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When Sam Carlisle was called away to the Navy SEALs, he left behind his family and the man he was falling for. Though he promised he’d come back, he never expected it to be like this: Half-dead, bloodied, and terrified to say anything to the man he left behind. 

Wes Adams loved his town, his job, his best friend - and his best friend’s brother. But Sam is gone and hasn’t tried to reach out to him since their fateful first kiss. 

When Sam comes back from a dangerous mission, Wes embarks on his own: Falling in love with a man who has already broken his heart. 

Can these two make the most of their second chance together, or has too much come between them for love to bloom once more? 

This sexy and heartwarming 75,000-word contemporary MM romance Coming Home contains mature themes and strong sexual content. Adults only.

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Fantastic performance from Barney

This storyline started off with a captured war hero, he was tortured for a long time which was written well. The writers were sympathetic when building these characters. It then focuses on the rehabilitation and a beautiful relationship. Barney gives a great performance.

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DNF

I'm gonna go try reading the series but I just could NOT do the audio. the narrator is just not for me. I only put 1 star for the story because I am really not sure if the story will be good or not but hte premise seems really intriguing

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  • XG
  • 13-10-20

Wonderful!

Second chance romance Is one of my favorite tropes because all the emotions that followed the first reunion. Wes and Sam story Is about accepting past mistakes, to forgive and forget and recover love and friendship. Mr Parkwynne made an excelente job, bringing these special characters to life. A wonderful narration!

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A nice story by JP Oliver and Peter Styles. Wes and Sam were an interesting couple to get to know. Barney Parkwynne takes a bit to get use to but he does a good job with the narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Enjoyed

I enjoyed listening to this book, it is a slow burn romance with some heartbreaking scenes.

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Moving romance

An extremely emotional romance about a SEAL coming back to the man he left behind. They have not kept in touch over the years and now with all the changes in their lives due to war trauma and finding one's self, they have to learn about each other again and see if they can make a relationship work. I was really happy to see that the problems these two have were not worked out quickly and easily. The authors take their time with this and it feels right and realistic (in fact, in real life this might take much longer). Barney Parkwynne captures all the emotional ups and downs in this story perfectly and it was a binge worthy listen.

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Good story but narration wasn't for me.

Great story, wasn't hugely in favour of the narrator, but I think that's an accent thing. UK v USA. But others will love it. I think it was because it was slow, so I sped it up to x1.20. Coming Home (An M/M Contemporary Gay Romance) Finding Shore, Book 1 By: J.P. Oliver, Peter Styles Narrated by: Barney Parkwynne Series: Finding Shore, Book 1 Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins ❤❤❤❤ Overall 🎧🎧🎧 Narration 📚📚📚📚 Story Read at 1.20 speed on Audible A great story, the ups and downs of two men who had known of each other for years, one with a crush that had been a secret for a decade. The finally kiss but that was before Sam was posted on a mission as a Seal. During the mission things go wrong but unknown to his family (Tommy) or his crush (West). West had given up on his crush with Sam after not hearing from him since that kiss at the airport. So he starts dating, well one date was all it took and things changed drastically for everyone. This is a very long slow burn, they don't actually get together until about 6 hours into the audio. Good book but it's a little drawn out, again I don't think the narrator helped on that front for me.

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Unbelievably fantastic

This book has just killed my emotions, I have gone from sobbing due to their circumstances, on to cheering them on and just so much emotion whilst listening. The narrator has done a fantastic job at distinguishing the two main characters and giving so much more emotion to the series.

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Second chance romance

An amazing book. I loved the characters and the story. My heart went out for Sam and the torture he endured. M/M. HEA. Great friendships and family. The narration was great. I definitely recommend this book. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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Great

This was a really great audiobook. I really enjoyed listening to this story. It was a great start to a new series. I can't wait to listen to more of this series.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 01-10-20

Sweet and heartfelt!

Sam left behind the only man he ever loved to join the Navy, and he has regretted it ever since that day. The day when Sam left, Wes not only lost the man he loved but also his best friend. One fateful kiss, years apart and words left unsaid. Can Sam and Wes get their chance at happiness before it's too late? This was a sweet, poignant, heartfelt, friends to lovers romance. I liked the build up of the story. Sam and Wes were real and relatable characters. Their story was truly beautiful! Barney Parkwynne did a good audio delivery. Overall I absolutely recommend this if you like a friends to lovers romance served with medium angst.

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  • Denise
  • 24-10-20

great

this was a wonderful story. I did have a hard time getting through it myself had nothing to do with the storyline or the narration.

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  • Linda Melton
  • 15-10-20

narration sucked

couldn't stand the narrators voice, didn't make it pasa chapter 1. Good luck listening too.

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  • Susan R
  • 12-10-20

good book

I liked this story. It was a long one for sure. So I had to split it up listening to it. This was a second chance romance book that will tear your heart up. Wes has secretly loved his best friend's brother for what feels like forever. Sam is a Navy Seal and is called to duty. He can't tell anyone where he is going it's a secret mission. months have passed and there has been no word from Sam, What Wes and Sam's family don't know is that Sam was captured and is now a POW. He was severely tortured during his capture.luckily they were able to rescue him, but he might not ever be the same again. This book was so emotional and powerful. I enjoyed it. The narrator did a good job with it. He seemed a bit slow while reading it so it threw me off a bit at the beginning,but I settled in after a bit.

