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Lovestrong: A series about love, found family, and living one’s truth in a small town.

This bundle includes the first four audiobooks from this best-selling series and the prequel short that started it all.

How Not to Blend

One clueless single dad meets a sassy Southern drag queen in this fake-boyfriend story that will keep you in stitches.

How Not to Tuck

A drag queen’s daring invitation given to his nemesis of a boss backfires in a sexy, fabulous way.

How Not to Sin

An average man who happens to be a preacher gets trapped during a blizzard with an easygoing, New Age kinda guy in this heartwarming tale about love and facing down bullies while standing up for what’s right.

How Not to Wait

Series prequel short featuring a desperate new adult who can’t ignore how badly he needs just one night with his father’s best friend.

How Not to Break

A former SEAL with a healthy dose of regret gets a second chance with his best friend’s son. But when the younger man needs protection from a dangerous stalker, he’s not just looking for help from a SEAL...he wants his heart too.

©2019 Susan Hawke (P)2020 Susan Hawke

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Yummy

Nothing beats 21 hours of nonstop sweet, sexy, hilarious MM stories! Susan Hawke created a big gay world full of amazing characters, interesting plot lines and spicy scenes! Michael Dean is, as usual, an amazing narrator and brings passion and life to yet another wonderful collection of stories! Hawke’s characterization of all the main and side characters in these stories was amazing. Each character is full of depth and intrigue. They are so full of their own personality and morality, their quirks and individuality making each one stand out from the crowd. The plot of each story is vastly different and keeps listeners/readers hooked on every word. From angst and new love to sexual tension and heated moments, the stories will keep you on your toes, laughing and eager for more. Michael Dean is one of those Narrators where I pick a book based on two factors: MM AND Michael Dean is reading it. He brings emotion and oomph to every character, thought and scene. His voice is crisp, clear and laced with enthusiasm. His narration of this story is wonderful!!

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5 books for 1 credit. And a great listen/read.

Great value for money bundle, 5 books for 1 credit on Audible, great reading. Lovestrong Series Bundle: Volume One By: Susan Hawke Narrated by: Michael Dean Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins ❤❤❤❤❤ Overall 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration 📚📚📚📚📚 Story Read at 1.15 speed on Audible. Brilliant series when I read these, bringing them to life by Michael Dean just made them better. Each book is brilliant in its own right. Fun, laughter. Put 5 together and you get 21hrs of pure heaven. Book1 How Not to Blend we meet Sassy Drag Queen (Kandi) Andy, Dr Hottie (Corbin), his son Grayson and Gam Gam. Great main characters and side characters. Hilarious, b*tchy but brilliantly written. Great story, covers Bi, nonbinary, father/son relationships as in coming out. Grandson/Grandma relationships when both are full of sass. Seriously a must read/listen. This shows the issues families go through when a child shows as nonbinary. Book2 How Not to Tuck. Short novella but a must read/ listen. We again meet Honey Combover (Larry) and Godric Sheppard. Honey is hilarious and has a problem with his/her ability to tuck and tape. Seriously we are talking laugh out loud incidents. This book shows issues at work and discrimination that LGBT community go through. Book 3 How Not to Sin. Rev Gabe meets Seth, this is a great book about a Rev who runs an LGBT friendly church, but some of the towns residents don't believe its needed. And a guy who runs a Holistic Healing shop and yoga studio. They both face and fight the anti gay hate group together. Another book that hits heads straight on to yet another issue LGBT go through. Book 4 How Not to Wait Prequal to the series. 10 years before present day. Another short but no less brilliant, Shaw (College student) meets Nick (Dads best friend, ex Navy). Shaw has always wanted a night with Nick, does he get lucky? Book 5 How Not to Break. Ten years later from book 4, we meet Nick St Cloud again and this time he's running his bar/club and celibate. After living with guilt for 10 years, he meets Shaw again, but will things be better this time around. We have a stalker and a natural protector. Again a great book and rounding up the 5 book audio. Just Great, seriously a must buy. What's not to like. No cliffhangers.

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Life for a whole group of friends

Takes you through the lives of friends and the ups and downs and what miscommunication can do, it's well written and well narrated.

