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See Me Audiobook

See Me: Lightning Tales, Volume 3

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Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.

Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She's fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there's only one thing on her mind - revenge.

Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that's as far as it goes. He won't admit to himself what's under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin...

Warning - Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.

©2016 K.C. Wells (P)2017 K.C. Wells

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  • JennDonald
    28/06/17
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    "Enjoyed this story"
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    3.5 - 4 Stars<br/><br/>I liked this story, it's one of forgiveness and growing as a person. Both Adrian and Marty have issues that need to be addressed and both learn a lot from each other, about standing up for who you are and about love. Adrian was severely bullied as a teenager and Marty was a part of it and it certainly left a lasting impression on both men. Adrian has become an incredibly strong person, confident and proud and a total Drag Queen star so imagine his surprise when he discovers Marty in the audience. <br/><br/>Marty doesn't have an easy life, he hides who he really is and lives a very lonely life. He doesn't have friends or even connections to other people. He does have the Drag shows though, but when he gets called out one night it makes him question and re-evaluate who he really wants to be. I really did feel bad for him and his struggles even though I didn't really expect to. I think he really has a good heart, but he thinks his family expectations matter more than what he feels and wants. <br/><br/>I liked the relationship these two build once they sort through their issues, they seem to really bring out the best in each other. They both have felt an attraction to the other since their ill-fated high school days and it's sweet to see it finally work for them. I loved the confidence that seemed to grow in both men as well. I would have liked to see more in the growth of their relationship, I felt like the story did jump ahead a bit, but in the end I was happy with the way it all turned out for them. I think Joel Leslie does a great job bringing this story to life and giving it the right amount of feeling. Overall a great an enjoyable story to listen to! 

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HockeyfanT
    TX USA
    27/06/17
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    "See Me: Lightning Tales, Vol. 3"
    Would you listen to See Me again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy the story and the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love drag queens! And I enjoy the combination of a KC Wells story with Joel Leslie's voice.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    He did a much better job than the narrator of the first 2 books. I never wondered who was speaking, and I thought he did a good job with the regional dialect.


    If you could rename See Me, what would you call it?

    Second Chances


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennie
    23/06/17
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    "Great Audio"

    I enjoyed the story of Adrian / Adrienne & Marty. From a history in high school, they meet again as adults and it doesn't go well. Adrian becomes determined to make things right between them...
    I loved the accents, they really made Marty & especially Adrian come to life. There was great character development & growth. I understood the story well enough as a stand alone with the exception of some confusion for me at the beginning. Overall a great story with excellent narration. Happily recommend.

    *I received a copy of this audio for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha Cato
    20/06/17
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    "Great!! Another one to add to my favorites list!"

    Really enjoyed this one! I'm a big fan of KC Wells and have read many by her....Joel Leslie really brought these characters to life for me! He is very gifted with his voice acting and this book was no exception!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ireadtoomuch
    AZ
    15/06/17
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    "Good story. Had to acclimate to the performance."
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    STORY: Great job. Interesting story. Loved the MCs. I have not read any of the others in the series, and this intrigued me enough to follow up on the previous ones.<br/> <br/>PERFORMANCE: I had a hard time with the voices at the start of the story, but eventually acclimated to them. I thought the narrator did a fine job. Loved the varying tempo of the dictation. It beautifully portrayed the intensity of the scenes.<br/> <br/>(*I received a copy of the this audiobook in return for a fair & honest review)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A T
    09/07/17
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    "I had some issues, but appreciated the turn around"

    I hate to be the voice of discontent amidst all the good reviews, but I struggled through much of the first half of this audiobook. See Me is the third novella in the Lightning Tales series and while it can be read as a standalone, doing so may leave you slightly lost at first. The opening sequence and chapter is told from the point of view of Ric, a hero from the second book. Though it sets the scene for catching up with Adrian and meeting Adrienne, the rapid entry of four secondary characters who obviously had significant history and ties left me scrambling to connect the dots, particularly because none of those names were mentioned in the blurb. So yes, See Me can be a standalone, but I think it will make for a more cohesive story arc to read this series in order.

    Once I got to the chapters with Marty and Adrian interacting, things went a little smoother and the story progressed well. However, I struggled to really empathize with Marty, particularly in the first half of the book. While he undoubtedly matured and left his bullying days behind, I found the way he pursued the queens off-putting, not to mention how he treated and thought of many of them early on. I especially was bothered by his relentless notes to Adrienne despite her repeated brush-offs over an extended period. I couldn’t really get around what I perceived as creepy behavior enough to see Marty as a hero who would be a good fit for Adrian. Despite that, the characters were unique and flushed out enough to keep me listening. What really threw me- and almost led to this ending up in the DNF pile- were the secondary characters’ reactions to Marty’s dogged, unwanted advances toward Adrienne. Ric shamed Adrian for his treatment of Marty at the drag shows, yet completely failed to acknowledge that Marty wouldn’t take no for an answer. When another “friend” of Adrienne’s suggested she just give in and hook up with Marty to get him to stop his pursuit, I balked. Again this reaction was deemed acceptable, and the reader given the impression that Adrienne is the one that is the problem while her discomfort with Marty is swept under the rug. Of course the plan to confront Marty doesn’t go as planned either, and I was left with two anti-heroes to contend with. Luckily, once the two are together, the story turned around a bit and I was able to enjoy their interactions and appreciate the character development.

