Dev is a football player at Forester University, a small liberal arts college where he and his teammates get to strut around and have their pick of the girls on Friday nights. That's as good as it gets - until he meets Lee, a fox with a quick wit and an attractive body.
Problem is, Lee's not a girl. He's a gay fox, an activist who never dreamed he'd fall for a football player. As their attraction deepens into romance, it's hard enough for them to handle each other, let alone their inquisitive friends, family, and co-workers. And if school is bad, the hyper- masculine world of professional sports that awaits Dev after graduation will be a hundred times worse.
Going it alone would make everything easier. If only they could stop fighting long enough to break up.
Kyell Gold's fourth novel is a story of relationships, of finding oneself and learning to live with someone else, set in the contemporary fantasy world that was the setting for his acclaimed novel Waterways: joint Winner of the 2009 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Novel; Winner of the 2009 Ursa Major Award for Best Novel.
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While the editing and narration were slightly off (someone needs to tell the narrator how to pronounce Penelope), this is one of the best gay romance books I've listened to. Characters are subtle and well rounded. The dialog is some of the best I've ever read.
If you are a fan of gay romance, buy this book. I'm not a furry - so my enjoyment of the characters is purely based on the character development and story.
OMG, where do I start. First of all, the novelty of this book having animals instead of people wears off fast. Despite the references to paws, fur, tails and muzzles (better not to dwell on how kissing with tongue works with muzzles); it is basically a MM romance, complete with a lot of sex scenes Unfortunately it is not a very good MM romance and the narrator has a really annoying lisp that makes his “s” sound like “th”. In addition, he rushes and mumbles through dialogue in some places to the extent that he runs out of breath by the end. His narration is really distracting. I kept wanting to tell him to “breathe and slow down.” Most of the time he was fine, but then he would ramble through something. Weird.
With that said, at the heart, this book is a romance between a wanna be gay rights activist college student (a fox) that also loves football and a “gay for you” college football player ( a tiger). Not an original concept, but OK. Aside from the narrator’s rushing and mumbling, the basic problem with this book is I really didn’t relate or like the couple. Dev (the tiger) is an in the closet "bi" (I guess) who professes to love Lee which still keeping their relationship in the closet, sometimes literally. Lee (the fox), who dresses in women's clothes to "protect" Dev's reputation, (after "tricking" Dev into sleeping with him, yeah really!!) was annoying in his acceptance of this role and status through most of the book. After a while, I didn’t really care if they got together or not. I’m sure this is just a personal preference, which is why I gave it 3 stars; other people apparently really like this series. But in my opinion, not worth a credit.
Probably, its a good read. I was particularly intrigued by the use of language. There was never really a dull moment in the writing. A lot of novels can be long winded and over descriptive. This strikes that happy balance. Not too over descriptive, not too dull.
It sure did have its moments. A lot of anticipation, a shock or two. And a satisfying ending.
I would happily recommend this.
The narrator does a decent job of giving the characters their own unique voice characteristics.
The occasional switch of the perspectives between the two main characters is something I have never seen in a book in this genre before.
I believe he has a good voice for audiobooks and as he develops this skill with further books in the future, it will only get better.
It brought up a sense of pride for Dev in his bid to break the mold of the professional sports world and bring it into the modern era in terms of its treatment of players with alternative sexualities.
I hope that Kyell Gold will continue to have this trilogy produced in audio format as well as his other books.
Yes, well, some of them! I mean, gay furry novels with 'adult' content probably isn't for absolutely EVERYONE you know. But Kyell has genuine talent for bringing characters to life and giving them a rich story well beyond an excuse to write some sex scenes.
You gotta love Dev. You gotta love Lee too, and Fisher's cool and Charm's a laugh and.. nah, gotta love Dev =.=
I think he was enjoying reading the book, and that came through in his reading. He loved and appreciated the characters, it was easier to immerse in the experience when I felt like the person reading was also enjoying it.
There's no shortage of memorable characters!
This isn't just a porn novel with a token story line. It's a colourful story with well developed characters that are ready to be loved by the reader, if everything explicit was removed it would happily hold its own as a regular coming-out adventure story and would be no less enjoyable. That's not to say the sex isn't fun :D
I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)
It surprises me to say this but yes. I didn't realize at first that it was a animal fantasy sort of read. I was like oh no but I got immersed in the story and I loved it. Football, animals and all.
There was allot of depth to the story and I was hooked. I did tune out some of the explaining of football:)
I wouldn't change it per-say but at the beginning it was like a newbie was reading but that changed, maybe he got more comfortable with the story. he did fine after the first few chapter even better than fine.
I loved Lee the Fox and I really did, great character and his lauren Bacally voice, I just liked it.
First this is a great gay romance novel and I found the story did a good job keeping my interest with its twists and turns. Couldn't help but wonder what that tiger and fox would have to deal with next.
As the tiger and fox gave away this story does have an interesting twist on most writing, with the people having more fur and tails than normal as seen on the cover art. This may or may not be for you, but I find it adds an interesting flavor to the story. The sample can give you a little taste of it.
As for the narration, more varied voices for the different characters would have been nice, but after half an hour I was too into the story to care and the voice blended well with the book.
Last be warned that there is a strange side effect of reading this, a desire to watch football.
It bounces around a lot. One minute your in April, then back in November, then back to August. I hate first person POV when the author continuously changes between POV's it's hard to tell who's talking.
YES! His voice is creepy, but I could get over that. No, what got me the most was the stuttering. Ever couple of sentences he would miss a word and come up short. It was very distracting. Plus all of his characters sound the same.
The whole book was a disaster
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