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Off Plan

A Whispering Key Novel
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4.8 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Summary

I came to Whispering Key for a job. That was all. To show the world Mason Bloom could be more than a small-town doctor living a medium-sized life.

Private doctor on a swanky island with a posh resort? Check.

But from the moment I set foot on this island, nothing went according to plan.

I didn’t expect to find the resort falling apart. I didn’t expect the people here to be so charming and crazy and welcoming and real. I didn’t expect legends about shipwrecks and buried treasure. And I definitely didn’t expect Fenn Reardon, the island’s incredibly attractive, incredibly infuriating, incredibly male resident tour guide, to become the one person I can’t live without.

Thirty-five’s a bit late for me to realize I'm not straight, though, right? And I have big dreams that won’t fit on Whispering Key, anyway - dreams that do not include tying myself to a tiny island stuck in the past or to a man who refuses to think about the future.

My head’s telling me I have to leave Whispering Key...My heart’s telling me there might be treasure on this island after all.

©2020 May Archer (P)2020 May Archer

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4.5* of grumpy lovers

Oh my, the new series by May Archer is such fun, with no angst, star crossed slightly grumpy lovers, coming out or rather a realisation, ghosts, buried treasure and a whole cast of wacky and wonderful characters. I really enjoyed this book and listening to it brought to life, with it’s laugh out loud moments, I think Fenn and Mason were perfect for each other balancing out their insecurities. I can’t wait to find out what the island of Whispering Key has in store for us readers/listeners next.

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Great

This was a really great audiobook. I really enjoyed listening to this story. I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks from May and Michael.

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Perfect beginning to what promises to be an amazin

I absolutely loved this spin-off of the O'Leary series. Short and sweet with plenty of laughter, great chemistry, some treasure and of course that wonderful small town feeling. Great narration by Michael Dean of course.

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Fun

Loved it. Funny and fluffy. Attraction and antagonistism. The setting of a run down pleasure island was perfect with Mayor Big Rafe lording it over his son's and luring a big city doctor to his '5*resort'. There's a whole host of endearing side characters (I loved Beale). And tales of long lost treasure and ghosts. And the romance was excellent. Fenn's past and Mason's new sexual awareness provided enough friction that the conflict never felt forced.I

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Wonderful audio book

Once again, Michael Dean does a great job narrating this book. His different voices for the different characters really brings them all to life and made this book even more interesting than it already is. I loved the enemies to lovers situation, the snark and back and forth between Fenn and Mason. I loved how it changed, slowly, into friendship and love. The heat was scorching. And the ending was absolutely great and opened a lot of possibilities for what's next in the series, and I can't wait

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Engaging start to the series!

4.25 Stars Overall Off Plan is book 1 in the Whispering Key series, although it ties up with Ms. Archer's Love in O'Leary series, it can be read as a standalone.  Dr. Mason Bloom has landed the job of his dreams or so he thought until he landed in Florida and discovered that the Five Star Resort he had been hired to work at, was really a run-down motel on a dwindling community and that the guy who was sent to pick him up from the airport seems determined on pushing every button Mason has, including some he had no clue of before meeting Fenn.  I loved Mason, he was a sweetheart, good-natured, hardworking and determined to make the best of a not so good situation (or at least not so good at first), and while he'd always thought of himself as straight, I appreciated that he wasn't all that fussy over his attraction to Fenn. He fit in the Whispering Key community perfectly and I adored how everyone accepted him with open arms. Fenn, on the other hand, was frustrating as all hell. Ugh, I got his reasons why he didn't want to get involved with a straight man, but really, he was so difficult at times and I wanted to scream at him when he kept Mason at arm's length. It was especially annoying because Fenn and Mason had an amazing connection and their chemistry was off-the-charts, they just fit so well together despite being so different and I kind of wanted more for Mason, because it took Fenn so long to realize what they had. I'm already looking forward to seeing all the Whispering Key people again and discovering more about them, especially Fenn's cousins, who I suppose will be next in line to tell their stories.  Michael Dean did a great job with the narration, the book is fun and engaging, with just a little angst thrown in and he brought that out with his voice and made me become invested in the story. Recommendable! 

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Brill

This is a brilliant book to listen to I love the chemistry between Fen and Mason even before they acknowledge it. Narrator got it spot on.

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funny

Fenn reminds me of Dean Winchester no nonsense kind of man but also isn't afraid to show his feelings and mason who is a lost man who has forgotten who he is and Fenn will help him find himself. lovely story by May Archer, Micheal dean actually bought the characters alive.