    As far as the narration went, it ended up being an acquired taste. I typically enjoy Mr. Leslie’s narrative style, so I was excited to see he was the narrator for See Me. Unfortunately, his adaptation of the Southern drawl and characterizations were not my favorite. That said, I enjoyed his emotional inflections and pacing and think he matched the storyline well, bringing the scenes and characters to life.


    Despite my issues with some of the plot points and never fully loving Marty, I am glad I ended up sticking with See Me. The latter half of the book sufficiently redeemed Marty, and I appreciated seeing his personality develop as he faced his fears about coming out. I also grew to see this couple as a good match, and I liked seeing how they both supported each other’s growth while being mindful of their pasts. The writing itself was solid and the dialogue flowed well throughout the book, and it’s never a bad thing when a book or character can turn around from your initial perception.


    *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DPiazzi
    06/07/17
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    "Sweet, sexy, and sassy story. Great narration too!"

    As a fan of both the author and narrator, I jumped at the chance to review this book for the Audio Review Tour. As usual with Joel Leslie, the narration felt spot on. The softer tones used for Adrian were great vs. the harder voice of Marty.

    The story itself was really good. I was thrown off a bit at the beginning when the pov was from a main character in the previous book and not one of the ones in this book. But it was good to see a glimpse of Adrian from a neutral perspective as he navigated the bullying years of high school. If I had heard it from Adrian himself, it might have been harder to forgive Marty for his actions, or rather, inaction during that time.

    The main part of the story starts when the previous couples from the first two books double date at a drag club where they meet Adrian/Adrienne almost a decade after he left town. He is fabulous and fierce and there are barely any traces of the boy he’d been before. He’s kind of new at the club so he is slowly making friends with the other drag queens. After a few weeks a frequent customer comes in that the others all know and warn Adrienne about. All the warnings in the world can’t stop the shock at seeing his old high school crush and bully.

    Marty is living a lonely life. His only excitement is going to the drag club, but he still hides who he is and what he really wants. His bullying of Adrian in high school was more watching his friends pick on the smaller guy, not taking any real action himself. He had his own share of problems at home. In an ideal world, he would have stood up for Adrian but we all know peer pressure is a real thing, and parental pressure too. It’s easy to be annoyed with Marty but especially after learning what he was struggling with it’s hard to hate him.

    Adrian isn’t feeling the love right away though and through Adrienne he enacts a little bit of revenge. I don’t feel angry that he did it so much as some of the other people in Adrian’s life do at witnessing it. I admit to being a little petty at times. But I’m glad for those characters for making Adrian (and me) see what he did was wrong.

    Both men have a few regrets about their actions in the past and the present. And when they get the courage to talk to each other, they manage to work through hard feelings to admit an attraction still exists for them. The story doesn’t really focus on their relationship after as much as it did the obstacles both needed to get past. Family still presents a few problems for Marty but it only feels like the issues were touched on and not completely resolved. That’s probably down to it being a novella vs a full length novel. A few loose ends didn’t feel tied up, but I really came to love Adrian and Marty. They were sweet and totally hot together. There are great side characters also, from the previous MCs to some of Marty’s co workers. I definitely recommend the story and the audio for sure. It was a great author/narrator combo.

    4.5/5 Stars

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  • Uncle B
    United States
    05/07/17
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    "The drag queen love story you've been waiting for"

    This is a fun, well paced story.
    That one of our leads is a glamorous drag queen is a pretty unusual slant, and it makes for a better story because of it.
    Adrian is bullied, but finds strength in the things other saw as a weakness. He's a pretty inspirational character.
    Marty was in the gang of bullies that tormented Adrian in high school, although he mostly just hung out in the background, trying to go unnoticed with his own problems.
    Adrian, years later, has reinvented himself as Adrienne, a glamorous and successful drag performer.
    Marty is living a life of quiet desperation, whose only release is quickies with Adrienne's fellow drag queens. Marty becomes infatuated with Adrienne without recognizing their shared past, but Adrienne does recognize Marty, and sets out to give him a taste of the humiliation Adrienne felt.
    But being a kind and sensitive person, Adrian quickly feels bad for what he does to Marty and out of that a new bond begins forming between them.
    I felt like there were a few issues that didn't gel with me emotionally. Adrian was crazy in love with Marty in high school without them ever really spending time together, and their only interactions centered around Marty being part of the crowd that bullied Adrian. I know teenagers's hormones can get a little crazy, but I found it hard to swallow that those feelings lingered for so many years.
    My second issue was that the heart of Marty's fear of coming out was his blowhard father, who he spoke to on the phone once a week and saw once a month. His presence in Marty's life was just pretty distant to be such a dominant force in how he lived. The consequences of Marty coming out were a little too easy breezy, but maybe I just like angst too much.
    This is a lighthearted feel good romance. The sex is hot and it's a nice subversion that Adrian seems to be more sexually dominant. Marty is turned on by Adrianne including drag in their sex play, which isn't something you see everyday in romance novels.
    Joel Leslie's excellent narration enhances the story. I particularly loved the colorful voices he gave to Adrienne's drag friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susana
    04/07/17
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    "A story about the masks we wear"
    Would you consider the audio edition of See Me to be better than the print version?

