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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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**
Not sure. I will have to read the story to have an opinion. Could not finish the book, narrator was too annoying.
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.
What a waste of a credit.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
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...
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!
The characters! Love Jay and I learn to love Peter, especially knowing what happens in the first book.
Yes, in the first book, and he is perfect for this series.
Yes, I have been checking on audible for it's release, stopped my other book, downloaded and listened.
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.
It ranks right up there with the best ones I've read.
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.
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.
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.
I was expecting this to be a clandestine office romance, but Peter and Jay don't actually spend a lot of time at the office so if that's what you were looking for, you'll be disappointed. I must say, though, that with regard to sexual tension and the actual consummation of it, this story delivers. In spades.
I like that Jay babbles when he's nervous or uncertain. It was endearing and made the character far more likable than he otherwise would have been with his perfect features and perfect body and well, perfect everything. Peter starts out as sort of an enigma because this story is told entirely from Jay's POV, and the fact that Jay kept misreading his intentions and jumping to conclusions helped fuel their misunderstandings. Peter starts out mostly like your standard Het-romance hero. Tall, dark, devastatingly good looking, etc. But as the story progresses, you begin to see chinks in his perfect facade.
Jay and Peter initially start out with a Boss/Subordinate relationship which morphs into a Friends-with-Benefits arrangement before both guys just decide to let go. The story also starts in the present, 5 years after the main events take place, where Jay and Peter are about to get married which I thought was unconventional. Then again, this is a romance so it's a given they'll end up together. From the beginning there's no doubt of the happy ending. I think this should have been first in the series, though. So if you haven't started this series, listen to this before listening to Better Than Good (imho). That might make it flow better.
With regard to the narration, Tyler Stevens is on my list of favorites. He does campy characters pretty well and provides great distinction between character voices. He's currently on my list of favorite narrators simply because I'm never bored when he's narrating. Nice pace, pleasant tone, great at conveying emotions.
This book was good! I love HEA stories. I really enjoyed this narrative by Tyler. He brings the characters some personality! It had a great story with a few love scenes. I will definitely be getting the last book! I would try more by this author.
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.
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.
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.
World Building/Characterizations 4.5
Overall 4.3 of 5 stars
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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.
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.
"A great listen"
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.
The river scene, though there were plenty of enjoyable ones.
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.
It was a lot of fun with a bit of angst and I loved it.
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