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  • Amelia
  • 12-10-20

Stunning, vivid details, but not always believable

I have mixed feelings about Wes and Sam’s romance. When I started listening, the narrator really threw me off. His pace was too slow for me, his tone was a bit monotonous, and he enunciated some words very strangely. Increasing the speed to 1.2x helped a lot, but I had to actively ignore the lack of emotions and over enunciation multiple times. That being said, once I got to know Wes and Sam, I was able to sink into this story and really feel everything that was going on. While parts of this story were amazingly written, I seriously struggled with some of the choices these authors made. For starters, I don’t even think the first half of this book was a romance—instead it was a graphic, brutal account of military violence and torture so realistic that I felt sick to my stomach just listening to it. Part of me was in awe by just how much I felt every ounce of Sam’s pain and hope and fear, but I also have no idea why these scenes were included with so much detail since they added almost nothing to advance the romance in this story. It seemed to me like the authors were trying to make a point that Sam’s love for Wes kept him sane, but I just couldn’t see where that epic love came from given how limited their interactions were previously. The letters were a very sweet and touching addition, but not enough to convince me that any of this was actually real. From Wes’s end, I could at least understand why he fell so hard, because he had years of crushing on Sam. Once Sam did come home, the romance fell apart even more for me. Wes was full of so much guilt and self-hate that he didn’t allow himself to be there for Sam at all, which I found very annoying. Then when Sam was lucid, their interactions were so painfully awkward that I just wanted to fast-forward through all the cringey moments. I usually love a hefty dose of pining, but if I had to listen to one more instance of Wes rhapsodizing about how Sam makes him feel whole while he acted like a total idiot when he did get to see him in person, I think I’d have screamed. At this point, both men were claiming to be so deeply and emotionally in love with each other (but only in their private thoughts), and I was just not on board with the way they were acting around each other. My disconnect with the romance didn’t get any better as the story progressed, and in the end I had to put aside my disbelief and accept that these two made no sense at all so that I could enjoy the last couple of chapters. After such a detailed and slow-paced start, I was surprised by how quickly the end of this book caught up to me. For a story with such detailed scenes of Sam’s trauma, it completely left me hanging when it came to his recovery. I was expecting to see Sam and Wes grow and bond while they each came to terms with all that Sam went through, but instead it felt like these two were pretending like nothing out of the ordinary happened. In addition, I never found out what happened with Sam’s dad, Wes’s family, or even why Sam was so eager to get out of Poplar, Kansas. I adored the glimpses into Sam and Wes’s married life, but if anything they left me with even more questions about how Sam and Wes got from an awkward, new couple to the happy, settled family the epilogue made them out to be. **I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 11-10-20

A Very Angsty Second Chance Romance

I'm generally a big fan of the hurt/comfort, brother's best friend, and second chance romance tropes, but "Coming Home" never really clicked for me. It was compelling at the start with sweet starry night kisses (swoonworthy) and whispered promises between MCs Wes and Sam, but quickly shifted to an ever-growing pool of angst for them individually and in their tentative relationship. I did like the characters and felt empathy for them, particularly given all that Sam went through, but after a while their constant inner turmoil just felt exhausting and repetitive. I also never found a comfortable groove listening to narrator Barney Parkwynne and his delivery didn't enhance the story for me, which is very much a personal preference so other listeners may not have that issue. I received an ARC of this audio book and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Debbie
  • 11-10-20

This was ok

I struggled to finish this audiobook. I felt like things were repeated. Wes was in love with his best friend's brother Sam. Sam joins the military but before he leaves, he and Wes have a moment together. Things happen to Sam and he ends up coming home. This is where the story got blah for me. Sam treated Wes like crap. Or more like major miscommunication. But it didn't work for me. I felt like the kept saying/thinking the same thing over and over. There was some drama but nothing major. It ends in a HEA. I didn't like the narration. And maybe that was part of the problem.

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  • LilMommi
  • 11-10-20

An emotional tale of a second chance at love.

This story will tug on your heart strings even though it is a bit long in the tooth. Narrator Barney Parkwynne does a great job.

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  • Drifter
  • 11-10-20

Friends to Lovers Second Chance Romance

The authors have written an emotional tale of a second chance at love. Wes has secretly loved his best friend's brother and now Sam seems to feel the same way. When Sam, a Navy Seal, is called to duty, he can't tell his family that it's a secret mission. After months have gone by with no word from Sam, Wes feels rejected but he can't seem to move on. What Wes and Sam's family don't know is that Sam is now a POW that is being severely tortured. When Sam is rescued, Wes and his journey back to love will be a difficult one but one that Wes is willing to take. The authors present and realistic journey that contains emotional and physical pain, a loving family, healing, patience, and a love,worth fighting for. It will tear at your emotions in so many ways. The narrator brings out the emotions and personalities of these characters. The only problem that I had was that he drew out his ss's too long. I did speed up the narrative a notch and that did help. I recommend this Audible book.

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  • JKS
  • 09-10-20

Coming Home

Coming Home is book 1 in the Finding Shore series. Sam, a Navy Seal, is captured by the enemy and tortured. When Sam comes home he and Wes have to deal with their feelings for each other, and the fact that Sam is Wes's best friend's brother. This story tugs on the heart strings even though it is a bit repetitive and wordy. Narrator Barney Parkwynne does a marvelous job.