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Crossroads

Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Series: Crossroads (Hart), Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Summary

After divorcing the woman he'd been with since he was 17, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams, and he's determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done - that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there's a connection between Nick and Bryce from the start - a spark they can't deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn't enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they've always followed or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Riley Hart (P)2015 Tantor

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A great read

Where does Crossroads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best if not the best, certainly the best gay book I have ever read

Who was your favorite character and why?

The motor bike rider. I liked all the characters but he stood out for me especially when he went to his partner's mother towards the end

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several but after my comments above I really do not want to spoil it for anyone

Any additional comments?

This is a nice steady easy listening book, gently written with an interesting story and well read. Some readers plough through with no feelings as to what is being read but this guy is very good, not too fast just with the right tempo for the story.

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EXCELLENT BOOK

This book was excellent with a great story. Families who are accepting, others not so much. I won't say anymore as I would hate to spoil the book for future readers.

One last thing I should say about the book is that it this is almost a biography of my own life, and the change once my wife and I separated. The only difference being that it wasn't a neighbour. Friends took me out one Friday night to cheer me up. We went to a pub, my eyes met this hunk of a guy, his eyes met and locked on mine. Need I say that the rest is history and we have a Church wedding arranged for next summer, and I can't wait for our relationship to become legal. It makes things easier if anything happens to either of us.

I suppose you could say that this book is our story, with changes made to protect the innocent!

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Two straight guys?

Overall I enjoyed it especially the family issues and the way stuff with family cropped up. Mothers seem to cause biggest issues it seems!!

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Found the story 'okay' easy reading but a trifle ridiculous, an extra star for the sex not immediately being porn-star easy though. Characters are both likeable, banter is fun, families trope overkill.

Listening to the book made the difference. Seriously made a difference. Raised it a whole two stars. This is one definitely improved on by getting audio.

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A real feel-good romantic read.

Two ultra decent seemingly hetero-sexual men discover a mutual love which overcomes family opposition and eventually blossoms into a full-blown sexual affair. Wow! The sex is pretty stand-up raunchy too. The reader is excellent and makes it spring to life. It kept me going well into the odd solitary night.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 22-11-15

Double GFY - amazing narration

Double GFY people! Yes! It sounds so fantastical, but it is SO WELL DONE! Riley Hart is an amazing writer and she absolutely manages to pull this off.

She spends a lot of time building the relationship (as friends) between the two guys and then showing us that with an open mind (and an open heart) the two can explore their feelings for one another physically as well as emotionally.

I loved the similar yet different reactions each man received from their families. Though Nick had only ever been with one person, his feelings for Bryce follow a similar pattern and it’s totally reasonable that his mother would think he’s jumping the gun again. It’s also fair that Bryce’s family would think his impetuosity is throwing him into another doomed to fail relationship.

But… both men are being true to their authentic selves. Just like the motorcycles, Bryce KNEW Nick was THE ONE. And just like his cooking Nick knows his own heart and has to trust it where it concerns Bryce.

The sex is OFF THE CHARTS hot! But … so is the love. These guys aren’t afraid to reach for one another emotionally and it’s so very sweet and tender.

I loved this book – gave myself a book hangover as I had to read it all in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down at 2 a.m.

I can’t recommend this enough!


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Lord! The heat is SCORCHING. Sean Crisden does an absolutely perfect job with this narration! The feels, the smexy scenes, the humor… just perfect! I absolutely adored the book and the audio only makes it BETTER!

I cannot recommend this any more!
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  • Cupcake
  • 19-09-18

*sad face emoji*

Everyone loves this author and I feel like I'm missing something, like I'm the one who doesn't get it.

Maybe this would've been more successful had I read it rather than listening to it, but the story overall seemed unrealistic. The priority seemed to be focused on the sex rather than developing the relationship between the Bryce and Nick, two previously lifelong heterosexual dudes.

I appreciate that one's sexuality isn't static, more of a continuum, and I like that Hart seems to do this trope relatively well. Maybe there are people who just dive headlong into bisexuality without reservation and good on them! But if you're trying to convince me that two people are going to live happily ever after then I need more than sex, sex, more sex, blow jobs, rimming, sex, sex shop + dildos and then some more sex on top. The sex was hot; that's undeniable.

