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The Boyfriend Game

Narrated by: J. R. Warlow
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

Fake boyfriends for a week? Yes, please. 

Carter Olson never expected he’d get a chance to date his older brother’s best friend, Rip Taylor. Wished for it? Yes. Fantasized about it? Possibly too much. But ever thought it would actually happen? Not in a million years, since Rip is straight. 

But even if it’s just to try and win a gay game show, having Rip for a boyfriend - even a temporary/pretend one - is still the best thing to happen to Carter in...well, ever. 

Especially because Rip’s so good at it. Amazingly good, actually. So good that Carter starts to hope that maybe it won’t have to end once the show’s over.

If there are two things Rip Taylor lives for, they’re having fun and being there for his friends, so a trip to Vegas to help surprise his best friend’s girlfriend with a big, flashy proposal sounds awesome. And even more fun? His bestie's plan to try and win some prize money for the wedding by signing the two of them up as contestants on The Boyfriend Game

The game show is sponsored by the gay dating app bLoved, and Rip is all in. He may be straight, but he's never been narrow, and when circumstances (a.k.a. a best friend who can't hold his tequila) mean that little Carter Olson gets roped into being Rip's fake boyfriend instead, that’s almost better…because who wouldn’t be able to be a convincing boyfriend to Carter? 

After all, Carter’s hella sweet. Kind of adorable, actually. And really, really easy to get into character with. 

Winning The Boyfriend Game? Rip and Carter have it in the bag. 

The Boyfriend Game is a gay romance novel of approximately 75,000 words that contains some confusion about tops and bottoms, a straight guy who realizes he isn’t, an ice cube that melts much too fast, and the kind of luck that can only be found in Vegas. Every Stella Starling romance takes place in the same interconnected, contemporary world, and The Boyfriend Game is a stand-alone book with cameos from other Stella Starling stories.

©2018 Stella Starling (P)2019 Stella Starling

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O M G !! (You’ll know when you listen lol)

M/M friends to lovers. I love this book, and smiled though 95% of it. I love the characters (except for the B and the douche) J. R. Warlow did an amazing job narrating this story, he brought these characters to life for me. I definitely recommend this book. 🎧Audiobook Obsession

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Straight to love

Fun story with a few ups and downs and a beautiful ending great to listen to as it's really well narrated.

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  • Jacki Perrette
  • 15-06-19

Story - Characters - Narrator! <3

I loved this story from start to finish. The characters were adorable and so great together. There was humor and romance and sizzle. There was the friends-to-lovers build to romance and the poignant night of despair, but then a satisfying squelching of antagonists and grand declaration of love. If that wasn't enough, there was a lovely tears-in-your eyes epilogue. The reader (voice actor) gave life to each character, small or large, but especially the two earnest and lovable main characters. I loved his narration so much I looked for more books by him, but I don't see any. (J.R. Warlow, please read more books!)

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  • MayBae
  • 23-04-19

Yaaaassss!

So much love. Gah. This story is sickly sweet, low angst, smexy and so much more. It’s a total GFY and is such a lighthearted read (or listen), that it makes my soul happy. All of the characters were lovely and well-fleshed out. I especially love that Rip didn’t waffle back and forth about being attracted to a guy (as is a common theme among the GFY crowd). He totally just went balls-to-the-wall and I loved every second of it. Is it realistic? I’m guessing not, but I don’t care! I read this book twice a month or two ago. On the second go round, I read the authors Afterword and found out that Stella Starling was also responsible for a collaboration with Wolf Specter called The Dragons Destiny-Fated Mates (as Angel Knots) and that made me love her even more since that is probably one of my top five favorite reads EVER. I’m pretty sure I gushed this all to her in an email (while probably pushing hard for audiobooks to be made, since that’s how I roll). I know I’m not the sole reason this book is now on Audible, but I am so. freaking. happy. Now I need to get her to release the Dragons Destiny series and I’ll be set for life! Also, I had never heard of the narrator, but I was totally impressed! Good job, Mr. Warlow. I’ll be sure to tag him on my “good to download” list. I’m pretty sure Carter is meant to be a twink, but the voice Mr. Warlow used wasn’t OTT feminine like so many others end up being.

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  • Dennis
  • 19-04-19

This book needed editing.

The plot is serviceable for a romance. However, the dialogue and prose needed a development and line editor. The book is missing several key scenes which could have brought out depth in the Cam character and a genuine conflict between the main characters. The villains in the book are grossly underdeveloped, and there are easy fixes that would have solved the problem. Instead, the plot turns on an unbelievable misunderstanding that frustrates the reader, breaks the natural flow of the story, and demonstrates this book was not ready to be published. The dialogue is cringe worthy in parts. Overall, it comes across like a second or third draft.

