Re-release of best-selling 2009 novel - What happens when Rory travels halfway across the country to meet the girl of his dreams? Certainly not what he expected.
Rory's just a simple southern boy from St. Antoine's Parish, Louisiana, but he knows what he wants - the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane. He's loved her since junior high school, and now he has the chance to meet her. He chucks everything and travels 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach just so he can tell her. He's determined that nothing and nobody are going to stand in his way.
Turns out, Ran Yamane isn't a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He's trusted fans in the past and paid the price. So when he meets Rory he is understandably wary, but resigned. He isn't prepared for his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory's apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the chaos that ensues when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.
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The cover of Drawn Together caught my eye, I liked the synopsis, I've had good luck w/ ZA Maxfield and Audible Studios; but it was Greg Boudreaux (Tremblay) who made it an immediate download.
So, even though it was 1am and I needed to be conscious in the morning, I couldn't resist a quick listen. ZA & Greg had me hooked from the first sentence. Sometime after 4am I managed to tear myself away for a few hours.
I REALLY don't like angst in my fiction or thrillers or books with psycho stalkers who torture & kill. I REALLY don't like plots where a character makes a "difficult decision for the good of them both" and "big misunderstandings" ensue. I LOVED this book anyway!
How can you not love a book where one character is described by a friend as being 1 part John the Baptist, 1 part John Holmes and 1 part Elmo; while the not girl of his dreams turns out to be an anime artist who personifies Bishōnen?
A lot of stereotypes get flung around, but the characters alternately own & defy them.
ZA Maxfield has created a wonderful, humorous, dramatic, romantic, & fun M/M story. Add to that Greg's Exquisite performance, and you have a book that's nearly impossible to pause for bothersome details like food or sleep. Thank you Audible Studios for bringing us this!
It's not perfect, but for me the only thing that would make it better is seeing Ran Yamane's art.
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Drawn Together was one of the first M/M books I read. I have really fond memories of this story and when I found out it was being re-released as an audiobook...well, I was happier than a pig in mud. Then I found out Greg Tremblay, performing under his steamier "Greg Boudreaux" moniker, was going to narrate and my excitement knew no bounds.
I absolutely loved the narration! Greg does not disappoint with his wonderful southern drawl for Rory, Yamane's lighter tones, the pure creepiness of Amelia, and the perfectly pitched side characters.
I'll admit I did some eye rolling and teeth gritting at the story this time around. This is one of those times I had a hard time re-reading a book I loved years ago.
I completely credit my ability to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story and flow directly to the awesome narration by Greg. He totally rocked this!
This was a fun, wonderful listen!
The blurb does not begin to let you know what a delicious treat this story is. It is truly marvelous from start to finish, and I cannot recommend enough.
Storyline was good but was brought to life by the incredible performance of Greg Boudreaux (aka Tremblay). Greg's southern drawl was a thing of beauty and the emotion he puts into each scene is so moving that it brings me to tears.
Live long and keep on keeping on!
I am a writer seeking out the very best love stories to read. Especially if they have lots of surprises.
This is an adorable fluffy romance between two interesting and desirable men who have sweet, mild sex. There are a few eye roll moments but this is not to cringy a book. It's fun and delivers a happy ending that leaves your heart warmed.
I'll be looking for more from this author. Well done.
this story was a wonderful surprise, I've over looked this book due to the comic cover, but taken at the beginning. The narrator is awesome, love the different languages with the southern twang. I give 5 stars to the author, love diverse books.
A voracious reader since I was a child, I am now enjoying novels and novellas on Audible.
An adventure and a romance, well told and perfectly performed. I recommend this. Overall, worth listening to again!
This is the first time I've listened to a book narrated by Greg Boudreaux. So I was totally flabbergasted to hear the voice of one of my top 3 narrators start reading. Another great listen for me. So now that I know about Greg Boudreaux/Tremblay, I have several more audio books to buy!
I really loved both Rory and Yamane. I especially liked what Rory's friend's kids called Yamane.
Sometimes I like GFY and sometimes I don't. I really think Mary Calmes did great with it in this story.
Unending, overwhelming, joy! How was I supposed to put the book down when it was this good? Great writing + fantastic dialogue + brilliant chemistry = great story!
I honestly enjoyed every character, even the middle-ground side villain. Rory steals the show with his easy Southern charm. (He's a Southern boy, not a country boy, there is a difference.) It helps that he is in his element for most of the story. I love the little touches to his character, like dancing, and his intolerance for cigarette smoking. When Rory commits to something, he's all in no matter what. It's a nice white knight trait!
I've never heard an audio performance by Greg Boudreaux, but WOW, was it amazing. I went looking for other things he's read afterward. I seriously got lost with the top notch voices!
YES! At some point I realized, I'm required to sleep. It was hard! How can you sleep when there is a book like this waiting to bring you happiness?
It's a very rare thing when I go back to a book twice, but this one will be getting a second listen. Thank you for existing, Z. A. Maxfield!
I have read Zams newer books and Greg will always be amazing
If I had read this when it originally came out when I was in high school i would have loved it. Right now it is to soap operaesque and to utterly ridiculous and unbelievable. I wanted to love it because I have strong ties to the anime community but the gyf did not work for me at all and neither did the bad stereotype that was Emilia. So this is very much a case of sorry book neither of should be speaking with each other right now we are both wrong for each other. I will not be finishing this dnf 50%
Greg narration as always is flawless and amazing. He is a fantastic narrator but not even a great narrator in this can save this story for me.
I read this book years ago, but listening to the narration reminded me how much I loved it only more so. Beautifully brought to life.
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