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Summary

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he's chosen, the one person Noah can't seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner's grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah's radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn't certain if he's pretending. He's left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he's failed his parents. Talking to "Dr. Noah" helps, and as he finds himself calling the man again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he's lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he's been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can't hide if he wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.

©2017 Felice Stevens (P)2017 Felice Stevens

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One Call Away is a heartfelt emotional read. This book cover such a wide range from jealousy, hatred to religious views and emotional states of minds. My heart broke over and over again hearing both Oren's and Noah's stories.

Two lost souls who find each other and both battle through their demons with the help and more importantly understand of each other. It's a beautiful story of growth and love of finding your happiness.

This book may be low on angst but it's certainly high on emotion and love.

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  • Karentwilson
  • 07-09-17

Happily Ever

I just finished this amazing book. It is a m/m story of two Jewish men who meet and find what is missing in their lives. Noah is a psychologist, and not religious, with a call in radio show for gay men and Oren is a lawyer, raised orthodox, working at a fancy New York law firm. Oren calls in to Noah's show and their lives are changed forever. This is a sweet and beautiful story that has some hot sexy times too. The narration is by Seth Clayton who separates each character with nuances of accents that are perfect. I am off to find more work by both Felice Stevens and Seth Clayton.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

Amazing! I hate sappy shit...amazing!

This book was so sweet. It wasn't sugar inta love sweet...it is just an amazing story that happens to involve love. 5 stars...even though you made me cry. grrr. lol

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  • Diane
  • 14-02-18

Really enjoyed the story

That was a really good story.. I liked that they became friends before anything happened. I would have liked to have seen something major happen to his boss for what he did. I knew that was his sister!

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  • MainelyStories
  • 04-11-17

A brilliant performance and a magical story!

A magical love story by Felice Stevens. The tale of a psychologist who was once a male model who spends his time making sure that others have the opportunity for beauty and love in life but has little to no aspirations for himself. When he receives a call from an Orthodox Jewish lawyer that somehow touches his heart and changes his life.
The performance by Seth Clayton is brilliant and although he is new to me, I will remember the name. Felice always delivers a beautiful and touching story and this one is magical.

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  • Starwarslover
  • 10-10-17

wonderful story

this is amazing... simply amazing.. i knew nothing about this book so i went into listening without having read it (that doesn't happen often for me lol) and i loved this. It is very interesting to see the different side of things.. the religious jewish side of this man being gay.. the family dynamics.. the bullying.. the fear.. the love and interest.. the wanting.. and the wanting to be more.. it is all wonderful and i loved it

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  • H. Martin
  • 30-09-17

One Call Away

*Audio Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Noah is a psychologist and has a radio call-in show providing advice and support to gay men. One night he gets a call from Oren who he's unable to forget. And it seems Oren feels the same as he also reaches out again to Noah.

Both Noah and Oren were pushing against family desires to create a life for themselves. Noah's mother wanted him to go back to being a model, and never acknowledged the work he did as a psychologist. Oren's family was a very devout Jewish family. They were proud of their son for his work as a lawyer, but they wanted marriage and family for him and for him to continue in their Jewish faith.

I enjoyed both Noah and Oren’s characters. I rarely read books that have anything related to religion, any religion, but this one wasn’t overrun by it. It’s definitely prevalent and there’s no doubt that Oren and his family are religious but it wasn’t overwhelming, in my opinion.

The narrator of this story was Seth Clayton and he did a good job. He was able to give the characters individual voices, manage accents, narrated at a good pace and was easy to listen to. There were no odd or long pauses that interrupted or distracted me from the story.

I haven’t read this book but I did enjoy the audio and would definitely recommend it. And, for reader’s of this author, you’ll get some interactions with characters from another series, which was a nice surprise.

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  • Jennifer's Book Obsession
  • 30-09-17

Heartbreaking and beautiful

Overall: 4.5 Stars
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Length: 10 hrs 54 min

I adore the stories from this author as each one just gets better and better. Felice Stevens always delivers such powerful emotion and a couple with undeniable passion that scorches up the pages. Noah and Oren’s journey is heartbreaking and beautiful. The struggles these two had to deal with emotionally and physically tore at my heart.

