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Not so Vanilla

Narrated by: Piers Ryman
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Summary

Bartholomew's life is perfect. He's got a job he loves; he's in a committed relationship with his loving boyfriend who appreciates his neurotic tendencies, social anxiety, and general awkwardness. It's not "white picket fence and Golden Retriever" perfect, but their nice little apartment in the city and the cat they rescued from the shelter come pretty close. 

The domestic bliss gets disturbed when his boyfriend Kyle brings a very hot friend from high school into their sanctuary, making both of them wonder if perhaps "perfect" is as relative as good sex.

©2018 Morgan Noel (P)2018 Morgan Noel

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Enjoyed the story, very good narration

The story is very good; the narration is really good. My issue? This is a book set in the States, but the narrator has an English accent. For me, it was very distracting - yes, I am one of those that prefers the accents to match the regions :)

I really enjoyed the story - though I did think Mew was a tad bit neurotic.
Piers Ryman is a very good narrator, and this was no exception - he had different voices for each of the characters and he has good timing.

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  • ScrolMates Blog
  • 02-07-19

Adorable and steamy

This was a super cute story and I adored Mew. I wanted to love Kyle and sometimes I did but other times the way he handled situations really grated on me. It was defiantly HOT and over all I really enjoyed listening

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Hmm not to sure about this

I can’t decide if having an English narrator read American books is a good thing, saying Ass instead of Arse just does not sound correct in my head, I do think it should be tailored to the accent but that is only my opinion.
Other than that it’s an enjoyable short listen, as with most books I also like to read the story which I will do with this one from Morgan Noel.

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I couldn’t stop listening!

Oh I really liked this story. Mew was written so well, and I loved that he stayed in character the whole time! It is a great complete story but I think I would love to see more of these boys. Weather the MCs of the story or side characters I would probably get that book.

It is really well read, Mr Ryman’s inflections were great, his accents really helped draw me in.

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Nice sweet MMM story.

It took me awhile to get into this story as the narrator seemed to be taking great pains to pronounce each word carefully so put me off a bit, but after about 10% of the book I really got into the story and by half way through the narrator appeared to have settled. Had he chosen a better voice and more relaxed way of speaking whilst talking as mew and Kyle then I would have given it a 5 star, however I struggled to tell mew and kyle’s voices apart from each other, and the way he spoke mews words got a bit irratating at times.

Despite that this was a good sweet story, that is perfect for anyone wanting a BDSM free, angst free book that has a hot threesome sex scene.

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Funny and sexy

A most enjoyable listen, helped by the pleasant tones of the narrator. There are several laugh-out-loud moments and his timing made them work perfectly. I shall seek him out with other authors!

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  • JEYCEE
  • 20-07-18

Donut

I enjoyed this book so much. It had a fun, uncomplicated plot, extremely hot , a rousing game of Never Have I Ever, and doughnuts. What's not to like. It's very enjoyable audiobook.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 28-08-18

So much fun to listen to!

I've had this book pretty much since it came out, but one thing or the other had prevented me from reading it, so when given the chance to listening to it instead, I jumped at it and I wasn't disappointed!

Not So Vanilla is fun, very hot (*fans self*) and enjoyable. Mew was adorkable and definitely my favorite part of the book. Kyle and Adam were okay, although I found it a bit odd that Kyle would bring an ex-con into the house he shared with Mew, especially with as awkward as he is in social situations. And well, Adam, while nice to Mew, had no real concept of personal space.

Even if it all felt a bit too convenient for Kyle and Adam, I have to admit they were all really sexy together and OMG, I'll never look at a donut in quite the same way ever again! LOL

Regarding the narration, Piers did a fantastic job! I wasn't expecting a British accent, but it totally worked and gave a certain something extra to the story. His Mew, especially, was the right blend of awkward and endearing.

This is definitely one audiobook that I'll have to listen again!

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  • scarletsptember
  • 28-07-18

Broome's Books Review

This was probably the best audio experience I’ve ever had. Piers is British so that kind of made it all kinds of awesome for an American listener.  There was no hesitation during certain scenes and his voice flowed smoothly. Anytime Mew had stuttering, cut off thoughts, it felt right. You could hear the different characters with different inflections of his voice but it wasn’t like he changed his voice. He just spoke softer, or more quickly, or there was a lilt for another character. Hands down, I loved listening to him and plan on snagging anything else he narrates.You will never, ever, look at donuts in the same way again. I’m pretty sure I blushed the first time I saw donuts at the bakery.

I loved Mew (Bartholomew). He was so awkward, adorable and curious that I couldn’t help but relate to him a bit. I have that stuttering, social anxiety that he had. And I love my cats. Kyle also, so supportive of Mew. Even if he wanted something more you could tell that he was willing to go slow for Mew because he loved him.

Adam *fans self* oh boy. Temptation on legs would be an apt descriptor for him. It was interesting to see him lightly push at Mew’s boundaries but never go over the line. He stopped. There was teasing from Adam and Kyle but it was never too much. Sometimes I have a problem with the teasing and pushing boundaries but this didn’t make me uncomfortable as I read it. It felt like a playful push and pull kind of relationship.

This was definitely explicit. But it was a good explicit? It wasn’t overly done where you have the characters cursing every other word or weird phrases like cum gutters. This was well written sex between two/three agreeable parties. Plush I’m pretty sure I was red as a tomato while listening to this at work, but I couldn’t stop myself from listening. I also gave my coworkers a play by play and they were dying. So that made it so much fun.

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  • hussfan
  • 11-07-18

even better in audio

Not So Vanilla is such a great story, and I loved it even more in audio. Somehow while reading the eBook, I missed some very funny parts and was happy to discover them while listening to this audio book. The narrator does a very good job and this is one of those books that are even better in audio. I loved it and recommend it for everyone who enjoys listening to romance books with a bit of sweetness and kink.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-19

So good

I loved this book. Mew is so awkward but so endearing and Kyle is just a sweetheart. I really enjoyed listening to this just as much as I enjoyed reading it. well done

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  • Nickie.long.al
  • 25-08-19

amazing book

loved listening to it couldnt put it down
five star audio book
Im late on getting this review up but thats my fault for jumping into another audio book but i loved this one

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  • Iris Pross
  • 21-08-19

Pretty good and sweet

I enjoyed the listen. It was a short and sweet story. However, there were a couple of things that just didn't click with me. Although Mew and Kyle were crazy hot and adorable together, Mews neurotic tendencies needed to be daled back a bit. It tended to overpower the story. He stops coming across as neurotic and instead comes across as someone with a personality disorder. That, unfortunately, took a lot of the enjoyment out of the story for me.

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  • Esther A
  • 12-07-19

Not So Vanilla

A cute and quick listen of an established couple who bring in a third. Mew and Kyle are a couple but when Adam, Kyle’s high school boyfriend, stays with them chemistry ignites. The story was good but I would’ve liked more background on Mew and Kyle, and at some points, I felt that Kyle and Adam were very disrespectful and inconsiderate towards Mew. Kyle and Mew are very hot together and adding Adam to the mix makes it sizzling hot. The narrator did an overall good job. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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  • Bookworm250
  • 07-07-19

Nice short listen

Enjoyable listen, but I found the voice of Mew annoying. Nice if you want something short and sweet.

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  • nolmstym
  • 03-07-19

Socially Awkward

Mew is a little awkward and in a relationship with Kyle. When Kyles friend Adam comes to stay Mew is confused by his attraction to him. It’s a bit of a slow burn, and I would’ve liked a little more of them as a triad- but it’s a sweet story with likable characters. The narration was good - English accent. Easy to differentiate voices of characters