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  • Straight as a Cucumber

  • #Love Wins, Book 3
  • By: Ana Byrde
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Series: #Love Wins, Book 3
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

There are a couple of reasons I shouldn't crush on Zach Stauff. 

  1. He's my big brother's best friend. 
  2. He's my roommate. 
  3. He's straight. 

None of those things matter when I'm around him, and my heart starts beating like crazy. He's been the star of my wet dreams since forever, but to him, I'm just the kid who used to eat mudcakes. That is, until he walks in on me playing with a cucumber - without my clothes on. Worse, I was on camera streaming to an online audience when he witnessed the "cucumber incident".

Now he's probably got a very different image of me. 

My subscribers say we should make out. They say they'd pay good money for the show. 

I can't ask Zach to do that. 

But what if this is my best chance to touch something that isn't a vegetable? 

Straight as a Cucumber is a 70,000-word romantic comedy novel with a little angst, lots of laughter, silly animals, and sillier men. Knowledge of prior books in the series is not at all necessary to enjoy this one. Buy now if you need a reason to smile today!

©2021 Ana Byrde (P)2021 Ana Byrde

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Cute and funny story

I like both Ana Byrde’s writing style and her #Love Wins series and I’ve been looking forward to this volume of the series.
“Straigth as a cucumber” is a real feel-good book.
It’s about brother’s best friend becoming a lover. Emerson moves in with Zach as a new roommate. With him he has his bird Soda and his dog, both of whom you just have to love. And Soda is definitely the secret star of this story!
There are some funny incidents that made me laugh.
Emerson is still struggling to be considered an adult, because even in Zach’s mind, he’s still the little brother. But what he does for a living is very grown-up and Zach should have been more careful and not just walked into his roommate’s room. And fans of the series will be happy to meet Aunt Rosie again!

The story is funny, but also exciting and romantic. It was very nice to see how friendship becomes more. But how do friends and family take it when you are suddenly no longer straight?

John Solo narrated great as always. He tells the story in a funny and entertaining way and you can feel Zach and Emmy’s emotions right away. It was a great pleasure to listen to this story.

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Loved it

Really enjoyed listening to this book by Ana Byrde
Great storyline, Great characters and John solo really brought the characters to life

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The Cucumber Scene was Hilarious!

This is the third book in the #LoveWins series, and although it can be read as a standalone, I highly suggest reading at least the second book first (although this series is best when all the books are read in order). I loved every one of these books, but I think this one might be my favorite out of the series. There’s forbidden (kind of) love, a secret job, and a busybody pet bird who kept cracking me up with his antics. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments in this book, and my face hurt from grinning. There was both silliness and steaminess, but also a dash of angst and drama to spice the story up. The characters were wonderful and I fell in love with Zach and Emmy immediately.

John Solo narrated the audiobook and did a wonderful job with it. He voiced all the characters wonderfully, and really made the book feel dynamic and alive. I loved the energy of the performance—it was right on point. The audiobook production was well done and made this a very enjoyable book to listen to.

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Loved it

Brother's best friend, roommates, adorable pets, and reminders why one should always knock before entering someone else's room. This was a fun low angst story with moments of laugh out loud humor. While you can read this a standalone, you will see familiar characters if you've read the first two.
John Solo does a great job as usual. He's always easy to listen to, and I never struggle differentiating characters.

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Laugh out Loud

Light, fluffy and very funny. Minimal angst a fun read.
Will never see a 🥒 in the same light again.

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This book was super funny, sweet and a very steamy

Hilarious incidents, spoiled and protective animals, a young man who longs to be seen as an adult, and his roommate, and older brother’s best friend, who finds himself having very adult thoughts about him!
The book is fast-paced, easy to read and very entertaining. John Solo narration is top notch as always!

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Brill

This is a brilliant book that I made be laugh a lot, the pets were brill. I enjoyed following Zac and Emerson as their relationship heats up, though there are some stumbling blocks.
John did a brill job bringing all the fun to the story.

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So much fun!

The fun times continue in this 3rd installment of #Love Wins. Ana Byrde has brought the laughs, fun, crazy pets, tension, EVERYTHING - including produce! I loved Zach & Emmy's story, but the star of the show is none other than Soda! (and Beggles, can't forget the pooch!) Zach gets in his own way at times, so does Emmy, but they work it out - in a big way! - in the end. I laughed so hard several times in this story, and had my heart melted, , it's DEFINITELY a fun read!

John Solo shines once again, bringing his special touch to this already fantastic story, making it even funnier and more entertaining. You can feel Zach's pain, Emmy's utter mortification, the nerves & the heart, and of course, the love, through the emotions put into this stellar performance. Wonderful team, amazing series.

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Hilarious!

There are some hilarious moments in this gay for you story, made more so by the awesome narration. Emy has had a crush on his brothers straight best friend since he was 12 and when he goes to college and finds himself living with Zach his dreams might come true. But then Zach discovers how Emy makes his money, sexy internet videos! Emy’s dog and parrot add some funny moments too. I loved following the two men as they come together.

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Super-hot, cute and funny, too.

I’m a super huge fan of John Solo’s audiobook performances and he really knocked it out of the park with this one. Ana Byrde has written a great rom-com with several great romance tropes. The “best friend” trope is one that I’ve really been enjoying lately. This one is brother’s best friend and it was very entertaining.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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  • hussfan
  • 14-05-21

Enjoyed It a Lot

I enjoyed listening to this cute and fun story. I was expecting it to be very funny from the blurb and sample I listened to. Even though this book did not make me laugh, it was entertaining and fun. I liked Emerson and warmed up to Zach, they were good together, and I enjoyed following their interactions from the very first scenes and to growing chemistry between them. Narrator did a good job with voices and the story. Overall this was a fun listening experience and I am looking forward to more books by this author/narrator team.

