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Say You'll Be Nine

Narrated by: Michael Dean
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

One dilapidated cabin in need of renovation.

Two stubborn men pretending to be a couple.

Three summer months to get the job done.

Four tangled legs in only one bed.

Five cameras catching it all for YouTube.

Six hundred thousand Instagram followers.

Seven nosy family members with opinions.

Eight thousand reasons they should never fall in love.

Nine million reasons why they will.

Say You'll Be Nine is a standalone novel.

©2020 Lucy Lennox (P)2020 Lucy Lennox

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Good, but a bit wrong

The reader is quite good, if only he didn't interpret 'Gay'. He switches his voice to a nasal tone and sounds constipated whenever he switches to the gay character. Even if this was realistic, it is still insulting.

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Adore this book.

Another triumph from Lucy Lennox,
Great book, great narration by Michael Dean.
Can't wait to listen to it again and I rarely do that. Would highly recommend.

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Big nope on the fake gay premise

It’s one thing for straight characters to pretend to be their gay friend’s date for a wedding or something like that. Fake boyfriend stories are usually fun. But I hate the way this starts with Nine faking gay to scam his way into a sponsorship deal with a company trying to be more inclusive. No matter what happened after that, I could only see him as a shady lying liar.

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  • Danielle
  • 06-06-20

4.5 stars - upgraded to a 5 overall!!

I've become such a fan of Lucy Lennox. I generally love her books. This one was no exception. Such a sweet story overall. Doesn't matter if things are predictable - things like a reveal, or the angst or drama, or damaged history that makes characters do the dumb things they do. It's still well written, well paced and incredibly endearing.

Michael Dean did a great job in narration. He seems to have toned down some of the yelling during smexy times that he
has occasionally done in the previous books. All I know is that he's gotten better, more seasoned and still delivers on the feelings which helps elevate an already well written story. Kudos!

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 13-07-20

Fun cabin the woods, plus dog

I truly enjoyed the story but needed some willing suspension of disbelief to get into it.
It’s not a bad pandemic read, given that our heroes spend most of the book socially distanced while remodeling a backwoods cabin. It’s a lot of togetherness and fun along with some challenges.

On the other hand, if I never get another story where a major plot driver is paying for medical care out of pocket, I will be grateful. (The stark wrongness of the US medical setup, which makes people desperate for funds, is loud here.) Still, my first quibble is *only* $10K for a bone marrow transplant? Try $300K. Secondly, the attempt at making a backwoods small town
Wyoming boy, who has never left Wyoming(?!?), not be homophobic is nice but weird. That Nine slips casually in to physical affection with a man, when raised in a stew of casual, if non-malicious, homophobia is a tough sell, honestly. It relies heavily on the reader wanting that to be true. So in that way, it both works and doesn’t work. Accept it, and the book is good times. Scoff too much and it won’t work. I went with accepting the ease and tried not to overthink it. And the story, past that, was worth my time, when not gnashing my teeth about US medical costs.

I like a good fake relationship romance because the characters have to stay together. I like seeing characters develop their own in jokes (chicken closets!) along with their communication skills. Here, I also liked the physical comfort Nine and Cooper had with each other as well as their enthusiasm for and effort in putting out a good virtual product. They do part ways for a bit. The wrongness of them being apart so permeates the separation, it’s a nice relief when they sort themselves out.

But there’s another quibble. I think the characters made mostly reasonable choices, but they were playing fast and loose with Cooper’s presence/absence for far too long. Add in that he was out in public when his cover story was …not that, and a fight in front of a witness, I kept expecting some sort of public or monetary fallout. I’m conflicted because I didn’t want there to be fallout but also felt Cooper’s time out stretched credulity. Also, I wanted a more of a scene/vlog post description of the finished cabin. We get the relationship footage, but I wanted the cabin reveal too. (Full disclosure, I live in a half rehabbed house, so this cabin rehab premise is my catnip.)

A major point in the book’s favor is the continuity of Nacho the dog. He gets fed and exercised and is consistently accounted for. He doesn’t drop in and out. Well done.

Steam: Medium. Plenty of M/M goings on, to various degrees, but nothing out of the ordinary beyond the GFY premise and a man with actual body hair.

Narration: I like how this narrator voices the characters. On occasion it was briefly unclear whose POV we were in; it needed slightly better scene change indicators. The characters were different enough that I got it sorted out fairly easily.

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  • Diana
  • 09-06-20

Absolute love!

I adore Lucy’s books. They are filled with an airy and very light happiness and enough tension to make you hold your breath. Separate thanks to Michael Dean - he is my favourite narrator of all times!

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  • Sue C
  • 07-07-20

... "he was afraid you didn’t want him" - Eli

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

Story comment: easy pace, likeable characters and a sweet and entertaining story - everything I've come to expect from Lucy Lennox. Nine (aka Issac) is such a big hearted, gentle soul and Cooper is just sassy enough to keep his life interesting.
Delightful 😊

Narrator comment: I enjoyed Michael Dean's narration of Say You'll be Nine. I had no problem distinguishing characters and the rhythm, inflections and intonations all worked to bring the book to life.

