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Letting Go

A Rainier Family Novel
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Rainier Family, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

Grant

Returning home to sleepy Umberland was supposed to be temporary - just to see my family before securing a job in the city. But when my brother's old best friend and my teen crush, Ian Barrett, is here, too, I find myself making excuses to stick around a little longer. He's still everything I've ever wanted, but this former baseball star is also a big-time player....if you know what I mean. I don't know what Ian would ever see in steady, reliable Grant Rainier.

But I also know I can't stay away.

When we start working away together on his dream, I know I'm in trouble. One glance and my heart melts, along with my resolve. Being with him means staying in Umberland and giving up my big-city ambitions, but being without him means losing the best thing that's ever happened to me. How am I supposed to let go of either one?

Ian

I've had my share of men, but I've also attracted more than my share of controversy. And since I was a teenager, the Rainier family has always been my rock - I feel like part of the clan. When I see Grant Rainier again, I can't help but remember him as a teenager just off to college....and now the boy is all man.

For the first time in my life, the chemistry is there, and so is the caring.

But should I subject him to the whirlwind of my life? And can I risk the peace and solitude I've given up everything for?

©2018 Ashton Cade (P)2019 Ashton Cade

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as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Michael Pauley/Dean is one of the 8 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B


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  • Michelle
  • 11-08-20

Sweet and sexy but

Good story , not a lot of angst ... which I am surprised to say is the problem. Not a bad problem but it’s like the authors made a plot outline for the story and then just dumped in a bunch of sentences to string the bullet points together . Which is disappointing because I love a good series and had intended to buy them all in audible . There’s little to no transition from interest to devotion , the MC’s have instantaneous solutions to their “problem” and then a serious allegation is just dropped into the story with no backstory . Soo yeah. Definitely a good story but .... meh

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  • Maria Louden
  • 01-06-20

Loved it!

Excellent story and narrator! I was reading the Other reviews. One said should a straight white woman write mm...heck yes they should. Shame on you for saying other wise. This book and others like them are amazing in their own way. ❤️❤️

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  • AElistens
  • 30-05-20

Can your crush finally see you?

Ian is Grant's brother's best friend and his big crush. Obviously there are obstacles in the way. Will your crush see you more than a little brother? ...You're best friend's little brother? If he does will the family approve? ... Angst!

I really enjoyed listening to Grant and Ian's journey towards each other. Loads of funny moments and angst ridden obstacles .

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  • Karlene Anderson
  • 24-05-20

Should this continue

Should white, cis, hetro, women write MM romance novels? This book is a case on why they shouldn't! I want gay romance not a hetro romance in disguise of a MM romance novel. These white, cis, hetro, women should at least reach out to LGBTQIA writers and pay them a consulting to make their books better...if they insist on writing in this genre.

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  • Melissa
  • 23-05-20

So hot!!

I really love this book and series. It's one of my favorite tropes with a guy in love with his brother's best friend. It was so hot with Ian and Grant. Small towns, and stolen looks and hot chemistry leads to some damn hot sexy times. Ashton and Michael are amazing!

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  • Charlene
  • 14-05-20

First time reader

This was my first book by Ashton Cade and I’m hooked. Her writing style is very close to some of my favorite authors and if she continues to use Michael Dean to bring her words to voice, then I’m a fan for life!

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  • Tanya W
  • 07-05-20

perfect

I originally read this book and when the opportunity to grab it in audio I had to. This amazing story with the narration of Michael makes it perfect.

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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 26-11-19

Good Story, love the Narrator

I decided to give this series a chance because I love Michael Pauley's performances as a narrator. His characters are always distinct from each other. So, when I saw this book, I thought, hey. Why not. I admit that the story is good, not knock your socks off good, but it makes you fall for all the characters and want to be involved with the large Rainier family. As I am writing this review, I am waiting for book 2 of the series to download. I am looking forward to getting to know more of the stories of the people in the Rainier family and excited to hear more from Michael Pauley. Even from those first books he narrated where his performance wasn't the absolute bomb, his voice commands your attention and makes you want to hear more. Now that he is more seasoned, I find that he is only getting better with every performance.

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  • Jeremy
  • 04-08-19

Good story but maybe read the book

The story is good. However the narrator’s voice did not fit, in several ways. There are changes in pitch and tone at inappropriate times. Hard to explain unless you hear it, but there is emphasis on words for no reason at time. Maybe it was his first time? When I first downloaded it, I thought it would be the first I ever returned, I was not sure if I could get past the narrator. But, I got through it, because the story is good.

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  • Cynthia Shepp
  • 08-07-19

Enjoyable Listen

I love Michael Pauley’s narration, and the story was amazing, too. Can’t beat a best friend’s little brother story line with lots of extra angst thrown in.