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Summary

Gideon Ramsay is so far in the closet he should be a talking faun.

A talented, mercurial, and often selfish man, Gideon has everything he should want in life. Fame, money, acting awards - he has it all. Everything but honesty. At the advice of his agent, Gideon has concealed his sexuality for years. But it’s starting to get harder to hide, and his increasingly wild behavior is threatening to destroy his career. Then, he’s laid low by a serious illness and into his life comes Eli Jones.

Eli is everything that Gideon can’t understand. He’s sunny tempered, friendly, and optimistic. Even worse, he’s unaffected by grumpiness and sarcasm, which forms 90 percent of Gideon’s body weight. And now, Gideon is trapped with him without any recourse to the drugs and alcohol that have previously eased his way through awkward situations.

However, as Gideon gets to know the other man, he finds himself wildly attracted to his lazy smiles and warm, scruffy charm that seem to fill a hole inside Gideon that’s been empty for a long time. Will he give in to this incomprehensible attraction when it could mean the end of everything that he’s worked for?

From the best-selling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to realize that being true to yourself is really just a form of finding home. This is the third book in the Finding Home series, but it can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2019 Lily Morton (P)2020 Lily Morton

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Slimfast and Water Biscuits

Tedious, funny at times tale of drugged up nearly has been actor and his nurse on a Italian cruise (yikes). Almost a "Carry On" script ! Disembarked early as very sea sick of all the nonsense. Expected more than trivial and trite.

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Princess Sparkles the Guinea Pig

Gideon Ramsey is a spoilt actor with too much money and not enough sense. This book opens with him having a near-death experience and he still doesn’t get it. He has a brother who cares for him dearly, and two close friends who would do anything for him, but he sees none of that. He was almost a spoiler to the couple in the last book. I wasn’t even sure I liked him very much, but I knew he was getting his own book so I held off judgement.

This book is about Gideon’s redemption.

And his comeuppance, so to speak.

Although Gideon didn’t die, he does have the slight problem of needing to get from Italy to England without setting foot on a plane. And I can tell you driving is not an option. So his loving brother Milo books him on a cruise for pensioners that will land him safely back in the UK. Oh, and he gets a minder/nurse to keep him company.

Now, I liked Eli very much. He’s quite a bit younger than Gideon but has some miles on him. He’s got life experience and a good head on his shoulders. He calls Gid out on his bull repeatedly and, eventually, earns Gid’s trust. In fact, the cranky old guy starts to like his hot young nurse. There’s this one exchange where Gideon challenges Eli.

“The only way I see six o’clock in the morning is when I am coming home to go to bed.”

“Well, Mick Jagger, that wild way of life is over for the moment, so, instead, we’ve got Wake the Day Meditation.”

“Did you just compare me to a rock star who looks like a raisin on a pair of legs?” I blink. “Wake the Day Meditation?” I say in a tone of absolute disgust. “What the f- is that? Am I to be responsible for the sun coming up on this ship too?”

Eli tosses a bundle of clothes at me. “I’m sorry to interrupt your messianic leanings,” he says, not at all apologetically. “Put those on and hurry up. We’ll have breakfast afterwards.”

I look down at the tight grey mull full-length leggings and black vest in dismay. “Surely there must be something else we can do,” I say and I can hear the desperation in my voice. “My brother’s the spiritual yoga person in our family.”

He stops and looks at me curiously. “Is he? Is he any good?”

“Very,” I say, hearing the pride in my voice. “He teaches a class in the village now.”


That would be Milo he’s referring to. I love the acerbic wit of this interaction. As with all Lily Morton books, there’s plenty of snark. I was in heaven.

Eli has scruples, though, and there’s no way he’s getting involved with a patient. So they part ways. But keep in touch. Gideon uses his time wisely, getting to know his brother better and, frankly, becoming a better person.

When they do finally get together…it’s magic. Oh, but one little hiccup. Gideon is a huge movie star who is very much in the closet. Eli has to decide if he’s willing to live there with Gid. When they are nearly outed, all comes to a head.

I really loved this book and I’m sorry to see the series end. I am hoping more of Ms. Morton’s books come to audio soon. And, of course, I have to mention the inestimable Joel Leslie’s fantastic narration. These books stand on their own, but Joel’s voice brings the men to life in the most wonderful way. This is a series I plan to return to again and again.

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Redemption story

We've met Gideon before in this series and let's just say he wasn't my favorite person. There were clearly issues there but I wasn't sure I cared enough about him to want to see him work them out. Then, along comes Eli and I so wanted him to get his HEA that I became very anxious to see this romance play out. It did not disappoint. From a truly despicable villain to an amazing take on the grump/sunshine trope this book was a winner all the way. Joel Leslie was his usual amazing self. You could hear from the shadings in his voice how Eli's warmth mixed with his take no mess attitude was melting Gideon's frozen interior. He made Gideon's change/redemption totally believable. As always, it sounded like there was an entire cast of performers rather than one man in a narrator/performer booth.