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  • Eliza Paparelli
  • 30-11-19

Not Great

I wanted to like this book. I really did. It's such a cute premise, and the sample sounded promising. I really, really wanted this to be my new favorite. Unfortunately, this book was not ready for the general public. I agree with the previous reviewer who suggested that the book needed another pass with an editor; moreover, the narrator noticeably mispronounces several words. Dialogue feels clunky and like it's self-consciously attempting to be "young" or "hip," but misses the mark by a wide margin. I also really didn't like the voice the reader chose for Carter, because it made him seem like a perpetually whiny, deliberately helpless throwback to the heroines of 80s bodice-rippers--which, to be fair, is more or less how the author wrote him. I will say that I did mostly like the character of Rip, and the sex scenes were probably the best-written part of the novel. That said, they were marred by some truly awful, cheesy porn dialogue, and the rather unbelievable conceit that Carter still can't tell if Rip *like*-likes him WHILE THEY"RE BANGING. I can't comment on the antagonists much, since I didn't finish the book; I stopped with six chapters left to go, when I realized that the pointless will-they-or-won't-they (spoiler: they have been) was set to go on for at least another hour. This is a matter of personal taste, but I despise romances where the primary conflict could be solved in 15 minutes with one straightforward conversation. Overall, this book just really didn't work for me. I think if I'd picked it up in print, I could have soldiered through to the HEA, but the narration only served to highlight the existing issues with the text, and I found myself gritting my teeth through what should have been a light, fun novel. I can't exchange it, unfortunately, so I'm stuck with it in my library, but I don't plan on returning to it any time soon.

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  • Andrew Bennett
  • 14-08-19

She really did it to me

This story took all the romance tropes I was craving: Fake boyfriends, hopeless pining, shenanigans, mild drama, and reckless miscommunication. My crops are watered, my skin is clear, and I am thriving. God is a woman, and my soul is cleansed. This is by no means a hard-hitting, deep, or complex story. The premise is simple, and the plot predictable. The characters are in their tropes, hunkered down for battle. But this is a solid, fun read (or listen). I didn't buy this audio book expecting depth or complexity of a high fantasy novel, or the character development of a second book in a trilogy. I wanted to feel good. I wanted to feel the gay, and feel represented in silly, fun-loving, happy romantic tropes. And boi howdy, did Starling deliver. I squealed, I cringed, I laughed, and by the end of the story, I was a bit loopy with smiles. This truly was a heartwarming story with decent writing. I had a great time and would immediately recommend to anyone looking for a palate cleanser or something simple, but sweet. I will mention that the narrator had an interesting choice in voice differences, but it was never enough to pull me from the story. Also, I don't normally leave recommendations, but this experience was so uplifting, I had to leave my positive thoughts. So relax, drink some wine, and enjoy this for what it is; a fun, good time.

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  • Trent M.
  • 21-06-19

Predictable, but too sweet to mind

I really enjoyed this book, and the narrator does an incredible job. The story overall is a little predictable, but it's also very sweet in a way I apparently needed right now.

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  • Terryc
  • 09-06-19

PURE JOY, It was a nice break.

Sometimes I get so tired of books that end up with so many tragedies like Romeo Juliet this one was a good break. And! it was down right HOT!!! I think you'll enjoy it I did sometimes I do want that fairy tale ending.

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  • Crystal
  • 16-04-19

Excellent Narration!!

I really liked this book and found it at a time when I needed this kinda of romance. The story was well written, full of swoon worthy moments, and low on angst. The one misunderstanding about three quarters into it was on that was easy to see coming and I'm glad that the author wrapped it up fast rather than making it a really huge deal. We deal with misunderstandings every day in our lives but it's our responses to them and how we handle everything moving forward that makes or breaks a relationship of any kind. The ending....OMG...I absolutely LOVED the epilogue!!!! That's all I'm going to say...no spoiler :) The narration here is spot on and wonderfully done. I immediately looked for other books read by JR Warlow but couldn't find any. I sincerely hope he does more because he is fantastic. The voices were easy to determine, the emotions were heard in his voice, and every thing else........yes please!!!!

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  • HZ
  • 12-04-19

Love the narration!

The story is stereotypes & fluff, but So sweet & lots of fun. The narration is excellent. Hope we get to hear a lot more from JR Warlow!

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  • Cynthia Shepp
  • 11-04-19

This book was everything

I blushed and squealed right along with Carter. Perfect love story. Perfect couple. Perfect narrator. Perfect book.

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