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Summary

Orphan Jackson Murphy just staked his legacy on a bet. Holy shit, his impulsive ass is in trouble.

Bring a guy to the fraternity formal? Pfft. Easy. Won’t be him kicked of the house.

So what if his luck with guys on campus has been shitty? Ed Knowles is Jack’s winning ticket.

Tall, handsome, hardworking - and he doesn’t go to Harrison.

With every stolen look, every secret kiss, every clandestine touch Ed becomes more than just an answer to a bet.

These cloak-and-dagger meetings that set Jack on fire? They mask one tiny, enormous obstacle: Ed’s not out. Can’t attend the dance. What does Jack do now? Hold on to his legacy...or his heart?

Better Be Sure is a sweet, slow burn M/M romance with a heart-pounding HEA. This new adult, college, opposite sides of the tracks novel can be listened to as a stand-alone and in any order.

©2019 Andy Gallo, Anyta Sunday (P)2020 Andy Gallo, Anyta Sunday

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GREAT Listen

I had a hard time putting this one down. I loved the story and the narration was spot on.

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Bet on my Heart too

This was a good story! The story was amusing and cute. The characters were interesting and unique. They were sweet and endearing and their connection was quite adorable. I would listen to this narrator again he did an excellent job with the story and all the characters.

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Loved the story, loved the audio performance!

I loved this book when I read it back in June 2020 but now, I love it even more after listening to Nick J. Russo's performance of the audiobook. Often when I listen to a book that I've already read (especially if it hasn't been long since I read it), I don't pay super close attention to the audiobook because I already know the story. That wasn't the case with Better Be Sure. Nick's voice captured and held my attention from beginning to end. Below is what I wrote when I reviewed the book back in June. Such a good book! I've gotten behind on reading Anyta Sunday's last few releases and I've never read anything by Andy Gallo. I'm so glad that Better Be Sure changed all of that. It brought me back to Anyta Sunday and also brought me to a new-to-me author, Andy Gallo. New Adult stories have kind of become my MM romance crack lately. Maybe it's so that I can vicariously re-live my experience of falling in love through them; who knows? Anyway, it doesn't really matter. What matters is finding a good book to sink my teeth into and having it engage me to the point of getting lost in the story. Better Be Sure did that and more. I felt so bad for Ed. He really wants to be with Jack but he is afraid of what will happen to his job if he comes out. Jack is still having trouble dealing with the loss of his parents and he is pleasantly surprised at how supportive Ed is when he loses control of his emotions; other boyfriends were definitely not supportive. This story really tugged at my heart and had me in tears more than once (that means I really liked it). There is so much depth to the MCs, and the secondary characters of Jack's best friend, Brittany, and his brother, Marcus, that I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. I am so, so much looking forward to reading more books in this series. A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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Loved it

Great start to the series, loved how the boys are following in their fathers footsteps. Can't wait to continue this series. Great narration

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SOOOOO GOOD

I have a weakness for slow burn and Anyta Sunday's cleaver wit, Andy Gallo was a new to me author so I wasn't sure if i was going to love this one but WOW they are a fantastic combo. I adored every min of this book and didn't want to stop it. It had all the clever wit and sweet moments and by the time the got together i was so ready for it. Loved these guys!

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Sweet slow-burn

An adorably meet-cute new adult romance. An impulsive act results in a bet that changes the course of Jack and Ed's lives. Absolutely endearing with some mild angst over life-changing decisions. A great secondary cast of characters round out the sweet and fluffy story. Nick Russo did a wonderful job of conveying the tone of the story.

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Sweet

A great few people to visit, and interesting story. Nice narration by Nick J Russo. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Great narration

One thing about Russo-he can make any book interesting! I found myself lost in his engaging voices. The book itself had a good storyline. The characters are likable and their dynamic good.

