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Hold Me

Cyclone, Volume 2
Narrated by: Xe Sands, Sean Crisden
Series: Cyclone, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn't know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he can't afford. He's done his best to keep her at arm's length, and he's succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centered blog is hitting the mainstream, she's even more careful about preserving her online anonymity. She hasn't sent so much as a picture to the commenter she's interacted with for 18 months - not even after emails, hour-long chats, and a friendship that is slowly turning into more. Maybe one day they'll meet and see what happens.

But unbeknownst to them both, Jay is Maria's commenter. They've already met. They already hate each other. And two determined enemies are about to discover that they've been secretly falling in love.

©2016 Courtney Milan (P)2017 Courtney Milan

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Great if you are LGTB with a fetish for heels

Ok, this book tries to much at once and completely looses the regular listener in my opinion.

A really great idea about people getting to know each other online and in real life without knowing about it. Would be enough to carry a book without all the other problems packed into this one.

But there are simply too many problems packed into one book.

Bisexual character that acts straight through the story, so if feel he should be straight.

Transsexual character, I admit I should have know about from the first volume but I forgot and only caught up halfway throught the narration and them thought, what the hell is this in term of consistency, in the first volume there were problems that she was left home in the dorm because the other girls claimed she was not a girl and now nobody even notices? Weird. And I am sorry there should be some explainations for people who have no idea about the subject and how no talk about the operation or the medicamentation is necessary is too much for me. Or if it is not, same explanations at the end of the book for the uninitiated?

Subplot marriage with different faiths, Buddhism and Islam, really interesting but completely underdeveloped.

Subplot dealing with anxiety with therapy and medication, again there are already enough problems in the book, so that could have been left out.

Dealing with suicide, actually that was the sub plot I thought was reasonably well dealt with, but quite honestly made the book overloaded in my humble opinion.

Racial minorities. Actually this book made me feel sort of bad, because I would never look at somebody and think, might they be half chinese half thai, if at all they look asian to me. I sort of thought myself ok that I see people and might be interested where they come from, but this book had the weird concept of you should not see anybody any different while at the same time expecting you to know about every subgroup somebody might belong too. That honestly made my head spin.

And I have lived in Berkeley and can honestly say, there are non minority people to be found there too...

That leaves the final straw, heels. I know this hill in Berkeley and nobody would be dumb enough to walk up this hill in heels expecially nobody who can proof read physics slides without even studying physics (that said, I can understand how one might spot a missing sqared in r as oposed to r sqared, but spoting a differend of a constant like 2 pi, I am really not so sure).

Maybe I am just very unfond of heels, but I do think this book is overdoing it.

Ah and I forgot the workoholic that works all working hours but still has a wonderful body with muscles in all the right places.

The grating sould of one of the narrators doing a female voice did not help and the fact that the last quarter of the book was spend whinning by one of the characters did not help either.

Give me a break! (Not sure, why I did not give up on this one, but suffered through the whole).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-18

Witty and heartwarming

Survivors guilt, academic arrogance, misogyny and pretention meets dirty jokes about lasers and a smart witty protagonist whose gender identity is not the center price of the story and I never knew how much I needed it until I started listening. I am impressed and I cant wait to read anything this author writes. The performance bouncing back and forth between narrators took me out of it but that's a personal preference.

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  • Pure Sanctum
  • 17-07-18

A very interesting book

A very interesting book for a person with mathematical and scientific background. I love the fact that characters can flirt using math and science language.

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  • jojo beanz
  • 10-11-18

Fabulous

I just ran across this author and love her to pieces. I've only read 2 books but they each flow from beginning to end with ease and the story and character development grabs you from the start. the story is realistic enough to be believable and will inflate as well as pull at your "heart strings". Courtney Milan is a genius. Also, loved the narrators.....the male narrator did not sound that great when portraying women, but everything else was fab.

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  • Liana
  • 20-09-18

awesome!!

absolutely amazing! this book is even better than the first one. very feminist and very empowering.

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  • jodiod
  • 07-05-18

Outstanding.

Very refreshing and original. Nice addition to this series. Excellent writing and loved the Bay Area setting.

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  • CuriousJaguar
  • 19-02-18

Hold Me is a revelation

I enjoyed both Hold Me and Trade Me very much. I love novels that show me a new perspective, inspire me to see beyond my lived experiences, and thrill me with a moving love story. This book got everything right.

Narrators Xe Sands and Sean Crisden are excellent, as usual. It certainly helps when the are working with good writing. Courtney Milan is a new favorite.

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  • Tammie Bryant
  • 06-11-19

Refreshing

I am so happy to see a great, normal, love story with sexually fluid characters. Great job. As always XE Sands was terrific.

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  • daniel bowden
  • 15-08-19

This story was even better than Take Me.

Be ready to laugh and cry.
The geekiness is adorable
M isn't a "trans-character". She is woman with a unique past that she is not ashamed of and wears her scars well.
M and A deal with the same insecurities that most of us do when we bring our authentic selves into a relationship.

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  • SIMARA
  • 04-06-19

Bad male narration

I gave this book an honest try because I like the narrator but it bored me and with 2 hours left I stopped the insanity. The story feels too long or drawn out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-19

Love the Openness, dislike Male narrator

I rarely write reviews, but I wanted to give this book some extra love because of how casually the author includes Transsexual and Bisexual people into the story. This is important because it normalizes non-straight, non-cis people by making it practically a non-issue. Courtney deserves major kudos for this!

Unfortunately, the male narrator, Sean Crisden, doesn't have the right voice for either part. He would be great as the Pink Panther. But his Male voice isn't deep enough and his female voice is too much like the standard, horrible version of a man doing a woman's voice.

Overall the story is good and worthy enough to overlook his narration and I highly recommend this book.