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Top Secret

Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Best-selling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male/Male romance in 3 years.

LobsterShorts, 21. Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome. 

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app. 

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy? 

SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You? 

LobsterShorts: [crickets!] 

SinnerThree, 21. Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF.

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this? 

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit. 

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries....

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward? 

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me. 

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing....

Q&A about Top Secret:

Q: Have we met these characters before in another book?
A: No! These guys are brand new, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. 

Q: Is this story MM? Or is it a MMF / MFM / menage?
A: This book is MM.

Q: Is this a love triangle story?
A: Not really. You’ll see.

©2019 Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (P)2019 Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Yet another great narration from these two...

With the wonderful Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton narrating as Keaton and Luke respectively, how can this audio fail really...unless you didn't like the story to start with of course 😉. They were absolutely amazing with THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR, which remains one of my favourite audio books ever, so 5 stars for the audio even though it was a little slow to get going, just like the story was.

***Book Review***

4.25 stars from me. Nothing can compare to Him [💙💚💛🧡💜] which I suppose is a real shame for the authors, but I only liked this one as opposed to loved it. KH3 was an entitled brat [not nasty, just oblivious] but finally clued into that lightbulb moment 💡 that not everyone has Daddy's money to back them up, and Luke?? Well, he definitely needed a good smack occasionally...although in view of his absolutely dreadful family and the fact that he was as poor as a church mouse [mainly because of them sponging off him], I suppose I can understand that he would obviously have trust and relationship issues...especially when someone who'd never been with a guy before came calling...and then kept on wanting to call 😉. Oh, and btw I hated Judd...obnoxious prat!! 🤬🤬🤬!!

There were plenty of sexy times in this story, Keat discovered he had a submissive kink too and Luke?? Well, he discovered that he loved listening to Keat twittering on about sexy facts of nature and his proposed trip to Chile to find an undiscovered whale. Happy to say the party at the Hayworth house in the Hamptons made me tear up a little...the L word made its appearance, sighs.

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Keaton and Luke

Nobody does MM like Sarina and Elle! Bailey and Hayworth are fantastic characters who take you through the whole spectrum of emotions.
Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton never just read a book - you can feel them experience each high and low right along with their characters. Pure perfection. ❤

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Amazing!

This is another great story by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy! I could listen to Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton all day!! I loved every minute of this book!

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Fraternizing with the Enemy lol

Wow ! Possibly one of the best audiobooks I've ever had, and I've had lots. Fabulous perfect narration which gives piquance and zest to this super funny, super romantic, passionate MF, MFM/MMF story which becomes MM. It took me months to actually talk myself into this book, as I have had bad experiences with books filled with texting/sexting. Also I judge the book by the cover. What a surprize this book is.

No insta-love or silliness, no shenanigans or stupid. No swearing in every sentence. Just blissful enjoyment in fluent refreshing eloquence.

This tale has it all, with MCs you come to really love. At 9 hrs I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was like being on the best fast sleigh ride, with ups and downs, and twists and turns, with lovely fluffy passion to add to the enchantment of true love.

Not happy to have to go to another site to get the extra chapter.

FABULOUS STORY.

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I absolutely loved this book it’s so full of drama and sweetness and just everything you need. Will definitely be a book that I will listen to again

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Amazing

Narration Teddy Hamilton 5 ★
Narration Christian Fox : 4 ★
Story: 5 ★
Execution: 5 ★

It's been awhile since I listen this, but I listened for the second time and man, I love Sarina and Elle stories. This one is not better than the others, but I think it's because they are my babies.

I like the characters development, the way they get together and the actual hate/animosity before all the love and lust. It's difficult for me to get invested in a story when they are supposed to hate each other, but they don't. It wasn't boring and there is always something happening, some twist to keep you glued.

The narration is fantastic, I love both narrators. Their voice are soothing, I can understand everything they are saying. The pauses are done and the right times and the pace is spot on. Nothing to complain.

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Don't keep this a secret... It's fab!

This audio book was recommended to me by another author, and lets just say it's so far removed from what he writes, but when he told me it was his FAVOURITE audio book and one he'd listened to multiple times, my interest was piqued.

The fact there are two narrators is great, you really get to know the two characters better and nuances between them. I was confused about how this was going to work considering one of them had a G/F to start with, but the chemistry between SinnerThree and LobsterShorts was instant and sizzled through the audio, it was funny when you realise that in real life, they HATE each other, but they say you can't fight fate, and these two were fated to be together.