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Sure and Sweet

Better Be Sure is the first book in the Harrison Campus series and features Jackson Murphy and Ed Knowles. Jack is a fraternity brother at the same fraternity his father went to. Tragically, Jack’s parents passed away in a boating accident, so being apart of the fraternity with his best-friend and adopted brother, Marcus, means everything to Jack. Ed Knowles works hard to help support his family while also attending the local community college. Although he’s gay, he’s still in the closet because he can’t risk losing his job and putting his parents and sister in a bad financial spot. Jack and Ed first see each other in one of the most adorable meet-cutes ever. From there, their relationship blooms and everything is perfect. Except, Jack is in a bind. He’s made a silly bet with another fraternity member; Jack has to bring a date to the formal or he’s out of the frat house. But Ed’s still in the closet, and unwilling to make such a public appearance. Jack finds himself between a rock and hard place: does he get someone else to go with him to the formal and risk breaking Ed’s heart, or does suck it up and leave the frat house? This was a sweet book with an even sweeter romance. Although there was angst and some tension, there’s was definitely a lot of fluff and cute moments that helped to smooth over those sad moments. I really enjoyed this book, and although I knew there was going to be a happy-ever-after ending, I was still intrigued on how Jack and Ed would make it work. Nick J. Russo narrated the audiobook and did a fabulous job. His voice was smooth and pleasant, and really complimented the sweet and fluffy atmosphere of the book. I could easily tell which character was talking and never felt lost in the narration. The audiobook production was well done with no mistakes.

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loved it!

what a wonderful cast of characters. I loved them all so much and it was really easy to connect with them. And I loved the storyline too. This book made me so emotional. I didn't expect to cry. And the narrator was absolutely fantastic. He voiced the characters perfectly.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 18-07-20

Blurb doesn't do this one justice

I have to admit I only bought this book because I was in the mood for a new audiobook and this is a pretty dry week for M/M new releases. The blurb was sort of all over the place, but it looked halfway interesting so I took a chance and bought it not really expecting to enjoy it much. With any fictional story that involves a bet, you can usually pretty much map out the plot before it even happens: guy makes bet, then falls for another guy (or girl I suppose), stays with them for the sake of the bet, then they fall in love, then the other guy finds out about the bet, gets mad, blah blah blah. Well, this book subverted my expectations in the best way, mostly because our protagonist, Jack, is just the sweetest, most self-sacrificing guy imaginable. It's rare that you see such a selfless character in fiction without it seeming like it's overdone, but somehow the author makes it work here. I was also expecting to be annoyed by Ed, the love interest, but he surprised me too. I liked Jack's best friend/brother Marcus as well, and his frat brothers. The only character I really could have done without is Jack's female friend Brittany, who comes across as sort of abrasive occasionally, but she didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. In fact the blurb doesn't do this story justice at all, awkwardly inserting "orphan" before the protagonist's name, which makes it seem like that's going to be a huge thing. And it was a large part of his character, I suppose, but it was so well done it didn't seem forced or anything. And the bet was done relatively believably too. It was a great, great listen and I'll definitely add Andy Gallo to my insta-buy list. Oh, and Nick Russo is amazing as he always is.

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  • Zeoanne
  • 27-09-20

Wow! What a treat!!

I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end. Nick Russo's performance was spot on. I wouldn't mind listening to more stories read by him. Andy and Anyta are super fantastic authors, both with their own preferred writing style and preferred genres. They have come together to pen this fabulous tale of love, compassion, and friendship. All in all, I'd recommend everyone who loves a good story of young love to give this one a listen. It's well worth it.

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  • Anon
  • 04-09-20

DNF

As someone who is very picky when it comes to narrators, I can say that I very much enjoyed Nick Russo's narration. That being said, I dropped this one about halfway through. Unfortunately, nearly all of the dialogue felt very unnatural to me, I often felt it hard to keep up with who was actually speaking, and overall.. It was just very boring. I'm sorry. ):

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 14-08-20

You are my biggest win

I’m have always love Anyta Sunday and her witty writing style so I was quite excited when I heard that she has a new book coming. This is sweet and funny, a bit silly at times and quite light. Jackson had to deal with the loss of his parents when he was very young so he isn’t without hidden traumas and wound. And it meant everything for him to be attending the university his dad attended. When an impulsive bet was made when he was pushed to his limits, Jackson had to go to desperate means not to lose the bet and his legacy. And Ed can’t afford in anyway to come out of the closet. He needs a job desperately because his father lost his job. And the garage he worked at fired a guy a few weeks after he came out. When Jackson and Ed met, the attraction is undeniable and the chemistry is sizzling. Can Ed give up everything to be with Jackson? Lighthearted and fun with some episodes of angst. I love how well-built the the secondary characters are in this story. Ed and Jackson are sweet together and I’m glad they were able to overcome some misunderstandings between them. I’m intrigued to see where this series will go. And NJR did a great job narrating the story. 4 You are my biggest win stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio rating Story - 3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Narration - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Performance - 4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Overall - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Leah Brock
  • 02-08-20

