That's all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind for the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he's in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate, Danny Wallace.
Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn't seem to view Julian as anything other than that--a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can't think of a good reason to say no.
Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he's positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He's ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.
©2009 Ethan Day (P)2015 Ethan Day
Julian has had a crush on his roommate, Danny, forever, and just when he’s given up on having him – ie moving on – Danny makes a play for him.
There is a lot of humor in this story. Julian is a hysterical gay man with a lot of fun quirks – clumsiness, sugar addiction, a flair for fashion. His mother is hysterical as well, and has a big heart. Gabby, the female best friend also provides comic relief.
Danny – well, I just never liked Danny. As the story progresses we see and finally “understand” more about Danny and his motivations, but it was really hard for me to forgive him… and that, ultimately influenced my opinion of the book.
I think that this is one of those books that will either hit it’s mark and make you a fan, or it will count as a miss. For me it was a miss (not enough to deter me from trying another Ethan Day book). The romantic in me was just so unsatisfied by the ending. I really needed Danny to do more to win Julian back and the lack of “making up” left a sour taste in my mouth. (It is a HEA, though.)
World Building/Characterizations 5
Humor 5 – it is really funny!
3.5 of 5 stars
Jason Frazier, hands down is one of THE BEST narrators of this genre. He is a PERFORMER. He gets inside the heads of all the characters and makes them all unique and outstanding.
I had read the book before and was not impressed by the story overly much (as you can tell by review) but when I saw that Jason Frazier narrated the book I had to have it anyway.
I’ve said it before and it still holds true, Jason’s narrations remind me of the old days of radio soap operas in that he can create this entire “movie” without pictures for us just by how much personality he puts into each one of his characters.
There are a few truly gifted performers in this genre who bring a story to life more than just tell a tale and Jason is one of them.
I adore his narrations and give this one a 6 out of 5 stars.
My biggest problem with Jason Frazier is...
As soon as I finish anything Jason narrates, the first thing I want to do is listen to the audiobook again. Which, as you can imagine, is completely counterproductive to clearing the pending items in my Audible library. I've actually lost count of how many times I've re-listened to Blame It On The Mistletoe which became my default comfort listen after I got it a few months ago. Jason's been one of my Top Three narrators since then, and I got "As You Are" primarily because he's the narrator (I didn't even read the blurb!)
The thing I love most about when Jason Frazier narrates is that it always feels like he transforms into the characters in the story rather than just narrating events happening to them. It's almost like you're in the same room as these characters. And to date, I've yet to listen to another male narrator in the MM genre who does such a convincing female voice as Jason. Seriously, just an amazing job overall.
The story was actually more of a 3.5 but I rounded it up to 4 stars because there were a lot of places that genuinely had me laughing out loud. Julian's almost like what I imagine you'd get if you mashed Carrie Bradshaw and Charlotte York together, then turned them into a hyper gay man. His thoughts were all over the place and sometimes you'd be yanked from the present to one of his rants or into a flashback. Yes, he likes to go on tangents, which I'm finding to be somewhat of a theme with this author's work (Boone from Sno Ho had a similar affliction). If that kind of thing annoys you, then proceed with caution. I've only read two other books by Ethan Day prior to this which left me with a sort of lukewarm feeling, and admittedly I only bought this audiobook because Jason Frazier is on my auto-buy list, but I'm glad I did anyway. I liked both Julian and Danny and wish there'd been more of an epilogue of sorts because the story ended somewhat abruptly right after they declared their feelings for each other. Still, the resolution was nice and sweet so wasn't too disappointed that there wasn't more. People who like the friends-to-lovers and everyone-knows-they're-in-love-but-them tropes will likely enjoy this. I know I did.
This was a very cute and funny friends to lovers story. Julian has been in love with Danny for a while. But they are roommates and Danny doesn't seem interested. That is until Julian decides to move on with Andy. Then angst, misunderstandings and hilarity ensues. Jason Frazier does an amazing job; he had me crying from laughing so hard. He is a truly talented narrator. To be honest, the story was OK, but Mr. Frazier really took it to another level. Worth a credit.
I cannot say how much Jason brought this story to life. He is the first narrator to actually make me hear, see, and feel the difference in characters. Bravo! Can't wait to listen to more stories from him!
Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.