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  • DGMays
  • 05-07-20

****SO FUN!!!😜****

I've never giggled & guffawed at the efforts of Ms. Lennox before. "Nine" evoked such fond feelings for the relatable folks we come to love & appreciate! Sweet & sexy, a humorous journey as we're introduced to the ensemble of characters who are as nutty as real life! Nine is a total joy, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, before treating myself to the talents of Michael Dean's superb narration!

As per usual, his beautiful husky voice was spot on! How he crafts the unique personas is truly a great gift for us all. Yet another book you can enjoy over & over again. If you don't find persons with whom to relate in this charming story..., you may want to take up knitting!

Lennox & Dean are my absolute favorite power couple! Thank you!!

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  • Donna M.
  • 17-06-20

9? no a 10!

I don't know what magical voodoo Lucy Lennox has, but she seems to know exactly how to write books that make me so happy.

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  • V-Tachy
  • 10-09-20

Lucy Lennox & Michael Dean.

Need any further explanation? Lucy's storyline. Michael's narration? story telling ability? match made in heaven

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 24-08-20

Cooped Up with Nine

I enjoy forced proximity as a trope – two guys stuck together, reliant on each other, bickering and falling in love at the same time. Throw in some snarky dialogue, Nacho the dog, and you’ve got the recipe for a good book. Another fave trope is fake boyfriend because that one can be so much fun. Watching the men struggle to remember the world is watching and perceiving them one way while the reality is something different. Until everything changes, of course, and they fall in love.

Nine’s real name is Isaac but hardly anyone uses it. He is the ninth of ten children and has always struggled to find his place in the world. He’s viewed as the nice one. The dependable one. The one who will be there no matter what. The one who will always put aside his own needs in order to make sure everyone else is taken care of. Sometimes I think he feels like a doormat. Don’t get me wrong – he loves his family and his community. But he has dreams of his own that virtually no one knows about and certainly no one supports him in. They’ve got him labelled and locked into a world that constrains him. He’s looking for a chance to do more with his life than work at a hardware store because that’s what it’ll take to make enough money to build a place of his own.

Cooper is all flash. After obtaining his drama degree in Wyoming, he headed to L.A. to make it big in the film industry. He knew it would take hard work and he was willing to put in the time and effort. But nothing really took, and in the end he came home to Denver because his twin brother was sick and there was something Cooper could do to help. Their entire family has had a raw deal because of his father and he just wants to make things easier for his mother and his brother Jackson. But life isn’t easy. He needs to come up with ten grand for a medical procedure and that seems impossible.

Until the perfect answer lands in both their laps.

A tool company is looking to hire an LGBT couple to renovate a cabin in the woods. Nine has been making YouTube DIY videos that have gone viral and they approach him. The problem? He needs a partner. His brother Eli’s solution? His old college friend, Coop. Who also happens to need money. Next thing you know, the two men are in a clearing with a dilapidated cabin, an RV to share, and the need to get the project finished as quickly as possible.

Now, I’m no good at DIY but I love a handsome guy as much as the next gal (or guy, depending on your persuasion). I can totally see Nine in his work boots, jeans, and shirt, toiling away. I was glad Cooper wasn’t too much of a prima donna that he wasn’t willing to dig in and do some of the hard work as well. Pretty soon, their videos are a hit, the work is getting done, and…well, something happened along the way and they got to know each other. Cooper is unabashedly out, but this is new for Nine. He’s never been attracted to a man before. Heck, he wasn’t even really all that attracted to the women he dated (what few there actually were). But something about Cooper speaks to Nine and soon things are heating up.

But they were never destined to be alone in their bubble forever. Hollywood comes calling, as does another sponsor, and suddenly it looks like they might be headed in different directions.

Until Jackson needs Nine and then all the other noise gets drowned out, nothing mattering but taking care of his brother.

I love how many obstacles were thrown in the men’s way. How many things they had to overcome. How much adversity they had to face. At every step I wondered how they were going to make it work. Even as the fake boyfriends became real boyfriends, that didn’t solve all the little problems like how to make a relationship when each man had a competing goal.

But this is a Lucy Lennox book, so OF COURSE things worked out. What was all that stress about? The worry? Because she’s a good writer and giving them an easy out would have cheated both them and me.

Okay, a quick shout out to Michael Dean. I’ve raved about his performances in so many books and this is just another great one. Well done. Off to the next Lucy book…

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  • Rebecca
  • 02-08-20

4 Stars

This is a great story! Funny, sexy, hot, and all the other feels with a HEA.
A bit at the end was cheesy but kinda in a cute way. Narrative did a good job, just a couple of times I was confused who was talking at the end of the book because the accent didn’t change correctly but the characters also were acting different then they did from the rest of the book so that played a part in my confusion of the accent:)

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  • JDHB
  • 01-08-20

Loved this book!

Lucy Lennox writes such sweet stories! I love all of her books, and this one is no exception. If you've read or listened to her other books, you will love this one, too. If you are not ready to commit to one of Lucy's series, this is a perfect choice. Michael Dean as always does a fantastic job narrating and bringing the characters to life. I definitely recommend it!