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Better Than Good | [Lane Hayes]

Better Than Good

Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he's ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.
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Publisher's Summary

*A Better Than Story*

Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he's ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.

Aaron Mendez doesn't believe in labels, and he's leery of straight curious men. He makes it clear that he'll hide his fabulous light for no one. While Aaron can't deny the attraction between him and Matt, he is reluctant to start anything with someone who is still dealing with what this new label means--especially when that someone has a girlfriend.

©2013 Lane Hayes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    Kindle Customer The Woodlands, TX 04-21-14
    Kindle Customer The Woodlands, TX 04-21-14 Member Since 2012

    T.Henry

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    "Loved this book loved the narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Better Than Good to be better than the print version?

    Either, I have them both. This was my first audio with Tyler Stevens and love it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aaron and Matt! Loved their characters, loved their developing relationship, loved their vulnerability.


    Which character – as performed by Tyler Stevens – was your favorite?

    ?? Both Matt and Aaron


    Who was the most memorable character of Better Than Good and why?

    Both Matt and Aaron. Loved everything about them in their developing story


    Any additional comments?

    Would listen again, and would listen to others by the narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 03-27-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 03-27-14 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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    "Ah! May! Zing!!!!"

    This was way way better than good. For a m/m romance... OMG! Hot dang, I loved it! I think this is only like the 3rd time I have rated a m/m romance that isn't Roux or Calmes a 5!

    OMG..I was literally hanging onto every single word of this...the entire book.. I loved when Matt (Matty) finally got a small taste of Aaron... then Aaron threw him out! Man... then the friends thing... What .... you know you cannot simply be friends when you want someone as badly as Matty wanted Aaron...Perfect title for perfect book! All m/m romance fans rejoice! Audible is finally updating the m/m romance genre with the best of the best!

    This is actually book 2... Aaron's bff story is actually book 1, and until that come out on Audible.... you don't wanna miss out... So get this and enjoy!

    Narration was great... this is a buy, credit or sale!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Heather K United States 06-24-14
    Heather K United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2014

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

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    "ADORED!"

    **Audiobook edition**

    Oh what a sweet and glorious out-for-you book this was! I adored the crap out of it. I mean, what's not to love?! A simple love story with a slow burn romance and a fabulous audiobook narrator to boot? Just perfection.

    I was so addicted to this audiobook that I listened to the entire thing in 24 hours. That is 6 hours and 5 minutes of listening or 1/4 of my day. Dedication, folks! I listened driving to work, between patients, on my entire 1.5 hour lunch break (the lady at the diner called my name about 10 times before I heard her!), while doing dishes, and while exercising. I only didn't listen when I was sleeping (duh) and with my kids/husband. The narration was really excellent, with a wide range of distinct voices, tons of emotion, and lots of energy.

    The story was just an awesome OFY and a great one to read, both if you are a fan of GFY (ME!!!) and not a fan of GFY because the way Matt's sexuality was shown was incredibly believable. This book was also so romantic. It was a LOVE story, with sole focus on the development of a relationship from a seed of attraction to full blown lurve.

    A little warning for those that can't stand any sort of cheating: Matt has a girlfriend at the start of this book (mentioned in the blurb) so if that bothers you, be forewarned. I am not a huge fan of cheaters but here it was done in a way that I didn't find offensive.

    Excellent sexual tension, hot love scenes....

    *blissful sigh*

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Riva 05-23-14
    Riva 05-23-14
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    "Adorable GFY romance"

    This is a really well written GFY jock wants flamboyant proud gay man story. Nice listen b/c the narrator does an excellent job. But the story is cute but really nothing special. Other than the usual angst that accompanies a straight guy who discovers he is bi, no other conflict. Worth a credit if you want a comfort read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Denver, CO, US 06-22-15
    Sheila Denver, CO, US 06-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Two people you want together"

    Matt and Aaron are two characters that you would like to know. This is a nice little ride with these two. Matt can not deny what is right in front of him, the best part is he doesn't try. Yes he has a girlfriend when he meets Aaron, however that doesn't last for long. Aaron is fast talking and very fun and friendly, but he is no joke. He knows who he is and takes his life seriously so when Matt seems to want more then just casual friendship Aaron will not be easily convinced. But our Matty has found something "better than good" and he will earn Aarons love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    i_kday 05-30-15
    i_kday 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!!!"

    Wow, I love love love this story & after already reading it before I'm glad I decided to purchase the audiobook version. Best decision ever!!! The narrator what can I say? But wow!! I still have butterflies in my belly, top notch narrator. I will be listening to more of his narrations he is a new favorite of mine. I cannot wait to start listening to the next 2 books!!

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    Juan Carrillo 05-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Have always loved books and I find that as I have gotten older I find this way more enjoyable then listening to the radio.

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    "Fantastic love story"
    Where does Better Than Good rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it was wonderful and I loved the relationship that grew between mat and aaron


    What other book might you compare Better Than Good to and why?

