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Desert Heat & Native Tongue

Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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Summary

Desert Heat: Their love is forbidden by rules, religion, and risk. Yet, still they can't resist. Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan. The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event-free. That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he'd almost forgotten about, and that won't be ignored.

Native Tongue: They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn't over. When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

©2015 Lucy Felthouse (P)2016 Lucy Felthouse

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I love this book!

I read them in ebook format. Loved them. Ans grabbed the audiobook as soon as it became available. The narration is spot on and brought this beautiful story alive again for me. Fabulous.

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Brilliant Military Romance

I had previously read Desert Heat in ebook format but I hadn't read Native tongue so when this came as a double audiobook I just had to have it. The narrator Joel Leslie has done an amazing job with distinguishing the accents in this book. This is an amazing story of forbidden love between captain and his interpreter. Hugh Wilkes was happy to go through life without anyone because being gay in the military just isn't that easy, that is until he meets his afghan interpreter Rustsam Balkhi. In Native Tongue they are back in Britain and trying to make the most of there relationship but both are still in the closet until Hugh's dad's birthday when they decided it's time to come out. I love this light hearted story of love. And I would totally recommend it to lovers of the m/m genre.

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Terrific story of love in the military

Would you consider the audio edition of Desert Heat & Native Tongue to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but some books are made for audio and this is one. Although I would definitely read it as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Hugh Wilkes was my favourite. The author has portrayed him as such a likeable character and Joel Leslie made him come alive with his wonderful brummie accent. I could tell he was a Midlands lad as soon as the character came into the story. Joel's characterisation of Rustam Balkhi was very good as well. Hugh has to go through so much soul searching and finally choosing to be with Rustam.
In fact Joel Leslie shows he is excellent at accents and giving characters their own distinct features.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

In the two Stories my favourite scenes were; in Desert Heat, when Rustam was given the news of a friend's death and subsequently when Wiles and Balkhi come together for the first time in Camp Bastion. In Native Tongue it was the scene in Soho. I loved the line High said 'is there a problem here with mixed race couples' turning the tables on another gay couples preconceptions.

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

In Desert Heat it was again the scene Rustam was told of his friends death and all the implications it would have for him if he ever wanted to see his family again.
In Native Tongue it was when Hugh took Rustam to meet his family, so well written and narrated.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone wanting a wonderful love story.

I was given a copy of this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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I've read books by Lucy Felthouse before and have enjoyed them. I'm entirely impressed by her writing style and phenomenal character development. Desert Heat and Native Tongue I was utterly captivated by the words and emotions.

Joel Leslie did an incredible job with the characters. This was my 1st time hearing him as a narrator and he did a DAMN good British àccent + Iranian àccent too!

I have no problem recommending this book to others because it has a POWERFUL LESSON.


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A touching story of love

A story of love in the forces isn't easy and the story proves it and there will always be bigotry. The narrator is excellent with the accents and you feel you know the characters which makes it enjoyable.

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Not for me.

The 'romance' in this story didn't gel for me at all, neither did the setting. The lack of authenticity between the 'men' took hold early on in the story. I say men, but they behaved more like young teenagers. For me, the progression of the relationship was forced and lacked organic connection.

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Double pleasure- two books in one

Captain Hughes Wilkes meets his interpreter in Afghanistan, where he will get to know him better. They are in a military zone, and none have come out. It’s a dangerous place to love each other. And book two is their happily ever after. It’s awesome to read how they develop their relationship, how it evolves as their feelings grow. Excellent book duo.
The narrator has a sexy voice too.
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Great M/M books

Desert heat
This forbidden relationship is hot as hell. I think the fact that it’s not the norm and also frowned upon makes it all that more enjoyable. Great characters with lots of chemistry. Joel is fantastic as usual, lots of accents that show off Joel’s talent.

Native tongue
This book, like the first is about a gay couple coming out into society for the first time. Challenging times for them. Written very well. Fantastic narration from Joel.

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enjoyable m/m

very enjoyable story touching on the forbidden love.

the narrators voice was OK I just didn't love him.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 23-06-16

Loved the narrator, really liked the story.

Loved listening to the story, I felt I was listening to real conversations. Joel Leslie is a great performer. I was totally immersed in the book.

