Screenwriter Noah Ashley has a few four-letter words for his agent when she suggests he improve his script by shadowing a PI. Still, because he's an artist dedicated to his craft and she knows where the bodies are buried, he agrees. Then he spends a little time with the gorgeous PI, and suddenly it seems like a really good plan. The PI doesn't seem to entirely love the idea, but Noah has never been afraid to go after what he wants.
PI Drew Rodriguez is used to people depending on him. He's the classic rock for his family. Responsible. Dependable. The classic rock would never succumb to the borderline sleazy temptation of friends with benefits, no matter how sexy that temptation is. Drew is looking for something enduring.
Despite Drew's misgivings, it's not long before they've got all the requisites for friends with benefits going. Friendly, good conversation? Check. Fun times in and out of bed? Check. Hot, electrolyte-sapping sex? Double check. Falling in love? Yeah. About that....
©2016 S.E. Harmon (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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"A Great Story..."
I so enjoy a story in which the author provides a plethora of backstory that endears the primary characters to the reader/listener and Harmon does a great job in this book. Noah and Drew are such great characters and of course I was routing for this pairing. The wit and sarcasm of each character is great and one cannot help but want a HEA. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. Great second edition to this series...looking forward to the next installment.
"Great Listen, great story"
I enjoyed how the pulled the listener into the story and made you care about the characters. The narration was great as well.
I can foresee myself listening to this story again.
"Great narration made an ok story fantastic."
The narration. Michael Stellman has a youthful, vibrancy to his voice that truly encapsulated the characters in this story.
Aside from the narration I enjoyed following along as both Drew and Noah grew exponentially from where the story started to where it ended.
I have and it was just as good. As I said above, his vocal tones really fit for younger characters and storylines. He doesn't do a ton of different voices per say, but he manages to change tone just enough to make it easy for the listener to know when there's a change in POV.
So Into You is perfect.
I really enjoyed the push and pull between the two MC's and how there was a role reversal in a way toward the end. Both men have pasts that make it hard for them to trust in love or commitment. They also both share parental issues, though for different reasons. Noah was adopted, though he's reconnected with his birth mom. He just can't understand why she is happy with twin girls and getting ready to get married, and yet, she couldn't keep him. And then Drew has the day late, dollar short dad that's in and out of his, his brother and mother's lives more than he's in and out of prison. It was wonderful to sit back and listen as they grew closer, challenged each other and ultimately fell in love.
The story was slow and tedious in places, dialogue and inner monologues that drug on excessively. I thought that perhaps this book could have been an hour or three shorter, the story tightened up a bit, and this would have easily been a 5 star for me. Stellman's narration pulled my rating up though, it was fantastic. His voice itself is young and fresh, his tones generally full of life and energy, much like Noah. And though Drew is a bit older, wiser and jaded... Stellman really conveyed every facet of his personality and I loved that.
Definitely worth a listen especially if you read/listened to book 1 or are a fan of the narrator.
"it was boring"
It was boring, I ended up skipping through the book. Good writing but not any action. To much angst and snark.
"Continuing an Excellent Series"
I think the moment that was most memorable for me was when Mac moved in with Jordan. A minor moment over all in the progress of the story, and as this is not Mac's story, it's something that is focused on, however seeing Mac and Jordan's story continuing is something I was wanting to see.
His dedication to each character's voice makes each of the main characters one I will remember.
Fantasy, reality, and when the two meet.
Why oh why have I let this book languish in my TBR when it was so good? I just had no idea just how good it was going to be. Such a gift sitting and waiting for me to read at just the right time.
OMG, just like the first book in this series, I ADORED this book. It was so good, so snarky, so much just pure fun to read and enjoy. Honestly, read that story description...it has this book nailed. It was so good.
What isn't mentioned in that description is that Noah's agent is also his ex-wife. I loved their relationship so much. They're friends...in fact, Noah has stayed friends with almost all his ex's, except his most recent one that nobody else liked anyway. But he's a casual guy, more about right now than long-term, and his hookups respect that about him. He also lives his life in Hollywood. That world kind of prevents anything lasting to have a chance...to last.
Drew is the opposite. He's all about commitment. He just hasn't found the right guy for that. His life is a bit chaotic. He's former military who now works as a PI. He has a younger brother that he's basically raised because dad was in prison...and suddenly both those guys are back in Drew's life throughout this book. (Drew is used to be a loner...having his not necessarily welcome family living with him is throwing a wrench in everything about his life.) He's the solid guy that everyone counts on for stability. He doesn't deal with change or chaos well. Ever since Noah showed up, he's had nothing but all that, and Drew doesn't have any patience for that, so he shuts Noah down at every turn.
I loved the conflict between them at the beginning of the book. It built up some fantastic sexual chemistry between them. I listened to this one on audio and loved every single minute of listening to it. But I just ordered it in print, because this is a new favorite that belongs on my keeper shelf. LOVED IT and HIGHLY recommend it.
"enjoyable but could have been better"
This book would have been better if it was shorter and thus quicker paced. I think the whole first hour was just back story, and there continued to be a lot of that throughout the story. I enjoyed the narrator, but he needs to do more to distinguish the characters. A few times I caught myself wondering which character was supposed to be doing the speaking.
"Good story but..."
I enjoyed the connection between Drew and Noah. As much as their pasts were different, the similarities were there as well: childhood lost, lost of parents, finding their way in life with little or no guidance. However, I felt there were too many loose ends regarding Noah's parents.
I loved reading of a bisexual character who wasn't looked at as being confused or unable to commit.
The narrator's voice was just right for these guys. I also, like the new support characters and the appearance of Jordan and Mac. I'm looking forward to book 3.
"Stellman is great as usual."
So, the story line was actually really good. The thing that bothered me was that Mackenzie suddenly had a different personality in this book vs the last one where he was the main character. He presents now as flaky and effeminate.
"Don't waste your time or money"
Better characters, better story line,
Get with it already. 11 chapters in and still hasn't caught my interest. Move it along.
No emotion, very robotic, just monotone.
11 chapters in and still hasn't caught my interest
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