It’s a touching story that at times had me clutching at my chest. This story will give you all the feels. The friendship and bond that Noah and Oren form was so beautiful as it progressed. Noah being so patient with Oren as he struggles with finding his true self and overcoming his fears. Their friendship and support for each other in itself creates a great story. Combine the chemistry, passion and scorching sex makes for an amazing read.

The Narrator Seth Clayton does a good job. I loved how soft, gentle and calm his voice was. I loved that he was able to capture some of the emotion and portray them perfectly. His warm smooth voice delivered the passion and vulnerability in these characters. It was easy to get lost in the story with his gentle tone.

Definitely a story that I would recommend and I would love to come back and revisit.

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  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
  • 30-09-17

Sweet, angsty and hot!

A bit angsty, a bit sweet, a bit hot, and with the always superior writing and storytelling I’ve come to expect from Felice Stevens…that’s what you’ll find when you open up One Call Away. Oh, and let’s not forget Oren and Noah, the two amazing main characters with whom I completely fell in love.

Noah is an incredibly kind and giving man, always wanting to help others but still hiding away on the personal side thanks to a horrible attack he endured years ago. He now needs to relearn how to love and accept himself as he is now so he can truly move on with his life. Oren grew up in a very strict Orthodox Jewish household, but just couldn’t continue that level of religiosity for his entire life. He loves his family and is always concerned he’s going to let them down because he left home and didn’t want to continue to live such a devoted religious life. The moment his boss eggs him on to call in to Noah’s radio show as a joke is the moment that Oren truly starts a new journey of self discovery.

Noah and Oren’s relationship develops slowly and naturally, with both men helping each other on their individual journeys. There’s a lot of emotion on both sides, and it intensifies everything between them…and when they finally get to the point where they give themselves to each other totally, it’s powerful and passionate—not to mention sensual and scorching hot!

The angst and drama is present on several fronts, from Oren not being out to anyone to his uncomfortable and actually downright hostile work environment to the strain of him coming out to his family, then also Noah’s pain over his scars to his resentment of his mother’s attitude toward his prior modeling career and his last lover’s betrayal. All of this plus Noah and Oren’s blossoming relationship—which is sweet and tender yet oh-so-hot—means that emotions are running high for the majority of the story, which had me not wanting to put this book down for any reason.

One Call Away was a fantastic story and gets 5 stars from me. I highly recommend this to any M/M romance fan, though readers should be 18+ for the adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.

The narration: This is the first time I've listened to Seth Clayton narrating a book. His voice is soothing and he did a good job at giving the characters individual voices. There were some times though, his narration was a bit halting, so that it wasn't always smooth. For me, the calmness of his voice made up for this quirk in the narration. Overall, the narration gets 4 stars from me, and I'd get more audiobooks in the future with Seth Clayton as the narrator.

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  • JennDonald
  • 29-09-17

Loved this audiobook!

I absolutely loved this book when I read it the first time and was definitely excited about the audiobook too and for me, Seth Clayton totally nails the narration. I really felt like he captured the emotions and the characters in this story, he really brought them to life. There are a lot of emotions in this story, both Noah and Oren are dealing with a lot and Mr. Clayton never missed an emotion for me, whether it was a funny moment, passionate one or heavily emotional he delivered every time. I will definitely add him to my favorite narrators and will be on the lookout for other audiobooks from him!

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  • Shandara Majere
  • 27-09-17

One Moment

This beautifully told story reminds you that one single moment can change your whole life.

In what starts as a half hearted attempt at a joke Oren finds himself inexplicably drawn to the radio host of One Call Away a radio show that helps LGTB people face the reality they find themselves in.

I wish there had been something like this show when I was growing up because it would have helped a scared confused girl figure out that as alienated as she thought she was that there were others going through the same thing.

So to watch the tortured questioning and the anger and feelings pour from the page touched a deep part of my heart in remembered pain. Seeing these beautiful men find a way to not only face their truth but own it is amazing.

There is pain and tears, anger and fear but there is triumph and so much love that again you realize one moment can change your world and one connection can alter the course of your whole life. Noah and Oren find this truth and by the end of it you will tear up at the beauty they find in each other.

Oh yeah and did I mention there are some cameos from some other beloved characters you may recognize if you've read Felice's other novels..not spoiling but it's good to see them again too.