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The Gift

Love in O’Leary Series, Book 2
Series: Love in O’Leary Series, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

Daniel: I suck at relationships and don't trust anyone, but there are reasons for that. For one thing, every person I've ever cared about has let me down. The only recent exception: O'Leary's town veterinarian...my new best friend.  

I came to O'Leary for a fresh start. To pare things down to essentials. To forget about the failures in my past. The last thing I need is complications, and most definitely not a boyfriend.  

Julian: I've lived in O'Leary my entire life and learned to fly under the radar a long time ago. I do what's expected, say what's expected, and keep to myself as much as possible. It's a hell of a lot simpler spending my time working with animals than trying to interact with actual people. The one unlikely exception: the gorgeous guy who moved to a cabin just outside of town and somehow became my best friend.  

But friendships are complicated, and one morning I find myself accidentally telling the whole town the biggest lie of my life. Which is how Daniel Michaelson, my very straight, very hot best friend becomes my fake boyfriend, even though he's most definitely not my lover.

©2019 May Archer (P)2019 Tantor

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Never Disappointed!

As usual, May Archer doesn’t disappoint.
Absolutely loved the main characters, and as I have listened to the previous audiobook, ‘The Fall’, characters from that novel are cameo’d in this book.
The storyline is fluid and mixed, and from working out who J D Pritchard was from the the very first hint, it gets the reader pumped throughout the book as to when ‘the penny will drop’ with Julian!! 🤦‍♂️😱😁😊

Overall it’s a 10/10 for me, ticks all the boxes and definitely steamy 🧖‍♂️ in all the right places (scorching hot🥵 - definitely NOT for young adult readers - so beware)
Definitely not disappointed, in fact, exhilarated!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 18-10-19

from friends to lovers 😍

My second review for today.
It's review time 🎧
The Gift: Love in O’Leary Series, Book 2 (Unabridged)
By May Archer
Narrated by Alexander Cendese, Iggy Toma

Narrator score🎧 ; both narrators as always are Incredible. I loved the voices of the vet family. Every brother got a very nice voice with character that suits the personality.

Level of steam🔥: the book didn't started hot. It took time. The friendship between the two was the main issue. And I loved it. It was a slow burn but a very good one.

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: yet again as the first book in the series the book isn't sad per say .... but the feeling are deep and I'm a cry baby so I shed a tear or 20 🙈

The book itself📖: I loved the book. Much more than the first one I'll admit. The story was built on friendship first and foremost. The reason they started they relationship was because of act of loyalty protectiveness and friendship. And it was a wonderful slow burn. Don't get me wrong when they got to the hot part, it was HOT. But it wasn't the main issue at all. And I adored it

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  • Saladboy
  • 10-07-19

Hotness, Characters, Plot, and Performance: Oh My

I bought this book because of the galactic, stellar ratings by listeners. I was not disappointed at all. There was the hotness of the two main subjects. Okay, there was also the depth and personal character of the main and secondary actors. The brilliant dialogue was brilliantly performed by Alexander and Iggy (I feel like I know them now). And, the plot was multifaceted and captivating. I would be dishonest if I did not mention that the romantic (sexual) content seemed to spring from the mind of a woman. Well, it did, so no huge surprise there, but it was not a distraction. I enjoyed every minute of getting to know Julian and Daniel. I'm now looking for more books by May Archer.

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  • Aerielle
  • 13-10-19

Great story

I loved the first book in the series but The Gift is even better!! Normally I’m not a big fan of GFY but there was just something magical about Julian and Daniel. There’s a nice little mystery in this book as well. Cannot recommend his book enough!!
The dual narration by Iggy and Alexander was amazing! I absolutely adore the work these two do!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-19

You MUST get this book!

Loved every minute of it. I listen to this on my commute and finished it in 3 days! Now I need to get more books from this author!

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  • Vicki
  • 17-07-19

so much fun

What a fun and cute story. I loved both of the main characters and was happy to get to know a few of the townsfolk a little better. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • ken sellers
  • 13-07-19

May Archer is Fantastic and naration is un real

I Love this series .... hope their are many more to come i cant get .....im so tired of people thinkinking this is just a dread a l ot of us have to to much of this we can deal with..................................... i love my man over seas but does h for trump hes so fuck

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  • songbird
  • 08-07-19

Really enjoying this series

Julian makes me laugh and Daniel makes me cry, but only because of the beautiful heart he has. But I’m angry at him for not opening up to Julian sooner. The secrets are a killer but a nice surprise in the end!! As always Iggy Toma is an awesome narrator. I can’t get enough of his voice!!!

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  • nj sgritc
  • 27-06-19

good read

I love books with two narrators.this was a great read. I just wish it didn't skip so much.

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 23-06-19

GREAT SERIES!

I am loving this series! While this book doesn't beat the first book, this book was still great! Well written and narrated.

In order to protect Daniel from the watchful eyes of small town folk that don't trust Daniel because he is anti-social, Julian claims that him and Daniel are dating. The thing is...they aren't- Daniel is his best friend...his straight best friend (or so they both think). So happens that all of the bonding they have done as friends may have brought out some feelings in Daniel that he never would have expected. Fake boyfriends, turns to real boyfriends. But with secrets that Daniel does not want to come to light, can they really have a chance?

This is a great book and I loved watching how their relationship developed.

Can't wait to see what's next in this series!

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  • Jill K.
  • 19-06-19

Loved it

I don't usually like fake relationships but it was also a GFY which I love. I loved how it went back in time then came back to present to show Daniel and Julian's relationship. I expected a little bit more of a reaction about all of the secret's Daniel kept. This book has a very low level of angst. Iggy Toma and Alexander Cendese do an amazing job narrating. You just can't go wrong with either one of them.

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