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Xander: An Open-Door Policy Novella

Narrated by: Hugh Bradley
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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Summary

Xander Penn has been around the block more times than he cares to count, always searching for an elusive something he’s never admitted to wanting, not even to himself.

Until now...

Then again, realizing what he craves doesn’t mean he accepts it. It’s one thing to dabble at the open-door policy club he belongs to, but quite another to declare it to others in the real world. After a harsh rejection pushes away the one person Xander wishes he could pull closer, he spirals down a dark path using meaningless sex more as a punishment than a pleasure. 

When an unexpected ally makes him see he’s missing out on the best parts of life, Xander finally decides to open himself up to the possibility....

But by then, it may be too late.

Xander is an erotic romance novella intended for audiences 18 years and older. This novella is just over 30,000 words, and it contains a variety of M/M and M/F encounters.

©2018 Anna Ambrose (P)2018 Anna Ambrose

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Steamy Interlude

I really liked it, a hot, steamy novella with various MF, MMF and MM encounters.

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Enjoyed it

Xander is the story of two friends and how their relationship evolved from friendship into more. Its about Xander's struggle/denial and then coming to grips with his growing attraction to Liam his best friend.
Although a short read, the story was steamy and filled with erotic MM, MFF scenes yet there was a good balance between this and the character interactions.
The story was narrated by Hugh Bradley. I liked his voice and I would listen to other books by him.
I would recommend this story to all lovers of MM romance.

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Steamy Erotic Romance

Xander by Anna Ambrose is the second book in An Open-Door Policy Novella Series that I listened to on audio narrated by Hugh Bradley. The books can be read as standalones but they do make references to the couple in book one Lucy. Anna did a great job pulling you into the messy relationship of Xander and Liam. Hugh did a good job narrating. I enjoyed his deep gruff voice he uses for Xander. The book contains M/M and F/F/M Scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Erotic Romances.

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Quick, Easy listen

I received a free audio copy of this book.

This is the second book in the “Open Door Policy” series. I did not read the first book, I really think you should but it isn’t an absolute most. The story was easy to follow and you were given enough of a back story to understand existing relationships.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of novella’s which aren’t side stories to existing series. But this was a short, sexy listen. There is a lot, I mean ALOT of sex in this small book, personally one or two scenes could have been replaced with dialogue between the main characters. But it really is up to personal preference.

I did feel the book had a good basis for a longer more in-depth story, the writing is good and shows that the author has the ability to tackle serious subjects which were only touched on (drink, sexual denial, dealing with illness).

The man character Xander has issues and not to give too much away but he is a bit of an arse. The only upside is this story is told from Xander’s perspective so you hear his conflict. The reason for his main concern is not truly developed, I appreciate that your own mind is a terrifying place but I felt if there were outside factors they should have been explained.

The whole story was a based on internal conflict/struggle and how Xander gets his happily ever after. How he got to that end as I said was with lots and lots of sex, but there were meaningful conversations where you saw Xander realising what he needs to do to get what he really wants.

I had issues with narration, I’ve never listened to Hugh Bradley his actual narration isn’t bad. But the quality wasn’t great if you’re listening in complete silence or with head phones(which I do) the sound quality is quite tinny. But the narration isn’t bad, might listen to Mr Bradley again.

Overall a quick easy listen with potential.

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First time gay but contains mf scenes

I really enjoyed this story. Both Xander and Liams characters were believable, my heart broke for Liam a number of times but glad he hung in there, I loved the ending and loved that I finished the book laughing.

I enjoyed the narration and felt the narrator did a good job but would have preferred it if he had used a bit more emotion as I felt he read the book rather then got into the story and acted it. But definitely recommend for those who like first time gay and don’t mind some mf sex scenes

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a must listen!

If you like MM books this is for you, you don't have to have read Lucy to read Xander even though Xander ,Liam and Becca are featured in both
It's hard to write a review of this without really giving away the story but Xander is working out some tough feelings towards another character in the book , he tries to push those feelings away but they just seem to get stronger , I loved the characters in the book and am so happy it worked out the way it did, I'm looking forward to reading more from this author

the narrator was perfect for this book! his voice is definitely what I would have had in mind for Xander ! an absolute must listen!