Loved how the relationship blossomed and they broke down each others barriers to bring us a sizzling story and showed us that you can find love right where you least expect it.

The book made me gasp and shout at times, and I really wanted to bash their heads together at some points, which shows the connection I had to these characters. Listening on the drive to and from work just didn't give me enough time with these two, and I ended up listening while cooking, cleaning, ironing, anything to get my fix.

My first book and audio book from these authors, and it won't be my last. Thanks for the rec JLT!

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One of the best

I often have to close MM romances early because the authors seem to write straight romance and then just change one of the character’s gender. NOT this one. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy really manage to get underneath the skin of gay men. This is one hot book, spot on in the grasp of MM relationships. Read It - that’s all, while I go on and find some more from these two writers.

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Enjoyable listen

There was so much good stuff about this book that I can forgive the few niggles I have. These authors are certainly talented.

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I loved it

Loved, loved, loved. The whole package, the story, the writing, the characters, the humour, and most especially the narration. Teddy Hamilton was brilliant, as always, Christian Fox, I’m not too familiar with, but I’ve got to say I’ll be looking for more audio books that include him, he was fab. Not a lot I want to add really, the synopsis says it all, Keaton, rich, entitled, not closeted, just unaware, and Luke, completely in touch with his sexuality, cocky, and working to make ends meet. Two opposites who live in the same frat house, dislike each other immensely, yet happen upon each other on the same hookup app. They both find in each other something they didn’t realise they were looking for, that of course is before they realise they know each other. A full five stars from me.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 31-05-19

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

This Dynamic Author Duo did it again! These two write the best MM Romance IMHO. I love it all... every book, every character and every HEA. This is a New Adult Contemporary MM Romance.

Keaton is a typical college Jock from a wealthy family who's been in a relationship with the same girl his whole life. Luke is the opposite of Keaton, he has struggled his whole life with a family who just takes advantage of him so he works hard for everything he has. He is just struggling to make it to graduation. Keaton discovers his attraction to men because of Luke, Luke always knew he was bi-sexual. These two are awesome, they have a enemies to lovers thing going on. In the beginning their banter is awesome and in the end their love story is sweet and even though it takes them some time to figure it out, they do and it's perfect! This book left me swooning!!! I didn't want it to end and came back to check if it was going to be a series. I NEED MORE!!!!!

Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton were perfect!!! The casting was so on point, they became their characters. Teddy is my favorite already but after this one... why can't these two narrator EVERY MM Romance book!!!

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  • Andra Nickerson
  • 01-06-19

Love Love Love This Book!

When Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy write together MAGIC HAPPENS! It was hard for me to imagine them matching Him, Us, Good Boy, and Stay! But I was floored when I finished. Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton are superb! Don't miss this book! It is a treat in every way!

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  • ILoveToRead
  • 03-06-19

Christian Fox & Teddy Hamilton reading a Sarina Bowen Elle Kennedy book is a DREAM!

Absolutely LOVED this audiobook! If you loved Him and Us you will fall in love with this one too. The plot felt very original to me and the writing kept me hanging on every word. I couldn’t wait for these two to finally meet and hook up. So hot and sexy and yet a great live story. One you won’t forget.
Of course 🦊 & 🐻 are a dream team in this audiobook.

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  • Ya Book Girl
  • 02-06-19

WTF

I really enjoyed this book UNTIL I WAS FORCED TO GET THE EPILOGUE ON SABRINABOWEN.com and it was clipped and I was being forced to create something at Sharp Springs so I could view in browser🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬. BOTTOM LINE I COULD NOT READ OR HEAR A Mother🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 EPILOGUE!!!

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  • Annika
  • 24-06-19

Entertaining

My namesake has a birthday coming up. And for a birthday present she asks her long-term boyfriend Keaton for a threesome to spice up their sex life. So said boyfriend, never backing out from a challenge downloads an app, sets up a profile (LobsterShorts) and start searching for the second guy Annika wished for. Soon SinnerThree has contacted him and it’s not long before the two are messaging one another daily. It starts with SinnerThree wanting to know how far and what Keaton is comfortable with. Exchanging fantasies and desires and wants turns into sharing their daily struggles, family issues and banter in general.