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lovely story, which is even better on audible

I've read all of this lady's books and I swear that they just keep getting better and better. This one's an absolute belter, and certainly a must read. It had everything, it's such a sweet romance. As I read, I fell more and more in love with Mason and Fenn. It was hard to believe that from their initial meeting, that there would ever be any romantic sizzle between those two, but there so is, in spades. The dialogue between the two positively sparkles and Mason's attempts at 'dirty talk' is sublime. From the very beginning the story doles out every emotion that exists. There's so much humour, heat and an abundance of feels. The secondary characters are also wonderfully written. I loved all of them, they all complimented the story perfectly, all had a part to play. I don't hesitate to recommend it. It's just the most joyous, sexy, funny romp of a book. I was so happy when I was reading/listening to it. I honestly couldn't put it down. Michael Dean nailed the narration.

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Awesome

Another great story from May Archer expertly narrated by Michael Dean. This combination are so good at showcasing the emotional aspect of romances, May’s words and Michael’s performance. I love a gay awakening story and this is everything you could want from that trope, Mason and Fenn are just too cute together and I just want to keep hearing more stories about them. I hope this is the first in a series, sign me up for the others as soon as they come out.

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  • Cminor289
  • 29-05-20

YES NEED MORE

Oh my god!!! This book was absolutely amazing. A great listen—I love Michael Dean and May Archer is honestly one of my favorite authors! Knowing I had to listen/read her new series!!! I LOVE Mason. I loved him when introduced in the Love in O’Leary series with Constantine and Micha, but I loved getting to know him and seeing him fall in love with someone he didn’t think he could stand. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for the next in the series

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  • Jeremy B.
  • 05-09-20

Horrible beginning

Starts off with horrible narration and a mixed storyline. But by ch 3 we get into a groove and it's your normal straight guy finally realized he's gay novel. All the prerequisites included - near death accident, gay costar, storybook setting. Can somebody please come up with something fresh and new??

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  • TEM
  • 23-10-20

So much fun

This is not for you if you’re bothered by F bombs, but otherwise it’s such a fun and romantic story.

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  • DGMays
  • 01-09-20

Almost on Par with "Fakers!"

And that's saying a lot! A joyous, witty, hilarious & sexy story of love developing in the most unlikely of places. The grand message: Are you up for the challenge or not? As with the previously mentioned book, a fun romp featuring a host of eccentric small town characters, brought together by forces none could identify. Leading the journey through a deceptively easy going group of Floridians, the divergent MC's slowly wind their lives & agendas into a sweet, loving HEA!! Michael Dean, once again, popped this great story WAAAY outta the park. His deep, sexy rendition painted such delicious folks with unique personalities anyone could enjoy. Beautiful job!!! Please, Ms. May, let there be a continuation that finds a quality love interest for sweet cousin Biel!!❤ Such a delightful group of characters, so very worth the read and/or listen!

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  • William Bennage
  • 24-07-20

Great book

can't wait for the next in the series overall great storyline. can't wait for Beale story and maybe young Rafe and then younger brothers story too. lots of opinions but hopefully the author runs with them

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  • FauxFarmer
  • 23-07-20

Opposites grow together in the heat.

A well structured, cohesive story about damaged adults learning and growing their way together. I enjoyed the fact that the 'miscommunication' plot device wasn't between the lovers for once. (Mature communication and introspection are so very lacking in the vast majority of romance stories.) The 'opposites attract' factor with Fenn and Mason was done well, and their growth throughout the story was well paced. The impoverished small town, tropical island backstory and setting, with its motley crew of fairly well fleshed-out and likable side characters was refreshing and believable. There's a lot more that can happen in the Whispering Key world and I look forward to seeing more from this series. I want Beal's story next!

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  • Jacques
  • 20-07-20

Best fun yet

I got more and more pulled in to this crazy, fun, loving story with every minute. Couldn't wait to hear how it developed and ended. Great characters, superb narration (Thank you AGAIN Michael Dean.) and predictable delightful book. All the crazy denizens of Whispering Key will live in my memory. Hope to find more May Archer work.

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  • Goldenchels
  • 03-07-20

Hotter than the Florida setting

What an awesome start to a new May Archer series. Warm, sexy and hilarious, Off Plan is one of my favourite books ever. The narration pops it up yet another notch. Perfection

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  • Susana
  • 02-07-20

Great

This is a great enemies to lovers book! May Archer is a great author and I love her books! The tension between Fenn and Mason happens from the start, hilarious all the banter between these two, both have bad relationship in the past but they start to trust one another but Feen think that He isn’t good for Mason and there’s no future for them, Mason is just a few months in the Island but He find something worth to fight for, the romance is a slow burn and the sexy times are hot, I hope we get a bit more crossover of them in the next book! Michel Dean’s narrative is great, I love his voice!

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  • aco
  • 27-06-20

Loved it

Lovely story with great characters and an outstanding narration by Michael Dean! It was a delightful listen