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  • Diana in SC @AudiobookObsession
  • 05-10-16

Top notch M/M romance with expert narration!

Superb narration enhances this romantic and steamy gay love story. What an impressive narrator! Joel Leslie is going on my list of my favorite narrators ever. The Birmingham, England, and Afghan accents of the main characters were perfect and sexy. Evidently, Birmingham is only 80 miles away from Liverpool and this accent sounded like he was Beatle, which I think is very sexy. He was also very good at pacing, conveying emotion, and love scenes. In addition, Joel Leslie was really good at woman's voices. Hugh's mother's voice was perfectly adorable.
I love this romance! It was both sweet in the emotional department and spicy in the bedroom, while still being a realistic contemporary love story. Captain Hugh Wilkes in the British Army has been deployed with his team to a remote part of Afghanistan for 6 months at a time when the British Army is slowly leaving the country. Wilkes' new Afghan interpreter is a pleasant, competent fellow named Ruston Balki. Over the next few months, a friendship slowly grows between them, and these two closeted gay men eventually reveal that they are very attracted to each other. The scene where this happens is so wonderful; it makes me smile just thinking of it.
"Desert Heat" and "Native Tongue" are a pair of either long short stories or short novellas. I am so glad that they were placed together for this audiobook because listening to these two stories together feels like a complete, satisfying romance. The entire audiobook is told in third person perspective only from the view of Captain Wilkes. I think that this perspective choice turned out well because Balki was very vocal with his feelings, and I did not feel like I missed out on what he was thinking. This pair of wonderful guys had great dialogue and just the right amount of it. I love how they were sometimes scared to tell their feelings but they did it anyway. Before they ever had sex the first time they professed that they really liked each other, so the love scenes in this audiobook were not just sex but also filled with intimacy and respect. It was really sweet. Although Hugh and Balki had obstacles with their relationship with both work and society, they forged through their obstacles and grew as people as they grew closer to each other. Aside from having a lot of great steamy sex, this was a fulfilling, beautiful romance with a lovely ending. This is the first book that I have read by Lucy Felthouse, and I was highly impressed by the high quality of the writing and by the expert narration. I will definitely buy books from Lucy Felthouse very soon.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not paid for my review.

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  • Rachael
  • 13-07-16

Great Duo

I have to say I really enjoyed this double feature. The first book (Desert Heat) gave us the story of how the two men meet and get to know each other and the start of their relationship. It could've ended there with a Happy For Now ending. But I really liked that we got the continuation of the story (Native Tongue) and got to see the two men further their relationship as it leaves the military and enters normal day to day life.

The story had a lovely plot and a few super sexy parts. I love the way Lucy Felthouse writes her stories. They are so easy to sink into and fall in love with.

The narrator did a great job adding to the story and making it even more interesting than the written story would've been.

I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 10-07-16

Such a great story with wonderful narration

I’m not sure of the timeline, but I’m assuming that given the degree to which these guys hid their feelings, it was a bit earlier in time. That combined with the location and the ethnicity of where they were stationed forced Balkhi and Hugh to hide their burgeoning love for one another for most of the time they’re stationed together. It’s only near the end of their tour that they were able to give in to their feelings and only once they moved back to England were they able to be out in public.

Once in England the trouble between them becomes how to organize their lives so they actually get to spend time together, but they find that their love is enough to overcome any obstacle.

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Despite it’s length, this was a very slow burn romance. Almost all of book one was taken up with getting these guys to admit their feelings. Surprisingly, they took some amazing risks to be together that I thought were going to back fire – but amazingly – didn’t.

I really liked how deep their feelings for one another grew and how unafraid they were of speaking of them. Especially Balkhi.

I enjoyed watching these guys learning about being together and being "out". It was sweet, sexy and fun.
I really enjoyed these books and would look for more from this author in the future. I found the look at the British army as well as the conundrum for the interpreters to be fascinating.

I really enjoyed it and would look for more from this author in the future. I found the look at the British army as well as the conundrum for the interpreters to be fascinating.

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Joel Leslie did a SUPERB job with his narration. He gave Hugh and all the various folks from the UK unique and believable accents as well as Balkhi’s more stilted English. I really enjoyed listening to this and found it made me feel more immersed in the story.

