Two promising college athletes meet, each needing something only the other can give him....
When Roger and Brian lock eyes on the first day of school, a friendship is born. Both men are hungry for connection - Brian needs the acceptance, encouragement, and support he never had growing up, and when he finds out his new best friend is gay, it brings his own sexual identity into question. Roger needs a big brother, a best friend, but that will never be enough, especially not when he's this close to big, strong, handsome Brian.
And both men want something more - careers as professional athletes. For Roger, the demands of the closet, the need to reject the love of a man to fulfill his love of the game, will be a crushing burden. For Brian, his downfall will be the substances he uses to get an edge over the competition, and to suppress his gnawing self-doubt and guilt.
One set of desires will bring them together, the other will force them apart....
©2013 Orland Outland (P)2016 Orland Outland
The best damn baseball and football love story on Audible. Perhaps a little sappy at times and definitely some ugly episodes in the lives of two great loves who fight to survive and do.
I wasn't ten pages into this story when I knew I would love it, and I did. I enjoyed it so much, and the fact the narrator was also the author made it so much more enjoyable because he knew exactly when to pause, when to show anger, etc. I highly recommend this book, it is great.
I really enjoyed this story. Well written. Narration was competent, but some of the voices were a bit distracting. Characters were believable. Descriptions of the emotions experienced by elite athletes were amazing.
After listening to A Little Too Broken I had to listen to this also. I'm so glad to see these books in audio format. This was my second ever audio and second Brad Vance so that shows you how much I enjoyed listening to him. I read this book when it came out and had put it on my reread list. I thought listening to it while doing things around the house would be perfect. It helped me get everything done while staying on task. His voice is smooth, easy, and nice and clear. I would definitely listen to more.
I've really enjoyed this book (Two hot jocks??? Hard not to!!). Good story and good characters.
It was cool to have the author narrate the book, but at times it was hard to follow as there were not a lot of voice changes and i was not sure who was talking.
This is my first book by this author and the story was good but the narration was a little boring. Even though Roger and Brian had difficult challenges to face, I loved the building of their relationship I also loved the moments that they did get together.
This audiobook was provided to me by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchanged for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
I like that Brad Vance chose to narrate his own story. I know it may have been a bit monotonous at times but I've heard worse performances from paid narrators that made me not want to finish listening to other books.
The story was exactly the way I thought it would go. I was hoping for a happily ever after between Roger and Brian with all of the trials, tribulations, laughter, tears, insecurities, etc. I was so glad it finally came.
The narration was a bit stilled. It fell flat. When hearing some of the necessary background information and the basic story line it could be monotonous.
I think the story itself is a very good one. There are lots of realistic elements to the story and the plot that can make it hard for some to listen too but are a true look and what some would/could go through with professional sports. The characters were shown to grow in a way through the story that felt natural and proper. The scenes, to me, seemed fairly realistic in the way they played out. I did feel that Roger's life was a bit on the too "perfect" side but it was a good fit for the story. I think the narrator did a good job but his voice was not for me and at times felt monotonous. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom.
Although the audiobook does not rate in my top "listen again" audiobooks, the book itself is a reread for me.
Okay, Basic, Lukewarm
While I absolutely LOVED this story, the narration did not do the book justice. The voice was too flat and emotionless at time. Also, the narrator was unable to pull off a youthful voice to carry from college into adulthood. Although the narrator has a very nice voice, I'm just not sure this particular genre was good for him to narrate. I am almost positive I would enjoy the narrator doing a mystery.
The moment when Roger's father realized his son loved another boy and was gay, even before Roger told him, was the most poignant moment in the book for me. All the emotions his father went through as he saw himself when he suffered through the loss of his wife (Roger's mom) was a rollercoaster for me. I could actually feel his emotions.
This book rates at the top of my list for sports related gay love stories. I am a huge baseball fan, so this was perfect for me.The writing is strong; I like the author's style. Roger and Brian are the main characters. Roger was raised by a loving father (widowed) who supported Roger in everything he did. His love and faith in Roger never wavered. Brian, on the other hand, had a much harder life growing up with no emotional family support.Although some may disagree, I absolutely love the ending. Life does not always end in what we may originally believe to be our fairytale, but happiness can still be achieved without settling for less. This is how I felt with the HEA for Roger and Brian. It was reality in its finest form.I was given this free audiobook by the author for an honest review.
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