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Awesome

This was such a great bundle of audiobooks. I love this series, and I love having these stories grouped together in one place. I can’t wait to listen to more.

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Great value, lovely stories and great narration

This compilation of stories includes the first 4 books plus the short prequel story 'How not to Wait'. I have read all of these books previously but in this case the audio is WELL worth enjoying as well. The narration really added to the stories with distinctive voices that really bought the books to life. The first two books are a hoot - particularly Honey/Larry and Godrick with some genuine uplifting feel good moments to go alongside them. I have to admit that How Not to Sin wasn't my favorite book when I read it - but I found myself enjoying Seth and Gabe's story much more in audio. Nick and Shaw are the most frustrating couple! The story in this one is really strong and I love the mystery element but goodness me I wanted to just smack Nick around the head and give Shaw a huge hug!!! Susan Hawke is such a great, versatile writer and this compilation really shows how she moves from humour to quite serious drama easily. I love the way these books mesh together and I will absolutely be returning to them again for another listen.

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amazing books for an amazing deal

these are my favourites is Susi/Susan's books! I love each one of these great stories. narration is wonderful.

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A great bundle and deal

This is a great bundle of romance novels from an author I came to know through her shifter romances. Her handling of contemporary non-shifter characters is equally masterful. My particular favorites are the first and third books, How not to Blend and How not to Sin. I adore any book that involves a barista/coffeshop and when you combine that with a great drag queen I'm sold. Sin deals with homophobia in the church and its effect on the clergy and I was completely drawn in and felt so sad for the characters struggling to live their authentic lives and worship in spite of that. Michael Dean gives his usual flawless performance. Every character is distinct, which is incredibly difficult in a bundle where listeners tend to binge, and his ability to hot all emotional colors is fantastic.

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Great series

I absolutely love this series. Realistic, emotionally compelling characters who feel like they could be your best friends in a small town setting and a wonderful sense of found family. Michael Dean is of course excellent at bringing these complex characters to life so vividly.

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  • 29-06-20

A must have...

This Is one of the best series in Gay Romance, so a bundle with the first books and the prequel together, was a wonderful treat, one that gave me the opportunity to read and re-read book after book full of amazing characters, and to witness their journey to find love and family. And guess what is even better? having said beloved characters in audio in the profesional acting voice of Mr Dean, who brought them alive for our enjoyment, with his masterful managing of emotions and actions. Loved it!

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A fabulous collection

I am a huge Susan Hawke fan. I have nabbed everyone of her audiobooks and devoured them - often in one sitting. I've reviewed each book as they were released and when I heard they were coming out in a bundle, I realized it was my chance to revisit my old friends. A comfort, to be sure. Then I realized there was a little hidden gem included and I whooped in happiness. How Not to Wait is the prequel to How Not to Break and has never been released on audio. Shaw is a young man just moving into adulthood. That being said, he’s been crushing on his father’s best friend for as long as he can remember. His parents are okay with him being gay. Would they support him coming on to the much older friend of the family? Yeah, probably not so much. When he finds himself alone in the cabin with Nick, though, he kind of can’t help himself. Now, Nick is all about restraint. Yes, he finds Shaw attractive, but he’s not going to tap that. He remembers Shaw as a twelve-year-old, not the tempting young legal man before him. But he has too much respect for his friend and way too much self-control to give over to his urges to show that ginger the reality when two men find each other irresistibly attractive. I wasn’t sure how far they were going to go, but I knew we were in for some sexy times. However, I knew the tragedy about to befall the men, so it was all bittersweet. That being said, I knew they would get their happy ending in the next book so I was able to see past the upcoming pain. Okay, so have I said I love Susan Hawke? Well, I need to add that I love Michael Dean as well. He is so talented and I love what he’s able to do with all the characters, but especially Honey Combover. It was nice to revisit some old friends and I’d be happy if Ms. Hawke eventually gave me new ones as well.

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  • Kathryn M
  • 09-06-20

love this!

