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Better Than Chance: Better Than, Book 2 | [Lane Hayes]

Better Than Chance: Better Than, Book 2

They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter's past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn't ready to take a chance on anything more.
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Publisher's Summary

Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn't likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren't quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.

They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter's past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn't ready to take a chance on anything more.

©2014 Lane Hayes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    Heather K United States 07-19-14
    Heather K United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Very nice! Almost as good as the first!"

    A great audiobook narrator makes you forget you are listening to an audiobook. You feel like you are living the story, rather than just reading it. Hence the magic of audiobooks.

    **throws glitter and does a pseudo-mystical dance**

    Lane Hayes, or whoever picked Tyler Stevens, is a very smart person indeed. His range of voices MADE the story for me. I loved Jay's sexy southern voice and Peter's more masculine voice as an awesome counterpart. The narrator rocked this story out and made it a great listen.

    Now onto the story itself...

    I ADORED the first book in the series, Better Than Good. It was GFY/OFY heaven, and I knew it would be a tough act to follow. However, I think the author did a nice job here, with a veerrrrryyyy slow burn, enemies-to-lovers (in a mild sense), office romance.

    This book is very relationship-focused. It is all about the couple and very little else, which I happen to like. I don't like a lot of riffraff or poppycock clogging up my romance! (Okay, I just wanted an excuse to use those words... shhhh...) I loved how the relationship grew and progressed over time, and I enjoyed being on the journey with these two men.

    My only sticking point is that I didn't really get Peter's reluctance to commit. I kind of got what the author was going for, but it felt a little weak to me. He seemed fully committed in his actions, so his reluctance to say it out loud felt incongruous with his behavior.

    All in all, a very nice follow up by Lane Hayes with a lovely narration.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-07-14
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    "Narrator was off putting"
    Would you try another book from Lane Hayes and/or Tyler Stevens?

    Not sure. I will have to read the story to have an opinion. Could not finish the book, narrator was too annoying.


    What was most disappointing about Lane Hayes’s story?

    Can't comment


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tyler Stevens?

    It was soo distracting and over exaggerated. I am not sure if the narrator is from the south, but the accent was just campy, it made the character sound like a joke.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Better Than Chance?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-07-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Good!"

    I have to admit, I like book 1 way way better, but this was good.. You kinda start off after book 1, then go back in time to when Jay meet Peter and started his fling. Peter was actually a better character than Jay, I think..... I would have liked to be in Peter's head more so than Jays....

    It was a good prequel and squeal all in one...

    Nice narration... same as book 1! Smexy voice!

    Good credit, buy or sale...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 06-04-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 06-04-14 Member Since 2012

    T.Henry

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    "Loved, Loved, Loved"
    What made the experience of listening to Better Than Chance the most enjoyable?

    After listening to the first book, I read the second one. Loved it too, but listened to it and the voices, was so much better. Cannot wait for the third book to come out!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters! Love Jay and I learn to love Peter, especially knowing what happens in the first book.


    Have you listened to any of Tyler Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, in the first book, and he is perfect for this series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I have been checking on audible for it's release, stopped my other book, downloaded and listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, You cannot help but fall in love with these characters. These are not life altering stories, but they are written well, narrated well and you feel great after reading or listening to them. Lane Hayes writes "great" characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-06-14
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Kathleen

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    "Great story - top notch narrator"
    Where does Better Than Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks right up there with the best ones I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that opposites attract. One loved with an open heart, the other was guarded with almost impenetrable walls. Loved the juxtaposition of Jay's light-hearted disposition and Peter's rather secretive demeanor.


    Have you listened to any of Tyler Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thoroughly enjoyed his narration. This genre is teaming with amateur readers and low quality recordings. Steven's performance was a breath of fresh air...he made me smile, often.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the story of Jay and Peter, and their bumpy journey to happiness. Their "friends with benefits" agreement turns into something more. One loves with an open heart, the other is guarded with seemingly impenetrable walls. Very enjoyable story, but have a Kleenex or two at the ready.

    The narrator Tyler Stevens made the story all the more enjoyable. I look forward to more audiobooks being narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Tyler Stevens!"
    Any additional comments?

    In book one we meet Jay and Peter as they announce that after 5 years they are finally getting married. This is their “backstory”.
    Jay and Peter worked together and Jay had a huge crush on Peter for a long time. At first Jay thinks Peter is straight, then he thinks he’s a jerk, then they become friends with benefits.

    Jay is essentially all in, but Peter is commitment-phobic. When Peter does something to slow things down, Jay jumps all the way to “we’re breaking up!”.

    Finally, they air their grievances and make a commitment.

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    I really loved book one. It felt real and authentic and genuine. This one was less good, but still very good. I liked the chemistry between the MCs but grew tired of the “hurdles”, especially when it felt like if they would just TALK to one another things would clear up.

    Audio

    Tyler Stevens makes this book go from good to great! He is an awesome narrator and I love listening to him. He really brings the story alive and (for me) elevated this book up at least one notch.


    Writing/Editing 4
    Romance 4
    Sex/Heat 5
    Storyline 3.5
    World Building/Characterizations 4.5
    Audio 5

    Overall 4.3 of 5 stars

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    HaloLove 02-27-15
    HaloLove 02-27-15 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "Mr. Stevens out did himself as Jay!"
    Any additional comments?

    Oh, how I adored that sexy southern tang of Jay. I loved that accent when Mr. Stevens wasn't speaking frantic as Jay but slowed down with that sexy southern drawl...yeah...I could listen to that all day! But that voice was even sexier as Peter. I love a great performer and Mr. Tyler is just that.

    I loved the sweet, heart felt dynamic between Peter and Jay and I was rooting for their love.

    Beautiful story!

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    Riva 06-19-14
    Riva 06-19-14
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    "Very Romantic Story"

    I really enjoyed this book, more than the first one. This was a very classic mm romance novel, Sometimes this very predictable format can be boring if not done right. There is no high drama; no "bad guy" or major conflict to resolve. This was just a well written romance between "J" and Peter that had to exact right mix of angst, humor and romance, it was wonderful. Also, the narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Kate
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    "A great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Better Than Chance the most enjoyable?

    Tyler Stevens without a doubt. I thought I'd find the Southern drawl annoying, but I not only got used to it very fast I fell in love with it. And he does all the voices brilliantly. Probably the best narrator I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Better Than Chance?

    The river scene, though there were plenty of enjoyable ones.


    What does Tyler Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He narrates the story in a way that makes it come alive, very believable. Having heard him read this and the first book in the series I'm eagerly waiting for the audio to come out for the third one and hope that he'll be narrating that too.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a lot of fun with a bit of angst and I loved it.


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