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Great pairing: Gid and Eli (or Morton & Leslie!)

Such a joy to listen to the last in the Finding Home series :)
When we last met our 'hero', Gideon was a not-so-nice ex (to Niall) and brother (Milo). I was hoping he'd get his comeuppance and HEA and I was not disappointed. As an added bonus, Gid becomes a really nice guy ... but only for Eli :) And Eli, such a lovely person - handled Gid like a pro, with fun (and steamy) results.
Now to the narration.
Is there any type of praise that has not been heaped on Joel Leslie? Fantastic performer - check, awesome narrator - check, maestro - check (wish I had thought of that!). So I'll just say this - Joel Leslie is truly gifted. He is so in tune with Lily Morton's characters that one would think she wrote the books solely for him to bring to life.
I have enjoyed my auditory journey to Gideon (from Oz to Milo) with Joel. It has been a fantastic time. Ms Morton, you couldn't have chosen a more perfect artist to bring your men alive. Thank you both!!!

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Super Romantic

You can never go wrong with a Lily Morton & Joel Leslie combination. Another brilliant story that will keep you entertained for hours, maybe months depending on how many time you relisted to it and the rest of the series. It was real interesting to get to know Gideon. Wonder who will be next to have their story told...
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Full of LIly's fantastic snark

I have loved all the couples in this series so far but I think Gideon and Eli might just be my favourites. Gideon has spent years living the A-list lifestyle and denying his sexuality, at least in public. When a serious illness hits he is forced to take a sabbatical and meets Eli, a private nurse.
Gideon is a surly and snarky as we have come to know him through the last couple of books but Eil is more than up for the challenge. I love how Eli refuses to be intimidated by Gideon and is happy to give as good as he gets. When the sparks start to fly, Eli is determined to keep their relationship professional, for now.

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3rd in a brilliant series

Just absolutely luv this series....
Luv how they are all connected with characters from previous ...
Funny, emotional and so brilliantly narrated ... so glad I found this author...

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Great storyline for Gideon

After the last book in this small series Gideon was committed to making more of an effort with his brother, Milo, and seemed on course for better relationships all round with the residents of chi an moor. This books starts with him spiralling downwards in drink, drugs and threesomes with strangers.

Despite the HEA given to Niall and Milo, there were warning signs however that Gideon was slowly self destructing and that losing his relationship with Niall, no matter how unhealthy (and however much Gideon was happy for them both), could affect him deeply.

Which is how he ends up with a full time nurse for several weeks in this book. It all works out in the end but the fall from grace, recovery and then facing up to the consequences of checking out of his own life for so long make a fascinating background to this romance with Eli the nurse which has echoes of the beauty and the beast story.

Joel Leslie has 6 accents of the main characters by this point of the series to handle in this recording, including Welsh, Irish, and Cornish plus the various side characters' British accents, most denoting social position and background. He handles them brilliantly (although his children's voice make me giggle) and the only way I can tell (I think) he is not a native speaker are the very few odd words that catch him out (locals call St. Austell : "s'nozzle"). Especially since before this series I had assumed he was Australian after his audio books for Renae Kaye.

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loved this story

This was a really interesting story, I loved the characters and it was good to catch up with ones from previous books. The narrator, as always, brought the story to life and I will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy listening to it again.

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Amazing installment

I really enjoyed this! Lily Morton brings characters together in a very lovely way, creates life in her characters and makes an amusing story that I couldn’t put down. Joel Leslie performs an amazing narration as always. He brings personality and uniqueness to every character in the story. Excellent!

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  • groa
  • 27-07-20

Love this series!

I really like all three books that has come out, one gets all the good feelings.
Who will be the next one...?
Also have to mention the narrator, he is just perfect for these books, love all the different voises!

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  • 14-08-20

Loved!

Joel Leslie does his usual amazing job of bringing this story to life! I love a good redemption story and Gideon is just that. Gideon has been lost for years. He has led a life of great professional success with very little personal success. Having been raised in boarding schools with very little family interaction he us lonely and doesn’t feel worthy of love. Felled by illness he is now in the hands of his hired nurse Eli.

Eli is light and hope he is snark and sarcastic wit. He is strong enough to handle Gideon’s many moods. Eli sees the msn behind the public face.

I loved the chemistry and connection between these two men. Watching their relationship evolve over time was beautiful. They both worked hard to get their HEA Hat’s off to one of the best epilogues I have ever read!