Youthful, Fresh, Fun
My roommates a jock, well crap by Wade Kelly.
Julian's Mom, hands down! Loved that southern drawl!!
It just made me smile
Julian Hallowell has been living with Danny Wallace for about a year now. And he's been in love with Danny for 364 days 23 hours and 59 minutes! Or round about. Sadly the feelings aren't reciprocated, or so Julian thinks. But when a little competition for Julian's affections enters the picture, Danny starts to realize that all his one night stands never get anywhere because they are a poor substitute for the real thing. A movie night starts as roommates, but ends as something more, until Danny sort of freaks out and pushes Julian away, and right into Andy's waiting arms.
Julian is young, and maybe even a little bit naive, but he recognizes the connection between he and Danny. He tries very hard to just remain friends even though Danny's numerous late night excursions, which can be heard live and in living color through their joined bedroom walls, breaks a little piece of Julian's heart with every scream. Danny recognizes the attraction as well, but does a bang up job at ignoring it until the night he no longer can. He then proceeds to make a serious of mistakes and says nothing but the wrong thing and it starts to look like these two may not even be able to salvage their friendship. A disasterous dinner party and a nice, long conversation with Julian's mom just may help Danny realize what he has, before he looses it.
I think that the ladies in this story stole the show for me. I absolutely adored Julian's mother, the southern bell with her rich drawl and constant proper etiquette. And then his best friend with her Martini's and consistent loyalty regardless. I do love it when women are written as positive secondary characters within a gay storyline, and not as hags or shrews, thank you Ethan! And then the casting of Jason Frazier as narrator was a brilliant decision. He is young, fresh and energetic, much like Julian. But then Jason was more reserved when voicing the character of Danny, which was exactly how Danny was written and meant to be seen. That voice he used for Momma Hallowell though, it reminded me of my grandma and aunts and growing up back in Georgia and sort of took me back in time to that place, it was seriously my favorite part of the audio.
One thing that urked me, grated on my nerves, was the use of the word "cigie" when Julian was referring to smoking cigarettes. I realize he's young, but no, just no. Other than that I really enjoyed this audio. The writing was detailed, the character development spot on and the storyline really flowed well from start to finish. And the narration kept me engaged and entertained. And the romance between the main characters while strained at times, when it wasn't was very passionate and steamy. Definitely worth the read or listen, whichever format you choose to go with!
Hands down Jason Frazier's talented voice! A narrator makes or breaks an audio book. Ethan Day's writing comes to life with Jason's incredibly versatile and very often sexy voice!
I liked the relationships between Julian and the other characters. His struggle with Danny, his love for his mother, his close relationship with his best friend Gabby and his possible love interest Andy - all combine to give us an exact impression of Julian and his quirkiness!
There is no way to pick a favorite! Jason gave each character it's own voice and personality. Julian, when talking to himself entertained me greatly! He always had quite the snarky internal conversation going on in his mind. Loved how he needed a "ciggy and a diet coke" when stressed! And Julian's mother, Delilah was a gem! I could absolutely visualize her through Jason's voice - her clothes, her hair, her personality! All of them - I loved all of them!
Bartender meets Bookseller...will sparks fly?
When I heard some gay erotic romance novels had been released as audiobooks, I was skeptical. I'd been listening to audiobooks for years, but I'd frequently been underwhelmed by narrators. Flat voices, lack of intonation, and characters who all sound the same, turned even the most amazing, spirited novels into monotonous lectures. So how could one person convey the depth of emotion and sexual tension of the m/m genre? How could one person realistically narrate an explicit love scene? I wasn't sure if it was possible. Still, being a huge fan of m/m books, I decided to give it a try while taking a long, solo car trip.
To ease my way into the new venture, I chose a title from one of my favorite authors. I hadn't heard of the narrator, Jason Frazier, but I did really like the author, so I purchased the book, hoping I wouldn't be disappointed. Then I got behind the wheel, plugged in my phone and hit play. In the first few minutes of the book, I knew I'd found a new favorite narrator.
Jason Frazier doesn't simply read a book. He performs the book. He brought the story so vividly to life I couldn't believe it was only one person. The characters were given not merely voices, but personalities. Jason was able to convey an incredible range of emotion—anger and fear, innocence and happiness. The love scenes were amazing, too. Instead of just hearing the breathy moans and whispered endearments, I felt drawn into the room with the characters. Once again, I checked the cover to make sure that only one person was narrating.
