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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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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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Not bad

It's definitely a cookie-cutter plot with all the expected & overdone contrivances to keep the suspense - so the characters are rather unbelievable. Having said that I've heard a lot worse.
The narration is pretty good - aside from M Dean's pronunciation of Spanish which is laughable. I honestly thought all Americans spoke some limited Spanish.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 19-06-20

Exciting New Series!!!

I'm so excited for this "spin off" from the O'Leary series. I also love that we get a cameo of Cam and Micah.

Fenn and Mason are so adorable together. There was the tension at first, but then the chemistry too. I love the pace of their relationship, it worked for them. I also love the setting of this new series. As trademark May Archer style, there's always the group/family dynamics, the witty banter and the unavoidable laugh out loud moments.

Michael Dean, my favorite narrator. He brought this book to life. Excellent as always. Strongly recommend.

**thanks to GRR for the opportunity to listen and review**

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  • Sftonyt
  • 18-11-20

Constant bickering

I made it to chapter 11 and while I understand that enemies to lovers needs to build, so far this book has been constant bickering between the main characters. I hope they live happily ever after.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-11-20

Conflicted on how to rate this audiobook

For starters, this is an excellent *book.* You really can't go wrong with anything by May Archer. She writes compelling characters and great dialogue.

However, I was conflicted about how to rate the narration. Michael Dean does a great job narrating the MCs and does justice to their dialogue. However, he makes a few atrocious pronunciation decisions--some major mistakes even--that are extremely distracting and disappointing, and borderline insulting in some instances. There's a minor side character who is Cuban and makes wise pronouncements in Spanish throughout the book. Dean made ZERO effort to pronounce the words correctly. Like not doing a perfect accent is whatever, but not even trying to get the letter J or double-Ls correct is just LAZY. (Like isn't this his job? Isn't he being paid to do this?) He also makes every single female character sound like a dumb cartoon caricature rather than, ya know, a person. Like his version of Gloria would definitely fit in better on Bob's Burgers than in the world of this book. There are a few other distracting pronunciations throughout the book, but I don't need to list them all here. I think you get the point.

TLDR: Dean faithfully captures the MCs, but lazily neglects some details.

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  • Eugenia
  • 26-11-20

Did you say, “Treasure?”

After a bit of a jerky start, this story really smoothed out and I was able to enjoy the ride!

Part if the Of problem was that I liked neither MC in the first couple of chapters. Both were *holes and extremely rude to each other. As the story went along, though, grew kinder—not only to each other but to everyone else as well. I was soon cheering them on.

The book was quite funny & Michael Dean’s performance was good (although nowhere near his best). And, Mr. Dean, I’m asking that you PLEASE learn how to pronounce Spanish because you made me cringe in horror whenever you spoke it.

The slow burn and UST these two had was fab. And while there wasn’t a lot of sex, the few scenes were fun.

Snark, enemies to lovers, bi- or demi- awakening, treasure, & portents.

My rec? It’s a fantastic beach read any time of year!

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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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  • 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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  • 28-04-21

Lots of funny, Very good!!

Quick Review by Mel
I found the character voices:

Differentiable, fast-paced, easy to listen to, and very enjoyable. Michael Dean is a winner!

I listened comfortably at the following speed:

1.2x

Three Descriptive Words:

Endearing, extremely funny, and highly entertaining

Was the plot confusing or did it make sense?

No, It made absolute sense. I loved it

Unresolved issues/plot holes?

No

Quality of world and character-building?

Excellent writing, it was perfect!

Humour and Entertainment:

Thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you. Truly instant antidepressants

Could you visualize the action?

Yip, and it was amazing

How was the mood?

It was tensed with big bouts of laughter

How deep was the emotional shit?

Knee hight

Was there a connection to the story?

Yes, I really need a vacation, and Florida sounds perfect

Cheers, what drink do you associate with this book/audiobook/movie?

Ice cold beers on the beach

If I could change something, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing!

Would you recommend this audiobook?

Yes, don’t miss this

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