I loved this part, the beginning. I loved the banter and Keaton’s obscure knowledge in mating rituals for sea slugs or masturbating kangaroos that he so happily shared. I felt the draw between the two. Felt Keaton’s curiousness, awareness, and awakening, not to mention the UST was off the charts. When T-day (threesome day) arrived and their identities were revealed that chemistry kind of fizzled out a bit and a new can of worms were opened up. Because these two men has not only met before, they aren’t exactly what you’d call friends.

My feelings towards Luke (SinnerThree) are a bit conflicted. On the one hand I really felt for him and the shitty hand he’d been dealt in life. His struggles to make ends meet, how his family keeps using him and how lonely he really is. On the other hand all that shittiness doesn’t give him an out on how he treated Keaton, constantly pushing him away. I get that he was proud, but it kind of went beyond that and into the ridiculous. At the same time, he was also pursuing him physically – talk about mixed signals.

I also have to say a couple of things about the girlfriend. Yes Keaton and Annika are together for the first part of this book (no we don’t really get any details beyond a close friendship – so don’t worry, there are no girl parts here). Her presence while there doesn’t take over in any way, she’s more like a secondary character adding a bit of depth to the story. Just like the frat brothers and their antics.

Top Secret is narrated by both Teddy Hamilton and Christopher Fox and man that was the best part of this book. They were beyond fabulous and I loved every second of it. Fox and Hamilton have very distinct voices, and it’s easy to tell them apart. However, they worked so smoothly together that the listener didn’t notice the switches. And by that I mean that obviously we hear the new voice, know that we’ve switched POV, but that’s all. The volume, intensity, tone and feel of the book is there in the changes.

They both also captured all of the characters and their feelings just right. I loved that you could feel Keaton’s discovery of himself. That budding curiosity, the nervousness and want was there in every word. The same went for Luke and his feelings towards his family. The hope he didn’t want to feel, the rejection and disappointment of always being used. It was all crystal clear and it felt like you were right there beside them and go through it all when they do. I do hope to listen to many more productions by Hamilton and Fox in the future, because listening to this book was a treat.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Lord_Theoden
  • 11-07-19

good narrators but boring

narrators were great but the story was so boring to me I could barely finish it. I also hate when there has to be some kind of conflict in the end to where the characters have to "break up" but you know they're going to end up together anyway, I've seen this done too many times ( when I was a child), it's like those Disney movies or whack teen dramas that just don't have a real conflict so they make up some bs to pad the runtime.i felt nothing for any of these people.

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  • Monica M.
  • 05-06-19

This book + this narration duo = EVERYTHING!!!

I don't think my review will even come close to expressing my love for this book, these authors and this narration duo. First and foremost, hats off to Sarina and Elle for bringing another well written, smart, funny, emotional, sexy AF book. Us and Him are two of my hands down favorite listens and you can add Top Secret to that list. Teddy and Christian are absolutely fantastic. They brought Luke and Keaton to life and I loved it every minute of it. I seriously can't wait to re-listen.

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  • Marianne H.
  • 20-06-19

Mixed emotions on this one...

First I'd like to say that I love listening to Teddy Hamilton and Christian Fox; I've listened to their narration before and they've never disappointed me. I've also read Sariana Bowen and Elle Kennedy before (individually and as a duo) so when they decided to do another M/M novel, I was literally all over it.

However, the story fell flat. I'll admit that the blurb and hype and previous experience with the authors had me using my one credit left to purchase the audio book, and I now I kinda feel duped. Don't get me wrong, the plots in the story was great BUT I was getting really annoyed with Luke's character very early on but stuck it out til the very end. I've read M/M stories where one of the MCs have gone through so much worst but at least held on to hope where as Luke just kept on pushing Keaton away. It got to the point that I were they even going to give it a shot? Will Keaton realize he deserves better than Luke's mistreatment? Are they even friends? I don't want to give too much, you'll have to risk the one credit.

All I'll say is that, love the narrators, love the authors, but overall, the character development was not great. Guess it was an okay read.

Happy listening all!

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  • Amanda
  • 22-07-19

Great voice acting, pretty good story.

This felt a little cheesy at times, but it was fun, and cute. I enjoyed the resolution and it kept me listening.

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  • Kelly
  • 16-06-19

I want another!!

I loved this book! I’m in love with the characters and the narrators are fantastic! These are two of my favorite authors and narrators and they lived up to my expectations. I hope there is another book with these two; I need more!

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