As You Are, by Ethan Day, is now the third audiobook I've listened to that was narrated by Jason Frazier, and I loved it. The range of voices was, as usual, phenomenal. From a twenty-something twink, obnoxiously chewing gum, to a matronly, match-making southern belle, Jason once again gave each character such depth and emotion, that I was sad to hear him say, "The End."
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
I always dislike re-reading a book in audio format because if I loved a book the first time, a bad narration can kill the memory of a good story for me. However, with As You Are, I didn't adore the book the first time around (in 2014), and I've been waiting for a chance to try Jason Frazier's narrations, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
First of all, let me say that Jason Frazier did NOT let me down. He was seriously awesome as a narrator, doing a huge range of voices and really showing off his acting chops. He made the story bearable for me because I had a lot more issues with the actual story this time around. My favorite thing about Jason's voice was how SEXY it was! Seriously sexy. Audiobooks in general seem to lack voices that actually sound as hot as the plot, but Jason just saying "Julie" in that deep, sultry tone of his was divine. That man has some serious skills or maybe he was just blessed with that voice. Either way, I'll be listening to more from Jason Frazier in the future, guaranteed.
It is interesting, however, what you are drawn to when listening to a book versus reading it. I couldn't believe how often these characters smoked in this book. It was like every single scene! This is going to be a HIGHLY subjective statement, but I found all of those chain smoking scenes to be total turn-offs. I'm a dentist, and I have grown to really dislike smoking, so much so that I can barely hide it from my face when I'm around someone who smokes. The constant smoking from Julian was something that made my face cringe up every single time.
I also had a problem with how dated this book felt. Like very, very dated. I'm 31 years old, and a lot of of the references in this book went right over my head. The MC is supposed to be younger than me, but some of the stuff he mentions is just way too dated, even considering that this book was originally published 7 years ago. I'm talking pop culture references, not the love of old movies, which stands the test of time.
Aside from those issues and the fact that this book is ALL about miscommunications, I was also charmed by this story. I liked how Julian was a sort of judgemental, neurotic, self-centered bitch (in an adorable way), and both mentally slutty and hopelessly romantic. I also liked Danny, and I wondered why I was so hard on him the first time around. I got Danny more on re-read, that's for sure. I looooved Julian's mom and Gabby. Those two were some of the best female characters in M/M that I've read in some time.
I wish this book was more focused. I found myself wondering about the plot and where it was headed multiple times, and I'd read this book before! It veered off on a lot of tangents, and I think sometimes the romance got lost. I would have honestly rated this book 2.5-3 stars on re-read if it wasn't for Jason Frazier's narration, which bumped it up a full star+ to 3.5 stars.
If you are an Ethan Day fan, then I think you will enjoy this one. But I'd recommend getting it in audio format, just because I think it added a lot to the story.
**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
Jason is one of the most talented vocal performers I've heard and I absolutely love his narration of this book...especially Julian's mother! That is amazing! I love that all the characters are completely distinct...it sounds like several people performing instead of just 1!
This story has several laugh out loud moments and good lord I just wanted to give Julian a big hug. Danny was a sh!t most of the time but had a few 'aw' moments. I would have liked their story together to be longer...it felt as though I waited forever and then it was just done.
Loved Julian's parents to death! They were awesome!
Overall a great listen and cute story!
"Great story, wonderfully narrated"
Although I loved this book when I read it and was excited to hear there was an audible version available, I was also a little concerned having been disappointed by narrators in the past. Thankfully, Ethan Day has chosen well. Jason Fraziers narration was spot on and I particularly liked his voice for Julian. This is a lovely romantic story, with Ethan Day's usual injection of quirky humour, perfectly encapsulated by Jason's narration.
I can't think a book to compare this to.
I liked the way Jason captured both the humour and the emotion in this book.
No - I like to savour listening to a good book and since I had already read it didn't need to rush to the end to find our what happened.
I would recommend this as a really good story with excellent narration.
This is a great book made even better by Jason's narration. .I would highly recommend
Very good book and the guy taking is gorgeous
I would recommend and would like to see the next part
The narrator was very good, I knew the story well as one of my favourites and will definitely listen again
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