    Better than Friends and also Life lesson's it was as good as these.


    What about Tyler Stevens’s performance did you like?

    how he really helped u get in the head and hart of the chracter's


    If you could take any character from Better Than Good out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Matt would be safe and Aron would be a blast.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to see what comes next from this writer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JC 04-15-15
    JC 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gay for you romance w/ surprisingly minimal angst"

    This is one of my favorite gay-for-you stories that I've read recently. Or actually, Matt is more bisexual, but he's only had one previous gay experience and we don't really have much interaction between him and his ex-girlfriend, so...
    Anyway, I thought this was well written. I really liked both Aaron and Matt's personalities, though I can't help wishing I could've gotten Aaron's POV as well. Matt is your standard all American, former jock, pre-law student and Aaron is the older, femme-y, out-and-proud, makeup-wearing gay guy.
    I liked that there wasn't any big drama with Matt's ex. No evil girlfriends here.
    Sexual tension was good, and the Matt's big declaration scene was over-the-top sweet and romantic, but if you're expecting edge of your seat action, this won't be for you.
    Tyler Stevens did a great job narrating the story. He used the right pace so it was easy to follow the story, there was a good variety between character voices so I could tell who was speaking without any difficulty.
    All in all this was an enjoyable listening experience.

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    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 04-07-15
    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.

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    "Better than good, it's fantastic!"
    If you could sum up Better Than Good in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, Light hearted, Fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aaron! He is so unapologetically gay and I just loved that about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time they had sex. The way Aaron calls him Mattie and how careful Matt is with Aaron, it was sort of beautiful, definitely sensual.


    If you could take any character from Better Than Good out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Aaron. I would have a blast with this guy, I swear.


    Any additional comments?

    Matt Sullivan is out having drinks with some friends when they decide to accompany their gay roommate to his favorite bar. Matt has no idea that his head is about to turn, and his life is about to change. He notices the flamboyant, beautiful and boisterous Aaron straight away and the two end up talking at the bar. Over the next few days the colorful guy at the bar is all Matt can think about. As luck would have it, they wind up meeting again. Aaron is standoffish at first, certain that Matt is nothing more than curious, but the chemistry, conversation and connection is magnetic. Hesitantly, the two become just friends, of a slightly flirtatious nature.

    Matt struggles throughout the story with his future, but aside from a little hesitancy early on, I never got the feeling that he really struggled with his feelings for Aaron. The more time the spent together it was clearly obvious they were falling in love, but they took their time, dinner dates, art shows and long runs in the park. It’s when Matt gets caught off guard at the appearance of his ex-girlfriend while out shopping with Aaron that things take a dark turn. Matt will pull out all the stops to prove to Aaron his feelings are sincere, but is it too little too late?

    First, I’d like to disagree with something in the synopsis and sub-genre listing for this book. Almost from the start, Matt admits to a sexual fling with another guy so to label him hetero is inaccurate, in my opinion. He is obviously bi-sexual. As well this shouldn’t be tagged as a gay for you story. Rant over.

    Better than good was, well… better than good, it was fantastic! The story just flowed steadily from start to finish. There were a few issues and struggles with Aaron’s dad and Matt’s trying to avoid ‘labeling’ his sexuality while feeling fairly certain he’s fallen in love with a man. But it was all well conveyed without too much angst or unbelievable situations that can ruin a great storyline. I loved that they both had their own lives and even when things got tough, they kept going.

    Narrated by Tyler Stevens and I think this was his best audio narration yet, that I’ve listened to at least. Matt is smart, successful and confident and you could hear that in the way he was voiced. Aaron is flamboyant, colorful and carefree and Stevens poured so much emotion into the character that I just fell in love with him, especially when he calls Matt, Mattie. There was a sensuality to the story as well and that was evident not only with Hayes writing, but with the passion that was dripping off both guys words during certain, steamier scenes.

    If you like gay for you type stories you’ll definitely like this one, though I don’t think it’s truly a GFY story. It is really well written and so romantic and fun, definitely a more light hearted read.

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    Robert Cook 03-15-15
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    "This book is amazing!!!!! "

    I absolutely loved every bit of it. I felt as if I could relate to this story having ended up with my partner the exact same way. it just speaks to my heart and I'm so glad that I have read it.

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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Better Than Good to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but as far as narration goes I think Tyler Stevens is pretty much perfect for this, he really brings the story alive. I'd be happy to listen to this again and I haven't bought the print version so I guess that answers how I feel about it.


    What other book might you compare Better Than Good to, and why?

    Better Than Chance for obvious reasons.


    What about Tyler Stevens’s performance did you like?

    I liked the different voices he uses, the consistency of how he portrays different characters and the 'aliveness' he brings to the listening experience. I am hoping he's also going to do the third book in the series, because I can't imagine wanting to listen to anyone but him read it. I've listened to a lot of narrators, he's the first one that really stands out as excellent for me.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended if you like well written romance with a deft touch and without too much angst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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