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Country Boys: A Friends to Lovers Second Chance Gay Romance

Narrated by: Barney Parkwynne
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Kyle

When my old high school teammate invites me to stay on his family farm, it’s the solution to my financial woes. I never imagined it might also be the answer to my loneliness.

Allen Hale Jr. wasn’t the first number I tried for help. It’s been years since I’ve even thought of him. But he answered on the first ring, and hours later, we’re still talking like we’re 16 again, goofing off after the big game. 

I don’t doubt his sincerity when he offers to help. His big heart shines clearly through, even at my most jaded. I don’t think twice about ditching the big city and moving back to the countryside. 

The same place I couldn’t get far enough away from when I was younger.

Because I was never much of a country boy. I was prepared to hate every second of life on a farm, just like I did growing up.

But I don’t. There’s every reason I should be miserable and only one reason I’m not. 

And his name is Allen Hale Jr

Allen Hale Jr

I know what people whisper about my lack of interest in women and the rumors about me. But the truth is, there’s only one guy who ever made my heart stir. Any interest in men went with him when he drove out of town, and out of my life.

But now he’s back. Not just in my life, but under my roof. Mere feet away. And all the things I ever wanted to say to him come rushing back. And all the reasons I never said them feel less and less important.

Now there’s only one thing that holds me back, one fear that keeps me silent. That if he doesn’t feel the same way, he might leave again. That this time he might leave because of me.

It’s the last thing I want.

And yet risking it might be the only way to get what I do want....

This book is 50,000 words of a rough-and-rugged cowboy and polished city slicker letting their unexpected passion for each other run free. No taming desires here, just uninhibited lust on and off the page. Listeners should be 18 years of age and older!

©2018 Shehan Peiris (P)2018 Shehan Peiris

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Friends to lovers

I always liked this audiobook and had no problem with listening to it from start to finish, but I didn't fall in love with it, or the main characters, until almost the end.

What I particularly liked is the lack of instalust and that the relationship is given time to grow. It is a friends to lovers story with little angst...a quite gentle read/listen.

I didn't like that Kyle blows hot and cold, nor his "poor me" attitude, at times. It took me longer to warm to him than it did to Alan Jr. (and even Alan Sr.). Then at the end, it all came together in the way that this author writes so well.

The narration by Barney Parkwynne is clearly spoken and evenly paced, but a little flat in places. 4 stars for both story and narration.

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Love and a Ten-Gallon Hat.

This was true Peter Style's style. Lovely characters with understandable issues between them. AJ is trapped between a rock and a hard place, despite being in love with Kyle for years, balancing his want for Kyle and the fear of his father. Kyle's pain from the loss of his mother and the separation of his sister are issues he had to deal with while figuring out his stance with AJ. Overall, the pace is moderate, and the event at conclusion shoots them together and banishes all doubts of their love. P.S. There were not ten-gallon hats inside.

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Country Boys Review

Okay let me start off with the best quote ever spoken by a father...

“If he makes you happy the way your momma made me, well that’s all I ever wanted for you son.”

That right there sums up the undying love of a father, even one who thinks he’s always right.

I loved this book, and I have to thank the person who suggested it to me!!!

We start off meeting Kyle Robins, a man who was down on his luck and was in desperate need of change in his life and a job. So he heads back to his home town to take a job as a ranch hand, with the family of a boy he knew in high school, Alan Jr.

I liked watching these two men learn about themselves and learn to love and trust each other. Even if it did take a while for them both to come to terms with there feelings for each other.

It was interesting to see that even in today’s society, with so much hate concerning other people’s relationships and live lives, that this book stood out to me. I finally liked Alan Sr. in the end, he really was just a misunderstood old man who wanted his only son to be happy.

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  • Irish
  • 15-01-19

Good read.

When Kyle moves to Hale Ranch after college for a job as a ranch hand, it is something he never pictured he would ever be doing! But after school, unable to find work and about to lose his apartment he was desperate. AJ has had a crush on Kyle since high school. So when he called answering the ad for help around the ranch, he quickly agreed. When Kyle gets there, AJ figures out it’s not just a high school crush, but he likes Kyle as the person he is now. The only problem is that AJ is deep in the closet.
This book was a good listen. When I read this book before, I found the beginning to be a little slow. The narrator made it much easier to get through the beginning of this book. Great performance! He is articulate enough it’s easy to understand yet gives the characters their own personality that comes through (even more so than the book it’s self).
All in all: good read/listen!

