When college student Jake is left for dead on the side of the road, he has one thing on his mind: Learn to defend himself against the men that gay-bashed him.
And fight back or die trying.
At his sister's suggestion, he tries self-defense courses. Little does he know when he asks the man to teach him, he'll be guarding more than his body, he'll be guarding his heart.
Aspiring MMA trainer Benjamin is on his last leg, literally. As a wounded warrior, he's scarred from a broken heart that has nearly broken his spirit.
So when Jake approaches him for lessons and tells him his story, it touches his heart.
The more time Jake and Benjamin spend together, the more they realize they're becoming best friends.
The more time they spend together, the more they realize they can't live without each other.
The more time they spend together, the more they realize they're falling in love.
But Jake has a secret, one that could change everything....
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This is the thing, the main character is in college and the narrator sounded like he was in his 60's.
So, the narration turned from mediocre to awful when he'd tried to sound young and a lot of the dialogue was a young guy speaking; a voice that sounds like an elderly speaking the dialogue of a young guy just ruined the story. 💔 And the sexy scenes definitely didn't work AT FREAKIN ALL!
A younger narrator like Michael Stellman or Michael F. Would have raised the level of entertainment for this story.
It takes the main characters over 7 hours of narration to make a decision meanwhile still not knowing if they belong together there is chapter after chapter of highly erotic sex. If you like all sex an no story I Got You is the book for you.
I love audio books & my Kindle is always with me. Good or bad, I hate not knowing how a book or series will end.
there were times that i felt i missed something and had to return to the previous chapter. example after the beach scene, jake kept referring to Benjamin as a straight guy. i feel fairly certain that if a guy just had his hand amongst other things in certain orifices, he's less than straight. sometimes the pov was confusing as well. all in all, the level of devotion Benjamin displayed was enjoyable. it would have been nice to see the sister & baby mama be put in their place. the narration was ok. it just had the feel of older characters not college or young 20 somethings, so it threw things off.
The storyline is fantastic. The D/s stuff is done in a very creepy way, though. the way that they keep harping on the familial connection is super weird and icky, too. The performance of Jake and all of the minor characters is decent. The performance of Benjamin is very, very awkward. It's done in the voice of what can only be described as a dirty old man. The pace of the performance in general (all characters) is way too fast, and the lack of normal pauses makes for a difficult listen. I couldn't tell if this was just really bad editing for time, though, or the performer.
There were so many places in the story where I almost couldn't even continue, and I strongly considered returning the book. The storyline itself saved the day, though. It's different and very good. This is most definitely one that I wish that I had read instead of listening to, though.
Oh, one last thing - in the beginning, there are some plot inaccuracies that are very jarring. Don't bother trying to listen back to see what you've missed. You haven't missed anything. The story itself seems to have been edited very poorly at some point, and doesn't stay on track. Thankfully, that doesn't keep happening throughout the book.
The story overall was good. The author did an excellent job of building up the story line, unfortunately the ending was rushed. It felt like there were no consequences for anyone involved in the story and that was dissapointing.
I had to adjust the play speed because the narrator was soooo slooow and the voices didnt match the chatacters. Having a character with a baritone voice does not mean he needs to sound like he's been smoking and drinking for 80 years.
in the end I am glad I listened to it, but I'm not happy that I spent over $13 on it and I wouldn't recommend spending 13 on it. It would be worth half of that or half of a credit.
Even with the lousy narration, had the author taking the time to wrap different story lines and bring resolution to thr anticipation they tried to build up it would have been great. The gay bashers, the father, the sister, even the fact that Jake never did anything to show Benjamin he cares never went out of his way never took an extra step and he got everything he wanted...I feel like Benjamin got cheated in so many ways and that bothered me as I conbected most with that character.
Also the sex was a dom and sub. It ain't my thing, but hell, we all have different taste when it comes to sex. I thought it was worth mentioning just in case it turns you off. It was still hot and the author was able to make them connect; having it be romantic and their form of love making.
I listened to this book and regretted spending the money. It would have been a better one to read. I liked the story but I had trouble with the narrator. Benjamin's voice sounded like a very old man. And made it hard for me to get into his character. I do have to say he did a great on the sex scenes. The actual narration parts sounded ok but the authors drew them out too much. I got frustrated a few times.
I Got You began with two young men who only had each other, and had found themselves on the receiving end of all the ugliness and contempt that can be directed towards members of the gay community.
While Alberto clung to life and every moment seemed like it could be his last, Jake set himself on his path to recovery and reclaiming his life. His complicated family threw him a lifeline in the form of his older step-brother Benjamin--a man who he had never met, but one who was in a position to teach him how to defend himself. Their initial meeting sparks something in both of them that has nothing to do with family connections. The fact that Jake does not disclose that connection at the time snowballs into an emotional confession when they move forward with the physical side of their relationship.
The combination of complicated families, loyalty to a friend, a spiteful ex-partner, and the intolerance of their hometown drives a wedge between Jake and Benjamin at a time when they are considering making a new life for themselves…together. After his initial desolation, Jake finds the strength that Benjamin and trained into him, and stands up to the very person who had visited violence and hatred on him in the opening scene of the book.
Benjamin’s catch-phrase, I Got You, is never more true than when…ah, but that would be giving away far too much. Let me just say that I thoroughly enjoyed the journey this book took me on, would recommend it to others, and that I will be searching out more books from Jamie Lake and Jeff Rivera, and narrations by James Talbot.
The narrator, The strong characters, and the storyline.
When Albertio, came out of coma.
Yes I have, I love how he narrate a story.
Yes it was, but I couldn't
All in all I liked the authors, and how they written the book.
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