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  • K. Benjamin
  • 23-04-21

Fun story full of sweetness and heat

I could listen to John Solo all day long. He did an incredible job bringing life to Emerson and Zach. This was a fun story full of sweetness and heat. Emerson needs a place to stay and winds up rooming with his older brother's best friend Zach. One day while filming his webcam show, Zach walks in on Emerson in a compromising position. That sparks Zach's curiosity as he starts to look at Emerson in a whole new light. This was a relatively low angst story that kept me smiling and laughing the whole time. I enjoyed how their relationship progressed, they are an adorablely cute couple. Loved Soda and Beggels!

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  • M&M
  • 22-08-21

Good story but....

I liked the story and the premise of it. I always love brother's best friend. I also like the not shaming sensuality and sexuality. However, Emerson kept whining about wanting to be treated like an adult when he constantly behaved childishly and it was annoying. Like super annoying. If you don't want to be treated like a child, don't act like one. His whining kept this story from being a full five stars. The narrator was excellent. The sexy times were hot. The pets were hilarious. Definitely worth a listen if you ignore Emerson's immaturity. He does grow up a little towards the end so that's a little redeeming. And by the end I mean the last chapter and epilogue. So hang in there to see a smidgen of maturity from him!

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  • Danielle
  • 11-05-21

4 stars overall!

This one snuck up on me. I wasn't crazy about the type of humor shown early on, but continued on with it. Also, to be fair, I listened to the audiobook and wasn't crazy about the narration itself. But, somewhere in the last few hours, the story pulled me in and I found myself rooting for the two main characters. So, all in all, I would recommend this one.

When it comes to the narration - I'm not really a fan of John Solo's mm romance narrations. He has a habit of making at least one (if not both) of the MCs sound a bit whiny and overly dramatic than what the text calls for. I'm sure this is just personal preference on my part. But because the humor in this book was already a tad over the top, the narration on top of that just made it a little worse for wear in my opinion. I think it just needed to be toned down some.

I received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Katy Beth
  • 29-08-21

It's A Job

I love the humor that is found throughout this series. And the latest book is no different. Soda the parrot has some control issues. This story has some of the most fun storylines like long time crush, brother's best friend, straight roommate, and a little side of "porn". I really appreciated the building relationships and the fact that Zack has to work through all of his feels. There were a couple of interesting twist to the story as well.

I listened to the audio version and it just added to the fun.

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  • Susana
  • 29-07-21

Hilarious

This book is so cute and funny !!! Emerson and Zach story is a fantastic romance comedy, little angst, silly pets, super steamy hot scenes and Bi-sexual awakening!!!
Emerson is Lex’s older brother and Zach’s best friend, Emmy just move into Zach’s apartment and he has a crush in him since he was a teenager. Emerson is supposed to be there for college but he “works” streaming, every time he is alone he goes live and in one occasion he is discover by Zach naked and in a compromise position with a cucumber lol.... this two were so fun to read.
Zach is still in college and is working at the pool he is a swimmer, he thinks he is straight but Emerson stir something in him, he can’t stop thinking about the time he catch Emmy and he don’t understand why do what he does, so he subscribe to Emerson’s page so he can watch his videos, he can’t stop watch him and also he can’t help his body reaction.
Everything start when Emmy ask Zach to help him with a video for his subscribers, they ask for him and he can make more money if Zach is there to help him, they decided to go streaming and Emerson will introduce Zach and later kiss, it’s just a kiss but it’s definitely more for both of them. This is a super fun read and their time together is so sweet and later super hot, their have a great chemistry, Emerson’s pets are also adorable! I have a great time reading this book! John Solo did an amazing job narrating this audiobook, I love listening this book!

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  • Latecia M Jennings
  • 10-05-21

Straight...not so straight

Emerson and Zach romance was cute and very entertaining. Emerson's pets made a very nice addition to the story. As always John Solo brought his A game to the table and knocked it out. I love how he does the voices. I'm really enjoying #LoveWins series and hope it continues on. Love Aunt Rosie and her shenanigans.

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  • pdaake
  • 04-05-21

Hilarious!!

This audiobook had so much humor! The characters were lively and the pets livlier! So much fun!

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  • Nova
  • 04-05-21

cute story

really cute and funny story.
Brother's best friend romance.
first time gay.
Cucumber play.
a cute puppy and
a CrAzY bird.
laugh out loud funny
with a HEA.
Well worth the credit and your time to listen.

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  • NaSheba P.
  • 01-05-21

Cute, quirky and very hot!

I died of embarrassment and was revived by laughter! This book was so quirky, I was literally laughing out loud throughout. This was my second time with this author/narrator duet and I must say…they are magic! The author did an amazing job with writing vulnerable yet still sex positive characters! I love that when Zach fell for Emerson, he just went for it. Although up until that point, he was straight, he didn’t really question it and just accepted the fact that he was now attracted to a man. With Emerson, I loved that he refused to be shamed for what he chooses to do or how he choose to express himself. The side characters offered some nice support and I was intrigued to check and see if they had or were going to get their own storyline. But bagel and soda, Emerson pets, stole a couple scenes with their comic relief. All in all, this was a cute, low angst gay romcom!