By 24, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.
From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: He's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again.
One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
©2012 Ryan Loveless (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
A resounding yes. This is such a feel good story. It has the right mixture of angst, humor, and erotic elements. I wish everyone would listen to it.
The apparent love and respect that everyone had for Ethan.
I don't think I could rename it. The title is perfect.
I don't normally read tearjerkers but I couldn't ignore this book. I don't know why I deigned to listen to it at work. There were many a scene where I reached for my tissue box. I haven't been moved by a story in a very long time. Initially, I didn't know if the narrator was the right choice. I am happy to say that he is. Mr. Kelly did a wonderful job. He evoked so much emotion from me and I consider that a job well done. Bravo Ms Loveless. I wish there was a sequel.
This is a lovely and super sweet story about the love between a man with brain damage and a debilitating shy man with Turrets Syndrome. Both young men have challenges and demons to face. They get together fairly early in the book so most of the book is about them learning to love and trust each other. There is no real conflict and it is a slow read and really sweet. Lots of "you're amazing" and "it doesn't matter what others say about you, I love you." It is well written but pretty predictable and a little boring in spots; no real surprises. Just a feel good listen about two inspiring young men. The narrator does a good job. I especially liked his voice of the two MCs. Worth a credit.
I read this e-book many months ago and really enjoyed it. I was so excited when I learned the audio version was coming and downloaded it the first day it was available. I took a chance that the narrator would honor Ethan and Carter with voices that they both deserved. I was so happy that he did just that. Both characters came to life under the narration of
K. C. Kelly. As a reader you learn that Carter has Tourette's and Ethan has a traumatic brain injury, I can imagine what they would sound like by reading the amazing Ryan Loveless's words. But K.C. Kelly brings them life. You cheer for their victories and want to shield them both from the brutality that others throw at them. And above all you want to be their champions.
Over coming obstacles and finding someone to love and accept you is pretty much the story line I love. Aaron by J.P. Barnaby is another excellent example of overcoming tragedies in life and the writing style is very similar in that they are both gifted in telling stories.
I have a very large library of m/m audio books that I have listened to but surprisingly this is the only one I have by this narrator. I hope he records many more and I will look for his name when I am making decisions on what to purchase next.
No I like to savor my books. Listen and then think about the characters. the story builds through the narrator and I like to build with them slowly.
Just listen to the Audio Book of; Ethan, who loved Carter. You will not regret a moment of your time and you will be touched by the story.
On the one hand, this was an incredible book because the author took two unlikely characters for a romance story and made them into heartwarming, loving people that I truly loved to read about. On the other hand, there were issues with this relationship which made me uncomfortable and made me question the validity of the romance.
Carter is an adult with Tourettes which has made it hard for him to have a true relationship. His ticks and jerks are difficult for men to deal with. Ethan, who was brain damaged at the age of 18, sees Carters body ticks as a kind of music. Ever since his injury he sees the world differently than the rest of us do and he sees Carters ticks as a melody, music floating through the clouds. In that regard, this story was beautiful. I loved how Ethan saw the beauty in Carter.
Where this story didn't work for me was in their maturity levels. Ethan has brain damage and in so many ways is very child-like and needs someone to watch over him. While I completely got and understood the bond between the two men...for the first time, Carter has found someone who sees his ticks and jerks as beautiful...I have a hard time seeing them in an equal relationship for the long-haul. There's nothing wrong with Carter's brain...it's fully developed and matured. I think the child-like, heavily sexed up relationship between the two would eventually not be enough for Carter mentally and he wouldn't have that same level of satisfaction. And if that happened, Ethan would be completely and totally devastated over the loss. I don't think Ethan would be able to come back from that kind of heartbreak. Watching his breakdown in the book when his life took an unexpected twist...I think that having Carter gone from his life would be SO MUCH MORE of a blow to him mentally than the challenge he had in the story.
And this is where I get too involved with the characters that AREN'T REAL...LOL. Because let's face it, if Ryan Lovelace wants them to stay together than these two are totally going to have an HEA that lasts until they are over 100 years old. I just need to keep telling myself and reassuring myself that he'll make sure they stay happy and stable together.
Fiction=Make Believe from the author's imagination=I can trust the author that he will keep these characters happy.
Note: I listened to the audiobook version of this book. K.C. Kelly was an AMAZING narrator...from Ethan's slightly slower voice to Carter's ticks and stutters, the narration was 100% fabulous!
The story of two people with special needs.
Ethan and Carter.
It was ok . For me a successful audio book if one I can listen over and over, this one I will not listen to,it again .
Narrator being well matched.
I’ve read this book in the past but hearing it on audio made it even better. The narrator, KC Kelly, does an excellent job portraying both the innocence of Ethan and the difficulty speaking of Carter.
Ethan has had a traumatic brain injury and he has an almost childlike innocence about him. He doesn’t remember much from Before (the injury) but family assures him he’s the same wonderful person. He has a job at a coffee shop with a fierce, awesome friend; he has an amazingly supportive family and he has his “music”. Ethan hears music in everything. He is so aware of the world around him but not as an average person would be.
Carter has moved in next door to Ethan’s family. He has Tourette’s and it has slowly made him shy and hermit-like. When he unwittingly insults Ethan at the coffee shop, he feels the need to make amends. This begins getting to know Ethan, who really is a sunny, sweet person. Ethan needs a lot of support, because the injury makes him unable to remember things. (When he comes out of the shower and realizes he didn’t rinse his hair, I wanted to cry for him.)
As the two form first a friendship and then start to fall a little more, pieces from the past come up to haunt them. It’s a very difficult thing because I could understand why the decisions were made and yet there was always the risk that the truth would come out.
I had a little bit of difficulty with envisioning their future, because Ethan seems to be pretty much where he is going to be as far as recovery goes, and he’s very childlike. But then when I realized Carter has that nurturing in him, treating Ethan as cherished and not dependent, well, okay then.
Loved this book and the narration was very well done. I'm glad to have another favorite on audio.
This is one of my favorite books. I loved how the author handled the whole thing
I loved when the roles of the caregiver was reversed. This is one of the best written books I have read.
I usually cringe when one of my favorite books is put to audio. I love audio but a bad narrator makes a great book look bad. K.C Kelly did a fantastic job. His soft way of reading fit really well with the content. I hope K.C Kelly sees this. Because I am impressed. THank you for doing a wonderful job.
If you chose one, you have to chose the other. So it would be Ethan and Carter.
"Sweet, moving story, wonderfully narrated"
This is a lovely sweet romance between two 'imperfect' people who happen to find each other. I don't know about brain-damaged people, but Ethan seems very reallistically written, and so does Carter with his Tourette's. Although their problems are very real and they both have had to deal with stuff in their past and present, this is very much a feel-good story. Ok, it's not high literature, it may be a bit overly sweet at times, but it's simply lovable in its category.
I love the poetry of the way Ethan finds music in the stars and in Carter. That is so sweet and beautiful. Music plays a big role in this story. And yes, I do admit to the occasional tear...
I have no idea how realistic a relationship like this would be, eventually. Ethan is child-like in many ways and Carter is an adult. I'd like to think it could work, although it is inescapable that Carter, besides lover, will have to be caretaker as well. But I can see them making each other happy, and Ethan has actually grown a bit, mentally, since being with Carter. So yes, I'm willing to believe in their HEA.
I had already fallen for KC Kelly's beautiful voice and I think he is wonderful in this one. I can't find fault with it. His Ethan is great and he does Carter's occasional stutter perfectly (this is something he does really well, see 'Brute'). I have been searching out audiobooks narrated by him....
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