It's not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they've been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school's champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.
Their friendship survives, but Jordan's worst enemy may be himself: he can't seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case - his straight friend, Owen. Owen won't let anything take Jordan's friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he's to win Jordan back.
©2013 Eli Easton (P)2014 Harmony Ink Press
Understanding, accepting yourself!
Yes, I did it!
The journey from child to adult is a memorable one. No matter whether can be a gradual process or one that is very sudden, there is bound to be confusion, complexity and, of course, fun. The topic always triggered in me the most sensitive thread. Isn't it a natural ? When I think in this connection novels, my mind goes to the point that being a gay isn't easy, and growing up is one of the hardest parts about it. Finding your place in the world as a different can be complicated, painful, and frustrating, which is actually true, but but but Eli Easton's stoty make me feel mostly all warm and melty. Yes, there is a tragic painful moment, but it doesn't get in that angsty way of our 'Pin Man and Pencil Boy' romance.
This was a short, sweet, Y/A, best friends to lovers, m/m romance. No major angst just a lovely, lovely story told by a delightful narrator.
As much as I enjoyed Superhero, unfortunately it's probably near the bottom! Don't get me wrong, this is an enjoyable story, but not up to the standard of 'The Lion and The Crow', also by Eli Easton
When Owen finally realised what he wanted!
This was my first time listening to Tristan. His narration is good, but there were times when there was no differentiation between characters, which detracted somewhat from a generally good performance
It did make me smile and gave me a 'warm' feeling
There was a part, early on in the story where there was an overly long description of the comic strip, which for me was unnecessary and didn't add anything.
"WOW! So cute!"
What a cute m/m romance.. You just know that HEA is gonna be so squeezable and cute.I really enjoy this... learning about the BBF turned to lovers... I totally enjoyed it.. Totally worth a credit or buy... Narration was ok.. not the best..but not horrible.
"Cute story. Lovable characters"
Yes, it is a quick and sweet story. It borders on young adult to new adult.
I loved Jordan and Owen, both!
His voice was perfect for the age of the guys.
Yes, it is short enough to listen to
This is my first book narrated by Tristan Wright. He was great, except it his voice did not waver at all between characters. His switch in POV was difficult at times. He would state Owen or Jordan's name, and if you were not listening closely, you could miss it. He was seamless in his transition which made it difficult to figure out if he was still reading or switching between characters. His voice was perfect for this age group and I would give him a "try" again.
"Great YA story"
Loved this story. Not as much as Blame It On The Mistletoe but it's a close second. I highly recommend.
"Short and sweet"
Charming and adorable.
Rainbow High, and not just for the obvious high school affiliation, but for the coming of age story told so well in both.
This is my first audio book with Tristan Wright as narrator and he is spectacular! I will be looking (and hoping) for him as narrator in all my future audiobooks.
This book is a Lil sad but very sweet and they picked a great Narrator for the story. He brought another level to the character by giving them a real voice.
"Great GFY/OFY - funny!"
Owen and Jordy have been friends since forever. Jordy is the arty, small boy to Owen’s large, jock, wrestling counterpart. When Jordy comes out Owen protects him and together they make a comic about a superhero who looks suspiciously like Owen with a counterpart who is suspiciously like Jordy.
Once, in a swimming pool, things between Jordy and Owen crossed the line – but Owen wasn’t ready for something like that, so it gets “tabled”. They remain friends, and in fact the three of them (Jordy, Owen and Emily – Owen’s long standing girl friend) remain tight throughout high school.
Eventually these guys face graduation and moving on to college. It’s at this crossroads that Owen must decide where his loyalties lie. Emily has decided on Smith – no wrestling there!- and her own career path. Owen had thought Jordy and he would be together forever, but when Jordy chooses something different, Owen has to come to grips with the fact that he can do without a lot of things – Jordy isn’t one of them.
You know I’m a huge Eli Easton fan, so this was right up there in my top titles of favorite books. The best part is that though it is YA, there’s an appropriate amount of hot times, done just like Eli knows how to do ‘em!
The HEA and feels in this book are wonderful, as are the very well developed MCs and secondary characters.
Eli’s writing is always crisp and flowing, smart and engaging. She makes you laugh and say “awwww” every time.
I highly recommend this to any fan of the GFY/friends-to-lovers theme, don’t be dissuaded by the age, it’s just as hot as you’d want it to be!
Tristan Wright is a new narrator to me, but he does an excellent job with the narration. He doesn’t do anything over the top as far as voicing or acting goes, but he’s easy to listen to and does a nice job with the emotions and making the story come to life.
5 of 5 stars
"A really good book to listen to in class."
Not really because im not out yet but it IS a good book.
My favorite character was Jordi because of his personality. I could really identify with him because I know how easy it is to fall for your straight best friend and i know how much it hurts to not be loved back.
This is my first audio book so i haven't listen to any of Tristan Wright's narrations but i liked this one, he did a really good job.
I really liked all characters but the most memorable one was definitely Owen, even tho my favorite character was Jordan, he always knew he was gay, Owen didnt and seeing(well hearing) Owen's way of comming out to himself and subsequently his parents was very interesting.
I am actually in the position Jordan is when he decided to leave Owen behind in order to get over him so...Extra points XD
"Sweet story, difficult to hear change in POV"
*** 3 superhero stars ***
Audio edition, narrator Tristan Wright.
2 hours 57 minutes
This was a very sweet Young Adulty Gay For You-y story. Heh. ;)
We follow Jordan and Owen from when they were little and see their friendship start and blossom. The story follows them through their school years, and it's mostly Jordan pining for his supposedly straight best friend. I liked both Owen and Jordan, but it was very onesided from the beginning. When Owen finally comes around and admits he want Jordan too, the story just... ends... with a neat little epilogue.
I feel slightly bereft.
The narrator's voice was young-sounding so it fitted the story.
The story was dual first person POV, and there are frequent shifts between the two point of views. The narrator did not distinguish between the two shift at all with his narration. There were multiple times I was wondering who the heck was actually "talking". Jordan or Owen?
Each POV shift had a headline of "Jordan" or "Owen", but the narrator read these (very important headlines!) like a continuation from the last paragraph, so it all sounded like it was one continuing POV narration. I had to go back several times and relisten. The first times it happened I was confused, because I didn't even understand the POV had shifted! When I finally cottoned on to the dual POV, I had to concentrate to pick those headlines up, so as to know the POV had shifted. The lack of a natural pause before each point of view change confused me, and it totally took me out of the story. As a listener to an audio book these shifts are crucial to distinguish. So just 2 stars for the performance. Well, actually, I think it's more of an editor's responsibility than the narrator's?
I'm not discouraging anyone to give it a go, though. It was a sweet story, and I'm not sorry I listened to it!
"A story any guy can relate to"
This is a story that any gay guy can relate to on many different levels. it's great to hear a story which brings back such deep warm feelings. You never want the story to end and it easily could become a series.
The narrator was perfect for the role. My only complaint was the lack of changing voices between characters. That's no reason to write this story off. It is well worth your time.
Realistic teenage characters and a believable plot. Great characterization. Narrator was perfect for the guys.
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