, I one clicked several more (audio & kindle versions). I started Luka without reading the blurb.
Tim Todd has a voice that haunts you! He brings to life the heartbreak, the longing. You can almost feel every bruise, each tear that falls. Long after the story ends, his voice remains. Soothing you, guiding you, leaving its mark in your heart.
Oh my goodness, the words Tim Todd reads. Luka broke my heart. I wanted to wrap him up, love him, protect him. He suffers, he yearns, he stays resilient & strong. Every person needs Brad in their life. Hard working, honest, determined to do the right thing. When an injury changes Brads schedule, his life will never be the same. A chance encounter will push both men to examine themselves, what's right and fight for what could be.
I loved this book! It's filled with love, hate, longing & the determination to protect while doing the right thing. What you want isn't always what is best, and that struggle is clearly portrayed & felt.
"Hot and Touching M/M Romance"
Luka's story was truly touching having read and experience his hurt from his loss and harsh life. I enjoyed how his and Brad's relationship progressed and how Brad was careful with him and took such good care of him. The love that grew between them was undeniable and felt natural. The overall performance of this audio was very good and a pleasure to listen to. I am reviewing this audiobook honestly in exchange for a free copy.
"Probably the best in the series!"
Absolutely I loved this one. It was, I felt, the most emotional and investing.
I enjoyed the focus Luka had not on how bad his life was but his desire to get away. He didn't hold onto anger or self pity but hope
I think he did a great job in giving emotional depth to the characters especially Luka
Really the ultimate scene with Luka and his dad just tore me up, but I really think it was done very well.
"Haunting and Beautiful"
The story of Luka and Brad is both heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time.
For those who have been in a situation similar to Luka's the want to find that haven of safety is profound. That he finds it in a man so full of love to give is a treat to watch unfold.
Brad's openness and willingness to help a beautifully broken boy he doesn't know is a joy. You cheer for this couple and the narration is so beautifully done that it makes the story ring with life.
This whole series is amazing, truly and the narration of each story adds to rhe enjoyment of them making them worth buying and then some.
"5 Star Everything"
I am so in love with this short story. I would think that it would have stayed on the surface without enough time to dive into the deeper emotions but I couldn't be more incorrect. Luka was full of intense emotional drama and a sexy romance for the ages.
I was so heart broken by Luka's struggles that his sexuality had brought him. Being judged for your sexuality is one of the issues that just really breaks my heart and I thought this book was told in such a respectful way.
I am excited to move onto the rest of this series and and meet the other characters.
Tim Todd is a new narrator to me and he was fantastic. He told the story in a way that the characters were each represented with different tones, which made it remarkably easy to follow and I was never thrown out of the story due to narration, he kept me deep in it the entire book. Excellent job.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review by audiobook boom.
*I received this audiobook from the author through the DBML Program in exchange for an honest review.*
This was a sweet story. It’s the story of Brad who breaks his wrist on the job, and is forced to spend a few weeks in his apartment. Home, for Brad, was never anywhere but a place to sleep; it certainly wasn’t a place to be immobile for weeks. But fate had other plans. This unplanned stay led him to discover Luka, who had been enduring a violent relationship with his father. A very sad occurrence.
Brad intervenes and takes Luka to his own apartment where Brad watches Luka as he sleeps and so the romance begins; and a sweet love story ensues between Luka and Brad.
Great story. If you want a sweet, short love story -- look no further. Highly recommended. 4/5
Higher end of the middle
I loved that his voices for each character was different enough that I never had a problem discerning who was talking.
Sweet Luka of course.
**A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
This has been a very enjoyable series so far and I look forward to reading more
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