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  • Jennifer's Book Obsession
  • 11-08-20

Amazing story!

Narrator: ★★★★★ Stars!!
Story: ★★★★★ Stars!!

Loved. Loved. LOVED this story! Gideon definitely doesn't start off as a likeable guy with his IDGAF about anyone attitude. But once the layers start to peel off.....GAH! I love me some Gideon! And Eli was just absolutely perfect for him.

Lily Morton delivers such a beautiful story about being true to yourself and finding love when you least expect it. I think that Joel Leslie narrated this to perfection. He truly brought these characters to life and did such a great job capturing the emotions, the desire and the humor. I enjoyed listening to this story. Another great story from this author.

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  • Francis
  • 20-09-20

Love Joel Leslie

The irony of Gideon being called the man with the golden voice. This is probably my 8th book narrated by Joel Leslie. I find myself looking for them now. He is fantastic as is this series. Every one of their stories has been so great, I think Oz is still my favorite but this was fantastic. Thank you Lily Morton for writing such wonderful escapism in a wolf when we need more and more each day. Who is next?! The attorney? Maybe Eli’s flat mate?!? ❤️❤️❤️

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  • jkfan9989
  • 10-08-20

Lovely

Right now in the audiobook world, there’s no better combination than Lily Morton and Joel Leslie.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 28-07-20

Nice

Gideon is much more likeable in this book than the last. Aside from having to take his instant bonding with Eli a little on faith, it’s a pleasant story. Both said they really missed each other when apart, but I would have liked to see more of their attachment during the quotidian parts of the cruise to make it feel truer.

The main conflict is whether Gideon will come out and that was handled in a satisfying way. The glimpses of other characters are fun for series readers. I enjoyed this story more than book 2. I like romances where the main characters spend a lot of time together and this has all that. Also, they never turn on each other so there’s no manufactured split to worry about.

Steam: Medium-low. While the middle of the book is mostly a honeymoon period Eli & Gideon, only a little of the M/M sexytimes make it to the page, and then the sexier details fall off altogether. It starts as if it might be kinky then turns extremely mellow instead.

Narration: I enjoyed it. But I have no idea what a welsh accent should sound like, so keep that in mind.

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  • casrock
  • 12-11-21

MM Romance

Another lovely book in the Finding Home Series by Lily Morton. Joel Leslie also did this narration and did a phenomenal job. I really adore this series and thought that Gideon was a great character. I loved revisiting the other characters and loved the epilogue!! So great. Eli was Gideon's counterpart in every aspect and really liked how level headed he was. They developed feelings for each other, but I like how mature they were in taking time apart to make sure the feelings were real, and not developed out of convenience. It was a wonderful read/listen. Would definitely recommend.

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  • REA
  • 28-10-21

Great Book!!!

I really can’t believe I let a few cheesy contemps ruin the genre for me. This is really a great book with understanding characters. I just love Eli and I was always rooting for Gideon. It probably also helps that I haven’t read Milos book. This book also has a binding HEA that is everything. I like to know my couples are still happy years after.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 24-09-21

Gideon redeemed himself!

I'm glad I put some distance between finishing Milo and starting Gideon- it gave me the chance to get past my distaste for Gideon that I developed while (I feel like I should say whilst) listening to his brother's book, and I was able to appreciate him so much more.
My cousin told me once I listened to Gideon I'd understand why he was the way he was in Milo's book and I definitely did, although he still took a little warming up to. But once I got deeper into the story and truly got to know Gideon and see things from his point of view, it really did make a world of difference in my perception of him. On the outside it may look like he's got things together, but deep down there's a vulnerability to him that was nice to see.

I liked that Eli was able to see through Gideon, past the walls he put up, to the real man who just needed someone to love him. I enjoyed their story, even their separation, which I usually hate but was necessary for them. I liked how Eli didn't take any crap from Gideon and in fact gave as good as he got. I liked that Eli helped soften Gideon just a bit. Eli is a wonderful character and just the type of person Gideon needed in his life.

I admit there was a point towards the end that I was ready to call this one a DNF, because I really thought Gideon was going to fall back into his old ways. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt, because of how much he had changed and grew, and he didn't let me down!

I'm come to realize that I need an epilogue. I never used to, but now I feel like the book is unfinished if there isn't one. And I have to say Lily Morton has done a great job with the epilogues in this series, they've all been wonderful!

What's there to say about Joel Leslie that hasn't been said before? Another awesome performance, as usual!

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  • Jeremy B.
  • 30-08-21

Best of series

Probably the best of the series. With a huge war chest of comedic errors and situations aboard an older folks cruise could provide. The author was so sparing in the possibility. Some great stuff. But there was so much potential in that situation. A great read overall, 10*