But sex isn't love. Sex isn't going to take the garbage out or mow the lawn or paint the living room or stay by your side when you get sick.

So, as much as I wanted this to work for me, it just didn't. There were some feel good moments but not enough to convince me of their longevity.

I also feel left out because so many people love this narrator to pieces and his performance was about as exciting as the iTunes user agreement. He blah, blah, blee, blee, blee'd about half of it, yada yada'd most of the sex and Peanuts teacher'd the rest of it. I've had oatmeal more interesting than this.

I also HATED his voice for Bryce. H.A.T.E.D.I.T. I'm not a huge fan of his voice in general but Bryce's voice was particularly grating.

Unfortunately not one I would recommend but my opinions are my own and YMMV.

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  • Brooklyn Baby
  • 11-04-18

The voice acting was really bad

The storyline was interesting. This is my first m/m romance and I’m definitely interested in exploring the genre. I wish I would have read this book as opposed to listening to it. The voice actor took me out of the moment. Whenever he tried to use speak in a woman’s voice it was hilariously bad. He also didn’t do some of the male voices well. Ill be sure to avoid any more books that he narrates.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-16

Bravo, Sean Crisden!

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I'll be honest, when I first read this story I wasn't one of its scores of fans. I just didn't get all that into the story. I mean it was *okay* - but nothing I'd shout from the rooftops over, you know?

Then I got the audio. And holy WOW does Sean Crisden BRING THE HEAT.

I *LOVED* EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF THIS AUDIO BOOK! And it all boils down to Sean Crisden.

Bravo, sir. Bravo!

When listening to this I bought their burgeoning bisexualism, Nick and Bryce's love for each other, and the ups and down of navigating not only a new relationship, but one so far outside of your previous comfort zone. I bought it all - hook, line and sinker!

And I loved it.

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  • Carrie
  • 07-10-18

Terrible narration. Wonderful story!!<br />

I was able to get past the terrible narration until he came to women's voices; then I had a hard time hanging in through the. Wish I had purchased the Kindle version.

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  • Sheri Turnley
  • 16-09-18

Was I supposed to be uncomfortable?

I am sure it is a good book but I could not finish it. The nerrorator was not a good fit for this type of book.

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  • St. Pete Jay
  • 01-04-20

Don't refer to HIV- as "Clean," and other things.

Maybe my age, maybe I'm jaded, maybe I'm tooo gay, but I had issue with reading books in this genre by self identifying females. On the advice from Max Walker (Stonewall Investigation Series) and his recommendation of Riley Hart, i gave her a shot. Well, her writing is good. I felt the character development was good. Even though this was written in 2015, the term "Clean" was still used while describing the guys HIV status. For anyone reading this and not understanding why I'm saying this. It perpetuates the stigma of people living with HIV as bad. The opposite of Negative is Positive. If you use "Clean" to describe HIV-, then the opposite of clean is "Dirty," meaning anyone living with HIV, HIV+ is Dirty. This didn't help my hesitation to read a straight woman writing about gay life and love.

Ok, off of my soapbox.
[Spoiler?]
If you like the idea of 2 straight guys turning gay for each other - give this a shot. I'm still going to give Riley another opportunity.

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  • Kiana
  • 31-03-16

I'm surprised

Good story with good characters overall. I liked the little bits of humor throughout the story.

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  • moon/delights
  • 04-02-16

LOVE

I loved this story two guys meet and fall in love neither one ever been with men only women, but they simply knew they were for each other and finally their families started believing them too.

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  • Riva
  • 29-11-15

Great GFY listen

This was a great double GFY listen. The story is basically the journey of Nick and Bryce who are neighbors and discover through their friendship they have feelings for each other. Since both have been straight all their life, this comes as a shock to themselves, their friends and family. Some family members are supportive and some have a harder time. There is a little angst, lots of family drama, but mostly about them coming to terms with the relationship and what it means. Overall a well written, realistic story with great, engaging characters. Sean Crisden puts in a great performance and really brings the characters to life.

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