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Lightning Tales, Volume 3
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Lightning Tales, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.

Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She's fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there's only one thing on her mind - revenge.

Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that's as far as it goes. He won't admit to himself what's under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin...

Warning - Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.

©2016 K.C. Wells (P)2017 K.C. Wells

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  • Dana Piazzi
  • 06-07-17

Sweet, sexy, and sassy story. Great narration too!

As a fan of both the author and narrator, I jumped at the chance to review this book for the Audio Review Tour. As usual with Joel Leslie, the narration felt spot on. The softer tones used for Adrian were great vs. the harder voice of Marty.

The story itself was really good. I was thrown off a bit at the beginning when the pov was from a main character in the previous book and not one of the ones in this book. But it was good to see a glimpse of Adrian from a neutral perspective as he navigated the bullying years of high school. If I had heard it from Adrian himself, it might have been harder to forgive Marty for his actions, or rather, inaction during that time.

The main part of the story starts when the previous couples from the first two books double date at a drag club where they meet Adrian/Adrienne almost a decade after he left town. He is fabulous and fierce and there are barely any traces of the boy he’d been before. He’s kind of new at the club so he is slowly making friends with the other drag queens. After a few weeks a frequent customer comes in that the others all know and warn Adrienne about. All the warnings in the world can’t stop the shock at seeing his old high school crush and bully.

Marty is living a lonely life. His only excitement is going to the drag club, but he still hides who he is and what he really wants. His bullying of Adrian in high school was more watching his friends pick on the smaller guy, not taking any real action himself. He had his own share of problems at home. In an ideal world, he would have stood up for Adrian but we all know peer pressure is a real thing, and parental pressure too. It’s easy to be annoyed with Marty but especially after learning what he was struggling with it’s hard to hate him.

Adrian isn’t feeling the love right away though and through Adrienne he enacts a little bit of revenge. I don’t feel angry that he did it so much as some of the other people in Adrian’s life do at witnessing it. I admit to being a little petty at times. But I’m glad for those characters for making Adrian (and me) see what he did was wrong.

Both men have a few regrets about their actions in the past and the present. And when they get the courage to talk to each other, they manage to work through hard feelings to admit an attraction still exists for them. The story doesn’t really focus on their relationship after as much as it did the obstacles both needed to get past. Family still presents a few problems for Marty but it only feels like the issues were touched on and not completely resolved. That’s probably down to it being a novella vs a full length novel. A few loose ends didn’t feel tied up, but I really came to love Adrian and Marty. They were sweet and totally hot together. There are great side characters also, from the previous MCs to some of Marty’s co workers. I definitely recommend the story and the audio for sure. It was a great author/narrator combo.

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  • JennDonald
  • 28-06-17

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I liked this story, it's one of forgiveness and growing as a person. Both Adrian and Marty have issues that need to be addressed and both learn a lot from each other, about standing up for who you are and about love. Adrian was severely bullied as a teenager and Marty was a part of it and it certainly left a lasting impression on both men. Adrian has become an incredibly strong person, confident and proud and a total Drag Queen star so imagine his surprise when he discovers Marty in the audience. 

Marty doesn't have an easy life, he hides who he really is and lives a very lonely life. He doesn't have friends or even connections to other people. He does have the Drag shows though, but when he gets called out one night it makes him question and re-evaluate who he really wants to be. I really did feel bad for him and his struggles even though I didn't really expect to. I think he really has a good heart, but he thinks his family expectations matter more than what he feels and wants. 

I liked the relationship these two build once they sort through their issues, they seem to really bring out the best in each other. They both have felt an attraction to the other since their ill-fated high school days and it's sweet to see it finally work for them. I loved the confidence that seemed to grow in both men as well. I would have liked to see more in the growth of their relationship, I felt like the story did jump ahead a bit, but in the end I was happy with the way it all turned out for them. I think Joel Leslie does a great job bringing this story to life and giving it the right amount of feeling. Overall a great an enjoyable story to listen to! 

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 27-06-17

See Me: Lightning Tales, Vol. 3

Would you listen to See Me again? Why?

Yes, I enjoy the story and the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I love drag queens! And I enjoy the combination of a KC Wells story with Joel Leslie's voice.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

He did a much better job than the narrator of the first 2 books. I never wondered who was speaking, and I thought he did a good job with the regional dialect.

If you could rename See Me, what would you call it?

Second Chances

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  • Jennie
  • 23-06-17

Great Audio

I enjoyed the story of Adrian / Adrienne & Marty. From a history in high school, they meet again as adults and it doesn't go well. Adrian becomes determined to make things right between them...
I loved the accents, they really made Marty & especially Adrian come to life. There was great character development & growth. I understood the story well enough as a stand alone with the exception of some confusion for me at the beginning. Overall a great story with excellent narration. Happily recommend.

*I received a copy of this audio for an honest review.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 20-06-17

Great!! Another one to add to my favorites list!

Really enjoyed this one! I'm a big fan of KC Wells and have read many by her....Joel Leslie really brought these characters to life for me! He is very gifted with his voice acting and this book was no exception!

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  • ireadtoomuch
  • 15-06-17

Good story. Had to acclimate to the performance.

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STORY: Great job. Interesting story. Loved the MCs. I have not read any of the others in the series, and this intrigued me enough to follow up on the previous ones.

PERFORMANCE: I had a hard time with the voices at the start of the story, but eventually acclimated to them. I thought the narrator did a fine job. Loved the varying tempo of the dictation. It beautifully portrayed the intensity of the scenes.

(*I received a copy of the this audiobook in return for a fair & honest review)

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  • VivL
  • 10-01-20

Feel Good Story

I truly enjoyed this story. It had me laughing and smiling, and just wanting more. I really enjoy listening to Joel Leslie. He makes the story just so much more. Couldn't stop listening. The 3 volumes that I've read were purely enjoyable.

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  • St. Mary
  • 15-11-19

A must read. Read All in the series

Awesome storyline. Loved your handling of such a sensitive topic. Loved checking in on old friends.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-08-19

Overcoming obstacles

I really enjoyed the story., and how they narrated it I really enjoyed that too.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-19

A strong 3.5

I wanted to love it, but too much unnecessary dialogue. The narrator was a little shaky but I got used to it. I really wanted love it but towards the middle I kept fast forwarding.