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  • JKS
  • 13-08-19

A sweet feel good story

This is a wonderful second chance love story about two friends from high school reconnecting. One an owner of the family's ranch and the other in need of a job. Both were scared to admit their feelings for the other back in school and when tragedy almost takes one from the other their true feelings are revealed and love wins.
Narrator Barney Parkwynne does a fantastic job of bringing these two cowboys to life.

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  • Denice
  • 15-07-19

LOVE CANNOT BE HIDDEN IN THE CLOSET

This story is of a closeted farmer, AJ Hale, in Texas and his high school crush, Kyle Robbins, who reunite after Kyle’s life has gone to the brink of him almost being homeless. The two have different dynamics and can’t seem to get the notion across to each other that they are gay. Kyle has his guilt about his mother and sister and AJ has his about his sexual preferences. I was intrigued that the only way the two would admit what they felt for each other was when tragedy struck. This one is not as well written as the Worth It series stories.

The narration of the story was good except it made me feel as if AJ was not very bright, which was not the case. I think the accent was a little too slow for him, otherwise, the narration was good.

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  • JanetNAZ
  • 15-07-19

Good but not great

I liked this story but it didn't grab me like others have. It was a basic story with some good passages.

The narrator's voice was nice but without much emotion. It was hard to stay interested.

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  • Freetobe
  • 14-07-19

Kyle Robbins and AJ Hale are Cuntry Boys

The story was sweet, interesting and absolutely spicy! It meets my criteria of an excellent book of choice.
There was a few times I thought the story could have moved a little faster but other than that a great story to read.

Regarding Narration: the narrator has a great voice but I found his interpretation of AJ way off character. His impression of Kyle and Pops was ok. During the story, again, I don’t believe he captured the concept of the narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-19

The perfect voice for a very good book!

The story is wonderfully written and the characters are well rounded. The main players are loveable caring men who are down to earth. And the extended family, well they have their own quirks. The narrator on the other hand has a voice to die for...He makes me tingly! Well worth the 💰.

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  • Violet Marshall
  • 05-11-19

A Good Story But Not So Good Narration

An interesting book the writing was okay. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable. The characters were developed and thought out. Allen and Kyle are the MC’s of this book. The narration wasn’t that great I could see that he did try but it was monotone throughout the book. If you can get past the narration, I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Patricia Brost
  • 05-08-19

Coming Together!

Country Boys is such a touching story. Kyle and AJ are two men reluctant to trust.. Kyle has been hurt by the struggles of life. AJ(Allen Jr.) is in the closet. Small towns can be unforgiving. When Kyle reaches out to AJ, he sees it as a possible second chance. Can the feelings they had for each other in high school blossom into something more? If they do, will they last? AJ Sr. doesn’t make it easy for Kyle to settle in and learn to love the ranch. As Kyle finally settles in, both men come close to acknowledging their feelings. Will they give in to each other? Learn to trust in each other? Join Kyle and AJ. Explore their journey and share in their discovery and acceptance of each other. Peter, thank you for the heartwarming story. Also, thanks to Barney Parkwynne for your great narration.

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  • Ferishia
  • 04-08-19

Who doesn’t love a cowboy?

Audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

Audiobook Narrator: Barney Parkwynne is a new to me narrator. I think he did a good job with all of the character voices. They were all distinctly different. The voice he performed for Allen I thought was perfect amount of country twang.

Story: Kyle is down on his luck when he happens on a post from a high school friend needing help on his ranch. Allen Jr. succeeded in talking his father into hiring ranch hand to assist him with chores. Luck has it that his high school crush, Kyle asked for the job. Allen Jr. Is deep in the closet but Kyle is not. The two of them dance around an attraction to each. Kyle’s advances towards Allen Jr., always in secret, confuses them both. There was a lot going on in this story. Kyle and Allen Jr. seemed like the oddest couple in the beginning. It was interesting to see how they would work out the relationship since Allen Jr. was in the closet and his father Allen Sr., seemed like he disapproving of hiring Kyle. The ending is rather surprising but not unpleasant.

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  • DarkJade
  • 03-08-19

AJ & Kyle

Kyle returns home after losing his desired path. AJ cannot believe his luck when his school crush asks for a job. This is their journey, getting to know one another, growing closer, and Kyle deciding what he wants in life.