Susan Hawke's Lovestrong series is an amazing series about attraction, acceptance, love, and creating a found family when your blood family let's you down. The stories are a mix of humor, sweetness, heat and seriousness... capturing our hearts, making us laugh out loud, and pulling the emotional heart strings. The characters are fantastic - fun, entertaining and lovable. This bundle is a fantastic way to binge the first four books plus a prequel story - How Not to Blend, How Not to Tuck, How Not to Sin, How Not to Wait and How Not to Break. A definitely recommended bundle! Michael Dean narrates this story with a clear and smooth voicework and recording. Personalities come through, feelings are felt and it's extremely enjoyable listen.

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  • Aerielle
  • 25-06-20

Great set of stories

I love all the stories in this bundle but my absolute favorite is the short story How to Tuck and I thinks it’s all because of how Michael voiced Larry! Very over the top but it was the perfect voice!

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  • Celest F.
  • 10-06-20

Love this series

This is such a great series and having it in a bundle really shows how well each story flows into the next. Plus, you don’t have to remember which book is next up. Gray and Corbin are probably my favorite couple but Nick and Shaw hold my heart because of everything they’ve been through to get their happy ending. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series (which I hear will be out later this summer), though I might wait for Michael Dean to get his voice on it because he did such a great job with these stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-20

second reading

loved it more! always good to go back to hear details that may be have been missed. Great story Susan, and thank you Michael, great voice, love all your reads. Dan

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  • Katy Beth
  • 29-07-20

It's Complicated

I loved all four of these stories. Each couples story is unique from they way they interact to the problems they face. Each couple doesn't always seem obvious from the beginning but yet they are so perfectly suited to each other. I also love how the different characters reappear in later stories. I listened to the Audible version. It was well down and fun to listen too. How Not to Blend - I love the way that Corbin and Andy compliment each other. They learned to fake until they made it. How not to Tuck is a shorter story but I love how Larry and Godrich just seem to fit together so well. They seem so mismatched but it really works for them. How Not to Sin - the back story of the leaving the PC USA is a little too close to home but it made it even a more interesting listen. I love how they remain strong in the love and with the community they were building. I also love some of the things that happened at the end of the story. This is a great story of a couple building a relationship but also a community coming together. How Not to Wait and How Not to Break - It was amazing to see how these men had fight their own guilt and misunderstanding from the past to see each other in the here and now. On top of that they have to overcome Seth's crisis with a stalker

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  • Donna M.
  • 06-07-20

Love for the win!

Susan Hawke did such a great job with this series. The narrator brought it to life in the best way.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 06-07-20

Great value for a credit!!

Susan Hawke truly shines when she writes about families and their trials and tribulations. This bundle of novels is such a great value for a credit if you love gay romance, which I happen to do! These stories are really fun reads full of great characters and wonderful plots! Don't miss out on listening to Michael Dean's phenomenal narration!

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  • Violet Marshall
  • 05-07-20

A Wonderful Bundle

This bundle is a collection of The Lovestrong Series. It contains How Not To Wait series prequel, How Not to Blend book 1, How Not to Tuck book 2, How Not to Sin book 3 and How Not to Break book 4. These stories are each wonderful and are written well. The plots were entertaining and steady throughout each story. I found How Not to Blend captivating and funny. Corbin Davis and Andy Ferguson are the MC’s of this book. This book had a lot of humor and I really enjoyed it. It does deal with bullying, which is not a funny subject, but I think that it was dealt with appropriately. Larry and Godric are the MC’s of How Not to Tuck. Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson and Seth Thomas are the MC’s of How Not to Sin. Nick St. Cloud and Shaw Michaelson are the MC’s of How Not To Wait and How Not to Break. The characters were developed and thought out. Michael Dean does a good job narrating these stories with different voices and good flow with ups and downs. I can recommend these stories and this bundle as good reads and worth listening too. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Phoenix
  • 03-07-20

Wonderful

This was an absolutely amazing Bundle! You get 5 amazing books in one happy little package. I loved all the books. I was so happy with the narrator and the brilliancy of the voice changes. This was such a wonderful job!

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  • LacrYmosa Wolford
  • 01-07-20

Wow that was powerful

I absolutely loved this series, and it was only made better when I heard the narrator bring it to life. All the laughs, the steam and the emotions combined in every book. If you want sweet, light heartedness and some emotion please read this series.