    To survive bullying at school, Adrian DeSoto had to develop a second skin, a tough one, and that experience helps him to become a very successful Drag Queen, Adrienne. But what happens when a face from the past turns up in the audience while Adrienne is performing? Will Adrian get his revenge?<br/>This is an entertaining story about a boy who was bullied at school, and decided to fake tough to survive. Adrian learnt to develop a façade of immunity to the jocks who torment him. Years later, this ability and his wonderful voice have helped him to become Adrienne, drag Queen extraordinaire. One night, during his one of his acts, Adrien spots a familiar face in the audience. It is Martin Cavanaugh, one of the jocks who made his teen years a living hell… But one he had always had a crush on. When Martin gets obsessed with having a date with Adrienne, the Drag takes the reins and humiliates Martin in front of the audience. But revenge is not sweet, it leaves a bitter taste for Adrien, who decides to look for Martin and apologize… Only to find that he was not the only one hiding a secret crush. They decide to give themselves a chance and… they get a very sexy and happy HEA. In short, the story is ok, but there is too little detail in the building of Adrien and Martin’s relationship. They go from virtual strangers to being in love in no time at all. It is not credible because we do not see it. Besides, the change in Martin is too fast, too big. He moves from homo jerk to out-and-proud without hesitation or drama. I should have imagined that for someone so deep in the closet, coming out should be a bit more traumatic. On the other hand, Adrian/Adrienne is a great character, I really enjoy both his personalities. In the end, it all comes down to the fact that both characters wear a mask, one with pride, and the other with shame. Their chance at happiness is showing their real selves and hoping the other one accepts them the way they are<br/>Joel’s performance is outstanding, as always. It always amazes me the wide variety of registers he achieves, for example, how he can make Adrian and Adrienne perfectly discernible from each other, while retaining some common characteristics. He brings characters and histories alive with his voice, every single one of his books I’ve listened so far has been an entertaining experience. He makes me cry, he makes me laugh, he even makes me blush…. And I love it.<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
    Sunrise, FL United States
    03/07/17
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    "Unique story with 5-star narration!"

    A bit of enemies to lovers, a touch of coming out, a dash of revenge for high school bullying…and a WHOLE lot of drag queens. Did that get your attention? Good, because See Me is a great story that made me smile, laugh, shake my head and hit me in the feels with Adrian and Marty. There’s some great supporting characters with Adrian’s friends from high school as well as a whole cast of drag queens with some distinctive personalities.

    I can’t express enough how much I adored Adrian/Adrienne. I was so upset for him as a teenager, and later so proud of him for turning everything around. He becomes a sassy, funny guy—no matter whether he’s Adrian or Adrienne—and I was glad to see him stick up for himself. Marty fell into the trap that a lot of high schoolers fall into—peer pressure to conform—and as a result winds up treating someone he actually cares about pretty crappy, all because he doesn’t want to admit who he really is. I get the whole conformity thing when you’re that age; almost no one wants to stick out, even if that means doing the wrong thing. This story is a great example of just how hurtful—and dangerous—that attitude can potentially become.

    As adults, things are much different, and the tables get turned. It doesn’t make what Adrian does right, even if it does make him feel better…at least for a little bit. Both he and Marty get to experience bullying from both sides, making it easier for them to understand each other. Once he and Marty can see past it all, and come to terms with the past (both long ago and recent), things finally change between them and their relationship slowly evolves. I like that it’s not rushed, and everything flows naturally with their relationship. The drag aspect gives the story a whole lot of uniqueness, and made this an intriguing read.

    Though this story is part of The Lightning Tales series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, See Me will surely pique your interest for the other books like it did for me. See Me was a solid 4-star read for me, and I would recommend it for any fan of M/M romance. It is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.

    The narration: Once again Joel Leslie does a terrific job. Separate, distinct voices for all of the characters that remain consistent throughout the story made it easy to follow along. He did an amazing job demonstrating the emotions of the characters through their voices, and I was easily pulled into this story right from the start. 5 stars for the narration, this was a great way to spend those five plus hours ;-)

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