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wonderful

this is my first time with this author and I was pleasantly surprised. Xander and Liam were a dramatic couple with how they came together. it was great to see how their relationship revolved to be what they became will definitely be keeping my eye on her next.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 14-07-19

Xander

Xander is having feelings for Liam, but he can’t let himself.
Liam admits he has feelings for Xander but Xander wouldn’t accept it.
So he sabotages himself with alcohol and women.

He has to come to terms with his feelings, but by rejecting Liam he set things into motion that could have some pretty damaging repercussions.

I loved that Liam puts it all out on the line; he isn’t afraid of what he feels and also understands if Xander can’t do the same.

These two are explosive and I loved their story.

The narration was ok for me, I felt like the narrator was talking from far away and tin can like. His voice was fine it was just the echoeyness threw me off a little.

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  • Maria Louden
  • 26-10-18

Super Hot!!

This short Sexy Listen was super delish!! I loved this hot number!! The narrator was great and it’s well written. I really loved the dialogue and chemistry between these too hot men!!

There is a little touch of cheating I don’t care for that but it’s a HEA

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  • saskam98
  • 05-11-19

Sexy story, narration not my favorite

I struggled a bit with the narration here. I don't know if it was the narrator or the recording method, although the longer I listened the more I think it's the narrator's style. He has a good voice but I wasn't a fan of the delivery - very breathy and overly dramatic at times. And the recording style didn't do him any favors.

The story is good, sexy and hot with some angst thrown in. I haven't listened to the first book. I didn't feel it's necessary. This can be listened to as a standalone although I might have been more connected to the characters if I'd gotten a sense of their chemistry from the beginning.

If the narration style hadn't been mostly a miss for me I think I would've connected to the story better. I'd be interested in listening to something else from this author , and from the narrator if the style was different from this book.

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  • Waleska Floyd
  • 19-10-19

3.5 Stars of MM , MMF and MF Sexy Times

Xander is an emotional , medium angst and drama , gay for you , coming of age story about friendships, self discovery and self acceptance.

A highly erotic and hot AF romance tale with lots of sexually , explicit MM, MMF and MF sexy times.

Hugh Bradley smooth and low pitched voice performance gave his narration a dreamlike feel to it . It was my first experience with this style of reading , he made it work for him. Overall, he did a good job.

Anna Ambrose and Hugh Bradley are new to me author and narrator.

In conclusion: I liked it , just didn't love it.

I was given a free promo code for this audiobook in return for a honest review.

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  • Francesca De La Cruz
  • 19-10-19

a realization of a man's true feelings.

this is the story of two friends Xander and Liam,
Xander and Liam have been friends for a while since the beginning of the college year and they don't mind sharing Liam's girlfriend only a new problem comes up Xander realizes he wants Liam all to himself and struggles to make that a reality, this is a sweet and hot story

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  • Anna Rita
  • 19-10-19

Hot short novel 🔥

Xander and Liam are two friends that love to have sex with multiple partners, but when Xander start to see Liam as something more than a friend, things get complicated. I was a little sad for Liam at times because Xander was really harsh with him but at the end we can see a different Xander, ready to be himself with Liam. The narration was really good and the story is full of hot scenes, so be prepared to have a good time while listening to it 😏

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-10-19

male romance

All in all it was a good read the narration is a little slow but still a good story enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-19

Sexy Novella

Sexy Novella with a first-time Romance. would definitely listen to again. Also sweet at times.

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  • Shelly
  • 14-07-19

Steamy novella

I received this for free in exhange for a review. A short story, but hot. Even though it is short, there is some nice character development.

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  • Drifter
  • 07-07-19

Hot M/M romance!

This is the second erotic story of Anna Ambrose. I really have enjoyed both. This one is filled with so much more inner turmoil and emotion. Xander realizes that he is drawn towards his best friend, Liam, in a sexual way. This goes against his upbringing and he spirals downhill as he fights these feelings. He also lashes out against Liam. This is heartbreaking for both Xander and Liam. Anna and the narrator, Hugh Bradley, really bring the listener into this turmoil. You can feel Xander's anguish in Hugh's voice.

I ask to receive this Audible book in exchange for an unbiased review. This book is filled with so much emotion as well as hot sexual scenes. It shows that real friends may have to give you a piece of their mind at times but will be there when you need them the most. Sometimes advice comes from the least likely person. I feel this book also sadly points out what do many gay people must go through in their lives.

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