Sweet College Romance

I was offered an opportunity to request a free review copy of this audiobook. In exchange, I agreed to post a voluntary review after giving it a listen. 'Better Be Sure' is the story of a romance between Jack, a college student, and Ed, the local boy he encounters at the town bookstore. Despite Ed being closeted, they begin a relationship that quickly becomes more than casual. I know this book is advertised as a slow-burn, but I personally wouldn't call it that. The couple express feeling for each other after meeting as friends only a couple of times. Ed isn't out but it is clear they consider themselves to be together pretty quickly in the book. This is exactly the kind of story I like to read. Two guys are attracted to each other and express it right away. They TALK to each other about their feelings. The characterizations are solid. Even the secondary characters are written with personality and dimension. Both Jack and Ed are well-drawn. The dialogue is completely believable. Overall, it's a well-told engaging story. Narration by Nick J Russo is great. He puts a lot of emotion into telling the story. Recommended.

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  • kp
  • 02-08-20

Enjoyed

This is a sweet NA romance with a touch of angst. I felt for Jack and the devastating loss he has suffered. While I understood Ed’s fears I felt that he kept contracting himself, giving mixed signal to Jack. I really enjoyed the narration by Nick J Russo.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 01-08-20

Nice

I like Anyta Sunday as a writer, there were distinct parts I could tell were written by her. I liked the story, it did feel somewhat unbalanced at times but I can't point out why. The narration was good, they story touching and emotional at times, and funny at other times. I liked how the romance unfolded slowly but was not a total Slow Burn like Anyta's books usually are. Jackson and Ed were a funny pair, and their meet-cute was sweet. Jackson and his brother also have a great relationship, and it was one of the better parts of the story. Was this the best book I read in recent time? No. But I'm looking forward to the next books.

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  • AG
  • 31-07-20

good story

I really enjoyed this and felt for Jack through the whole book. I hate that he didn't feel worthy and while Ed was a good guy his actions and words hurt Jack. I think Ed meant well but sometimes couldn't help but feel that he wasn't worthy of Jack's love with the push and pull he gave. As always Nick Russo was great, he was the reason I picked this story up to begin with.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 31-07-20

Enjoyable

Jack is in college and is forced into a bet. Ed is deeply closeted and worried about losing his job for which his family is dependent on the income to survive. This is a debut for Andy Gallo and Andy does a great job revisiting why the characters are the way they are. Nick Russo does an excellent job with the narration!

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  • Larissa
  • 30-07-20

Better Be Better in Book 2

Having read Anyta Sunday before and really enjoying her work, I had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, this story was underwhelming. The MCs are likeable and I really enjoyed them as a couple. However, the story was very slow moving, particularly in the first half, some of the events seemed abrupt, and the premise was strained to me. The bet seemed implausible - if living in that house was so very meaningful and important to Jack, there’s just no way he’d jeopardize that, particularly over a date to a dance. Similarly, the antagonist’s reactions were extreme in context. This is a guy that Jack was very close friends with but they fell out when Jack found out he cheated on his best friend and told her. The actions and reactions were disproportionate to the cause. To enjoy this book, there’s a hearty dose of "suspension of disbelief" that has to be swallowed. The best part of this book is the narration. Nick Russo does a solid job here, and his tone, enunciation, pacing and inflections of the male voices are spot on. (His female voicing of Brittney was a bit weak, but not so much that I found it irritating. I found her irritating because of the written dialogue, not the narration.) Initially I thought the narration was bland, but then I realized it was the book, not the narrator, because as the action picked up in the second half, I noticed that the narration seemed better as well. I would definitely listen to his narration again, although maybe in another story because I doubt I would give this one a reread.