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For both the story and the narration 4.75 of 5 stars

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  • Marsha Voelker
  • 06-07-16

Best Desert love story ever

What made the experience of listening to Desert Heat & Native Tongue the most enjoyable?

Joel's voice. His characters came to life for me through his voice.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the whole story. But maybe the visit to Hugh's parents house was the funniest.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favorite?

Hugh. I loved his compassion.

Who was the most memorable character of Desert Heat & Native Tongue and why?

Hugh of course. His compassion and caring. Having to hide how you feel about someone in a hostile environment where your life could be ended just for who you love.

Any additional comments?

Definitely one of the best books I've listened to this year. Would recommend to any MM reader or listener. Joel did an outstanding job, again. Will listen to this one again. I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Beth
  • 30-06-16

A pleasant surprise

Where does Desert Heat & Native Tongue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book falls in the top third of the audio books I've listened to. I will go back and listen to it again since I always pick up new perspectives the second and third time through.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Balki definitely became my favorite. You saw him completely adapted to both a new culture as well as perfect acceptance of bein gay.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

His variations of the different characters voices was amazing. You never had to think about who was talking. You knew which character was talking and it flowed so easily. Even the secondary characters voices where well defined.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was no extreme reaction, more of the story slowly drawing you in and holding your attention all the way through. You follow Wilkes as he decides that the man he has found is worth the chances of telling his secret. That what he has is more important than what he might lose. It's well handled and flows without overdoing the angst.

Any additional comments?

I passed up this book in print, just didn't peak my reading interest at the time. I'm glad I had the opportunity to listen to it, as it completely came alive for me with how well Joel Leslie did all of the voices. There are just some books that completely come alive for you when you listen to it.

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  • Troy
  • 14-07-20

Good stories

These were a pair of decent stories of an interracial couple. Not a lot of drama, maybe so little it was almost unrealistic. But there’s good chemistry with strong writing and narration.

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  • BlueRose
  • 18-04-20

delicious heartwarming

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Narrator Joel Leslie delivered one of those delicious heartwarming little surprises. Perfect for a boring rainy day. You know,,, when you are looking for something easy and beautiful to listen to. I clicked over this fellow many times, and decided what the fuck let’s give this one a try today. The audiobook was lusciously hot and extremely well written, in terms of people who work, live and love together, but have different religious backgrounds. The mutual respect that is possible when one can overlook those differences and concentrate on the similarities. Joel gave as usual his perfect 10 performance. I love the voices he gave to the two main characters, it made it so much real and sexy of cause.

I have only one problem with the audiobook, which is that it was way too short. The ending felt a little rushed to me and I was hoping to hear more about Rustam’s career and the fact that he had to bring his parents over to England. Other than that, I found the sex scenes extremely hot. I loved how they perused the gay community and was at first thought to be two straight guy’s and recommended they go somewhere else. And of cause, when that is not the case, they were welcomed open arms an inducted to the gay side and given a quick survival course. I found that very funny, and so true.

Yip, I recommend this audiobook. I will give more books done by this author a chance. As I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and the very yummy sex scenes.

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  • Michelle
  • 13-03-20

Another great story!

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

I loved this book and the love story between the main characters. I really appreciate a low drama book without contrived issues or stupid miscommunication.

Of course, I wanted to listen to this due to the narration by Joel Leslie 😊 He was wonderful as always! Keep up the good work as a team, author and narrator hit the mark! Thank you for allowing me to review the audio in exchange for purchase.

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  • Drifter
  • 30-01-20

Hot passion in a secret love!

I asked to receive this free review Audible book and wrote this unbiased review. This is a passionate forbidden love story. I loved how the author develops this attraction between Wilkes and Balkhi. They must defy many cultural obstacles to continue their gay romance. My heart breaks that they can't be open with their relationship right away. You will love Wilkes's mother. She is such a character in all of the right ways. His family is priceless. There will be some sizzling hot sensual love scenes. The narrator does an outstanding job with his accents. I love his voice for Wilkes's mom. He expertly portrays the emotions and personalities of these characters. He definitely brings the story to life. I highly recommend this Audible book.

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